Amityville locals enjoy the city's many parks, each offering a green respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life. The city's parks service keeps each park in great, clean shape, and with each satisfying a different desire. If you want to waterside fun and activities then James Caples Memorial Park is the place for you, with two baseball diamonds, a playground for the kids, and basketball courts. The park also has an adjoining beach that sees lots of activity during the summer. Other parks such as the Ruth T. Stern Memorial Park provide a shaded rest spot with benches and trees to provide shelter.
There is one story that always comes to mind when people hear the name "Amityville": The story of “The Amityville Horror,” a purportedly true story of how a man was possessed by demons and driven to murder his family. As terrifying as the story is there are enough holes in the "real-life" account that it cannot said to be true. That has not stopped people from believing, however. For decades, the town has played host to people curious about the story. It has also made the original “Amityville Horror” property, a beautiful Dutch Colonial-style home, almost impossible to sell.
South Oaks Hospital
The mental health of Amityville folks is well in hand thanks to South Oaks Hospital, a mental health facility that has provided exceptional care on many fronts for more than 100 years. The hospital provides many types of psychiatric care, specifically focusing on addiction recovery and acute psychiatric problems. The hospital offers in-patient hospitalization, if necessary, but also works through a variety of clinics so that people can get help with their problems while still going about their lives. The hospital is home to the C.A.R.E. program, an experiential and very successful approach to building self-esteem and confidence in troubled adolescents.