Tucked away between lush trees, high up on a cliff overlooking the Hempstead Harbor and the Long Island Sound is a place many Long Islanders have never heard of: The Village of Sea Cliff. A part of the town of Oyster Bay on the north shore, Sea Cliff has a wonderful advantage to offer both its residents and visitors: breathtaking views of the harbor, the Long Island sound and the New York and Connecticut shorelines.
One great place to see these views is at Memorial Park, which is at the intersection of Sea Cliff and Prospect Avenues. High up on the cliff, the park overlooks a serene blue bay dotted with white sailboats and provides an open area for children to run around while parents can relax on a bench and take in the view.
After relaxing at the park, walk back to Sea Cliff Avenue, which is the main street of the village. Take a leisurely stroll by the quaint shops and galleries. Grab a pizza to go at Il Villagio (227 Sea Cliff Avenue) and drive back towards the park. Make a right when you get to the park at Prospect Avenue and drive down, where you will see some impressive Victorian houses. Many of these picturesque houses were built before 1940 and are worth viewing as you navigate the streets of Sea Cliff. Take the first left at Cliff Way and drive downhill until the road curves to the right. To your right you will find parking spots and to your left – a little promenade with benches and a spectacular sea-level view of the water. After you park, walk further down the promenade and sit at one of the shaded benches, where you can eat your pizza and admire the view. You can also bring a picnic lunch, a newspaper or even a fishing rod. The promenade is free and open to the public. It provides a relief for anyone who wants to take a break in the cool shade, feel the summer breeze and watch the sailboats go by.