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“A wonderful place for a picnic or jog”

Hempstead Lake State Park
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Hempstead
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Reviewed 15 November 2016

This is a spacious, safe state park with plenty of areas for picnicking, tennis, jogging, ball playing and many other things.

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Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Today, my 13 yr old daughter and I walked around the lake. We parked by McDonald Pond, walk passed people picnicking and fishing and accessed the trail near where we drove into the park - off Peninsula Blvd. It's a nice walk in the woods. You can stay on the paved path or do as we did, walk on the dirt path so you can take a "side trip" off to the water. We were in no hurry so enjoyed stops to look at an occasional butterfly, to swing from a long vine hanging from a tall tree and to take pictures of a large bird we'd never seen before. The loop around the lake is 3 miles plus an extra mile walking to and from the trailhead. The lake is pretty and the path free of litter but because of the fast moving traffic on Peninsula Blvd. and Southern State Pkwy, it's not, unfortunately, the most serene, peaceful walk. But for us it's close and convenient and we get joy from spotting the turtles on the log in McDonald Pond.

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Reviewed 25 August 2016

Nice lake and trails with horses, people and bikes. I know it as a clean, quiet, & safe green place to hang out, but upon reading some other reviews i realize that i have just scratched the surface. My mission now is to go find the tennis courts, the carousel, the pool, and the gym.
Its a great park.

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Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

Beautiful state park, very clean.
We would definitely go back for a day.
We were under the pavilion so even with the passing showers we still had a good time. Park ranger came over to complement the music, he was very nice.

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Reviewed 26 April 2016

Nice location, usually have summer bbqs there with family and friends. Pool and work out center is nice and less costly than a gym membership.

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