Explore the Gold Coast This Spring

As the cold finally starts to dissipate and give way to sunshine and morning dew, take the opportunity to get out and explore the gems of the North Shore. Learn about the rich history of Long Island’s Gold Coast, discover the art scene and take advantage of the coastal location with a journey out on the water. These six spots won’t disappoint.

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Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor

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From late March through early July, discover “The Jazz Age”—an era in which music, art and writing converged—at the Nassau County Museum of Art. The 1920s were brimming with the creativity of Pablo Picasso, James Joyce and Coco Chanel—icons who produced an eclectic array of imaginative pieces. Music and literary programs will also be offered to complement the exhibit. And don’t forget to explore the museum’s outdoor sculptures and nature trails. Address: 1 Museum Drive | Phone: 516-484-9338 Click to go

Harmony Vineyards, St. James

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Long Island’s East End may be famous for its wine country, but there’s no need to drive all the way out to the forks to enjoy a tasting. Harmony Vineyards is conveniently located in St. James, and offers year-round weekend wine tasting, nightlife and Sunday brunch. Enjoy a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, indulge in a pancake tower with a view and say cheers to spring. Address: 169 Harbor Road | Phone: 631-291-9900 Click to go

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, Oyster Bay

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Explore the Oyster Bay home of renowned U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt. Take a tour, learn about Roosevelt’s history of environmental activism and observe all the beautiful scenery the site has to offer. Complete with salt marsh, meadows, forest, beach and nature trails, Sagamore Hill is a biodiverse area full of breathtaking views. Bring a picnic lunch and take in the wonders of nature. Address: 20 Sagamore Hill Road | Phone: 516-922-4788 Click to go

Port Washington Water Taxi, Port Washington

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What better way to see Long Island than from the water itself? Beginning in April, the Port Washington Water Taxi will be offering fun, informational tours of Manhasset Bay—an easy, inexpensive way to kick back and get out on the harbor. Don’t forget to pack food and drinks as passengers are welcome to snack aboard the boat! And be sure to stay updated on the specialty tours throughout the season. Address: 347 Main Street | Phone: 516-767-1691 Click to go

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve, Glen Cove

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Discover the history of Long Island’s geology and Native American archaeology at this Glen Cove museum and preserve. Exhibitions include archaeological artifacts, geological marvels and a wealth of information about Long Island’s natural history. A special seashell exhibition is also being showcased in honor of the museum’s 50th anniversary. Address: 50 Barry Drive | Phone: 516-571-8010 Click to go

Oheka Castle, Huntington

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One of Long Island’s many famed Gold Coast estates, Oheka Castle in Huntington is sought-after for events because of its picturesque landscape and jaw-dropping architecture. But it’s also a destination for couples or small groups. Take a tour, reserve a table at the bar and restaurant or even book a room to stay the night. There’s nothing quite like waking up in a 117-room mansion and looking out over acres and acres of expansive gardens. Address: 135 W Gate Drive | Phone: 631-659-1400 Click to go