Home to six state parks and multiple large fishing lakes, Montauk is a quaint town on Long Island. This bohemian coastal town has a laid-back vibe and is packed with boutique surf shops, landscaped wooded areas and historical landmarks.
Things to do in Montauk
Montauk Point Lighthouse is one of the first lighthouses built in New York and is an iconic national historic landmark. Sitting atop Turtle Hill, the lighthouse also operates a private museum where you can learn about the lighthouse’s history and its role in the international shipping industry.
Camp Hero State Park is a lush, area spread out over 167 hectares. The park boasts freshwater wetlands, vast wooded areas and a picturesque beachfront. Enjoy walks along the headland to admire the ocean vistas or go horse riding through the forest. This national historic site is also home to an abundance of bird life with plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities.
Lake Montauk is the heart of the town and home to the local fishermen. Wander the shores of the lake and watch as the catch of the day is brought in or take a dip in the cool waters. The lake is lined with vibrant restaurants and cafes, such as the Crow’s Nest restaurant, where you can dine on fresh seafood.
Montauk’s shopping scene features boho boutiques and surf shacks, most of which can be found around the central plaza. Head to Melet Mercantile to pick up vintage souvenirs or Surf Bazaar for colorful caftans and surf gear. Herb’s Market is the best place to pick up fresh food including meats and locally-sourced vegetables.
Getting around Montauk
John F. Kennedy International Airport is a two-hour drive west of Montauk, connected via buses. Hiring a car gives you the freedom to explore Montauk’s surrounding coastline or you can make use of the town’s taxis.