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The Perfect Day at Christopher Morley Park

Whether you’re searching for one of the best Long Island staycations, looking to escape the hustle and bustle of New York City, or visiting for the weekend, make sure Christopher Morley Park is on your must-see list. Located in the beautiful and historic village of Roslyn, with roots dating back to 1643, bring the dog, the stroller, the whole family, or just bring yourself. The park is jam-packed with things to do and offers a slice of interesting Nassau County history.

The 98-acre park was named after author and poet Christopher Morley (1890-1957). He moved to Roslyn with his family in 1920 and spent the remainder of his years in the home they called “Green Escape.” That’s just a hint of what awaits with a long list of activity options available for kids and adults alike.

Explore History at the Knothole

The Knothole is the one-room cabin that served as Christopher Morley’s writing studio, built in 1934 on the grounds of his home. He produced over 50 novels, books of poems and essays, and plays here before passing away in 1957. Nine years after his death, it was transferred to the park to keep the memory of Morley, his life’s work, and the Knothole alive.

Let the Kids Burn Off Energy at the Playground

The park’s playground was renovated recently and includes slides, tunnels, and a climbing apparatus, providing multiple ways for the kids to burn off energy. Ample benches make it easy for parents to keep a close watch on little ones, too.

Celebrate National BBQ Day

Picnics and barbecues are two of the most popular things to do in Christopher Morley Park. You might even host a barbecue on National BBQ Day, May 16, to celebrate this favorite American tradition. 

Don’t worry if you missed the May 16 celebration — the entire month of May is National Barbecue Month. Of course, you can enjoy a cookout here anytime the weather cooperates, and even when it doesn’t (a little drizzle won’t ruin the deliciousness!). There are first-come, first-served picnic areas that include barbecue equipment. It’s also possible to reserve one at the park or by calling 516-572-0200.

Play a Round or Two on the Nine-Hole Golf Course

The park’s golf course is the hilliest and shortest of the four municipal nine-hole layouts in Nassau County. It offers shaded greens, tree-lined fairways, and a tranquil vibe. A 1,603-yard course, the hills and trees bolster the difficulty, and several blind shots provide unique challenges. It’s ideal for beginners and for those who are looking to brush up on their game or just enjoy a quick round.

Keep Up Your Workout Routine on the Fitness Trail

Christopher Morley Park makes it easy to keep up your workout routine with the one-mile Fitness Trail. You can walk or jog, stopping at the 20 fitness stations to stretch, do pull-ups, sit-ups, balance exercises, and more. The further you go, the more challenging the workout gets.

The trail is open year-round and starts at the north side of the park. You’ll pass the dog run, woods, baseball fields, and playground, ending your workout at the parking area that overlooks the pond.

Let Your Furry Friend Frolic at the Dog Run

The Dog Run is located near the parking lot on the north side of the park. A five-foot fence surrounds it with a double-gated entry to ensure your pup doesn’t escape. Shady areas beneath the trees provide a break from the hot sun, and water is available to ensure your dog stays hydrated.

Pro tip: be sure to bring dog waste bags, which can be disposed of in the garbage pails that are provided.

Get Out of the Rain and Onto an Indoor Tennis Court

While there are outdoor courts at Christopher Morley — handball, paddleball, basketball, and volleyball, for starters — there are also 10 indoor tennis courts. Reserve a court in advance by calling 516-214-1900. Private lessons and a variety of programs for adults and kids are available, too, perfect for area residents and visitors.

Shop the Roslyn Farmers Market

On Wednesdays from mid-May through November, the park hosts one of the best farmers markets on Long Island — the Roslyn Farmers Market — between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. Start by picking up a cup of coffee or tea from New York Gourmet Coffee. Then explore and enjoy a wide range of fresh produce from herbs to juice to fresh berries, pumpkins, prepared foods, baked goods, cheese, wine, flowers, homemade soaps and candles.

Plan Your Visit Around a Nassau County Event

Christopher Morley Park is a popular place for Nassau County events. Consider planning your Roslyn visit to correspond to some of the big events happening here year-round. Some of our favorites? The Morley Park Art Craft & Gift Vendor Fair, held in April and October. There’s also a four-day summer carnival, typically held in early to mid-August. Admission is free to this highly anticipated event if you just want to mingle and enjoy the atmosphere. But, there are also thrilling rides, carnival games with prizes, and lots of tasty food. 

And after your amazing day at the park? You’re just minutes from the over 80 historic homes and buildings in the village that make it a joy to stroll. Or, head to nearby Americana for some high-end shopping before grabbing a bite at a Northern Boulevard restaurant with everything from steak and seafood to Greek and Asian fusion.

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