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Sagamore Hill National Historic Site is a memorial to one of America's most popular presidents, Theodore Roosevelt. The area is where Roosevelt spent his summers while in office and was referred to as his "Summer White House.” Rent an RV near Oyster Bay, New York, and you will have instant access to this iconic landmark. The site has a variety of landscapes, such as wooded areas, open fields, salt marshes, and beaches (the site is located on Long Island Sound). Roosevelt fell in love with the area as a teenager and documented much of what he saw; his notes were later passed on to the National Park Service.
Begin your tour of the site by checking in at the Visitor Center, where you can get up-to-date information about the site. You can explore the grounds on your own, checking out the hiking trails and picturesque landscape; the grounds are open to the public year-round, while the public buildings are open on specific days and during certain hours. There is a museum on-site where you can view exhibits and watch movies about the park.
Once you're done with the historic site, there are additional landmarks you'll want to see; one of these is the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary. The sanctuary is an Audubon Center and is associated with the Important Bird Areas program, a conservation effort focusing on at-risk bird species. Some of the bird species you might see here are the great egret, the eastern kingbird and the red-tailed hawk, to name a few. The sanctuary has a native garden where you can enjoy the flowers and other plants in a cultivated setting and trails for you to enjoy hiking.
Another interesting attraction worth visiting is Planting Fields Arboretum, also near Oyster Bay. The estate symbolizes the wealth that was once concentrated here. Planting Fields was built before 1913. Its mansion and other buildings are all intact today, and you can tour the mansion to see the art and architecture that was so popular when the estates were developed. Book an RV rental near Sagamore Hill NHS, and you can experience what it was like to live in the lap of luxury.
If you're looking for an outdoor experience that is more primitive, consider heading for Shu Swamp Nature Preserve. The preserve is a part of the North Shore Wildlife Sanctuary, which incorporates Shu Swamp and other preserves under one umbrella organization. Shu Swamp is an idyllic setting with tulip, red maple, and tupelo trees situated in a wooded wetland, spring flowers, and Beaver Brook flowing through the preserve. Park your Oyster Bay camper rental, and you can use it as a mobile bird blind, enjoying both nature and a hot drink in comfortable surroundings.
There aren't any facilities for camping at Sagamore Hill NHS, but there a few options within a short traveling distance of the site. Battle Row Campground, near Bethpage, is a county-run RV and tent camping ground with limited or primitive hookup options for you to choose from. The park is pet-friendly if you happen to have your furry family member with you.
Nickerson Beach Campground is a family-friendly RV campground located on the shores of Lido Beach. It's a great area for birding, taking relaxing walks on the beach, or just kicking your feet up to enjoy the sunsets. Motorhome camping at Nickerson Beach is all you need to enjoy a relaxing and memorable vacation.
East Norwich is a moderately-sized hamlet with several restaurant choices within the city limits or nearby, making it an ideal destination if you really want to enjoy a great meal. There are Italian and Mediterranean eateries, seafood restaurants and steakhouses, and that's just the beginning.
Hicksville is a larger town with arcade-style gaming centers for young kids and a public golf course for the adults, as well as wellness centers where you can relax after a day enjoying the outdoors. If entertainment is what you're after, Hicksville has a live puppet theater hosting shows that are also educational; it has an active nightlife and a relatively large restaurant industry with a good diversity of cuisines to choose from. If you enjoy Asian food, you can select from Indian, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese venues; those seeking something different will find Irish, French, and Mexican cuisines plus some Italian restaurants and pizzerias. Prices range from inexpensive to fine dining, so you can go as fancy or as basic as you like.