The Best Summer Activities in the Hamptons
One of the poshest and most relaxing places in the country lies just 90 minutes from the heart of New York City: the Hamptons. With a mix of rural farmland, beaches, and high-end shops and restaurants, there’s no place quite like it for the vacationing city elite–or anyone lucky enough to visit or live there.
The best part of the year there? Summer, without a question. Here are our favorite high-season activities in the Hamptons.
- Visit Montauk Point Lighthouse. Located at the very tip of Long Island, this picture-perfect lighthouse was built in the 1700s and is the oldest in New York State. The grounds–a state park–are well kept and beautiful, and for a few bucks you can get a tour and go to the top. There’s also a gift shop.
- Go ride a bike. One of the best ways to see the Hamptons is certainly by bike. Whether you want to bike around the local roads, explore along the beach, or mountain bike through the Fire Trails of Hither Hills, you can find a bicycle activity that is exactly your speed. Try Amagansett Beach and Bicycle Company (they offer classes and tours), Bermuda Bikes, or Rotations Bicycle center to get started.
- Hit the beach. The Hamptons is all about relaxing on the beach, and there are plenty of great public options, including Ponquogue Beach, Cooper’s Beach and Main Beach. These spots can get extremely busy, especially at the height of summer and on the weekends, so come early or consider walking down the beach a few hundred yards before staking your spot. Also, bring cash–both to pay for parking and to buy snacks.
- Stroll LongHouse Reserve’s gardens. This amazing garden, sculpture park, and museum is the perfect way to spend a relaxing, contemplative non-beach day. Just check before you go to make sure it’s open, as its visiting hours are limited and it is sometimes closed for private events.
- Visit the Long Island Aquarium. This aquarium has over 100 different exhibits, which includes a huge shark tank and a living coral habitat. Aside from the many water-borne animals it houses, you can also check out its bird and bug exhibits, such as a free-flying butterfly garden with more than 30 species.
- Taste test at the wineries. Spots like Saninno Vinyard and Sparkling Pointe can make for a great day of wine tastings in the Hamptons–and most mix great scenery with wonderful libations. Just make sure to arrange a designated driver and off you go.
- Explore Hither Hills, State Park. The Hamptons are not just for the super-rich. Hither Hills offers 189 camping sites for anyone who wants to walk and play on the beach, or explore the wooded trails–just make your reservations early as they go fast. Drop into this state park in the winter to take advantage of their cross-country ski trails.
- Go fishing. If the sea is calling you, put chartering a boat on your list and go fishing during your Hamptons break. Fishing is a great way to experience the ocean, and even catch dinner while you’re at it.
- Try out surfing, paddle boarding, or kayaking. If you’re not into a big fishing boat, you may enjoy renting a surfboard, paddle-board, or kayak and hitting a calm bay for the day. Remember: many shops that rent these summer toys also offer lessons and tours.
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