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Destination: Northport, NY

Discover Northport's Coastal Charm

New England
Credit Dori Arrington

The picturesque village of Northport, NY, is located on the northern shore of Long Island and is home to a quaint downtown district, historic landmarks and stunning natural beauty. Downtown is the heart of the village, bustling with shops, restaurants and cafes along Main Street, as well as blocks of well-preserved 19th century storefronts. The street is lined with trees and benches, creating a welcoming atmosphere that invites visitors to take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the ambiance.

One of the most iconic downtown buildings is the John W. Engeman Theater Northport, which first opened its doors in 1922. This historic landmark, with its charming Art Deco façade and classic interior, is rare for a small village. Yet the theater continues to show first-run movies and is a beloved fixture in the community.

Many of Main Street’s art galleries showcase local artists’ work and feature paintings, sculptures and other artwork that give visitors a glimpse into the area’s creative talent.

Main Street ends at Bayview Avenue with a panoramic view of Northport Harbor. From spring to fall, locals and visitors picnic and stroll along the harbor quay in the shade of Northport and Cow Harbor Parks.

Boating is an important part of life here, with a well- protected harbor and mooring field. Seymour’s Boatyard maintains permanent moorings for local boats and many transient moorings for visiting yachts.

The surrounding area is full of natural beauty, including several parks and beaches. One of the most popular, Crab Meadow Beach, presents stunning views of Long Island Sound. The park features a beach, playground and picnic area, making it a perfect family destination.

Northport is also known for its community spirit and strong sense of history. The village hosts several events that celebrate its maritime heritage, such as Cow Harbor Day Festival. Across the harbor from downtown is the Vanderbilt Museum. This local treasure is housed in the magnificent mansion that was once the summer home of William Vanderbilt, a prominent member of the famous family. Built in the early 1900s, it features a stunning collection of art, artifacts and natural history specimens.

The museum’s popular marine exhibit features 20,000+ sea creatures including fish, turtles and sharks, and a 30,000-gallon aquarium with a variety of marine life. Several historic boats are also showcased, including Vanderbilt’s yacht, The Eagle, which is docked in the harbor adjacent to the museum. The museum’s planetarium features a state-of-the-art projector that simulates the night sky and offers presentations that explore astronomy and space science.


Britannia Yachting Center


Conveniently located at the southern end of Northport Harbor, the quiet, well-protected 310-slip marina is the ideal seasonal destination for transient slips. Just a five-minute walk to historic Northport Village, Britannia boasts 17 acres of recreational activities and first-class amenities in a relaxing atmosphere.

Northport Yacht Club


This historic private club makes transient moorings available to reciprocal club members on the harbor. The clubhouse is known for superb meals with a stunning harbor view.

Seymour’s Boatyard


Once a thriving shipyard with carpenters, iron workers and craftsmen, Seymour’s has transformed over the years into one of the most beloved family-owned yards on Long Island. Celebrating its 100th year in 2023, Seymour’s serves local clientele and visiting yachtsmen, while providing outstanding service.


Credit Dori Arrington



At its prime waterfront location, Skippers has served Northport for 40+ years under family ownership. Expect outstanding food in a wonderful atmosphere that upholds the heritage of local shipbuilders and whalers. Patrons enjoy wall-size murals and a relaxed ambience of soft lighting.

Tim’s Shipwreck Diner


This classic diner is open for breakfast and lunch. Its simple interior design with a touch of nostalgia harkens to days gone by. The prices are reasonable, and the portions generous. Good food is served in a friendly atmosphere at the heart of Northport.

Copenhagen Bakery


Whether you come for the hearty potato soup, lobster rolls or overstuffed sandwiches, you will return for the tasty biscuits, apple pie and fruitcake at this favorite Northport café. Enjoy your meal with freshly made cider and follow it with coffee, tea or espresso. A short walk from the water, the café exudes a pleasant atmosphere inside and alfresco.

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