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The Perfect Summer Staycation in Nassau County

With summer just around the corner, many families are already planning their big adventures, but you don’t need to travel far to make the most of the season. Instead of packing up the car and kids for a tedious road trip or braving the chaotic airports buzzing with tourists, consider staying closer to home for a stress-free experience that allows you to truly unwind. If you’re looking for ways to spend sun-soaked days connecting with your loved ones, it’s time to plan the ultimate Long Island staycation in Nassau County

Located just minutes from New York City, Nassau County is home to the picturesque beaches of Long Beach, NY, which attracts millions of tourists from around the world each year. Stroll along the boardwalk, visit historical sites, and tour thriving neighborhoods, each with its own unique flare. Whether you’re a New York City resident looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city or a Long Islander looking for summer activities, Nassau County has you covered. Even if you’re a long-time Nassau County resident, we guarantee there are some hidden gems to surprise and delight you this year.

The beauty of a summer staycation

Traveling to far-off lands certainly sounds romantic, but the reality is often less than picture-perfect. Staycations offer an excellent opportunity to rediscover your community and experience all the charm of Nassau County. You don’t have to travel out of state or across county lines to change your routine and enjoy the summer vacation vibes. Plus, staying close to home will save you money and time. It’s a budget-friendly alternative to an extended vacation, especially if you’re traveling with kids. 

Adventure awaits just outside your front door! Nassau County is full of hidden gems, delicious local eateries, and plenty of exciting attractions for the whole family. Give yourself permission to unplug, get outside, and enjoy all of our community’s activities that you may be overlooking.

The perfect Nassau County staycation itinerary

The best thing about planning a relaxing long weekend right here in Nassau County is that you’ll never run out of things to do. History buffs, nature lovers, and foodies can all find plenty to keep them busy this summer.

Where to stay

For Long Island staycationers looking for the ultimate luxury experience, you can’t beat a stay at Allegria Hotel. The gorgeous hotel offers 4-star accommodations right on the water. The property features an onsite restaurant, bar, lounge, and rooftop pool. Guests can enjoy a fitness center and complimentary yoga classes. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer incredible views of the Long Beach Boardwalk, and you’ll be within walking distance of Long Beach Coffee and Tee. It’s the perfect spot for a romantic weekend with your significant other or the ultimate family beach trip.

Day One: Sun, Sand, and Surf

Nothing says summer like a beautiful day soaking up the sunshine on the world-famous Long Island beaches. Spend hours enjoying the stunning views and the soft, powdery white sand, where there is plenty of space to carve out a little slice of coastal paradise. Nassau County is a prime destination for travelers worldwide due to its gorgeous coastline with hundreds of miles of beaches to explore. Jones Beach State Park, Long Beach, and Nickerson Beach are excellent spots for a relaxing beach day. 

Families with small kids will love the epic playgrounds, splash pads, and sprinkler parks around Nassau County. The Georgia Avenue Park, located on the west end of West Beech Street is one of our all-time favorites. In addition to fun playgrounds, Long Beach parks include attractions like roller rinks, basketball courts, dog parks, and a skate park.  

Morning: Before you hit the beach, head to one of Nassau County’s exceptional brunch spots. Start at The Bungalow in Long Beach for a budget-friendly breakfast burrito. After brunch, hit  the beach to set up your spot. Book your beach rentals ahead of time with Beach Comfort for optimum comfort and convenience. For $45, you’ll have all-day access to two beach chairs and an umbrella for shade. Small groups will love the Family Package, which includes four chairs and two umbrellas for $90 per day. 

Afternoon: After you’ve relaxed in the sun for a few hours, it’s time to get adventurous. Consider taking a surf lesson on Long Beach with Skudin Surf. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Private 75-minute lessons cost $110 per person, and semi-private lessons cost $75 per person. Nothing beats the feeling of the salty sea breeze in your hair and the adrenaline pumping through your veins as you catch your first wave! Consider taking to the friendly seas on a stand-up paddle board or kayak rental from Empire Kayaks for even more fun during your Long Island staycation.

Evening: Once you’ve had your fill of sand and saltwater, spend some time exploring the iconic Long Beach Boardwalk. Wind down with a delicious dinner at  Five Ocean Restaurant, which serves American-style classics and fresh seafood. Head to Bright Eye Beer Co. for some amazing local beers, and stop by Marvel Frozen Dairy Inc. for a sweet and refreshing frozen treat after a long day in the sun.

Day Two: Shop until you drop

Morning: Enjoy another scrumptious Long Beach brunch at Toast Coffeehouse. The hip cafe has a brunch menu that features mouthwatering selections like Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes. Steak and Eggs,  and Street Corn Avocado Toast. 

Afternoon:  Explore the charming neighborhoods of Nassau County, checking out local shops and boutiques. Treat yourself to a little retail therapy. You’ll find tons of adorable shops where you can pick up a staycation souvenir. 

The Codfish Cowboy has an excellent selection of men’s and women’s fashion and home decor with a vintage-inspired flare. Rose & Eye is a wonderful spot for beautiful bohemian clothing. Frippery Ltd. has cute and affordable accessories and clothing.  Check out the unique boutiques with artisan-made goods and cool surf shops along the way. You’re sure to find something you’ll treasure long after your staycation comes to an end.`


There’s something to suit every palate in Nassau County, but after a long day of shopping, nothing tastes better than a warm, gooey slice of New York Style Pizza. You can’t go wrong with a pizza dinner in Long Beach and there are plenty of mouthwatering restaurants to choose from. After dinner, head back to the Allegria Hotel, where you can unwind and relax in luxury as you take in the views from the rooftop pool while sipping on a cocktail from L’onda Lounge.

Day 3: Arts and Culture

Morning: You won’t even need to leave your hotel to enjoy one of the best waterfront dining experiences in Long Beach. Enjoy the final morning of your staycation with a leisurely breakfast at the Atlantica Restaurant. Take your time savoring the tasty food and the beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean. 

Afternoon: After breakfast, check out The Long Beach Historical & Preservation Society Museum, which is located in a historic Craftsman-style house that was constructed in 1909. The museum features interesting exhibits and is open from 1-4pm on Sundays. Afterwards you can continue to browse art galleries around Long Beach, or get creative at Earth Arts of Long Beach which offers art classes for adults and kids. When you start to get hungry for lunch, visit Lido Kosher Deli which has the best pastrami sandwiches in town. 

Evening: There’s no better way to wrap up a relaxing staycation in Nassau County than by chartering a luxurious private boat for a sunset tour along the coastline. It’s the perfect way to immerse yourself in natural beauty. Long Beach Charter Cruises offers two-, three-, and four-hour charters that can accommodate up to six guests. Enjoy a late dinner at Speakeasy, which serves homestyle American cuisine in a vintage-inspired space, as you savor the final moments of your epic staycation in Nassau County.

Get ready to make memories that will last a lifetime

With so many wonderful things to do right here in Nassau County, it’s easy to see why planning a staycation is the perfect way to soak up the sweetness of summer. Whether you’re a Nassau County local or New Yorker looking for a fun and unforgettable getaway, it’s time to pack your beach bag for the perfect staycation. 


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