With seasons slowly turning, the question in everyone’s mind is what to do once the warmth of spring arrives. Biking should be among your spring to-do list—and why not? It’s a great way to cover long distances, appreciate the sights and feel the breeze.
If a trip to Long Beach, NY, is in your plans, here are the Allegria Hotel’s recommendations of top biking routes in the city and around Nassau County. But first things first. Where to get a bike? If you aren’t bringing yours, Social Bicycles Long Beach has stations installed along the boardwalk with bicycles available around Memorial Day (or earlier, depending on the weather).
The first bike ride you must take is, of course, along the boardwalk, right in front of the Allegria Hotel. Pedestrians, runners and cyclists share the two-mile boardwalk but there’s a lane exclusively for bikes—and it’s just too beautiful to miss. For the second route, add some culture and history to your ride. We’ve talked before about the rich architecture preserved in Long Beach. Take the same walking tour on two wheels this time!
If you want to venture out, Long Island has excellent locations just a short drive from the Allegria. Jones Beach State Park is home to a boardwalk, the famous Jones Beach Theater, 6 miles of coastline and scenic routes. Bike along the Jones Beach Bike Path or the boardwalk, but beware of pedestrians.
A 30-minute drive from Long Beach, NY, will take you to two exceptional parks. Eisenhower Park is over 900 acres of greenery, paved bike paths, a golf course, a lake and much more; perfect for a family bike ride. Bethpage State Park is where you want to go to practice your mountain biking skills. If you’d rather a more easy-going experience, paved bike trails loop the park’s great lawns, hiking trails and golf courses.