Riverhead is more than just a place to pass through and pick up supplies: It’s a charming North Fork locale in its own right, with a revived business district, relatively affordable prices, and scenic rural expanses.
A destination for shoppers, bargain hunters, and tourism
Whether you’re lingering here or journeying onward, fill up on whatever you need at Riverhead’s collection of chain stores, supermarkets, kid-centric activity centers, and specialty shops, which begin hugging the highway as you exit I-495 East onto Old Country Road. Riverhead’s historic business district sits just a short drive to the south. And for a more rural perspective, head north toward Long Island Sound to find working farms, rugged coastline and wide-open spaces.
Quaint vintage homes in town and spacious spreads in the country
Many of Riverhead’s year-round residents work and service the surrounding North and South Fork areas. The town is also the Suffolk County government seat. While Riverhead has its share of shoreline estates with panoramic views, the walkable downtown area is dominated by residential neighborhoods and a revived local business district. Prices for single-family homes can fall under $500K, a bargain compared to the nearby Hamptons. But new construction homes, or historic estates and farms, can easily command seven figures.
A local institution. Briermere’s famous pies, bread, muffins, cookies, cakes, and jelly are all made on site, from scratch. Most of the fresh fruit they use is homegrown — and you can often buy some at the stand out front.
Experience the 120,000-gallon shark tank, sea lion shows, African penguins, living coral reef, and numerous touch tanks at this Riverhead destination. There’s even a butterfly aviary.
This beautifully restored art deco venue with grand neon marquee serves up food, drinks, and a variety of musical acts, including some major national headliners.