From white, sandy beaches to up-close encounters with penguins, Westhampton Beach, NY offers plenty of activities perfect for a relaxing vacation. With many beaches and outdoor recreations to choose from, this list narrows down the top-rated attractions and places to experience in Westhampton Beach. Read on to find out all about it.
1. Rogers Beach
A favorite among locals and the most popular beach in Westhampton, Rogers Beach provides plenty of room to lounge on the warm sand and enjoy scenic views of the Atlantic. The beach provides a snack bar, showers, restrooms, and lifeguards. Guests are welcome to enjoy meals on the deck overlooking the ocean. Beach stickers for access and parking are not required from October 1st to April 30th but are required during the summer months. The beach is open from 10 am to 5 pm and is open all week from June 26th to September 4th. Opening hours change during the off-season.
Address: 105 Dune Rd, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
Website: Rogers Beach
2. Lashley Beach
About 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) west of Rogers Beach is another favorite, Lashley Beach. Also known at Jetty 4 for its popular docking station nearby, the beach provides parking, lifeguards, showers, and restrooms. Guests are welcome to bring their own snacks and meals since there is no snack bar on site. The beach is also known for lower crowd levels and plenty of seclusion. Like Rogers Beach, Lashley is open from 10 am to 5 pm and is open all week from June 26th to September 4th. Opening hours change during the off-season.
Address: 385 Dune Rd, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
Website: Lashley Beach
3. Cupsogue Beach County Park
Located along the east end of Fire Island, visitors to Cupsogue Beach can bask under the warm sun on this white sandy beach spanning 296 acres (119.8 hectares). On the Pier, guests can also try their luck at catching the popular saltwater bass native to their area. The beach provides several amenities, including a snack bar, restrooms, and showers. Guests are also welcome to camp on-site. The beach is open seven days a week from June 17th to September 4th from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm and is protected by a lifeguard from 10 am to 5 pm. Non-resident parking is 18 USD. Opening hours change depending on the season.
Cupsogue Beach County Park
Address: 906 Dune Road, Westhampton 11978
Website: Cupsogue Beach County Park
4. Pike’s Beach
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Near Cupsogue Beach, this local favorite offers more that 400 feet (643 kilometers) of space for visitors to lounge and enjoy the sun and surf. This quiet beach is highly accessible and provides accessible wooden paths for wheelchairs to easily access the beach. This space is also a favorite for surfers for its relatively uncrowded waters. Beach Treat, the local food truck, offers ice cream and other refreshments for guests to enjoy. Guests are also welcome to fish.
Address: 765 Dune Rd, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
Website: Pike’s Beach
5. Smith Point County Park
With spectacular views facing the Atlantic, Smith Point County Park is nestled in the east end of Fire Island. With plenty of outdoor activities to choose from, this park is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Smith Point offers swimming, surfing, fishing, scuba diving, and off-road driving, provided the guest has a permit. The beach is also home to endangered birds, which guests can view from behind protective fences at a reasonable distance throughout the beach. Smith Point is a popular camping destination and provides plenty of amenities to make guests feel comfortable, such as water, electricity, sewage hookups, and showers. All campsites require a reservation and beach-side camping is on a first come, first served basis. The park is open seven days a week from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.
Smith Point County Park
Address: 1 William Floyd Pkwy, Shirley, NY 11967
Website: Smith Point County Park
6. Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center (Riverhead)
Along with beaches, Westhampton has plenty of other activities to offer. Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center provides guests with up-close encounters with a variety of marine life. From behind the 120,000-gallon (454,249 liter) tank, visitors can come face-to-face with sharks in an exhibit reminiscent of Atlantis, complete with fallen pillars and Poseidon’s trident. Ever wanted to touch a sting ray? Guests can touch star fish, coral, and sting rays from the Ray Bay and Touch Tank. From their Indoor Exhibits, guests can witness alligators, electric eels, and a colorful coral reef. Sea lions, otters, and penguins provide playful photo-ops in the Outdoor Exhibits. Onsite refreshments are provided in the Atlantis Café. The aquarium is open Monday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is 29 USD for adults and 22 USD for children ages 3 to 12.
Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
Address: 431 E Main St, Riverhead, NY 11901
7. Paumanok Vineyards (Riverhead)
Wine lovers can visit Paumanok Vineyards and sample a delectable range of the finest wines. Guests are welcome to explore the vineyard at their own pace. Half-hour guided tours are also offered, which take guests behind-the-scenes for a look at the winemaking facilities and provide detailed explanations of the process. For a more in-depth tour, guests on the Proprietor Tour will be guided around the facilities by one of the owners or a winemaker. Guests on the VIP Tour get to enjoy a private tasting of a chilled bottle of the latest Paumanok Blanc de Blancs from either the outdoor deck or the tank room. From the outdoor deck, guests can enjoy a scenic view overlooking the vineyard while savoring a glass of wine, slices of cheese, and a charcuterie platter. The tasting room is open seven days a week. From April through October, the room is open from 11 am to 6 pm, and from 11 am to 5 pm November through March. Tasting flights range from 8 USD to 20 USD per person. Self-guided tours are free and do not require an appointment. Guided tours must be scheduled in advance and prices start at 5 USD per person and can range to 50 USD per person.
Address: 1074 Main Rd, Aquebogue, NY 11931
Website: Paumanok Vineyards
8. Meet the animals at Quogue Wildlife Refuge near Westhampton Beach
Just 4km (2.4 miles) from Westhampton Beach, New York, you will find the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. Take a half day to explore the natural setting. This place is peaceful, and if you love birds, is of particular interest. They have some birds caged as they are rehabilitated and aided. The animals that are receiving help often include interesting birds like eagles, hawks, owls and more. Even small predators may be seen on occasion. Volunteers and staff are friendly and will answer questions. Trails allow you to walk around. Three trails on the level ground make for an easy stroll.
Quogue Wildlife Refuge
Address: 3 Old Country Road, Quogue, NY 11959
Website: Quogue Wildlife Refuge
9. Go fishing at Shinnecock East County Park
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Shinnecock East County Park is an easy drive on the CR 80 route from Westhampton Beach. It’s worth spending the whole day there, especially if you enjoy fishing. Locals believe it’s the best surf fishing in New York. Few facilities mean you can enjoy the beach without too many crowds during spring and fall, but the beach does get busy in summer. Within walking distance, you will find restaurants, but you may also pack a picnic. The natural area has marshes as well, which makes for nice pictures and when the tide’s out you can explore more. If you have an RV, parking’s available.
Shinnecock East County Park
Address: Dune Road, Southampton, NY
Relax in Westhampton Beach
If you are looking for a relaxing getaway where you can unwind, Westhampton Beach offers plenty of local beaches and recreational activities to enjoy. Visit Westhampton Beach this upcoming travel season.
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