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20 Best Things to Do in Hamptons, NY

  • Published 2023/05/11

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 forming the South Fork of Long Island.

Known for its fresh air, peace, and beautiful beaches, the Hamptons is perfect for an escape from city life.

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

Interested to know more about this place?

Here are the 20 best things to do in Hamptons, New York!

Go Biking around the Hamptons

Bikes in Hamptons

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Biking is the best way to explore the Hamptons’ small communities and create 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 great ocean views and unique houses.

Seek Out Gourmet Dishes around the City

Apart from beaches, the second best thing in the Hamptons is the food.

You’ll find an array of beautiful and delicious restaurants with something for your palate.

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

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

Other Things to Do Nearby

Stroll on Cooper’s Beach

Cooper's Beach

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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.

Sitting area at Cooper's Beach

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

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

Marvel at Long Island’s HistoricWindmills

Windmills in Long Island

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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.

View of an old rustic windmill

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Discover the Bunkers ofCamp Hero State Park

Camp Hero State Park

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Camp Hero State Park is a former military base that inspired the famous “Stranger Things” series.

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

Gun casemate at Camp Hero State Park

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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.

Watch the Sunset atFoster Memorial Beach

People relaxing at Foster Memorial Beach

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Foster Memorial Beach is a must-visit place if you love sunsets.

Benches face 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.

It was named after Sagaponack farmer Clifford Foster.

Because of its flat and shallow water, it’s an excellent 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.

Explore Greenport


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Greenport is a century-old fishing village.

You can taste local oysters at many restaurants here.

Hudson valley at Greenport

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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.

Ship at Greenport

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Visit Montauk

Montauk point light house

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Montauk is a hamlet in East Hampton, a famous place with numerous beaches and favorite 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 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.

Lighthouse at Montauk

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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 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 famous spot in Montauk for surfing and great views of the greenery-topped cliffs.

Vibrant sunset at Montauk

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Enjoy the Sights at theLong House Reserve

Long House Reserve

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Spread over 16 acres, Long House Reserve 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 over 2 acres in the heart of Sagaponack.

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

See Various Artwork at theParrish Art Museum

Parrish Art Museum

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Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill is a great place to see Italian renaissance art and classical Greek and Roman sculpture reproductions.

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

Interior view of the Parrish Art Museum

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Here, you will find the work of significant league artists and 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.

See the Displays at the Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center & Museum

Entrance to the Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center & Museum

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Located in Southampton, Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center & Museum is 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.

This place is 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 evolved over the years.

Visit Mulford Farmstead

Mulford Farmstead

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Mulford Farmstead is one of the most critical, intact English colonial farmhouses in America.

Mulford Farmstead is a great place to explore and learn about the colonial past and its lifestyle.

View of the Mulford Farmstead

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It was built in 1680 and is owned by East Hampton Historic Society, which operates 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.

Go Wine Tasting & Beer Tasting at Wolffer Estate Vineyard

Wolffer Estate Vineyard has a vast 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.

Go Shopping in the East Hamptons

Ralph Lauren in Hamptons

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Shopping in East Hamptons is as luxurious as it gets.

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

Shop at East Hamptons

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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 products, natural lotions, serums, and sunscreens.

Drop by thePollock-Krasner House and Study Center

Pollock-Krasner House

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Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center is a great place to visit for 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, jazz record collection, and personal library.

Their work is also on display inside the house.

Experience the Healing Vibe of theMontauk Salt Cave

Montauk Salt Cave is a wellness destination for healing, rest, and relaxation.

Located in Montauk, Montauk Salt Cave is an ideal place to relax, meditate and see a different side of life.

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

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

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

Take a Joy Ride onDune Road

Many people 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 New York, with a great view of the ocean, sand, and other landscapes.

It’s a great place to go for a drive.

Immerse in the Outdoors at theMashomack Preserve

Mashomack Preserve is a large area of 2,039 acres containing pristine interlacing tidal creeks, woodlands, fields, and coastline.

With multiple trails, this preserve provides an excellent place for hikers.

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

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

Pay a Visit to Quogue Wildlife Refuge

Scenic view of Quogue Wildlife Refuge

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Quogue Wildlife Refuge, located in Quogue, is a 300-acre nonprofit wildlife preserve open yearly.

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, among others.

Final Thoughts

The quaint rural setting and plentiful amenities of the Hamptons make it a popular destination for those on Long Island in New York State.

The points of interest in the Hamptons include several beaches and scintillating arts and culture venues.

Anywhere you turn, there are fun things to do in the Hamptons for locals and visitors.

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