Sightseeing in Fort Salonga

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Named a top gallery in the nation for retail excellence in growth by Décor Magazine in 2005, LaMantia Gallery offers a variety of original artwork alongside professional picture framing. Protect and preserve fine art, posters, and Styx concert memorabilia inside custom frames and shadow boxes (typically starting at $125). With professionally contained artwork and mementoes, memories are deep-frozen for easily microwaved reminiscenses.

127 Main St
Northport,
NY
US

Connected to William K. Vanderbilt II’s 24-room mansion, the 60-foot domed planetarium seats 238 in the Sky Theater, using a Goto star projector and dozens of perimeter slide projectors to display 11,369 stars. Settle in at 8 p.m. to see Journey Through the Solar System, a visually and audibly engaging look at the history, contents, and personality flaws of our beloved solar system, as well as its most ardent explorer, NASA. A video library and laser disks supplement stationary images with moving pictures, an effect that makes the universe and time seem to fly by. Afterward, examine the meteorites and 6-foot-wide moon globe on display in the lobby.

180 Little Neck Rd
Centerport,
NY
US

For more than 25 years, Drama Kids International has nurtured thousands of thespian students and kids simply searching for an engaging activity, instilling children with the ability to speak clearly and confidently. Classes focus on sharpening articulated speech and encouraging creative expression. Children are placed in classes according to their age group: the Lower Primary (ages 5–8) teaches kids how to deliver lines and hone social skills, the Upper Primary (ages 9–11) delves into improvisation and dramatic movement, and the DKI Acting Academy (ages 12–17) preps scene-stealers on how to audition for their dream role. Each class includes a variety of activities for kids to unleash their imagination, which develops their dramatic abilities in a fun, easy-going setting. Drama Kids instructors foster an open, comfortable acting environment. Call ahead to schedule the first class and start your child down the path of becoming one of the more notable Baldwin brothers.

510 Larkfield Rd
Elwood,
NY
US

[[m:####Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum's staff of maritime experts collate the histories, folklore, and artifacts that illustrate Long Island's relationship with the sea. The museum's collection ensures an in-depth look at Long Island's history of whaling with more than 6,000 artifacts and archival objects, including the only fully equipped 19th-century whaling boat with the original furniture and scrimshaw flat-screen television. Interactive education courses for all ages teach kids about the oceanic sciences and engage them in themed arts-and-crafts events. Adult workshops range from drawing and sketching seminars to book readings and discussions. Before leaving, guests can peruse the gift shop, which brims with knickknacks and doodads for all ages, including boatswain's whistles and ships in bottles.:m]]

279 Main St
Cold Spring Harbor,
NY
US

The New York Times reviewed a number of exhibits at the Heckscher Museum of Art.

2 Prime Ave
Huntington,
NY
US

A Smithsonian Affiliate museum, the Long Island Museum showcases traditional art, old-fashioned carriages, and special exhibits. The art collection ranges from the 1800s to the present, with more than 4,000 paintings, sculptures, and prints from Long Island–affiliated artists. A stock of William Sidney Mount paintings from the 1800s, which depict everyday life in the era of smoke-signal text messages, garners jealous art-world whispers along with a carriage collection displaying more than 100 horse-drawn cruisers from a variety of eras at any given time. A rotating number of special exhibits, such as artifacts from the World’s Fair or 8-track tapes from da Vinci’s own stash, also draw crowds.

1200 N Country Rd
Stony Brook,
NY
US