Surfer on a Montauk beach
Photograph: Jolie Ruben

The best things to do in the Hamptons

From sunny beaches to stunning wineries, these are the best things to do in the Hamptons


FYI: There are more things to do in the Hamptons than just getting a tan. Yes, that argument can be said for any of the beaches near NYC, but you wouldn’t just go to the Hamptons for a quick trip. Make no mistake, people do. But, in our opinion, the Hamptons is truly meant to be a destination at which you can kill time trying great restaurants, drinking frozen cocktails at outdoor bars, visitng wineries and lounging on beautiful sandy shores. Take a break from Gotham’s rooftop bars for these awesome things to do in the Hamptons.

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Best things to do in the Hamptons

2. The Surf Lodge, Montauk

Every weekend from Memorial Day through Labor Day, this trendy Montauk motel becomes the destination for bands worth driving three hours to see in concert. The annual free concert series is a huge hit both among the surfing crowd and city beach tourists, so plan to get there early or, if you really want to see a band, book a room. 183 Edgemere St, Montauk, NY (631-483-5037,


3. Main Beach, East Hampton

4. Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge, Sag Harbor


5. Ditch Plains, Montauk

Hang ten at one of the best surfing spots in all of Long Island. The waves hitting the Montauk shore here are gentle enough for beginners while still being large enough for veteran longboarders. If you wipe out too many times, there’s no shame in quitting the sea early for a bite to eat at the local favorite Ditch Witch, a takeout truck offering sandwiches and quesadillas. Off Ditch Plains Rd.

6. Pollock-Krasner House and Studio, East Hampton


7. Wölffer Estate Vineyard, Sagaponack

8. Montauk Brewing Co., Montauk

Beer lovers, unite! If you’re not a fan of rosé, wet your whistle with a colorful can of Montauk-brewed ale. (We’re huge fans of the Watermelon version.) Hit the taproom for a tasting ($12 for six beers) and if you’re interested in a brewery tour, the spot doesn’t give walk-throughs. But if you’re really curious, ask the kind gents at the bar to give you a peek! 62 South Erie, Avenue (631-668-8471,


9. LongHouse Reserve, East Hampton

If you’re tired of the beach and searching for greener pastures, LongHouse Reserve is home to a beautiful 16-acre garden and sculpture park located in East Hampton, NY. Ponder peacefully in front of Peter’s Pond and peep at the water lilies and lotus plants. (You might just spot a few wildlife pals such as Mr. Bullfrog and Mrs. Turtle.) Get your camera ready when you tour the vibrant Red Garden designed by the reserve’s founder, Jack Lenor Larsen. And if you fancy a game of chess, check out Yoko Ono’s “Play It By Trust” sculpture—a giant chess board featuring all-white playing pieces. 133 Hands Creek Road (631-329-3568,; $10.

Photograph: Flickr/CC/Rick Derevan

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