Updated: Aug 10, 2020
•Del Vino Vineyards- Northport https://www.delvinovineyards.com/ Enjoy a vineyard that isn’t all the way out east! Situated in Northport this is a great place to take photos and enjoy some of their own wine which is by far some of the best Long Island wine available. Very friendly atmosphere and gorgeous interior too!
•Waterdrinker Family Farm-Wading River https://www.water-drinker.com/ Lots of things to do and especially fun for kids, farm animals and activities. The sunflower Festival Starts in August and continues through September with beautiful fields of sunflowers. Great place for fall photos as well.
•Planting Fields-Oyster Bay http://www.plantingfields.org/
An overall great place to shoot year round. Greenhouses, flowers, rose gardens, formal
gardens and rolling landscapes. Coe Hall Tudor mansion. Seasonal events. One of my
favorite places to go as there is ALWAYS something to photograph.
• Caumsett State Park-Huntington http://nysparks.com/parks/23/details.aspx
A hidden gem with formal gardens and horse stables. Former home of Marshall Field
III, there are multiple buildings and estate house. Over look the bluff to LI sound, hike
down to the beach for classic rocky North Shore beaches.
• Old Westbury Gardens-Old Westbury https://www.oldwestburygardens.org/
Fabulous formal gardens, with season additions. Rose gardens with sculpted
walkways. Ponds and fountains with waterlilies that attract dragonflies bring a long
lens and tripod. Seasonal events.
• Northport Harbor-Northport Village http://www.northportny.gov/
Water views, sunsets, harbor views. Quaint village, easy parking, dog friendly, Farmer’s
Market on Saturdays from June-November.
• Sunken Meadow State Park-Kings Park http://nysparks.com/parks/37/details.aspx
Atypical North Shore beach, sandy not rocky. Sunrise and sunsets. Boardwalk and jetty
provide ‘leading lines’ for photos. Great place to shoot water fowl, egrets, osprey and
• Nissequogue State Park -Kings Park http://nysparks.com/parks/110/details.aspx
Water views, marina and wildlife. Additionally you can peruse the many abandoned
buildings left behind from Kings Park Psychiatric Center. Tons of great urban decay and don’t be afraid to explore!
• Bayard Cutting Arboretum-Oakdale http://www.bayardcuttingarboretum.com/
Landscape photographers will love the scenery here, pond, wildlife, tudor mansion.
In the fall there is a spectacular Dahlia Festival.
• Lavender by the Bay-East Marion and Calverton https://lavenderbythebay.com/
This is the only real lavender field on Long Island. They have English and French
lavender at the farm. The english blooms first but call the farm to see when it is in
bloom as it is contingent on weather. It’s a bit of a drive so make a point to go to
Greenpoint Village and visit any vineyard!
• Old Bethpage Village Restoration-Old Bethpage http://www.obvrnassau.com/
If you grew up on Long Island you went here on a class trip in 4th grade(or your kids
did!) This is a hidden GEM! Great all times of the year. Cool barns, general store,
blacksmith, farm with livestock. Events all year round and the people that work there
are very nice about taking photos of them. So if you like portraiture this is a nice place
• Robert Moses State Park-Babylon http://nysparks.com/parks/7/details.aspx
If you love a beach photos this is the place, all year round. Go to Field 5 and shoot the
lighthouse. Fabulous sunrise and sunsets. Feeling ambitious…walk to Kismet! Late
September or early October monarch butterflies stop here on the way down south.
You can track them online or just look for the goldenrod in bloom and they are sure to
• Elizabeth Morton Wild life Preserve-Sag Harbor http://www.fws.gov/refuge/
This is a great place for wildlife. Bring some bird seed with you and just put it in your
hand and you will be delighted to see chickadees and woodpeckers eat right out of
your hand-so have your camera ready! It’s a bit of a drive for most of us, but make a day
of it and visit Sag Harbor and take the ferry to Shelter Island. When you go to Shelter
Island there is a place where cactii actually grow, they have yellow flowers in bloom.
• Sweetbriar Nature Center-Smithtown http://sweetbriarnc.org/
Great seasonal flowers and butterfly conservatory. The butterflies are seasonal and if
you get there in the morning you will have the whole place to yourself! Wildlife and
resident birds on site. Gardens and a short walk to the Nissequogue River.
•The Gardens at Farmingdale State College
The Teaching Gardens at Farmingdale State College are a hidden gem that serve as an outdoor classroom for students in the Department of Urban Horticulture & Design. The grounds are also open in season for enjoyment by the greater Long Island community.