The North Fork of Long Island is located only 80 miles from Manhattan. This area offers a low key lifestyle for both families as well as couples that want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is also cheaper than the South Fork of Long Island which is appealing to many people.
The North Fork of Long Island, New York, stretches from Riverhead in the west to Orient Point at the eastern tip and comprises two townships.
The Town of Riverhead includes Riverhead, Aquebogue, Jamesport, S. Jamesport, and parts of Laurel.
The Town of Southold includes the other parts of Laurel, Mattituck, Cutchogue, New Suffolk, Peconic, Southold, Greenport, East Marion, Orient, Orient Point. Approximately 1 square mile of Greenport is an incorporated village.
You are able to get into The North Fork of Long Island by car, bus, ferry and rail road. The Cross Sound Ferry provides transportation to and from the North Fork and New England several times daily. The North Ferry provides access to Shelter Island (an island located in the middle of the North and South Fork of Island Island) and then you can take the South Ferry from Shelter Island to Sag Harbor and the Hamptons. The Long Island Rail Road provides access to and from the Greenport station to Manhattan. The Hampton Jitney is a bus that provides access from the North Fork to Manhattan daily. There is multiple highway access to Riverhead. Transportation by car East of Riverhead is limited to Highway 25.
There are a limited number of ways to get around on the North Fork of Long Island. There are either buses, trains, ferries, cars or limos. (Or you can bring your own bike on the railroad on weekends with a $5 permit<ref>http://www.mta.info/bike/</ref> or anytime aboard Hampton Jitney (which charges $15 for bicycles<ref>http://www.hamptonjitney.com/cgi-bin/nav.cgi?id=&dir=data&page=rideralerts.html#faq17</ref>.)(Note: The LIRR is considering discontinuing its infrequent service to Greenport, except for summer weekends.) The ways of getting around are somewhat expensive. For a bus right to New York City it is an average of $37 a person round-trip . For a train to New York City it costs $30 round-trip and stops in Greenport and Mattituck. The ferries are $44 round-trip for you and your car. The limos are available for tours around the North Fork and for visiting wineries and range in price depending on how many people are in a group. The only ways to really get around from point to point on the North Fork are by car, or on bike, or foot.
The North Fork of Long Island has many bed and breakfasts as well as inns and hotels. All of the bed and breakfasts and inns and hotels are located either along the beach or next to vineyards.
Although there are a few wineries on the South Fork of Long Island, the Hamptons, the vast majority are located on the North Fork of Long Island.
Strong's Marine, LLC, Camp Mineola Road, Mattituck, ☎ (631) 298-4770, . This place allows for renting boats and does provide boating lessons.
Atlantis Marine World Aquarium, 431 East Main Street, Riverhead, ☎ 631-208-9200 ext.H2O (426), .
Harbes Family Farm, 715 Sound Ave. (Rte. 48), Mattituck, ☎ (631) 298-0800, . Allows you to pick your own fruit and vegetables as well as flowers. It is open from May till October. The months depend on what you are able to pick.
Splish Splash, 2549 Splish Splash Dr, ☎ (631) 727-3600, . This water park is for all ages and is one of the largest water parks in the United States.
The North Fork of Long Island has many beaches as well as park trails. As well as these beaches and park trails, the North Fork of Long Island is known for their many wineries as well as a small knit community.
A Touch of Venice, 2255 Wickham Avenue, Mattituck, ☎ (631) 298-5851, .
Baker's Workshop, 20 East Main Street, Riverhead, ☎ 631-548-3750.
Braun Seafood, 30840 Main Road, Cutchogue, ☎ (631) 734-7770, .
Claudio's Clam Bar & Wharf, Main Street Wharf, Greenport, ☎ (631) 477-1889, .
Claudio's Crabby Jerry's, Main Street Wharf, Greenport, ☎ (631) 477-8252, .
Claudio's Restaurant, Main Street, Greenport, ☎ (631) 477-0627.