Beaches, Lighthouses, Parks & Sports – 1000 Miles of Shoreline

Surrounded by beautiful bays, beaches, and harbors, Long Island provides countless aquatic adventures. Visitors and local residents enjoy boating, surfing, fishing, ferry rides to Fire Island, kayaking, biking, whale watching, hiking, birding, an aquarium visit, ziplining at the beach, and all things water-related. There is so much to experience.  

Long Island is also known for its famous historic lighthouses, some of which offer seasonal tours and holiday decorations. Don’t miss Fire Island Lighthouse (Long Island’s tallest) and Montauk Lighthouse (Long Island’s oldest). 

Along the North and South Shores, there are many fishing & boating opportunities and marinas with beautiful views, ocean activities, and charter adventures including the Laura Lee Fleet.

Looking for dog-friendly beaches on Long Island? Try Port Jefferson and East Hampton Main Beach. Gardiner County Park in West Islip is a sandy beach where you and your dog can play. You’ll find the most dog-friendly opportunities in spring and fall. Watch for signs and delicate wildlife. 

In Suffolk County’s Riverhead, the Long Island Aquarium is a highlight that everyone will enjoy. You'll find penguins, seals, a shark tank and so much more, all with a focus on marine life & conservation.

When the family is ready to come inland a bit, look for Splish Splash Water Park. Adventureland amusement park is fun a Long Island tradition.  Or, find the new popular spot, Top Golf, less than 15 minutes from the MacArthur Airport in Holtsville.

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Map of Long Island state parks and beaches