When we first moved to Long Island a few years ago we were strangers to suburbia. Like a couple of proverbial fish out of water, the jump from the five boroughs into the two counties east of NYC may as well have been cross-country for all we knew of our new surroundings.
Over were our days of subways and buses, bodegas and street carts. No more bustle of activity in the ethnic alcoves of Corona, Flushing or Jamaica- childhood stomping grounds. Suffolk county was now our home and we meant to familiarize ourselves with every last bit of it.
Pretty quickly, through non-stop exploring with the kiddos, we developed a few die-hard favorites including the Old Westbury Gardens, Avalon Park, and this old gem right here- the Montauk Point Lighthouse.
We first visited when the littles were still toddling around in diapers. That time we simply explored the grounds, taking pictures and having a picnic lunch down on the beach at the foot of the lighthouse, the fishing boats passing slowly by out on the horizon. We’ve visited other lighthouses since then, but we love coming back to this Long Island staple whenever we can.
The last time we visited, our toddler days were well behind us. This time we explored the museum as well and learned a few interesting things that I will naturally share with you! Did you know that it’s the oldest lighthouse in New York and was authorized by President George Washington in 1792! I just love the history we have right here on Long Island!
We also made the climb to the very top for the first time for some absolutely breathtaking views of the ocean, Montauk Point State Park and Camp Hero State Park. It’s a perfect place to enjoy the inherent tranquility of the water and the character of this sleepy fishing village. Before leaving we had to make time for our tradition, of course- another picnic lunch sitting on the shore in the shadow of this Montauk treasure.