Long Island is a fantastic getaway from the hustle and bustle of New York City. The biggest island adjacent to the contiguous United States, Long Island has a lot to offer for vacationers who want to experience a different kind of luxury.
Travel to the Gilded Age while walking on the historic Gold Coast, beach hop on all its fine, world-class beaches, challenge yourself to a round of golf on any of its fantastic public courses, educate your taste buds on the finest wines and craft beer or seek out a fishing charter to guide you through some of the best deep sea fishing this side of the Atlantic. Long Island is truly a destination in New York State that should be your travel list. While you can do it as a day trip from NYC, it has many sights and activities to offer the entire family that a weekend may not be enough.
When viewed on a map, you will notice that Long Island is shaped like a fish. It’s also surrounded by water on all sides, with access to the Atlantic Ocean to the east and south and 400 miles of coastline. Those reasons should clue you in on how Long Island is every angler’s dream destination. It has fish biting all year round, both in its fresh waters and salt waters. Here, you can enjoy pier fishing, surf fishing, wade fishing, bay fishing, party boat fishing, and deep sea fishing with the guidance of many well-equipped fishing charters.
Easily accessible from New York City, Long Island is often a day trip for many tourists from out of town. The island, though, offers more that you may want to plan a longer trip.
Visit one of the top beaches in America, the Coopers Beach at Southampton, for a fine white sandy shore and its view of the beautiful Gilded Age estates. Mingle with the locals at the popular Main Beach in East Hampton. Have fun with the entire family and get active on Orient Beach State Park, where you can swim, kayak, and canoe while enjoying its natural beauty.
Once you get out of the water, why not try a round of golf in any of the island’s many public golf courses? If you have to go to only one, choose the Bethpage State Park, where the renowned Black Course is located.
Long Island offers fantastic opportunities to learn a variety of cultural refinements. Here you can learn more about wine and craft beers in any of its 60 breweries, distilleries, and wineries. Many of them are members of the Long Island Wine Country, a group of 57 wine producers from Western Suffolk County, North Fork, and South Fork.
You should visit many museums here, including the Nassau County Museum of Art, where you can find Lichtenstein pieces, the Heckscher Museum of Art, which houses works by Georgia O'Keeffe. The Parrish Art Museum features works by both classic masters and contemporary artists.