Things to do off campus
When your work on campus is done and you’re ready to explore, there is plenty to do and see nearby:
Nicolls Plaza is about three miles away and has a Chili’s, Quiznos, Starbucks and Stop & Shop grocery store. (Just make a right onto Nicolls Road, turn left on 347 at the light, and then make the first right onto Pond Path.)
Smith Point Plaza is a little over three miles away and has a Burger King, Kumo Japanese Steakhouse, Jamba Juice, Greek To-Go and more. (Make a right onto Nicolls Road, then turn right on 347 at the light.)
Other options nearby include Lake Grove Diner, Manhattan Pizza, Tudor Village Delicatessen, Red Tiger Dumpling House and Bench Bar & Grill.
Movies & Shopping:
Whether you want to grab a cup of coffee, get a bite to eat or do some shopping,Stony Brook Village has endless possibilities packed into one quaint little village, just minutes from campus. Port Jefferson, affectionately referred to as "Port Jeff," is a 10-minute drive east of Stony Brook on 25A. Known as "Seawolves Country," this is where you will find an abundance of gift shops, bakeries, bars and seafood restaurants. Wandering through the picturesque main street will surely allow you to satisfy your appetite any day of the week.
The Stony Brook Grist Mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The mill was used by farmers to grind corn and wheat up until the 1940s. Guided tours are given by millers on weekends from spring through fall.
The Long Island Museum has been accredited by the American Association of Museums since 1973. In 2006, the museum joined a small group of museums as a Smithsonian Affiliate. Its collections include more than 40,000 items dating from the late 1700s to present.
Sagamore Hill was the home of Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, from 1885 until his death in 1919. Often referred to as his "Summer White House," this lovely home was the focus of international attention during his presidency.
The Vanderbilt Museum is a combination mansion, marine and natural history museum, planetarium and park. Through the preservation of William K. Vanderbilt’s beautiful estate, this attraction also honors his curiosity and pursuit of knowledge about the diversity of life, other cultures and science.
Avalon Park & Preserve features quiet trails meandering around a pond filled with swans, geese and ducks, through woods, and small meadows. Best of all, there is no entrance fee, dogs are welcome, and some trails are bike-friendly so feel free to make this small park your daily escape.
The "Discovery" Wetlands Cruise is a 27-passenger vessel departing from the Boatworks Marina and cruising through 88 acres of wetlands for an hour and a half. An on-board naturalist from the Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) describes the native flora and fauna while you enjoy the breeze. Cruises are scheduled from May through October based on tide tables. For more information or to schedule a cruise, call 631-751-2244.
Splish Splash is a 96-acre water park with more than 30 rides for beating the heat from May through September. Ranked as the third best water park in the country by Travel Channel, it will provide a memorable day for you and your group!
More Long Island Attractions:
A comprehensive guide to local attractions is available at Discover Long Island. Be sure to check out their guides to award-winning wineries and breathtaking beaches, plus golfing and family-friendly activities.