It was Saturday and nice weather. So..outside we go on another quest. This wasn’t a first timer; we’ve been to Argyle Park before. We went last Summer the same weekend as the Polish Town Festival in Riverhead (perogies!) and enjoyed both that day. I’ve walked the lake many times over the years as well and it’s a good time.
Just off the parking lot is a nice playground, including toddler and regular swings and the slides on the main structure aren’t burning hot. The playground is in sand for safety.
The Argyle Lake loop is .75 flat miles. It’s an easy walk and you will find lots of people taking a stroll, speed-walking and running. Watch out for geese poop!
Brandon, 10: “We saw 3 swans and 1 of them was guarding the other two. When we went to take a close picture it started hissing at us. But then when we walked along the lake it followed us to see what we were up to.”
You can go fishing beginning in Spring and will find the following: Brown Bullhead, Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch and Carp. Also, Brown and Rainbow Trout are stocked in the lake.
On your visit you are likely to see Wedding pictures being taken, or – if the right time of year – prom photos as well. Both times we I’ve taken the kids there the girls were so excited to see brides all dressed up. Sofia and Mia both told me Saturday they want to take their wedding pics at Argyle. I told them they have time!
Each September the town of Babylon’s Beautification Society produces the annual Country Fair on the grounds at Argyle Park. This fun day includes hundreds of crafts vendors, food, entertainment and child rides. We may give it a try next month!
Alana asked if we could replicate a picture we took last year with her and Sofia peeking around a tree. The one below is from 2012 and was in Newsday. I’m not taking any credit; these kids are just so cute who doesn’t want to put them in the paper 🙂
I took a seat on one of the many benches on the grounds on the park and watched the kids do their thing. I had to get up a few times when Mia (2) ventured way too close to the edge of the lake and was attempting to reach out and touch a swan; the same one that had been hissing at me the 2nd half of our trip around the lake. The kids were playing tag last year; this time it was other games on the grass. Life is good!
Sofia asked me to take the shot below; typical. She reminds me of old super 8 films of my mom when she was a little girl; always trying to model for the camera my Papa was holding…
Ok, so this is the schizophrenic swan; who was alternating between trying to scare me off and then genuinely try to follow us around and hang with us. Doh!
Brandon: “When we were walking next to the lake I looked over and saw a really small frog hopping on the ground on the edge of the lake. When we went to touch it the frog stayed still and tried to blend in.”
Sofia, 7: “Brandon found a frog and daddy put his hand out on the ground and the frog jumped on his hand. Then it jumped off and then I put my hand down and the frog jumped on my hand and it was so small. Daddy took a picture and then I told all the walkers and runners going past us that I was holding a frog and showed everyone!”
Ok, we have consensus; Argyle Park rocks! Honestly any place that includes a playground my kids are going to be happy anyway 🙂 But it is a beautiful place; the lake view, watching the geese, swans and ducks and also the architecture just off the road in front where everyone takes pics before special events. Oh, and I’ll have to head back with Brandon to fish soon!
Please understand that for the geese, swans and other waterfowl at the park; this is their home. This woman was teaching her kids to run up to the geese on the lake’s edge and yell and scare them into the water. Her kids were copying her. I made a point to tell my kids thats what you DON’T do, but I didn’t have to; they understood already from all the time we spend enjoying nature. Ok, enough venting in the ‘notes’ section…
Of course you can bring your dog on a walk around Argyle Lake, please just clean up after it.
Boats are not allowed. No swimming.
Please don’t feed the waterfowl! Not trying to be park police, but thinking of their health.
Admission and Hours: It’s free, baby! Dawn until Dusk.
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