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A summer day on the North Fork is best spent out on the water. Taking a cruise around the picturesque bays with family is a highlight for East End living. Miles of beaches, restaurants boasting local seafood and produce, and an easy, breezy vibe are just some of the reasons people love to vacation — or even staycation — on the North Fork.

When it comes to boating safety, East End Insurance Agency has you covered. The Southold company knows of some great spots and tips for boating family fun. Here are just a few places to try:

Greenport Village

Mitchell Park

This seaside village offers a number of restaurants, shops and parks with special events all summer long. Dock in Mitchell Park Marina for easy access to all of these family-friendly activities. Enjoy a casual seafood lunch at Claudio’s Clam Bar before cooling off with an ice cream cone from Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices on Front Street. Riding the antique carousel is a must, especially when visiting Greenport with children. Plan to spend some time in the park itself — soaking up some sun or playing in the lush grass bordering the marina.

Shelter Island

Sunset Beach

Drop anchor and spend some time off Sunset Beach on Shelter Island. A short swim takes you to the sandy shores where you can relax in the sun or play volleyball with the children. For non-picky eaters, Sunset Beach Restaurant offers an eclectic lunch menu with local seafood to complement an afternoon of sunbathing. For a more casual evening, take your boat to The Pridwin’s Wednesday Night Cookouts, starting in July for all-you-can-eat barbecue favorites, and, of course, local seafood. End a relaxing night with live music and watching the sunset with family.

New Suffolk


The calm waters in the Peconic Bay make for great boating. It’s the perfect spot for tubing, waterskiing, fishing and beaching. When you’re hungry, there are two restaurants in New Suffolk you can take your boat to for afternoon or early evening dining. Legends Restaurant has been around for more than 20 years and has an extensive menu everyone can enjoy. While the sports bar is equipped with several televisions, the dining side of the restaurant offers a quieter environment to enjoy your meal. Case’s Place, a newcomer just across the way, boasts waterfront views from every seat. New Suffolk Beach is also nearby if you want to spend more time with your toes in the sand.

These are just a few North Fork places to enjoy by boat.

Set your mind at ease while sailing around by knowing your boat is safe on and off the water with a comprehensive boat insurance policy. East End Insurance Agency works to customize each plan to meet your needs, so you and your family can spend more time enjoying the waves.

Now that you know where to go, get out there and enjoy summer the North Fork way!