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Michael and Heather LaReddola of Coram wade in Port Jefferson Harbor with their children Aiden, Aubrey, and Ashley. (June 16, 2013)

Summer Escapes: Port Jefferson

Port Jefferson is known for its Christmas Dickens Festival and overall quaint vibe, but the village was once home to a thriving shipbuilding industry, and its harbor was home to hundreds of whalers and other seamen (and perhaps ladies). It's still a hot spot for recreational boaters, and anyone can enjoy the village's nautical treasures. Plus, the ferry to Connecticut leaves from its harbor.

A lobster dinner with corn, slaw and a
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A lobster dinner with corn, slaw and a baked potato is served at The Steam Room in Port Jefferson. (June 16, 2013)

Michelle Garcia of Port Jefferson spins her daughter
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Michelle Garcia of Port Jefferson spins her daughter Mia in Mayor Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park in Port Jefferson. (June 16, 2013)

One of the Celtic Quest's deckhands, Matthew Lyons,
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One of the Celtic Quest's deckhands, Matthew Lyons, shows Victor Muscietta a sea robin during the sunset fishing cruise out of Port Jefferson. (June 16, 2013)

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Rainbow lollipops are just one of hundreds of
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Rainbow lollipops are just one of hundreds of candy (and ice cream) choices at the Frigate in Port Jefferson. (June 16, 2013)

Candy sticks are just one of hundreds of
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Candy sticks are just one of hundreds of candy (and ice cream) choices at the Frigate in Port Jefferson. (June 16, 2013)

Fishermen set out their poles on the Celtic
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Fishermen set out their poles on the Celtic Quest's sunset fishing cruise out of Port Jefferson. (June 16, 2013)

Fishermen on the Celtic Quest's sunset fishing cruise
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Fishermen on the Celtic Quest's sunset fishing cruise set out their poles facing the fading sun, off of Port Jefferson. (June 16, 2013)

Tom Dolan and daughter Catherine Dolan of Oakdale
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Tom Dolan and daughter Catherine Dolan of Oakdale smile holding up a porgie they caught on the Celtic Quest's sunset fishing cruise out of Port Jefferson. (June 16, 2013)

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The Celtic Quest charter fishing boats are docked
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The Celtic Quest charter fishing boats are docked at the Brookhaven Marina pier in Port Jefferson. (June 16, 2013)

A family strolls on the Brookhaven Marina pier
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A family strolls on the Brookhaven Marina pier in Port Jefferson. (June 16, 2013)

The Steam Room in Port Jefferson offers seating
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The Steam Room in Port Jefferson offers seating on an open air, outdoor terrace. (June 16, 2013)

A mural that reflects the seaside decorates a
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A mural that reflects the seaside decorates a wall of the terrace at The Steam Room restaurant in Port Jefferson. (June 16, 2013)

Michael and Heather LaReddola of Coram wade in
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Michael and Heather LaReddola of Coram wade in Port Jefferson Harbor with their children Aiden, Aubrey, and Ashley. (June 16, 2013)

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Xinguo Hong and his son Kevin wade in
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Xinguo Hong and his son Kevin wade in Port Jefferson harbor. (June 16, 2013)

Avishag Wegner-Huecker plays in a rice-filled boat at
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Avishag Wegner-Huecker plays in a rice-filled boat at the Maritime Exporium in Port Jefferson. (June 16, 2013)

Eileen Liu sits with her father, Han Liu,
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Eileen Liu sits with her father, Han Liu, near Danfords in Port Jefferson. (June 16, 2013)

Jonathan Urbom sends a note from his
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Jonathan Urbom sends a note from his "ship" while playing at the Maritime Explorium in Port Jefferson. (June 16, 2013)

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