Summer Fun NOT in the Sun

By | July 1, 2014

The start of summer means crowded beaches and sunny barbecues. That is, at least, for those without lupus. This harsh reality is only worsened by the fact that Long Island summers are primarily known for their outdoor activities. While it is easy to lose hope in the summertime, there are plenty summer activities on Long Island that do not involve sulking in the house while everyone else is outside.

Museums are a great way for everyone to have fun and stay cool during the summer. While many Long Island museums are focused on the outdoors, there are some great options that are indoors:

The Hecksher Museum of Art: This Huntington museum offers fantastic range of pieces to admire and discover. Since its establishment in 1920, the museum has a collection of over 2,500 pieces that have been created over a 500 year period, including pieces by Georgia O’Keefe and Salvador Dali, as well as several Long Island-based artists.
Long Island Children’s Museum: While it can be hard to keep children busy in the summer, it can be done. The Long Island Children’s Museum—located in Garden City—gives kids a chance to explore and learn about science and technology. Even better, the museum gives parents with lupus a chance to have fun with their children indoors.
The Serpentarium: As Long Island’s only indoor reptile and amphibian museum, this Riverhead spot is a great place for any aspiring herpetologist to see some of their favorite—or most feared—cold blooded creatures. As it offers live animals, it is a great alternative to the large, outdoor zoos that can be overwhelming and often have little shade.

Many people with lupus often give up on the idea of swimming during the summer, but there are many alternatives to beaches and outdoor pools.

Echo Park Indoor Pool: Located in West Hempstead, the Echo Park Indoor Pool offers a wide range of activities and services, including saunas, a diving tank, Olympic-sized pool, and a snack bar. The pool also offers activity programs surrounding physical fitness.
Long Beach Recreation Center: This recreation center is open seven days a week and offers many activities. Along with the indoor pool, this facility has several fitness rooms and a steam room.
Astoria Sports Complex: This facility offers an indoor pool, a Jacuzzi, several fitness classes and gyms, batting cages, and a children’s area. With low-cost memberships, the Astoria Sports Complex is a great place for the residents of Queens.

While these are some great ways to have fun while staying out of the sun, these are not the only options. Tell us what you do to have a good time during the summer!

Article by: Sarah DeRupo