The Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center throws its visitors into the shark tank. And the tropical lagoon. And the salt marsh. As executive director Bryan DeLuca noted in the New York Times, the center (formerly Atlantis Marine World) is one of the most interactive aquariums in the area, which snagged it a place on Parents magazine's list of the 10 Best Aquariums for Kids. The Atlantis-themed aquarium’s educational exhibits combine myth with science as they bring guests face to gills with creatures such as eels, jellyfish, seals, and clownfish. In addition to its indoor and outdoor exhibits right on the banks of the Peconic River, the aquarium delights guests with aquatic adventures such as snorkeling or receiving a photo op and kiss from loveable sea lion Java, who still dreams of one day being turned into a beautiful princess.
New York native Eric Haft, the hilarious mastermind behind Haft2Laugh Comedy Productions, beckons tri-state-area comedians and surprise guests to join him on Hotel Indigo East End’s stage to erupt audiences in thunderous guffaws. Haft steers nights into funny-bone-tickling territory with his distinctive blend of comedy and theater, cracking up audiences with standup bits that have included impersonations of Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro taking on Shakespearean roles. In addition to Haft, the show also includes comedians Mitchell Walters, Steve Lazarus, and Maria Walsh. Between chuckle fits and slapping strangers’ knees, audience members sip from glasses of wine to help loosen their diaphragms for even more contagious laughter.
Just outside of Naples, Italy in a town called Dugenta, Salvatore Diliberto's family crafts its own wine each year and stores it in the cellar of the castle next door. Though miles away from the vineyard and the old stone building, Diliberto carries on the Old World techniques at his Jamesport winery, where he tends to several acres of vines including franc and chardonnay. He presses the grapes, barrel ages the wine, and bottles it with Diliberto labels—some of which bear an artistic rendering of the castle in Dugenta.
In his tasting room, Diliberto presents his specialty wines to guests during a tasting experience designed to transport them to his ancestral home. He forgoes the bar experience in favor of the small table settings that one finds staggered outside an Italian café. A mural on one end of the room further heightens the sense of travel, trading the North Fork for the bustling streets and sentient traffic lights of a Tuscan mountain town.
A proponent of animal welfare since 1903, the community of animal-care professionals at Bideawee support veterinary care and pet-adoption services and offer photography, veterinary services, and dog-park access in appreciation for your donation. With the $60 purchase (of which $42 will benefit Bideawee’s charity) your pooch will receive professional veterinary services, including a comprehensive wellness check and minimally invasive microchipping with one year’s registration to help locate AWOL canines.
The Fitness Studio of Eastport burns away body fat with effective exercise classes in a setting emphasizing personalized results. Inspired by the svelte silhouettes of dashboard hula dancers, Zumba is a party-like fitness method with more than 12 million followers around the world. Extra pounds start shimmying out the door during each 60-minute class, featuring high-energy dance routines set to Latin-inspired rhythms. The Fitness Studio's schedule offers heart-pumping and ear-treating sessions four times a week at a variety of morning and evening times.
The close-knit crew at DoLittle’s Restaurant slings out a diverse menu of continental cuisine that runs the gamut from basic burgers and pastas to lobster tails and steak. Patrons seeking homespun fare can dive into Cajun-chicken-club wraps ($14) and baskets of crispy fish 'n' chips ($15) and upscale appetites chow down on 16-ounce New York–sirloin steak ($22) or seafood pasta teeming with mussels, clams, and shrimp ($22). As the fight about the herb-stuffed brie ($12) and its toasted french bread and green-apple slices rages at tables around the room, DoLittle’s Restaurant’s master mixologists are busy behind the bar pouring drams of ale and whipping up cocktails.
Passengers lounge on the wooden benches inside the vintage red and green trolley, gazing through arched windows to watch the scenery pass. Though old-fashioned, this trolley isn't limited by rails; North Fork Trolley Company's drivers freely navigate the rolling country roads of Twin Forks and North Fork. On guided tours, they usher groups to the countryside's private wineries and vineyards, where they may stop for tastings, lunches, and in-depth tours that demystify the fermentation process and reveal which wines can give you the courage to ask if you can try a barrel on for size. Tours also roll into the scenic, historic villages of Greenport, Southampton, and Sag Harbor for sightseeing and walking tours. Upon request, the company can design personalized trolley charters for events such as weddings, birthdays, and family reunions.