Step aboard a nature cruise and set course around the calm waters of Long Island’s bays and inlets to discover indigenous flora and fauna.

Guided cruises offer a rare insight into Long Island’s rich coastal history dating back to the post-glacial period. Observebirds and other wildlife, including black ducks, hawks, and osprey.

Find scheduled and chartered whale, seal and bird watch cruises.

Head out on an exploration of Long Island’s north shore on the guided Discovery Wetlands cruise, organized through the Ward Melville Heritage Organization in Stony Brook.

Or venture out on the guided Atlantis Explorer tour boat in Riverhead, organized through Atlantis Marine World and the Riverhead Foundation, for an educational look at the environment and the waters of the Peconic region.

Or the Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island (CRESLI) organizes seal watching tours during the winter/spring months and occasional whale watching tours from Montauk.

Or take an unguided ferry to the Fire Island National Seashore, from either Sayville or Patchogue, where you can hike on your own through the parkland of this natural barrier island.