Life on Long Island
Our program provides ample opportunity to balance work and play, and Port Jefferson’s locale allows convenient access to everything exciting Long Island has to offer.
Port Jefferson is a historical harbor village on the North Shore of Long Island. Originally a whaling port and shipbuilding community, the village is now largely known for its arts and cultural events held year round. Some of the more popular events are the Dickens Festival in December, the Village Cup Regatta in September and the Summer Concert Series. The Village's harborfront business district boasts a community theatre, many restaurants, hotel accommodations and shopping.
The Long Island Railroad is located just a 10 minute walk from Mather Hospital and provides convenient access to New York City and the East End, with many stops in between, including Citifield for the New York Mets and the Barclay Center in Brooklyn.
The Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Company, offers hourly ferry service to Connecticut.
New York City
Few cities in the world rival New York in the breadth of entertainment, cultural, shopping, dining and diverse experiences. Whether you want to catch a Broadway play, visit world class museums such as the Guggenheim and MOMA, or stroll through many diverse neighborhoods, New York City offers endless possibilities leisure activity. Spend a day on Museum Mile, immerse yourself in the vastness of Central Park or enjoy a capuccino in one of the many sidewalk cafes while people watching. Whatever your interest, you will find countless things to choose from in Manhattan.
The Long Island/New York metropolitan region is home to a number of professional and minor league sports teams.
- Baseball: New York Mets and NY Yankees (there are also two minor league teams--Long Island Ducks and Brooklyn Cyclones)
- Basketball: Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks
- Hockey: New York Islanders and Rangers
- Football: New York Giants and Jets
- Soccer: New York Red Bulls
- Tennis: US Open
- Horse Racing: Belmont Race Track, Belmont Stakes
Long Island’s beaches are world-renowned and for very good reason. The sparkling, sandy shoreline is a delight to visit all year-round. Miles of pristine ocean beaches are accessible through a number of public parks, including the famous Jones Beach where on the Boardwalk any given summer evening you can enjoy a summer stroll, a concert and some ice cream, and the Hamptons, where the famous spend time alongside the not-so-famous. On the North Shore is the Long Island Sound, where days at the beach end with spectacular sunsets. Whether you like to fish, surf, paddleboard, swim or just sit in the sun, Long Island’s beaches and waterways have it all.
Vineyards and Farmlands
Long Island’s North and South Forks, once known mostly for their beaches, are now also home to many vineyards that have become the desired destination of wine afficionados and amateur tasters alike. Acres and acres of farmland now boast vines that are responsible for a myriad of offerings. Wineries offer tastings and tours year-round. The family farms that remain welcome visitors who gladly fill buckets of fresh strawberries in the Spring, pile pumpkins into wagons during the Fall and enjoy delicious fruits and vegetables picked fresh daily.
From major retailers like Bloomingdales and Macys, to outlet offerings at two Tanger locations, and every boutique option in between, Long Island’s shopping opportunities can satisfy the most discriminating consumer or demanding bargain hunter. Just 15 minutes from Port Jefferson is the Smith Haven Mall, home to major retailers, book store and dining options from national chains. The Tanger Outlets in Riverhead and Deer Park attract shoppers from Long Island and beyond.