But First, Coffee…
They say the most important meal of the day is breakfast and we got just the spot to get your day started. Relish is located on the corner of Pulaski Road smack in the middle of Kings Park. The space has a welcoming old neighborhood feel with a coffee shop counter up front, making it easy to grab a quick cup of joe. Diners can also enjoy breakfast staples like fresh made omelettes made with local ingredients to their signature ricotta pancakes and cinnamon French toast. Breakfast is served until 4 p.m. Relish is also open for lunch and dinner and offers a great selection of wine and beer on tap.
Visit the Kings Park Bluffs
Now it’s time to explore! Head down to Old Dock Road and enjoy one of the most serene spots on Long Island. A large portion of the beach is lined with a boardwalk to navigate through the dunes and hills of the North Shore line. Amongst the thick woods and high cliffs, the site offers great views of Smithtown Bay and the bluffs. During the warmer months, the park also provides boating ramps and a long pier where visitors can spend time kayaking and fishing.
Explore the Kings Park Heritage Museum
The museum offers exhibits on the rich water heritage of the area with a total of 9 rooms featuring impressive artifacts from Kings Park families, including books, photos, tools, family trees and examples of how families lived dating back before the 1950s. Visitors can also view amazing aerial photos of the town dating from 1931-1947. A nautical showroom is also located at the Nissequogue River State Park. The Museum is open Monday-Friday from 10:30AM-2:30PM with free admission. Be sure to call ahead to book a tour in advance. For more information, visit www.kpheritagemuseum.net.
Kings Park Bike & Hike Trail
One of the best ways to rediscover Long Island is to trade in your four wheels for two. The 1 1/2 mile paved trail begins in Kings Park and connects to Nissequogue River State Park, following an abandoned railroad corridor that was once an old spur to Kings Park State Hospital. The trail is ideal for a scenic bike ride or stroll through dense woods and open fields where you might even run into some beautiful wildlife!
Kings Park offers some great options when it comes to dinging. Ranging from casual fare to more upscale eateries. If your looking for a quick bite, head to Shanahan’s Bar & Grill for their famous wings. This local eatery serves up a variety of bar bites, burgers and a great selection of beers on tap. In the summer months their outdoor seating offers lush garden views and a massive fire pit burns all day where guests can kick back and relax. Cafe Red is another local spot offering American fare with Italian accents. Here you’ll enjoy signature cocktails at the bar, fresh pastas, local seafood and much more. Lunch and brunch are also served 7 days a week.