Meet the Long Island town responsible for ‘The Great Gatsby’

Sands Point is a village on the tip of the Port Washington Peninsula in Nassau County in New York. It covers about 3000 hectares and is home to about 2675 residents who want to live a quiet and rural life on the shores of the blue sky and the great waters of the North Atlantic Ocean. Sands Point is located about 29.4 miles from Manhattan. Although a large residential village, there are schools, golf courses and village clubs, as well as a nature preserve maintained by Nassau County. In popular tradition, Sands Point is believed to have inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald’s epic novel “The Great Gatsby.” In the novel, the author referred to Sands Point Village as the East Egg settlement where the “rich” and “materialistic” people lived.


What can you do at Sands Point Village?

In and around Sands Point Village, there are many places to explore with fun experiences suitable for everyone, adults and children alike.

Sands Point Village Club

This unique family-friendly club is located on 210 acres of lush grounds with beautiful lawns and gardens and is open to Sands Point residents and non-residents. However, you must register online to be placed on the waiting list for an opening. The club has 18 holes of golf, swimming pools, tennis and pickleball courts, deluxe guest rooms, and restaurants and barbeques. The Grille is a restaurant in the club that serves delicious food and signature drinks every week.

Sands Point Preserve Conservancy

The Guggenheim Estate is the Sands Point Preserve Conservancy managed by Nassau County located on 216 acres of lush and beautiful land. The conservancy consists of large buildings built in the early 20th century by wealthy American families during the opulent Gold Coast era. The Hempstead House, Castle Gould, and Falaise House are historic buildings in this conservancy. There is also the Phil Dejana Learning Center where children and students can visit to learn about nature by exploring the lakes, trails, gardens, and habitats there. There is a safe place for children to run, jump, climb and play. Private and group events are welcomed at the Sands Point Preserve Conservancy. Other things to do and places to visit there:

  • Picnic at 6 sites
  • Run, run or walk the 6 routes there
  • Learn how to manage bees in a firehouse there
  • Visit the Goddard Connection Exhibition and learn about Robert H Goddard the inventor of the liquid fuel rocket
  • playground for small children
  • Tour the historic buildings
  • Dog run

Walk-ins to the conservancy are charged $4 and those with cars $15 but it’s free for members. Visiting hours from Wednesday to Saturday are 11 AM and on Sunday 9 AM for the public.

Manorhaven Beach Park

This beach park overlooks the beautiful Manhasset Bay and is 1.3 miles from Sands Point Village. Manorhaven Beach Park is a great fun beach for everyone and families with small children. The park is 25,000 square feet with shallow sections where children and beginners can swim. There are also two giant water slides and a beachside children’s playground. Guests can go kayaking, sailing, and fishing. Other recreational activities there include basketball, tennis, volleyball, handball, racquetball, and bocce ball courts as well as a roller and skating rink. There are different fees for different fun activities at Manorhaven Beach Park. The park opens at 7:30 AM and closes at 9:45 PM.

Port Salt Measure

Port Salt Cave is a relaxing and beautiful place that offers salt therapy (halotherapy) with salt imported from Poland. The benefits of halotherapy to the body include weight loss, detoxification, increased energy, improved breathing, and better sleep. Halotherapy boosts the immune, lymphatic and nervous systems and treats allergies, asthma, and arthritis. Soaking in the salt in the Port Salt Cave helps treat skin conditions such as dermatitis and psoriasis. The various salt treatments at Port Salt Cave take 45 minutes. Appointments for prescription drugs are booked online and range from as little as $20 for students to as much as $260 for up to six adults. Port Salt Cave is open to adults and children and weddings can be held there.

Sign on Main Street

Built in 1908, The Landmark on Main Street is a center in Port Washington that hosts arts and cultural events for people of all ages and economic backgrounds. It supports its community by managing the Parent Resource Center, Port Washington Children’s Center, and Port Washington Children’s Center. It houses the Doctor’s Museum and the famous cinema Jeanne Rimsky 425 which hosts 40 art events every year. Music, cabaret, roots rock, stand-up comedy, spoken word, and drama are some of the shows of the theater for those who are involved with children. Tickets for various shows at the Jeanne Rimsky Theater can be purchased online or at the door.


Museums near Sands Point Village

There are museums in Sands Point Village that are worth visiting to explore the rich history behind them from the context of Port Washington. These include:

  • Nassau County Museum of Arts
  • Long Island Museum of Science
  • Cedarmere Preserve
  • Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
  • Raynham Hall Museum
  • Sands Willet House
  • Sea Cliff Village Museum
  • Cowneck Peninsula Historical Society
  • The Bayside Historical Society
  • Polish American Museum
  • Maritime Museum
  • Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center
  • City Island Historical Museum
  • First City Project
  • Tee Ridder Miniatures Museum
  • Long Island Children’s Museum

Running away

Sands Point Village has boat companies that offer cruises around the bays and peninsulas of the North Atlantic Ocean.

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