Welcome to Bay Shore
A lively neighborhood with an active, innovative, and exciting downtown district
Located in the Town of Islip, Bay Shore is a census-designated village along the South Shore of Long Island. With excellent waterfront access in a historic neighborhood, Bay Shore offers a laid-back place to call home. The area features historic, Tudor-style colonials, cozy Capes, contemporary/modern apartments and single-family homes sitting on large properties along tree-lined streets. The downtown area is bustling with activity and exciting dining and shopping opportunities.
Bursting with notable homes and businesses, Bay Shore has quite an interesting history. Originally home to the Secatogue Native Americans, the area was settled with a land patent from Queen Anne of England in 1708. Through the years, Bay Shore became known as a popular destination for shopping, and residents of New York City would take the train to enjoy a reprieve from busy city life along the quaint streets of Bay Shore and Fire Island. Today, the town remains quiet and charming but features a vibrant downtown district with plenty of things to do and community-wide events throughout the year.
What to Love
- Proximity to east-End Long Island and easy access to Fire Island; a barrier island only accessible by boat with pristine beaches
- Unique restaurants and shopping opportunities
- Beautiful parks and green spaces with trails and playgrounds
Residents of Bay Shore enjoy casual, laid-back living. Enjoy the walkable downtown district; indulge in new, creative restaurants, and take the ferry to Fire Island to experience a whole new world of experiences! Living in Bay Shore is the perfect blend of relaxing, charming small-town life with an active commercial district.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
There are dozens of dining and shopping opportunities in the Bay Shore neighborhood. From upscale to casual, Bay Shore has it all. Meet up with friends at the Bay Shore Bean for the best coffee around and stop by the North Fork Doughnut Company for unique and fun handcrafted doughnuts and breakfast options. Each doughnut is made with a “hole lotta love” and made fresh daily.
Visit The LakeHouse for an intimate dining experience and enjoy the cozy elegance of the upscale dining rooms. Indulge in menu items like fresh sea bass filet, fried calamari, and seasonal dishes made from quality ingredients. King’s Chophouse is another excellent place to visit for luxury meals and expertly crafted cocktails in a hip dining space. Salt & Barrel takes fine dining to the next level and features an oyster and craft cocktail bar. The family-owned restaurant has been a Bay Shore favorite and is known for its excellent service and incredibly fresh, high-quality food.
Visit the Willy Nilly Trading Company for an ever-changing inventory of unique goods. From home accessories to personal items, Willy Nilly has eclectic, funky, and fun items for sale in a welcoming and cute environment. You’ll want to browse their shelves for hours!
Things to Do
Shipwreck Cove Spray Park is a huge “sprayground” for families to enjoy on a hot summer day. The park is pirate-themed complete with a crow’s nest and features a wading pool, slides, sprinklers, and huge water buckets that occasionally dump water on unsuspecting children (and parents). Visit Gardiner County Park along Montauk Highway to explore over 230 areas of vast green space, hiking trails, and a dog park for your furry friends!
Southward Ho Country Club is a private club with an 18-hole golf course designed by A.W. Tillinghast. The club features tennis courts, an incredible restaurant, and a swimming pool. The country club hosts the “Havemeyer Invitational” each year in May for amateur golfers to compete over the course of three days.
Fire Island Ferries is a passenger and freight ferry service offering rides to Fire Island and water taxi tours of the harbor. Fire Island features beautiful ecological communities beyond the sand dunes and is an easily-accessible place for Bay Shore residents to visit for even more dining and shopping opportunities.
- Bay Shore School District, serves elementary, middle, and high school students across eight buildings throughout the Bay Shore community.
- St. Patrick School, a private Catholic school, serves children from nursery school to eighth grade.