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Jul Long Island Staycation Inspiration (More Fun, Less Travel)

Can you believe summer is already halfway through? If you’re still longing for a Long Island getaway, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with these amazing New York staycation ideas that’ll fulfill your relaxation and adventure boxes.

Splash the Day Away in Riverhead

If you’re looking for things to do in Riverhead, look no further than Splish Splash Water Park.

Splish Splash is not your average water park: With 96 acres of slides, rides, shows, and amenities like cabana rentals for those who like their thrills with a side of relaxation, plus special events and attractions like a parrot show and a water slide with a stomach-churning, 40-foot drop. Yup. Splish Splash has everything to keep the whole family entertained.

Treat Yourself to Deals Galore at Tanger Outlet

During a blistering heat wave, the last thing you want to do is drag your crew to the beach. So what to do, then? How about a trip to Tanger Outlet Mall in Riverhead. Between mid-season sales on summer clothes and coming back-to-school specials, it’s the perfect time to treat yourself to a summer shopping spree on a budget.

Get Outdoorsy a Stone’s Skip From the City

Where can you find hiking, bird watching, camping and beach access all in one? Drumroll… At Long Island State Parks. Pack a picnic and dine al fresco along the trails or beach for a day that feels miles away from city hubbub.

Wine Your Way to a Vacation State of Mind

Long Island’s wineries are some the best in the U.S. and just a short trip away. Head to McCall Wines to taste Long Island’s best Pinot Noir in a farmhouse setting. Or head to award-winning Macari Vineyards, one of the most-accoladed Long Island winemakers with plentiful whites to choose from. Whatever your palate, you can plan a weekend full of tasting without having to travel too far.

Add an Intellectually Stimulating Stop to Your Itinerary

Looking for something different? You’re in luck. Long Island offers plenty of other things to do including the Long Island Aquarium and the Vanderbilt Museum. The Long Island Aquarium features one of the largest living coral reef displays in the world as well as fishy favorites like sharks, giant octopuses and schools of beautiful fish. Prefer classic Long Island glamour? Swing by the Vanderbilt Museum and experience the world of one of America’s richest families.


Whether you’re on a tight budget, don’t have enough vacation days left or are looking for a low-key long weekend, book your home base for your Long Island staycation.

Hotel Indigo East End is ideally located in Riverhead, close to both the North and South Forks and a perfect home base for your staycation adventures. Call us to book your stay at 631.369.2200.