Escape the ordinary and discover the delights of Long Island! This dynamic island caters to all interests, whether you want to explore historic sites or create lasting memories with your family. Dive in to uncover the hidden gems, attractions, and some of the best things to do on Long Island!

Old Westbury Gardens

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Step back in time at Old Westbury Gardens, a Long Island gem boasting grandeur and beauty. 

Explore the lavish 23-room Westbury House with period antiques and artwork. The house, built by George A. Crawley in 1906, was the former home of John S. Phipps and his wife, Margarita. Wander through 200 acres of meticulously landscaped gardens, from blooming rose displays to serene ponds. Old Westbury Gardens offers a glimpse into the Gilded Age, with events like concerts, art exhibits, guided tours, dog-friendly days, and kid-friendly educational programming.

Vanderbilt Museum & Reichert Planetarium

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The Vanderbilt Museum and Reichert Planetarium uniquely blend history, science, and entertainment. The centerpiece is the mansion of William K. Vanderbilt, a grand estate overlooking the water. You can tour the mansion or explore the museum's vast collection, including marine life, natural history exhibits, and cultural artifacts. Wild animal habitats and dioramas provide a well-rounded dose of nature. 

Don't miss the Charles and Helen Reichert Planetarium, a state-of-the-art facility featuring educational shows, laser light displays, and even live star talks. Whether you're a history buff, a science enthusiast, or just looking for a fun family outing, the Vanderbilt Museum and Reichert Planetarium has something for everyone.

Sands Point Preserve

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The Sands Point Preserve on Long Island offers a unique blend of history, nature, and family activities. Explore the grounds of the 216-acre estate, which includes woodlands, lawns, landscaped gardens, and even a dog run. 

Take a self-guided tour or visit Falaise, a Normandy-style mansion where Charles Lindbergh was a frequent visitor. The Hempstead House Garden is another beautiful sight. For a more active experience, hike the forest trails or visit the Woodland Playground. 

The Preserve also offers educational programs at the Phil Dejana Learning Center throughout the year, making it an excellent destination for families.



Looking for a place for thrill seekers and families alike? Adventureland, Long Island's favorite amusement park since 1962, is perfect for a day of fun. 

Located conveniently on Route 110 in Farmingdale, Adventureland boasts over 30 rides and attractions for all ages, from kiddie rides to heart-pounding coasters. Experience FireBall, North America's first and only RollerBall Coaster, or take a spin on Turbulence, Long Island's only spinning coaster. For a refreshing adventure, you’ll find a couple of water rides. Little ones will love the teacups, merry-go-round, and train ride. Plan accordingly, as this attraction is open from late March through late October. 

Montauk Point Lighthouse

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Montauk Point Lighthouse, commissioned by President George Washington in 1792, is a historic landmark and the first lighthouse built in New York state. It is 110 feet tall and offers stunning 360-degree views of the Atlantic Ocean, Block Island Sound, and the surrounding area. Visitors can climb the tower for a breathtaking perspective or explore the museum housed within the lighthouse, which chronicles the history of the lighthouse and the area. The lighthouse resides at Montauk Point State Park, which offers hiking, nature walks, and wildlife observation opportunities.

During the season (typically mid-March through early December), the Montauk Point Lighthouse is open for tours. Admission fees apply. Check their website for current hours and pricing information before you go, as hours change depending on the season. 

Many More Long Island Attractions Await

These are just some of the best places to visit on Long Island. Check out other area attractions for an unforgettable experience in the region.