Love island views, beaches, and aquariums? Get away to Long Island!

Some of the biggest attractions of Long Island are its beaches, starting less than a 1-hour drive from New York City. Coopers Beach in Southampton and the Main Beach in East Hampton are two of the most popular beaches along the Atlantic coastline. Bring your swimsuit and Frisbee to Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh, Hither Hills State Park and Montauk Point State Park, where you’ll find the iconic Montauk Point Lighthouse. End a summer of sun with Labor Day fireworks at East Hampton’s Main Beach.

Take a ferry to Fire Island, a narrow barrier island stretching along the southern coast. Relax on beaches on the inner and outer shorelines and walk along dunes to the Fire Island Lighthouse.

The area offers more than just beaches. Long Island’s North Shore is known as the Gold Coast for its early 20th-century mansions, as depicted in The Great Gatsby. Visit Old Westbury Gardens, Oheka Castle and Vanderbilt Museum. On the south shore is the more modern, affluent part of the island, the Hamptons. Drive around to view huge modern mansions, play at high-end golf courses or mingle at coffee shops with summer residents vacationing from New York City.

For excellent cultural experiences, select from dozens of museums and art galleries. Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington has five centuries of Western art while the Parrish Art Museum near Southampton focuses on contemporary art. Tour the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City for the story of aerospace. Enjoy a music concert or big-name comic performance at NYCB Theatre at Westbury. See Broadway shows or children’s productions at the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport. Simply relax at the athletic facilities of Nassau County’s Eisenhower Park.

Drive, take a bus or ride the Long Island Rail Road from Pennsylvania Station. Montauk on the eastern tip of Long Island is about 120 miles (190 kilometers) from the heart of Manhattan.

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Shopping, Family-Friendly and Beaches

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Where to stay in Long Island

Queens
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Queens

Festivals, Baseball, Cafes

3.5/5 (4,971 Ratings)

Enjoy the popular shops in Queens. Flushing Meadows-Corona Park is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Briarwood Van Wyck Blvd. Station or Jamaica Van Wyck Station to see more of Jamaica.

Downtown Brooklyn
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Downtown Brooklyn

Shopping, Urban, Culture

4/5 (529 Ratings)

Brooklyn’s signature medley of old and new provides the backdrop to this revitalized district, where you’ll find fresh arts venues behind historic streetscapes.

Brooklyn Heights
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Brooklyn Heights

Skyscrapers, Scenery, Urban

4.5/5 (34 Ratings)

Scenic views, historic brownstones, narrow streets and fantastic restaurants and bars help create one of Brooklyn’s most charming neighborhoods.

Dumbo
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Dumbo

Skyscrapers, Urban, Scenery

You'll enjoy the riverfront and architecture in Dumbo. You might want to make time for a stop at Brooklyn Bridge Park or St. Ann's Warehouse.

Flatbush
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Flatbush

Sunrises, Culture, Universities

5/5 (1 Rating)

Get to know Flatbush and its many features like its restaurants and parks. You might want to explore sights like Prospect Park and Whitman Theatre, and you can jump on the metro at Cortelyou Rd. Station or Beverly Rd. Station (Marlborough Rd.) to get around the city.

Top Hotels in Long Island

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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LaGuardia Plaza Hotel
3.5 out of 5
104-04 Ditmars Blvd, East Elmhurst, NY
$149/night
Oct 1 - Oct 2
4/5Very Good! (2,429 reviews)

Located in Queens, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Citi Field. Roosevelt Island and St. John's University ...

4/5Very Good! (2,429 reviews)

"We had a wonderful relaxing stay. What was special about this stay was the sliding glass door in our room. It lead out to a rooftop sitting area with tables and chairs where we had our dinner ordered from room service. Staff was swift kind and attentive. The room was clean even the carpeting. We ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2019

LaGuardia Plaza Hotel
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Hotel Ninety Five
2.5 out of 5
145-07 95th Avenue, Jamaica, NY
$125/night
Sep 16 - Sep 17
3.2/5 (185 reviews)

Located in Queens, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, St. John's University, and Resorts World Casino. Citi Field and Belmont ...

3.2/5 (185 reviews)

"parking for guests is the problem the room is nice the hotel is updated. it’s very nice"…"

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2019

Hotel Ninety Five
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La Quinta Inn and Suites by Wyndham Long Island City
9 02 38th Ave, Long Island City, NY
$109/night
Oct 16 - Oct 17
4.3/5Excellent! (3 reviews)

Located in Queens, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Roosevelt Island, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and 5th Avenue. United Nations Headquarters ...

La Quinta Inn and Suites by Wyndham Long Island City

Popular things to do in Long Island

Montauk Point Lighthouse
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Montauk Point Lighthouse

4.5/5 (230 Ratings)

Learn about New York State’s oldest lighthouse in its museum before climbing to the top for panoramic ocean views.

Brooklyn Bridge Park
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Brooklyn Bridge Park

4.5/5 (213 Ratings)

Sunbathe alongside locals, enjoy views of Manhattan from the bike paths or enjoy gourmet food at this popular Brooklyn park.

Prospect Park
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Prospect Park

4.5/5 (28 Ratings)

With many acres of rolling hills, wooded alcoves and lush gardens, this park is a great place in Brooklyn for a lazy afternoon or an outing with the family.

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
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Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

4/5 (10 Ratings)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, a popular green space in Flushing. Experience the entertainment choices or attend a sporting event in this vibrant area.

Brooklyn Museum
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Brooklyn Museum

4/5 (140 Ratings)

See the Egyptian antiquities, a rotating selection of international art and a mammoth collection of American artworks in this impressive museum.

Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
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Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

3.5/5 (65 Ratings)

Experience the changing seasons in this leafy inner-city sanctuary, where specialty gardens and heritage pavilions showcase plants from around the world.

Top activities in Long Island

NY Water Taxi: All-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Access Pass
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NY Water Taxi: All-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Access Pass

$37

Enjoy the fun and flexibility of New York Water Taxi’s All Day Access Pass! Take in the entire Manhattan skyline, including sights like the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, and Brooklyn Bridge.

Brooklyn Graffiti & Street Art Walking Tour
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Brooklyn Graffiti & Street Art Walking Tour

$29

Graffiti: crime or cultural creation! Discover an exciting world of graffiti taggers and street artists on this walking tour while viewing some of the most visually incredible murals in New York City and Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Group Graffiti Workshop
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Brooklyn Group Graffiti Workshop

$30

This hands-on graffiti workshop allows participants to create a graffiti art project with the help of an authentic NYC graffiti artist. Learn the tips and techniques of aerosol art from fill-ins to masterpieces as you immerse yourself in the graffiti art culture.

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Long Island

The best beaches in the Hamptons
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The best beaches in the Hamptons

Discovering some of the most gorgeous coastline in the Northeast

Notable North Fork
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Notable North Fork

Avoiding the crowds for the towns and beaches of Long Island’s North Fork

The best of Long Island Wine Country
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The best of Long Island Wine Country

A well-balanced, full-bodied vacation