5 Hidden Hamptons Gems to Explore This Summer

With the warm weather gently setting in, everyone is retreating to their typical Hamptons agenda. But buried away in the little towns of the South Fork are cultural and historical treasures waiting to be discovered. Pull yourself up from that poolside chaise lounge and plan to explore Hamptons gems this summer.

14 Places For Your Hamptons Summer Bucket List 

Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill

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Stir up your imagination with paintings and sculptures inspired by the natural setting of Long Island’s East End. The museum reveals the creative process of how art and artists transform our experiences and perceptions of the world and how we live in it. The building was designed with a shaded porch that surrounds the entire framework and extends into a large covered terrace. It is the quintessential setting for downtime and reflection overlooking a meadow of native wildflowers and evergreen hedges.

Long House Reserve, East Hampton

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Spend the afternoon strolling through the 16 acre reserve and abstract sculpture garden founded by Jack Lenor Larsen, an internationally recognized textile designer, author and collector. There are glass installations by Chihuly, ceramics by Takaezu and bronzes by de Kooning, Nivola and Hunt. Saunter down to the beautiful pond and peer out at the water full of lilies, lotus plants, bullfrogs, turtles and more.

Halsey Homestead, South Hampton 

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Known to be the oldest house in the Hamptons, the Halsey home is filled with beautiful 17th and 18th century antiques and decorated with early textiles and rare ceramics. The property was bought in 1640 by the Thomas Halsey family and is open from July to October. The grounds incorporate a Colonial revival-style landscape that replicates an 18th century herb garden, a perennial border and an apple orchard. Gather some horticulture ideas to revitalize that old world charm in your own backyard.

Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Shinnecock

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Shinecock Hills Golf Club is one of the top golf courses in the world; it’s also one of the oldest and most historic. The original 12-hole course, founded in 1891, was designed by Willie Davis and expanded to 18 holes in the spring of 1895. We will catch you putting out on the green.

The Watermill Center, Water Mill

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Tune in for one of the variety of talks and lectures by leading voices in the arts, sciences and humanities. Young and emerging artists create, learn and grow together by sharing their work with the community through open rehearsals. Expand your horizons in the Hamptons and attend some of the special exhibitions inspired by a key proponent in the world of experimental theater, founder Robert Wilson.