Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
3845 Veterans Memorial Highway
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Phone: (631) 585-9500
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Arts & Museums
There are many maritime-themed museums on Long Island, due to its rich nautical history, but this is one of the biggest and most comprehensive. It covers many different areas including shipwrecks, the sea-life of Long Island, recreational fishing, small boats - and so much more. You can get up close and personal with the 1888 Oyster Sloop Priscilla, learn about oyster catchers, and check out the maritime library. School tours are also available. Check the website for more details.
The Islip Art Museum is one of Long Island's premier contemporary art facilities - it showcases the best of Long Island's contemporary artists, new and emerging artists and artists that have close ties with the island. The museum also features the Carriage House, an established project space for new and experimental work. The building itself, constructed in 1910, is also worthy of notice, as it's one of the only examples of Edwardian shingle architecture remaining. The museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays; suggested donation for entry is USD3.
Rebuilt in 1751, after the original mill was washed away in a powerful flood, The Stony Brook Grist Mill continues to operate and shed light on the way life used to be in the sleepy Long Island town. Since it's construction, the mill has been owned by over two dozen people but now is in the hands of The Ward Melville Heritage Organization. It is free to visit and easy to walk around.
Boasting a permanent collection which contains over 40,000 artifacts from the 18th century through the present day (including almost 200 carriages), the Long Island Museum of American Art, History and Carriages is an inspiring location to visit and explore the regional heritage. The impressive collections are used for school and after-school educational programming, as a basis for special events, and to foster appreciation of local history. Gardens and historic structures dot the grounds, welcoming visitors on summer days. Guided tours or maps are available.
A historical 19th century sea captain's house that includes a milk house, a working blacksmith's shop, and a barn museum that houses local history exhibits.
This national museum is dedicated to outstanding Jewish athletes and sports stars that have distinguished themselves, both on and off the field, throughout the years. It is also a sober reminder that prejudice and stereotypes still remain, although a great deal of progress in eradicating these injustices has been made. The museum often holds special events, such as film showings and art exhibitions; keep an eye out also for the annual induction ceremony, for the latest group of athletes to be honored. Call ahead for opening hours.
Most kids love a hands-on approach to education and at the Children's Maritime Museum in Port Jefferson, they have the perfect opportunity to do just that, whilst also learning about Long Island's rich maritime history. You can wander through a lovingly recreated ship's store, Pirate's Cove (a great storytelling area) or hop aboard the Big Ship, and learn about how to load cargo, or steer the ship. The excellent displays and the hands-on approach mean that the Maritime Museum is a great destination for kids of all ages. Call ahead for admission prices and opening hours.
This museum is very much kid-centric - the displays are colorful and interactive and their sole purpose is to educate children about science in a way that isn't dry, or disinteresting. The lessons all adhere to the New York State Math and Technology Standard. There are free tours daily, for children between first and eighth grade - call ahead for tour details.
This charming museum is in honor of local volunteer firefighters, both present and past. They have a beautiful collection of antique fire trucks, as well as a host of other relics. Admission is free but all donations are gladly accepted. Call the museum or check the website for more details.
The Northport Public Library is a historic structure illustrating the Jacobean Revival school of architecture. This building consists of a reading room comprising of books on local information, including biographical materials, and so on. This library is now a museum showcasing photographs and artifacts on the local culture and heritage.
Located in the Suffolk County of Centerport, Suydam House was built in 1730. It comprises of the gable roof with a prominent brick chimney on top. The house now turned into a museum displays the local history and culture of the place. Also known as Suydam Homestead, it got its place in the National register of Historic Places in 1988.
Operated by the Lindenhurst Historical Society, this museum contains numerous historical artifacts that depict local history plus offers an array of special events throughout the year.