Settled first during the 1600’s, Smithtown, New York is a town situated on Long Island. It’s name came from a local legend, which says that after a settler named Richard Smith rescued the daughter of a Native American chief, he was given all of the land he could circle on a bull in a single day. According to legend, Smith picked the year’s longest day to ride the bull and acquired what is now known as Smithtown. The town today offers numerous things to do for both visitors and locals alike. Hours/availability may have changed.

1.Smithtown Library

Smithtown Library
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The Smithtown Library on Long Island can trace its start back to the year 1907 when several materials were housed inside the law office of Judge Lawrence Smith. This collection was moed between 1909 to 1912 to a different small building before moving to Smithtown’s Epenetus Smith Tavern. The first of the library’s permanent buildings opened in August of 1912 and was moved later in 1950 to its present day location. The Smithtown Library, which hosts events as well, is now made up of four separate buildings, which are located in Nesconset, Kings Park, and Commack, in addition to Smithtown.

Smithtown, NY, Phone: 631-360-2480

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2.Caleb Smith State Park, Smithtown, New York

Caleb Smith State Park, Smithtown, New York
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Caleb Smith State Park is a state preserve within Suffolk County’s Smithtown, located near Long Island’s northern shore. The park has changed named since it was established, formerly known as Nissequogue River State Park, and Wyandanch Preserve before that. The Caleb Smith State Park encompasses a total of 548 acres and is primarily managed as one of the state’s nature preserves, but also offers opportunities for outdoor recreation activities, such as cross-country skiing, fishing, and hiking. Recreation programs are offered as well, including a nature trail and a nature museum home to a number of wildlife displays.

581 W Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY 11787, Phone: 631-265-1054

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3.Saint Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, Smithtown, NY

Saint Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, Smithtown, NY
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The Saint Patrick's Roman Catholic Church provides services for the liturgical, sacramental, and spiritual needs of Smithtown’s Catholic community, as well as surrounding communities within Suffolk County along the north shore of New York’s Long Island. The parish of the church began during the middle of the 1830’s in the Smithtown/Hauppauge area and began to expand its parish rapidly soon after. Masses were first held inside local farmhouses, with Saint Patrick's Roman Catholic Church becoming a full parish much later in 1952, originally serving as a “mission church.” The church today helps support the vibrant community, offering many services.

280 E Main St, Smithtown, NY 11787, Phone: 631-265-2271

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4.Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts

Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
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The Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts first opened its doors in October of 2002 with a mission to bring high-quality professional entertainment to both Smithtown and its surrounding communities, as well as provide educational opportunities to kids living on Long Island. The Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts has held more than 1,500 performances since its beginnings that consist of around eighty different stage presentations. The performing arts center is housed inside the historic Smithtown Theatre, which started performances in the 1940’s operated by the Prudential Circuit. In 1999, local residents banded together to save the theater from destruction.

2 East Main St, Smithtown, NY 11787, Phone: 631-724-3700

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5.The Wellness Nook, Smithtown, New York

The Wellness Nook, Smithtown, New York
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The Wellness Nook in Smithtown, New York is a massage therapist-owned and operated wellness boutique that specializes in several wellness services, including orthopedic/medical massage, migraine therapy, TMJ massage, craniosacral, Thai stretching massage, and sports massage. The wellness center also offers a variety of relaxation-based styles of massage, such as lymphatic and Swedish, along with specialities like heated Thai herbal compress, hot bamboo, hot stones, and more. The Wellness Nook was established to offer a welcoming space centered around healing and wellness for everyone, as well as to provide a home to help alternative healing arts thrive.

116 Terry Rd, Smithtown, NY 11787, Phone: 631-257-5128

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6.Transfitnation, Smithtown, New York

Transfitnation, Smithtown, New York
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Transfitnation in Smithtown, New York is a personal training and lifestyle transformation studio that provides both studio-based and in-home personal training. The personal training and wellness studio in Smithtown was established to help people in town and the surrounding area live fulfilling and healthy lives by making small changes in their lifestyle. The programs and services here are designed to help people overcome obstacles by transforming their health, body, and mind, whether their goal is to improve overall health, eliminate joint pain, get stronger, tone up, or lose weight. Transfitnation specializes in creating exercise experiences that teach how to move and eat better.

20 Gilbert Ave, Smithtown, NY 11787, Phone: 631-974-9491

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7.AR Workshop, Smithtown, New York

AR Workshop, Smithtown, New York
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AR Workshop is a boutique DIY studio with numerous locations across the country, offering hands-on classes in creating charming and custom home decor, all from raw materials. Both local residents and visitors alike in Smithtown, New York can join one of the many instructor-led workshops to make their own customized round signs, frames, wood signs, knit blankets, trays, centerpiece boxes, lazy susans, canvas pillows, and much more. The AR Workshop boutique also features a retail area as well, focused on interior design and styling, which offers trend-setting accessories and decor that often pair well with items made in the workshops.

83 E Main St, Smithtown, NY 11787, Phone: 631-352-0221

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8.Raan Thai, Smithtown, New York

Raan Thai, Smithtown, New York
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Raan Thai Cuisine is a family-owned and operated, award-winning restaurant serving authentic Thai cuisine to the people of Smithtown and the surrounding communities. Natthamon Saengthong, the owner and chef, moved to the United States from a small town in Thailand a couple hours from Bangkok and grew up learning how to cook Thai dishes from her grandmother and mother. Raan Thai opened in April of 2011 featuring a traditional, low-key Thai ambiance with a touch of class. The menu here focuses on traditional Thai cooking techniques and uses several fresh Thai herbs and all sauces are homemade.

203 Terry Rd, Smithtown, NY 11787, Phone: 631-656-5887

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9.Monte’s Pizzeria, Smithtown, New York

Monte’s Pizzeria, Smithtown, New York
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Monte’s Pizzeria is a one-of-a-kind pizzeria in Smithtown, New York as it doesn’t use Trans Fat to make their food, everything is prepared using 100-percent soy oil, offering a healthier option for delicious food. Along with both specialty and traditional pizzas, the extensive menu at Monte’s Pizzeria also includes salads, appetizers, entrees, pasta, paninis, and wraps. The wide selection of pies include classic staples like the Sicilian and the Neopolitan to creative favorites, such as the Artichoke Spinach Dip Pizza and the Full Monte, which features every topping available at the pizzeria with the exception of anchovies.

300 Maple Ave, Smithtown, NY 11787, Phone: 631-979-2020

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