With extravagant estates, manicured lawns, and mega-yachts, the Hamptons are sometimes overlooked as a party destination for the rich and famous. But the area’s windswept dunes, ancient elms, historic windmills, picturesque sights, stunning waters, and vibrant art scene truly have more to offer.East Hampton is heralded for its beautiful beaches, cool Atlantic breezes, and fine dining. Much of East Hampton’s early architecture and landscape remains as preserved as it was during the 18th century. But before you sign up for the next tour of celebrity mansions, consider these Hamptons water-inspired activities guaranteed to deliver a splashing good time.
Ever dreamt of soaring 40 feet above Cedar Point Park with a 210-horsepower engine strapped beneath your feet? Enjoy an adrenaline-pumping ride to the sky as you spin and dive (or just coast) above the water with your choice of Hamptons yacht charters.
Yoga is a popular activity in the Hamptons and many classes are taught on stand-up paddle boards (SUP). For an experience that is sure to transform your body and mind, get out on the water and try a yoga SUP lesson. If you’re not quite ready for floating downward dog, start with a classic SUP session and get your feet wet.
Many protected waterways, including Cold Spring Pond and Peconic Bay, offer windsurfers, kayakers, and kiteboarders the perfect opportunity to get out on the water. Paddling provides ideal conditions for sightseeing and nature exploring. Grab a sandwich and iced coffee and discover the beauty of the waterways along the harbor, or head to Ditch Plains in Montauk for a fun-filled day of surfing. The waters around Shelter Island are also perfect for paddling. Set out on a canoe or kayak and explore on your own, or take a guided tour. Rich with birds and other wildlife, The Mashomack Nature Preserve, is a favorited destination among kayakers. Kiteboards, paddleboards, canoes and kayaks are all available for rent by the hour.
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon floating in the ocean-fed seawater pool at Gurney’s Montauk Resort. North America’s only seawater swimming pool features stunning beach views, Russian steam rooms, Roman baths, and a Finnish rock sauna. The healing waters will transport you to faraway lands as your worries drift away.
Main Beach epitomizes the laid back vibe of the Hamptons, and it's perfect for swimming or just lounging on the sand. Ditch Plains Beach in Montauk is popular among surfers. Although the surface area is comparatively small, the waves provide the best opportunity for surfing in the region. Non-surfing swimmers and beachgoers appreciate Ditch Plains just as well. The waves and picturesque views of the steep rocky cliffs attract locals and tourist alike. Sagg Main Beach lies right in the heart the Hamptons. This family-friendly beach is excellent for strolling, lounging, and enjoying the calm waves. Grab a sandwich at the popular Sagaponack General Store located nearby, and curl up on the shore with your favorite summer read.