Best Long Island, NY Attractions

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    10. Jones Beach State Park

    Considered one of Long Island's best (and most crowded) beaches, Jones Beach has been a popular day-trip destination since the 1920s. Take a stroll along the boardwalk, play miniature golf, grab some food, or just...

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    9. Duck Walk Vineyards

    This vineyard on the South Fork is a prime tourist attraction, thanks to its proximity to the Hamptons' main resort areas — of course, award-winning merlots, cabernets, chardonnays, and blueberry ports don't...

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    8. Walt Whitman Birthplace

    Walt Whitman — whose poems "Song of Myself," "O Captain! My Captain," and "I Sing The Body Electric" are oft anthologized — was born on Long Island in 1819. The poet, whose free verse extolled the virtues...

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    7. Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum

    Housed in a stately 19th-century Greek Revival mansion, this unique museum charts the industry that kept Sag Harbor "in business" for so many years. Whaling drew adventurous young men from the four corners of the...

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    6. Nassau County Museum of Art

    A must-see for Long Island vacationers, this beautiful museum campus ranges across some 140 acres and includes an 18th-century Georgian mansion that belonged to William Cullen Bryant and, later, the son of US Steel...

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    4. Sagamore Hill

    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Sagamore Hill served as President Theodore Roosevelt's Long Island home from 1885 until 1919. Visitors find that it looks much as it did during the family's...

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    3. Coe Hall and the Planting Fields

    One of the most impressive residences on the East Coast, this former home of Standard Oil heiress Mai Rogers Coe and her husband (insurance tycoon William Robertson Coe) is now a chief attraction in Nassau County....

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    2. Fire Island National Seashore

    This long, narrow barrier island reaches from the historic William Floyd Estate to Robert Moses State Park. It was designated a National Seashore in 1964 in the hopes that its bird habitats, maritime forests, and...

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    1. Montauk Point State Park

    This narrow stretch of land becomes heavily wooded as it reaches into the Atlantic and forms Long Island's eastern tip. Here, seals gather and frolic on the shore. While not boasting the area's most hospitable...

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About Long Island, NY Attractions

Folks who never venture beyond Shea Stadium, Flushing Meadows, LaGuardia or JFK may find it difficult to believe the Island is far more than an upscale suburb of New York City, a wealthy bedroom community dissected by the LIE. Long Island's South Shore, thanks to the soft white sands of Fire Ireland, Jones Beach, and Long Beach, features some of the finest beaches on the East Coast (perhaps even the entire US), and though the waters of the Atlantic can be chilly, it doesn't deter swimming or surfing throughout the summer. The more pastoral eastern end of the Island, which includes the North and South Forks of Suffolk County, is revered for its world-class vineyards, golf courses, and unparalleled saltwater fishing. The Island's cliffy North Shore has long held appeal for the nation's rich and famous (Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby was set here), and curiosity about those times certainly draw big crowds to places like the Vanderbilt Museum and the Roosevelt Family's Sagamore Hill estate.

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Kim Goodin has traveled extensively throughout the US and Europe, stopping for a year or two in places such as London and Denver. Aside from road trips, she enjoys animals and books, and has many of both. She will read almost anything, but particularly enjoys biographies, Southern gothic fiction, mysteries, classic British novels, and cookbooks. When her...  Read more »

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