Town Guide #29: Riverhead, NY

Join HUTS as we explore Riverhead, New York! Located on the north shore of Long Island, this town experienced a wave of Polish immigrants in the 1900s, which led to the town’s now heavy Polish culture. Riverhead even hosts their infamous annual Polish Town Fair. While home to more 20,000 acres of farmland, the town also maintains a quaint downtown section, home to numerous shops and restaurants.

Cover Photo from Long Island Canoe & Kayak Rentals

Where to Eat

Located just off Main Street, on McDermott Ave, Turkuaz Grill offers a mix of Mediterranean, Turkish, and Middle Eastern fare. With options for lunch and dinner, Turkuaz Grill specializes in seafood and wraps. They can even help you pair your meal with Turkish wine. The restaurant has both outdoor and indoor seating, weather permitting, so you can soak up a sunset or cozy up inside.

Photo from Turkuaz Grill

What to Do Outside

You’ll find Long Island Canoe & Kayak Rentals conveniently located on Main Street and offering rental options for a few hours or the entire day. Whether you’re searching for a single kayak, canoe, or paddle board, they’ve got it all. Long Island Canoe & Kayak Rentals even offer guided tours for those looking for a more informative experience on the Peconic River.

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What to do Inside

The Long Island Aquarium is just around the corner from Turkuaz Grill, on Main Street. With a collection of shark exhibits like a shark dive and a touch tank where visitors can gently feel underwater life, this aquarium is perfect for deep sea lovers. Open all week, the Long Island Aquarium offers tiered pricing for kids, adults and seniors, and even has a membership option.

Photo from Long Island Aquarium

Where to Stay

Also sitting right on East Main Street is The Preston House & Hotel, a 4.5-star hotel. This boutique hotel offers luxurious suites and rooms, equipped with all the best amenities like espresso machines and lush linens to make your stay comfortable. The Preston even allows guests to bring their furry best friends along!

Photo from The Preston House & Hotel