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Activities - Stony Brook, NY

Regardless of your interests, you're sure to find an activity that suits your taste in Stony Brook; there is no shortage of things to do as is typical with a university in the area. Stony Brook University offers many arts-related activities - from lessons and seminars to free public lectures. The numerous museums and galleries on campus display a wide variety of artwork, including pieces created by students and faculty. The Museum of Long Island Natural Sciences is a showcase of Long Island's natural history and rocks; it features a seismometer, programs and workshops, and an exhibit on the Long Island Pine Barrens. Admission to the museum is free.

Visitors can take advantage of a few other attractions like a visit to Sand Street Beach, a tranquil duck pond, the historic grist mill dating back to 1751, the Carriage Museum and Avalon Park, which features scenic boardwalk and trails.

Local residents have the opportunity to be actively involved in campus life by attending lectures, concerts, and events. Several recreational facilities on campus are open to the public - the Downtown Arcade, Indoor Sports Center and the Stony Brook Crafts Center, where classes in basketry, drawing, painting, clay sculpture, weaving, kayaking, bartending, wine appreciation and even defensive driving are offered. There are various facilities including studios for ceramics, photography and fiber arts.

Dedicated to celebrating Asian and American cultures, and open to the public, the Charles B. Wang Center in Stony Brook University hosts conferences, art exhibits, film festivals, lectures, seminars and performances on a regular basis. The center also features an inter-denominational chapel, an Asian food court, a theater, two lecture halls, pools and terraces, and outdoor gardens.

See a mix of live performances and film in the Staller Center for the Arts which sponsors the Summer Film Festival, including 11 days of new, independent, foreign, classic, art and popular films for entertainment.

The SUNY Stony Brook Seawolves teams are another popular source of recreation. The university also offers shopping, numerous bookstores, a supermarket and weekly farmer's market on campus. Finally, there is a Summer Music Festival for those who enjoy jazz, opera and classical music.

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