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Editorial: A Vacation Right Here in Great Neck!

With a weak economy and a summer that is going much too fast, if you haven’t thought vacation yet, maybe now is the time. No time left to plan? Don’t want to spend a fortune? Well, again this year many people are again choosing a “staycation,” a vacation close to home. And for those of us who are fortunate to live in Great Neck, we actually can enjoy a vacation right at home. The Great Neck peninsula offers a wealth of summertime outdoor activities for young and old alike.

Start with the Great Neck Park District. If you are lucky enough to live within the park district boundaries, your summer options are virtually unlimited. There’s the truly spectacular Parkwood pool and its amazing water options, more tennis courts than we can count, park after park, and the magic of Steppingstone with its park facilities, marina, and weekend shows. There are sports leagues and movies and daily children’s activities. The park district keeps the fun going all summer long, with outdoor activities as well as indoor activities at Parkwood and at Great Neck House.

Many of the Great Neck villages and associations have their own parks, pools, tennis courts, and summer programs too. And Lake Success has its own golf course, as does the Town of North Hempstead. North Hempstead also boasts a private town beach, Bar Beach, where you can sun and swim. The public schools and nursery schools, as well as the park district offer summer camp programs, and the arts center and the library also offer some special summer fun and creative “camp” experiences.

So check the pages of the Great Neck Record, or simply call the park district, villages, school district, or any of the others we have mentioned, and get ready for a fun-filled summer. Remember, if this year’s vacation is a no-travel vacation, you can find plenty to do right at home. We promise, you won’t be bored!