The Best Historical Things to Do in Greenport

Those who have made the trip to our quaint coastal town are likely familiar with local favorite pastimes like boating, relaxing at the beach, and indulging in the local fare. What you might have missed on your tour of the village are the unique and historical Long Island attractions. Read on to learn about the history of Greenport and some can’t-miss historical spots.

A Brief History of Greenport

Greenport was originally founded in the 1600s but didn’t get its name until later in the 1800s. With a convenient location off the coast, Greenport was perfectly positioned to become a booming maritime village. Throughout the years, our town became known for shipbuilding, whaling, fishing, and oystering. Of course, we’re still famous for our fresh seafood today!

Explore the list below and get to know living pieces of history at these top Long Island attractions.

Historical Long Island Attractions

East End Seaport Museum

The East End Seaport Museum gives visitors an inside look at the rich maritime history of Greenport. It also features a 750-gallon saltwater aquarium, dynamic exhibits, and more.

After exploring the museum, enjoy an interactive experience on an East End Seaport lighthouse cruise. The most famous stop on the lighthouse tour is the Long Beach Bar “Bug” Lighthouse. The lighthouse was built in 1870 and stands today as a beacon of this historical region. It is one of only four offshore lighthouses in the United States that receives visitors!

Mitchell Park Carousel

Next up on your historical tour of Greenport is the Mitchell Park Carousel. Perfect for a day of family fun, the antique carousel is 100 years old and is a favorite attraction among tourists and locals alike. Overlooking the harbor, the carousel is a great spot for a Greenport photo op.

Walking Tours

Other significant historical sites dot the landscape throughout our bucolic village. As you stroll the downtown streets, be sure to stop in to the 1840 Schoolhouse Museum, the Greenport Jail and Police Museum, the Long Island Railroad Museum and the Village Blacksmith Shop. You can also take in a movie at the Greenport Theater, a century-old landmark that has been restored to its art deco splendor.

After a full day of exploring the best historical attractions on the North Fork, come home to the charming comfort of the Harborfront Inn. Book your stay and get in touch with our team for recommendations on even more things to do in Greenport.