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When your work on campus is done and you are ready to explore, eat, or have fun with colleagues or family, there is plenty to do and see nearby!

Off-Campus Dining

The north shore of Long Island offers many restaurant, bar and dining options. From more upscale, to cozy, comfortable atmosphere, the links below provide options that will fit many of your needs...or cravings!
  • Mirabelle Tavern: The historic Three Village Inn's elegant eatery offers chef Guy Reuge's refined French cuisine
  • Ruth's Chris Steak House: Outpost of upmarket steakhouse chain known for sizzling, butter-topped beef in an elegant setting
  • Spiro's: Chops & seafood served in old-world stucco building with colorful art, plus bar with martini menu
  • Vintage Steak House:Lodgelike chophouse with steer-themed decor pairs high-end steaks & fish with an ample wine list
  • Insignia Prime Steak & Sushi: Upscale steakhouse & sushi bar features colorful decor, glass wine display & patio with fireplace.
  • Ruvo: Local restaurant & bar chain serving a la carte & fixed-price Italian menus in a warm setting
  • H20 Seafood & Sushi: Creative, upmarket sushi & seafood are offered in a relaxed setting with a nautical theme & patio
  • Taj Crown of India: An Indian restaurant, which serves autentic Indian cuisine and offers a delightful experience

For more casual dining options nearby, visit the Lake Grove Diner, Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, Se-port Delicatessen, Red Tiger Dumpling House, Del Fuego and The Bench Bar & Grill.


Local Villages, 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, and is just minutes from campus. Visitors can also head to the popular Tanger Outlets in Deer Park or Riverhead.
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. If you want to take in a movie, there are lots to choose from at the AMC Loews Stony Brook 17.

Historic Attractions

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.

Outdoor Fun

Parks & Preserves:

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.
National Wildlife Refuge, Wertheim is a 2,550 acre refuge on the south shore of Long Island and is bisected by the Carmans River; a New York state designated scenic river and one of the largest on the island.
National Wildlife Refuge, Target Rock is an 80 acre refuge located on the north short of Long Island in the Village of Llyod Harbor, 25 miles east of New York City. 
Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge, a 187-acre peninsula on Noyack and Little Peconic Bays, boasts exceptionally diverse habitats. Sandy and rocky beaches fringe the peninsula, while wooded bluffs overlook the Bays. Morton consists of upland forest, fields, ponds, salt marsh, beach and a lagoon. These habitats are used by a variety of wildlife including white-tailed deer, eastern chipmunk, painted turtles, green frogs, songbirds and osprey. Waterfowl, such as long-tailed duck, common goldeneye and white-winged scoter, are common during the winter months, while piping plover, terns, and other water birds use the beach during the spring and summer months.

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, farms and orchards, and other family-friendly activities.
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!
 Visit "Beyond the Brook" for more information or check out the NYC Official Guide for activities in New York City.