The Hamptons

Things to do in The Hamptons

Besides playing in the surf and lounging in the sun, are always lots of beachfront things to do in the Hamptons. Vacationers can enjoy a relaxing afternoon at Hither Hills State Park Walking Dunes Trail or spend the day surfing in Montauk.

Architecture lovers will find plenty of things to do in the Hamptons, including touring Sylvester Manor, the 17th century estate on Shelter Island, visiting the Old Halsey Homestead in Southampton, or seeing the Old Whalers’ Church in Sag Harbor, a fine example of Egyptian Revival Style. Those who enjoy others types of art can fill their calendar of what to do in the Hamptons with plays at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor and browsing shows at the Dan Flavin Art Institute. You could even get a glimpse of how Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner lived and worked at the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center.

If you’re still looking for more of what to do in the Hamptons, enjoy the high-end boutique shopping in the different villages or reserve a tee time at Bethpage State Park Golf Course or Montauk Downs State Park.

The rollicking East Village biergarten brings Munich to Montauk with the opening of its waterside outpost.

The equestrian-themed bar launched with Triple Crown viewing parties in a space decked with polo memorabilia and custom furniture from the Pennsylvania Amish. A trio of options—beer garden, lounge, or restaurant—serve sangria and Northeastern micro beers.

2011’s buzziest opening is reaching even bigger heights. An impressive lineup of International DJ stars (Sebastian Ingrosso; Wolfgang Gartner) draws a flashy late-night crowd that hangs in cabanas on the outdoor veranda.

Drink to Get: Champagne!

Garden cocktails in a faux Ralph Lauren ad, this place is quintessential Hamptons. A handsome mahogany bar sits inside a seafood-centric restaurant helmed by Scott Kampf, but it’s the tree-fringed lawn that steals the show.

Everyone from local blues bands to Jimmy Buffett plays live music at this Amagansett mainstay, which first opened its doors in 1987. The low-key venue can quickly transform from intimate to suffocating during high season weekends with a sprawling line down the block so get there before 9 p.m.

A summer camp for adults. Straight across the water from Surf Lodge, Ruschmeyer’s is a relative newcomer to the scene having opened in 2011.

Striped Breton sailor tops hang from driftwood displays at this fair-trade- and organic-focused shop. Its owner, Joelle Klein, used to be a designer for Calypso Christianne Celle.

Former models Marylynn Piotrowski and Staci Dover are the tastemakers behind this source for bright espadrilles, sailcloth totes, and other beachy finds.

With stores already in Manhattan and Tokyo, this vintage boutique recently opened a Montauk outpost.


This inviting, state-of-the-art winery with award-winning wines hosts free Friday jazz at sunset, overlooking the vines.

Stroll the sculpture gardens at the 16-acre arts space, ounded by textile designer and crafts expert Jack Lenor Larsen. Works by artists like Willem de Kooning, Sol LeWitt, Yoko Ono and Dale Chihuly dot the acres upon acres of gardens. .

Hike along the cliff-top trails to the park's historic lighthouse and take in views of the Atlantic.

A sunset sail on a catamaran ends the day just right.

If you want to take surfing lessons, head to the Sunset Surf Shack and ask for owner Craig Lieder, a quintessential hang-ten dude.