SENIORS DRIVE AROUND LONG ISLAND, NY



Seniors Seek Out Bethpage

Bethpage1Bethpage is a hamlet located on Long Island within the Town of Oyster Bay in Nassau County, New York. The population runs just over 16,000. Seniors, are you wondering where the name, Bethpage, came from? Me too.

A devout Quaker, Thomas Powell, bought the land from Native Americans and named the area after the Biblical town Bethphage, which was between Jericho and Jerusalem in the Holy Land. Present-day Bethpage was part of the 1695 Bethpage Purchase.

Powell’s land was situated between the settlement of Jericho and what had previously been referred to as Jerusalem (now Wantagh). How about that bit of history for you historians?

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 Seniors Find Education And Golf Important In Bethpage

Bethpage is home to Hofstra University as well as Briarcliff College, the NY Institute of Technology, Farmingdale State College and Nassau Community College.

Check out all the ducks in Bethpage Lake. And also check out and view what Facebook has lined up for visitors. Senior travelers can easily fill in a planned itinerary off this site.  TripAdvisor chimes in right behind with their choices of must see and must do sites with 56 restaurant choices.  Looks to me like a gourmet mecca.

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Toss in your clubs and play a round or two at the Bethpage State Park Golf Course. A word of warning however as The Black Course is an extremely difficult course which is recommended only for highly skilled golfers.

Among those highly skilled are Tiger Woods and Lucas Glover, who captured the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Opens in this place. So what! Give it your best shot or head for Pebble Beach or Augusta or maybe Saint Andrews in Scotland.

 Seniors Also Visit Old Bethpage

Bethpage is home to the Grumman Corporation that was a major supplier of military aircraft during World Wars I and II. Grumman also built the first Lunar Module which was sent to the moon.

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At its height, Grumman employed over 25,000 workers on Long Island.  It eventually merged and became Northrop-Grumman.  It sill maintains a large presence in Bethpage, however today the corporation is based in California.

Old Bethpage Village Restoration provides senior visitors with a unique and wonderful opportunity to step back in time and experience life in a recreated mid-19th-century American village. The 209-acre village includes an assortment of homes, farms and businesses.

Each fall, the village hosts the Long Island Fair, a traditional county agricultural fair that draws tens of thousands of visitors. After 170 years the Long Island Fair continues as the only county fair sanctioned by New York State for the counties of Queens, Nassau and Suffolk.

Senior travelers are sure to discover a host of amenities in and around Bethpage to keep you busy and interested.  -jeb

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