Our beaches are open 365 days a year
Head over the Ponquogue Bridge to Dune Road to visit Old Ponquogue Bridge Marine Park and Fishing Pier, Ponquogue Beach (lifeguard, concessions, and restrooms are open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, but the pavilion and parking lot are open dawn to dusk), and the Shinnecock Inlet. Local tip--visit one of our delis, order a BECSPK (bacon-egg-cheese-salt-pepper-ketchup) or your favorite sandwich and enjoy watching the waves. In the colder months, you'll be able to see seals frolicking in the inlet and bay or sunning themselves on the sandbars.
Cruising on the bays...take it slow or fast
Depending on your mood, you can rent a kayak, SUP, or jet ski at one of our local marinas. Your hotel may also have the equipment you can borrow.
Catch of the Day Fishing...
is a mainstay for Hampton Bays locals and visitors. You can charter a boat from a marina, you can try your luck on the Shinnecock Star or you can get outfitted at one of our local bait and tackle shops and try surfcasting from the beach. And there's always clamming in the bay. Check with southamptontownny.gov for permit requirements
Are you a happy camper?
Visit Sears Bellow County Park, Bellows Pond Road, and Hampton Bays for year-round camping, hiking, and fishing. Call 631-852-8290 or visit https://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Parks/Our-Parks/Sears-Bellows-County-Park for availability.
Nestled within the Long Island Pine Barrens, Sears Bellows offers a broad range of recreational opportunities to Suffolk County residents and tourists. Campsites for both tents and trailers are available. Rowboat rentals are offered on freshwater Bellows Pond. Sears Bellows' extensive trail system attracts hikers and horseback riders from all points, east, and west. Riders may use the park with a horseback riding permit. This park is closed to certain activities during the waterfowl hunting season. Sears Bellows Park is a sportsman's paradise. Freshwater fishing for bluegill, bass, perch, and pickerel, with bait, is permitted between sunrise and sunset. New York State regulations apply to all sporting activities.
Walk on the Wild Side
Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons, 228 W. Montauk Hwy--728-9453, wildliferescuecenter.org
Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center’s mission is “To preserve and protect our region's native wildlife by providing rehabilitation services and education to raise public awareness of the factors that threaten its abundance and diversity.” Spend the day visiting and learning about birds, mammals, and turtles that are being cared for before being released back to the wild. Volunteer opportunities are available.
Be a pet pal...
Make friends at the Town of Southampton Animal Shelter and help socialize cats, dogs, and other animals looking for furever homes. 102 Old Riverhead Rd,--631-728-7387, southamptonanimalshelter.com
For History Buffs
The Hampton Bays Historical & Preservation Society maintains a collection of family records, genealogies, oral histories, and many interesting artifacts that have been preserved for historians and future generations. You can visit several restored historic properties: the Prosper King House and the Lyzon Hat Museum on Main Street, the 200-year-old Canoe Place Chapel on Canoe Place Road, and three Southampton Town-owned cemeteries.
Hampton Bays Historical & Preservation Society--728-0887, hamptonbayshistoricalsociety.com
Fore! (and for great tacos)
Slo-Jack’s Miniature Golf, 212 W. Montauk Hwy--631-728-7184
For the young (and young at heart)
Foster Avenue Park, Foster Ave. Play equipment, Good Ground Park, Squiretown Road, Amphitheatre, children’s park, comfort station, summer concert series Old Ponquogue Bridge, Foster Ave (north side), Dune Road (south side) Fishing pier, bay access/beach, boat launch Red Creek Park, Old Riverhead Rd-- 728-8564 Picnic area, play equipment, restroom, sports field/area, skate park, tennis courts. Visit southamptontownny.gov for seasonal hours