While nothing beats going to the beach, summer is full of opportunities to engage in a variety of outdoor activities. This includes perusing main streets—some referred to as such, some not—of Long Island’s beautiful towns. Introduce yourself to a new town this summer by strolling past its restaurants, galleries and shops.
Summer strollers can flock to Main Street in Patchogue for a day filled with food, the arts and literature. Breakfast alone presents many opportunities to fuel up, from Roast Coffee & Tea to popular acai bowl and smoothie chain SoBol. Those who stroll later in the day can enjoy ales from BrickHouse Brewery and Restaurant or cocktails at Bella Vino. The Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts adds cinematographic flair to any visit, showing children’s favorites, music documentaries and beloved classic films. As an added bonus, these local spots are mere steps away from the Patchogue train station. Click to stroll
Between its influx of new restaurants, fitness studios and shops, Garden City is an ideal summer strolling destination. On any given summer day, find Seventh Street brimming with locals milling around the stores, visitors enjoying a meal outside and everything in between. Spots to check out include the newly opened Guac Shop Mexican Grill owned by veteran restaurateur Sergio DeCiantis (of Park Place and Cara Mia restaurants), Coquette Boutique and Pure Barre fitness studio. Click to stroll
Though technically falling under the touristy category of “The Hamptons,” Westhampton Beach offers a small town charm appealing to any Long Island local. Visitors can stop by the conveniently located Performing Arts Center (WHBPAC) this summer for performances by David Crosby, the Righteous Brothers and Andy Grammer, among others. This vibrant Main Street also offers a variety of food choices including the famous Beach Bakery Café and the hidden gem Brunetti Pizza, serving personal pies from a Neapolitan-style brick oven. Click to stroll
A small seaside village beloved by locals, Northport is bound to provide summer fun. Hotspots include Copenhagen Bakery & Café, known for great coffee, carrot cake and ever-changing daily specials, and Ritz Café, overlooking Northport Habor and offering a varied menu with anything from tilapia piccata to pecan-crusted brie salad with raspberry reduction. As an added bonus, the town hosts a farmers market on Saturday mornings throughout the summer. Click to stroll
Main Street in Huntington offers something for everyone, from Indian restaurants to art galleries to olive oil specialty stores. Striking a balance between local businesses and beloved chains, the street features locally-owned boutiques in addition to Ann Taylor Loft and Franco’s Gourmet Deli with nearby Panera Bread. Boasting a wide variety of eateries, Main Street has recently welcomed breakfast-focused Hatch Brunch to its lineup. It serves up seemingly endless varieties of eggs, pancakes and sandwiches. Nearby is concert venue the Paramount, which in the past has hosted Pat Benatar, Rick Astley and Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty. Click to stroll