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Hempstead Lake State Park

Southern State Parkway West Hempstead, NY 516-766-1029

Try horseback riding at Hempstead Lake State Park

(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)

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Type: State park, Hiking, Biking trail, Horse facility Price: $8 per car daily May 24-Sept. 1, weekends and holidays April 5-May 18 and Sept. 6-Oct. 13. Buses by permit only. Fee may apply. Description:

Softball field, basketball courts, playgrounds, bike paths, bridle paths (9 miles), nearby stables with rentals (New York Equestrian Center 516-486-9673), freshwater fishing (license required), snack bar, picnic areas, 12 clay tennis courts, 8 all-weather courts (fee collected April 9-Nov. 3); main lake, car top boat access (permit required); antique carousel (weekends and holidays, $2); indoor and outdoor party pavilions available. 

Hours: Daily: 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Season: All year, sunrise-sunset