Ocean and Sound beaches; movies; theater, nature walks; all sports; children's arts workshops; film festivals; organic farms and markets; antiques.
Do check the local newspapers, such as The Sag Harbor Express, The East Hampton Star, The Independent, Dan’s Papers and The Southampton Press as well as www.Hamptons.com for comprehensive listings of events in the area.
The Long Pond Greenbelt
Spectacular in its wealth of rare plants, animals, and ecological communities, the Long Pond Greenbelt is widely recognized as one of the state's most environmentally significant areas. It harbors one of the highest concentrations of rare plants and animals in New York State. The Greenbelt's most splendid feature consists of a collection of thirteen coastal plain ponds and pond shore communities. The New York Heritage Program classifies many of the Greenbelt's ponds, fauna, and flora as rare both in New York State and worldwide. www.longpondgreenbelt.org
Sag Harbor Whaling Museum
Main Street, Sag Harbor
Designed for Benjamin Hunting in 1845 by Minard Lefever (who also designed the Whaler's Church), the Greek revival mansion is home to the Sag Harbor Historical Museum. Visitors enter through the jaws of a Right Whale into the dramatic history of Sag Harbor's whaling days. Ship models, whaling artifacts, period furniture, toys, china dolls and scrimshaw are all on display. Other related exhibitions also take place on a regular basis. Open daily; $3.00 for adults, $1.00 for children, $2.00 for senior citizens.http://www.sagharborwhalingmuseum.org/index.shtml
Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center
830 Fireplace Road, East Hampton
Abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock and his wife, artist Lee Krasner, moved to 1 1/4 acres in the Springs in 1945 and Pollock did the bulk of his work in the studio. Operated by the Stony Brook Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit affiliate of the University at Stony Brook, the Pollack Krasner house is a study center dedicated to promoting scholarship in 20th-century American art as well as a vestige of Pollock and Krasner's life together. The highlight of the museum is the studio's paint-laden floor - an unintentional work of art. Open Thursday - Saturday; $5.00 donation. Guided tours by appointment only. http://naples.cc.sunysb.edu/CAS/pkhouse.nsf
Long House Reserve
133 Hands Creek Road, East Hampton
Jack Lenor Larson, textile designer and philanthropist, wanted people to experience the visual arts in 'full round' and created Long House as a place where visual arts, music and dance could be viewed as such. This is a fabulous building surrounded by extraordinary gardens. Get away from the maddening summer crowds and wander these bucolic paths in peace. Sponsored by the Long House Foundation, there are also workshops, seminars and tours. Hours of operation and price vary with each event. http://www.longhouse.org/
158 Main Street, East Hampton
Guild Hall is a Hamptons institution with three splendid galleries as well as the famed John Drew Theatre. Open for over 60 years, the museum has consistently been a supporter of the local community and its artists - not without its share of controversy. Exhibitions change regularly, and the Museum is host to many diverse events during the summer, both for children and for adults. Hours vary; $2.00 suggested donation. http://www.guildhall.org/home.ihtml
The Parrish Art Museum
Jobs Lane, Southampton
In 1897, a popular summer resident, Samuel Parrish, purchased the land next door to the new library and commissioned architect Grosvenor Atterbury to erect a museum to house his collection. The museum offers various exhibitions form its extensive collections as well as of local artists and is home to a series of touring exhibits. http://www.parrishart.org
East Hampton Town Marine Museum
Bluff Road, Amagansett
Operated by the Hampton Historical Society, the museum is dedicated to the history of the whaling and fishing industries in the Hamptons. Boats, tools, equipment and dioramas convey the hardships of the area’s Baymen over the centuries. There is also a series of displays dedicated to East End hunting. Other events, such as poetry marathons and readings, are also hosted. Open daily, $2.00 for adults, $1.00 for students and senior citizens. http://www.easthamptonhistory.org/
490 Main Street, Sag Harbor
One of Sag Harbor’s most delightful treats! Established in 1980 by Canio Pavone, the bookshop features new, used and collectible books and is well known as a literary gathering place. An entire wall devoted to poetry comprises one of the largest collections on Long Island.