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Long Island's neighborhoods have much to offer. Whether you're a new or long-time resident of a Nassau or Suffolk County neighborhood, there's plenty to see and do in these areas.
  1. Best Place To Live On Long Island?
  2. Cold Spring Harbor
  3. Elmont
  4. Garden City
  5. Great Neck
  6. The Hamptons
  7. Hicksville
  8. Huntington
  9. Long Beach
  10. Manhasset
  1. New Hyde Park
  2. Oyster Bay
  3. Port Jefferson
  4. Port Washington
  5. Riverhead
  6. Rockville Centre
  7. Roslyn
  8. Smithtown
  9. Walking & Driving Tours

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Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor

With its storied past as a former whaling port, the hamlet of Cold Spring Harbor features expansive harbor views, a quaint Main Street, pastel-hued Victorian houses and much more. (Cold Spring Harbor is located in the Town of Huntington. See also Huntington in this list.)

Elmont

Photo © Nick Laham/Getty Images

This Nassau County hamlet is best known for its famed Belmont Park Race Track, home of the Belmont Stakes, the third and final "jewel" in horseracing's famed Triple Crown each June, which follows the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness.

Garden City

Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

Located in the middle of Nassau County, Garden City is an upscale community that boasts fine dining, the elegant Garden City Hotel, a soaring cathedral, a world class aviation museum, a wonderful children's museum and much more.

Great Neck

Sip City, Great Neck, NY

Located at the very beginning of Nassau County, adjacent to NYC's largest borough, Queens, Great Neck offers upscale shopping, a dazzling array of restaurants and an affluent, sophisticated vibe.

The Hamptons

Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

Just the mention of the place name, "The Hamptons" conjures up visions of sprawling beaches, celebrity sightings and a vibrant nightlife. The South Fork of fish-shaped Long Island is divided into two large towns: East Hampton and Southampton. These towns are made up of many villages and hamlets including Bridgehampton, Wainscott, Water Mill, Sag Harbor and much more.

Hicksville

Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

Located within the Town of Oyster Bay, Hicksville was Billy Joel's boyhood home, and Lorraine Bracco of Sopranos fame was a graduate of Hicksville High School. It's also the home of a great earth science museum, a church with historic doors, and more.

Huntington

Photo © Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building

Huntington is located on Long Island's North Shore in Suffolk County. The greater Town of Huntington encompasses a number of hamlets, including the hamlets of Huntington and Melville, as well as villages including Northport and Lloyd Harbor.

Long Beach

Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

This beautiful barrier island in southwest Nassau County boasts sprawling sands, an extensive boardwalk, free summer concerts and much more.

Manhasset

Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

Located on the North Shore of Nassau County, Manhasset is noted for its "Miracle Mile" of shopping, including the world-class Americana Manhasset shopping center. The greater Manhasset area includes upscale neighborhoods like Plandome and Plandome Heights.

New Hyde Park

Photo © The American Guitar Museum

The village of New Hyde Park is located in Nassau County near Floral Park, Garden City and Glen Oaks.

Oyster Bay

The First Presbyterian Church, Oyster Bay

The former home of our 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt, Oyster Bay features historic sites and homes, free summer concerts, a beach and more on the North Shore of Nassau County

Port Jefferson

Located in the Town of Brookhaven in Suffolk County, Port Jefferson graces the North Shore of Long Island. With quaint boutiques and excellent restaurants, the area hosts an annual Charles Dickens Festival and other events. A ferry goes from this port to Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Port Washington

Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

Located on a peninsula on the North Shore of Nassau County, Port Washington has much to offer, including a lovely waterfront on Manhasset Bay, a park featuring outdoor concerts in the summer, a variety of restaurants, an outdoor organic farmers' market and much more.

Riverhead

Atlantis Marine World Coral Reef

In Suffolk County, where fish-shaped Long Island's "tail" turns into a fork, Riverhead offers a world-class aquarium, children's science museum, a nature cruise, superb shopping and much more.

Rockville Centre

Photo © Aperitif Bistro & Wine Bar

The incorporated village of Rockville Centre in Nassau County, NY lies 25 miles east of midtown Manhattan, just a 15-minute drive from Kennedy Airport and a 35-minute ride to Penn Station on the Long Island Rail Road. The village boasts a wealth of restaurants and is home to Molloy College, a library, its own soaring Roman Catholic cathedral, St. Agnes, and more.

Roslyn

Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

Located in Nassau County, the village of Roslyn is known for its historic clock tower, its quaint streets, tranquil ponds and a number of excellent restaurants. Greater Roslyn includes several villages like Searingtown and the hamlet of Roslyn Heights.

Smithtown

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This Suffolk County town boasts the Caleb Smith State Park Preserve --with its free nature museum for the kids-- as well as Blydenburgh County Park, a statue of a bull, and much more.

Walking & Driving Tours

Cold Spring Harbor - Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

No matter how long you've lived here, there's always more of Long Island to explore. Find out about walking and driving tours on the Island.

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