If you are planning a romantic getaway, welcome to Long Island! The island is nestled in southeastern New York State and has it all for an unforgettable mini-holiday: trendy restaurants, wineries, antique shops, historical landmarks, parks, and gardens. Plus, Long Island is home to enchanting golden beaches, which make this incredible place a top beach destination in the country. Well, no time to waste! See everything for yourself. Explore the beauty, culture, and diversity of Long Island alongside your significant other. But before packing your bags, check out our little guide on things to do on this tiny island.
Explore the Hamptons
Long Island is not only home to the finest attractions, but to some of the wealthiest neighborhoods as well. Like the celebrity hot spot — the Hamptons. So don’t be surprised if you suddenly cross paths with Leonardo DiCaprio, Beyoncé, or Gwenyth Paltrow, who frequent local events and charming retro beaches. The Hamptons is a popular seaside resort and the perfect getaway from bustling city life. Surf at the world-famous Cooper’s beach, go wine tasting at the Wölffer Estate vineyard, or rent bikes to jaunt around the shoreline. Do whatever your heart tells you!
Montauk Salt Cave is the go-to destination for treating the body and soul. It’s the perfect option for couples who want to give themselves some relaxation time while experiencing something completely new. Salt therapy is beneficial for both physical and mental health and can also treat ailments such as anxiety and sleeplessness. During a 45-minute session, you will relax in a zero-gravity chair inside a dimly-lit cave surrounded by pink Himalayan salt. Meditation music and a salt fireplace will create a sense of comfort and help you ease your mind. Montauk Salt Cave is an oasis of peace.
Oheka Castle is the jewel of historic hotels on Long Island and the most sought-after getaway and wedding destination. Moreover, Oheka was one of the sources of inspiration for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby. The castle is now a hotel that welcomes tourists who are looking for a truly royal experience. There are different ways to explore Oheka. You can book a special romantic package for two that provides luxurious overnight accommodation or just have a quick one-hour historic mansion tour, which offers limitless access to the estate and its gardens. From May to September, you can experience a unique Gatsby package that will let you party like it's 1920.
Get your camera ready! Lavender by The Bay is a hot spot for picturesque Instagram shoots. Spend hours at this family-owned lavender farm admiring the beauty of nature. Choose either of the two locations, Calverton Farm or East Marion Farm, to create unforgettable memories. The best time to visit this purple oasis is during the lavender blossom season. There are three blooming periods: mid-June, early July, and late summer/early fall. So hurry up to experience the lavender field to the fullest. Don’t forget to buy a lavender bouquet or take home lavender keepsakes.
The Vanderbilt Museum is a three-in-one experience, as it combines a mansion, museum, and planetarium. This incredible venue hosts unique events and offers both educational and entertaining programs. Enjoy mansion tours, laser light shows, summer night dances, and more. Keep an eye on the schedule! By the way, don't forget to visit the Vanderbilt Planetarium. This is a state-of-the-art facility with a rooftop observatory open to the public eye. As a visitor, you will be able to examine the night sky through the 16-inch reflector telescope and explore the entire universe.
Check out local lighthouses
Your trip to Long Island will be incomplete without visiting its treasure — lighthouses. Over 20 of them dot the island’s shores! Most lighthouses were turned into museums that now offer a glimpse into Long Island history. The oldest one is the world-famous Montauk Point Lighthouse which provides mesmerizing 360° views over Block Island, the Atlantic Ocean, and points west. There are also others, like the Fire Island Lighthouse, which is the tallest one. In fact, it’s so tall that you can see the New York City skyline from the top. Picture-worthy views are guaranteed!