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Sunken Meadow State Park, Kings Park

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Sunken Meadow State Park, also known as Governor Alfred E. Smith State Park, is a 1287acre state park located in the Town of Smithtown in Suffolk County, New York in the USA on the north shore of Long Island. The park, accessible via the Sunken Meadow State Parkway, contains the 27-hole Sunken Meadow State Park Golf Course.Park descriptionSunken Meadow State Park is open year round from sunrise to sunset. The park's features include 3mi of beaches on the Long Island Sound, a 3/4mi boardwalk, 6mi of hiking trails, and facilities for biking, horseback riding, watersports, and general recreation. Playgrounds, softball fields, and a soccer fields are also available at the park. A wedding and event facility known as "The Pavilion" is available during the summer.The Sunken Meadow State Park Golf Course features 27 holes that may be played as either nine or 18 holes, in addition to a driving range and putting green. The first two nine-hole courses, Red and Green, were built in 1962, followed by the Blue Course in 1964. All three courses were designed by Alfred Tull. A bar and snack food restaurant near the course is available and open to the public.The park's grounds are used as a venue for cross country running, and host competitions for cross country teams from local high schools and runners' clubs. The five-kilometer course, featuring the deliberately named "Cardiac Hill", is regarded as one of the most difficult cross country courses in the US.
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  • I am not a beach person...at least the kind that likes to swim and sunbathe. But I love to walk on the beach. This place has a 1 1/2 mile boardwalk that is extremely pleasant to stroll and enjoy the v...  more »
  • I love Sunken Meadow as I go running there several times a week. I avoid going on Weekends during the warm weather. An Empire Pass is a must.  more »
  • Great day trip for couples, families or friends. Great for walking, running, hiking and sunbathing. Also nice to just sit and read a book. In the summer they have live music and food specials  more »
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  • Nice park overall. Bit expensive if you don't go before opening or after closing. Unfortunately there's a bit of trash around on the beach. Fishing is decent over at field 3. Beautiful sunrise. My buddy says "Great veiws; awesome action; no fish to catch."
  • We had a fun BBQ at this park. Unfortunately, we went in May and it was still cold but we have plans to return when it's warmer to enjoy the beach. A park employee drove by and gave us extra garbage bags but other than that, they didn't bother us. The bathrooms were clean for the most part. And there was a spigot with running water by the bathrooms for when we ran out.
  • Went for my son's field trip. It was a lot of fun. Organized very well. Great experience.
  • Awesome place for a hike. Nice trails overlooking the water. Also has a nice little hidden beach if you walk around. Can get crowded during the summer but that's expected. Have fun with this one you won't regret it. Also a side note there is an $8 parking fee.
  • Well maintained park with a fair amount of parking. Lots of different places to explore and plenty of spots for a cookout. Packed on the weekends and holidays; free admission after 4pm.