Though the drive or train ride to Greenport may be long from places west of Long Island’s East End, it’s a beautiful ride and well worth the time. Located almost near the very end of Long Island’s North Fork, Greenport is a gem of a waterfront village with a trendy, but laid back vibe and spectacular views. Read on to find for things to do in Greenport Village.
Mitchell Park on the harbor is the four acre hub of the town and includes a large green for relaxing and a walkway. An antique carousel delights kids of all ages, and it even runs in bad weather since it’s covered. Grab the brass ring on the carousel and ride again free! In the Winter, Mitchell Park is home to an ice rink.
Stroll through the Village to visit some of the many galleries, antique shops, trendy boutiques, eclectic stores, restaurants, and specialty food shops.
Like nautical and marine decor? Check out Triangle Sea Sales or one of the many other antique shops along Main Street or Front Street.
Children can spend a little time browsing in Goldsmiths Toys and Electronics shop, a unique little store with typical and not so typical toys.
After shopping, take the kids to get an ice cream cone right next to Goldsmiths at Sandpiper Ice cream or try a cupcake at Butta’ Cakes cupcake factory.
Eating in Greenport
There’s quite a selection of casual dining in Greenport and some more upscale options as well. The Harbourfront Deli is great for casual breakfasts, lunches, or take-out with the kids. The popular Loft Restaurant resides above it.
Grab a slice at Emilio’s pizza or buy bread and cheese for a picnic on the beach at Bruce’s Cheese Emporium and Cafe.
No visit to Greenport is complete without a visit to one of Claudio’s restaurants. Claudio’s is a family owned restaurant serving the area for 140 years and is THE SPOT to be in Greenport. Claudio’s is most known for their clam bar and their lobsters. With older kids, families can eat right on the wharf, enjoy the music, dance, and watch the sunset.
Where to Stay
Greenport is a town that can take more than a day to truly enjoy all it offers. Why not make it an overnight trip, enjoy the sunset and sunrise, and explore even more of what this fabulous town offers?
Attractions for Families
Visit the East End Seaport Maritime Museum to view exhibits on the maritime history in the area. The ever popular Maritime festival for all ages is held once a year in September.
Elsewhere in town, families can ride the mini passenger train on Webb street (a rarely known gem of a find – runs only Memorial Day to Labor Day 1 pm-4 pm and accepts donations). Want to learn more about rains? Go to the The Railroad Museum of Long Island.
The antique carousel is a must for young children, and for the older ones, Drosso’s miniature golf located one mile west of the Village offers an arcade, restaurant, and ice cream.
We could go on and on about all there is to do in Greenport, but we’ll leave the exploring and experience our readers to discover or re-discover this treasure of a town on the beautiful East End.
By Debra Ferrie