The Stony Brook University main campus is located on the north shore of Long Island approximately 60 miles from New York City. The museums, theaters, concert halls and other cultural treasures of NYC are only an hours' drive (about two hours by train) to the west. The Long Island Sound and its beautiful beaches are within a few minutes drive of the University while renowned south shore beaches and the Atlantic ocean are only a half hour away. Long Island has dozens of parks and nature preserves with diverse habitats including pine barrens forests, wetlands ideal for wildlife viewing, an ancient riverbed formed by receding glaciers, and a tall grass prairie. These preserves are home to untold miles of hiking trails for nature enthusiasts. Long Island is also home to vineyards and wineries, quaint villages and harbors, and many historical sites including Sagamore Hill, the home of President Theodore Roosevelt. The links below will help you explore Long Island and all it has to offer.