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Long Island Back Story

Location Trip Time Travel Type
New York 1 hour

Stories from Baymen, Boat Builders, Lifeguards, and More!

About This Tour

This driving tour is part of the New York Back Story tours developed by folklorists and cultural ethnographers who know you want to hear from local storytellers.

On this tour you will hear from baymen, boat builders, lifeguards, Superstorm Sandy responders, and bay house owners.

The tour follows NY Route 27 along the south shore of Long Island. It stops by scenic waterfront vistas, world famous Jones Beach, and Freeport's Nautical Mile where our tour starts.

The stories you will hear of childhood fishing memories to 42-foot handmade boats, will take you on a journey that feels far away from Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx or Queens.

Tour Sponsors
This tour was developed by Long Island Traditions. Long Island Traditions documents local architecture, from beach bungalows and bay houses to garden apartments and farm buildings.

As fishermen and farmers disappear, they fight for the preservation of Long Island's contemporary maritime and farming culture throughout the region.

To recognize and pay tribute to Long Island's diverse ethnic cultures, Long Island Traditions supports Irish stepdance, African American quilting, gospel and blues music, Jewish klezmer music, Native American stories and crafts, and the traditions of recent immigrants from Central and South America, India and Asia.

Through field interviews and oral histories, Long Island Traditions seek to break down the barriers that divide us, so that people can share in the power and excellence of our family traditions.

New York Back Story audio tours are funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts and the Robert W. Lion Gardiner Foundation.

Find More Tours Near You
If you enjoy this tour, check out all the New York Back Story audio tours: Elmira Back Story, Mohawk Back Story Tour, East End Back Story, and Niagara Frontier Back Story.

In addition, you can find other tours in New York State and NYC, or wherever your travels may take you at Every place has a story.

Sample Stories

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Trunzo Park

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Jones Beach

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