Top 10 Things to do in Islip, United States

February 23, 2018 Toi Mattera

Islip (/ˈaɪslɪp/ EYE-slip) is one of ten towns in Suffolk County, New York (USA). Located on the South Shore of Long Island, the town population was 335,543 at the 2010 census. Within the Town of Islip is a smaller, unincorporated hamlet and census-designated place also named Islip.
Restaurants in Islip

1. Heckscher State Park

Heckscher State Pkwy, East Islip, NY 11730 +1 516-581-2100
Excellent
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 62 reviews

Heckscher State Park

Reviewed By Fldsetter - East Hampton, New York

This use to be the Gem of the south shore , they have slowly abandoned this State park . As of this moment the pool is slated to be demolished one of the main reasons folks went here - 2nd the camping area has not been open since they shut it down some 6-8 years ago ? The beaches are Disgusting with sand that looks like it came from a rock quarry ! And yes folks they trucked this garbage in for your enjoyment . As of late something has been missing ,As if the above was not enough reason not to spend 8.00 to go there . The deer population seems have disappeared ??? This is suppose to be the home of the white tail Deer ? I have not seen one in my last 4 visits there to do my weekly check on the migrating osprey . Well there you have it . Unless you are looking for a rocky beach in the great South Bay or looking not to swim in a demolished pool or maybe you would like to camp out in a park which closed its camping area over 5 years ago , or maybe it's the non existent deer population your after . I really would like to know how the deer in the thousands just vanished ?????? Go any where but here !

2. Tanger Outlets

152 The Arches Cir, Deer Park, NY 11729-7057 +1 631-242-0239
Excellent
42%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 238 reviews

Tanger Outlets

Find great savings on merchandise from your favorite designer and name-brands direct from the manufacturer at stores like: Last Call, Off 5th, Nike, Old Navy, Gap, Andrew Marc, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Coach, Kate Spade and many more. Before you travel, check out the Tanger Outlet website to find the latest Coupons & Sales Offers for Tanger Outlets in Deer Park. Or, when you arrive at the outlets, make your first stop Shopper Services to learn about the benefits of joining TangerClub (Tanger Club information is also available online). In Shopper Services you can purchase a coupon book full of great savings or if you are already a TangerClub member pick up a coupon book for free! Think Outlets, Think Tanger.

Reviewed By krismel22 - New York City, New York

Great outlet!! So closed to Suffolk ny. This outlet has the prefect amount stores and is not really packed like the one in riverhead ny.Thanks for the great review!

3. Bayard Cutting Arboretum

440 Montauk Highway, Great River, NY 11739 +1 631-581-1002
Excellent
70%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 113 reviews

Bayard Cutting Arboretum

Reviewed By tweedybird26 - Floral Park, New York

The grounds are lovely and the home is wonderful. Tours are limited to Thursday through Sunday at 1pm and have a $12 charge. There is an attractive cafe also. We enjoyed walking around looking at the well maintained grounds and several weddings in progress.

4. Bethpage Ballpark

3 Court House Dr, Central Islip, NY 11722-4605 +1 631-940-3825
Excellent
71%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 39 reviews

Bethpage Ballpark

Reviewed By VaBelle35 - Manassas, VA

When I checked into my room at the Residence Inn, I saw a ballpark outside the window. I looked it up online and saw that it was a professional (not MLB) baseball team ballpark and they were playing a playoff game that night. I love baseball and frequent our local MLB and AA team stadiums at home, so this was right up my alley.

Parking is across the street, but I could have (and should have) walked from my hotel. It is well lit, lots of people and 2 people at the cross street to the park who can answer questions.

Inside the park was very nice. Typical of minor league ball parks. The entertainment between innings was not as diverse as those at MLB minor league parks, but was still fun (just a t-shirt toss).

This was a playoff game an it was packed with families. As a solo person, I was able to get the seat right behind home plate, which was fun.

Definitely a great place to visit. I highly recommend it.

467 Main St, Islip, NY 11751-3536 +1 888-600-5474
Excellent
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Good
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5 based on 12 reviews

Long Island Photo Gallery

Long Island Photo Gallery is committed to representing award-winning professional and emerging artists in photography; providing museum quality fine art print sales and services. We have been assisting artists with displaying and selling custom fine photographic art to the general public and commercially for over 10 years. Come visit our gallery and see what we have to offer your visual senses!

Reviewed By Houdoni - West Islip, New York

I was at Starbucks and walked into this gallery and just loved it. I couldn't believe some of the shots! I enjoyed my coffee and loved walking around and finally decided on a certain piece that is so Long Island! My wife and I have...MoreThank you for your most excellent review! We greatly appreciate your support for local artists and their work. Looking forward to seeing you again soon!

6. The Adventure Park at Long Island

75 Colonial Springs Rd, Gate #3, Wheatley Heights, NY 11798-1014
Excellent
79%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
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Poor
3%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 205 reviews

The Adventure Park at Long Island

Located in Wheatley Heights, NY on five spectacular wooded acres of the Henry Kaufman Campgrounds, The Adventure Park at Long Island is the area's most exciting new attraction. The Adventure Park appeals to outdoor fun-seekers age 7 through adult and features multiple zip lines and aerial ropes challenge courses.

Reviewed By Denise A - Port Washington, New York

Everything was fantastic. Only suggestion is they need a few more staff to help with the warm up and some of the easier courses as we were held up quite a bit by some kids the weren't proficient on the equipment.

7. Long Island Maritime Museum

88 West Ave, West Sayville, NY 11796-1908 +1 631-854-4974
Excellent
79%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 53 reviews

Long Island Maritime Museum

The Long Island Maritime Museum has a large collection of small craft which have either been built or used around Long Island. Our collection includes many different sailboats built by the legendary Gil Smith at his boatyard in Patchogue. We also have a brand new Lifesaving Exhibit, which is an interactive program. Activities for schoolchildren include winter and spring break programs, as well as summer camps.

Reviewed By kerrynowick - Northport, New York

I purchased tickets to sail the Priscilla. It was a wonderful , pleasant, and informative experience. The sail around the Great South Bay was as beautiful as one would imagine. Enhancing its beauty was the kind and knowledgeable staff members who helped to walk us back in historic time to incite our imagination to the era that Priscilla originally sailed. Very great experience!

8. Gardiner County Park

Montauk Highway, Bay Shore, NY +1 631-854-0935
Excellent
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Good
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 26 reviews

Gardiner County Park

Reviewed By Mary S - Central Islip, New York

A great dog park where you can walk down to the bay. There is a playground for kids, a picnic area and a hiking trail. Bathroom facilities available, and a drinking fountain for you and your dog. Large parking lot, but on weekends it can be packed.

9. Capt. Rod Fishing Boat

Captree State Park, Islip, NY
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5 based on 4 reviews

Capt. Rod Fishing Boat

Fishing on a party boat.

Reviewed By smokeyjoe1 - New York

I am a senior citizen 70+years old. I have been fishing open party boats for over 50 years. I fished the east coast of the United States from Cape Cod Massachusetts to Florida. I live in New York on Long Island where there are many open party boats from which I can choose to go fishing on.
Here is my reason I pick the Capt. Rod as the best for me. I love to Fluke fish and that's what the Capt. Rod does all season long except for a few weeks at the beginning when he goes for Flounder. George Bartenback is the owner and Captain of this boat with 40+ years experience fishing the calm waters of the Great South Bay. His first mate Danny also a Captain and has been with George for 30+ years and BOTH know their stuff. The other mates on the boat are college students earning $$ while school is out. They all have a love for fishing and are very well trained AND well mannered.
These mates bait your hook for you, take the fish off the hook for you, while on other boats MOST OF THE TIME you are on your own. This is what I mean by being well trained. They want you to have as easy and enjoyable day as can be had and maybe even catch a fish!
The Capt. Rod caters to family fishing, they love it when Mom & Dad or Grandpa brings their children out to go fishing. Some other boats frown on bringing children on board their boats? The mates teach the children how to hold the rod and fish. There is even a little box the kids can stand on if they are to short for the railing. The rod gets tied on with a rope so it won't fall in the water. The children jump with joy when they pull up a fish. I get a kick every time when I see that happen!
The Capt. Rod has plenty of senior citizens that fish on a regular basis with him mostly during the week when it's not as crowded as the weekends. In the cabin are some stools by a table and some old timers pull them out and sit on them while fishing. I even did it once or twice myself. Some other old timers bring their own stools to sit on and fish. I have to laugh, we complain to each other about our ailments and who had what surgery done while we fish. Sometimes I call it George's MEDICARE EXPRESS! I think that's funny!
I see more and more women are coming out fishing, young and old alike on the Capt. Rod, they come with their friends and they come alone. I think that's great when everybody loves to fish. The Capt. Rod is very strict and in the cabin there is a sign posted stating no foul language or excess use of alcohol will be tolerated another sign says no radios, use your head phones. His clientele respects those wishes as far as I can see.
The rate charged I think is VERY fair considering you go out for 7 hours. There is an adult fare, a discount senior and child fare with another discount coupon on his website to use. Some boats in the area don't give a discount for senior citizens? I guess they don't like older people? For those boats I have a finger for them! The fare includes ALL bait and tackle, rod and reel use. Some boats in the area charge extra for the rod and don't give the correct bait and the wrong weight sinkers and when the tide and current changes your line is not at the bottom where it needs to be. There is a finger for those boats too!
Capt. Rod is not a new boat it has been around the bay a few times but it is reliable and very clean with no fish odor smell as some other boats have. If you know what I mean? The boat is 65 feet long, it has morning coffee in the cabin a television, tables and benches to sit and eat. It also has a sun deck if you want a break from fishing. In colder weather the cabin is heated. There are separate rest rooms for men and women They have some snacks, soda and bottled water you can purchase at a reasonable cost or bring your own food and drink.
Capt. Rod sails 7 days a week weather permitting during Flounder and Fluke season 8am - 3pm and during summer the summer months has a 4pm-8pm trip also.
When I fish for Fluke, the Capt. Rod is my boat. I like the Captain, I like the mates and service they offer, I like the clientele that patronize the Capt. Rod, I like a clean boat and the area is just beautiful where we fish. Just so you know I don't always catch fish on the Capt. Rod, there will be days when people on both sides of me are catching fish and I am there sucking my thumb catching nothing? I guess that's why they call it fishing and not catching?
I also pass a lot of boats that are much closer to where I live to get to the Capt.Rod at Captree State Park. I am writing this review for people that never fished the Capt Rod. I say try it once and I think you will see there really is a difference and no, George is not my Uncle! Good luck and happy fishing to all!

10. Sail Priscilla

500 Shore Dr, Oakdale, NY 11769-2300
Excellent
67%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 6 reviews

Sail Priscilla

Sailboat rides on a restored 1888 oyster sloop. Sailing from the Snapper Inn Restaurant overlooking the beautiful Connetquot River in Oakdale. Offering public trips as well as private charters on the Great South Bay.

Reviewed By mean1234 - long island ny

We sailed on the Priscilla (Long Island sound oyster sloop) run by the Long Island maritime museum. The crew are all volunteers and they are fabulous. They not only sail this ship but explain its history. It is a national historic landmark. It cost us $30 pp for a 2 hour sailing on the beautiful great South Bay. It was a stunning day -very relaxing and informative. We are native New Yorkers and I think this is one of those great kept secrets. We were on the 1:00 public sailing. U do need to check the schedule as it varies.

After we returned we went to the hidden valley cafe at the bayyard cutting arboretum (which is another awesome outing) for lunch where we enjoyed fresh inexpensive food with another fantastic view overlooking the great lawn and great river. We have such treasures available to us on Long Island

We haven't been to the Long Island maritime museum yet but it is now high on our list.

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