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Riverhead overview

Riverhead is a friendly place, distinct for its cultural and art, and known for its wineries and aquarium. You'll enjoy Riverhead's beaches and festivals, along with activities like shark viewing and boating. Take in some of the area's local culture at Suffolk Theater and Hallockville Museum Farm. There's plenty to explore, including local sights such as Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center and Safari Adventure. A family-friendly area, Riverhead also has something for everyone.

Where to stay in Riverhead

Whether you're planning to stay for a night or for the week, the area around Riverhead has accommodations to fit every need. Search for hotels in Riverhead with by checking our online maps. These display the areas and neighbourhoods around all Riverhead hotels so you can see how close you are from landmarks and attractions, and then refine your search within the larger area. The best Riverhead hotel deals are here with our lowest price guarantee.

How to get to Riverhead

Fly in to Islip, NY (ISP-MacArthur), 24.5 mi (39.4 km) from central Riverhead. New Haven, CT (HVN-Tweed - New Haven Regional) is the next closest major airport, 27.1 mi (43.6 km) away. Riverhead Station is the closest train station.

What to see around Riverhead

Outdoor activities are on hand like boating and wine tasting, along with attractions such as:
  • • Roanoke Vineyards
  • • Hidden Vineyard
  • • Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard
  • • Martha Clara Vineyards
  • • Macari Vineyards
Highlights like its aquarium are popular with families, and top attractions include:
  • • Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center
  • • Safari Adventure
  • • Out East Family Fun
  • • Splish Splash Water Park
  • • Harbes Family Farm
Art and festivals stand out, with top cultural places to visit like:
  • • Suffolk Theater
  • • Hallockville Museum Farm
  • • Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
  • • Shinnecock Museuem and Cultural Center
  • • Southampton Historical Museum
It's notable for its beaches, shark viewing and top spots for nature lovers that include:
  • • Ashley Beach
  • • Meschutt Beach
  • • Ponquogue Beach
  • • Cupsogue County Park
  • • Cupsogue Beach County Park
Below are some favourite shopping areas for finding that perfect souvenir:
  • • Tanger Outlet Center
  • • Tanger Outlets Riverhead
  • • Wolffer Estates Vineyard
  • • Greenport Farmers' Market
Here are some top sights to see:
  • • Indian Island County Park
  • • Riverhead Raceway
  • • Long Island National Golf Club
  • • Shrine of Our Lady of the Island
  • • Grumman Memorial Park

When to visit Riverhead

Wondering which time of year to travel or what clothes to pack? Here are seasonal trends to help you with your planning:

Seasonal temperatures
  • January-March: 11°C day, -7°C night
  • April-June: 26°C day, -1°C night
  • July-September: 27°C day, 8°C night
  • October-December: 20°C day, -6°C night
Seasonal average rainfall
  • January-March: 285 cm
  • April-June: 320 cm
  • July-September: 293 cm
  • October-December: 295 cm
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