Stony Brook is located at the geographic midpoint of Long Island. The campus lies about 60 miles east of New York City and 60 miles west of Montauk Point. It is only a short distance to the beaches of Fire Island and the historic monuments and museums of New York City.
Stony Brook Village
The Stony Brook Village Center is the spot for dining, shopping, events, and local historic information in Stony Brook, New York. This website helps you find shopping and events in town, as well as places to visit.
Staller Center for the Arts
On Campus! Staller is the home of the Emerson String Quartet and screens great films throughout the year (including during the SB Film Festival in July). The University Orchestra plays on the Main Stage every semester and a wide variety of comedy, singing, and dance acts are performed at Staller.
Avalon Park & Preserve
Avalon is a re-creation of the natural environment that greeted the first indigenous people to settle New York State. Its five distinct natural habitats populated entirely by native flora hold the story of our past, and quite possibly, the seeds of our future. Guided tours available by request. View a map of the park.
Stony Brook Grist Mill
Harbor Road off Main Street
Guided Tours: May through November, Saturdays & Sundays
Hours: Noon – 4:30 p.m.
Admission: Adults $3, children $2.
Long Island’s most completely equipped working Grist Mill, the Stony Brook Grist Mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In earlier times the mill was the center of community life. As recently as the 1940’s, farmers still brought their wheat and corn to be ground at the mill. The Stony Brook Grist Mill was acquired by philanthropist Ward Melville in 1947. He subsequently deeded it to the Ward Melville Heritage Organization which now owns and operates the mill.
The Hercules Pavillion
Across Dock Road to the west of the Three Village Inn, along side Stony Brook Harbor, the Hercules Yard in 1820. The figurehead was carved from a single piece of cedar at a cost of $1,500. Sharing the Hercules Pavilion is the Polaris whaleboat, thought to be the only surviving artifact from the Charles Hall expedition to the Arctic in 1870.
Long Island Beaches
|Sunken Meadow State Park
Kings Park, NY
|Robert Moses State Park
Fire Island, NY
|Smith Point County Park
Fire Island, Shirley, NY
Hither Hills State Park
Cupsogue Beach County Park
Wildwood State Park
Lido Beach, NY
Long Island Fun Parks
2245 Route 110
Farmingdale, NY 11735
Price: listed on website
|Dave & Busters
1856 Veterans Memorial Highway
Islandia, NY 11749
Splish Splash Water Park
Long Island Sports
|Long Island Ducks (BASEBALL)
3 Court House Dr.
Central Islip, NY 11722
|New York Dragons (FOOTBALL)
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
1255 Hempstead Turnpike
Uniondale, NY 11553
New York Islanders (HOCKEY)
Long Island Lizards (LACROSSE)
Long Island Shopping Centers
313 Smith Haven Mall
|Walt Whitman Mall
Route 110 and Jericho Turnpike
Huntington Station, NY 11746
Mall Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Long Island Entertainment Centers
Brookhaven Amphitheater Arts Cultural Center at Bald Hill
1 Bicycle Path
Farmingville, NY 11738
Price: $5 Dollars per car, venue prices will vary
|Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
More ticket information
Inter-Media Art Center (IMAC)
Old Westbury Gardens
Long Island Zoos, Aquariums and Nature Centers
|Atlantis Marine World
431 East Main Street
Riverhead, NY 11901
Price: Adults $17.50; children, seniors $15.50
|Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
1660 Route 25A
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
Price: Adults $5; children, seniors $3
International Fauna Society
Sweetbriar Nature Center
Long Island Game Farm
Animal Farm Petting Zoo
Long Island Museums
The Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages
1200 Route 25A
Stony Brook, NY 11790
The History Museum presents permanent and changing exhibitions that bring to life the history of Long Island and its relation to American culture. The Art Museum features American art from the museum’s collection as well as traveling exhibitions. The Carriage Museum features 10 galleries housing the museum’s collection of more than 200 horse-drawn carriages, widely recognized as the finest in the United States.
HOURS: Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday noon – 5 p.m.
PRICES: Adults $10, Seniors 62+ $7, Students 6-17 years and College students (with ID) $5, Children under 6 years and museum members FREE
Heckscher Museum of Art
Two Prime Avenue
Huntington, NY 11743
In 1920, August Heckscher, Industrialist, Real Estate Developer, and Philanthropist, dedicated the Heckscher Museum of Art’s beaux-arts building, his personal art collection, and the surrounding 18.5-acre park to “the people of Huntington, especially the children.” Today, the Museum is known throughout the Long Island Community as a premier cultural and educational resource that houses a distinguished permanent art collection, presents major exhibitions, and offers educational programs for individuals of all ages on European and American art, from the Renaissance to the present.
Admission – $5.
Montauk Point Lighthouse Museum
2000 Montauk Highway
Montauk, NY 11954
National Maritime Historic Landmark. Museum, tower and gift shop. Tours of 20 or more are welcomed all year. Admission price includes museum, gift shop and tower climb as well as a 28 minute video. This is the oldest lighthouse on Long Island, and also the oldest in New York State, completed in 1796 on a spot where the Royal Navy had maintained signal bonfires for its ships during the American Revolution. Located at the easternmost tip of Long Island.
Hours change, so check the website. Admission – $8.
Nassau County Museum of Art
One Museum Drive
Roslyn Harbor, NY 11576
Located on 145 acres in Roslyn Harbor, the Nassau County Museum of Art combines the dynamic imagery of a museum experience with an historic mansion, extraordinary Outdoor Sculpture Garden and formal gardens. NCMA provides the Long Island community and beyond with four important exhibitions per year of prominent, world renowned artists.
Admission – $10 , students – $4.
Cradle of Aviation
One Davis Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530
Long Island’s world class aviation museum, Leroy R. and Rose W. Grumman IMAX Dome Theater and Red Planet Café located in Reckson Special Events Center, 100 years of Long Island’s Aerospace Heritage. Check the website for museum ticket prices and IMAX movie prices.
Old Bethpage Village Restoration
Round Swamp Road
Old Bethpage, NY
A pre-Civil War farm village with original structures moved from other parts of Long Island, including a church, general store, tavern, craft shops, farm and residential homes.
41 Old Mill Road
Water Mill, NY
A museum covering the history of Water Mill since 1644. Next to Mill Creek conservation project. Closed on Tuesdays. Donations welcome.
Guild Hall Center for the Visual and Performing Arts
158 Main Street Street
East Hampton, NY
Located in East Hampton Guild Hall holds both museum exhibitions and theater performances. Students are eligible for free student rush tickets prior to performances. See their website for details. Admission- $7 dollars suggested donation. Prices for shows and events vary.
Located just 10 minutes east of Stony Brook, Port Jefferson is a vibrant harbor town with plenty to do.
The village center offers writing workshops, women’s self defense courses, dancing classes, etc. It also houses small art exhibits and offers free wireless internet to visitors.
Skating on the Harbor
Open mid-November though mid-March.
Located next to the Village Center, this expanding park project is right on the water and offers a picnic area.
Port Jefferson Village offers residents 1 1/2 miles of shoreline on Long Island Sound. Beaches are open from mid-June to Labor Day, with lifeguards are on duty daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Port Jefferson Charles Dickens Festival
Annual weekend-long festival of performances, caroling, teas, and other themed events. Its usually held the first weekend of December.
Theatre Three is a year-round, not-for-profit professional regional theatre that was founded in 1969. For the past 30 seasons, Theatre Three has occupied Athena Hall, a 125-year-old historic building. Each year, Theatre Three presents a Mainstage season of seven productions (four musicals, two plays, and A Christmas Carol.) The Second Stage presents an ongoing series of events including small plays, original one-acts, staged readings, and cabaret performances. The in-house Children’s Theatre presents nine original topical musicals. Call (631) 928-9100.
Online news and event calendars for the Hamptons
Southampton Beaches & Parks
Beach goers must buy parking permits, available at town beaches daily beginning June 25.
Seasonal fee is $20 for residents, $10 for resident seniors older than 60 and $150 for nonresidents. Nonresident daily parking permit $15 (limited number). Some town beaches (noted below) are restricted to resident permit holders. Call (631) 728-8585.
|Emma Rose Elliston Park
Millstone Road off North Sea Road, North Sea.
Access: For Southampton residents only.
Beachfront: 150 feet on Big Fresh Pond.
Facilities: Lifeguards, picnic tables, rest rooms.
|Flying Point Beach
on Flying Point Road, Water Mill.
Access: Open only to seasonal permit holders, including nonresident permit holders.
Beachfront: 250 feet on ocean.
Lifeguards: On weekends.
Facilities: Showers, rest rooms, mobile food stand, volleyball courts.
Southampton Museums & Galleries
2 Main St.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday -Saturday (until 9 p.m. Sat. during summer); 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
|Michael Perez Gallery
49 Jobs Lane
Features: Modern Pop Art painting of Michael Perez.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday – Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.; Call for off-season hours.
25 Jobs Lane
Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday -Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, June 1-Sept. 15. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 15-May.
Fee: $5, $3 seniors and students, free ages younger than 18.
Southampton Historical Museum, Rogers Mansion
17 Meeting House Lane
Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday,
May-December, noon-5 p.m. Thursday – Saturday, January through April; other times by appointment.
Fee: $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 students.
Old Halsey House
South Main Street
Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum
Montauk Highway and West Gate Road