Physically only a stone’s throw away from New York City, but a million miles apart in atmosphere, tourists flock to Long Island for its relaxed lifestyle, great restaurants, and fantastic beaches. There are many things to do on Long Island, which is especially true for lovers of the quirky and unusual.
Once you have seen all the top attractions of Long Island, be sure to check out its historic sights and arty charms. The Parrish Art Museum houses a collection of pieces from the American Impressionist Era to the 21st Century, which makes it a must visit for any art fans.
Further, there are tons of historical attractions on Long Island, such as Coe Hall and Planting Fields in Nassau County. This is a Tudor Revival mansion that exudes a strong ‘Roaring Twenties’ feel. Also, any literature fans must pay a visit to Guggenheim Estate, which was F. Scott Fitzgerald’s inspiration for the ‘East Egg’ area in his classic ‘The Great Gatsby’.
If wine is more your thing, check out one of the many wineries Long Island has to offer, such as farm based Bedell Cellars. Alternatively, to see the vineyards from a different perspective, rent a bike and cycle through the wine country. If you happen to visit Long Island in the summer or fall, be sure not to miss Lavender by the Bay, which are gorgeous lavender fields that will make you feel as if you have stepped right into Provence.
When it comes down to food, there are heaps of fantastic eateries to be found all over Long Island. You cannot miss Pizzetteria Brunetti, a restaurant with delicious and fantastic value pizza and Harbes for its renowned cider donuts. For those with a sweet tooth, check out The Candy Man, a 75-year-old candy shop that is famous for its giant chocolate covered strawberries.