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Montauk Point State Park
While visiting famous Montauk Lighthouse, stand on the surrounding bluffs to get a dramatic view of land’s end and the Atlantic Ocean at this park, which encompasses much of the eastern tip of Long Island. The view is unique because, when the water is calm, visitors can clearly see the “race” ...
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Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Description: Witness the annual mating ritual of hundreds of primitive horseshoe crabs, or photograph one of the more than 330 species of birds seen in this beach, bay and islands wilderness.

Wildlife to Watch: Migrating raptors, including ospreys, hawks, barn, short-eared and saw-whet owls, waterbirds, including glossy ibis, egrets, herons, laughing gulls, many varieties of ducks, geese, warblers and songbirds. Diamondback terrapins, other native reptiles and amphibians as well as horseshoe crabs and a wide variety of other shell and finfish can be found here.

Special Tips: Look for wildlife in salt marsh, freshwater and brackish ponds, as well as in upland woods and fields, beaches, open water and bay islands.

Other Activities: Wheelchair-accessible visitor center with exhibits and interpretive programs. Five miles of trails, several observation blinds. Guided nature tours, cruises.

Ownership: NPS 
Size: 9155 acres 
Closest Town: Queens

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Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
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