Welcome to North Fork & Shelter Island
The largest town on the North Fork is laid-back Greenport, with working fishing boats, a history in whaling and a vintage carousel in Mitchell Park. It's compact and easily walkable from the LIRR station.
Like a pearl in Long Island's claw, Shelter Island rests between the North and South Forks. The island is a smaller, more low-key version of the Hamptons, with a touch of maritime New England. Parking is limited; long Crescent Beach, for instance, has spots only by permit. If you don't mind a few hills, it's a nice place to visit by bike, and Mashomack Nature Preserve is a wildlife lover's dream.