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Wantagh Park, located off Merrick Road on 1 King Road in Wantagh, has been part of the county park system since 1961 and sits on 111 acres of land.  The waterfront views are captivating and the many areas of seating provide the perfect spots to enjoy the park. I love visiting natural areas like this and seeing what they offer. This one is jam packed with tons of stuff and beautiful scenery.

Historic Series: Wantagh Park - Copyright 2012 Melissa O'Connor

Historic Series: Wantagh Park - Copyright 2012 Melissa O'Connor

There are opportunities for a child of every age group to play and provide a lot of activities for children. The playgrounds are set in sand for safety. The play areas are great because the serene environment allows you to relax and catch up with other parents in the community.

Historic Series: Wantagh Park - Copyright 2012 Melissa O'Connor

If you walk or run, you can appreciate the one and two mile paths, as well as the fitness stations. During the warmer months, you can gather by the picnic areas where you will find tables and grills.  Even though I visited in winter, I found the park to be beautiful.  Naked trees surrounded the grounds and there was a peaceful stillness in the air.

Historic Series: Wantagh Park - Copyright 2012 Melissa O'Connor

Historic Series: Wantagh Park - Copyright 2012 Melissa O'Connor

The Children’s Memorial Butterfly Garden was an unexpected bonus. It is a memorial for children from Wantagh who died at an early age. How beautiful is that?

Historic Series: Wantagh Park - Copyright 2012 Melissa O'Connor

Historic Series: Wantagh Park - Copyright 2012 Melissa O'Connor

Historic Series: Wantagh Park - Copyright 2012 Melissa O'Connor

During the summer months, the swimming complex will come in handy as well. For a small fee, you can enjoy an Olympic sized pool, kiddy pool, as well as a play area and 30-foot water slides. Daily and seasonal passes are available and fees vary. This park has everything!

Historic Series: Wantagh Park - Copyright 2012 Melissa O'Connor

Historic Series: Wantagh Park - Copyright 2012 Melissa O'Connor

Historic Series: Wantagh Park - Copyright 2012 Melissa O'Connor

In the past, the park was named one of the top three parks in Long Island by the Long Island Press. With all it has to offer the community, it is definitely a park you cannot resist. Dogs can enjoy the park as well and get some exercise in the dog run.

Wantagh Park is simply a world of its own. I could tell I would be there for a while.