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Sightseeing on Long Island, NY

Updated Oct 05 2014 04:20 PM EST with 60 listings
This page lists local attractions for tourists and residents alike. Take advantage of the many tours, museums, parks, boat excursions, historic places, historic houses and sightseeing attractions that are available for fun and leisure.
Sightseeing on Long Island, NY

Bay Shore Historical Society

The Gibson-Mack-Holt House, headquarters of the Bay Shore Historical Society, is one of Bay Shore's oldest homes.
Maple Ave., Bay Shore NY 11706 Tel 631-665-4637

Bayport Aerodrome Society Museum

The Bayport Aerodrome Society is a membership organizaion formed in 1972 for the primary purpose of preserving the style and tradition of aviation in the early 20th century.
Cartwright Loop, Bayport NY 11705 Off Church Street, Tel 631-541-1198
Tel: 631-732-6509

Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society Museum Complex

A visit ot the museum complex offers exhibits on sea captains, ship building, whaling, market gunning, decoys, Elmer Sperry inventions and everyday life in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
31 Bellport Lane, Bellport NY 11713 Tel 631-286-0888

Belmont Lake State Park

2 miles of biking and waking trails, 2-mile bridle path with stables, fresh water fishing, rowboat rentails daily June 29-Sept. 4, weekends and holidays May 6-June 25 and Sept. 9-Oct. 9. Location
375 Sylvan Rd., North Babylon NY 11703 Tel 631-587-7778
Tel: 631-667-5055; Website: nysparks.com

Blydenburgh-Weld House

Free guided tours of the grounds are held every Saturday at 1pm, including the house, gristmill, carriage house, and miller's house.
102 New Mill Rd., Smithtown NY Blydenburgh County Park, Tel 631-360-0753
Tel: 631-854-4949

Breakfast at Belmont

While eating breakfast in the trackside cafe, you can relax and watch the horses breeze through their morning workouts on the racing oval.
Hempstead Ave., Elmont NY 11003 Belmont Racetrack, Tel 718-641-4700

Caleb Smith House

Originally built in 1819, the House now serves as a headquarters for the Smithtown Historical Society and a repository for documents and books relating to the history of Smithtown. The house is filled with 17th and 18th century furniture, paintings and documents.
Rt. 25A, Smithtown NY 11787 Tel 631-265-6768

Captree State Park

Marina with open and charter fishing, excursion and scuba diving boats; two fishing piers; boat launch ramp; bait and takle and marine fuel station; free pump-out station; restaurant, snack bar, playground and picnic areas. Location
Ocean Parkway, Babylon NY 11702 Tel 631-587-3495
Tel: 631-669-0449; Website: 516web.com

Chelsea Center

Open all year except March, donations accepted.
34 Muttontown Lane, East Norwich NY 11732 Tel 516-571-8550

Coindre Hall Park (West Neck Farm County Park)

Circa 1912. Coindre Hall Park, is a 33 acre park and 80,000 square foot mansion overlooking Huntington Harbor. This mansion represents the height of the Gold Coast era with its Medieval turrets and sweeping views of the harbor. Click here for park information
101 Browns Rd., Huntington NY 11743 Tel 631-424-8230

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

A wonderful hands-on museum with family activities, programs and a whale jaw bone that would excite any age child.
301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor NY 11724 PO Box 25, Tel 631-367-3418
Fax: 631-692-7037; E-mail: info@cshwhalingmuseum.org
Website: cshwhalingmuseum.org

Conklin Farmhouse

The oldest house in Huntington and reflects life and decor in the colonial, federal and victorian periods.
2 High St., Huntington NY 11743 Tel 631-427-7045
Fax: 631-427-7056; Website: huntingtonhistoricalsociety.org

Custom House

In 1789, Sag Harbor was the first U.S. port of entry. Museum is in the home of the port's first U.S. customs master.
161 Main St., Sag Harbor NY 11724 and Garden St., Tel 631-692-4664
E-mail: staff@splia.org; Website: splia.org

Dodge House, The

18th-Century farmhouse is now filled with a centuries-old collection of Dodge family treasures and trivia-furniture, documents, china, wrought ironware, memorabilia.
58 Harbor Rd., Port Washington NY 11050 Tel 516-767-3970

Epnetus Smith Tavern

The West Wing of this building dates back to 1690. Moved three times form its original site, the building accommodated British troops during the Revolution and, in more recent times, the Smithtown Library.
211 East Middle Country Rd., Smithtown NY 11787 Tel 631-265-6788

Fantasy Playhouse

Produces original musicals based on children's classics featuring students of the Playhouse's theater school as well as some Broadway revivals using professional actors.
317 Merrick Rd., Lynbrook NY 11563 Tel 516-599-1982

Glacier Bay Sports- Carmans River Canoe and Kayak Rentals

The Carmans River trip begins at Mill Road, across the highway from Upper Lake in Yaphank. The river is very narrow & extremely shrouded with forest cover where the canoes enter the water. You can rent a canoe or kayak March 31 to Nov. 15.
2979 Montauk Hwy., Brookhaven NY 11719 Fax 631-286-7637
Tel: 631-286-0567; E-mail: brookhaveninfo@glacierbaysports.com
Website: glacierbaysports.com.

Greenlawn - Centerport Historical Association Museum

Housed in the Harborfields Public Library, this museum's office and research center offers a growing collection of photographs, documents, geneaolgical information and objects.
31 Broadway, Greenlawn NY 11746 Tel 631-754-1180

Greenport Carousel

Greenport's Antique Carousel was built in the 1920's, donated by the Northrop-Grumman Corporation in 1995, and now sits in Harbor Front Park. Mitchell Park - Glass Carousel Pavillion
Front St., Greenport NY Tel 631-477-2200
Website: greenportvillage.com

Hallockville Museum Farm and Folklife Center

A cultural institution dedicated to preserving, understanding and celebrating eastern Long Island's history, oral history and cultural heritage relating to traditional occupations (such as farming and fishing) and to traditional community folk arts and folklore.
6038 Sound Ave., Riverhead NY 11901 Tel 631-298-5292
Fax: 631-298-0144; E-mail: hallockv@optonline.net
Website: hallockville.com

Heckscher State Park

Two beach areas, pool; five softball fields; horseshoe pit; biking & walking paths; boat ramp, day berthing; snack bars, boathouse, camping, picnic areas; Green Belt Trail; cross-country sking in winter; basketball court; fishing in Great South Bay; nature programs. Location
Heckscher State Pkwy., East Islip NY 11730 South End, Tel 631-581-1072
Tel: 631-581-2100

Henry Lloyd Manor House

This 1711 manor house was built by Henry Lloyd and was occupied by the Bristish during the Revolutionary War. It is now maintained by the Lloyd Harbor Historical Society.
41 Lloyd Harbor Rd., Lloyd Habor NY 11743 Tel 631-424-6110

Islip Art Museum

The Islip Art Museum is the leading exhibition space for contemporary art on Long Island. Changing exhibits focus on themes and concerns of the current art world.
50 Irish Lane, East Islip NY 11730 Tel 631-224-5402
Fax: 631-224-5440; E-mail: Islipartmuseum@hotmail.com
Website: islipartmuseum.org

Joseph Lloyd Manor House

The house is furnished to the 1793 inventory of John Lloyd II. Lloyd Manor was the home of Jupiter Hammon, a slave who became the first published black poet.
Lloyd Lane, Lloyd Habor NY 11743 at Lloyd Harbor Road, Tel 631-692-4664
E-mail: staff@splia.org; Website: splia.org

Lauder Museum

The Museum, once the Bank of Amityville, serves as the attractive home for memorabilia of Amityville's past. Here this material is collected, preserved & exhibited.
170 Broadway, Amityville NY 11701 At Ireland Place, Tel 631-598-1486

Lighthouses of Long Island, New York

Perfect Guide to Lighthouses on LI! Directions, maps, photos, historic post cards.
Moriches NY 11955
Website: scroope.net

Long Beach

A South Shore Waterfront resort and residential community with a wide sandy beach and boardwalk open to the public. The City of Long Beach is known for its wide variety of ethinic restaurants.
350 National Blvd, Long Beach NY 11561 Tel 516-432-6000
Tel: 631-584-9683; Tel: 631-584-9684

Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau - LICVB

Excellent resource on what there is to do on Long Island: parks & beaches, calendar of events, sports, lodging and much more.
330 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge NY 11788 Tel 516-951-3900
Tel: 631-951-3900; Tel: 877-386-6654
Fax: 516-951-3439; Fax: 631-951-3439
E-mail: tourism@licvb.com; Website: licvb.com

Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages

This museum began in 1939 as the Suffolk Museum. From the 1950s to the 1980s, several historic buildings were moved to the property and the art, history and carriage museums were opened.
1200 Rt. 25A, Stony Brook NY 11790 Tel 631-751-0066
Fax: 631-751-0353; E-mail: mail@longislandmuseum.org
Website: longislandmuseum.org

Marine Nature Study Area

52 acre section of the Hempstead Estuary accessible to those who wish to learn about the environment of the marsh. Visitors may take walking trails along which visual aids depict plant and animal communities.
500 Slice Dr., Oceanside NY 11572 Tel 516-766-1580
E-mail: michael@farina.com; Website: michael.farina.com

Mather House Museum

The 19th-century home of shipbuilder John Mather & his father, John Richard Mather. Museum permanent exhibits include the harbor's early shipbuilding industry with displays of shipbuilding tools, models and photographs of early harbor activities. Donation: Adults:$2, Children under 12:free
115 Prospect St., Port Jefferson Station NY 11777 Tel 631-473-2665
Tel: 631-928-6287

Miller Place Historical Museum

The oldest section of this colonial saltbox house dates back to 1720 and was originally built by William Miller. A display features Civil War medical instruments.
75 North Country Rd., Miller Place NY 11764 PO Box 651, Tel 631-476-5742
Website: mpmshistoricalsociety.org

Nassau County Museum of Art

The Museum occupies the elegant neo-Georgian mansion of the Frick country estate. Featuring ten refurbished galleries, the Museum produces four major art exhibitions per year.
1 Museum Dr., Roslyn NY 11576 Route 25A, Tel 516-484-9337
Tel: 516-484-9338; Website: nassaumuseum.com

Nassau County Police Museum

This museum serves as a repository of artifacts collected during the 70+ years of the Nassau County Police Department's service to the public.
1490 Franklin Ave., Mineola NY 11501 Tel 516-573-7620

Northport Historical Museum

This museum features a permanent shipbuilding exhibit as well as displays of objects and memorabilia reflecting life in the Northport area through all periods of history.
215 Main St., Northport Village NY 11768 Tel 631-757-9859
Fax: 631-757-9398; E-mail: info@northporthistorical.org
Website: northporthistorical.org

Obadiah Smith House

The house was constructed in the early 18th century with many 17th century features. Of particular interest is the kitchen with its large fireplace and unusual construction.
853 St. Johnland Rd., Kings Park NY 11754 Tel 631-265-6768

Old Grace Church Museum

The oldest church in Massapequa erected in 1844. With it's stained glass windows, offers an excellent example of church architecture of the period.
Cedar Shore Dr., Massapequa NY 11758 Tel 516-799-4676

Old Village Hall Museum

This Museum was the first village-owned seat of government, containing a courtroom, the village clerk's office and a police station.
215 South Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst NY 11757 Tel 631-957-4385

Phillips House Museum

The Phillips House is one of the Victorian homes surviving from an era when influential, well-to-do sea captains lived in Rockville Centre. Guided tour by appointment.
28 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre NY 11570 Tel 516-678-9201

Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park

Planting Fields, a perfect retreat for horticulturists, history and design enthusiasts, and visitors looking for peace or state of the art gardening solutions. Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park is one of Long Island's premier public Arboretums and historic sites.
Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay Cove NY 11771 Tel 516-922-9200
E-mail: coehall@plantingfields.com; Website: plantingfields.com

Polish-American Museum

The Polish-American Museum features exhibits on Poles and Polish Americans who have made valuable contributions to medicine, education, science, arts and political thought.
16 Bellview Ave., Port Washington NY 11050 Tel 516-883-6542
Fax: 516-767-1936; Website: lieye.com

Port Washington Water Pollution Control District

Visitors will observe the operation of a water pollution control plant utilizing primary and secondary sewage treatment with sludge incineration.
70 Harbor Rd., Port Washington NY 11050 Tel 516-944-6100

Sands Point Preserve

This 216-acre preserve is a former Gold Coast estate located on Long Island Sound. "Falaise," the beautiful Normandy-style manor house holds the family art and is open for guided tours. Hempstead House has an extensive display of items from the Buten Wedgewood Ceramics collection.
121 Middle Neck Rd., Port Washington NY 11050 Tel 516-571-7900
Website: sandspointpreserve.org

Sands-Willets House

Serves as the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Scoiety's Museum. Featured are rooms and furnishings of the Colonial, Empire and Victorian periods.
336 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington NY 11050 Tel 516-365-9074

Sea Cliff Village Museum

Housed in a former Methodist parsonage, the museum focuses on the history of Sea Cliff. Changing exhibits, a permanent display of early Sea Cliff photographs and a Victorian kitchen are included.
95 Sea Cliff NY 11579 Tel 516-671-0080
Tel: 516-671-0090

Seaford Historical Society and Museum

The museum contains many artifacts and memorabilia that reflect the farming and fishing life along the South Shore in the early days of the century.
3890 Waverly, Seaford NY 11783 Tel 516-826-1150

Sherwood-Jayne House

This 18th century colonial farmstead, features a barn, corn crib, ice house and sheep. The house is decorated with hand-painted floral frescos by an unknown colonial artisan.
55 Old Post Rd., East Setauket NY 11733 Tel 631-692-4664

Sky Sailors Gliders School

If you have never taken a glider flight, you are missing a fabulous experience.
Rust Ave., Westhampton Beach NY 11978 Tel 631-288-5858
Fax: 631-288-5871; E-mail: tfifly@aol.com
Website: skysailors.com

Sound Aircraft Service Inc

Sight-seeing rides for up to three people.
200 Daniels Hole Rd., Wading River NY 11975 East Hampton Airport,, Tel 631-537-2202

South Shore Nature Center

This nature center represents one of the few areas left on Long Island where an ecological balance between uplands, freshwater swamp and salt marsh has been preserved.
Bayview Ave., East Islip NY 11730 Tel 631-224-5436

Stony Brook Grist Mill

Long Island's most completely equipped working Grist Mill, the Stony Brook Grist Mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Harbor Rd., Stony Brook NY off Main St., Tel 631-751-2244
Website: wardmelvilleheritage.org

Suffolk County Historical Society

Exhibitions and programs concentrate on the history of Suffolk County and its people. Resources of the museum include research library, archives and education programs.
300 West Main St., Riverhead NY 11901 Tel 631-727-2881
Website: riverheadli.com

Swan River Schoolhouse Museum

The Swan River Schoolhouse, built in 1858, was last used as a school in 1936. Shows typical school furniture, the original schoolhouse bell and books used by the student who attended this school.
Roe, East Patchogue NY 11772 Tel 631-475-1700

Thompson House

One of the finest collections of early Long Island furniture, dating to 1750, plus a colonial herb garden. This house is an unusually large saltbox structure.
91 North Country Rd., Setauket NY 11733 Tel 631-692-4664
E-mail: staff@splia.org; Website: splia.org

Townsend Museum

This Lovely Victorian house contains furnishings & documents which tell the stories of the members of the Townsend family.
107 East Main St., Oyster Bay Cove NY 11771 Tel 516-558-7092

Valley Stream State Park

Year-round, sunrise-sunset. Picnic pavilion, 2-mile biking and hiking trail, exercise trails, five horseshoe pits, two basketball courts and more. Arts and crafts, children's shows, environmental eduation programs.
Valley Stream NY Tel 516-825-4128
Website: nysparks.com

Village of Babylon Historical and Preservation Society

Housed in a building that was formerly the Babylon Village Library, this museum contains artifacts, photographs and memorabilia relative to Babylon and West Islip history.
117 West Main, Babylon NY 11702 Tel 516-669-7086

William Floyd Estate

Two hundred and fifty years of history are preserved at the William Floyd Estate. The 25 room Old House, the 12 outbuildings, the graveyard and the 613 acres of forest, field and marsh, illustrate the Floyd Family history in Mastic.
245 Park Dr., Mastic NY 11951 Tel 631-399-2030
Fax: 631-399-0017; Website: nps.gov

Long Island's Gold Coast Past & Present

Not updated often. Great little site with LI Gold Coast history, mansion information & sightings of LI mansions in the movies!
Website: ligoldcoast.com