One of the oldest and most well-known pieces of historic architecture lies at the heart of the town in the form of Sagtikos Manor. Built in 1697 for its original purpose as headquarters of the British army during the Revolutionary War, it has since been converted into a living museum with costumed tour guides and period correct furnishings on the inside. It’s a great way to get a little piece of history and see what life in colonial America was like. Even George Washington himself was a resident for a bit during his tour of Long Island in 1790. If it’s good enough for the first president, it’s worth a look for you.
Bay Shore YMCA
When you think of fitness and access to quality facilities, the YMCA is a good place to start. A former local theatre and opera house in Bay Shore has been renovated and expanded into a massive complex that houses a gym, pool, track, and weight room. They even have after-school programs for kids, where they can work on school assignments and mingle with other children while mom and dad are still at the office. The Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, also part of the YMCA, offers a number of concerts, dance classes, film showings, poetry, and play readings.