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Shelter-Island is nestled between the North and South Forks of Long Island, surrounded by Gardiners and Peconic Bays. The name is a translation of the Indian name which meant, "island sheltered by islands," and the schooner Paragon, which ran blockade during the Napoleonic Wars, was built here. Shelter Island is more than 8,000 acres of land and marsh that can be reached by ferries from both Greenport and North Haven, which is north of the town of Sag Harbor. Wealthy sugar merchants from Barbados who were searching for white oak to use for making their barrels first settled the island. Later, it became a shelter for Quakers who were being persecuted throughout the colonies, but a turning point came in the late 1800s when the island began to see more summer visitors. The New York Yacht Club had a station here, and the Shelter Island Yacht Club was founded in 1886. The first hotel on the island burned in 1896 and was replaced by another, but this one burned down in 1910, never to be rebuilt. Today Shelter Island is filled with charming inns and lodges, fine restaurants, quaint shops and miles of scenic shoreline. It's a popular place for kayaking, where the shallow inlets are perfect for the sport. The Mashomack Nature Conservancy is a great place for a hike, and golf, tennis, sailing, biking and horseback riding are all available on the island.

Surrounding areas: Greenport, New York (3.3 mi), East Marion, New York (4.6 mi), Noyack, New York (4.9 mi), Sag Harbor, New York (4.9 mi), Southold, New York (4.9 mi), Peconic, New York (7.2 mi), Orient Point, New York (7.4 mi)

Shelter Island Vacation Rentals

Shelter Island Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Sylvan Lodge6 Sylvan PLShelter Island, NY (631) 749-2044
Shelter Island Resort35 SHR RdShelter Road, NY1.6 mi.(516) 749-2001
Townsend Manor Inn714 Main StGreenport, NY3.6 mi.(631) 477-2000
Blue Dolphin MotelMain RdEast Marion, NY4.6 mi.(631) 477-0907
American HotelMain StSag Harbor, NY4.8 mi.(631) 725-3535
Royal Oaks MotelRt 114Sag Harbor, NY4.8 mi.(631) 725-0714
Wainscott Motel3720 Montauk HwyWainscott, NY8.8 mi.(516) 537-0878
The East Hampton Inn488 Montauk HwyEast Hampton, NY9.1 mi.(631) 324-4550
Wainscott MotelWainscott, NY9.7 mi.(516) 537-0878
1770 House143 Main StEast Hampton, NY10.1 mi.(631) 324-1770
County Cottage Inn At East Hampton PT295 Three Mile HBR RdEast Hampton, NY10.1 mi.(631) 324-9191
Shady PinesEast Hampton, NY10.1 mi.(516) 537-1037
East Hampton House226 Pantigo RdEast Hampton, NY10.7 mi.(631) 324-4300
Mill Garth Country Inn23 Windmill LnAmagansett, NY11.3 mi.(516) 264-3757
Hermitage At NapeagueMontauk Hwy And Navajo LnAmagansett, NY11.4 mi.(631) 267-6151
Ocean Colony Beach & Tennis ClubMontauk HwyAmagansett, NY11.4 mi.(631) 267-3130
Ocean Dunes ApartmentsBLF RdAmagansett, NY11.4 mi.(631) 267-7314
Sea CrestMontauk HwyAmagansett, NY11.4 mi.(631) 267-3159
Windward ShoresMontauk HwyAmagansett, NY11.4 mi.(631) 267-8600
The Atlantic1655 County Rd 39Southampton, NY12.7 mi.(631) 287-0908
Old Post House Inn136 Main StSouthampton, NY13.0 mi.(631) 283-1917
Easterner Motel639 Montauk HwySouthampton, NY14.2 mi.(631) 283-9292
Shinnecock Motel240 Montauk HwySouthampton, NY14.2 mi.(631) 283-2406
Hampton Star Motel293 E Montauk HwyHampton Bays, NY15.0 mi.(631) 728-6051
Days Inn1430 Boston PO RdOld Saybrook, CT16.1 mi.(860) 388-3453
Heritage Motor Inn1472 Boston PO RdOld Saybrook, CT16.1 mi.(860) 388-3743
Knight Inn Old Saybrook1750 Boston Post RdOld Saybrook, CT16.1 mi.(860) 399-7973
Saybrook Motor Inn1575 Boston PO RdOld Saybrook, CT16.1 mi.(860) 399-5926
Saybrook Point Inn2 BRG StOld Saybrook, CT16.1 mi.(860) 395-2000
Super 8 Motel43 Spencer PLNS RdOld Saybrook, CT16.1 mi.(860) 399-6273
Old Saybrook Motor Hotel7 North Main StOld Saybrook, CT16.5 mi.(860) 388-3463
Captain Stannard House138 S Main StWestbrook, CT16.6 mi.(860) 399-4634
Waters Edge Inn & Resort1525 Boston PO RdWestbrook, CT16.6 mi.(860) 399-5901
Westbrook Inn976 Boston PO RdWestbrook, CT16.6 mi.(860) 399-4777
Holiday Motel345 E Main StClinton, CT16.8 mi.(860) 669-2368
Black Whale Motel23 Alanson LnHampton Bays, NY17.2 mi.(631) 728-1545
Liberty Inn55 Springbrook RdOld Saybrook, CT17.4 mi.(860) 388-1777
Gurneys Inn290 Old Montauk HwyMontauk, NY17.4 mi.(516) 668-2345
Old Lyme Motel236 SHR RdOld Lyme, CT17.5 mi.(860) 434-5320
Clinton Motel163 East Main StClinton, CT17.6 mi.(860) 669-8850
Bed & Breakfast
Deacon Timothy Pratt Bed & Breakfast325 Main StOld Saybrook, CT15.7 mi.(860) 395-1229
Applewood Farms Inn Bed & Breakfast528 Colonel Ledyard HwyLedyard, CT30.0 mi.(860) 536-2022

Shelter Island Weather & Climate

Long Island enjoys a four-season, moderate climate, given its relatively northern latitude-which makes it a pleasant place to visit year-round. It is the largest island adjoining the continental United States, extending approximately 118 miles east-northeast from the mouth of the Hudson River, adjacent to Manhattan Island. Winters tend to be unpredictable and summers can be warm and muggy, but offshore breezes help moderate temperatures. Spring and fall are the best times to visit, when temperatures are mild. March tends to be rainy, but temperatures stay above freezing. April's warming temperatures makes it more comfortable and May is generally a gorgeous month on Long Island, weather wise. September to November is pleasant and mild, and the changing leaves make it a beautiful time to visit.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 37°F 23°F 4.11 in. 37°F
February 38°F 24°F 3.51 in. 37°F
March 46°F 31°F 4.02 in. 40°F
April 55°F 39°F 4.09 in. 49°F
May 65°F 49°F 3.47 in. 57°F
June 74°F 59°F 3.73 in. 64°F
July 80°F 65°F 3.15 in. 70°F
August 79°F 65°F 4.59 in. 71°F
September 72°F 58°F 3.55 in. 69°F
October 62°F 48°F 3.72 in. 60°F
November 53°F 39°F 4.04 in. 52°F
December 43°F 29°F 3.93 in. 42°F

Shelter Island Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Francis S Gabreski airport (FOK) located about 21 miles southwest of Shelter Island in Westhampton Beach, New York, the Long Island Mac Arthur airport (ISP) located approximately 44 miles west of Shelter Island in Islip, New York, the Quonset State airport (OQU) located roughly 60 miles northeast of Shelter Island in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, the Bradley International airport (BDL) located around 63 miles northwest of Shelter Island in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, and finally the Theodore Francis Green State airport (PVD) located about 65 miles northeast of Shelter Island in Providence, Rhode Island.

Shelter Island Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Ocean Beach ParkNew LondonCT23.5 mi.
Boomers Family Fun CenterMedfordNY39.0 mi.
Country Fair Entertainment ParkMedfordNY39.0 mi.
Kid's KingdomMedfordNY39.0 mi.
Sports Plus Entertainment CenterLake GroveNY43.6 mi.
Enchanted ForestHope ValleyRI43.8 mi.
Quassy Amusement ParkMiddleburyCT52.5 mi.
Lake CompounceBristolCT53.0 mi.
AdventurelandFarmingdaleNY62.7 mi.
Bayville AmusementsBayvilleNY65.2 mi.
Playland ParkRyeNY70.9 mi.
Six Flags New EnglandAgawamMA71.2 mi.
Glen Island ParkNew RochelleNY76.6 mi.
JeepersWest NyackNY86.2 mi.
AstrolandBrooklynNY89.7 mi.
Coney Island BoardwalkBrooklynNY89.7 mi.
Coney Island - Kenny KaufmanBrooklynNY89.7 mi.
Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement ParkBrooklynNY89.7 mi.
Nellie Bly ParkBrooklynNY89.7 mi.
Water Parks
Splish Splash Water ParkRiverheadNY20.1 mi.
Maple Breeze ParkPawcatuckCT33.7 mi.
Water WizzWesterlyRI33.9 mi.
Yawgoo Valley Ski Area and WaterparkExeterRI54.3 mi.
Westport Water SlideWestportMA73.7 mi.
Splash Down ParkFishkillNY87.9 mi.
Water WizWarehamMA96.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Shelter Island Country ClubShelter Island HeightsNY1.7 mi.
Westmoreland Golf ClubWestmorelandNY2.3 mi.
Islands End Golf & Country ClubGreenportNY2.9 mi.
Sag Harbor Golf ClubSag HarborNY4.9 mi.
Cedars Golf ClubCutchogueNY8.7 mi.
Poxabogue Golf CourseBridgehamptonNY9.0 mi.
Montauk Downs State ParkMontaukNY19.7 mi.
Cherry Creek Golf LinksRiverheadNY20.3 mi.
Indian Island Country ClubRiverheadNY20.3 mi.
Long Island National Golf CourseRiverheadNY20.3 mi.
Sandy Pond Par 3 Golf CourseRiverheadNY20.3 mi.
Cedar Ridge Golf CourseEast LymeCT22.7 mi.
Guilford Lakes Golf CourseGuilfordCT23.7 mi.
Birch Plain Golf Course & Driving RangeGrotonCT24.0 mi.
Shennecossett Golf ClubGrotonCT24.0 mi.
Calverton LinksCalvertonNY24.2 mi.
Fox Hopyard Golf ClubEast HaddamCT27.7 mi.
Great Rock Golf ClubWading RiverNY27.8 mi.
Pequot Golf ClubStoningtonCT28.9 mi.
Twin Lakes Golf CourseNorth BranfordCT29.4 mi.
Ski Areas
Mount SouthingtonSouthingtonCT46.7 mi.
WoodburyWoodburyCT56.6 mi.
Big BirchPattersonNY73.3 mi.
Thunder RidgePattersonNY73.3 mi.
Mohawk MountainCornwallCT74.9 mi.
Mount TomHolyokeMA80.3 mi.
Otis RidgeOtisMA87.5 mi.
Butternut Ski AreaGreat BarringtonMA94.8 mi.
Wachusett MountainPrincetonMA98.6 mi.
CatamountHillsdaleNY98.9 mi.
Mount PeterWarwickNY106.6 mi.
CraigmeurNewfoundlandNJ109.8 mi.
Berkshire EastCharlemontMA111.7 mi.
Nashoba ValleyWestfordMA114.4 mi.
Brodie MountainNew AshfordMA116.5 mi.
State Parks
Orient Beach State ParkNY5.9 mi. 
Hither Hills State ParkNY16.4 mi. 
Rocky Neck State ParkCT17.1 mi. 
Hammonasset State ParkCT17.9 mi. 
Harkness Memorial State ParkCT20.0 mi. 
Chaffinch Island State ParkCT22.4 mi. 
Selden Neck State ParkCT23.1 mi. 
Fort Griswold State ParkCT23.7 mi. 
Bluff Point State ParkCT24.0 mi. 
Chatfield Hollow State ParkCT24.7 mi. 
Wildwood State ParkNY25.1 mi. 
Gillette Castle State ParkCT25.2 mi. 
Haley Farm State ParkCT25.2 mi. 
Devils Hopyard State ParkCT28.2 mi. 
Brainard Homestead State ParkCT28.3 mi. 
Haddam Meadows State ParkCT30.2 mi. 
Minnie Island State ParkCT30.8 mi. 
Stoddard Hill State ParkCT30.8 mi. 
Haddam Island State ParkCT31.0 mi. 
Higganum Reservoir State ParkCT31.3 mi. 
Railroad Museum of Long IslandGreenportNY3.3 mi.(Technology)
Company of Fifers and Drummers -- The Museum of Fife and DrumIvorytonCT20.6 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Mystic Seaport MuseumMysticCT27.6 mi.(History)
Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer HouseStoningtonCT28.9 mi.(History)
Yale Center for British ArtNew HavenCT35.6 mi.(Art)
Museum of Long Island Natural SciencesStony BrookNY43.5 mi.(Science)
Barnum MuseumBridgeportCT46.2 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Discovery MuseumBridgeportCT46.2 mi.(Science)
Lutz Childrens MuseumManchesterCT50.3 mi.(Children's)
Mattatuck MuseumWaterburyCT50.9 mi.(History)
Railroad Museum of New EnglandWaterburyCT50.9 mi.(Technology)
Ballard Istitute and Museum of PuppetryStorrsCT51.7 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Wadsworth AtheneumHartfordCT51.9 mi.(Art)
Connecticut Historical SocietyHartfordCT51.9 mi.(History)
Timexpo MuseumMiddleburyCT52.5 mi.(Technology)
South County MuseumNarragansettRI52.9 mi.(History)
The Ladd School Virtual MuseumExeterRI54.3 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Mystic AquariumMysticCT27.6 mi.
Beardsley Zoological GardensBridgeportCT46.2 mi.
Roger Williams Park ZooProvidenceRI70.8 mi.
Queens Wildlife CenterFlushingNY80.5 mi.
Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation ParkBronxNY81.6 mi.
Trevor ZooMillbrookNY86.6 mi.
New York AquariumBrooklynNY89.7 mi.
Prospect Park Wildlife CenterBrooklynNY89.7 mi.
Central Park Wildlife CenterNew YorkNY90.9 mi.
Bergen County Zoological ParkParamusNJ91.5 mi.
Staten Island ZooStaten IslandNY100.9 mi.
New England AquariumBostonMA110.9 mi.
Franklin Park ZooBostonMA110.9 mi.

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