Tour the New York Coastline with This Road Trip Apr 19, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
You will find plenty of great attractions to enjoy on a road trip along the New York coastline this summer. Most people visit the New York coastline as part of a larger East Coast road trip or en route to New York City. If you visit New York coastal attractions, however, you will get to see everything the state has to offer tourists. Be sure to stop at the following locations on your trip, and you will never have a dull moment at beaches, castles, and fairgrounds.
If you begin your road trip in Coney Island, you will start with a bang. This neighborhood of New York City is perhaps best known for its attractions and rides. Instead of being an amusement park run by a single organization, it is a collection of smaller attractions with their own rules and fees. You can visit the boardwalk and beach anytime of the year, but if you want to go on rides or see the other attractions, you will want to visit from Easter to Halloween. There are also fireworks at night and plenty of tasty food stands. You can find everything from bumper cars to roller coasters and even an aquarium.
From Coney Island, drive south to Jones Beach. Technically called Jones Beach State Park, this area covers 6.5 miles of beach on Long Island and 2,400 acres of maritime areas. While here you can go for a swim, go fishing, look at one of the historical exhibits, play some mini-golf, or walk along the boardwalk. During the summer, there are also plenty of concerts with big names.
Next, you will want to drive towards Fire Island. You can then enjoy a diverse range of people, animals, and plants in an area that combines wildlife and historical landmarks, including lighthouses. You can even go camping or get a permit to drive along the beach facing the Atlantic Ocean.
The Hamptons will be next on your route. This area is known for the impressive summer homes of the rich and powerful, but it is also great for tourists. You can stay right on the water and enjoy a nice meal at one of the local restaurants, with plenty of options for farm-fresh cuisine and seafood. Don’t forget to go shopping while you’re in the Hamptons for a surprising variety of local boutiques and crafts.
Riverhead and Oheka Castle
Round out your New York coastal road trip with a stop in Riverhead. This area has renowned shopping opportunities at Tanger Outlets. You can also visit the Long Island Aquarium and consider making a quick stop at Oheka Castle in Huntington. The chateau and formal gardens were built in 1919 and inspired “The Great Gatsby,” and bring you back to the beauty of the Roaring Twenties. A road trip up the New York coast is full of fine dining, shopping, and natural beauty.