Montauk Point State Park takes up the very eastern edge of the southern fork of Long Island. Montauk Point is home to a lovely lighthouse and museum showcasing the
maritime history of Montauk. The lighthouse here was one of the first constructed in the United States under the supervision of the first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton. The museum tells the story of the hazards that made this lighthouse necessary, the construction and upgrades to the lighthouse and the stories of the people who lived there to tend it before it became an automated station. The park also includes lovely grounds around this museum that showcase lovely views of the the Long Island Shore along with the Atlantic Ocean. There are trails that criss-cross the park and a wide variety of activities are available in addition to viewing the lighthouse (which is operated by a non-profit and not the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation):
- Bridle Riding: Horseback Riding is permitted at Montauk Point State Park.
- Fishing: Surf fishing is allowed at Montauk Point with the appropriate state
- Hunting: Hunting is permitted in very specific seasons for Deer and Waterfowl – generally in December or January. For more details check out the parks web page hunting season specifics (link).
- Picnic Area
- Water Activites: Swimming isn’t allowed here however stand up paddleboarding, surfing and windsurfing are permitted.
- Cross-Country Skiing (conditions permitting): Check conditions before you go as there often isn’t enough snow to make cross country skiing feasible here.
Facilities, Fees and Other Information:
Montauk Point State Park is operated separately from the lighthouse. There is one fee to park your vehicle if you are there in season and a second fee to go into the lighthouse museum. The parking fee levied by the state park is seasonal (for details on when the fee is collected click here) and is $8 per car each day with other options available. The entrance fee for the museum is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+ years old) and $4 for children (up to 12 years old) – for more information about the museum visit their website (link).
There is a gift shop, restrooms and food available at Montauk Point State Park.
Directions and Location:
Getting to this park couldn’t be any easier. Take New York State Route 27 east until the end where it enters the park. The road ends at this park. Route 27 turns into an expressway as it runs west into New York City and there are other roads it connects with as it winds it was west down Long Island. For those of you using a GPS device the following address and location coordinates should work:
2000 Montauk Highway
Montauk, NY 11954