Long Island: Places to Explore


  • Amagansett

    Amagansett is a small hamlet in the town of East Hampton, which takes its name from an American Indian word meaning "place of good water." From the very beginning, the town's tranquil setting was perfectly... Read more

  • Bridgehampton

    The beautiful beaches are just part of the attraction at this quiet, classy Hamptons community. Elegant Bridgehampton has antiques shops, art galleries, and restaurants in which you can sip wine made from... Read more

  • Cold Spring Harbor

    One of the North Shore's most enchanting towns, Cold Spring Harbor has always been valued for its location on the water. The Matinecock Indians are said to have called it Wawapex, meaning "place of good... Read more

  • Cutchogue

    White, steepled churches and a small collection of old-fashioned shops line Cutchogue's Main Street. Here you can stroll to an ice-cream parlor, browse a handful of art and crafts boutiques, and eat blueberry... Read more

  • East Hampton

    Graced with ancient elm trees, majestic gray-shingled homes, and historic windmills, the village of East Hampton has evolved into a busy, expensive, and sophisticated combination of thriving summer resort... Read more

  • Fire Island

    With the Atlantic Ocean to its south and the Great South Bay to its north, Fire Island is basically a long stretch of pristine beach. Most of the 32-mi-long barrier island belongs to the Fire Island National... Read more

  • Garden City

    In 1869, the "Merchant Prince of Broadway," Alexander T. Stewart, put his considerable talents, creativity, and wealth into the creation of a model city, reportedly a century ahead of its time. Harpers... Read more

  • Great Neck

    The western gateway to the North Shore of Long Island, Great Neck sits on a peninsula jutting into Long Island Sound. Ever since Dutch settlers founded the city in 1681, people have been attracted by its... Read more

  • Greenport

    A fleet of commercial fishing boats still operates out of this down-to-earth, working-class village, but shops and restaurants have grown increasingly upscale due to an influx of summer visitors and second-home... Read more

  • Huntington

    The township of greater Huntington embraces five navigable harbors, several beaches on the gentle waters of Long Island Sound, and 17 communities, including the attractive Huntington village (the township... Read more

  • Long Beach

    A series of large barrier islands, which protect the mainland from ocean surges, sits off the south shore of Long Island. The city of Long Beach occupies the westernmost of these islands, in Nassau County... Read more

  • Montauk

    Twelve long miles of windswept road, aptly named the Napeague Stretch, separate Montauk from the Hamptons, and as you roll into the small seaside village it becomes immediately apparent that here is a... Read more

  • Northport

    The Matinecock Indians were the first inhabitants of what is now one of the North Shore's oldest and most charming villages. Originally known as Cow Harbor, Northport was incorporated in 1895. Victorian... Read more

  • Old Bethpage and Farmingdale

    Golf fans know all about Old Bethpage and nearby Farmingdale. Bethpage State Park has five municipal courses, including the Black Course, host of the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Open. It's considered one of the... Read more

  • Old Westbury

    The community of Westbury dates to 1657, when Captain John Seamann purchased 12,000 acres from the local Algonquin tribe. Later, in 1700, Quakers fleeing persecution settled in the area, naming their settlement... Read more

  • Oyster Bay

    The history of this quaint town on an inlet off Long Island Sound can be traced to 1615, when a Dutch explorer, impressed by the area's bountiful shellfish, named it Oyster Bay. The hamlet's distance from... Read more

  • Port Jefferson

    The Setauket Indians, the first to live here, began selling the land to settlers in the mid-1600s. By the time of the Revolutionary War the village was home to many patriots, and during the War of 1812... Read more

  • Port Washington

    Antiques and collectibles stores, gift shops, and old buildings line this town's Main Street, and tall ships bob in the water beyond the town dock at Port Washington Harbor. This area was originally settled... Read more

  • Quogue

    Settled in the mid-17th century, Quogue, part of the greater Westhampton area, is one of the oldest communities on Long Island. Today, thanks to the stately Victorians nestled along its tree-lined streets... Read more

  • Riverhead

    The town of Riverhead was established in 1792 at the junction of the North and South forks, with the Peconic River and Great Peconic Bay bordering the town on the south and Long Island Sound on the north... Read more

  • Roslyn

    Roslyn, at the head of Hempstead Harbor, has an attractive downtown, popular restaurants, trendy boutiques, and charming residential areas. It's also the site of approximately 100 pre-Civil War buildings... Read more

  • Sag Harbor

    On the South Fork's north coast, Sag Harbor has a strong maritime flavor that largely stems from its history as a whaling port. The first white settlers arrived in the late 1600s, learned a thing or two... Read more

  • Shelter Island

    Shelter Island lies between Long Island's North and South forks. Reachable only by boat (there's regular ferry service), the 11½-square-mi island offers at least a partial escape from the summer traffic-and-crowd... Read more

  • Southampton

    Southampton is not only steeped in rich history but also in contemporary affluence. Pristine area beaches framed by sparkling Atlantic waters are a draw, but so are upscale shops, fine restaurants, polo... Read more

  • Southold

    With its wineries and beautiful farmland, the village of Southold is at the heart of the North Fork. Like its neighboring villages and hamlets, it exudes New England charm. Southold was settled in 1640... Read more

  • Water Mill

    This small village, settled in the mid-17th century, is the nation's only community with a functional, working water mill and windmill. The original settlers used the mills as power sources to grind grain... Read more

  • Westhampton Beach

    So many seasonal visitors have fallen in love with Westhampton that it has become one of the fastest-growing year-round communities on eastern Long Island. Excellent restaurants, chic shops, a regionally... Read more