South Huntington Attractions
Author: Thomas Reicher
While in South Huntington, either living or visiting, it is nice to know what the city has to offer. Whether you are looking to visit some historic sites, go out for a night on the town, or spend some quality time with the family, you can find it in South Huntington.
Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site
This historical site, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, continues to be the main attraction that is popular in this hamlet. Born on May 31, 1819, as one of nine children, whose father named three other sons George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Andrew Jackson. Although his family moved to Brooklyn when he was just a child, he returned to this area as a young man.
Not only does the museum contain an outstanding collection of memorabilia and hold cultural and entertainment activities relating to the famous American poet and essayist, but, additionally, a local high school and the Walt Whitman Shopping Mall are also named for him.
Caumsett State Park
Caumsett State Park is a great place to go when you are looking to go for a walk, run, or bike ride with amazing views. Not only can you take in all of the beauty of the land, but along the way you can get a great water view. There is so much open space making it a great place to take the family for a picnic. You could also take a walk down to the beach for a little play time in the sand. All of the trails are well marked making it easy to find what you are looking for.
The Paramount is the place to go when you are looking to listen to some rock music and have a few drinks. Being recently remodeled, it now has a hip nightclub vibe to it with great acoustics and lighting. There isn't a bad seat in the house, so you can get a great view of the band that is playing no matter where you sit.
Oheka Castle Mansion Tours
The Oheka Castle Mansion is a historic piece of Huntington. It was once owned by a businessman and philanthropist Otto Herman Kahn. It is absolutely gorgeous on both the inside and outside. The tour guides are extremely knowledgeable on the history of the home and the people that lived in it making the Oheka Castle Mansion Tours a "must do" while in South Huntington. After the tour, you can also take an opportunity to enjoy a meal in the dining room.
Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
This museum brings to life a great piece of history. Cold Spring Harbor, within the city of Huntington, first started as a whaling village. This museum contains a whaling boat from the 19th century along with other artifacts from that time, such as harpoons, tackle, and scrimshaw, which are items carved from whale bones. It is a great place for kids and adults to visit and learn about whaling.
Froehlich Farm Nature Preserve
This 310-acre site was first used by settlers for potato farming and as a timber resource in the late 17th century. It is maintained by the Friends of Huntington Farmland, which has a mission to enhance open space and the wildlife. The north side contains a few little farms that grow organic produce, which is donated to Long Island's food pantries. There’s also a little bee sanctuary. The South side has one straight trail that is good for jogging or biking.
Upcoming Entertainment Event
An example of an offering by the South Huntington Public Library will be the Fifth Annual Art of Belly Dance that will be held Sunday, March 13, 2016, from 2 PM to 4 PM. Featured will be captivating and mesmerizing belly dancers.