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Montauk Point State Park
Ranked #2 of 42 things to do in Montauk
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30 reviews
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“Worth the Trip”
Reviewed September 9, 2013

Montauk State Park is located at the far east end of Long Island's south fork and is only accessible by Rte 27 (Montauk Hwy). The park has a parking fee, but is free to Empire Passport holders. Within the park sits several hiking and beach trails, a restaurant with a (very expensive) bar, picnic areas, a 4x4 area for permitted vehicles and the Montauk Point Lighthouse. The lighthouse has a seperate fee for entry, but the gift shop for the lighthouse is accessible to all park goers. There is also a gift shop inside the restaurant.

Upon entering the park, you can't help but to miss the majestic lighthouse towering above the sea and bluffs. Surrounding it are gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean and Block Island Sound. On a clear day, one can see across the sea to Block Island and to Connecticut. When we arrived, we noticed that there were several RV's camping at the park. I don't know the details as to what reservations and permits are required, but I did see that there is a small playground and a clean restroom in the RV parking lot. I did not see showers in that are, but I wasn't looking for them either.

Throughout the park's upper levels of the bluffs are several oversized swings that easily fit several grown adults which allow you to sit and enjoy the wonderful ocean breezes and views. The restaurant area has a bar. We ordered a beer and a mixed drink and I thought the mixed drink was superbly overpriced at $11. We packed a picnic lunch so I can't speak about the menu pricing. There is also a giftshop within the restaurant and a bathroom for patrons. Behind the restaurant sits a patio with several tables, a map of the area, and some viewfinders. We were already almost done with our meal when we were told by a restaurant employee that outside food was not allowed to be eaten in that area, however, we looked specifically for a sign saying this before we sat and there only exists on which you can't see if you walk through the restaurant. The patio is also accessed from the walkway.

Adjacent to the restaurant is a path down to the northern side of the beach with another swing. The beach is very rock and the rocks are slippery and you have to hike a bit down to get to the beach. This side is not a good area to go swimming. The lighthouse can be seen from many points along the beach as well. There were trails down to the beach which we didn't explore as we didn't immediately recognize them and there is an area accessible to 4x4 permitted vehicles.

There is also a path to the southern side of the beach (Turtle Cove) which is past the lighthouse. We did not walk that area, but it seemed like the beach on that side was a lot less rocky than the other side. There were several people fishing along both sides of the beach when we were there.

Visited September 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Good for a day trip”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

Visited here labor day weeekend ... It was fun, though the traffic was horrible. Ofcourse it was labor day weekend but I would suggest checking the traffic if you are travelling on a weekend..... esp coz the highway ( route 27 ..don't know if i can call it highway , travel speed of 30 /hr) runs through the hampton towns and can make your trip longer. Parking is $ 8 and then we strolled around the lighthouse, hiking and just watching waves. Its a quiet beach , good for just unwinding and relaxing. You can bring a picnic basket and just enjoy the quietness. There is also a small bar where you can get something for a quick bite . I visited here labor day and it wasn't crowded so i guess other days will even be quieter. Going into the lighthouse itself is $ 9 which i though was bit expensive. If you are interested in history and want to have a 360 view then may be its worth but for me it was pricey.
If you are staying around in long island then a trip is worth it. I didn't think it was worth staying overnight though .

Visited September 2013
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Long Island, New York
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78 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful”
Reviewed August 20, 2013

Great family place, has a playground, small bar and grill, beach, etc. The views cannot be beat, lovely to just walk around or sit and take it all in.

Visited August 2013
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New Hyde Park, New York
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“The End”
Reviewed August 8, 2013

Montauk State Park boasts the literal end of Long Island and has the standard accommodations of NY State Parks. The views are incredible and you might want to have a few quarters if you want to use the public binoculars to view the southern coastline of LI, Block Island, CT, or if you are lucky enough - catch a view of a whale in the ocean!

Visited August 2013
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New York City, New York
Level 3 Contributor
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4 attraction reviews
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“eternal beauty.”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

a hike at sunrise in the summer, a hike at sunset in the snow, spotting seals on the rocks, catching fish, watching birds ...its a beautiful peaceful place

Visited August 2012
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