The Hamptons: A Visitor's Guide

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The Hamptons, located on Long Island’s South Shore, have long been the summer playground of the rich and famous. The villages of East Hampton, Southampton, Westhampton Beach, East Quogue, Water Mill, Hampton Bays, Sagaponack, Amagansett, Sag Harbor and Wainscott, make up the Hamptons. Pure, white sand beaches open up to the meek waters of the Atlantic Ocean, where a string of dashing seaside homes, many owned by well-known celebrities, bring in flocks of visitors hoping to see their favorite stars.

For ages, the Hamptons has been a favorite weekend getaway spot for locals and the rich & famous alike. You can easily take a bus from Nassau or Western Suffolk and escape to paradise for a long weekend. You can rent a summer home for a few days or even a week, and if you really want to get away, rent one for the whole summer.

Looking for something to do this summer? The Hamptons is the place to spend those sunny days with your family and friends as it offers so many different great local activities - including beautiful beaches, elegant vineyard tours, delicious eateries, comforting country clubs, and happenings for kids. Experiencing the Hamptons in just one day, simply can’t be done.

We've put together this helpful guide, so you can get the most out of your visit to the Hamptons, no matter what you are interested in doing.

Beaches In The Hamptons
The Hamptons is home to some of the world’s top-rated beaches,and has become a destination spot for many tourists, as well as the residents of Long Island. Each beach offers a different number of activities, while all include getting some sun, they also have hot spots for surfing and snorkeling in the Hamptons. For more beaches, visit the Beach Guide.

  • Coopers Beach - 286 Meadow Lane, Southampton 11968
    This highly ranked beach is a hot spot for surfing and bodyboarding located in a quiet and calm atmosphere.
  • Cupsogue Beach County Park - (906 Dune Road, Westhampton 11978)
    This barrier beach offers camping and RV access along the outer part of the beach. With the home of the finest saltwater bass on the Island, don’t miss your chance to sleep with the fishes.
  • Flying Point Beach - Flying Point Road, Water Mill 11976
    Although, access to this beach is only granted if you have a seasonal permit, the cost for some fun in the sun is priceless.  
  • Foster Memorial Beach - 1000 Long Beach Road, Sag Harbor 11963
    Commonly known as Long Beach, this thin strip of land allows for some relaxing, as you take in its scenic surroundings.
  • Main Beach - 104 Ocean Avenue, East Hampton 11937
    Ranked number one beach of 2013 in America by Forbes Magazine, as well as other numerous publications, this tranquil getaway is a popular spot for the rich and famous.
  • Maidstone Park - Flaggy Hole Road, East Hampton 11937
    This hidden beach is perfect for snorkeling, as lifeguards watch over the shallow waters.
  • Meschutt Beach County Park - Canal Road at Old North Highway, Hampton Bays 11946
    This small hot spot offers some fun in the sun for all ages.  
  • Pikes Beach - 765 Dune Road, Westhampton Beach 11978
    Quiet and rarely overcrowded, Pikes Beach has become the go to place, when it’s neighboring beach, Cupsogue is full of beachgoers.  
  • Ponquogue Beach - Dune Road, Hampton Bays 11946
    A popular spot for sport lovers, Ponquogue beach is a place to have a catch with your dad, or play a game of volleyball with your friends.
  • Sagg Main Beach - Sagg Main Street, Sagaponack 11962
    It’s 1,500 feet of ocean shoreline allows for some fun in both the water and on the sand.

Wineries & Vineyards
From boat cruises to live music, the Hamptons vineyards provides a unique wine tasting experience not too far away. With a wide variety of restaurants on Long Island serving wine produced in the Hamptons, it is worth your while to take a trip out east and try them out in a vineyard setting. Since the summer has just begun, it is the perfect time to experience some of the most impressive wine on the east side of the Island.   

  • Duck Walk Vineyards - 231 Montauk Highway, Watermill, NY
    For a perfect getaway on a hot summer day, spend an afternoon snacking on cheese and crackers as you sip wine and listen to live music.
  • Martha Clara Vineyards - 6025 Sound Ave., Riverhead NY
    Once a potato farm, it now consist of a 100 acres of vineyard, where you can taste wine as you ride like royalty in a horse and carriage around the estate.
  • Palmer Vineyards - 5120 Sound Ave., Riverhead NY
    Take a trip with your friends and enjoy wine tasting as you explore the enriching art exhibits on this beautiful 55 acre estate.
  • Roanoke Vineyards - 3543 Sound Ave., Riverhead NY
    Hand-crafted wines are available for purchase in their tasting room or online, making it a must to take a trip to this intimate vineyard.  
  • Channing Daughters Winery - 1927 Scuttlehole Rd., Bridgehampton, NY
    With Atlantic breezes to cool of their vineyards, the Channing Daughters Winery’s commitment to quality wine is as alluring and focused as their finest bottle of Pinot Grigio.

Country Clubs
If you are looking for a great place to play golf and meet new people then a country club is the perfect place to do just that. With other recreational sport facilities available like tennis courts and swimming pools, it is a perfect place to socialize and get in a workout or practice.    

  • Hampton Hills Country Club,County Road 31 Westhampton Beach,NY 11978Known for it’s challenging elevation changes on its private golf course, you’ll never find yourself playing the same game twice.  
  • Sebonack Golf Club, 405 Sebonac Rd.,Southampton, NY 11968
    Situated on 300 acres, Sebonack appears to have been carved out of land, making it the perfect golf course.
  • Westhampton Country Club, 35 Potunk Lane Westhampton Beach,NY 11977
    One of the first 100 golf courses in America, this course allows you to walk as you overlook the beautiful Atlantic Ocean.

Farm Stands
The Hamptons is lined with family owned farm stands that sell the freshest Long Island grown produce. One of the most well known is Briermere Farms, also known for it’s freshly baked fruit pies. Many farms have adopted organic practices, giving its visitors a range of options, from berries and bananas to spinach and squish. Spend the day picking fresh fruits and vegetables with friends and family, in the fresh air and warm summer sun.

  • Anderson’s Farm Stand - 1170 Rte. 58, 2 ¼ miles east of LIE, Riverhead
  • Babinski/Comfort Farm Stand - 791 Lumber Lane, Bridgehampton
  • Briermere Farms - 4414 Sound Ave., Riverhead
  • Densieski Farm Stand - 10 Lewis Rd., East Quogue   
  • Fairview Farm - 69 Horsemill Lane, Bridgehampton
  • Foster Farms - 698 Sagg Main St., Sagaponack
  • Green Thumb Organic Farm of Water Mill - 829 Montauk Hwy., ½-mile east of the windmill, Watermill
  • Hodun Farms - 4070 Rte. 25, Calverton
  • Round Swamp Farm - 184 Three Mile Harbor Rd., East Hampton

Local Things to Do
Want to do something adventurous? Be a little daring this summer? Book a skydiving reservation and experience the Hamptons on a whole new level, 13,500 ft in the air. If you prefer to stay on land, visit a shooting range, where they welcome both beginners as well as the most avid shooters. Go experience the sport for yourself, and remember to aim, shoot and fire. For more things to do, visit our Things to Do Guide.

For Kids
While the Hamptons is known to be the scene for more of an adult crowd, it also offers some great activities for a younger age group. Kids can touch and feed stingrays and watch a sea lion show at the Long Island Aquarium, or go for a swim themselves at Splish Splash, ranked one of the best waterparks in America by the Travel Channel.
  • Long Island Aquarium - 431 East Main Street, Riverhead NY 11901  
  • Splish Splash - 2549 Splish Splash Drive, Calverton NY 11933
  • Flying Point Surf School- 220 Hampton Rd., Southampton

Dining & Nightlife
Whether you want to dine in style or eat at a casual sit down restaurant, the Hamptons has many options to accommodate everyones liking. Having such a diverse number of restaurants, helps cater to all different types of cuisine- Italian, Chinese, American, Seafood, Mexican and more- making it a breeze to suppress anyone's appetite.  With so many great restaurants to choose from, which one are you going to pick?

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Ice Cream & Candy
When dinner is over, it is time for dessert, and what better way to enjoy an ice cream cone, or rootbeer float then at one of these sweet and savory dessert places.
  • Bridgehampton Candy Kitchen - 2391 Main St., Bridgehampton, NY
  • Snowflake - 1148 W. Main St., Riverhead, NY
  • Sip `N Soda - 40 Hampton Place., Southampton, NY 
If you're looking for fun things to do in other great places on Long Island, check out our other Guides for Sag HarborOcean Beach, Fire Island, Northport, Greenport, Port Jefferson, Montauk, Freeport and North Fork!
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