Your Long Island Guide
When you visit Long Island, NY, you will discover a fun, exciting, and family oriented area filled with many attractions and places to explore.
The pages on this site contain loads of information for the many residents who already live here or for those looking to visit and are searching for something fun to do on the weekend. There is plenty to do, including daily trips and fun weekend getaways. You will also learn about the history, the culture and nightlife.
Where is Long Island?
Located on the southeast part of New York, it geographically consists of four counties: Queens, Brooklyn, Nassau and Suffolk - however most people consider it to be just the two counties of Nassau and Suffolk. Queens and Brooklyn are actually burroughs of New York City. It extends out into the Atlantic Ocean on the eastern coast of the United States and is the longest and largest island in the country.
The western half consists of the Nassau County neighborhoods. There are 3 towns: Hempstead, North Hempstead, and Oyster Bay and 2 cities: Long Beach and Glen Cove.
The eastern half consists of the Suffolk County neighborhoods. They include the towns of Babylon, Brookhaven, East Hampton, Huntington, Islip, Riverhead, Shelter Island, Smithtown, Southampton, and Southold.
Long Island has been said to be shaped like a fish. As you travel east to the town of Riverhead, the land splits into 2 forks: the "north fork" and "south fork". The north fork is famous for the many wineries and is knows as the "Long Island Wine Country", a popular tourist attraction. The south fork is home to the Hamptons, with many private beaches, upscale shops, and sprawling mansions.
NYC is an easy drive and depending on where you are on Long Island, the trip isn't far. The longest drive may be about 2 hours if you are traveling from the eastern most tip of Suffolk County. We have the Long Island railroad, a commuter train system with over 124 stations throughout the island to help you get around. And we have a bus system that interconnects the neighborhoods, train stations, colleges, shopping malls, and attractions.
And for those who do not know, there are many celebrities from here!
Some of them are Mariah Carey from Huntington, Stephen Baldwin from Massapequa, and Lindsay Lohan from Cold Spring Harbor and Merrick.
Why is Long Island so famous?
- for the many historic landmarks
- numerous sandy, white beaches
- the wineries on the east end
- the Hamptons on the south fork - a popular getaway for the rich and famous
Long Islanders have the extra benefit of...
- plenty of upscale shopping areas with unique and trendy boutiques
- a large variety of entertainment for kids and adults
- many excellent colleges and top notch school districts
- low crime rate and safe upbringing for kids
There are so many things to do!
You can visit Atlantis Marine World, a full scale aquarium located along the Peconic River in Riverhead.
Or you can escape to some really fun amusement parks: Splish Splash Water Park and Adventureland Amusement Park!
Do you want to take the kids to a petting zoo? The Long Island Game Farm has over 100 animals. What child doesn't like seeing and bottle feeding the baby goats?
For those who are a bit more daring, you may be looking to skydive. We have many opportunities to try out skydiving for the daredevil in you.
Maybe you are looking to take your significant other on a romantic weekend trip to one of long island's many cozy bed and breakfasts on the north fork? Our hotels can be quaint and cozy, roomy and luxurious like Oheka Castle or modest and inexpensive - we have it all. Many of the B&B's are affiliated with the wineries in and have package deals.
Speaking of wineries, there are over 40 of them on the east end. The wineries are very popular when it comes to tourism. The wine is top of the line and the vineyards are great for spending a romantic day out on the east end. In addition, there are many winery tours.
During your time out east visiting the wineries, you will want to enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants. The Hamptons restaurants are numerous and the food is incredibly delicious. Besides the east end, there are a ton of hot spots to eat at throughout Long Island. If you love Italian food, we have some of the best Italian restaurants. There are many places to eat with live music.
Restaurants are varied - you can find upscale restaurants with incredible ambiance and superb menus and also kids eat free restaurants that are family oriented. You will learn about the different dining choices and the best of the best.
Are you a beach person? One of the best parts about living here is that there are so many sandy white beaches and parks to bring your kids. One of the most popular are Jones Beach state park which has it's own theater, showcasing live concerts from many hot artists. Jones Beach also has an amazing air show every memorial day. Some other popular beaches and parks are Long Beach, Robert Moses State park, and Fire Island, New York.
We also have our very own famous minor league baseball team: The Long Island Ducks! The Ducks stadium is a full sized field and a very popular way to spend the day.
On this site you will also discover:
- All the exciting events that take place throughout the year including the craft fairs, festivals, carnivals that take place, especially during the summer
- The many options for singles: you will find many resources for dating and nightlife, including a guide to the best nightclubs, bars, and lounges
- The numerous famous historic landmarks of Long Island, including the Montauk Lighthouse and the Big Duck
- Plenty of educational and historical sites including many museums and cultural houses
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