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Things to do in Southold, Long Island N.Y.

May 29th, 2013 by Marilyn Marks

We may not get the same amount of press as our neighboring town Greenport but we have a lot of unique attractions to offer as well. Not many towns can say they have an Indian Museum, Planetarium, Lighthouse and Vineyards in the span of 11 square miles. Come and explore our small and beautiful getaway.

Custer Institute Observatory:

1115 Main Bayview Rd  Southold, NY 11971 (631) 765-2626

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Long Island’s North Fork offers a dark night sky with next to no light pollution also known as perfect star gazing qualities. Whether your’e a local looking to get a glimpse of saturn’s rings or star deprived city dweller this is a great experience. “The Custer Institute and Observatory is Long Island’s oldest public observatory (est.1927). Open to the public every Saturday evening from dark until midnight, our staff of volunteers will give you a tour of the facilities and the night sky through our powerful telescopes. Custer has frequent lectures, classes,concerts, art exhibits and other special events. Consider our observatory for your next meeting or theme party.” http://www.custerobservatory.org
Southold Indian Museum:
1080 Main Bayview Rd  Southold, NY 11971 (631) 765-5577
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This museum focuses on the archaeology and natural history of the area and indian tribes that once called Southold home. They have a wide variety of relics, pottery, and other various historical items. “Our museum is dedicated to study and education surrounding archaeology and natural history. It is owned and operated by the Incorporated Long Island Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association.”  For details and events: http://southoldindianmuseum.org
Sunday Lectures: Programs are scheduled from 2:30 – 4:30 PM. Minimum requested donation is $5 for adults and children of 14 years and older; includes access to museum exhibits and refreshments…FREE for members.
The Old Field Vineyard:
59600 New York 25  Southold, NY 11971 (631) 765-0004
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“Established in 1974 by Chris Baiz, is a family owned and operated vineyard. After years of producing fruit for sale, The Old Field started making wines, first with its 1997 Pinot Noir, and now Merlots, Cabernet Francs, Chardonnays, Blush de Noir, and newly released Blanc de Noir sparkling wines. THE OLD FIELD, an agricultural area just one mile east of the village of Southold, had been actively farmed by native Americans for at least five hundred years prior to the arrival of “the first European settlers” in 1640.
For details, events, and wine purchases: http://www.theoldfield.com
One Woman Vineyards: 
5195 Old North Road Southold, New York  (631)-765-1200 
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This beautiful and quaint vineyard offers a wonderful star gazing wine tasting Saturday night event. It is something you won’t experience anywhere else, a definite “must” for travelers and townies alike. “For Claudia Purita, sustainability and self-reliance have always been a way of life. Growing up on her family’s farm in Calabria, Italy, Claudia assisted in growing vegetables and wine grapes and raising small animals from very young age. At her father, Domenico’s, side she learned to value the land and the fruits that it provides. After moving to Long Island and spending several years in the restaurant industry, Claudia decided it was time to “return to her roots.”
Horton Point Lighthouse: 
3575 Lighthouse Rd  Southold, NY 11971 (631) 765-5500

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Located On a cliff in Southold, off of Lighthouse Road (according to the plaque on the structure, the location is: Lat 41° 05′ 06.5″ N  Long 72° 26′ 44.0″ W).58 feet;  foundation is granite; tower and quarters are brick/granite with a cement wash painted white with black lantern and copper dome; original optic was a Third Order Fresnel; present optic is VRB-25 (1999), one green flash every ten seconds. The tower contains a 29-wooden-step staircase and two ladders of 11 steps each.” For a detailed history please visit their site: http://www.longislandlighthouses.com/hortonpt.htm
 

There are multiple parks and public beaches where you can enjoy the summer weather and pack a picnic with your friends and family. 

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