A short 90-minute drive from NYC is The Hamptons, a luxurious destination with some of the best shopping, beaches, and restaurants. Known as a coveted location for the elite to vacation, The Hamptons hosts thousands each summer as people flee the city. But there is more to The Hamptons than large houses and sun-kissed beaches. The best of The Hamptons can be found in the art museums, guildhall, whaling museum, polo club, and nightlife, just to name a few. To really experience The Hamptons, you just have to visit.
The Hamptons is essentially the east end of Long Island, consisting of the small villages of Southampton and East Hampton. The Hamptons are a popular seaside travel destination and one of the historical summer colonies in the northeast. While The Hamptons are known for the rich and famous vacationing in the area, the best of The Hamptons can be found in the numerous farms and vineyards still in operation.
The Hamptons can be a wonderful family excursion or even a weekend getaway for couples. Discover amazing and fresh seafood shacks, quaint antique shops, and beautiful ocean breezes. If you’re looking for something truly local, hit up farm stands and local wineries for the best regional bounty the area has to offer.
Sylvester Manor is a historic structure built in 1652 as a provisioning plantation for the Barbadian sugar trade. For the first years of its life, the land was used for farming. Now, the manor stands as an educational farm that shares the history of the property to preserve the 8,000 acres of land. The Sylvester Manor Educational Farm is a non-profit whose mission is to bring sustainable farming practices back to Shelter Island.
Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center
The Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center is home to one of the largest all-living Coral Reef display in the western hemisphere with a 20,000-gallon display tank. Some indoor exhibits include American alligators, birds, butterflies, and the giant pacific octopus. For the outdoor exhibits, the Aquarium is called home to ancient reptile ruins, creatures of the night, otters, penguins, seals, porcupines, and sea lions.
The Aquarium was named one of the Top 10 Interactive Aquariums by Parents Magazine, making it a great option for families wanting to get in some activities.
The Montauk Point Lighthouse
The Montauk Point Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in the state of New York, with construction completed in 1796. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012, the lighthouse is a stunning piece of history. Montauk Point is located at the tip of eastern Long Island, with 360-degree views of the ocean. There are over 130 steps to the very top, and at night the lighthouse light can be seen from a distance of 19 nautical miles.
Special New Experiences
Astrology Themed Igloos by the Beach
Ever wonder what it would be like to sit in an igloo minus the freezing temperatures? Well, a new themed igloo experience for visitors has popped up at Gurney’s Montauk and Gurney’s Newport. Each hut is decorated in twinkling string lights with different themes for each igloo. Guests can get cozy under warm blankets, enjoy some delicious treats, and even delight in themed music. The Astrology igloo comes with tarot cards and a “crystal ball” for fun photo ops and fortune-telling.
Spending a night on the ground in the wilderness isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time. Glamping is the new ‘it thing’ for those who want to enjoy camping while still enjoying creature comforts. Terra Glamping located in East Hampton’s Cedar Point County Park offers 30 luxury safari-style tents pitched near the beach. Each tent comes equipped with a memory foam mattress, vanity, dresser, and lanterns. There is no electricity or Wi-Fi, but chargers for cell phones are provided for exploring the wilderness.
Japanese-Inspired Wellness Retreat
Just two hours from Manhattan is one of the best Japanese-inspired wellness retreats in The Hamptons. Spend a weekend at Shou Sugi Ban House, and you’ll feel like you spent time in a perfect sanctuary. The retreat offers guests their own studios with beautiful amenities like seasonal menus, beach access, yoga classes, and spa experiences. Instead of hitting guests over the head with healthy everything, they focus on pampering the body and promote overall healing for the ultimate wellness journey.
Beyond Times Square offers a guaranteed stress-free experience for travel to all our destinations. We ensure that all vehicles are sanitized, including helicopters, private yachts, cars, and private cruises on a daily basis. Additionally, all tour guides, drivers, pilots, crew members, and staff strictly adhere to the CDC’s Prevention Guideline. We would be more than happy to aid in arranging short or long trips at all our destinations. Be picked up in sanitized vehicles of your choice, stay at sanitized hotel rooms, tour local attractions with guides, and enjoy local dining spots as you explore the best of The Hamptons.