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Readers’ Choice: Best Staycation Spot in Port Washington

Not going away this summer? We want your pick for top local staycation destination.

With summer fast approaching and children out of school, many load up the SUV and hit the road for a much-needed vacation. 

But with sky-high gas prices as a strong deterrent, you might choose not to travel at all this year. There’s also three months of your child’s downtime to account for. How to fill the rest of those dog days?

Staycation, of course.

Patch wants to know where you go to entertain your family and play locally. Is it a favorite park, bike path, museum, movie theater or kid-friendly lunch spot?

Time to weigh in. Port Washington Patch is looking to unearth the most family-friendly spot in town. Readers Choice is a new weekly feature where we ask you – our readers – to tell us your top picks.

Each Monday we’ll list our nominees – this week it’s staycation destination – and ask for your recommendation. Did we leave your go-to spot off the list? Go ahead and add it in comments.

Then vote. Readers Choice winners are all up to you, so it's important not only to vote below, but also be sure to share this contest with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Voting closes Friday at 9 a.m.

Friday we’ll announce our winner. 

Our nominees:

Antiquing and dining on Main Street, with ice-cream or fro-yo as a treat

Manhasset Bay

Linda Maryanov May 07, 2012 at 10:48 AM
Many of us wish we were happier with the new and not so improved Manorhaven Pool.
Jennifer Scotto-Robinson May 07, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Ever since I was a youngin', Manorhaven Park has always been my choice for fun! Now, it's my 3 year old twins' favorite place to go. They LOVED the pool last summer, and have the best time on the beach and playgrounds. It's such a fabulous place to play, swim, chill, picnic, and meet new people. :)
Wendy Heppt May 07, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Renting a kayak at Atlantic outfitters and kayaking Manhasset bay...what a great staycation!
Ann W. Latner May 07, 2012 at 03:18 PM
The Sands Point preserve is a wonderful resource, but the $10 entrance fee has, sadly, tremendously reduced how often I can visit. I used to go several times a week, just to walk for a half hour in the morning. Now, I perhaps go once every few months. It's a real shame that the one "free admission" day (Wednesday) has now been eliminated.
Adina Genn (Editor) May 07, 2012 at 06:23 PM
All great suggestions, and definitely give you the feeling of having gotten away
Terry May 07, 2012 at 08:38 PM
In the past, Sands Point Preserve, was a always great place to visit. Even though it is still considered a Nassau County Park, there is now a $10 'daily' entrance fee. Over the past 20 years, I went to the preserve several times a month. Now, I go several times a year because of the high cost. With the high taxes we pay in Port Washington it's crazy that (Nassau or North Hempstead) residents do not receive free or discounted admission.
Adina Genn (Editor) May 09, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Soon we'll be able to add Stannards Brook Park to the mix...
Myron Blumenfeld May 11, 2012 at 08:35 PM
the best place to visit is STILL THE PORT WASHINGTON LIBRARY WITH ITS CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES AND MOVIES AND ART GALLERY AND DVD AND BOOKS AND IT IS ALL FREE AND AIR CONDITIONED THE BEST INSTITUITIN IN PORT

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