Cafe Havana | Blydenburgh Park | Yogurtini | Bagel Gallery | Smithtown Bull Monument

Indulge in a Fruity Mojito at Cafe Havana, Not Far From Avalon Commons

At Cafe Havana near Avalon Commons, the appetizers make the meal, at least according to Yelp reviewers. They particularly rave about the coconut shrimp, which is simply plump shrimp encrusted with coconut, and the yucca frita, a tropical version of French fries that uses starchy yucca in lieu of potatoes. These small bites give a good snapshot of the menu at large, which contains Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Spanish fare.

Make sure you order one of Cafe Havana's signature mojitos to go with your meal. The restaurant bills them as "famous," and they come in a huge variety of flavors. You can always go with the original, but you might want to try even more tropical renditions like the peach mojito, the pineapple coconut, or the guava. The sweet drinks help wash down entrees such as the sweet potato picadillo. Another favorite among customers, the dish consists of a sweet potato overflowing with Cuban-style ground beef, served alongside rice, beans, and slices of fresh avocado.

Cafe Havana
944 W. Jericho Turnpike
Smithtown, NY 11787
(631) 670-6277

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Bring the Dog Along to Smithtown's Blydenburgh Park, Not Far From Avalon Commons

There's plenty of room for your pup to run and play at Blydenburgh Park. Its large dog park brings many pet owners and their four-legged friends to the massive park near Avalon Commons in Smithtown—in total, it spans 627 acres. Even if you don't have a dog, though, you can still probably find something fun to do at Blydenburgh Park.

In addition to the dog park, Blydenburgh has a labyrinth of sandy trails that are perfect for hiking or horseback riding. If you do choose to explore on horseback, keep to the bridle paths or practice ring. For those who like to fish, the pond teems with large-mouth bass, perch, pumpkinseed sunfish, and bluegill, all ripe for the hooking. Even if you don't want to fish, you can still rent out a rowboat and enjoy the pond from the middle of May right through Labor Day.

Blydenburgh Park
Veterans Memorial Highway
Smithtown, NY 11787
(631) 854-3713

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Yogurtini: Fro-Yo the Way You Want It, Not Far From Avalon Commons in Smithtown

Yogurtini is the place to go in Smithtown for customized frozen treats. Located just a short way from Avalon Commons at the shopping center where East Main Street meets Landing Avenue, Yogurtini is not just a frozen yogurt place; it’s a spot where you can customize your dessert from the cup up.

Once you come into Yogurtini, it’s a four-step process to create a treat that's totally customized to your personal taste and preference. First, pick your yogurt flavor—but be ready because there’s a lot to choose from. Not sure about a flavor? Get a free sample. (Coconut macaroon is a big favorite.) Then go for one or more of the candy, fruit, or nut toppings. Finally, let a staffer weigh it and then pay by the ounce. All that's left to do after you pay is enjoy.

Yogurtini
44 E. Main Street
Smithtown, NY 11787
(631) 656-5955

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Enjoy a Bagel Any Time, Any Day at Bagel Gallery, a Short Way From Avalon Commons in Smithtown

Anytime is the right time for a bagel. At least, that's how it works at Bagel Gallery, which is open 24/7. Not far from Avalon Commons, this no-frills shop operates on a simple principle: no matter when, customers can get great bagels that are made fresh daily.

Bagel Gallery may not offer much in the way of seating, but it's the perfect place to stop for an on-the-go breakfast or snack, or for a late-night stop to cure a grumbling stomach. Customers recommend stopping by right around 9 p.m., when freshly made, piping hot bagels come out of the oven. Bagel Gallery offers a number of bagel sandwich options, as well as a good selection of cream cheeses. Order a classic bagel with cream cheese and lox, or go a little more unconventional and try an everything with jalapeno cream cheese.

Bagel Gallery
534 Smithtown Bypass
Smithtown, NY 11787
(631) 360-8406

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Smithtown Bull Monument: Where History In Smithtown Begins, Not Far From Avalon Commons

The Smithtown Bull Monument is more than a statue; it's a legend that started the town. The legend goes that Richard Smith was looking for the perfect land to settle, so to fulfill a bet with the natives, Smith rode his pet bull, Whisper, for a full day, and whatever land he encompassed was his. This tall tale has been Smithtown’s own since 1665, and the Bull Monument is its testament.

For over 70 years, the bronze monument has greeted visitors entering town and is the most visible local landmark. You can count on the monument being surrounded by beautiful flowers. But don’t try to ride it! Since it's just a short drive from Avalon Commons, it would be easy to stop by and check it out.

Smithtown Bull Monument
Jericho Turnpike and 25A
Smithtown, NY 11787

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