Instagrammable Places on Long Island, New York

Top Instagrammable Places on Long Island, New York

You may think New York City has all the best picture-worthy places, but in reality, Long Island, New York has tons of Instagrammable places. From castles, lighthouses, and flower fields, get ready to find endless photo locations all on Long Island! 

In this guide, find all my favorite Instagrammable places on Long Island! Whether you’re a content creator, looking for engagement photos, or special occasion photo locations, this guide has you covered.

Please remember to be respectful of these photo locations, follow the rules, and don’t leave trash!

The Montauk Beach is one of the most instagrammable places on Long Island.
Montauk Beach on Long Island

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Long Island Lavender Fields

Did you know there are Lavender Fields on Long Island? Get transported to Provence, France while dancing along some of the most Instagrammable flower fields on Long Island!

Lavender by the Bay has two locations. One in Calverton and their original location in East Marion. Believe it or not, they have one of the largest Lavender farms in the USA! So if you are looking for photo-worthy flower fields in Long Island, add one of Lavender by the Bays Fields to your list! 

Get photo-worthy pictures on Long Island at Lavender By the Bay lavender Fields.

Instagrammable Sunflower Fields on Long Island

One of my other favorite places for instagrammable photos is at the Sunflower fields on Long Island. Lucky for us Long Islanders, we have a handful of farms to choose from for those epic photo-worthy pictures. 

Some of my favorite farms to visit on Long Island for sunflower photos include the Water Drinker Farm, Manor Farm Sunflower Maze, Pindar Vineyard, and Rottkamp’s Fox Hollow Farm. You can get all the details on Long Island Sunflower farms here!

Sunflower Fields on Long Island NY
Instagrammable Sunflower Farm at the Water Drinker

Montauk Lighthouse

Love lighthouses and dramatic beach backdrops? Montauk, also known as The End of The World, is not only one of the most Instagrammable places on Long Island, but a really cool place to visit. 

Climb around the rocks of the lighthouse, down to the beach, or on the side lawn for an insta-worthy photo. You also have the opportunity to climb the lighthouse and get sweeping ocean views. 

During your visit to Montauk, you can also enjoy some of the most beautiful beaches on Long Island, which are also great photo locations. One of my favorite beaches in Montauk is Kirk Park Beach, with really cool sand dunes!

Kirks Park Beach Address: 95 S Emerson Ave, Montauk, NY 11954

Montauk Lighthouse Address: 2000 Montauk Hwy, Montauk, NY 11954

The Montauk Lighthouse is one of the best places to get instagrammable photos.
Montauk Lighthouse
Kirks Beach Park in Montauk Long Island
Kirks Beach Park

Long Island Vineyards & Wineries

Another great place to take photos on Long Island is at 1 of over 60 vineyards and wineries. Best of all, you get to enjoy some amazing wine and take picture-perfect photos!

One of the most Instagrammable vineyards on Long Island has to be Macari Vineyards in Mattituck! The reason I love their vineyard for taking photos is that you’re allowed to walk down the rows of grapevines freely.

Furthermore, they have great wine, and they are located near the Lavender fields, so it’s a win, win if you visit during the lavender season.

Macari Vineyards is one of the best on Long Island
Macari Vineyards Grapevines

Sands Point Preserve Castle

Does it get more Instagrammable than photos at a castle? Sands Point Preserve Castle is one of my favorite photography locations on Long Island because not only do they have an Irish-inspired castle, but they also have a beautiful rose garden, trails, picnic areas, and it’s located right on the Long Island Sound. 

This is why Sands Point Preserve makes so many of my Long Island lists, including the best things to do on Long Island!

We actually almost did our engagement photos here but didn’t want to pay the fee. 

The entrance is $25 per car or a $4 walk-in fee and is open year-round.

Hours change with the season and they are open from Wednesday- Sunday.

Address: 127 Middle Neck Rd, Sands Point, NY 11050

Sands Point Preserve Castle in Long Island, New York

Fire Island Lighthouse

The Fire Island Lighthouse is another one of my favorite places to take Instagrammable photos on Long Island! 

This particular lighthouse has a really cool boardwalk leading up to it with seagrass on either side. You can find a lot of really cool photography perspectives with leading lines, and see a really nice sunset. If you follow me on Instagram, you have likely seen a handful of photos here! 

Fire Island Lighthouse is also a great photo location if you love wildlife photography since you can usually see deer, butterflies, birds, and more!   

Head to Robert Moses Field 5 and drive all the way to the left.

Address: Burma Rd, Fire Island, NY 11702

The Fire Island Lighthouse is one another one of the best places for instagrammable photos.

Old Westbury Garden

There is a reason so many people take their engagement and wedding photos at Old Westbury Gardens. This former gold coast estate offers 200 acres of gardens, ponds, lakes, and more! 

Some of my favorite places to take photos are at the large iron gates, the front and back of the estate, and by the rose garden! 

Tickets to the Old Westbury grounds currently need to be purchased in advance and range from $7-$12 dollars a person.

Address: 71 Old Westbury Rd, Old Westbury, NY 11568

Make sure to visit the Old Westbury Garden on Long Island

Planting Fields Arboretum

One of the most beautiful gardens on Long Island and top Instagrammable places goes to the Planting Fields. Don’t be surprised if you see engagement and wedding photography, as the grounds set the perfect backdrop! 

Spring, Summer, and Fall are some of the best times to capture photos at the Planting Fields. If you love fall foliage, it is incredible here! 

Address: 1395 Planting Fields Rd, Oyster Bay, NY 11771

Admission: $8 Dollars per car. Additional fees for tours.

Park Hours: 9 am – 5 pm

Planting Fields during the Fall in Long Island is on of the most instagrammable places

Pirates Cove, Port Jefferson 

One of the coolest places I’ve been to on Long Island has to be Pirates Cove (McAllister County Park) in Port Jefferson. This is really a local gem, so please treat this area with respect. There is very limited parking, about 7 spots in a residential neighborhood. 

You can even camp on this beach, walk up giant sand dunes, and see one of the most epic sunsets. It was by far one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve seen on Long Island!

Address: Harbor Hills Dr, Port Jefferson, NY 11777

Top of Pirates Cove in Port Jefferson Long Island
Sunset at Pirates Cove down on the beach on Long Island is one of the most instagrammable places.

Long Beach, Long Island

Not only is Long Beach one of my go-to beaches on Long Island, but you can also get some really stunning photos on this beach. If you are looking for the perfect sunset photos on one of Long Island’s beaches, you have come to the right place. While there, you can also enjoy walking the boardwalk!

Make sure to head to Long Island Beaches
Long Beach, Long Island

Nassau County, Long Island Parks

Since I used to live in Nassau County, I’ve spent some time looking for Instagrammable places to take photos. My two go-to parks for photos are Valley Stream State Park and Hempstead Lake State Park. 

I especially love Valley Stream State Park for Fall and Snow photos. I actually took my engagement photos at this park.

You can also find lots of photo opportunities by the Lake in Hempstead Lake Park and dogs are allowed!

You can easily get to both parks with entrances right from the Southern State Parkway. Exits 15A (Valley Steam State Park) and 18 (Hempstead Lake Park). 

Valley Stream State Park in Long Island
Valley Stream State Park
Hempstead Lake Park during Fall is one of the best places to take instagrammable photos on Long Island
Hempstead Lake Park

Long Island Farms

Looking for some seasonal places on Long Island for instagrammable photos? Long Island has a plethora of farms to get that perfect photo.

From Apple Picking and Pumpkin Picking to corn mazes and Christmas Tree Farms, your photo locations are endless! 

You can find some of my favorite Apple Picking and Pumpkin Patches at the links above. Additionally, the Water Drinker farm puts together a great little winter village during the holidays, as well as tulips in the spring! 

FW Schmitts Family Farm Pumpkin Picking on Long Island, NY
FW Schmitts Family Farm Pumpkin Picking

Photography Tips for Shooting on Long Island

Now that you know some of the best places to take instagrammable photos on Long Island, here are some photography tips to keep in mind. 

Please respect the rules of each destination. Do not pick or step on flowers at farms, or leave trash, glitter, etc. This allows us to continue enjoying beautiful places to take photos on Long Island! 

Additionally, if you plan to use a professional photographer, there might be additional photography fees. A professional photographer is someone you pay to take photos. 

If you are going to take photos with your phone or your camera for personal use, you should be fine.

Lastly, some of the best times to take photos are early in the morning or during the golden hour as the sun is going down.  

Inside the Fire Island lighthouse on Long Island instagrammable places
Inside the Fire Island Lighthouse

Wrap-up: Instagrammable Places on Long Island

This covers some of my favorite photography places to take photos on Long Island. Do you have any other favorites I should add to this list? 

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Instagrammable Places on Long Island New York
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Samantha Oppenheimer

Samantha Oppenheimer (Sam Opp) quit her corporate marketing job in 2018 to travel the world and become a travel writer, blogger and content creator. She loves experiencing authentic travel experiences, photography, and nature. Sam shares helpful travel itineraries, travel tips, budget tips, and travel advice from her personal experiences. You can also find Sam's words featured in large publications including Mirror, Thrillist, and Well + Good.

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