Long Islanders are not strangers to the many shopping malls that stand across the 118 mile stretch of land we call home. Shopping, just like bragging about how our bagels are better than anywhere else’s, is a hobby much enjoyed, especially in the summer. While Roosevelt Field, the 10th largest mall in America, by the way, may be Nassau County’s shopping mecca, it is entirely enclosed.
With warm weather already upon us, treat yourself to a day of shopping, but enjoy it somewhere where you can enjoy the fresh air and the pleasure of feeling the sun’s heat on your skin.
2060 Northern Blvd., Manhasset
An icon of luxury shopping, the Americana may not be an everyday shopping destination, but its pristine sidewalks and high-end retailers make for a fun day of window shopping and aesthetically-pleasing Instagram photos. Located on the Miracle Mile, check out other shops along this road.
Woodbury Rd. and Jericho Tpke., Woodbury
This underrated shopping center on Jericho Turnpike houses more than just clothing stores like Athleta and Chico’s. You can enjoy a salad at Chopt and then sweat it out at SoulCycle or ROCK Pilates. Not to be confused with Woodbury Common Premium Outlets in Central Valley, NY, which is a longer drive away and has a bigger selection of stores.
The Nautical Mile
A staple of a Long Island summer, walking the Nautical Mile in Freeport needs no
explanation, it’s just something you have to do. Cute shops, plenty of eateries and scenic views make for a perfect summer evening.
The Gallery at Westbury Plaza
900 Old Country Rd., Garden City
Just down the road from Roosevelt Field, this open-air shopping center has everything you could need during a day of shopping. Pick up something new for the house at HomeGoods, enjoy a meal at Noodles & Company, try on the perfect dress at Nordstrom Rack, complete the look with a makeover at Ulta, end the day with a sweet treat at Chocolate Works and stop in at Trader Joe’s to bring something home for dinner.
Wheatley Plaza, Greenvale
Sitting in Greenvale along Northern Boulevard, Wheatley Plaza has a charming toy store, an assortment of delicious eateries and enough clothing stores to refresh the wardrobe of your entire family.
Tanger Outlets at Deer Park
152 The Arches Circle, Deer Park
No longer must you travel all the way out to Riverhead for good deal, Tanger Outlets has a second location conveniently located in central Long Island. The Deer Park Tanger Outlets is a large shopping complex with dozens of stores that sell your favorite brands at a discount. There are also several eateries, a movie theater and ice skating in the winter, so the whole family will enjoy spending the day there.
If you’re in the mood for a drive, find the original Long Island Tanger Outlets at 200 Tanger Mall Dr., Riverhead.
The Shoppes at East Wind
5768 Route 25A, Wading River
Visit specialty stores, local artisan boutiques, wine shops and more at The Shoppes at East Wind. Creative studios at the cute brick-paved center offer yoga, sewing, dance and paint classes. There is also a salon and spa and fine dining options. Don’t miss a ride on the carousel!
—Additional information by Kimberly Dijkstra