American history resides in a beautiful setting at Sagamore Hill, the home of Theodore Roosevelt for over 30 years. While he was the 26th President of the United States, this mansion was known as the "Summer White House. Now, visitors can explore the home and the the beautiful surrounding area as well as participate in the small traditions of the place, such as the Sunday Afternoon Flag Folding. Entrance to the house is only permitted by guided tour, but the surrounding grounds are free to explore. Sagamore Hill is a wonderful place to learn about American history and culture or local nature and science (equal passions of Roosevelt himself!) for students of all ages. Children can participate in a Junior Park Ranger Program to earn badges and a patch.
Encompassing a historic mansion, natural history museum, and a Planetarium with a 60-foot domed Sky Theater, the Vanderbilt is a Suffolk County attraction well worth the drive. Take a "living history" tour through the 24-room mansion, view the specimens and exhibits of the museum, and round out the day with a show as big as the sky - the Planetarium features educational explorations of outer space throughout the year and several times each day. At night, however, the show turns musical: Laser showings of classic Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin songs draw fans of all ages for an unbeatable experience. See website for programming and event details.
Fire Island National Seashore is a unique environment of barrier island beaches which host a wide variety of native flora and fauna, including flocks of human beach-goers during summer months. The peaceful surroundings of waves and dunes, ancient forests and timid wildlife, are a welcome respite from the chaos of nearby New York City. To the west, historic Fire Island Lighthouse is always worth a visit, along with the mansion and grounds of the 18th century William Floyd Estate. Tours are conducted year-round (weather permitting), and activities, programs, and workshops are offered particularly for students and teachers. See website for details.
With a name as mystical as Brú na Bó, and a colorful milieu of artworks adoring the window, you are lured to walk into this magnificent art and antique shop. If you have an eye for antiques or love to collect works of regional artists, then you will love browsing through the collection of Brú na Bó. Its ever-changing inventory of paintings, porcelain art, textiles and new furniture reflect the work of talented local painters and craftsmen. The collection of antique furniture found here is extensive, offering a lot of options in products which are handcrafted from reclaimed antique woods. And its association with art is not just restricted to visual artworks, as the shop also arranges special performances by local as well as upcoming national artists or bands, throughout the year.
Situated across the North Ocean Avenue, 89 North Music Venue is a music venue that promises cool performances and great fun. This casual music venue is out there only with the mission to allow guests to relax while enjoying live music concerts. Featuring solo performers as well as bands, it is always packed to the core and buzzing with action. The on-site bar is well-stocked and offers a great range from beers to wines. And, if you want to be all by yourself, it has neat little garden in its backyard too. 89 North Music Venue can be hired for private parties and celebrations too. For gig guide and other information, call ahead.
The Harold Malkmes Wildlife Education and Ecology Center is a wildlife preserve and educational center that is managed and maintained by the Town of Brookhaven. Located on a former landfill site, the area had to be completely revamped and repurposed. It is a treasure for all those who have keen interest in wildlife and ecology. Featuring a wildlife center, several greenhouses, and a petting zoo, it is an ideal place for younger children to learn about animals and the environment. You can also enjoy tours that take you through the entire park. Please note that visitors are expected to follow rules and regulations for safety reasons and for the protection of the animals.
Get away from the drudgery of life and forget all your worries at the McGuires Comedy Club. At this stand-up comedy club, you will surely get entertained and laugh aloud. Talented and witty comedians ensure that guests have a great time and are never bored throughout the show. Currently, it is home to the Governor's Comedy Club and each gig is well-attended. The club is also available on certain days for fund-raisers and has several packages for the same. For booking and schedule, check website.
A buzzing island that is home to the JFK and La Guardia airports, Long Island prides itself in the amalgamation of cultures. Find people and delicacies from all corners of the world here or explore regional specialties as you shop till you drop. Basketball, Soccer and Baseball fans will find much to occupy them here. Explore the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens that are steeped in rich history or head to the counties of Nassau and Suffolk for some gourmet fare. Attend theatrical events or music concerts at this cultural endowed island or take a tour of one of the numerous parks, bridges, vineyards, beaches and scenic locales that dot the Island. Call the Long Island Chamber of Commerce for more details.