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LONG ISLAND LIVING

Only an hour away from the endless energy of New York City, Long Island holidays run at a different pace altogether. Take a breath and enjoy the beauty and grandeur of this scenic isle, which is just a stone’s throw away from the skyscrapers of the Big Apple. You can expect to find powdery beaches, fantastic vineyards, glamorous neighbourhoods in the Hamptons, and so much more.

Easily accessed from Manhattan – either by car or the Long Island Railroad – New York State’s biggest island has Brooklyn and Queens at its western edge. But its true heart lies in the more rural areas of Nassau and Suffolk Counties, which spread eastwards across the rest of the island. The south coast is lined with stunning beaches, from the vibrant resort communities of Jones Beach and Long Beach, to the serene sands of the car-free Fire Island. And, in the far eastern corner of Long Island, you’ll find the upmarket Hamptons’ beaches of Coopers and Main.

Make sure you spend some time ogling the grand mansions and manicured lawns that cover every inch of the Hamptons, the famous home of America’s rich and famous. Elsewhere, more than 60 vineyards offer opportunities for long, lazy afternoons of wine-tasting. And culture-lovers can discover a variety of museums and galleries, including the Nassau County Museum of Art, whose stunning sculpture garden is bound to inspire.

Taking the kids on your Long Island holiday? Little ones will love the Jones Beach Nature Centre, where they can undertake their own excavations at Discovery Bone Cove, or enjoy memorable sleepovers beside the 90,000-gallon tank at Long Island Aquarium. And the charming coastal town of Sag Harbour allows you to discover the quaint surroundings of an old whaling community.

You’ll come for the Hamptons and stay for the beaches, as you discover that Long Island is a whole world away from the city it serves. Speak to our Travel Specialists to plan your perfect break.

Things to do

Beaches

Mansions & Gardens

Best time to go

Things to do in Long Island

It might be just an hour away from the frenetic pulse of New York City, but Long Island might as well be on another planet. This is a place in which to slow down and appreciate the finer things.
Saunter through the rooms and grounds of impressive mansions and estates, and taste rich flavours from the sun and soil at any of the island’s 60 vineyards. Take a dip in the ocean, or simply stretch out on the sand with a good book. And enjoy panoramic views of the Atlantic from the top of Montauk Point Lighthouse, the beacon of hope which greeted early arrivals to the New World.

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Dive with sharks at Long Island Aquarium, or excavate ancient bones at the Jones Beach Nature Center. Fancy a slice of culture? You can immerse yourself in the history of flight at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, or uncover passion and expression at MOSA P1 and the Heckscher Museum of Art. And gaze up at the stars from the Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium.



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Long Island beaches

As you stroll along the soft sand of Long Island’s south coast beaches, you might find it impossible that you’re so close to the skyscrapers of the New York. Jones Beach unspools six-and-a-half miles of white sands, along with a boardwalk, volleyball nets, a golf course, and an outdoor amphitheatre with regular summer shows.

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Meanwhile, Watch Hill on the car-free Fire Island is a truly serene escape where, thanks to minimal development, you can share the grassy dunes with grazing deer. Sunken Meadows’ calm waters are perfect for kayaking, windsurfing and paddle-boarding, while hikers can explore beachside trails and enjoy a picnic on the beautiful beach. Fall asleep to the sounds of gently crashing waves when you camp overnight at Hither Hills, or take in the views from the soft sands of Coopers Beach – one of the best in the USA.



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Mansions & gardens

Long Island’s Gold Coast is awash with grand homes once belonging to the super famous and ultra-wealthy. Visitors to New York’s biggest island can wander the halls and gardens of many of these stunning mansions, which overlook the Atlantic Ocean and Long Island Sound. You can even stroll around the beaches and gardens of Sagamore Hill, which was once President Roosevelt’s home.

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Enjoy music in the garden at Coe Hall, or visit the Old Westbury Gardens and relax to the sound of water running through its fountains, ponds and lakes. Visit the century-old castle of Otto Herman Khan, or marvel at the magnificence of the old Guggenheim estate of Sands Point Preserve. Uncover art and sculptures at the Nassau County Museum on the Henry Clay Frick Estate. Or, for something a little different, go on a horseback tour of the marshes, meadows and forests of Caumsett State Historic Park.

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Best time to visit Long Island

With its beaches, meadows and vineyards, Long Island is made for summer. The sun shines throughout July and August, when temperatures rise to around 30°C – but this great weather also brings the crowds. Beaches and attractions can be extremely busy at peak times so, if your travel dates are flexible, consider visiting in the quieter seasons of spring and autumn.

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April to June and September to October are both great times to go, as you’ll strike a balance between good weather and fewer crowds. Long Island’s beaches are at their best when they’re calm, while the beautiful gardens and estates are more easily explored when it’s quieter. Temperatures begin to drop quickly in November and snow often falls from December to February, before warmer March brings the thaw.

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Show Less

Things to do

Things to do in Long Island

It might be just an hour away from the frenetic pulse of New York City, but Long Island might as well be on another planet. This is a place in which to slow down and appreciate the finer things.
Saunter through the rooms and grounds of impressive mansions and estates, and taste rich flavours from the sun and soil at any of the island’s 60 vineyards. Take a dip in the ocean, or simply stretch out on the sand with a good book. And enjoy panoramic views of the Atlantic from the top of Montauk Point Lighthouse, the beacon of hope which greeted early arrivals to the New World.

Show More
Show Less

Dive with sharks at Long Island Aquarium, or excavate ancient bones at the Jones Beach Nature Center. Fancy a slice of culture? You can immerse yourself in the history of flight at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, or uncover passion and expression at MOSA P1 and the Heckscher Museum of Art. And gaze up at the stars from the Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium.



Show More
Show Less

Beaches

Long Island beaches

As you stroll along the soft sand of Long Island’s south coast beaches, you might find it impossible that you’re so close to the skyscrapers of the New York. Jones Beach unspools six-and-a-half miles of white sands, along with a boardwalk, volleyball nets, a golf course, and an outdoor amphitheatre with regular summer shows.

Show More
Show Less

Meanwhile, Watch Hill on the car-free Fire Island is a truly serene escape where, thanks to minimal development, you can share the grassy dunes with grazing deer. Sunken Meadows’ calm waters are perfect for kayaking, windsurfing and paddle-boarding, while hikers can explore beachside trails and enjoy a picnic on the beautiful beach. Fall asleep to the sounds of gently crashing waves when you camp overnight at Hither Hills, or take in the views from the soft sands of Coopers Beach – one of the best in the USA.



Show More
Show Less

Mansions & Gardens

Mansions & gardens

Long Island’s Gold Coast is awash with grand homes once belonging to the super famous and ultra-wealthy. Visitors to New York’s biggest island can wander the halls and gardens of many of these stunning mansions, which overlook the Atlantic Ocean and Long Island Sound. You can even stroll around the beaches and gardens of Sagamore Hill, which was once President Roosevelt’s home.

Show More
Show Less

Enjoy music in the garden at Coe Hall, or visit the Old Westbury Gardens and relax to the sound of water running through its fountains, ponds and lakes. Visit the century-old castle of Otto Herman Khan, or marvel at the magnificence of the old Guggenheim estate of Sands Point Preserve. Uncover art and sculptures at the Nassau County Museum on the Henry Clay Frick Estate. Or, for something a little different, go on a horseback tour of the marshes, meadows and forests of Caumsett State Historic Park.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Long Island

With its beaches, meadows and vineyards, Long Island is made for summer. The sun shines throughout July and August, when temperatures rise to around 30°C – but this great weather also brings the crowds. Beaches and attractions can be extremely busy at peak times so, if your travel dates are flexible, consider visiting in the quieter seasons of spring and autumn.

Show More
Show Less

April to June and September to October are both great times to go, as you’ll strike a balance between good weather and fewer crowds. Long Island’s beaches are at their best when they’re calm, while the beautiful gardens and estates are more easily explored when it’s quieter. Temperatures begin to drop quickly in November and snow often falls from December to February, before warmer March brings the thaw.

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