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The 12 Best Things to do in Montauk NY in the Summer

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For me, Montauk is home. I have grown up here my whole life and continue to work and live in Montauk now! This list is comprised of what I think are the 12 Best Things to do in Montauk in the Summer. There is a variety of things to do in Montauk and I think this is a great list for first timers visiting Montauk or even seasoned vacationers looking for something new and fun to do in Montauk this summer.

For more detailed information check out my Ultimate Montauk Travel Guide! This post includes getting to Montauk and when to visit, where to eat breakfast lunch or dinner, best places to stay, nightlife in the summer and more!

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Best Things to do in Montauk in the Summer

1. Go to the Beach!

This is Montauk’s main attraction! Miles of beautiful coast line of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Long Island Sound. No visit to Montauk is complete without visiting the beach! Below are some of my favorite beaches in Montauk.

  • Ditch Plains
  • Navy Road
  • Umbrella Beach (Kirk Park Beach)

For more info on the beaches of Montauk read my guide to the 8 Best Beaches in Montauk.

2. Visit the Historic Montauk Lighthouse.

If this is your first time visiting Montauk – seeing the Montauk Lighthouse is a must! You can climb the lighthouse and walk around the museum learning about the history of the Montauk Lighthouse. (don’t forget to walk out on the cliffs at Camp Hero State Park for a magnificent view of the Lighthouse!)

3. Walk on top of the Bluffs at Shadmoor State Park.

There are many trails to be hiked in Montauk but Shadmoor is my favorite one! It is easily accessed and not too long but the best part? The views are breathtaking! After a short walk through the woods (past a few WWII bunkers) the narrow trail winds its way along the ocean bluffs and down to famous Ditch Plains Beach.

Want more info on the best Hikes in Montauk? Read my detailed hiking guide here!

woman looking out to the atlantic ocean on the cliffs of Shadmoor State Park in Montauk

4. Go on a 1/2 Day Fishing Charter

This is always a fun way to spend half your day on the water in the middle of the Summer! All you have to to do is show up – the boat provides all fishing gear for you. (bring drinks and snacks though!) There are lots of boats to choose from but some of my favorites are: The Lazy Bones, Viking and Oh Brother.

5. Shop Around Montauk Town

Something I personally don’t do enough of! Take the time and stroll down Main Street and pop into all of the local stores. One of the great things about Montauk is most stores are mom & pop and are not super commercialized. Pick up an iced coffee from Bluestone Lane and start exploring!

Some of my favorite stores in Montauk town include:

6. Taste Beer @ Montauk Brewing Co.

The perfect activity when you are tired of the beach and sun. Come hang out on Montauk Brewing Company’s patio and taste their incredible craft beer! You can even try small batch craft beer here that they don’t distribute anywhere else!

montauk brewing company red barn with american flag on a flag pole

7. Watch the Sunset @ the Montauket

A true Montauk staple and one of my favorite things to do in Montauk. All ages and walks of life welcome to this dive bar on top of the bluffs over looking Montauk’s Fort Pond Bay. The Montauket is arguably the best place to spot the sunset in all of Montauk. (Unless of course you own the house next door)

For more places to watch the sunset in Montauk read my Ultimate Montauk Sunset Guide! COMING SOON!

8. Make a Bon Fire on the Beach

Perhaps overlooked by many, but I think making a bon fire on the beach is a must-do activity and had to be included on my list of best things to do in Montauk. There is just something so special about sitting around a fire with friends and family right on the beach next to the ocean with all the stars above your head! Bring blankets and sweatshirts and set up to watch the sky turn an array of vibrant colors. Pack a cooler or even a grill! (we also like to bring take out sometimes and drive onto the beach)

couple sitting on tailgate of black truck looking out towards the ocean on the beach

Don’t forget to read up on local bon fire rules here.

9. Listen to Live Music @ The Surf Lodge

I promise you will feel on vacation if you’re at The Surf Lodge – even I do and I live here! Situated on Fort Pond, The Surf Lodge has a huge outside area where they host amazing musical talent each summer like Bob Moses, St Lucia, Citizen Cope, Willie Nelson and Lauryn Hill.

It can be quite a process to get in on weekends but there is still live music during the week and local favorite Nancy Atlas plays every Wednesday evening.

10. Go Horseback Riding

Deep Hollow Ranch is the oldest working cattle ranch in the country!! Take a trail ride through the beautiful scenery and coastline of Montauk while you get a taste of history.

11. Get Ice Cream from John’s Drive-In

A favorite since I was a little girl and I’m still a frequent customer :). Who doesn’t love good homemade ice cream? Stop by John’s Drive-In for an afternoon ice cream cone or come for your after dinner sweet tooth!

12. Eat at One of the Many Delicious Restaurants for Dinner

In the summer there are so many restaurants to choose from in Montauk! Too many? It can definitely be overwhelming if you don’t know where to go. Below are my favorite restaurants in Montauk that I would recommend over and over again:

For a bigger list of where to eat in Montauk you can read my Ultimate Guide to Montauk or sign up below for my FREE pocket guide to easily access my list of favorite places to eat, beaches, hikes and things to do right from your phone.
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