The Top 10 Attractions in Nassau County

With the Atlantic Ocean on one side, and the Long Island Sound on the other, how much more could you want? Lucky for you, the answer is plenty. From shopping to entertainment to horse racing and professional sports, Nassau County might just be the most exciting place this side of New York City. Here are some not-to-be-missed destinations! 

Nickerson Beach

Nickerson Beach Park, part of the Nassau County Park system since 1967, is 155 acres of a sun-drenched recreational facility. It is located along the Atlantic Ocean on Long Island’s South Shore. It offers a half mile of beachfront, a campground for recreational vehicles, Fun Zone, ball fields, swimming pools, numerous athletic courts, a dog run, cabanas and lockers.

It is a great place to relax and soak in the beauty of nature.

The park includes areas by the beach that are cordoned off to protect nesting areas for the Piping Plover, a sparrow-sized shorebird that is protected by federal law. 

Eisenhower Park / Golf Course

A 930-ACRE OASIS OF OPEN SPACE AND RECREATION in the heart of Nassau County, Eisenhower Park is one of the largest public spaces in the New York metropolitan area – larger, in fact, than Central Park. The park offers a full range of athletic and family activities, including one of the finest swimming facilities in the U.S., a major golf facility, dozens of athletic fields and courts, picnic areas, summertime entertainment, playgrounds, fitness trails and more. 

Museum Row

Museum Row, located in Garden City, is a one-stop destination for some of Long Island's best museums. Here, you'll find the Long Island Children's Museum, the Nassau County Firefighter's Museum, and the Cradle of Aviation Museum. All within a short distance of the Nassau County Veterans Coliseum, and walking distance of each other. The museums of Museum Row are forever growing and changing—with fascinating exhibits and events. Come explore all that Museum Row has to offer.

Old Bethpage Village Restoration

Step back in time and experience life in a recreated mid-19th-century American village. The 209-acre Old Bethpage Village Restoration includes 51 historic buildings such as an inn, a store and a church. All were transported from other areas of Long Island. Treasured for its accurate depictions of pre Civil War life, actors in period costume bring the village to life with craft demonstrations and farm work. Throughout the year, Old Bethpage hosts special events including the Long Island Fair, A Haunted Long Island 1880 Halloween and holiday Candlelight Evenings.

Americana Manhasset

It's been called the Rodeo Drive of the East Coast, with over 60 international boutiques in one spectacular location. With the very finest merchandise and unparalleled customer service, the shops include Christian Dior, Cartier, Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Fendi, Gucci, Jil Sander, Louis Vuitton, Max Mara, St. John, Tiffany & Co. and Coach. Americana Manhasset

Old Westbury Gardens

The former estate of John S. and Margarita Grace Phipps, and today site of numerous concerts, lectures, special events, and feature films, Old Westbury Gardens is perhaps the most recognizable of all Gold Coast properties. Its centerpiece is Westbury House, a Charles II-style mansion where the Phipps family lived for 50 years. The 160-acre property also features world-renowned gardens with sweeping lawns, woods, ponds and lakes, and more than 100 species of trees. Tour the palatial home, walk its grounds, and enjoy a window on Long Island's Gilded Age.

Sands Point

The Sands Point Park and Preserve features three castle-like mansions; Hempstead House, Castle Gould, and Falaise. Falaise, built by Harry S. Guggenheim, is open to the public and has many distinctive architectural features including thickly mortared walls, steeply pitched tile roofs and a round tower that echoes a medieval fortress. Furnished with antiques dating back to the 16th century, Falaise also boasts paintings from the Renaissance, and several important pieces of modern art.

But maybe the outdoors is more your thing. The Sands Point Park and Preserve has wooded hiking grounds as well as trails that lead down to its beach on the Long Island Sound - perfect for a leisurely stroll, or for cross-country skiing on a winter day. And all activities including tours of Falaise are open to the public.

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site

From 1902 to 1908, when Theodore Roosevelt served as the 26th President of the United States, this was the "Summer White House." He lived there until his death in 1919, and it remains just as it was when he was in residence--moose heads and all. The grounds include an Audubon Center and songbird sanctuary. History buff or not, the Roosevelt home is not to be missed. And because the National Parks Service manages it, you don't have to travel all the way to Yellowstone to see a real life ranger. Sagamore Hill National Historic Site

Belmont Park

Home of the third leg of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown; Belmont Park is one of the oldest (and most beautiful) tracks in the nation. It's quick and easy to get to via public transportation and car. So enjoy a day at the races with fine dining, picnic facilities, pony rides and a petting zoo for as little as $3. Betting, of course, is extra.

Long Beach

Following the construction of the Long Beach Boardwalk in 1907, Long Beach became known as the Riviera of the East. Today, the beachfront community is the quintessential surf town with a famous beach, topless cars, hot bodies, and the hippest new hotel north of South Beach.

The Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Museums manages over 70 beautiful parks, preserves, museums, and recreational facilities. Click HERE to learn more!