Huntington in Suffolk County is one of Long island’s trendiest and most diverse downtowns, featuring a few dozen restaurants and shops as well as historic and natural sites. Huntington’s downtown is located in the larger town of Huntington, which also includes Cold Spring Harbor, Northport, and Lloyd Harbor. Huntington is the eastern terminus of the Gold Coast mansions of Long Island’s North Shore, and a few of these exquisite homes still exist today. Huntington is also a destination for art lovers, antique collectors, and concertgoers. Here is our guide to the top 10 places to discover in Huntington.
1. Heckscher Park and Museum of Art
Heckscher Park off of Main Street is one of Huntington’s most popular nature spots, known for its large pond, winding paths, and photogenic stone bridges. The park has hosted tulip festivals, art festivals, and concerts at the Chapin Rainbow Theater. The park was a gift of industrialist August Heckscher, who gained immense wealth from zinc mining. Heckscher’s foundation for children also created playgrounds in lower Manhattan and in Central Park.
The Heckscher Museum of Art was formed after Heckscher donated 185 artworks to the Beaux-Arts building. The museum features hundreds of landscapes and paintings by local Long Island artists, as well as works by painters such as Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, and Frederic Church. The museum, which also includes a notable photography exhibition, contains “Eclipse of the Sun” by German artist George Grosz,