Long Island CVB Launches Funonli.com
Funonli.com is the new online home of the Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau and Sports Commission. Don't let the mile-long name of the organization fool you. There's plenty of good stuff on their website for us locals to enjoy, too.
The Commission was established in 1978 to develop the Island's nearly $5 billion travel and tourism industry. Though the site's target audience is clearly business travelers and tourists, with categories such as golf, recreation, restaurant, activities and shopping (found through the "What to Do" link), if you can't find something of interest, hey, you're just not trying. The proverbial A to Z is at your fingertips: from aquariums and arboretums to farm stands and lighthouses, from museums and mansions to zoos, it's all here in easily accessible form.
Between the list of restaurants (you can't possibly have been to all 59 already, can you?) and the 29 listed wineries, there is a summer's worth of happy indulgence right there.
Off-site references under "Useful Links" are exactly that -- extremely useful. You'll find government sites for the twin counties (Nassau's is so loaded with information for future reference that, as a Nassau resident, I immediately stored it as a "Favorite"), as well as local chambers of commerce and tourism commissions. You can also sign up for a travel guide, to make sure you really do know all our Island has to offer.
The calendar of events is a winner. Click on any date and you'll likely get an overwhelming choice of activities -- 52 for the date I checked (June 6) -- including hikes, nature walks, museum shows, art festivals, programs to teach children, programs to entertain children, a string quartet and other musical events, designer showcases and even a wetlands cruise.
All that, on what I thought would be an ordinary, nothing special, generic kind of Monday.
Bored on Long Island and think there's nothing new to do? Nuh-uh, not any more. Go to funonli.com (or www.licvb.com). Then go do something fun!