The Hamptons is known to be the classic vacation spot for A-list celebrities and the wealthy alike. It’s also a great family vacation destination offering great shopping, museums, restaurants, and golden sandy beaches. I plan my family vacations with the intent to create traditions and lifelong memories; while keeping in mind that the perfect family getaway should offer something for everyone. The Hamptons is the perfect place for a quick weekend getaway or driving trip. Below you’ll find some cool places to visit while there.
Things to do…
Sag Harbor- Sag Harbor a scenic, tranquil town where a host of yachts and fishing boats complements its beautiful backdrop. Add a pleasant climate, host of wineries, nature preserves, and beaches, and there’s something for everyone to enjoy. But what truly sets Sag Harbor apart is its rich history of being a whalers’ village, and a vacation refuge for artists and writers.
Main Street- Main Street the perfect purlieu where you can find everything from restaurants, boutiques along with a Five and Dime store that I usually frequent for last minute vacation home necessities. Main Street and its opulent side’s streets make for a picturesque perfect village. Main Street is also where you will find tourist gift shops; my favorite is The Shark where year after year, I buy souvenirs and keepsake items for love ones.
Sag Harbor Hills and Azurest Communities- For the history buffs you can visit these areas of the Hamptons which boast rich history and tradition for all to enjoy. It is also home to the historic St. David African Methodist Episcopal Church that was founded in 1839. St. David’s AME was once used as a part of the Underground Railroad.
The Sag Harbor Whaling Museum- While here my family and I visited The Sag Harbor Whaling Museum. The museum helped to shed light on the people and cultures of its time. The museums artifacts stem from tools, toys, and paintings used by natives and early settlers. The museum’s host was very kind and even provided us with an interesting scavenger hunt for my younger son to do while touring the museum. He earned a prize at the end of our tour. (The Sag Harbor Whaling Museum 200 Main Street, 631-725-0770)
Beaches- The Hampton beaches are a stunning reserve and hugely popular amongst New Yorkers serving as a serene oasis. You can cool off in the summers at one of its many public and private beaches such as Sag Main, Clear Water. Just be sure to reserve a beach pass prior to your visit. My favorite is Meschutt Beach a picturesque rocky beach with calm water, golden sand, sea birds and shells.
Montauk -Though Montauk is only a half-hour drive away, it’s a utopia all of its own. Montauk is a water town so many activities require a boat. If you want to go jet skiing on the Montauk River, head to Uihlein’s. Climb aboard one of the many family size fishing boats and enjoy the breeze through your hair.
Every trip to the Hamptons ends with a bit of glamour. We completed our trip with an adult’s night out in East Hampton celebrating and fundraising with friends.