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Montauk, Long Island: A Visitor's Guide

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Montauk was an area originally occupied by the Montauks - Native Americans of the Algonquian tribe. It is located on the most eastern part of the south fork of Long Island in the town of East Hampton. The natives then sold the land to English settlers from East Hampton where the English grazed cattle and began to build forming some of the current historic landmarks and buildings. Not only is Montauk filled with history, but also with many attractions and plenty of things to do.
Don’t have any plans for the summer? Montauk is the place to go if you are looking for a place to spend the day, have a weekend getaway, or even stay for the entire season. Residents, visitors and tourists crowd the town for some seasonal fun. With so many great local activities -   including pristine parks, superb shopping, delicious dining, friendly fishing, and beautiful beaches - experiencing all Montauk has to offer is something that simply can’t be done in a day.
We’ve put together this great guide so that you can get the most out of your trip to Montauk, no matter what your passion is. Check out the resources below highlighting some of the things your day can be filled with!


Enjoy some outdoor fun and get close with nature in one of the several parks in Montauk which include five state parks. 
  • Hither Hills has walking dunes and offers the most fun in the sun from playgrounds to camping to food.
  • Shadmoor is known for its open geography perfect for birdwatching and shoreline views while picnicking.
  • Montauk Downs is just the spot for those who like to play tennis or golf with the 18-hole golf course.
  • Camp Hero consists of a National Historic Site with the former military base, a great 24 hour rich fishing location.
  • Montauk Point meets the Block Island Sound allowing viewers to see the two tides converge or watch some seals sunbathing on the rocks.
There is also the Theodore Roosevelt County Park which offers a walk in the park, hiking, fishing, and hunting.

Boating & Fishing

Montauk is the home of one of the largest commercial and recreational fisheries. Montauk offers many boating options such as boat rentals for those who enjoy sailing, kayaking, and fishing. Go out to the sea in a charter boat or get a boat rental and take part in catching some fluke, bluefish, sea bass, striped bass, swordfish and even shark! If you plan on going on your own, be sure not to get caught without a fishing license. But, if you are going out on a party boat, they got you reeled in and covered with their party boat fishing license.

The Montauk Lighthouse

Come get a piece of Long Island history at the iconic Montauk Point Lighthouse - the first and oldest lighthouse in New York State. It is also the fourth oldest active lighthouse in the United States, and a National Historic Landmark authorized to be created by President George Washington. With a height of 110 feet and 6 inches, the contour of the Island cannot be missed.The lighthouse is a host to several events including school trips and traditional group tours and the Annual Montauk Point Lighthouse Sprint Triathlon and Relay. You can even host your special event such as a wedding at this LI landmark. Don’t forget to pick up a souvenir at the gift shop.


Too busy to take a vacation this summer? Do you have a low-budget but are looking for something to do? Want a few hours to just relax and get away from reality? Take a two hour evening Sunset Cruise and experience the beautiful scenery of the sun setting on the water as well as the lighthouse. You can go with your family, bring a whole crew with you, or have a romantic night with that special someone.


A long day of fun in the sun in the ocean water can really wipe you out . Surfed up an appetite? Enjoy the local seafood freshly fished up from the luxury of our own port. Don’t like fish? With a variety of restaurants from gourmet to fine dining to a simple slice of pizza, there is something for everyone. If the weather is a little cool, get cozy inside a restaurant. For those who like the night sky can enjoy their meal outside in the warm summer nights with the ocean view.


Montauk has became a popular beach resort with over 5,000 acres of public beaches. Whether you like to sit and soak up some rays, swim in the sound, or take a walk along the shore, there is an open spot for you to experience the sound of waves washing up on the shore and the smell of the cool ocean breeze.


Planning on staying awhile? Find the perfect place for you to kick back and relax in Montauk by choosing the right hotel for you including bed and breakfasts. Looking to stay for more than just a while? Enjoy the oceanfront and luxury of the sun at your own privacy by renting out a vacation house. Those who are local can even enjoy the company of their friends and families or simply the beautiful view of the ocean.
If you are considering taking a trip, transportation options include the Long Island Railroad, car, or take the ferry.
This guide was researched & prepared by Sandi Stelmach.


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