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In and Around Manhasset Bay

As you tour around Manhasset Bay, you have to look very closely to see the history that resides there. While not obvious to many, Manhasset Bay is steeped in history, having been the home to many wealthy inhabitants of “The Gold Coast”, and directly across from Kings Point, where F. Scott Fitzgerald was known to have written “The Great Gatsby”. All along the Cow Neck Peninsula (encompassing all of Sands Point and much of Port Washington) can been seen buildings that were newly constructed before and during the Gatsby era. Some of the rich history of Port Washington can be seen through the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society at www.cowneck.org.

To the East

Cruise along the scenic shores of Long Island’s “Gold Coast”, including Hempstead Harbor, Oyster Bay, Huntington, Westchester, Greenwich, Stamford and Darien. All along the shores are mansions of the old and new, from early 20th century to modern design, you can see it all as you cruise and see why it truly is “the Gold Coast”.

To the West

Tour the Shores of Kings Point as you leave the Bay only to find yourself in front of City Island, and along side Fort Totten (see history by clicking on link below), Fort Schuyler (now New York Maritime College), the Throgs Neck Bridge, and The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. Right across the Sound from Manhasset Bay is Hart Island, a former prison and still the home of New York City’s Potter’s Field. There as you stare at the New York City skyline, it should not be surprising that much of the sand used for the cement of the buildings in New York City came from the Port Washington “sand pits”.

History of Fort Totten: The History Channel


Great “Gold Coast” Destination Places to Anchor/Swim/Relax

Half Moon Beach, Sands Point – Surrounded by beautiful waterfront real estate mansions with a view of the New York City Skyline, Half Moon Beach is a convenient close-by place to anchor, have lunch, swim and enjoy the day on the boat.

Hempstead Harbor – The next harbor due East from Manhasset Bay, and just past Execution Rocks Lighthouse, you enjoy cruising in the wide open water  and anchor on the East Side of Sands Point in front of the historic Guggenheim Estate buildings from the early 20th Century. These include The Hempstead House, Castle Gould and Falaise, all part of Sands Point Preserve today. On the west side, you can see Webb Institute, known as “The Braes”, the former country estate of Herbert L. Pratt of Standard Oil fame, and the largest of six Pratt family mansions in Glen Cove.

Oyster Bay & West Harbor – approximately a 45 minute boat cruise East can take you to one of the most beautiful harbors on the Sound. Oyster Bay will typically offer boaters a tranquil anchorage and beautiful real estate scenery. Oyster Bay is the home of “Sagamore Hill” , the home and “Summer White House” of Theodore Roosevelt, and is now a National Historic Site. Centre Island, protecting and forming Oyster Bay is home to many Gold Coast mansions, which can be easily seen along the shores in and around the Bay.


Waterfront Restaurants on Manhasset Bay – Dine on the Water

Louie’s Oyster Bar and Grille (next to Inspiration Wharf) – You can walk there!

Riverfish on the Bay
Brewers Capri East Marina

LaMotta’s Restaurant
Manhasset Bay Marina


Rye, New York – On Long Island Sound (approx. 30 min)

Pier Restaurant & Tiki Bar
(914) 967-1020


City Island, New York (approx. 25 min)

Portofino Ristorante – Italian & Seafood

Sea Shore Restaurant
(718) 885-0300

Light House Restaurant


Greenwich, CT (approx. 45 min)

De La Mar Hotel


Huntington, NY (approx. 1 hour)

Prime  – Fine American Cuisine & Bar
(631) 385-8197
VHF Ch. 9


“Lower Main Street” in Port Washington – “A Cool Place to Dine, Shop, Enjoy”

All locations below are easy walking distance from our Inspiration Wharf dock! When you arrange your rental, you can pre-arrange to pick up lunch or have it delivered, and shop, dine and enjoy upon your return to the dock. Make a day of experiencing Lower Main Street waterfront at its finest!

Restaurants within Walking Distance

Dynasty – Chinese Cuisine
405 Main Street, Inspiration Wharf
(516) 883-4100

Louie’s Oyster Bar and Grille – American
395 Main Street – Next to Inspiration Wharf
(516) 883-4242

La Parma on the Bay – Family-style Italian Restaurant & Bar
415 Main Street – Next to Inspiration Wharf
(516) 439-4960

La P’tite Framboise – French Bistro
294 Main Street, Port Washington, NY
(516) 767-7164

Ayhan’s Shish Kebob & Mediterranean Market
283 Main Street, Port Washington, NY

Harbor Delicatessen
306 Main Street, Port Washington, NY
(516) 883-9597

Douglas & James Ice Cream
405 Main Street Port Washington, NY – At Inspiration Wharf


Restaurants within 10 Minute Drive

DiMaggio’s Trattoria

706 Port Washington Boulevard
Port Washington, New York
516 944-6363


Shopping in Lower Main Street

Atlantic Outfitters– Fishing, Bait & Tackle, Kayak & Rod Rentals
403 Main Street, Port Washington, NY

Wit and Whim – One of a kind vintage gifts
Main Street & Carlton Avenue, Port Washington, NY

Dolphin Bookshop and Café– Bookstore and Café
299 Main Street, Port Washington, NY

White Plus (+) One – Linens
309 Main Street, Port Washington, NY

Bubba Brown’s Treasures – Gifts
302 Main Street, Port Washington, NY

Glenn Bradford Fine Jewelry
279 Main Street, Port Washington, NY

Julianne Women’s high end fashion
274 Main Street, Port Washington, NY


General Information – Port Washington, NY

Guide to Port Washington

LIRR Train Schedule

Port Washington, NY – Weather

North Hempstead Town Dock Video Camera

Welcome to Port Washington Brochure

Business Buzz – Waterfront Activities in Port Washington


*Those entities listed in RED will typically offer Long Island Boat Rental Customers a discount on their purchases.