Our Long Island Community
The Hamptons get all the attention on Long Island, but the 118-mile-long and 23-mile-wide land stretching from the New York City boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn has a number of top attractions to keep you busy for days.
Flanked by the Atlantic Ocean on the south and the Long Island Sound on the north, the 10th largest island in the country has plenty of wide-open spaces, uncrowded beaches, and historic mansions. From the golden beaches of the South Shore to the quaint waterfront villages of the North Shore, from the fabled Gold Coast mansions and their elaborate gardens to historic lighthouses and museums, you'll never run out of things to do on Long Island's Nassau and Suffolk counties.
The land that gave us Walt Whitman, Billy Joel, Jerry Seinfeld, LL Cool J, and Mariah Carey is culturally and ethnically diverse; no single town is the same as another, and you are sure to find various accents. With that, you'll also find authentic ethnic food, delicious bagels, and fresh seafood.
Kids can have endless fun building sandcastles on beautiful beaches and learning about the island's surrounding waters at the Jones Beach Nature Center and the Long Island Aquarium. Summer days can be spent at concerts at the outdoor amphitheater at Jones Beach, attending one of the many fun weekend festivals or exploring castles and mansions.
The best part is, you can get to almost anywhere on the island from New York City via the Long Island Rail Road. It may be the busiest commuter rail in the country (and probably the most expensive), but it's convenient, comfortable, and fast.
*Content of this page courtesy of Lavanya Sakara from planetware.com