Tuesday's Top Ten: Walk Around Towns on Long Island


Some Long Island towns are quaint and feel like a walk through "Mayberry" or Main Street, USA in Walt Disney World.

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The rich and diverse history lives on with a modern day twist in many Long Island towns, making a day trip to walk around well worth it!  You might even start whistling the theme song to "The Andy Griffith Show" as you mosey down some of Long Island's historic, fun-filled Main Streets.  Walks along Main Streets will transport you back to a simpler time with the conveniences of coffee houses, ice cream shops, and general stores.  There are scenic sitting areas with town clocks, some of the old movie houses are now community theatres, and for many Main Street buildings, the storefronts have been fully restored to their glory days.  Towns on the water have their own unique feel -  to be able to walk along a dock, eat at a restaurant looking at the picturesque views the Long Island Sound or the Atlantic Ocean is another great way to spend a day or evening.   It can be fun to act like a tourist, even while staying locally - and visiting a Walk Around Town you've never been been to before can provide that vacation-for-a-day pick me up you've been needing!  Take in all of the sites and culture that these towns offer - why not try one of the local favorites when you visit? To add to the adventure, consider taking the LIRR instead of driving, it can add yet another element of excitement to the visit. 

Put on your most comfortable walking shoes and plan a visit to some of our favorite walk around towns.

  • Port Jefferson
    Pick up a walking map and enjoy the rich maritime history combined with unique shops and restaurants.  Harborfront Park and the Maritime Explorium are must see local attractions in the waterfront village of Port Jeff.
  • Port Washington
    With breathtaking views of Manhasset Bay, art galleries, antique stores, historic homes and restaurants, Port Washington is a special place nestled right in Nassau.
  • Huntington
    Huntington offers diverse restaurant choices to suit any palate, whether you're bold & adventurous, or just looking for a quick bite. Another local highlight is the The Book Revue - their events calendar is full of book signings for children and adults.
  • Freeport
    The Nautical Mile has been around for 300 years, and has developed a reputation as one of Long Island's Summer Hot Spots.  Today, it features restaurants with outdoor decks with live music and fresh fish. 
  • Greenport
    Greenport has been voted "One of America's Prettiest Towns."  Why not come see what all the fuss is about and take a ride on the antique carousel or visit the 1840 Schoolhouse museum?
  • Great Neck
    Great Neck Village has been designated a "Preserve America" community.  Admire the historic architecture while shopping and eating in great restaurants.
  • Northport
    The Historical Society is celebrating their 50th year in 2012, and they've packed the year full of fun festivities. The museum offers walking maps with audio tours of this beautiful waterfront town.
  • Garden City
    Another town with rich history dating back to 1869 - the streets are still decorated with hanging flowers and beautiful storefronts today.  Today there are shops and restaurants along Franklin Avenue, but you'll feel like you are stepping into a Nassau of a different time.
  • Babylon Village
    This treasure on the Bay features unique shops, fine restaurants and beautiful parks. The town regularly hosts free and low cost events in the park, including a summer concert series.
  • Riverhead
    Main Street is home to the Long Island Science Center as well as restaurants and galleries - great for kids of all ages to enjoy.

Long Island's history dates back to the 1800's.  There is so much going on right in our backyards. Try a stay-cation by visiting a neighboring historical town.  From parks, antique stores, art galleries and top restaurants there is something for everyone.  There are also seasonal farmer's markets, street fairs and concerts.  Chambers of Commerce are another great resource.

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