Located at the southern end of Long Island in the state of New York is the town of Southampton. A Southampton holiday rental house will offer spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean as well as the opportunity to indulge in a range of activities. This charming town is unaffected by mass tourism and is the perfect spot for some relaxation and a taste of historic American culture.
There are a range of outdoor activities to be enjoyed in the town, including a visit to Cooper’s Beach, which has been voted one of the best beaches in the area in previous years. Visitors can indulge in a spot of sunbathing or take to the sea for sailing, windsurfing, jet skiing, fishing or paragliding. Other outdoor activities available in the town include horse riding, tennis, golf, cycling, walking and roller blading.
There are many historical things to see and do in the town and a visit to the Southampton Historical Museum is a must. This museum is housed in an old mansion that belonged to a whaling captain. Visitors can see exhibits detailing the town’s history as well as a collection of replica blacksmiths, shops and school rooms. Also worth a visit is the Olde Halsey House, the oldest known frame house in the whole of New York. It was built in the 1660s and has been restored, complete with antique decoration and furniture.
If you can tear yourself away from your comfortable Southampton holiday rental house, then a journey to the adjacent Shinnecock Indian Reservation is recommended. This tribe have been in the area of Long Island for centuries and have managed to build up their own community on only 1,200 remaining acres of their land. Visitors will find that there is an interesting museum and Indian Education Centre on the reservation, giving an insight into the history and struggles of the tribe.
Also worth a visit is the Hicksville Gregory Museum in the hamlet of Hicksville, approximately an hour’s journey to the west of Southampton. The museum has a vast collection of minerals, moths and butterflies, with several species that are native to Long Island. Also on display is the unique pair of dinosaur eggs from the Cretaceous Period, complete with intact skeletons of baby dinosaurs.
Travellers on a Southampton holiday will be privy to a humid Continental climate, which means that there are warm, humid summers and cold winters. The average daytime temperature during the summer months is 26°C, although it can climb to as much as 30°C. The warmest months to visit are June, July and August. The winter months, particularly December and January, can see average daytime temperatures of 3°C, with temperatures dropping as low as -3°C.
Visitors on a Southampton holiday will arrive at Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP) whish is about 49 kilometres away from the town. There are several airlines that offer cheap flights to the area including US Airways, Continental Airlines, British Airways, BMI and United Airlines. Passengers can leave from a variety of UK airports including Manchester (MAN), Aberdeen (ABZ), Gatwick (LGW), London Heathrow (LHR) and Birmingham (BHX).