Local Attractions

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 on Long Island

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

Suffolk County

Sunken Meadow State Park
Kings Park, NY
(631) 269-4333
Robert Moses State Park
Fire Island, NY
(631) 669-0470
Smith Point County Park
Fire Island, Shirley, NY
(631) 852-1313


Hither Hills State Park
Montauk, NY
(631) 668-2554


Gilgo Beach
Babylon, NY
(631) 893-2100


Cupsogue Beach County Park
Moriches, NY
(631) 852-8111


Wildwood State Park
Wading River, NY
(631) 929-4314


Cedar Beach
Babylon, NY
(631) 893-2100

Nassau County
Jones Beach
Wantagh, NY
(516) 785-1600
Tobay Beach
Massapequa, NY
(516) 679-3900
Lido Beach
Lido Beach, NY
(516) 431-6650


Long Beach
Long Beach, NY
(516) 431-3890


Point Lookout
Point Lookout, NY
(516) 431-3900

Long Island Fun Parks

2245 Route 110
Farmingdale, NY 11735
(631) 694-6868
Price: listed on website
Dave & Busters
1856 Veterans Memorial Highway
Islandia, NY 11749
(631) 582-6615


Splish Splash Water Park 
2549 Splish Splash Drive
Riverhead, NY 11901
(631) 727-3600
Price: Adults – $29.99; parking – $9


655 Long Island Avenue
Medford, NY 11763
(631) 475-1771
Price: Check website for price


Island Rock
60 Skyline Drive
Plainview, NY 11803
(516) 822-ROCK (7625)
Price: Check website for price


1350 Union Turnpike
New Hyde Park, NY 11040
(516) 354-1222
Price: Fri.-Sat. after 9 p.m.: $5 cover charge; call for bowling prices

Long Island Sports

Long Island Ducks (BASEBALL)
3 Court House Dr.
Central Islip, NY 11722
(631) 940-DUCK
New York Dragons (FOOTBALL)
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
1255 Hempstead Turnpike
Uniondale, NY 11553


New York Islanders (HOCKEY)
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
1255 Hempstead Turnpike
Uniondale, NY 11553
(516) 501-6700


Long Island Lizards (LACROSSE)
Mitchel Field
1 Charles Lindbergh Blvd.
Uniondale, NY 11553
(631) 424-2606

Long Island Shopping Centers

Smith Haven Mall

313 Smith Haven Mall
Lake Grove, NY 11755
Mall Hours:
Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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.


Roosevelt Field
Old Country Road and Meadowbrook Parkway
Garden City, NY  11530
Mall Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Tanger Outlets
1770 West Main Street
Riverhead, NY  11901
Regular Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Long Island Entertainment Centers

Brookhaven Amphitheater Arts Cultural Center at Bald Hill
1 Bicycle Path
Farmingville, NY 11738
(631) 732-4011
Price: $5 Dollars per car, venue prices will vary
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Ocean Drive
Wantagh, NY
(516) 221-1000
More ticket information

Inter-Media Art Center (IMAC)
370 New York Ave.
Huntington, NY 11743-3316
(631) 549-2787
Tickets: $37.50-$50.00


Old Westbury Gardens
71 Old Westbury Rd.
Old Westbury, NY 11568-1603
(516) 333-0048
Price: $10 General, $8 Seniors, $5 ages 7-12, Free below 6 Members free, Free parking.
Special rates for group tours.

Capital One Bank Theatre
960 Brush Hollow Rd.
Westbury, NY 11590-1733
More ticket information

Long Island Zoos, Aquariums and Nature Centers

Atlantis Marine World
431 East Main Street
Riverhead, NY 11901
(631) 208-9200
Price: Adults $17.50; children, seniors $15.50
Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
1660 Route 25A
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
(516) 692-6768
Price: Adults $5; children, seniors $3


International Fauna Society
213 East Main Street
Riverhead, NY 11901
(631) 722-5488
Price: $9 adults, $7 children and seniors


Sweetbriar Nature Center
62 Eckernkamp Drive
Smithtown, NY 11725
(631) 979 6344
Price: Adults $3; Children/Seniors $1


Long Island Game Farm
Chapman Blvd, Manorville
(631) 878-6670
Price: Off-Season: Ages 3 – 11, $11.95;
Adults $13.95, seniors $11.95 (plus tax)


Animal Farm Petting Zoo
296 Wading River Road
Manorville, NY 11949
(631) 878-1785
Price: Adults $13.50,
Children/Seniors $11.50

Long Island Museums

The Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages
1200 Route 25A
Stony Brook, NY 11790
(631) 751-0066

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
(631) 351-3250
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
(631) 668-2544
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
(516) 484-9337
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
(516) 572-4111
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
(516) 572-8400
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.

Water Mill Museum 

(631) 726-4625
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
(631) 324-0806
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.

Port Jefferson

Located just 10 minutes east of Stony Brook, Port Jefferson is a vibrant harbor town with plenty to do.

Learn more on the web:
Portjeff.com – Official site of the Incorporated Village of Port Jefferson
Portjeffguide.com – An online guide to the Port Jeff area

Village Center
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
(631) 928-1236
Open mid-November though mid-March.

Harborfront Park
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 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
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 

Long Island Press – Listing of things to do on the East End
The Independent
Dan’s Hamptons.com
Town of Southampton official website

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.
(631) 287-1883
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
(631) 287-1003
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.

The Parrish

25 Jobs Lane
(631) 283-2118
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
(631) 283-2494
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
(631) 283-2494
Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum
Montauk Highway and West Gate Road
(631) 287-4923