Long Island in New York is home to more than 7.87 million people, multiple Fortune 500 Companies, and four counties, including Kings, Suffolk, Nassau, and Queens. When most locals talk of Long Island, Kings and Queens counties are not part of that conversation. Many Americans and some internationals desire to visit the island because of its rich history, sandy beaches, and beautiful landmarks. To help you complete your itinerary, a list of the top must-see landmarks in Long Island is listed in the article below.
Jones Beach Tower
Located in the Jones Beach State Park, the Jones Beach Tower is a sight to see. The tower stands 200 feet tall, overlooking the park and surrounding areas. The architecture is very similar to that of Venice’s St. Mark’s Cathedral. Due to safety purposes, the tower underwent a reinforcement project. It holds up to 318,000 gallons of water and is home to pigeons and falcons.
While the tower is not open for public tours, it is still a popular landmark that receives hundreds of visitors each year. Visitors are welcome to pose in front of the tower for pictures to send back home to family and friends.
The Big Flanders Duck
If you are a fan of ducks, you need to schedule a visit to The Big Duck in Flanders. The structure was established in 1931 by Martin Maurer, a New farmer who sold Peking ducks and eggs. The structure is noted as one of Long Island’s most popular landmarks. It makes a great backdrop for family photos.
The Big Duck has been featured in the magazine Popular Mechanics. Today, the establishment is opened to the public as a gift shop. Be sure to call ahead for the hours of operation if you are interested in purchasing gifts for your co-workers, family, and friends back home. If you are just interested in posing for a picture in front of The Big Duck, you can stop by any time during your trip to Long Island.
The Windmills Of East Hampton
The Windmills of East Hampton are a representation of the Wooden Age. Built by skilled craftsmen in the 1800s, the Hayground Windmill was originally located in Hayground. For safety purposes, officials agreed to relocate the windmill to East Hampton. While the windmill is no longer in operation, the machinery utilized for that purpose is located on the same property.
In 1978, the Hayground Windmill was added to the National Historic Register.