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Plan your next trip by train and experience the excitement of Long Island, NY.

Just outside New York City you’ll find some of the top-rated ocean beaches in the country and the quaint seaside villages of the world-famous Hamptons.

 
Easily accessible via the Long Island Rail Road (the nation’s largest commuter railroad) from the Amtrak stop in Penn Station; most hotels will pick you up at a Long Island Rail Road train station, but call ahead. Or you can rent a car, or take the Hampton Jitney from NYC to several destinations on Long Island.
 
How about a horseback ride on the beach at sunset or a bicycling trip through the glamorous Wine Country? You could set out on a fishing adventure, hike to the top of a lighthouse, or enjoy dining at a harbor side restaurant.
 
If adventure is what you crave, you’ll find kayaking, surfing lessons, sky-diving and so much more. Or venture out on a hike through a 300 year old Sunken Forest located just behind the beach dunes of Fire Island.
 
Or for a more relaxing adventure: take a sailing lesson aboard a private sail boat. And the avid golf traveler will find miles and miles of fairways on some of the most challenging golf courses.
 
Like history? Visit sites connected with George Washington’s ‘Culper’ Spy Ring. Visit the homes of past presidents, poets and artists, including President Theodore Roosevelt, Poet Walt Whitman and Artists Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner. Or tour the mansions of Long Island’s Gold Coast era, depicted in The Great Gatsby.
 
There’s lots of fun for kids too. From a children’s museum, aviation museum, and maritime museums to the world-class aquarium, wildlife parks, game farms and one of the top-rated water parks in the country.
 
Long Island, NY is waiting to be explored. Book your trip at Discoverlongisland.com, or call 877-386-6654, ext. 235 for a free Travel Guide.
 

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Arts & Culture

 

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The Long Island Museum of American, History & Carriages
53.3 miles, 1 h. 45 min. ride on LIRR, 2 h. 4 min. bus ride from Penn Station
The Long Island Museum of American, History & Carriages in Stony Brook houses the nation's largest horse-drawn carriage collection. Admired for their beauty and craftmanship, the carriages reflect an important part of America's industrial and transportation history. Longislandmuseum.org
 

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The Nassau County Museum of Art
22.8 miles, 50 min. ride on LIRR, 1 h. 16 min. bus ride from Penn Station
The Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor is ranked among the nation's most important suburban art museums. Set on the 145-acre estate formerly owned by Childs Frick, the museum's three-story Georgian mansion exemplifies Gold Coast architecture of the late 19th century. The permanent collection holds 500 words by 19th- and 20th-century painters from Europe and America. Nassaumuseum.org/default.php
 
Old Bethpage Village Restoration 
32.4 miles, 50 min. ride on the LIRR, 1 h. 48 min. bus ride from Penn Station
Old Bethpage Village Restoration depicts a typical rural Long Island Farm village of the mid 19th century. The 209-acre living history museum has 51 historic buildings, seven reconstructions and a staff of knowledgeable costumed guides and craftspersons. Nassaucountyny.gov
 

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The Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site
34.9 miles, 1 h. 10 min. ride on the LIRR, 1 h. 55 min. bus ride from Penn Station
The Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site in Huntington Station serves the double purpose of exploring the life of the famous poet and reflecting a typical day in the life of a 19th century Long Island family. Built around 1819, the restored home contains period furnishings, 130 portraits of the poet, letters, manuscripts and artifacts. Visiting poets conduct classes and readings. Waltwhitman.org

 

Canals & Transportation

The Long Island Maritime Museum 
56.5 miles, 1 h. 30 min. ride on the LIRR, 1 h. 37 min. bus ride from Penn Station
The Long Island Maritime Museum in West Sayville tells the tale of the shell-fishing industry from the 1800s through the 1970s as well as other aspects of Long Island's maritime heritage. The 14-acre museum includes an active boat building shop, and you can climb aboard the 1888 Oyster Sloop Priscilla for a sail out onto the Great South Bay. Limaritime.org
 
Montauk Point Lighthouse
121 miles, 3 h. 20 min. ride on the LIRR, 3 h. 36 min. bus ride from Penn Station
Montauk Point Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in New York State, has been part of Long Island's land-and seascape since 1796. It's 100-foot tall tower serves as an active aid to navigation. Tours of the lighthouse include the keepers' dwelling, the Fire Control Station and the lighthouse tower. Montauklighthouse.com
 
The Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum 
99.2 miles, 2 h. 30  min. ride on the LIRR, 2 h. 56 min. bus ride from Penn Station
The Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum contians a unique collection of whaling and historic artifacts that open a window onto Sag Harbor's past as a prosperous whaling port. The classic Greek Revival mansion was built by an owner of whaling ships in1845. Its stunning entrance hall, with a circular stairway and skylit dome is a work of art in itself. Sagharborwhalingmuseum.org

 

Innovation & Commerce

 

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The Cradle of Aviation Museum 
27.4 miles, 45 min. ride on the LIRR, 1 h. 32 min. bus ride from Penn Station
The Cradle of Aviation Museum in East Garden City has 70 air and spacecraft in eight exhibit galleries-one of the most outstanding diverse aerospace collections in the world. See artifcats and depictions of Long Island's vibrant aerospace industry, including early biplanes, WWII planes and an orginal full size lunar module. The museum's domed IMAX theater adds to the sense of wonder. Cradleofaviation.org
 
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory 
34.8 miles, 1 h. ride on the LIRR, 1 h. 5 min. bus ride from Penn Station
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is responsible for some of the most important advances in genetics and molecular biology. The lab's DNA Learning Center uses hands-on programs like laboratory experiements, computer explorations and an interactive exhibition to bring the science to life for visitors of all ages. Dnalc.org
 

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Long Island's Historic Gold Coast Mansions
29.6 miles, 1 h. 5 min. ride on the LIRR, 1 h. 32 min. bus ride from Penn Station
Long Island's Historic Gold Coast Mansions were created by the wealthy industrialists of the early 20th century and famously portrayed in F.Scot Fitzgerald'sThe Great Gatsby. Tour grand estates like Oheka Castle in Huntington, Chelsea Mansion in East Norwich, Coe Hall and Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay and Falaise in Sands Point to see lavish homes and formal gardens. Historiclongisland.com

 

Natural History

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Bayard Cutting Arboretum
51.8 miles, 1 h. 20 min. ride on the LIRR, 1 h. 52 min. bus ride from Penn Station
Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River provides "an oasis of beauty and quiet for the pleasure, rest and refreshment of those who delight in outdoor beauty." The gardens were designed in 1887 with the assistance of Frederick Law Olmsted, while the former cutting residence has magnificent fireplaces, woodworking, stained glass and a small natural history dispaly. Bayardcuttingarboretum.com

 

Revolutionary War

The William Floyd Estate
67.8 miles, 1 h. 50 min. ride on the LIRR, 2 h. 19 min. bus ride from Penn Station
The William Floyd Estate in Mastic Beach, where the Revolutionary War general and signer of the Declaration of Independence was born, includes the 25-room Old Mastic House, a family cemetery and a varied landscape that show how eight generations of Floyds adapted the property between 1718 and 1976. Nps.gov/index.htm

 

U.S. Presidents 

 

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Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
36.1 miles, 1 h. 20 min. ride on the LIRR, 1 h. 32 min. bus ride from Penn Station
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site in Oyster Bay was President Theodore Roosevelt's home from 1885, when it was built, until his death in 1919. While he was in office, it was called the "Summer White House." The 83-acre site features the Queen Anne shingle-style home, the Theodore Roosevelt Museum, a visitor's center, historic farm buildings, a nature trail, and a wildlife refuge that includes meadows, woodlands, a salt marsh and a beach. Nps.gov/sahi/index.htm