Long Island Leaders Urge Residents To Plan Staycations This Summer

Swim, hike or picnic -- there's a lot to do this summer without having to go far. Long Island leaders are urging you to make your vacation a staycation this summer; CBS2's Jennifer McLogan reports.

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- Swim, hike or picnic-- there is a lot to do this summer without having to go very far.

- Long Island leaders are urging you to make your vacation a staycation this summer. CBS2's Jennifer McLogan reports from Lido Beach.

JENNIFER MCLOGAN: Mom, dad and two babies nesting in Lido Beach.

ROBIN FISHER: Someplace like this where you can come and see the Osprey, you don't have to pay anything to come in and just enjoy nature.

NANCY RICIGLIANO: We also have a astronomy which is for free, and you can just look up in the sky. We had an eclipse-- a partial eclipse, anybody could have seen it.

JENNIFER MCLOGAN: It's a staycation to fish and boat. Order ice cream, dine around the corner, try camping at the ocean.

SANDY BLAIS: It's very local to home. We come here we feel like we're on vacation.

JENNIFER MCLOGAN: In our area, families forced to live with enforced austerity, and unable to afford exotic travel are finding joy in their own backyards.

- I love it here. It's my summer vacation.

JENNIFER MCLOGAN: Glory of Orlando's COVID ocean side Cabana among those acquired through a lottery system. But for the first time ever in Nassau county's Nickerson Beach instead of renting for the entire summer.

LAURA CURRAN: You can rent a Cabana for just one week. That includes six bracelets for the pool. The new concessionaire is going to be doing clam bakes here, gonna get a steel drum band.

JENNIFER MCLOGAN: With access to the ocean, the pool, playground, skate park. $250 a week for a Cabana, the campground $47 a night.

- It's my happy place. This is our first year down here.

- The people are very friendly. It's all your neighbors from around the County.

JENNIFER MCLOGAN: And parks run by the County and towns are free for strolling, picnicking, summer concerts and movies, nominal fees for swimming, or special events like the flying trapeze.

CARLOS DUARTE: You can find, you know, local places where you can have fun. You can still enjoy your summertime, and you know, really stay with the family.

JENNIFER MCLOGAN: Despite an economic blow to so many over the past year, summertime can still be a fulfilling local adventure. In Long Island, Jennifer McLogan, CBS 2 News.