Long Island is just 14 miles away by boat – an hour and 15 minute ferry ride, which is a very relaxing way to travel! Being from Long Island, this has been my means of transportation for almost 20 years. We still meet for dinner there for family holidays, or get picked up to go somewhere, but we don’t know if everyone knows what a great day trip this can be for date nights or a family trip!
We that in mind, we have put together some info for you so you can plan your next trip to Port Jeff! Here are a few helpful hints if decided to take the family this weekend – which looks to be beautiful!
The Bridgeport Port Jefferson Ferry is exit 27 on 95. There is a parking lot close to the ferry and a shuttle if you don’t want to walk. You can also park in the garage that is across from the train station. It’s about a half mile walk to the docks from the parking lot (10 minute walk). If you missed the shuttle and start to walk the shuttle will pick you up on the way! You can also take the train to Bridgeport and come down the stairs and the ferry is right there. Purchase your tickets inside the little house or online prior to your trip. If you are “driving on”, there is an additional cost and you should make a reservation online ahead of time. They tend to fill up in the summer. There are 3 boats in the summer, 2 every other season (except holidays, then there will be three again). Kids under 12 are free so enjoy that while you can! There is also an elevator if you have a stroller. The top deck, 3, is beautiful if it is nice out – a great place to get some sun and the kids can run around. The middle deck has food, a cocktail lounge and seating with tables, and the bottom deck is for the cars. Very similar to the ferries to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. There is a ton to do over there by the docks, but is also nice to have your car for a ride to the vineyards, shopping, and a quicker way to get out East. However, you don’t need your car if you’re just going over to Port Jeff for the day!
The Steamroom – Great for fried fish and sitting outside
The Fifth Season – Seasonal, local and organic food all year round
Nantuckets – We do a lot of holidays here, great food, good for brunch too. Also have gluten-free options!
Tommy’s Place – Fresh seafood, burgers, steaks & an easy place to take the kids
The Wave at Danford’s – Very pretty setting on the water. Good for brunch, live music and they also have a hotel if you wanted to stay overnight
Pinyard Vineyards – Great for wine tastings
Pasta Pasta – More than just pasta!
The Pie – Authentic coal-fire thin crust pizzas
Port Jeff Brewing Company – Great tasting beer!
Coffee & On the Go
East Main & Main – Donut shop with lots of options, plus cold brew coffee
Locals – Coffee shop as well as a delicious menu
La Bonne Boulangerie – Sandwiches, salads & iced coffee
Toast Coffeehouse – Breakfast & lunch cafe
For the Kids
Kilwins – Great Ice Cream
Ralph’s – A LI staple for Italian Ices – my favorite
Port Jefferson Frigate – LI’s largest ice cream and confectionery shop
Port Jefferson Ice Cream Cafe
There is a quick walk to Rocketship Park Playground at the corner of Rossner and Mill Creek Road. Great for all ages with very good equipment that opened just two years ago! Or check out the Long Island Explorium for fun and interactive hands-on exhibits!