The Hamptons has a long history of city slickers visiting its gorgeous shores, enjoying its ice-cream and generally basking in this small slice of heaven. It’s likely, if you’ve ever been, or live around the east coast, that you’ll have heard about the Hamptons (or at least seen them in the movies).
One thing is for sure, this string of small communities, nature and shoreline is one heck of an amazing place for us all to explore.
Take a look at 11 of the best things to do whilst you’re in the Hamptons.
1.) Enjoy the surf at Coopers Beach
Coopers Beach is easily accessible from Southampton, with it (arguably) being one of the best beaches in the region. It doesn’t matter what season you visit, its sandy shores always draw a crowd – especially on a gloriously sunny day. Take yourself a picnic, enjoy the rays or even try your hands at surfing. If you’re looking for less crowded times, consider visiting during the weekdays.
2.) Unwind in a salt cave
The Montauk salt cave is an idyllic way to give yourself some relaxation time within these salt caves that are believed to help with a myriad of health problems like; stress, allergies etc. These intimate sessions last up to an hour, with availability limited in peak seasons – just remember, no shoes!
3.) Gorge at the most delicious restaurants
One of the best things about The Hamptons, apart from the beaches, is the food! This small area has an array of beautiful and delicious places to grab a bite. Perfect for any palate, you’ll find gourmet dining, delicious dessert houses and some beachside diners that are just too good to miss out!
4.) Go wine tasting
The Wölffer Estate is one of the most popular vineyards in the Hamptons – and it’s easy to see why! Perched between Southampton and Easthampton, Wölffer offers its visitors a huge selection of award-winning varieties for us thirsty lot to guzzle on. Head over to Sagaponack and enjoy a gorgeous wine tasting experience which you can also pair with some delicious cheeses (and chocolate, if you have a sweet tooth). Just remember, grab yourself a designated driver that’ll be happy with sparkling water!
5.) Bike the shoreline
One of the nicest ways to explore the small communities in The Hamptons is by grabbing yourself a bike and heading off on your own adventure! Hire a bike for a sunny afternoon jaunt around the little hamlets and discover some of the quaint charms of the local towns. A great place to grab your bikes is from Sag Harbor cycle, though there are many others too.
6.) Stay in a beautiful little (or big) lodge
The Hamptons have plenty of little places that are perfect for a weekend away. One of the best things about this area is that you’re guaranteed to find a little lodging that suits your style and taste. Think intimate, cute and completely gorgeous little places where you’ll feel right at home.
7.) Visit the Parrish Art Museum
Located in Watermill, this gorgeous art gallery has found its new home away from Southampton village. One of the best things about the Museum is that it not only focuses on showing some big hitting artists like Roy Lichtenstein but also to local artists from the south and north shores of Long Island.
8.) Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center & Museum
One great place to experience, especially when in Southampton, is to visit the Shinnecock Reservation and cultural centre. Nestled in Southampton, the reservation belongs to a 1,000+ Native American Shinnecock population that calls this area home. It’s a great place to learn about Shinnecock culture, crafts and their history.
9.) See the Mulford Farmstead
Famed as being one of the most important, intact, colonial farmhouses in America, the Mulford Farmstead is one great place to visit. It’s a great little place to explore and costs less than $5 per person to enter in July and August. A great spot to explore.
10.) Explore the LongHouse Reserve
This incredible, 16-acre, reserve is home to some of New York State’s best sculptures. The garden’s themselves are a lovely place to wander, especially on a warm Summer day.
11.) Montauk Lighthouse
Situated right by Montauk Point State Park, it is the first ever lighthouse to ever be built in New York State and one of the oldest in the US. One of the best things about Montauk Lighthouse is that you can actually explore inside, which is especially pretty in the late afternoon sunshine. If you don’t have a car in the Hamptons, Suffolk Transit’s bus (number S94) offers connections to the lighthouse in the high season, summer months.