12 Things To Do in the Hamptons This Summer
It’s the best time of the year — sweet, sweet summertime. We can’t think of a better way to spend this season than taking a fun trip to The Hamptons. There are so many things to do in this luxurious coastal getaway, and only three months to do them… Where do we even start?
If you’re traveling to this well-loved destination this summer, but have no clue what to put on the itinerary, we’ve got you covered. If you keep reading, we’ll give you all the info you need for the best Hamptons summer you’ve ever had.
From brunch to exploring the scenery to jaw-dropping spots perfect for photos, you won’t have a second to wonder what to do next.
Start the Day With Brunch
When you’re on vacation, it’s a no-brainer to take a load off and enjoy some easy-going times around the table with friends and family. Brunch is the perfect thing to do if you’re into delicious food and bubbly drinks. Think you want to sleep a little later before you head to a yummy spot? Find out where to go below.
This cool spot is known for its stunning and serene views — and its eats, of course. Enjoy your choice of Italian food, seafood, steaks, and even pizza, all while gazing and daydreaming out of the beautiful windows. Edgewater Restaurant is located east of the Shinnecock Canal and is perfect if you’re ready to chow down.
The Golden Pear
If the name of this spot didn’t already entice you and your tastebuds, let us help you out. The Golden Pear is the quintessential brunch spot for those of us who are ready for breakfast foods and mimosas first thing in the morning (or afternoon).
You’ll enjoy anything from the menu at this beautiful spot. This brunch place is good for scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, coffee, and baked goods that you can take home with you — or on a casual walk down the beach.
Are you looking for the greatest lobster roll and Bloody Mary you’ve ever had? Stop searching and head to Dockers Waterside, located in East Quogue. This spot has everything from lobster mac and cheese to watermelon carpaccio salad to avocado toast. There’s something here for everyone, so you really can’t go wrong.
If your group is in the mood for the ultimate brunch spread, jump in the car and race over to Pierre’s. Located in Sagaponack, Pierre’s menu is full of everything you can imagine to fill your tummy after a relaxing morning.
Choose between croissants, fruit smoothies, or sandwiches, all with a side of tasty drinks. Pierre’s will give you a fresh, Parisian feel all while staying stateside.
Go Exploring for the Day
There are so many sights and natural scenes to take in while you’re vacationing in the Hamptons. It’s so easy and fun to hop in the car, turn up the summer music, and see where the roads take you.
Sound like something you and your friends want to do this summer? Read more about where to go while you’re living the Hamptons high life.
Who doesn’t want to take an easy drive to a scenic beach and spend the day lounging? Cooper’s beach is located in Southampton and is ready for you to visit. This beach in particular is loved for its white quartz sand, beautiful grassy dunes, and incredible waves.
It’s the perfect spot to stop and have a calm picnic — or even surf, if you’re feeling active. There’s a reason everyone loves to visit here, so join in on the fun!
This might not seem like the place to be, but trust us! There’s plenty to see and to do while you’re visiting Greenport. This spot is a century-old fishing village and is packed full of restaurants and shopping.
Go explore this low-key town, and you may find some delectable oysters as you take a leisurely stroll. You won’t get bored if you choose this spot for a day trip away from the pool.
We’re pretty sure everyone has heard of Montauk (and for good reason). This is a stunning beach spot with an awesome sight-seeing opportunity: the first lighthouse that was built in New York State.
Not only are there great sights, but you can also relax at Seawater Spa or eat an awesome breakfast at John’s Pancake House to refuel. Plus, Montauk has become the place to see and be seen for summer party-goers across the coast.
Camp Hero State Park
Are you a history buff? Even if you aren't, you'll love exploring Camp Hero State Park. This place is on the edge of Long Island and has been left as is since it was created.
Camp Hero was once a military base and is now enjoyed by many who visit as a way to get some fresh air and explore the WWII-era surroundings. This is also a wonderful spot to take a horseback ride, hike, or camp. Pack an overnight bag, and prepare for adventure!
Get Those Cameras Ready
If you’re anything like us, you love an opportunity to snap a picture of something cool that happened on vacation (or you want to show off your cool new bikini). We love sharing these photos with friends and family during and after our relaxing stay, and there are some really pretty spots to capture some memories in the Hamptons!
Curious where you can go for the best photo ops? Continue on to get the full scoop on the best photoshoot-worthy spots within the Hamptons.
While there are endless pretty spots to snap a picture, this one is special because you can capture both the bay and the ocean in one take. Not only that but having the Ponquogue Bridge in the background of a photo is priceless.
Want to make a great photo opp even better? Check out this spot early in the day or at sunset to get that perfect golden light.
Who wouldn’t want a picturesque windmill to grace the presence of their social media feed? There’s something sweet and beachy about the big windmill in Southampton, and we think it’s the perfect spot to have a mini photoshoot.
If you’re not spooked easily, you’ll love that this windmill is rumored to be haunted. Go explore… if you dare.
You know those super cute pictures of people posing in front of perfectly trimmed, green hedges? Look no further for this than Gin Lane in Southampton.
Here, you’ll be met with the dreamiest background for a quick shoot of yourself, your crew, or just the landscape itself. We won’t blame you if you take your time to get the perfect shot — this spot is too pretty to pass up.
Wölffer Estate Vineyard
When you’re on vacation and want to have the ultimate afternoon of relaxation with friends or family, a winery is always a great idea. Lucky for you, Wölffer Estate Vineyard is gloriously full of grapevines and picture-worthy landscapes. Throw on your cutest summer outfit and pose with your glass of delicious wine at this beloved spot.
Pack Your Bags and Head Off
By now, you’re probably chomping at the bit to pack your suitcase and beach bag and hit the road. Ready to make an itinerary and pack up? In case you need a little more inspiration for your fun vacation in the Hamptons, we’ve put together the ultimate Hamptons summer packing guide.
While you know to bring plenty of sunscreen and a pair of the cutest sunnies, we’ve got a few items for your beach trip that’ll become your new beach vacay go-to's.
For Your Suitcase
Along with the cute outfits that you’ll need for brunching and picture taking, you’re going to need some beachwear, as well. We’ve got just what you need to feel your most stunning by the water this year.
- Feelin’ Fine Floral Bandeau One Piece: Want a one-piece that’ll make you glow? This bandeau-style one-piece comes in 11 different patterns that will stand out among the crowd of average swimsuits while you're swimming or lounging. Stay comfortable and cute in this adorable look!
- Psychedelic Zebra Plunge One Piece: The name of this bathing suit says it all: With 13 different color and pattern options, this plunging neckline will give you that boost of confidence and sexiness that we all deserve to feel on the beach.
- Boheme Paisley Palazzo Pants: Need a cover-up option that’s perfect for the beach or grabbing a quick bite to eat? Our Boheme palazzo pants are just the thing you need to walk the Hamptons’ luxury beach towns post-swim.
For Your Beach Bag
Those are the essentials you can pack in your bigger bag, but what about the beach bag you take with you to the sand or pool area? We’ve got that covered, too. Check out our must-haves for everyone’s beach bag:
- Cutest sandals/flip flops
- Extra SPF
- Sun hat
- Hippie Chic Maxi Dress
- Lip balm with SPF
- Water bottle
- Sand-resistant beach towel
You’ve probably got your own must-haves, too, so get packing and have the most fun trip to the Hamptons ever!
Vacation, All We’ve Ever Wanted
From Gossip Girl to Keeping Up With the Kardashians, all of our favorite glamour gurus love the Hamptons — and you will, too! If you’re preparing for the summer getaway of your dreams, let this guide to Hamptons must-sees be your beachy insider scoop.
See you by the water.
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