Hicksville, New York, Attractions

Hicksville, New York, Attractions
Hicksville, a small town in Nassau County, New York, was founded in 1648. Some local historians believe it was named for the Quaker preacher and abolitionist Elias Hicks, while others think it honors his son-in-law Valentine Hicks, who had bought land and built a station that ultimately enticed the Long Island Railroad to town in 1837. Today, Hicksville boasts a variety of nearby cultural and retail attractions. Outdoor enthusiasts will also enjoy its beautiful parks and leisure centers.

Hicksville Gregory Museum

Hicksville school administrator Gardiner Gregory had accumulated a huge collection of butterfly specimens, rocks and minerals, so he and wife opened a museum in their home in 1963. In 1973, everything was moved to the Heitz Place Courthouse in central Hicksville. In addition to amber from Colombia and a replica of a Mosasaur skull, there are items preserving local history, such as a child's cup that was discovered in the wall of the courthouse.

Hicksville Gregory Museum
1 Heitz Place
Hicksville, NY 11801
(516) 822-7505

Nassau County Aquatic Center

Built for the Goodwill Games in 1998, this 80,000-square-foot swimming facility is located in Eisenhower Park, which is less than six miles from Hicksville. Swimming and diving competitions are held regularly, but it is also open to the public. Among the highlights are 1- and 3-meter springboards, a "stretch" 50-meter pool and a diving well with a competition diving tower. Water exercise classes and swimming lessons are available for all ages. There's also a fitness center packed with exercise and weight-training equipment.

Nassau County Aquatic Center
Eisenhower Park
East Meadow, NY 11554
(516) 572-0501

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum is just six miles from Hicksville. This arena hosts sporting events, concerts and family activities. Built on Mitchel Field, a former military base, it opened in 1972. Today, the Nassau Coliseum is the home of the New York Islanders ice hockey team. In the lower lobby, it also houses the Expo Center. The 60,000-square-foot hall features a variety of annual events geared toward pet lovers and outdoor enthusiasts--including the Westminster Weekend Dog Shows and several boat, hunting, fishing, RV and camping shows.

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
1255 Hempstead Turnpike
Uniondale, NY 11553
(516) 794-9300

Jones Beach State Park

About 15 miles from Hicksville is this lovely park, which was opened to the public in 1929 by then-Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt. It boasts six-and-a-half miles of shoreline, a boardwalk and two pools for swimming. An area at the west end of Jones Beach State Park is used for fishing and is also home to migratory birds. In addition, sports enthusiasts can play deck games, miniature golf and volleyball.

Jones Beach State Park
1 Ocean Pkwy.
Wantagh, NY 11793
(516) 785-1600

Roosevelt Field Mall

Shopaholics won't have to search far to find a world-class mall. The Roosevelt Field Mall is only 7.2 miles from Hicksville. Along with Dick's Sporting Goods, the anchor stores include Bloomingdale's, JCPenney, Macy's and Nordstrom. There are also more than 270 specialty stores, a food court and several fine-dining restaurants.

Roosevelt Field Mall
630 Old Country Road
Garden City, NY 11530
(516) 742-8000

Article Written By Yvonne Newman

Based in Las Vegas, Yvonne Newman spent 16 years writing for one of the city's popular visitors' guides. She has covered a variety of topics, including travel, shopping, sports and the arts. Newman is currently working on a book about tea houses. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Nevada and a master's degree in Anglo-Irish literature from Trinity College.

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