Guide to visiting Montauk, Long island

Montauk is The End. The farthest east you can get on Long Island and the farthest away from your worries. It is the ultimate New York beach town touting six state parks, miles of coastline, fantastic surfing and fishing, seafood restaurants, wineries. It is a must on every New Yorkers bucket list, here are some spots to get you started!

What to do:

+Montauk Point Lighthouse, 2000 NY-27, Montauk, NY 11954

To me, this iconic structure is what always pops into mind when thinking of Montauk. It is oldest in New York State and the fourth oldest active lighthouse in the country – construction authorized by George Washington in 1792.

Walk the lovely grounds. Take a short stroll to a rocky beach.

Swing on a bench.

Admire the wildflowers along with the butterflies.

Check out the museum to learn the history of the lighthouse and the area. Many people have fallen in love with this place, including Walt Whitman.

And for the best part! Climb the 137 steps to the top of the tower for astounding views.

There is an $8 parking, which becomes free after 4pm. It is $11 to walk up the lighthouse.

+Shadmoor State Park, 900 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954

Hike the trails through the woods and shadbush, stop to explore abandoned WWII bunkers

and forage wild growing grapes (if you can identify them properly). You’re headed to the bluffs and the beach, but it’s not hard to enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way. The kind of place you would never expect to see in New York, belonging more out west. Mystical formations called hoodoos (see more in Bryce Canyon National Park) line the bluffs along the coast, a result of erosion.

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Wear your bathing suit and bring your beach bag. Could this place be any better? Oh yeah, parking is free.

+Hither Hills State Park, 164 Old Montauk Hwy, Montauk, NY 11954

If you’re looking for a place to stay, consider camping! It is an affordable option in an expensive area. This park boasts a gorgeous beach with great facilities and hiking trails.

Where to eat:

+Montauk Bake Shoppe, 29 The Plaza A, Montauk, NY 11954

Want a healthy breakfast? Sorry, I can’t help you with that. But if you want a delectable jelly croissant this may be the best one out there. Join the crowd and hop on line, it’s the best way to start your morning.

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+Swallow East, 474 W Lake Dr, Montauk, NY 11954

If you’ve already done Gosman’s and you’re looking for another seafood joint, this casual spot by the water was wonderful. Raw bar and small plates, excellent fresh seafood.

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There is live music and a parking lot.

+Johnny’s Drive Inn, 677 Montauk Hwy, Montauk, NY 11954

Nothing screams summer more than ice cream. This laid back spot away from the hubbub of town has fun homemade flavors, and someone behind the scenes favorite cookie must be oreo. There is oreo, mint oreo, coffee oreo, banana oreo, and what I went for – strawberry oreo!

At the end of the day:

+Hither Hills Overlook

The best things in life are free. Check the sunset time and stop off at this overlook for natures finest hour.

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Helpful Tips:

+If you go to state parks often, purchase an Empire Pass to get in for free!

+Busy weekend the traffic can be stressful. Consider using public transportation as a LIRR train stop available.

+The town is very crowded on summer weekends. Consider going during a week day or in September, when the weather is still beautiful.

+Montauk isn’t just for New Yorkers. You can take the ferry to from Block Island Rhode Island, New London Connecticut, or Martha’s Vineyard Massachusetts!

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