20 Best Things to Do in the Hamptons

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The Hamptons are a part of the east end of Long Island in Suffolk County, New York.

It's a group of small villages and hamlets which together form the South Fork of Long Island.

Known for its fresh air, peace, and beautiful beaches, The Hamptons is the place that's perfect for a little escape from the city.

It's also a totally gorgeous area to explore on a long weekend trip.

Famed as the summer home to some of America's most elites, thousands escape the hot city each summer to Southhampton and East Hampton.

It lies only ninety minutes from New York City but it has a totally different personality of its own.

With an abundance of beautiful homes and restaurants offering fresh, local produce and seafood, the Hamptons is a perfect getaway after a hectic week.

East Hampton is the epicenter of all the major activities.

It is repeatedly referred to as the "Most beautiful villages in America".

It's also one of the world's top beach towns.

The Hamptons have tons of activities to offer to its visitors and residents.

Ranging from partying and beautiful beaches to famous restaurants, museums, antique shops, and nature preserves.

From dance and drinks to soaking up the waves and sand, let's talk about the top 20 things that you can do in the Hamptons.

Cooper's Beach

Cooper's Beach
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The first thing you should do after arriving in the Hamptons is hit the beach.

Cooper's Beach is a famous go-to place located in Southhampton.

It is without a doubt, one of the best beaches in the region.

With great waves, white quartz sand, and grassy dunes, it always attracts visitors.

You can have yourself a picnic or even try your hands at surfing.

If you are looking for less crowd, better visit during weekdays.

There are many other popular beaches that you can explore.

Georgica Beach is known for its rough waves and great views of East Hampton's real estate.

Two Miles Hollow Beach is a slightly secluded beach in case you like less crowd.

It is a great place for swimming and picnicking.

Sagg Main Beach in Sagaponack is a great beach where you are allowed to purchase a beach barbecue permit after 6 p.m.

Foster Memorial Beach

Locals call it 'Long Beach'.

It's a must-visit place if you love sunsets.

There are benches facing the sea all along the stretch where you can peacefully enjoy the beautiful sunset.

Also, there are grassy areas where you can sit and have a picnic too.

It was named after Sagaponack farmer Clifford Foster.

Because of its flat and shallow water, it's a great spot for kids to swim.

There are many eateries nearby on Sag Harbour's Main street which you can visit after a beautiful sunset experience.

Dunes

Sand dunes in Hamptons
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An extraordinary feature in the Hamptons is these sand hills that were formed hundreds of years ago.

They continuously shift and are sometimes referred to as 'Walking Dunes'.

They can reach up to the height of up to 80 feet (ca.24 m).

It's worth the climb as you'll get a great view of the nearby area and the harbor itself.

If you find these dunes interesting, you can visit the Amagansett National Wildlife Refuge.

It has unique and now rare 'Double Dunes'.

It's a great place to see some rare plants including many types of orchids and protected shorebirds.

Greenport

Greenport
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A century-old fishing village.

It's a low-key area in the Hamptons but full of activities.

You can taste local oysters at many restaurants here.

Take a stroll or bike along the country road.

If you love antique shopping, nautical gear, or model ships, then there are some great places to explore in Greenport.

Windmills

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Long Island has the largest concentration of windmills in the US.

Some are around 300 years old and were used by residents to grind their grains.

If you love to peek at the history of these historical monuments, grab a map of local windmills in the Hamptons from a local shop and explore.

Montauk

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It's a hamlet in East Hampton.

A famous place in the area with multiple beaches and famous eateries.

John's Pancake House is a must-visit for a no-frills breakfast.

It also had some famous customers such as Jerry Seinfeld.

Famous places to visit in the area include Montauk lighthouse which is situated in Montauk Point State Park.

It's the first-ever lighthouse built in New York State and one of the oldest in the US.

If you are looking for a relaxing treatment, Gurney's Montauk Resort with a Seawater Spa is the best place to go in the area.

It's the only one of its kind facility in the US with European amenities and an indoor ocean-fed seawater pool with a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean.

If you love surfing, Ditch Plains Beach is the popular spot in Montauk for surfing and great views of the greenery-topped cliffs.

Salt cave

A wellness destination for healing, rest, and relaxation.

Located in Montauk, it's an ideal place to relax, meditate and see a different side of the Hamptons.

These salt caves are believed to help with different health problems such as stress, allergies, and asthma.

There are salt therapy and self-care treatments available at varying prices.

These intimate sessions last for up to an hour with limited availability in peak season.

Explore and treat yourself with this unique experience and as the official website of the salt cave says, "Get Your Cave On".

Camp Hero State Park

Camp Hero State Park
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It's a former military base that inspired the famous series "Stranger Things".

It featured concrete bunkers that hid coastal defense weapons and it was rumored to be involved in several secret experiments.

Now it's a heavily wooded national park with a long beachfront that leads to the Montauk lighthouse.

It's a great place to explore and snoop around.

Biking

Bikes in Hamptons
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It's the best way to explore the small communities in the Hamptons and create your very own adventure.

There are many places you can rent a bike and explore the towns on your own.

This way you can discover some quaint charms of the local towns.

Take your bike on Gin Lane for some great views of the ocean and amazing houses.

Dune Road

As mentioned before, the Hamptons is the summer home to some of America's most elite.

Many of them reside or earlier resided in the massive beach houses on a two-lane strip known as 'Dune Road'.

It's one of the most scenic strips in the Hamptons with a great view of the ocean, sand, and other landscapes.

It's a great place to go for a drive.

Mashomack Preserve

It's a large area of 2,039 acres containing pristine interlacing tidal creeks, woodlands, fields, and coastline.

With multiple trails, it's a great place for hikers.

In summer, you can watch some rare species of birds, butterflies, and fish.

It's home to blue claw crab.

If you are looking for similar other places, you can check out Conscience Point National Wildlife Refuge in Southampton.

It's spread in 60 acres of area with woodlands and grasslands.

It's a great place to go birding.

Quogue Wildlife Refuge

It is a 300-acre non-profit wildlife preserve and remains open throughout the year.

It's another great place to hike with a 7-mile trail that runs through the forest, ponds, and a pine grove of rare short-and-squat dwarf pines.

This reserve is also a refuge for native New York animals that cannot roam and hunt outside freely due to the risk of injuries.

These animals include - bobcats, Bald eagles, Hawks, and Owls.

Long House Reserve

Long House Reserve
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Spread on 16 acres, it is home to some of New York's best sculptures.

It's a beautiful garden with a pond teeming with water lilies, lotus, and bullfrogs.

It has a house inspired by a 7th-century Shinto shrine in Ise, Japan.

The gardens here are the best place to wander and have a good time on a warm summer day and when the sun is out.

Another beautiful place for garden lovers is The Madoo Conservancy.

It's spread on 2 acres in the heart of Sagaponack.

Featuring Tudor, High Renaissance, Greek, and Roman gardening styles, it also features the rarely seen and unique native designing techniques too.

Parrish Art Museum

Parrish Art Museum
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Built in 1987 in Southampton, it's a great place to see Italian renaissance art and the reproductions of classical Greek and Roman sculptures.

It is now located in Watermill in a new home away from Southampton Village.

Here, you will find the work of major league artists as well as those of local and regional artists of long Island.

A must-visit place for an art lover and also when you are on an extended trip because its collection is massive.

Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center & Museum

Located in Southampton, it's a reservation that belongs to 1000+ Native American Shinnecock population.

It's a great place to experience and learn about Shinnecock's 10,000 years old history, culture, and crafts.

The Center and Museum are operated by a nonprofit and the place is built from Adirondack white pine.

You can experience firsthand the hunting and fishing culture of this tribe and how it has been evolved over the years.

Mulford Farmstead

Mulford Farmstead
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One of the most important, intact, English colonial farmhouses in America.

It's a great place to explore and learn about the colonial past and its lifestyle.

It was built in 1680 and is currently owned by East Hampton Historic Society which operates it as a living museum.

Next to Mulford Farmstead is another colonial house museum called "Home Sweet Home" as it is associated with the songwriter "John Howard Payne" who spent his childhood there.

Wine Tasting & Beer Tasting

Famed across the world, Wolffer Estate is the most popular vineyard in the Hamptons.

They have a huge selection of award-winning varieties for visitors to taste and experience.

You can book a tour of the vineyard and wine cellar, which include four wine tastings.

They are also known for their dry cider and gin.

On weekends in summer, the estate's wine stand is open and it becomes a popular spot for post-beach wine drinking and watching the sunset behind the vineyard.

For Beer lovers, there is no better place than Boardy Barn.

It has been termed as the "happiest place on earth".

People wait in a long line for their turn to get entry.

It only opens on Sunday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Inside, you'll get smiley-face stickers, and patrons sing along to old songs.

The beer ends up sprayed or spilled on almost everyone and everything.

Pollock-Krasner House

Pollock-Krasner House
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A great place to visit for the art lovers and fans of these legendary artists.

Jackson Pollock and Judith Krasner moved to this 19th-century fisherman's cottage in 1945.

The house is still the same as it was at the time of Krasner's death in 1984.

You can still see Pollock's phonograph, his Jazz record collection, and his personal library.

Their work is also on display inside the house.

Shopping

Ralph Lauren in Hamptons
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Shopping in the Hamptons is as luxurious as it gets.

The best place to start is in East Hamptons.

Here, you'll find high-end designer brands and gorgeous boutiques.

You'll find some great stores on Main street in East Hamptons.

White's Apothecary is a must-visit for skincare lovers, it has an epic collection of skincare products, natural lotions, serums, and sunscreens.

Book Hampton, a nice and small place for bibliophiles with a world-class collection of Books.

Ralph Lauren for all the denim lovers.

Other places on the main street include- Zimmerman, Apiece Apart, Shan, etc.

Dine Out

The second best thing in the Hamptons apart from beaches is the food.

You'll find an array of beautiful and delicious restaurants that'll have something for your palate.

Ranging from gourmet dining, dessert houses to beachside diners, it's all too good to miss out.

Some of the great options include- Almonds in Bridgehampton, East Hampton Grill, Nick & Toni's, and Red Bar in Southampton.

There are many other places too.

Don't forget to explore and find your special place to dine out.