Montauk is the quintessential New Yorker’s destination for swim, surf, camp, golf, and more. Located just 110 miles from NYC with over 5,000 acres of public beaches and diverse parkland, you could explore the town forever and never get bored. But most people don’t have forever – they merely have the weekend to take in all of Montauk’s pristine maritime glory. With that in mind, here’s your guide to take on Montauk in one fell weekend romp.
7 pm: ENJOY A SEAFOOD DINNER
After your journey (long or short) into the beach town of Montauk, you’re sure to be hungry. Enjoy a fresh seafood dinner caught fresh off the coast at one of Montauk’s many top-rated restaurants.
10 am: VISIT MONTAUK POINT LIGHTHOUSE
Take a step back in history at the Montauk Point Lighthouse. The oldest lighthouse in the state, Montauk Point Lighthouse was authorized by President George Washington. Construction was completed in 1792. In addition to the incredible views it offers, the lighthouse also features a museum on its property that’s a must see!
The heavily-wooded tundra that leads to the eastern tip of Long Island encompasses Montauk State Park. Enjoy the scenery and explore not one but two bodies of water – the Atlantic and the Block Island Sound. This park offers some of the best surfing and fishing in the world, so make sure to explore on a sunny day.
5 pm: FISH OR WHALE WATCH ON THE VIKING FLEET
Take a trip on the Viking Fleet for first-class fishing and whale watching off the coast of Montauk. Bring the whole family and enjoy the ride!
8 pm: CAP OFF THE EVENING WITH LIVE BEACH-FRONT ENTERTAINMENT
Unwind after a long day of exploration at one of Montauk’s many dynamic hangout hot spots. Montauk is known to have the liveliest nightlife of all the towns and hamlets in the Hamptons – so you can’t leave without exploring all that the town has to offer. From lone singers at tiny bars to sunset Reggae on the beach, there’s a little something for just about everyone.
8 am: TAKE A MORNING STROLL ON THE BEACH
Start your last day in Montauk taking a peaceful stroll down one of the many white-sand beaches. Let the receding tide graze your toes as you soak in the early morning sun!
10 am: TAKE A RIDE AT DEEP HOLLOW RANCH
Visit a 350-year-old working cattle ranch known as the birthplace of the American cowboy. Saddle up for a trail ride on the beach with a real cowboy as your guide. Not much into riding horses? Take a horse-drawn wagon through the scenic pastures, past cattle herds and up to a sweeping hilltop view of Montauk’s cliffs.
1 pm: TAKE AN AFTERNOON SAIL
Enjoy a seafaring adventure along the coast on Montauk on a sailing catamaran designed to expose the beauty of the coast. Take a private tour if you’re with a group or hop aboard one of the many daily scheduled trips. No experience necessary, and all ages welcome!
Major Area Airport: Long Island MacArthur Airport, 66 miles from Montauk.
Train: LIRR to Montauk Station.
- From Penn Station: 3 hours.