Traveling around the United States: Long Island

The main attractions of Long Island are.

A picturesque low-lying island jutting into the Atlantic Ocean with dramatic headlands, this is the west coast of the United States, a massive part of New York City. Long Island is separated from the metropolitan mainland by the Strait of the same name and the East River channel. Long Island’s main attractions are historic mansions, museums with unique collections and those very wooded headlands topped with lighthouses. The charming homesteads take you back years and feel like you’re visiting Jay Gatsby, and the national parks give you a glimpse of the outback. So here are the most interesting sights on Long Island.

Vineyards, lighthouses, historic mansions, and parks: Long Island attractions

Jones Beach: The best beach

And we’ll start with the best and most crowded beach of the “long island.” Its peculiarity is that it is part of Jones Beach State Park. Since the 1920s, it’s been the most popular place for day trips.

Jones Beach State Park.

You can stroll along the boardwalk, play mini-golf, see a concert in the amphitheater, have a hearty snack, or just hang out on the beach and water’s edge, building sandcastles with kids – six and a half miles of shoreline and 2,400 acres of park itself allow you to feel free! Every summer, thousands of people come here to watch the Fourth of July fireworks, considered the most spectacular in this part of New York City.

Jones Beach State Park

The flexible vines of the “Duck Walk.”

Long Island’s next attraction draws romantically inclined couples like a magnet. It’s not uncommon for weddings and photo shoots to be held here. A fun name for the attraction is Duck Walk Vineyards.

Duck Walk Vineyards entrance

Tourists flock here in droves, not only to admire the slender vines but also to sample the famous merlot, cabernet, chardonnay, and other collectible wines, because of its proximity to the Hamptons’ resort areas.

Duck Walk Vineyards panorama

Oh, my captain, my captain: the House of Whitman

If you’ve seen one of Robin Williams’ iconic films, you’ll remember the quote, “Oh my captain, captain!” It’s a line from a poem by the famous American publicist and poet Walt Whitman. Another quote from his work (“about an electric body I sing”) is played out in a composition by Lana Del Rey. It turns out that the classicist was born on Long Island, in Huntington, in 1819.

Huntington Station Village

The quaint cottage where the writer was born is now surrounded by modern urban development – Whitman would have found it a great irony. But the house in Huntington Station, where Whitman spent his childhood years, remains as it was.

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Walt Whitman House

In honor of whaling: Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum

In a stately 19th-century Greek-style building is the next Long Island landmark, the Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum. Whaling attracted enterprising young men from all over the globe as they flocked here in hopes of getting a job on the ships anchored in the harbor. Now in the halls of the whaling and history museum are collected valuable exhibits: centuries-old whale jaws, weapons, tools, artwork, ancient documents, parts of ships. Every season new temporary exhibitions are organized here. The museum was built by Benjamin Hunting the Second, who owned several whaling ships in the mid-1800s.

Whaling and History Museum

Museum of Art: Georgian House and 140 hectares of gardens

The Nassau County Museum of Art is also a must-see. This complex covers about 140 hectares and includes an 18th-century Georgian mansion owned by William Cullen Bryant.

Museum of Art - Mansion

The museum’s collection is more than 600 pieces, including works by Auguste Rodin, Roy Lichtenstein, and Irving Ramsey Ridder. The gardens (especially the sculpture garden) and the Ridder’s Troika, which collects miniature objects from all over the world, are worth paying attention to. Find out about the museum’s hours in advance: it closes for a few weeks each year.

Museum of Art - Lush Garden

Vanderbilt Manor and Planetarium

Another historic mansion and big name is the Long Island landmark Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium. Construction of the exquisite Spanish Revival style building was begun by William C. Vanderbilt the Second in 1910, but the house was not completed until 26 years later.

Vanderbilt Museum home at the entrance

With rooms and rooms that retain the atmosphere of the Roaring Twenties, it reveals a glimpse into the life of one of the wealthiest families in the United States. The museum complex covers 43 acres and includes a summer cottage, hangar, boathouse, cozy courtyards, gardens and fountains.

Vanderbilt Museum - grounds

Visitors are also invited to visit the planetarium, which is located in the same territory, is a more modern structure, which opened in 1971.

Planetarium - entrance and dome

Planetarium - inside

Sagamore Hill: President Roosevelt’s fiefdom

Sagamore Hill may pale in comparison to the antique statues and swanky halls of other estates, but it’s no less historic. After all, this Long Island landmark was home to President Theodore Roosevelt from 1885 to 1919.

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Sagamore Hill Panorama

The 23-room Victorian mansion has remained as it was under Roosevelt. Tours of the complex are available until 4 p.m.

Sagamore Hill complex signage

The house is decorated with original furniture and presidential trophies (including hides and stuffed animals from the politician’s legendary circumnavigation of the globe).

Sagamore Hill interior with trophies

Coe Hall and Landing Fields: Tudor-style luxury

Here comes Coe Hall and the Planting Fields, one of the most impressive homes and parks on the East Coast, a major attraction in Nassa County (Long Island). Coe Hall is the estate of insurance magnate William Coe and his wife Mary. The 67-room Tudor-style mansion has been meticulously cared for, so it remembers the “Jazz Age” perfectly.

The Coe Mansion - exterior

The rooms are furnished with priceless, handmade antique furniture and authentic works of art. Crystal chandeliers, fireplaces, rugs – such luxury!

Coe Mansion luxury dining room

The 409 acres of adjacent parks (which are what are called “Planting Fields”) have remained untouched for many years.

Mansion Coe greenhouse with fountain

They are lawns, exquisite gardens, greenhouses, forest trails and a herbarium of over 10,000 specimens of dried plants.

Coe Mansion park and pool

Fire Island Seaside Park: Wild Life at the Campground

This long, narrow “barrier” is called Fire Island National Seashore, established in 1964 to preserve the birdlife, sand dunes and riparian forests of the area.

Fire Island Park

Access to the park is limited to the Smith Point Visitor Center on one side and the island lighthouse on the other. Some of the reserve’s tourist spots can only be reached by boat or on foot. Anyone who enjoys bird watching, hiking, and “wild” camping life will be pleased with this grand attraction on Long Island. But its visitation adjusts seasonally, so find out the park’s operating hours before you visit.

Fire Island home and lighthouse

Montauk Point: cutting into the ocean.

And another state park is an enchanting cape that has also long been beloved by nature lovers. This is Montauk Point State Park. The forests and the sharp tip of the coastline ploughing through the Atlantic waves look stunning – especially from a bird’s eye view.

Montauk Point Panorama

Swimmers aren’t too keen on the place (rock debris, pebbles, high tides), but surfers love Montauk Point. Fishing and hunting are only allowed in season, but the hiking trails, protected picnic areas, and ski trails make it one of Long Island’s most coveted landmarks in winter.

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The 12 Best Places to Visit on Long Island

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Located just southeast of Manhattan, Long Island attracts many New Yorkers – and it’s easy to see why. Gorgeous beaches, top museums and attractions, high-quality wineries and nature preserves are all in abundance. In addition to being just a weekend getaway for New Yorkers, Long Island is worth visiting for people from all over the world who want to explore a quieter part of New York City. These are the best places to visit on Long Island.

Coopers Beach.

Long Island is full of stunning beaches, so it’s hard to pick one to visit. In fact, any beach on the island will suit you, from family-friendly Jones Beach to the surf-ready waves at Ditch Plains. But Coopers Beach is typical Long Island; thanks to seven miles of pristine sand and ocean in Southampton, you can admire the mansions and catch some sunshine-all while enjoying total relaxation.

Parrish Art Museum

Address 279 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, NY 11976, USA Route Phone +1 631-283-2118 Internet Visit Website

This historic art museum, located in the new Herzog & de Meuron building on Water Mill since 2012, was first established in 1897. It has an extensive collection of works by Long Island artists and contemporary masters such as Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein, and Chuck Close. It also features the largest collection of art by American Impressionist William Merritt Chase and postwar artist Fairfield Porter, who lived in Southampton for a time. The museum also features rotating exhibits.

Shelter Island

Yes, it is a separate island, but it is still considered part of Long Island. Located between two forks on the eastern tip of Long Island, Shelter Island is a simpler beach paradise than Tony Hamptons, just a short ferry ride away. There are secluded beaches, nature preserves, freshwater ponds and rolling farmland, and hotels and Airbnbs to spend the night. Bring or rent a bike and ride around the island with your swimsuit in tow. Don’t forget to see the sunset on Sunset Beach.

Sag Harbor.

All of the towns that make up the Hamptons are beautiful, but the village of Sag Harbor remains a little quieter, a little more charming and a little more accessible than neighboring Bridgehampton, Easthampton and Southampton. Head down to the marina, buy a classic ice cream cone at Big Olaf’s (or a not-so-classic donut at Grindstone Coffee & Donuts) and explore the quaint marine park. Then stop by the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum, catch a show at the Bay Street Theatre and spend the rest of the day on Havens Beach.For dinner, head to Wölffer Kitchen at Wölffer Estate Vineyard, a 55-acre winery in nearby Sagaponack.

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Navy Beach.

Address 16 Navy Rd, Montauk, NY 11954, USA Route Phone +1 631-668-6868 Internet Visit Website

A classic Montauk hotel since 2010, Navy Beach offers a laid-back beachfront setting, delicious seafood and epic sunsets on a 200-foot sandy beach overlooking Fort Pond Bay. Boaters can roll in and dock at the bay, a former U.S. Navy facility with two docks. Oh, and the wine list includes one of the most extensive rosé options in the Hamptons.

Montauk Point Lighthouse.

Address Montauk Point State Pkwy, Montauk, NY 11954, USA Get directions

This classic red and white striped lighthouse in Montauk Point State Park towers and still shines brightly. Montauk Point Lighthouse, New York State’s oldest lighthouse, sits at the easternmost tip of New York City and is surrounded by a rocky coastline. You can buy a ticket ($12 for adults, $5 for children under 12) for a spectacular view of the summit, as well as admission to the Montauk Lighthouse Museum, which houses artifacts such as documents signed by Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.

Lavender by the Bay.

Address 7540 Main Rd, East Marion, NY 11939, USA Route Phone +1 631-477-1019 Internet Visit Website

The North Fork of Long Island is a little different from the South, with more farmland, fewer beaches (though there are still beaches!) AND a more laid-back atmosphere. Most of its acres are taken up by vineyards, but Lavender by the Bay has created a photo-friendly and fragrant place reminiscent of the French countryside. Have you ever dreamed of running through lavender fields? Here’s your chance (June through September). After a raucous game, stop by the store to buy dried bouquets, soaps and other lavender products.

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site

Address 20 Sagamore Hill Rd, Oyster Bay, NY 11771-1807, USA Route Phone +1 516-922-4788 Internet Visit Website

This historic site is the former home of President Teddy Roosevelt, his second wife Edith, and their six children. Roosevelt, who grew up in Manhattan, fell in love with Oyster Bay as a teenager; he bought the house when he was in his early twenties and owned it until his death in 1919. Known as the summer White House when he was in power, Roosevelt hosted many dignitaries here. The magnificent building has been fully restored, and visitors can take a tour of the house and explore the grounds. Tickets are $10 for adults and free for children under 16.

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Long Island Aquarium.

Address 431 E Main St, Riverhead, NY 11901, USA Route Phone +1 631-208-9200 ext. Visit the website online

The Long Island Aquarium is one of Long Island’s top attractions for families all year long. With the 2020 marks its 20 th anniversary, the aquarium is celebrating with new indoor and outdoor exhibits. There are 20 experiential adventures, including penguin encounters, shark diving and snorkeling. In winter, you’ll find exhibits of the Butterfly and Beetle and Bird Garden.

North Fork Wineries.

The North Fork is full of wineries and tasting rooms. Favorites include Pindar Vineyards, a family-owned winery that has grown 17 varieties of grapes for 35 years; 38-year-old Bedell Cellars, with a tasting room in a 1919 barn; and McCall Wines, which debuted in 2007 and soon gained recognition for its wines. Contocosta Winery, Macari Vineyards and Lenz Winery are also worth a visit.

Blue Point Brewing Co.

Address: 225 W Main St, Patchogue, NY 11772-3304, USA Route Phone +1 631-627-8292 Internet Visit Website

Not a guilty man? Fortunately, Long Island also has several breweries. We like Blue Point, which has been in Patchogue since 1998. In addition to its flagship favorite, Toasted Lager, the brewery fills its taps with a delicious selection of draft beverages. Many contain interesting local ingredients such as seaweed, oysters and beach plums. In 2018, the brewery got a huge new space with a restaurant and 60,000 barrel capacity. Greetings!

Adventureland.

Address: 2245 Broadhollow Rd, Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA. Route Phone +1 631-694-6868 Internet Visit Website

Every beach needs an amusement park, and Long Island has several. Adventureland in Farmingdale has been offering rides, games and attractions for kids and adults since 1962. You’ll find everything from classics (like bumper cars and a Ferris wheel) to water rides and roller coasters. There’s even a huge arcade.

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