Long Island, with all its history, scenery and things to do, presents a number of places perfectly primed for picture taking. Whether you are out with friends and family or just looking for a selfie to drop on Instagram, here are some spots that can serve as backdrops for your next “say cheese” moment.

Stony Brook University

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Stony Brook University has a collection of sculptures placed around the campus. This is one of its biggest and is right next to the Physics building. This sculptor, Helaman Ferguson Sculpture, made the Umbilic Torus to represent mathematics and the arts coming together and the "timeliness of human creativity," according to Dr. Fergonson. This is what a mathematical Umbilic Torus looks like. For more information on the sculpture: https://www.stonybrook.edu/newsroom/general/UmbilicTorustoSBUCommunity.php

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If you're ever tired from hitting the books at Middle Country Public Library in Centereach, take a break and take a pic next to this polychromatic tree, which is intricately decorated with yarn.

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Make sure to snap a cool mirror selfie at "Cartas al Cielo," an interactive art installation at Avalon Park & Preserve which loosely translates to "Letters to the heavens" in Spanish.

Port Jefferson

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Port Jefferson village isn't just a great place to spend a summer night at a bar, it's also rife with beautiful photo opportunities, especially down by the water on a warm night. And if your pictures don't come out exactly as you wanted, at least you can still get a good scoop of ice cream and a cold beer.

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Have you ever wanted to pose for a photo in front of the lunar module or while sitting in the cockpit of an experimental aircraft? Then the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City should be on your list. Here, Samantha Passeggio, 8, and her sister, Ashley, 6, of Lynbrook, play at the Cradle of Aviation Museum.

The Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead

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The Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead is not only a good place for an afternoon of family fun, but it also poses several opportunities for great photos, thanks to an abundance of colorful tropical fish, cuddly critters and bright coral displays. In this photo, Patchogue-Medford High School students hung out with schools of fish during their junior prom on May 19, 2017.

Old Westbury Gardens

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Old Westbury Gardens in Westbury is a beautiful place to take your prom photos or simply enjoy the sunshine thanks to the carefully tended grounds and a multitude of walking paths.

Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns at Old Westbury Gardens

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The Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns at Old Westbury Gardens is an exhibit that features more than 5,000 hand-carved Jack-o'-lanterns, so naturally it makes for a fun and spooky photo op during the month of October.

Gerry Pond Park

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Need to update your Facebook profile picture? Head over to Gerry Pond Park in Roslyn and strike a pose by the scenic duck pond.

Sunken Meadow State Park

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Sunken Meadow State Park in Kings Park is perfect for action shots on the beach and Instagram-worthy moments on the boardwalk.


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Artist Linda Scott dreamt up the Stargazer sculpture that has been welcoming folks to the Hamptons since 1996. The 70-foot by 50-foot deer makes for a classic Snapchat shot, especially during sunrise or sunset.

Castle Gould

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Within Sands Point Park and Preserve in Port Washington, the enchanting Castle Gould has been a Long Island landmark since being built in 1902. Whether you're on a hike, visiting the museum shop or attending a prom, make sure your phone and camera are fully charged.

Casa Basso Restaurant

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This 18th century castle is just waiting to be added to your Instagram story! Established in 1928, Casa Basso is a historic Italian restaurant in Westhampton. Needless to say, there are photo opportunities galore, not to mention the two photogenic swordsmen ready to greet you at the entrance.

Patchogue Village

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Patchogue Village is a great place to get drinks and listen to live music, but this bustling bar scene also offers fun photo ops with friends, especially on a warm summer night.

Eternal Con

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For Long Island comic book and pop-culture fans, Eternal Con is a terrific opportunity to show off homemade costumes and interact with thousands of other fans of geek culture. No trip to this two-day event would be complete without an epic photo, so be sure to round up some fellow cosplayers and strike your best hero pose.

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Robinson's Tea Room in Stony Brook is a must-visit for anyone with an appreciation for British culture and delicious hot drinks. The quaint eatery is also the perfect place for a photo if you need to show your friends that your culinary tastes go beyond the typical chain restaurant. Here, Alexa Soden of Mount Sinai enjoys high tea with her mother, Karen, on Oct. 25, 2009.

Nassau Coliseum

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With the new Nassau Coliseum officially open for business, Long Islanders have a perfect spot to snap a selfie or take a group shot during their favorite concert, UFC bout or convention. That the outside of the coliseum looks sort of like a spaceship will also help to up your photo game.

Riverhead Ciderhouse

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Riverhead Ciderhouse in Calverton is covered in antiques and funky décor. With a wall of clocks that all read 5 o'clock, and a wall dedicated to "The Muppets," you won't know what to photograph first. The Ciderhouse also boasts a patio overlooking an apple orchard, so make sure to take some outdoor shots, too.

Eisenhower Park

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From a picnic on the grass to mini-golfing with the family, Eisenhower Park in East Meadow provides plenty of picture-perfect moments with a scenic backdrop, ideal for Instagram and Snapchat.

Snowflake Ice Cream Shoppe

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Satisfy your sweet tooth at this homemade ice cream shop in Riverhead, but don't forget to snap a pic with your dessert before you dig in!

The Peace Labyrinth

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According to the instructions posted, visitors to this labyrinth -- located in The Common Ground in Sayville -- can walk the winding path to ask the universe for "specific guidance and direction." Whether you're standing at the entrance or in the center, the Peace Labyrinth makes for a pretty photo.

Rhum in Patchogue

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You can take plenty of fun summer photos at Rhum in Patchogue, a restaurant and tavern with a rooftop deck that offers wide views and swinging seating suspended by ropes.

Above the Island

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Operating at Brookhaven Airport in Shirley, Skydive Long Island can not only get you out of a plane and airborne, but also provide a photographic or video record showing that you took a leap with their team.

Storybook Experiences

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Inside this adorable house is an interactive photography studio, where children have the chance to meet the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus. But if you find yourself running errands on Montauk Highway in West Islip, why not stop by for a quick snapshot with this sweet background?

Shadmoor State Park

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For a beautiful picture of the East End, there's no better place to go than Shadmoor State Park in Montauk. The bluffs towering above the beach are sure to make any photo you take here that much better, especially on a clear day.

Sunken Forest, Fire Island

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Fire Island's Sunken Forest, a wooded area considered unique because it's surrounded by saltwater, offers an opportunity to view unspoiled nature and wildlife -- as well as a fine backdrop for photo ops.

Orient Beach State Park

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If you take the North Fork to its tip, you can find this bay park with a maritime forest, wildlife and wide views -- very suitable for someone looking to take a picture with exceptional and natural Long Island vistas.

The Nautical Mile

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Down Woodcleft Avenue in Freeport, between Front and Richmond streets and along the canal are a row of restaurants with outdoor dining spots that have solid seafood, and chances to soak up sun, drink some cocktails and take photos.


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Long Island has several vineyards but Wolffer Estate in Sagaponack is especially photogenic -- not just because of its scenery but also because it features a steady event calendar -- so if you go, set your camera for action shots, as chances to dance aren't unusual.

Horton Point Lighthouse

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It's a bit of a hidden spot, located at the northern end of Lighthouse Road in Southold, but the Horton Point Lighthouse--with a history dating back to the 1850s--is a pretty sight for shutterbugs to find, and then use for a special selfie off the Sound.

The Charles Dickens Festival

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The Village of Port Jefferson takes a weekend every December to transform into a Dickensian era township, featuring people garbed in character, whether as chimney sweeps, a town crier or even the legendary character Scrooge. When in attendance, you should try and grab a pic with a costumed player, even if you are dressed head-to-toe in your regular street clothes.

At the Great South Bay Music Festival

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The Great South Bay Music Festival has evolved from a showcase for local acts to a jamboree that includes some genuine rock stars -- and with food, crafts, art and great views, it's a perfect occasion to take a fun photo with friends and family.

At a polar plunge

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When you live on an island, visiting a beach is no big event -- but jumping in the water in the winter? When there's ice and snow on the ground? Water temperatures near freezing? That's a moment you need photographed for prosperity, whether on the North Shore, South Shore or East End.

Avalon Park and Preserve

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You can spend all day viewing the winding trails, interactive sculptures and breathtaking views of Avalon Park and Preserve in Stony Brook. The nature scenes are worthy of an entire photo album.

Lavender by the Bay

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No need for a purple filter here. Pick some lavender by the bay in East Marion and take an artsy photograph (or 10) in a scenic field. What could be better?

Bayville Adventure Park

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Packed with exciting games, rides and activities, a summer day at Bayville Adventure Park is guaranteed to be full of picture-perfect moments.

Bobb Howard's General Store

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For #ThrowbackThursday, stop by Bobb Howard's General Store in New Hyde Park. Their collection of classic keepsakes, old school soda fountains and candy from the sweet ole days will have all your childhood friends slamming the like button.

Bald Hill

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The obelisk atop Bald Hill at Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park in Farmingville, with an American flag painted on its tip, is visible for miles around, as the park is one of the highest points on Long Island. Anyone looking to have such a patriotic and unique image as the backdrop of a snapshot can head up the hill and pose at the base.


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One of the great things about living on Long Island -- aside from being near New York City -- is being even closer to a number of farms. Take pictures of your trip when you go pumpkin, apple, or strawberry picking. Pictured: Luka Karpowich, 8, of Manhattan takes a break from pumpkin picking to have roasted corn at Hanks Pumpkintown in Water Mill on Oct. 6, 2012.

Robert Moses Causeway

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The Robert Moses Causeway is instantly recognizable on Long Island not only for its unique architectural features but because it's often the first landmark one passes on the way to the beach.

Lake Ronkonkoma

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Beachgoers of varying species flock to the shores of Lake Ronkonkoma. Its waters, whether glistening in the summer sun or frozen over by late winter, make for a picturesque backdrop.

Bayard Cutting Arboretum

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Home to wildlife and a wide variety of trees, the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River is a perennial place for picturesque wedding parties, as well as for shutterbugs both amateur and professional.

Port Jefferson

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The quaint New England-style village of Port Jefferson combines a walkable downtown with scenic views of the Long Island Sound. This North Shore locale offers plenty to do and see, attracting people from across Long Island and Connecticut.

Argyle Lake

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You don't have to go to an oceanside beach for scenic shots on the water. Just head over to Argyle Lake in Babylon.

20th Century Cycles

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If you were born on Long Island, you probably love Billy Joel. Fans of The Piano Man can view Joel's personal motorcycle museum, 20th Century Cycles, in Oyster Bay. If you're in luck, you might even spot the man himself.

Oheka Castle

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If you find your way into Oheka Castle, make sure to take a photo or two. It has served as a party place for the rich and famous, hosted celebrity weddings, and was featured in the 1941 movie "Citizen Kane" and was seen more recently in the USA Network TV series, "Royal Pains."

Riverhead Raceway Indian

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Stand tall and proud for a photo next to this American Indian at the Riverhead Raceway, located at 1797 Old Country Rd. in Riverhead. The American Indian was featured in a season-five episode of "The Sopranos" that took place at "Chikamauga Raceway."

Holtsville Ecology Center

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Bears, peacocks and llamas, oh my. Take a photo with these or one of the many other animals at the Brookhaven Wildlife & Ecology Center in Holtsville. Parents can share photos of their kids petting or feeding the animals.

Fire Island Lighthouse


Grab a camera and follow the Robert Moses Boardwalk to Fire Island Lighthouse. Enjoy its scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean before taking a selfie.

Nassau County Art Museum

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At the Nassau County Art Museum in Roslyn Harbor you can strike a pose next to one of the modern art work sculptures that are spread out across the preserve.

Nikon Theater at Jones Beach

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Seeing a concert at Jones Beach is a rite of passage for Long Islanders. Go have a blast and take a selfie, then face the gut-wrenching decision of whether or not you are willing to leave before the finale to get out of Field 5 alive.

Kelli’s Pond

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Whether it's winter and it's frozen over and hosting hockey players or summertime when frogs jump around on its rocks and by the shady green trees that provide pockets of shade, the Miller Place Duck Pond -- aka Kelli's Pond -- serves as a pretty backdrop for photos in any season.

Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Statue

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The Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Statue, standing at the intersection of Route 106 and Berry Hill Road in Oyster Bay, stands to remind visitors that the former president is forever connected to the hamlet's history.

Enterprise Park at Calverton (EPCAL)

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The retired aircraft that mark the grounds of Enterprise Park at Calverton (EPCAL) in Calverton are large, striking and well within the photo range of even basic cameras and cellphones.

White Post Farms

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With all the animals available to meet, greet and feed at White Post Farms in Melville -- as well as the slides, playhouses and occasional festivals --parents may find themselves unable to pick which photos they won't put on Instagram.

Windmills in the Hamptons

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Beebe Windmill (Ocean Road and Hildreth Avenue in Bridgehampton) is just one of many publicly accessible windmills found in the Hamptons, many of which make for both unique photo backdrops and subjects.

The Codfather

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Catching a fish by way of the Freeport charter boat Codfather, one of many vessels that can be used to fish the waters around Long Island, can potentially put you in position to get a photo taken with your catch (should you happen to land a worthy whopper like this conger eel).

The Ronjo tiki

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The Ronjo tiki statue still sits in Montauk's village on Elmwood Road, even though the Ronjo motel (which dated back to the 1950s) was replaced by the Montauk Beach House a few summers ago. Granted, the tiki is now painted gold (versus its former white base with tan arms), but it's still a photographer grabber.

Nunley’s Carousel

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Although it was originally located in Brooklyn, Nunley's Carousel (created in 1912) first became a Long Island icon when it was stationed in Baldwin as part of Nunley's Carousel and Amusements. Today it serves riders from its home along Museum Row at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City.

Three Village Kiwanis Bridge

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The Three Village Kiwanis Bridge, stretching across East Setauket Pond Park, is known to grab passers-by off 25A for photo taking -- and it's especially popular as a spot used by wedding parties to help make for memorable images.

Old Westbury Gardens

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Photographers have long considered Old Westbury Gardens, a space featuring a mansion, landscaped grounds, gardens and wooded sections, one of Long Island's top spots for pretty pictures.

Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park

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The lush scenery found at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park includes walking paths, gardens, greenhouses and a mansion.

The Jones Beach boardwalk

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From sunrise to sunset, year-round, with the ocean crashing on the beach nearby, it's common to find visiting folks and families taking pictures over this lengthy stroll.

Old Bethpage Village Restoration

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Old Bethpage Village Restoration on Round Swamp Road in Old Bethpage is a re-creation of a 19th century Long Island village that is populated by a costumed staff and live animals. Visually interesting subject matter shouldn't be hard to find.

Whisper the Bull

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"Whisper the Bull" stands near the train trestle in Smithtown, where Jericho Turnpike meets Route 25A, and although these roads are tough to cross, this landmark should make for a nifty snap.

Splish Splash

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Splish Splash in Calverton offers several water rides, so be sure and have your camera ready every time someone you know emerges after submerging.

Sunset on Fire Island

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People flock to the docks of Fire Island to grab photos of the setting sun throughout the summer, and ferry rides across the Great South Bay at sunset are often marked by a flurry of west-pointing camera phones.


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Adventureland in Farmingdale offers amusement park fun, carnival games and rides, so smiles tend to flash frequently -- as do cameras.

The Big Duck

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Built in the 1930s to sell fresh duck and duck eggs, The Big Duck in Flanders has since become a curiosity that draws cameras with regularity.

Greenport carousel

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The century-old Greenport carousel is open to the public -- daily from the end of the school year through Labor Day weekend, and weekends throughout the year -- for $2 a ride.

Big Chief Lewis

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The Big Chief Lewis statue is a roadside attraction on the south side of Sunrise Highway in Massapequa, between Forest Avenue and Hicksville Road.

Montauk Lighthouse

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The Montauk Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in New York, offers wide views of the ocean, not that the iconic landmark isn't quite the photo subject in its own right.

Great Cow Harbor Day Weekend

Great Cow Harbor Day Weekend festivities usually include a 10K race, an outdoor concert and a parade. Attendees -- human or otherwise -- are known to dress in cow costumes.

LI Game Farm

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The Long Island Game Farm in Manorville puts baby animals such as ostriches, zebras, kangaroos and others right in view of your iPhone, Android or other photo-taking device.

Sunsets at Cedar Beach

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Cedar Beach, on Harbor Beach Road in Mount Sinai, is known for its picturesque sunsets.

LI Ducks Game

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A Long Island Ducks game naturally features baseball action, but all in attendance should have their cameras ready should team mascot QuackerJack swing by.

Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center

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Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead features a shark tank, a living coral reef, sea lion shows, touch pools and other exhibits.

Long Beach Irish Day

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Expect thousands of fellow spectators if you attend Irish Day in Long Beach, which features a procession, food vendors, activities for children and participation by many of the taverns and restaurants of the city's West End.

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