Welcome to Cold Spring Harbor
A picturesque Long Island town known for its coastal ambiance.
The coastal community of Cold Spring Harbor is picturesque and dreamy. The resort-like hamlet is located in the Town of Huntington, which is on the North Shore of Long Island. What was once a milling and whaling community has since become a glamorous village. Cold Spring Harbor is a charming town and its neighborhoods are private.
Homes here include luxury farmhouses that sit on vast plots of land. This delightful little village is rich in culture, and there are several educational museums depicting the community’s maritime history. The harbor is peaceful with its awe-inspiring vistas and calm waters. Cold Spring Harbor has stupendous year-round outdoor recreation including everything from cross-country skiing to scuba diving.
What to Love
- Coastal ambiance
- Charming town
- Private neighborhoods
- Laid-back lifestyle
- Quality dining and shopping
Everyday life in Cold Spring Harbor moves at a slow pace. The town has a laid-back lifestyle due to its coastal locale and ambiance. Residents often compare life in Cold Spring Harbor to that of a full-service resort, as the hamlet is extremely picturesque and affluent. The town of Cold Spring Harbor is quaint and its neighborhoods are private. The small but refined Main Street also adds to the village’s enchanting vibe. Although Cold Spring Harbor is home to much fame and fortune, its residents remain humble. Neighbors are friendly and active in the community.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Cold Spring Harbor’s Main Street may be small, but it is full of quality restaurants and shops housed in former ship captains’ homes.
Foodies will fall in love with Cold Spring Harbor’s dining options. Sandbar is a nautical-themed eatery with a coastal ambiance. The elegant restaurant serves up tasteful dishes from both land and sea for a true Cold Spring Harbor experience. Grasso’s cooks up New American cuisine in a hip New York environment. Wagyu burgers, classic cioppino, and juicy duck are all mouthwatering plates. Grasso’s also has a Jazz Club that holds regular concerts. Jazz Brunch is a local favorite in which diners are serenaded on Grasso’s lovely terrace while enjoying their Sunday breakfast. The Gourmet Whaler is an adorable market and cafe open for breakfast and lunch. The bistro is especially known for its fresh-baked bread and pastries.
Main Street also hosts activities and entertainment including horse-drawn carriage rides and free concerts. Holiday celebrations in Cold Spring Harbor are grand as well, such as the town’s Christmas festival which includes chestnuts, cider, and pictures with Santa.
Village stores are quaint and consist of chic boutiques and antique shops. There are specialty stores for items such as candles, furniture, artwork, and apparel.
Things to Do
Due to its vibrant coastal history, Cold Spring Harbor has several maritime museums. The Whaling Museum & Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor brings the era of whaling to life with real-life artifacts and exhibits. The gallery has a fully rigged whaleboat, navigational aids, ship models, and authentic whale bones. The Whaling Museum & Education Center demonstrates the importance whaling had on Cold Spring Harbor and how the town has a strong seafaring heritage.
Cold Spring Harbor has a couple of outstanding green spaces as well. Cold Spring Harbor State Park is a hilly 47-acre state park with phenomenal vistas of the harbor. The park takes hikers through forests and mountains and is great for bird watching. During the winter, citizens go snowshoeing and cross-country skiing through the large state park. Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve contains miles of trails through woods, meadows, coastlines, and salt marshes. Locals often come here to walk, jog, and bike among the gorgeous landscape and gardens. The state park is located on a peninsula that extends into the Long Island Sound, making it ideal for fishing and scuba diving too.