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Despite being the largest, most populated hamlet on the North Fork, Riverhead also has a bit of an underdog tag. With a sprawling commercial business corridor that skews more big box than mom and pop, and a downtown in a forever state of revitalization, it’s easy to overlook so many of the qualities that make Riverhead a special place. On one hand, it’s Goliath, bigger and louder than its neighbors to the east. But as you start to pay closer attention to the progress made downtown as it introduces new restaurants, better lodging options, tourist attractions, a focus on the arts and a growing number of affordable rentals, Riverhead becomes a place you start to root for.


3225 Sound Ave., Riverhead

Gingerbread University

A unique decorating experience, Gingerbread University provides gingerbread, candy and icing for your creation. Open year round.

631-727-7309 •

431 East Main St., Riverhead

Long Island Aquarium

Based on the Lost City of Atlantis theme, Long Island Aquarium boasts more than 80 exhibits, many hands-on. Shark tank, penguin encounter, live coral reef, stingray petting, octopus tanks, seal and sea lion show, rainforest display, fish displays, environmental boat tours, observation tower, café and special events. Also features an interactive butterfly and bird experience....

631-208-9200 •

1797 Route 58, Riverhead

Riverhead Raceway

Weekly races featuring NASCAR stock cars, Modifieds, Figure 8s, Late Models, Chargers, Blunderbusts, Super Pro Trucks, Demolition Derbys, and more. Call or see website for weekly schedule.

631-842-7223 •

1074 Pulaski St., Riverhead

Safari Adventure

Indoor playground featuring bounce houses and slides. Birthday parties and fundraisers also held here.

631-727-4386 •

2549 Splish Splash Drive, Riverhead

Splish Splash Water Park

The 96-acre park offers a variety of water-based activities for all ages and swim levels.

631-727-3600 •

200 Tanger Mall Drive, Riverhead

Tanger Outlet Center

Features more than 150 outlet stores, including most major brands. Open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays.

631-369-2732 •

96 Main Road, Riverhead

The All Star

Bowling alley with 22 main lanes, six VIP lanes, an arcade and full-service restaurant.

631-998-3565 •

118 E. Main St., Riverhead

The Suffolk Theater

Art deco dinner theater with live entertainment from music to theater and catered affairs.

631-727-4343 •

18 Peconic Ave., Riverhead

Vail-Leavitt Music Hall

A late nineteenth century theater hosting live performances of music, theater, films and community events.

631-727-5782 •



Iron Pier Beach

Open to residents at the end of Pier Avenue on L.I. Sound, Jamesport. Swimming, boat ramp, outdoor showers, restrooms, pavilion, playground, summer snack bar. Handicapped-accessible, with wheelchairs available in season.

631-727-5744 •


Reeves Beach

Open to residents off Park Road on L.I. Sound, Riverhead. Swimming, boat ramp, gazebo, restrooms.

631-727-5744 •


South Jamesport Beach

Open to residents, this 3,000-foot shallow-water bay beach is off Peconic Bay Boulevard, South Jamesport. Good swimming for small children. Handicapped-accessible, with wheelchairs available in season. Outdoor showers, restrooms, pavilion, playground, summer snack bar, gazebo, tennis, basketball, picnic area, boat ramp. Restricted piping plover nesting area through late June.

631-727-5744 •


Wading River Beach

Open to residents at the end of Creek Road on L.I. Sound, Wading River. Swimming, boat ramp, gazebo, playground, restrooms, parking.

631-727-5744 •


Cideries, Breweries & Distilleries


511 Northville Turnpike, Riverhead

4C’s Deli


1830 West Main St, Riverhead

Bistro 72

369-3325 •

4414 Sound Ave, Riverhead

Briermere Farms

631-722-3931 •

1175 West Main St., Riverhead

Buoy One

208-9737 •

1104 Old Country Road, Riverhead

Caruso Pizzeria

369-2850 •

127 East Main St, Riverhead



12 West Main St., Riverhead

Cucina 25

381-0388 •

51 Main Rd, Riverhead



517 Pulaski St., Riverhead

Euro Deli


40 East Main St., Riverhead


727-7778 •

1073 Old Country Road, Riverhead

Lobster Wok


820 West Main St., Riverhead

Maple Tree BBQ

727-2819 •

661 Riverside Dr., Riverhead


873-4123 •

428 East Main St., Riverhead

Preston House

775-1500 •

1767 Old Country Rd., Riverhead

Shah’s Halal

284-3109 •

779 Old Country Road, Riverhead

Signature Bagels

208-8584 •

37 E Main St, Riverhead

Sweet Tart Frozen Yogurt Cafe

631-591-2103 •

40B East Main St., Riverhead

Taco Bout It

574-8787 •

40 McDermott Ave., Riverhead

Turkuaz Grill

591-1757 •

Farm Stand

4414 Sound Ave., Riverhead

Briermere Farms

631-722-3931 •

250 Main Road, Aquebogue

Goodale Farms

631-901-5975 •

715 Sound Ave., Mattituck

Harbes Family Farm

Harbes Vineyard Uniquely located on a southern- facing slope just off Long Island Sound, this Mattituck vineyard offers a beautiful, rustic ambiance in its wine tasting barn, which is a 100-year-old restored potato barn. Harbes Vineyard is the North Fork’s first certified sustainable vineyard. Its wines have won medals in the New York Wine Classic...

631-298-WINE (9463) •

4138 Sound Ave., Riverhead

Reeve Farm


5793 Sound Ave., Riverhead

Ty Llwyd Farm

631-722-4241 •

460 Main Road, Aquebogue

Wells Homestead

631-722-3796 •


900 Reeves Ave., Riverhead

Cherry Creek Golf Links

Two 18-hole public courses. The Links: par 73; The Woods: par 71.

631-369-6500 •

661 Riverside Drive, Riverhead

Indian Island Golf Course

18-hole, par 72 public course.

631-727-7776 •

Historic Sites

6038 Sound Avenue, Riverhead

Hallockville Museum Farm

Hallockville Museum Farm is a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the community’s agricultural heritage. Stop by to tour the museum, have a picnic and visit the farm animals. There are also educational classes, special events, fairs and festivals throughout the year

631-298-5292 •

Horseback Riding

2224 Roanoke Avenue, Riverhead

Willow Tree Farm

631-252-5574 •



2038 Old Country Road, Riverhead

Hilton Garden Inn

631-727-2733 •

428 East Main St., Riverhead

Preston House

775-1500 •

428 East Main St., Riverhead

Preston House & Hotel

A modern boutique hotel and new American restaurant. The Preston House & Hotel is a beautifully reimagined hotel in downtown Riverhead. This 1905 historical home once owned by Henry H. Preston, the first salaried sheriff of Suffolk County, boasts original floors, beams, fireplace, stonework, barn doors, and hardware, restored to its original elegance, with modern refinements.

631-775-1550 •


1110 Flanders Rd., Flanders

Great Bay Marine

631-204-0034 •

Parks, Preserves, and Camping

Lake Avenue, Riverhead

Cranberry Bog Nature Preserve

This 165-acre preserve allows for hiking that includes sights of the Little Peconic River, various plants, birds, reptiles and other wildlife. Within the preserve lie Sweezy and Cheney ponds, which is surrounded by a white-cedar swamp with trees as large as 16 inches in diameter.

631-854-4949 •

Riverhead-Hampton Bays Road, Flanders

Hubbard County Park

Provides for fishing at freshwater Penny Pond, hunting, hiking, canoeing and kayaking. An array of wildlife can be found at the 1,815-acre park, including clams, scallops, blue heron, osprey and a variety of turtles and reptiles.

631-852-8290 •

Cross River Drive/Route 105, Riverhead

Indian Island County Park

This 275-acre park at the mouth of the Peconic River with views of Flanders Bay is open year-round. Camping, picnic tables, grills, playground, sports field, hiking and fishing.

631-852-3232 •

Columbus Avenue/Pulaski Street, Riverhead

Stotzky Memorial Park

Twelve acres with softball and Little League fields, tennis courts, bocce court, playgrounds, horseshoe pit, skateboard park, bleachers, picnic areas and a concession stand.

631-727-5744 •


49 W Main st, Riverhead

Breathe Gifts, Inc.

631-284-3326 •

45 E Main St, Riverhead

Nuna Knits

631-300-5859 •

633 Old Country Rd, Riverhead

The Jewelry Clinic

631-727-1200 •

Spas, Salons & Barbers

1116 Main Rd, Riverhead

Bliss Hair Studio

(631) 722-5023 •

215 Howell Ave, Riverhead

Gabriel Loren Salon

(631) 727-4247 •

887 Old Country Rd Suite J, Riverhead

Hair Solutions Salon

(631) 284-9700 •

1102 Old Country Rd, Riverhead

Lemon Tree Hair Salon

(631) 727-4043 •

151 Flanders Rd, Riverhead

M&M Unisex Hair Salon

(631) 591-1666 •

48 W Main St, Riverhead

Precise Cuts

(631) 284-3030 •

527 Pulaski St, Riverhead

Pulaski Barber Shop

(631) 208-8317 •


715 Sound Ave., Mattituck

Harbes Family Farm

Harbes Vineyard Uniquely located on a southern- facing slope just off Long Island Sound, this Mattituck vineyard offers a beautiful, rustic ambiance in its wine tasting barn, which is a 100-year-old restored potato barn. Harbes Vineyard is the North Fork’s first certified sustainable vineyard. Its wines have won medals in the New York Wine Classic...

631-298-WINE (9463) •

5120 Sound Ave, Riverhead

Palmer Vineyards

Palmer Vineyards is dedicated to producing the highest-quality wines and sharing them with visitors within its laid-back atmosphere. The Riverhead winery overlooks 49 acres of rolling vineyards. Besides the beautiful view of the sustainably farmed vineyard, Palmer has some of the best award-winning wines created on the North Fork and is one of the oldest...

631-722-9463 •

6025 Sound Ave, Riverhead


The doors of RGNY’s tasting room are always open to anyone who is looking to immerse themselves in the ever-changing world of wine. Dubbed the ‘New Kid on the North Fork,’ RGNY has dedicated itself to understanding the region while holding in regard its Mexican heritage—which is exclusive to the brand. With a nod to...

631-298-0075 •