6 Long Island Towns That Feel Like a Vacation Everyday

May 14, 2020

With waterfront access, an amazing pace and tons to do, life is great in these NYC suburbs!


When New Yorkers crave an escape from the city, they often head “out East”—to the Hamptons and other scenic, beachy towns along the way. These villages have everything you need for a mini-vacation—incredible restaurants, boutique shops, and plenty of shoreline for soaking in the sun.


But what if you could enjoy the “vacation life” every single day? For many Long Island families, that’s the reality—because they left the city for these communities that give off serious resort vibes. Here are some towns to consider if that sounds like your kind of suburb…



#1. Cold Spring Harbor

If scenic hiking and gourmet dining top your vacation list, then Cold Spring Harbor is for you. Gather your family and hike through the 40 hilly acres weaving through Cold Spring Harbor State Park—be sure to keep an eye out for the hawks and songbirds.

Source: Discover Magazine

That, though, is just the beginning of the outdoor adventures. Families can also head to the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium to see 30+ native fish species. Children can feed the fish or you can pay a small fee to fish for trout. Want to get out and on the water? Rent equipment from JK Kayak & Sup and take a relaxed trip through the beautiful natural surroundings.


And, of course, there’s the food. Cold Spring Harbor’s best restaurants are clustered along Main Street. Don’t miss The Gourmet Whaler for a relaxed breakfast or Grasso’s for an elevated dinner and cocktail. To keep the vacation vibes going, locals pick up a slice of pie from the popular Sweetie Pies bakery.



#2. Lloyd Neck

While Lloyd Neck Village Beach is a popular destination among locals, many Lloyd Neck residents enjoy private beach access based on neighborhood/street. This makes it truly feel like a vacation every day—families can spend their days sunbathing, swimming or boating just steps from their house.


Lloyd Neck is also home to Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve and Target Rock National Wildlife Refuge. These sprawling parks are perfect for hiking, fishing, birding and horseback riding.



#3. Huntington

Huntington hits all the highlights of a perfect vacation: a downtown with top-notch restaurants, museums, beaches and live entertainment.


If your ideal vacation morning starts with brunch, don’t miss the delicious offerings at Toast And Co. Be prepared for a bit of a line, but the dark chocolate waffles and croissant stuffed French toast are worth the wait. Other popular eateries in town include BabaluNY and Six Harbors Brewing.

Source: Long Island Press

Locals don’t have to travel to the city for a dose of culture. Instead, they can browse the collections at The Heckscher Museum of Art or attend a stand-up comedy show at the Cinema Arts Centre. Also popular: The Paramount. This two-level concert venue and club features live bands, musicians and comedians.


And, of course, there’s the waterfront location. Live here and you’re close to Gold Star Beach, Fleets Cove Beach, Crescent Beach and Bay Hills Beach, among others. Swim, boat, kayak and fish from various locations along these popular parks.



#4. Northport

Local families can take a kayak or sailboat from the many boat launches around town (almost) any time of year, and expect a beautiful scenic trip. Many also spend their weekends at Sunken Meadow State Park, golfing, biking or walking along the boardwalk.


Northport is also known for its food scene, much of which lines its New England-style Main Street. Local seafood is found at Rockin’ Fish, made-to-order breakfasts are best at Tim’s Shipwreck Diner and residents swear by La Porta Pizza for a classic NYC-style slice of pizza. For dessert check out the dozens of flavor options at Lics.



#5. Port Washington

Families love Port Washington’s laid-back vibe. With multiple beaches, hiking trails, community events and waterfront dining, this suburb feels like a destination every single day.

Source: The New York Times

Town-wide HarborFest—a summery carnival-style event—is a popular annual happening, but exciting celebrations are held here year-round. Even on the rare weekend that an event isn’t an event, local families have plenty of activities to keep them busy. Ride the water slides at Manorhaven Beach Park, take a nature walk in the Sands Point Preserve or go sailing—and be sure to grab a bite when you’re done…


Some of the best eateries in town are small, mom-and-pop spots, like Salvatore’s Coal-Fired Pizza. For a fun family brunch or lunch, head to Louie’s on the harbor for fresh seafood and a view.



#6. Merrick

More than 6 million visitors flock to Jones Beach State Park annually. But Merrick locals have access to this world-famous beach every day. Swimming in the ocean, playing minigolf and fishing on the Boardwalk are just part of daily life in this suburb. And locals love it!


This waterfront town is also incredibly walkable, which only makes it feel more like an intimate coastal vacation destination. After a morning at the beach, take a stroll along Merrick Avenue to enjoy some incredible Italian, Greek or other international eats.


With white sandy beaches, dozens of waterfront restaurants, welcoming yacht clubs and lively concerts at the iconic Northwell Health outdoor amphitheater—hands down, Merrick feels like a vacation every day.



This is just a taste of Long Island suburbs that always feel like a vacation. Refine your search and discover your ideal place to call “home” with help from Suburban Jungle. Schedule here for your strategy session with our innovative suburbs’ strategy team. All services are completely free.


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