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Live Like Teddy (Roosevelt) in Nassau County

For a summer to remember in Nassau County, there’s no better way to live than following Teddy Roosevelt’s legendary example. Known for his adventurous spirit and love of nature, Roosevelt was a true outdoorsman who embraced all that life had to offer.

Nassau has become a popular destination for those looking to embrace the Roosevelt lifestyle, and we are so excited to have you visit this summer to enjoy the abundance of outdoor activities, Long Island brunches, and historical sites. From hiking trails to museums, there’s plenty to do and see in this charming county on Long Island.

Whether you’re headed to Nassau County for a quick day trip or planning a more extended stay, here are some ways to live like Teddy Roosevelt this summer and fully immerse yourself in the history, nature, and adventure that Nassau County offers.

A Guide to Nassau County

Nassau County has long been a popular destination for families and nature enthusiasts thanks to its beautiful parks and beaches. With over 70 parks and preserves, there are plenty of outdoor activities. Take a hike through the Massapequa Preserve or relax on the sandy shores of Jones Beach State Park.

But nature is not the only attraction in Nassau—we also have a rich history and vibrant local culture to explore. Visit the Cradle of Aviation Museum to learn about Long Island’s contributions to aviation history, or stroll through Old Westbury Gardens, a stunning estate with over 200 acres of gardens and architecture.

But if you’re going to experience Nassau County, you must experience a summer day like a local, not just any local, but THE local—Theodore Roosevelt.

The Life of Teddy Roosevelt in Nassau County

You can only talk about Nassau County if you mention our 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt. He had a special connection to the area and spent many summers in Oyster Bay. His former home, Sagamore Hill, is now a National Historic Site and open to the public for tours. (It’s an absolute must-do in Nassau County.)

Roosevelt’s love of nature was evident during his time in Nassau County. He spent countless hours exploring the nearby woods and waters, creating a bird sanctuary on his property. It’s no wonder that he was known as the “Conservationist President” for preserving natural resources.

You’ll love spending a day at Sagamore Hill, enjoying the estate’s beauty and learning about Roosevelt’s life and legacy.

How to Spend a Summer Day in Nassau County like Teddy

Spending a summer’s day in Nassau County is a dreamy escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The air is crisp, the trees are green, and there are plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy.

Whether you’re heading to Nassau County for a day trip from N.Y.C. or you’re a Long Island local looking for a fun day out, here’s a perfect itinerary to experience Nassau County like Teddy Roosevelt:

Begin your day in Oyster Bay with brunch at Wild Honey. This charming local restaurant housed in the Moore’s Building once served as the offices of Teddy Roosevelt during his stays at the “Summer White House.” Now, you can enjoy small plates of American cuisine and imagine yourself in the shoes of the 26th President. Picture yourself savoring a cup of coffee or mimosa on the outdoor patio, basking in the summer sun like you are the president of the USA.

Once you’ve filled up on the best brunch on Long Island, head over to Sagamore Hill. Explore this National Historic Site, which Teddy Roosevelt called home for over 30 years. History buffs will enjoy discovering the “Summer White House” and delving into the life of our former president. Take a guided tour of the house or simply stroll the grounds. Either way, you’ll get a good glimpse of what life was like for the “Rough Rider” in the early 1900s.

After visiting the historic home, head to Theodore Roosevelt’s Sanctuary and Audubon Center. You can visit Teddy’s grave, hike over five miles of trails, and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Bring the kids in the summer and enjoy one of their educational family programs, like birdwatching or nature walks. Visiting the sanctuary is one of the best ways to spend a day immersed in Nassau County.

Last on your list is dinner. While Teddy loved his nature, he also enjoyed a delicious meal, and you can’t come to Nassau County without stopping at Rothmann’s Steakhouse. This local gem has been serving up some of the best steaks and seafood on Long Island since 1907. The steakhouse would host the likes of Teddy Roosevelt and other influential figures in history, so you know the food is top-notch, and it’s exactly what Teddy would do on a warm summer night.

Fun Fact (or Tall Tale?): Reportedly, Teddy used to ride to Rothmann’s on horseback and eventually gifted the restaurant owner a moose head to hang in the establishment. The moose head was displayed for years but has recently been removed. A petition is going around to restore the moose head to its former glory, so when you stop by for dinner, you may see it back up on the wall.

Living like Teddy for a day means enjoying nature, history, and good food—what more could you ask for? If you happen to have extra time, be sure to check out some of the other hidden gems in Nassau County.

You can visit the Nassau County Museum of Art, which features over 5,000 works of art from the 19th and 20th centuries. Or explore Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, where you can wander through beautiful gardens and learn about the history of this former Gold Coast estate.

And for all the beach lovers out there, Nassau County also has plenty to offer. Some popular options include Jones Beach State Park, known for its beautiful sandy beaches and lively boardwalk, and Long Beach, which offers a more relaxed atmosphere.

Remember to book your stay at Garden City Hotel, a historic luxury hotel that Teddy himself frequented for meetings and stays with his political friends. With its elegant rooms and top-notch amenities, you’ll feel like royalty during your stay.

So why not take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life and experience the charm of Nassau County, just like Teddy Roosevelt did? Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, history buff, or foodie, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this beautiful and historic destination.


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