Long Island is 118 miles long and roughly 20 miles across, and 7 bridges and 2 tunnels connect Long Island to Manhattan – so you can get to the island by road, rail or fly.
Long Island is an island of contrasts. On the west end of the island closest to Manhattan you have Queens and Brooklyn – both identities in their own right, with many people not recognizing that they are really a part of Long Island, then you have Nassau County and Suffolk County, with the of island to the east identified in 4 districts – North Shore, South Shore, North Fork and South Fork which are the two peninsulas that run each side of Peconic Bay that lies between them.
On the north coast of Long Island is Long Island Sound, and south of the island is the Atlantic Ocean, with the coastline around Long Island a mixture of long white sandy beaches, sand dunes, coves, ports, inlets and bays. This is a beautiful part of the United States and hugely popular with New Yorkers in the summer time heading for the beaches, resorts and other attractions that are located here. There’s a lot to see and do here, with lots of places to eat and many places to stay too from up-market hotels and resorts to Bed and Breakfast places. You are never far from the water – beaches, marinas, walkways, sand dunes, bays and inlets.
These are just some of the attractions that you will find on Long Island –
Historic sites – Long Island has a history going back to the times before the Dutch and English first arrived on these shores, and certainly the Island has Indian, Dutch, English, European and American history, including whaling, bootlegging and Military History too.
Some of the museums you might like to visit are as follows –
Wineries – there are more than 3000 acres of vineyards – a number being in and around Southold, Riverhead and Sayville. See www.liwines.com . Also in Cuthogue, Jamesport, Peconic , Greenport and Mattituck.
Zoos – head to Manorville to the Long Island Game Farm and Children’s Zoo and the Animal Farm and Petting Zoo; Animal Preserve in Holtsville, the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead and the Suffolk County Farm in Yaphank. There are also a number of wildlife Refuges on the island as well as whale watching cruises to enjoy.
Waterpark – head to ‘Splish Spash in Calverton – 96 acres of wave pools, water slides, pools and rides. Tel: (631) 727 3600.
Parks and Gardens – there are many great parks for biking, hiking, walking as well as gardens to enjoy. These are just a few of them –
Fire Island – is a ferry ride away (See www.fiferries.com ) from Bay Shore, Patchogue or Sayville and the island is almost car free. People come here by boat or ferry to enjoy the beaches, marina, restaurants, bars, nightlife, wilderness and walking trails, small hotels, B&B’s, and the Fire Island National Seashore Boardwalk that runs along the coastline. Also look for the 300 year old primeval Holly Forest and the Robert Moses State Park. There are 17 small communities that are located along the island’s coastal beaches, making the Island a popular place to head to during the summer months.
Shopping – there are many shopping malls and also small village shops too, some of the best villages being Huntington, Rosslyn, Port Jefferson, Northport and Cold Spring Harbor.
Theaters and Shows – there are a number of Theaters and concert venues located on Long Island, two of the biggest being ‘The Nikon at Jones Beach Theater’ in Wantach, Jones Beach State Park and the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale. There are many others, and so it is worth checking where you are staying to see what’s happening close by. There is always something happening on the island each week.
LONG ISLAND is an island that attracts writers, artists, performers, musicians, surfers, beachgoers, golfers, fishing enthusiasts, hikers, day trippers and holiday makers – and the mix of rich and famous, bohemians and ordinary folk make Long Island a great place to live as well as visit.
If you have the time, it is definitely a place to put on your list of places to visit.