Located on New York’s famous Long Island, the town of Southampton is well known as a “beach town,” however, there’s much more to it than sand and surf. Whether visitors are history buffs, art lovers, foodies, or wine enthusiasts, there’s a little bit of something for just about anyone in Southampton, New York. The town has also started to make a name for itself as the epicenter for culture and arts in the Hamptons, home to attractions like the Southampton Cultural Center, the The Watermill Center, and the Parrish Art Museum. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Hours/availability may have changed.

1.Southampton History Museum

Southampton History Museum
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Originally organized in 1898 before being incorporated in 1910, the Southampton History Museum explores life in Southampton, New York, dating back to when the British first came to the area. A part of the history museum, the Rogers Mansion Museum Complex consists of a dozen historic buildings that helps tell the story of the town’s development during the nineteenth century, including an 1825 barn and 1830 one-room schoolhouse. The Southampton History Museum also features exhibits not about Southampton, such as the exhibition about the Titanic that includes a variety of memorabilia and recordings of the tales of some of the survivors.

17 Meeting House Ln, Southampton, NY 11968, Phone: 631-283-2494

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2.Parrish Art Museum

Parrish Art Museum
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The Parrish Art Museum aims to highlight the creative process, as well as how artists and art transform the experiences of people and their understanding of the world around them, along with how they live in it. A place for cultural engagement, the museum creates connections between people and art through its presentation of exhibitions, artists-in-residence, programs, events, educational initiatives, and its interpretation of its collections.

279 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, NY 11976, Phone: 631-283-2118

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3.Shinnecock Museum and Cultural Center

Shinnecock Museum and Cultural Center
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Housed in a log-style building, the Shinnecock Museum and Cultural Center is a small museum in the Long Island town of Southampton, New York that exhibits local artifacts belonging to the Shinnecock tribe, who have lived in the area for thousands of years. Visitors can learn about local history and about the tribe specifically. During the summer, guests can explore the village outside, while indoors, there’s an exhibition space of around 5,000 square feet to see.

100 Montauk Hwy, Southampton, NY 11968, Phone: 631-287-4923

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4.Southampton Cultural Center

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The Southampton Cultural Center is a unique arts center in Southampton for performance, exhibits, and education. With programs designed for people of all ages, the center offers year-round classes, lectures, workshops, and art exhibits. There are also several live performances hosted by the Southampton Cultural Center throughout the year, including theater, jazz, classical recitals, and the Concerts in the Park series, a popular event in the community. Classes provided by the center range from acting classes to art classes to singing and music lessons among many others.

25 Pond Ln, Southampton, NY 11968, Phone: 631-287-4377

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5.Duck Walk Vineyards

Duck Walk Vineyards
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Duck Walk Vineyards, located just outside of Southampton in the town Water Mill, is one of Long Island’s most well known vineyards when it comes to quality wine. Spanning across more than 100 acres, the winery produces around 5,000 cases of award-winning wines every year, which has led Duck Walk to become a staple in one of the country’s most famed growing wine regions. Wines produced by Duck Walk Vineyards include dessert wines, sweet wines, dry wines, red wines, and white wines, ranging from their Vidal Ice Wine to their Blueberry Port, made using wild blueberries from Maine.

231 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, NY 11976, Phone: 631-726-7555

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6.The Watermill Center

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The Watermill Center, as the name suggests, is located in Water Mill, New York, just a short distance from the center of Southampton. This unique “laboratory for the arts and humanities” offers the freedom, space, and time for the global community to “create and inspire.” Established by Robert Wilson, a theater director and avant-garde visionary, in 1992, the center lies on approximately ten acres of the Shinnecock tribe’s ancestral territory and hosts events and tours for visitors. The Watermill Center places a focus on collaboration and creativity, integrating performing arts with inspiration from visual arts, research from sciences, and resources from humanities.

39 Water Mill Towd Rd, Water Mill, NY 11976, Phone: 631-726-4628

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7.Plaza Cafe

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The Plaza Cafe has been noted as the “Best Seafood Restaurant on Long Island” according to Newsday, as well as rated three stars with the New York Times and listed as one of the country’s top restaurants in The Zagat Surveys. With an eclectic menu that changes with the seasons, there is an emphasis on sustainability at the restaurant, offering the freshest seafood available both in the markets and locally. Food presentations are simple and fresh, complemented by seasonal produce. The Plaza Cafe also offers an award-winning wine list focused on small production wineries to go with their menu.

61 Hill St, Southampton, NY 11968, Phone: 631-283-9323

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