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.
Shopping, Family-Friendly and Beaches
Learn about New York State’s oldest lighthouse in its museum before climbing to the top for panoramic ocean views.
Sunbathe alongside locals, enjoy views of Manhattan from the bike paths or enjoy gourmet food at this popular Brooklyn park.
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.
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.
See the Egyptian antiquities, a rotating selection of international art and a mammoth collection of American artworks in this impressive museum.
Experience the changing seasons in this leafy inner-city sanctuary, where specialty gardens and heritage pavilions showcase plants from around the world.
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.
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.
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.
Discovering some of the most gorgeous coastline in the Northeast
Avoiding the crowds for the towns and beaches of Long Island’s North Fork
A well-balanced, full-bodied vacation