The ray of sunshine in the alluring Long Island- Montauk is one of the best beach spots you can find in the States. Hamptons is already known for being one of the best weekend getaways for those who live in NY. But, did you know Montauk is one of the nicest places to visit with your near and dear ones? Not only does it have some of the sunniest beaches of NY, but it is also blessed with an abundance of natural beauty and adventure opportunities. Once you visit the place, you will see that the lighthouse is not the only place to check out here! Let us see the top 15 things to do in Montauk now:
Check out Montauk Point Lighthouse
Montauk Lighthouse is the biggest attraction of Montauk. After all, Montauk is famous for this landmark of its. A trip to Montauk without visiting the lighthouse cannot be complete. A national historic site- Montauk Lighthouse is situated right at the end of the peninsula. Offering some of the best scenes of the Atlantic Ocean, you have to go up a whopping 137 steps to get to the top of this huge lighthouse.
Being constructed back in 1796, no other lighthouse in the States is as old as this one. The sunrises are the best from this lighthouse. So, try visiting around dawn to have a beautiful glimpse of the sunrise.
Snap a Few Pictures at Montauk Point State Park
Want to get a few clicks for your Instagram feed? Take a trip to Montauk Point State Park. A place that remains crowded by photographers, as well as nature lovers- Montauk Point State Park, is a location where you even see seals jumping out of the water.
There are a lot of trails along this park from where you can enjoy lively views of the Atlantic Ocean. Also, the shores are rocky and perfect for sitting down and enjoying the views of the ocean. Are you a surfing enthusiast? Don’t be disheartened for we have a perfect place for you to hit the waves too. North Bar lies quite close to this state park and has some of the best waves of the year.
Breathe in The Fresh Air at Camp Hero State Park
Keep walking till you reach the edge of Long Island, and you will come across the vast Camp Hero State Park that remains unaltered and undisturbed even to this day. Location wise it is in the very opposite direction of Montauk Point State Park along the Montauk Highway southern part. What was once used as a military base, now lies as an idle state park waiting for people to go and enjoy the enormous wilderness. History buffs are bound to know about the various conspiracy theories about this place dating back to the period of WWII. Others can camp here or just bike along the borders enjoying the wind against their face in such an empty beautiful location.
Catch the Atlantic Ocean at Hither Hills State Park
Are you a serious camper? Do you like to have a lot of choices when it comes to campsites? Worry not, for we have a wide range of options just for you here at the Hither Hills State Park.
Another one of Long Island’s wonders- the vast Hither Hills State Park is well known for its camping sites. The most important part is that it has well over 190 campsites! Camping in Montauk means camping in Hither Hills State Park!
But, it is such a place where you could easily spend an entire week and not get bored. It has everything you ever need from a campsite- undisturbed views of the Atlantic Ocean, white sandy beaches, greeneries. You can even go trekking or hiking along the various trails of Hither Hills State Park.
Have a Beach Day at Ditch Plains Beach
The Hamptons are well known for their scenic beaches, and here in the heart of Montauk- you will be greeted with one of the best beaches out there- the Ditch Plains Beach. Are you a surfer looking for some big waves? Ditch Plains Beach is just the location for you. Not too comfortable with riding the waves? Worry not for the sunlight is too good to be left alone. Lie down on the beach, get yourself some tan. There are a lot of food trucks lined up along the beach where you can gorge on some delicious seafood or snacks.
Enjoy at The Yacht Club
Want to stay in a club in the middle of a lake? The Montauk Yacht Club is the most luxurious place to be right in the middle of nowhere. Situated on the Star Island of Montauk Lake, the resort was quite a premium one, to begin with. Then, it was renovated and now is one of the best resorts/spas of Montauk.
Welcome to Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa. It is one of the most exotic spas located on the water and is redesigned in such a way that you will greet the iconic Montauk Lighthouse replica when you set foot here. Also, there are villas and even suits along with a private beach where you can sit back and relax to rejuvenate yourself.
Go Boating in Lake Montauk
Don’t be fooled by the name of Montauk Lake for it is not a lake at the end of the day. A resident of Montauk simply dug a huge hole making the salty seawater seeping in, and since then the rest is history!
You could call Carl Fisher, the man who did the digger, the owner of Montauk! But, when he did this, he had no clue that it will one day, become the landmark of Montauk. Now, this has become one of the biggest tourist spots with people flocking to see this man-made salty lake all year round.
It is quite a lively place too with lots of boating activities taking place. Nowadays, there is also a ferry system that takes people to nearby spots. You can just sit on the shore and enjoy a huge variety of seafood for there are a lot of high-quality restaurants here too.
Admire Nature at Shadmoor State Park
Do you want to get your hands on the different natural beauties that Long Island has to offer? Head over to Shadmoor State Park to enjoy the best of the best.
How about sitting on top of a bench overlooking the ocean? Here at Shadmoor State Park, there are elevated beaches led by two stairs that have almost 2400 steps. These are the best of watching various birds and the waves. If you want, you can even have a picnic there watching the views of the oceans.
You can just walk along the shore that offers some panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. It has an area of more than 99 acres of land for you to explore.
Get a Glimpse of The Wildlife at Deep Hollow Ranch
Dreamt of riding a horse along the sandy beaches of the beautiful coastline? Here is your chance to get your dream come true for Montauk has some good opportunities for you! Deep Hollow Ranch allows you to ride horses gracefully along the vast shorelines of Montauk. The exquisite beaches and countryside are all waiting for you to be discovered.
There are a lot of cowboys or cowgirls who will be there all the time to guide you if you are not well accustomed to horses. Some other ranches will guide you if Deep Hollow Ranch does not have any openings.
Feel Luxurious at Navy Beach
Navy Beach is the epitome of luxury. For all of you that want to experience the true Hampton richness in a beach- Navy Beach should be your go-to location.
You can be the complete beach person here with all the luxurious spas, resorts, and nice restaurants around here. This beach also has some historic significance. It was a testing field during WWII where the authorities removed torpedos. Do try all the delicious seafood available here. There are also some grand cocktails you need to get your hands on.
Navy Beach is the destination for celebrities so don’t be too shocked if you get to see one of them in disguise!
Enjoy Seafood at Gosman’s Dock
Gosman’s Dock is the best location to treat your eyes with some great views of the scenery while you treat your tastebuds with some of the top class seafood of Montauk. The only bad part about Gosman’s Deck is that it is not available all year round for it opens its door around May.
1943 was the first time this shop served its customers and it has been running strong since then! What was just a chowder back then, has now become a luxurious dining restaurant with rooftop dining opportunities as well as a bar and cafe. The items are extremely fresh as all of them are brought daily. The food available is gourmet and is something worth splurging on.
Enjoy Scenes at Montauk Village
Montauk village is an extremely alluring place to roam around. If you are done with tanning at the beaches, pick up your stuff and try walking back to the hotel.
The roads are well-maintained, cobble-stones, and has an array of gift shops and cafes. Sit in one of these cute cafes, hang out for a while, and buy a souvenir for your friends or family. You can also see a lot of shops and boutiques where you can check out or buy some local items. Do try ice creams while you are in Montauk!
Play Golf at Montauk Downs State Park Golf Course
Are you not much of an outdoor person? Are you more interested in trying out golf on a sunny afternoon than sitting on the beach? The Montauk Downs State Park Golf Course will take care of your needs.
This course is for the public and opens all year round. There are 18 holes in the course so it is bound to be a premium one! Opening its door to the public in 1927, the Montauk Downs State Park Golf Course has been an epitome of recreation to the people of Montauk and tourists as well. It has been redesigned and renovated a lot of times. Finally, the final project was taken by the government of NY State in 1980.
Enjoy the Sun at Kirk Park Beach
Want to bathe in the sun in the Hamptons? Kirk Park Beach is an essential part of Montauk. It is quite close to the Ditch Plains Beach and can be covered on the same trip. Covering about an area of 500 ft, Kirk Park Beach is the place where tourists go to feel the sun on their faces.
The beach is extremely clean with individual shower-rooms. You can even find lifeguards roaming around when it is high time. The location of the beach is great along with a few hotels lined up. Try to bring your seating arrangements i.e chairs and mats and go for ice cream after you are finished enjoying the sun.
Go Sport Fishing
Are you fond of fishing? How does sport fishing sound? Double D offers some of the best opportunities for sport fishing here in Montauk. The company has been here for the last 20 years, and if you ask for recommendations from anyone, they will take the name of Double D first! Catch sea bass, marlin, and tuna in the Atlantic Ocean.
Offering the best experience, Double D has a lot of packages for you. There are also a lot of tournaments you could take part in. Shark Tournaments are something you can enjoy for two days straight at sea. They also offer various cruises where you get to see the gorgeous sun setting on the sea horizon.
As you can see Montauk has a lot of things piled up for you. Enjoying the fresh seafood while savoring the views of the Atlantic, you can easily spend a weekend here. Watch some birds or just hike along the seashore.