Things to do in Long Island

Long Island is an often overlooked part of New York. Just a short shuttle ride from the Big Apple, there’s plenty of reasons why you should pick Long Island for your next business trip or vacation, and Vinnie Van GO will tell you why.

Home to the Hamptons, plenty of beaches and world class restaurants, Long Island is the place to go, no matter the season. Here are some of Vinnie Van GO’s favorite spots, reserve Long Island shuttles with GO and find something to do in Long Island!

Long Island Events

Annual Antiques, Vintage and Collectibles Show

If you’re on the island in mid-June, this is a must visit for families and groups of friends. The annual Antiques, Vintage and Collectibles Show at the Historic Sagtikos Manor has over 30 vendors to shop with. The entry fee is $10 for the early time slot, and $3 for later in the day – but get there early! You don’t know what treasures you could miss.

Sagtikos Manor
677 Montauk Hwy
Bay Shore, NY 11706

Hamptons Classic Horse Show

This is one of the largest show horse jumping contests in the country, and the who’s who of New York and abroad come for the festivities. This is horse show heaven, but you don’t need to be an enthusiast to enjoy the spectacle. Located in beautiful Bridgehampton, this is where you and your friends and family should spend your late summer.

240 Snake Hollow Road
Bridgehampton, NY 11932

Tulip Festival

This annual event in Huntington Village is a must visit for you and your family. This Long Island festival is free, and features more than 20,000 tulips, children’s activities and performances. There are also plenty of refreshments, art exhibits and flower demonstrations to keep you occupied.

Town Hall, 100 Main Street
Huntington, NY 11743

Long Island Stadiums

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

More commonly known as Nassau Coliseum, this multi-purpose arena in Uniondale is just a short shuttle ride away from New York City. The Coliseum is on the site of a former army base, and is home to many sporting events, exhibitions, shows and concerts throughout the year. For a while, it hosted the NHL team the New York Islanders, and the NBA’s New York Nets.

1255 Hempstead Turnpike
Uniondale, NY 11553

Long Island Landmarks

Sweetbriar Nature Center

Located on the Nissequogue River’s wetlands and woodlands, this nature center is composed of 54 acres of gardens and fields.

62 Eckernkamp Dr
Smithtown, NY 11787

Sagamore Hill

Sagamore Hill was the home of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States. He lived here from 1885 until 1919. This protected landmark is a must-visit for any history or architecture buff.

20 Sagamore Hill Rd
Oyster Bay, NY 11771

Fire Island

Fire Island is a great place to visit with family or friends. It’s beautiful all year round, but the summer time is truly when the island comes alive. The 32-mile long island is home to free roaming deer, and other wildlife. There are no cars allowed, and it is only accessible by ferry, boat or water taxi, so it is truly a wonderful place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. While Fire Island is only accessible by boat, the best way to get to the port is with a GO shuttle.

Long Island City Tours

One of the best ways to see Long Island is through one of the many wine tours available. Gather a group of friends for a rowdy adventure into Long Island’s vineyards, or find a more quiet or romantic option. There’s even a wonderful guided wine and farm tour by bike!

If you’re looking for something more scenic, there is also a Montauk and Shelter Island overnight bike tour. This tour takes you to some of the most beautiful spots in New York, with plenty of photo opportunity stops along the way. This tour is great for all skill levels and ages.

Long Island Restaurants

The Big Apple may be known for its international cuisine, but Long Island has quite a few world-class gems of its own. One of the best of their long-standing institutions is Old Fields, a cozy neighborhood tavern in Greenlawn. Their skirt steak is one of the most famous for miles, and still used the original 1955 recipe. If you’re in the mood for European food, Waterzooi is one of the best places to get moules frites around, and also has an enormous Belgian beer selection. For something far more casual and price effective, the All American Hamburger Drive-In in Massapequa provides simple hamburgers at an even more simple price (only $1.50!). It boasts of an old-school long counter and delicious chocolate milkshakes.

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