A lot of people especially new buyers ask the question about why move to Long Island, NY specifically, Nassau County? I simply tell them to get a pen and paper so they can write down a long list of reasons which I can provide & then scratch out anything which they would not want. Number one reason is that it shares boundaries with Queens (borough) which is going to be heavily included in the next phase of growth of New York City. Nassau County has several school districts with A+ ratings.
My reason for today's blog post is none of the above instead it is my passion for being around nature. I love being around parks and natural scenic beauty. So, I decided to plot out 5 of the several major parks around the county on a map to give folks an idea about how close they are to metropolitan New York City.
- Eisenhower Park: This is a gem of Nassau County and having a home near this park is a dream for many. As per Wikipedia, "Eisenhower Park was previously named as Salisbury Park. It is centrally located in East Meadow, New York bordered by Hempstead Turnpike on the south and Old Country Road on the north. It is about 930 acres (3.8 km2), which makes it larger than Central Park (in Manhattan, New York City). There are about 9 different fields and an aquatic center with multiple swimming pools.
- Bethpage State Park: Bethpage State Park is a 1,477-acre (5.98 km2) New York state park on the border of Nassau County and Suffolk County on Long Island. The park contains tennis courts, picnic, and recreational areas and a polo field, but is best known for its five golf courses, including the Bethpage Black Course, which hosted the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Open Golf Championships.
- Cow Meadow State Park: Located in Freeport on the south shore of Long Island, Cow Meadow Park & Preserve is a beautiful relaxing water-front area that has been established as part of the Nassau County Park system since 1970. This park and preserve serve to protect and showcase 150 acres of Long Island’s marine wetlands, including salt marsh, mudflat, and tidal creek habitats. Cow Meadow is home to more than 150 varieties of birds and more than a dozen mammal species.
- Wantagh Park: Wantagh Park is a county park located in southeastern Nassau County, NY within the hamlet of Wantagh. At 111 acres the park provides various recreational activities along with a magnificent waterfront location.
- Tanglewood Preserve & Park: An 11-acre park and preserve, Tanglewood provides a lovely nature trail and a beautifully renovated brick walkway surrounding a pond. The pond has been restocked with fish by the New York State Bureau of Fisheries and fishing is allowed (those under 16 years of age are not required to have a fishing license). Tanglewood also serves as home for the Center for Science Teaching and Learning, a nonprofit educational organization.
Being around nature is great for our health and the little ones so if you're looking for a home away from congested city streets pick a park!