I adore my hometown. I love the crisp, clean air swept in by the ocean and brine. When I’m not shaping locks or changing looks, I enjoy strolling about the city, especially if I’m feeling sharp. I love taking in the weather and tiny moments. Riverhead offers many enthralling pastime activities, such as the Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition.

There are live sea lions and otter shows that are utterly captivating. Their fish colonies are a kaleidoscope of colors, perfect for bringing little ones! The exhibit takes 2-3 hours to complete, but they have a cafe for when the family needs an intermission. Interaction is the main theme in the sting ray pool as well as the birds feeding garden and a butterfly conservatory. The aquarium is rated as the #1 thing to do in Riverhead.

The Tanger Outlets is a popular mall, ideal for individuals to shop and socialize. The office hands out coupon booklets for a small fee so be sure to stop in. Many eating options exist in the food court, an excellent place to unwind after hunting for the best bargains. There are many different shops from cooking stores to athletic to teen, all easily accessible.

Looking to do something more classical and relaxing? Explore one of the local vineyards; the Paumanok, Palmer, and Martha Clara. Cabernet Franc, an Italian black wine, can be found at Paumanok and Palmer, while Martha Clara has food trucks and live music. These are especially admirable in the summer, frequented by couples and groups of friends.

For someone who craves excitement, the Riverhead Raceway is essential. Prepare for large crowds and arrive early. Demolish Derby Night, as well as Fireworks Night, are a couple of the main attractions. An excellent way to spend an afternoon or evening plus its kid friendly. Just remember to bring ear plugs, the motors are deafening!

Be sure to check out Riverhead’s nightlife! The Suffolk Theater is a historic venue, built in December of 1933. Over 2,000 people attended on opening night. The theater went dormant for 18 years due to the economy failing but has reopened in 2013. Movies, plays, stand-up comedy, and music are all hosted at this unique and ancient work of art.

What says fun like visiting an authentic, family-owned farm? It’s valuable, as it’s an educational experience. The staff and tour guides were particularly knowledgeable, kind, and accommodating. Children of all ages are more than welcome. They’ll be sure to enjoy feeding the animals. The property is a unique collection of fields, houses, and gardens reflecting the late 1800s. In summer, the family hosts a “barn dance,” that I highly recommend.

Whether one wants to fly solo or there are young children, Riverhead provides entertainment for everyone with all sorts of interest, mature as well as families. We are strong, and welcoming, close-knit community with many local stores, breweries, and restaurants. Before checking out all the lovely sights, be sure to update your haircut at my salon Hair Solutions.