Greenport Harbor
Cruising and Travel

Greenport Harbor is a popular summer tourist destination for those who love water sports, deep-sea boating, and fine dining. As the hub of the "North Folk Foodie" culture, Greenport Harbor has many award-winning restaurants. It also has the Greenport Farmers' Market, a unique multi-vendor cooperative market. There are more than 40 vineyards on Long Island's East End, and Greenport Harbor has many boutiques, shops, and bed and breakfast accommodations.

Greenport Harbor has a humid continental climate with warm humid summers and cold winters. Temperatures in Greenport Harbor range from an average high of 22°C (72°F) in July and August to an average low of -1°C (30°F) in January and February. The wettest month in Greenport Harbor is January, with up to five inches (almost 13 centimeters) of precipitation, and the driest month is July, with just over three inches (7.6 centimeters). Humidity levels range from a low of about 72% in December and January to a high of 80% in September and October. Snow comes to Greenport Harbor from November through April, with as much as eight inches (20 centimeters) falling in late January and early February.

Visitors to Greenport Harbor will want to check out the East End Seaport Museum located in the original railroad station next door to the Shelter Island Ferry docks. The musem offers exhibits about Greenport Harbor's marine heritage. The collection of Fresnel lenses is one of the most popular exhibits in the museum. Located near the dock is a reconstructed Village Blacksmith shop where visitors can watch a real blacksmith at work. This Greenport Harbor museum is open from June through mid-September on Saturdays from 11am until 5pm.

There are few offshore lighthouses in the world that are open to people. Passengers aboard the Peconic Star will be able to explore Bug Light while taking a tour of the local historical offshore lighthouses. The Offshore Lighthouse Cruises offer longer cruises where passengers may see the gray seals at Little Gull Island. Ted Webb, a local historian, and Bob Allen, grandson of the last light keeper at Bug Light, narrate the trips with stories and local legends that include tales about those lighthouses that are haunted.

In addition to the marina, Mitchell Park contains several popular attractions. The Jess Owen Carousel House has been delighting people for a century. Open every day during the season and on weekends off-season, carousel rides are just $2. Greenport Harbor's Camera Obscura in Mitchell Park is open on sunlit days in July and August and on weekends off-season. The camera obscura was common before lenses were discovered in the 15th Century, and it became a popular in the 18th and 19th Centuries as an amusement and an artists' tool. There are about 50 public camera obscuras in the world, five of them in the United States, making Greenport Harbor's camera obscura a rare treat. Mitchell Park in Greenport Harbor also has an ice skating rink.

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