Visitors to the Long Island Welcome Center may come in for a break from driving the LIE, but they’ll leave with a serious appreciation for all that this picturesque region has to offer. The exterior features pay homage to Long Island’s nautical nature, from the welcoming lighthouse to the kids’ playground, which features a whale and shipwreck design. Inside the beautifully appointed LEED-certified building, visitors can find travel inspiration for any Long Island trip, and can grab a snack at the full Taste NY market counter, featuring prepared and refrigerated foods from Long Island purveyors. Other great reasons to stop in include two electric car charging stations, an animal comfort area, an I LOVE NY selfie wall, and interactive tourism information with suggested destinations based on the user’s interests, from local wineries to beach recommendations. Additional amenities include: New York State Police & Suffolk County Police Department Offices, DMV Kiosk, and Farmers Market Area.
Five I LOVE NEW YORK touchscreen information kiosks provide travelers with the opportunity to learn more about the Long Island tourism region. An interactive map provides suggested destinations based on the user’s interests, allowing them to browse regional attractions, from historical sites to local wineries, and create an itinerary, which they can take with them via email.