Long Island has a lot to offer visitors. Sometimes all of us living on Long Island forget all the amazing jewels it offers us. Have you ever considered a Long Island Staycation?
For your consideration: A Long Island Staycation
Montauk Point Lighthouse & State Park
East End of Route 27, Montauk
Montauk Point Lighthouse and State Park has dense trees and shrubs, along with wetlands, then turns in sandy rocky beach over the bluffs. It’s also home to the 1792 Montauk Light, one of the oldest lighthouses in the United States. Walk to the top and view the entire park!
Jones Beach State Park
Jones Beach State Park is probably one of the most popular beaches on Long Island. It’s not just a beach, but also home to:
- A famous boardwalk
- Food Concessions
- Miniature Golf
- Jones Beach Theater
- Jones Beach Nature Center
Walt Whitman Birthplace
246 Old Whitman Road, Huntington Station 11746
Walt Whitman, famous poet/writer, was born on Long Island in 1819, and his cottage remains preserved for visitors to explore.
Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum
200 Main Street, Sag Harbor 11963
19th-century Greek Revival mansion that houses century-old jawbones, tools, weapons, artwork, historical documents and seasonal temporary exhibits
Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium
180 Little Neck Road, Centerport 11721
The Vanderbilt Museum is the former 43-acre estate of William K. Vanderbilt and includes the Vanderbilt mansion chock full of furnishings, art and more. There’s also a:
- Marine Museum
- Curator’s Cottage
- Seaplane Hangar
- And so much more
Old Westbury Gardens
71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury 11568
Formal gardens, woodlands, ponds, lakes and landscaped grounds surround a Charles II-style mansion creating Old Westbury Gardens. John S. Phipps built the mansion in 1906, and houses English antiques and art.
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park
Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay 11771
Visit the 67-room Tudor revival residence Coe Hall. The land is where the former estate of railroad executive William Robertson Coe and his wife once had their estate. Visit not just Coe Hall, but also the greenhouses, paths, gardens and much more (like a guided tour of Coe Hall).
20 Sagamore Hill Road, Oyster Bay 11771
On the North Shore of Long Island, Theodore Roosevelt lived in the Sagamore Hill home from 1885 until 1919. He was often known to call it is Summer White House. After his death, the home was eventually turned into the Theodore Roosevelt Museum and declared a National Historic Site.
Long Island Game Farm
489 Chapman Boulevard, Manorville 11949
The Long Island Game Farm is not just a children’s zoo, but also a wildlife park.
Cradle of Aviation Museum
Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City 11530
Long Island has a long and vast history in aviation history. The Cradle of Aviation Museum is home to over 60 aircraft and airplane models, along with the never-used Apollo Lunar Module - LM-13 - that was part of the cancelled Apollo 18 mission.
Long Island Children’s Museum
11 Davis Avenue, Garden City 11530
Kids of all ages love the Long Island Children’s Museum. It’s full of interactive exhibits, and have a schedule of activities each day for kids to participate in. A huge favorite exhibit is the News12 broadcast desk, along with the bubbles exhibit.
The Heckscher Museum of Art
2 Prime Avenue, Huntington 11743
The Heckscher Museum of Art features a collection that includes about 500 years worth of art from not only the United States, but also Europe.
White Post Farms
250 Old Country Road, Melville 11747
White Post Farms is a working family farm on Long Island that’s been around since the 1800s. Visit the animals, pick fresh produce and buy yourself a home-made pie. You can hang out with birds in the aviaries, and go for pony rides.
Sure, traveling off of Long Island is an option for your next vacation. But, wouldn’t it be great to hop in your car and experience some Long Island Staycation fun right in your own backyard. Of course, if you’re driving your car, make sure you’ve reviewed your car insurance policy with your Tango Insurance Agent.