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Town Spotlight: Port Washington

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Laidback Living on Long Island’s North Shore

Port Washington’s 17,000 residents have it all — they live in a small beach town with A+ schools, all with about a 40 minute commute to NYC. Really, what could be better? For those who call “Port” home the answer is simple: absolutely nothing.

 

Port gets an A+ for education

 

Port Washington Union Free School District is consistently ranked among the best in the state, with an overall ranking of “A+” in Niche’s latest report. Most Port Washington parents send their kids to public school, and it’s easy to see why — every school in the district is ranked “A” or “A+” by Niche.

 

The district uses a straightforward “Attendance Zone” method for zoning in which students attend schools based on their geographical address. Buses are available for elementary students living more than ½-mile from their school, and one mile for middle and high school students.

 

Elementary Schools:

Salem Elementary

Guggenheim Elementary

Sousa Elementary

Manorhaven Elementary

Daly Elementary

 

Middle School:

Carrie Palmer Weber Middle

High School:

Schreiber Senior High

 

While top-notch public schools are one of the main reasons families move to Port Washington, there are plenty of nearby private schools, too. St. Peter’s is a popular go-to and serves grades K-8.

 

Commuting into NYC

 

The Port Washington commute into the city is hard to beat. The average peak commute to Penn Station is 35 to 38 minutes, and doesn’t require any transfers. That said, parking is a challenge after 7:30AM, but residents find creative workarounds such as walking, biking and carpooling to the station. Some local businesses also rent out spaces. One community — Soundview — even offers transportation via a private jitney for an additional fee.

 

Perfect for beachfront living

 

If that weren’t enough, Port Washington is located on the water. Here, boating is a way of life, with many kids learning to sail at an early age or getting their first job on the town dock. Families enjoy fishing all summer long, or spending time together at one of the community’s many waterfront restaurants (happy hour at Louie’s is a must). Some other local favorites include LaMotta’s, Butler Flats (lobster rolls get two thumbs up), Hana and Wild Goose.

 

Port Washington also boasts two town beaches. Bar Beach is especially popular during summer months, hosting family concerts, festivals, fireworks and special events for Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.

 

Family-friendly fun all year long

 

Whether it’s on the beach or off, Port residents have access to tons of activities — think sailing, golfing, ice skating, running and biking along Shore Road, for starters, or simply settling in and checking out North Shore’s amazing sunsets.

 

And for the kids? Get ready for nationally-ranked sporting leagues, swimming, day camps and more. Here, lacrosse, ice hockey, soccer and baseball/softball are staples, but many families also gravitate towards the community pool at Manorhaven Park or to the various country clubs in the area, many of which have flexible family and seasonal memberships. The Village Club of Sands Point is one of the more popular clubs for families and offers pool, tennis and golf memberships. Sands Point Golf Club and the North Hempstead Country Club are also hotspots for Port residents.

 

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Sources:

Niche