When you dream of Long Island beaches, this may be the place of your dreams. In addition to sun and sand, find history, shopping, great food and outdoor activities.
The town of East Hampton is composed of several hamlets, each with great beaches and plenty of activities to keep local residents and visitors busy, both indoors and outdoors. Come in summer to enjoy the gorgeous sun and sand or travel here at any time of year for shopping, dining and diverse cultural experiences. Visit Amagansett, East Hampton, Montauk, Springs and Wainscott.
Main Beach is the epitome of the beauty of the Hamptons, with a long stretch of sand and waves. It has been named among the top 10 beaches in the country by Forbes and others. Splash around in the water under the watchful eye of lifeguards and gaze in awe at some of the massive estates bordering the ocean.
One of the cultural highlights of the region is the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center. Stop in to view the home and workshop where Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner lived and created some of their most revered abstract works starting from 1945. Nearby, the Leiber Collection features handbags by Judith Leiber and prints, paintings, sculpture and a landscaped garden by Gerson Leiber.
East Hampton was founded in 1648. Several of its other museums focus on history rather than art. Stop at the 1720s lean-to Home Sweet Home Museum, the 1680 homestead Mulford Farm, the 1784 Hook Schoolhouse and the 1720 Osborn-Jackson House. Come to Guild Hall for opera, theater and art events.
Besides enjoying the beaches and historic attractions, try hiking, biking, boating, diving and fishing at Cedar Point County Park. See splendid displays of colorful foliage and outdoor sculptures at the gardens of LongHouse Reserve. Round Swamp Farm market offers fresh produce, seafood and other local foods year-round.
Drive or take a train to East Hampton in about 3 hours from New York City. Rent a bike to travel from one hamlet to another.