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Islip (pronounced "ICE-lip") is a town on Long Island in the state of New York. It includes the villages of Brightwaters, Islandia, Ocean Beach and Saltaire. It also includes numerous hamlets including Bay Shore and Sayville which are ferry terminals for Fire Island. Other prominent communities are Bayport, Brentwood, Central Islip, Hauppauge, Islip village, and Ronkonkoma.


Islip is a suburb of New York City on Long Island. While not as spectacular as Montauk or Jones Beach, it doesn't lack for things to do.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • 1 Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP IATA formerly known as Islip Airport), 100 Arrivals Avenue, Ronkonkoma (Islip), +1 631 467-3210. It is served by American Airlines (Philadelphia) and Southwest Airlines (Baltimore/Washington, Chicago-Midway, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, Orlando, Tampa, West Palm Beach). Long Island MacArthur Airport (Q937590) on Wikidata Long Island MacArthur Airport on Wikipedia

By train[edit]

Islip has two main LIRR stations (Islip and Central Islip) that take visitors from New York City. However, there are other stations you can get off at depending on where you want to go.

The five stations on the Montauk Branch (in order), which usually only goes to Jamaica, in Queens, are:

  • 2 Bay Shore LIRR station, Railroad Plaza (Bay Shore). First one after Babylon
  • 3 Islip LIRR station, Islip Ave, Islip (South of Moffat Ave). Closer downtown
  • 4 Great River LIRR station, Hawthorne Ave and Connetquot Ave (East Islip). Closer to the Great River neighborhood (hence the name), and East Islip
  • 5 Oakdale LIRR station, Montauk Blvd (Oakdale). Closer to the arbouretum.
  • 6 Sayville LIRR station, Depot St (Sayville). In Sayville

The three on the Ronkonkoma Branch (in order), which is more convenient for traveling from Penn Station, in Manhattan, are:

  • 7 Brentwood LIRR station, Suffolk Ave (Brentwood). In Brentwood
  • 8 Central Islip LIRR station, E. Suffolk Ave, Central Islip (Near the intersection of E. Suffolk Ave and Lowell Ave). Further away from downtown, but it's easy to get to.
  • 9 Ronkonkoma LIRR station, Railroad Ave (near the intersection of Railroad Ave and Hawkins Ave, Ronkonkoma). The final stop on the electrified portion into Penn Station, but also where you can catch a "scoot" to Greenport. It's also close to the airport.

Yeah, that's a lot of stations, but with the exception of traveling somewhere specific, it's best to get off at Islip or Central Islip.


  • 1 Sagtikos Manor, Montauk Highway and Manor Lane, West Bay Shore (Robert Moses Causeway South to Exit RM27A Bay ShoreTurn right onto Rt 27A and continue east approximately 1/2 mile. Entrance to Manor on left), +1 631-854-0939. Tour hours: June: Su 1-4PM, Jul and Aug: Su W Th 1-4PM. Built in 1697, it served briefly as headquarters for the British army during the Revolutionary War. President George Washington stayed there during his tour of Long Island in 1790. Take a tour of the Manor House led by costumed docents and stroll through the grounds and nearby Gardiner County Park. Sagtikos Manor (Q7399375) on Wikidata Sagtikos Manor on Wikipedia
  • 2 Heckscher State Park, Heckscher Parkway Field 1, East Islip. 1,657-acre park. Heckscher State Park (Q1590351) on Wikidata Heckscher State Park on Wikipedia
  • 3 Long Island Maritime Museum, 88 West Avenue, West Sayville. Maritime museum in several historic buildings including the Rudolph Oyster House, and the ships Priscilla and Modesty, all of which are National Historic Landmarks. Long Island Maritime Museum (Q6672706) on Wikidata Long Island Maritime Museum on Wikipedia


  • 1 Long Island Photo Gallery, 467 Main Street. For art!
  • 2 Islip Cinemas, 410 Main Street. Movie thearter
  • 3 Bayard Cutting Arbouretum, 440 Montauk Hwy (Great River).


  • 1 Westfield South Shore (The South Shore Mall), 1701 Sunrise Hwy (Bay Shore). A shopping mall


  • 1 Sugared Up!, 522 Main Street. A candy shop
  • There are more restaurants on Main Street, etc.



Go next[edit]

Routes through Islip
BabylonBay Shore  W NY-27.svg E  SayvilleMontauk
Babylon ← Becomes Babylon BranchBay Shore  W LIRR Montauk icon.png E  SayvilleMontauk
HicksvilleMelville  W LIRR Ronkonkoma icon.png E  RonkonkomaGreenport

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