New York City is not where everything begins and ends in the state of New York because there is much more as you drive out on Long Island. From sights in the Hamptons to notable buildings in Northport, there's a lot to see in New York's biggest island. Here's at least five places you should visit when you go out there.
The John W. Engeman Theater
Why visit this theater out on Long Island? Aside from some retro touches on the outside and in the lobby, it's been said the productions here are just as fine in quality as those of Broadway. There's a little bar with a piano in the lobby so if you want to enjoy a drink while watching you can. If you'd rather have the Broadway experience without having to meander through traffic to get there or pay a fortune to enjoy it, this is the place to go.
The Old Westbury Gardens
The Old Westbury Gardens are on the grounds of a mansion now turned museum and host some of Long Island's most beautiful landscapes. You can get a guided tour and hear the stories behind the former owner of the property, John S. Phipps who was a wealthy businessman, and his esteemed family. There is so much to see outdoors as well in the acres of gardens, and there's always events happening here.
The Montauk Point Beach And Lighthouse
Another must when you visit Long Island is to see the beautiful beaches of Montauk Point which are a tourist favorite year-round. The lighthouse has shops including a snack bar, and if you want to get a great view of the coast from up where the light shines, you can do that. If you come around the holiday season, you might be lucky enough to see the lighthouse all lit up.
The Roosevelt Home At Sagamore Hill
One of the US's most interesting presidents, Theodore Roosevelt had a home out here in Long Island that he stayed at whenever he was away from the White House. Visitors are greeted with a sign that says "The Great Adventure" and given a good look at some of Teddy's most prized possessions. Roosevelt's grave also happens to be at this site, and you can find even more fun nearby in Oyster Bay.
The Cradle Of Aviation Museum
Just like the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC and the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, New York also has an exquisite aeronautics museum. The Cradle of Aviation is full of comprehensive flight stories all the way from man's earliest attempts at flight to space travel. If you've got plenty of time to spare and want another to-do on Long Island, this should definitely be on your list.