Beaches - Long Island beaches are world-renowned for their fine white sand, spectacular waves, miles of boardwalks, beach trails, restaurants, picnic areas, and beautiful sunrises and sunsets.
Of all the activities in Long Island, New York, spending a day at the beach is at the top of the list. From Jones Beach State Park, one of Long Island's beaches within an hour from New York City, to Montauk and Orient State Parks on the east end, you'll find your place in the sun. In fact two Long Island beaches, Coopers Beach in Southhampton and Main Beach in East Hampton, are consistently named in the annual 'Top Ten Beaches in America,' list by Dr. Stephen Leatherman (aka Dr. Beach).
Charter Boats & Marinas - Major marinas can be found throughout Long Island, with fishing charters and party boats out of Freeport, Captree Boat Basin, Bay Shore, Greenport and Montauk, among others.
Long Island offers some of the best fishing in New York State. Several tournaments are also held throughout the season. Marinas, such as Bay Shore, Port Washington, Oyster Bay, Bay Shore, Freeport, West Islip, and Port Jefferson offer other unique boating opportunities for individuals and groups with Riverboat-style party boats, yachts, Long Island dinner cruises and even sloops. For nature-lovers, there are educational wetlands day cruises out of Riverhead and Stony Brook.
Water Sports - Water sports go hand in hand with fun on Long Island. Head out on a salt water fishing charter, venture on a seal or whale watching tour, or rent kayaks and explore Long Island's many miles of scenic coastline.
Other activities include boating, canoeing, cruising, rowing, sailing, scuba diving, and swimming. While in Long Island, New York book accommodations in a hotel with ocean & water views, venture to the top of a lighthouse or spend the day at one of Long Island's gorgeous ocean beaches.
Surfing - Long Island surfing brings with it a range of experiences and challenges along the 118 miles of ocean-facing coastline on the island's South Shore.
From the beaches on the western end of the island, where designated areas for surfing are usually set, to the smaller and less crowded coves of the east end, Long Island waves can be pounding one day, and calm the next.
Water temps typically reach into the 70s at beaches in New York during the summer, but a wet suit is recommended other times during the year.
During the fall the crowds thin, and the water and weather can remain fair into October, although extreme caution should be taken during the late summer/early fall hurricane season.
While here, challenge yourself with some of the other ocean related things to do in Long Island, including scuba diving, fishing, kayaking and canoeing.
Arts & Culture – Science - Stimulate your mind at the many area attractions dedicated to science and aviation. At the Cradle of Aviation Museum, discover how science and aviation intertwine with the history of Long Island, from the flight of Charles Lindbergh to man's first steps on the moon.
Visit the American Airpower Museum where you can walk among historic planes and visit an air traffic control tower.
Explore natural science at one of several science and learning centers on Long Island. There are plenty of things to do on Long Island to arouse your curiosity.
Arts & Culture – Museums - Come stroll the galleries and art museums of Long Island where you'll find hidden treasures and unexpected surprises.
From the Auguste Rodin and Lichtensteins you'll find at Nassau County Museum of Art, to the Georgia O'Keefe and George Grosz works at the Heckscher Museum of Art, to the Pollock and de Koonings you'll see at the Parrish Art Museum, to the William Sidney Mount collection at the Long Island Museum of Art, History and Carriages.
Plus most townships have their own local art museums featuring changing exhibits and programs.
Arts & Culture - Mansions & Arboretums - Visit the famous Gold Coast region where New York’s elite built their Long Island mansions, castles and gardens perched high upon the bluffs during the 1920s "Gold Coast" era, immortalized in F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby."
Many Long Island mansions, including the castles at Sands Point Preserve, the Vanderbilt Museum, and the Frick Estate at the Nassau County Museum of Art, are open to the public as tourist attractions in Long Island.
Several venerate and aptly explain the legacy of many of these well-known and famous people from New York.
If you’re looking for more mansions on Long Island, arboretum after arboretum dots the landscape, including Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Old Westbury Gardens and other Long Island arboretum sites. Find Long Island museums.
Arts & Culture – Theatre - Perhaps its the influence of the many Hollywood actors, singers and performers who call Long Island home, or perhaps the close proximity to New York City's Broadway, but Long Island theater is passionate about performing.
From the intimate theater houses in downtown villages, including professional theater at Gateway Playhouse, John Engeman Theater and Baystreet along with other community theaters, to the major performance centers such as the Tilles Center, Staller Center and Jones Beach Theater, enjoy the pleasant drama of a trip to Long Island.
Wine & Dine – Wineries - An enchanting trip to Long Island Wine Country transports you to a place where over 60 vineyards flourish and over 30 Long Island wineries open their doors to visitors. Come sample the latest award-winning vintage, or take a fascinating Long Island wineries tour and see how vintners here have perfected their craft. Enjoy lunch at a fabulous local restaurant or plan a wine country vacation and spend the evening at one of the quaint area bed and breakfasts.
While here, be sure to visit one of our breweries to sample a locally made draft, from the Blue Point brewery to Southampton Public House and Greenport Brewery, along with restaurants that craft their own.
Wine & Dine – Restaurants - Long Island is rich, not only in nautical and scenic treasures, but in culinary delights as well. From a quick bite at a roadside lobster stand, where you might just spot a celebrity in casual mode, to a romantic sunset dinner watching boats come in with the day’s catch, Long Island restaurants satisfy every palette and pocketbook. Many Long Island restaurants feature produce from local farm stands, wine from Long Island, New York wineries and seafood straight from the ocean.
Outdoor Activities – Golf - World-class fairways, miles of sparkling beaches, historic golf clubs and quaint seaside villages.
Come discover Long Island on the best New York golf courses.
Thrill to a round where the golf's best have battled at Bethpage State Park's Black Course. Roam scenic courses with rolling meadows, wooded acres and water views.
Outdoor Activities – Sky Adventures - What better way to experience the full panoramic view of Long Island than from the sky. Take an unforgettable airplane ride above beaches, farmland, parks and landmarks sites. Or sign up for lessons, introductory flights, a sky diving adventure, a glider flight or a discovery flight.
Or, how about by-passing everyone and taking a quick and easy private charter plane to the Hamptons and other locations to start off your vacation in a memorable way.
For the thrill enthusiast, Long Island offers sky diving. A truly memorable experience. Or you can take a glider plane ride attached to the back of a motorized plane via a cable. Your motor-less plane is pulled up into the sky, and then released, as you and your pilot are left to soar buoyed by the strong wind currents.
While here, visit the only municipally-owned grass runway on Long Island at Bayport Aerodrome and see vintage craft carefully restored and flown. Or come to the American Airpower Museum, where weekends generally see craft from World War I and II take to the sky.
Shopping – Shopping Malls - Visit Long Island's amazing shopping malls and you'll find brand names, the latest styles, local goods and great bargains.
And when you're done with some of the trendiest shopping in New York, you'll find restaurants, cinemas, art museums and galleries, and other entertainment in the area. Some of the best shopping in New York is found on Long Island, where proximity to Manhattan ensures the latest styles surface quickly.
Before heading out to the beach, or the golf course, or dinner at an area restaurant, find the latest brand names at Long Island shopping malls.
Shopping – Outlet Malls - Bargain hunters will want to visit Long Island's outlet centers where amazing deals await.
Home goods, clothing, shoes, and sportswear. Some of the best shopping in New York can be found at Long Island's brand name outlet centers. Shop Long Island outlet centers and you'll be sure to leave with a smile on your face.
Plan to spend a couple days while you're here to enjoy other activities on Long Island, book a hotel, play a game of golf, or tour historic area mansions and arboretums.
Shopping – Village & Town Shops - Come stroll Long Island's villages and small town shops where you'll find great little one-of-a-kind shops, boutiques, name brands and restaurants serving the best in local fare.
Some shops showcase the trendiest shopping in New York, while others take you back in time with antiques and uniquely Long Island gifts.
And, many of Long Island's theaters and shows, as well as art galleries and museums, are located in downtown village districts. Local Chambers of Commerce can help you find the shops and restaurants you're looking for.