Did you enjoy part one of 30 reasons to vacation in Riverhead? As mentioned before, the neat thing about Riverhead is that there is something for everyone. Mom’s and daughters will enjoy having tea at Tea Time Cottage, decorating Gingerbread cookies at The Gingerbread University and shopping at the outlets. Fathers and son’s will enjoy Riverhead Raceway and the Railroad Museum of Long Island. Families that enjoy the outdoors can rent kayaks and paddle down the Peconic River or rent bikes and cycle by the riverfront. Science comes alive at the Long Island Science Center or Atlantis Aquarium and history buffs will enjoy Hallockville Farm or the Historical Society Museum. Below is the continued list of details and links to make planning your getaway to Riverhead simple and stress free.
11. Ride the mechanical bull and do a little line dancing – Cody’s BBQ offers more than just the typical barbecue fare, it host line dancing on Saturday nights and an opportunity to ride a mechanical bull. The inflatable mechanic bull is set up outside on the back deck. If you are thinking about going, check out their Facebook page because events seem to be updated more than on their website. This sure is a fun night out and there is not to many places for you to get “your Cowboy on”!
12. Shopping - If shopping is your thing, there will be no shortage of stores at the Tanger Outlets. Stores include accessory shops, children’s apparel, clothing for men and women, footwear, specialty stores and housewares and home furnishings. Make sure you check out their website for coupons and special offers. Another great place to check out is 73 Main in the historic downtown area. I am certain this new boutique will be one of many with the revitalization ofMain Street and the addition of the Hyatt and approaching opening of the Suffolk Theatre.
13. Long Island Science Center - This hands-on interactive educational museum emphasizes science, technology, engineering, and math. Families will have a great time exploring the exhibits like CSI and solving the crime or creating a small toy with tinker toys or building their creation with Legos. Also offered are family workshops. Admission is $5 per person.
14. Hallockville Museum Farm - Hallockville is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and sits on 28 acres where visitors can tour their historic houses and barns from the mid-18th century. In addition to visiting the museum’s buildings, gardens, and collections, families will get to experience real farming in the fields and get to meet animals like cows, sheep, and chickens. One of the best times to visit is the third weekend of September when they have their annual Fall Festival & Craft Fair. Make sure you check out their website for other fun events, like Geology hikes.
15. Spend the day at Reeves Beach - On the shore of the Long Island Sound, this beach is about a ten-minute drive from the center of town. A gazebo sits atop a cliff overlooking the Sound and beach, and there are restrooms and parking. Parking, however, requires a beach permit from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Purchase day permits can for $10 at the Recreation Office at Stotzky Park.
16. Railroad Museum of Long Island - With two locations in Riverhead and Greenport, train enthusiast will love this museum. Admission includes a ride on the World’s Fair miniature train and a guided tour of the Riverhead and Greenport site. Families will also like the model train display in the visitors center. The best way to enjoy the day though is to arrive at the Railroad Museum of Long Island (RMLI), Riverhead site, at approximately 10 AM when it opens, on any Saturday and Sunday between Memorial weekend and Columbus weekend. Visit the Riverhead site and then walk over to the LIRR Riverhead station (across the tracks) and take the Eastbound 11:25 AM train to Greenport arriving at 12:05 PM. Visit the Railroad Museum of Long Island (RMLI), Greenport site, located across the parking lot from the West end of the Greenport train platform. After visiting you now have two choices. Return to Riverhead on the 1:11 PM train leaving Greenport and arriving Riverhead at 1:50 PM. Or if you want to do additional sightseeing in Greenport Village, return to Riverhead on the 6:11 PM train leaving Greenport and arriving Riverhead at 6:50 PM. When you return on either train, pack a lunch or snack, ride on the upper level of the train, and enjoy the view as you pass through Long Island Wine Country. (The LIRR fare is extra, but family tickets are low-cost.) Two annual events that you will want to keep in mind is the Riverhead Railroad Festival, always the weekend before Labor Day and the Holiday Open House with Santa, the first full weekend in December at the Greenport location. The Riverhead location is also hosting Toy Train Play Days Columbus Day weekend.
17. Dine at a Riverfront Restaurant – The Peconic River flows just south of Main Street and there are some really great places to enjoy a meal with the family. The cuisine at Turkuaz Grill is Turkish and Mediterranean. I love the atmosphere under the trees with paper lanterns and the sigara boregi, (Turkish Cigars, which is fried thin dough rolled with feta cheese and parsley – yum). If you are in the mood for Italian, The Roadhouse has great brick oven pizza and pastas. Both Turkuaz Grill and The Roadhouse are reasonable priced and family friendly. I also love Farm Country Kitchen, which is tucked away from the road on the banks of the river. They have quite a selection of wraps and salads made with the freshest ingredients. There soups are fantastic too.
18. Give into your sweet tooth – After dining along the riverfront, make sure to save room for dessert. Across the street from The Roadhouse, you will find the best homemade ice cream at Snowflake Ice Cream Shoppe. The historic downtown area offers up great shakes at the Star Confectionery, which is the 1920s “classic” “mom and pop” luncheonette. Just a couple of doors down, you will find the Baker’s Workshop. This cafe is part of the Suffolk County Community College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Center, and the pastries here are spectacular.
19. Explore Polish Town, USA - Polish Town is a small neighborhood in Riverhead settled by Polish immigrants at the turn of the century. Lined with red road signs and Polish flags, makes you a feel that you are no longer in Riverhead. It is fun to explore with kids and expose them to a different culture. Is here that you will start craving kielbasa and pierogis even if you were not hungry. No worries, if that happens, because the favored Polish Town Deli or Birchwood is on the main drag, Pulaski Street. The best time to visit Polish Town USA is in August when they typically have the Polish Town Fair and Polka Festival.
20. Grumman Memorial Park – Families can pay tribute to the aviation and aerospace history that took place on Long Island at Grumman Memorial Park. This free attraction is now home to some of Grumman’s Long Island-built fighter planes, including one of the best known, the F-14A Tomcat, a supersonic fighter that could shoot down enemy aircraft in the middle of the day or night.