8 Recommended Things To Do In Southampton, New York

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Southampton is a town located in long island, Suffolk county, New York. It is famous as a beach town in the USA. If you are in New York now and trying to find beaches where you can swim or do water sport, you should go to Southampton. However, Southampton is not all about beaches. The history behind it is always interesting to explore, from the history of the name to the Shinnecock Indians. Whoever you are, a history lover or adrenaline rush adventurer, you will enjoy these 8 best places to visit in Southampton.

1. Cooper’s Beach

Cooper's Beach
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If you want to feel like the rich and fabulous people during your vacation in Southampton, there’s 2 words for that - Cooper’s Beach. This is a scenic beach along the Atlantic shoreline. Come early and pay 40 USD to park your car or come after 5 pm to get free parking. The waves here are much calmer than the further northeastern beach. There is a lot of space for you to pitch your beach umbrellas and blankets. After swimming in the beach you can have a shower in the beach houses, and there’s also restaurants where you can feed your belly. Don’t forget to capture the panoramic sunset before you go.

Cooper’s Beach

Address: 268 Meadow Ln, Southampton, NY 11968-4600

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2. Shinnecock East Country Park

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Another famous beach to visit in Southampton for those who love the bluish green water. Bring your RV and park near the shore to capture beautiful views from many angles. The same as other beaches in the world, this beach is also crowded in summer. But don’t over think it, just follow the road all the way to the end, you will find an amazing place. This beach combines sunbathing and fishing. So, don’t leave your fishing set behind, enjoy fishing while your partner chills under the umbrella. Bring the fish home, and cook them for your dinner with the family.

Shinnecock East Country Park

Address: Dune Road, Southampton, NY

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3. Shinnecock Museum and Cultural Center

Posted by Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum on Friday, 26 May 2017

This is a small museum with local artifacts of the Shinnecock tribe and local history where you can learn about the tribe that lived here for thousands of years. The museum is housed in a newer log style building. The guide will explain to you every detail of the culture and lifestyle. There are some astonishing bronze artworks on the basement floor and interesting murals from each time period, as well as historical descriptions and artifacts. To see the village in the back, you’d better not come in winter, because the village will be closed. This museum is open every Friday and weekends only.

Shinnecock Museum and Cultural Center

Address: 100 Montauk Hwy, Southampton, NY 11968-4132

Facebook page: Shinnecock Museum and Cultural Center

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4. Southampton Historical Museum

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Visiting Southampton is not complete before you hit the Southampton Historical Museum where you can explore life in Southampton since the British came to this area. The Rogers Mansion Museum Complex has 12 historic buildings that tell the story of Southampton’s development in the 19th-century. Not all about Southampton, this museum has a terrific exhibition on the history of the Titanic and all the people who boarded the ship. There is fascinating memorabilia and footage with some great recordings of the voices of survivors telling their own stories. Well worth going to see.

Southampton Historical Museum

Address: 17 Meeting House Ln, Southampton, NY 11968-4911

Website: Southampton Historical Museum

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5. The Thomas Hasley Homestead

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Posted by Southampton Historical Museum on Saturday, 22 July 2017

Thomas Halsey was one of the founders of Southampton in 1640. He purchased this homestead in 1648 to start a farm and raise his family. The Halsey House was built by his son Thomas Halsey Jr. in 1683. Come inside the house and explore a simple two story, two room cabin which can be identified on the exterior by the diamond pattern windows. Come on Saturday from July to mid-October between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm as this historic museum is open to the public at that time. The furnishings in the house reflect a colonial farm family home in 1750 and an exhibit on the Shinnecock Tribe with a recreated Woodland Period Village c. 1,000 CE with hands-on activities for children.

The Thomas Hasley Homestead

Address: 249 S Main St, Southampton, NY 11968-4826

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6. The Hildreth's Shopping Area

Posted by Hildreth's Home Goods on Friday, 17 February 2017

Do you want to experience shopping in the oldest Shopping Center in the USA? Come to Southampton, and buy your souvenirs from The Hildreth’s Shopping Center. Enter from Main Street and be dazzled by the beautiful display of elegant products of all kinds. You will find giftware, furniture, lamps, pocketbooks, a children’s department and an array of fine and sophisticated products. If you need a gift for family, friends or yourself, this is the store to visit. Totally unique.

The Hildreth's Shopping Area

Address: 51 Main St # 55, Southampton, NY 11968-4849

Website: The Hildreth’s Shopping Area

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7. Pelletreau Silver Shop

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Posted by Southampton Historical Museum on Wednesday, 29 March 2017

This is a most unusual business set in an early 17th-century building on Main Street in Southampton. An artist sits there creating original, new jewelry in silver, and also welcomes custom orders, too. Order your wedding rings here and get a truly magnificent pair of rings of identical markings with surprisingly reasonable costs! However, you can also just drop in to see a well-preserved site, one of the oldest in Southampton.

Pelletreau Silver Shop

Address: 80 Main St, Southampton, NY 11968-4834

Website: Pelletreau Silver Shop

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8. Flyboard Hamptons in East Moriches

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Posted by FlyBoard Hamptons on Thursday, 1 June 2017

Is Iron Man your favorite superhero? Do you want to try flying like him while the sun sets? This is the premier flight in the Hamptons. You will fly on a special board which will use water to make pressure under the board to lift you into the air. Fly at night and you will be covered by lights around your body. For only 75 USD, you will get a 10 minute flight, a very reasonable price for the wonderful experience. Not only fly board, you can also enjoy paddleboarding and kayaking here.

Flyboard Hamptons in East Moriches

Address: 215 Atlantic Avenue, East Moriches, NY 11940

Website: Flyboard Hamptons

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More than just a town of beaches

Southampton is not all about the beaches. The history of the city, the founders and the local tribe who existed for thousands of years are also valuable to explore. Enjoy this fascinating visit!

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