Greenport is a beautiful village on New York’s Long Island. It’s home to many attractions and great places to visit including the Railroad Museum of Long Island and the Antique Carousel. Just outside of the village are even more interesting nearby attractions to see, especially places for older adults to enjoy.
Horton Point Lighthouse Nautical Museum
The Horton Point Lighthouse Nautical Museum is a historical museum offering low-priced admission to all adults. Children are also welcome to visit the museum and check out the interactive children’s nautical exhibits when they come with an adult.
One of the best exhibits to check out at this museum is the “Undercover: Stories of Rum Running in Southold” exhibit, which details the history of local rum running and its connection with many real locations in and around the Greenport area. There is also a colonial herb garden and a barn featuring historic sleighs and carriages at the museum for you to discover.
Orient Beach State Park
Orient Beach State Park, home to the Orient Long Beach Bar Light, a lighthouse, is full of outdoor recreational opportunities. At this park, visitors can go biking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, and picnicking along the beach. The park’s famed Long Beach was even given National Natural Landmark designation in 1980, and the beach itself features a unique mix of salt marshes and red cedar forests.
Facilities at the park include a sand-based playground, picnic pavilions with grills, and showers that are available during the swimming season. The largest pavilion at this state park can be reserved and rented for groups of up to 120 people, and it’s most popular for large family reunions.
If you can, be sure to check out Orient Beach State Park in the spring when it hosts its annual Spring Egg Hunt or in the early winter when it hosts its Holiday Tree Lighting. Over the summer, the park may also have bike-a-thons and kayaking tours that you can join.
Rottkamps Fox Hollow Farms
When you want to take a stroll through fields of blooming sunflowers in the summer and fall, be sure to stop by Rottkamps Fox Hollow Farms, where you can actually walk through a unique sunflower maze. You can also stop by the farm any time from spring to fall for ice cream or strawberry shortcake or stop by in October to see the farm’s annual Halloween parade.
This farm is a family-friendly location that all ages can enjoy visiting. It also frequently has strawberry picking times in early June.
Trimble’s of Corchaug Nursery
Trimble’s Nursery is one of the best plant nurseries on Long Island, and it was given an award for being the area’s best in 2021. The nursery itself is four acres and sells annuals, perennials, trees, shrubbery, and pottery from April through November. For those who like to buy plants free of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, this nursery is a great choice because it is a Certified Wildlife Habitat that practices safe gardening principles.
Visitors to this nursery can also walk through its famous Idea Garden, which is an outdoor flower garden designed with Italian fountains and recycled sculptures. Walking the garden is available for all ages to enjoy completely for free.
Of course, people of all ages can enjoy any of these attractions, but it is perhaps the most important that seniors find time to enjoy all that the Greenport area has to offer. By getting out and giving yourself the opportunity to exercise your mind and body, you will in turn create a healthier life for yourself.
If you are looking to retire on Long Island, be sure to check out our free North Fork Retirement Guidebook too. Not only will this guide help you find more places to visit near Greenport, but it will help you learn about everything that happens along the Long lsland Sound at Peconic Landing.