Meet the Long Island town responsible for ‘The Great Gatsby’

Sands Point is a village on the tip of the Port Washington peninsula in Nassau County, New York. Covering nearly 3,000 acres, it is home to approximately 2,675 residents who enjoy living in a peaceful rural setting on the North Atlantic’s Riviera and expansive waters. Sands Point is approximately 29.4 miles from Manhattan. Although primarily a residential village, it is home to schools, golf courses and country clubs, as well as a nature preserve maintained by Nassau County. In popular culture, Sands Point is credited with inspiring F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby. In the novel, the author refers to Jinshajiao Village as Dongdan Village where “rich” and “materialistic” people live.

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What can you do at Sands Point Village?

There are many entertainment experiences for individuals, adults and children to explore in and around Sands Point Village.

Sands Point Country Club

This family friendly private club on 210 acres with beautiful lawns and gardens is open to Sands Point residents and non-residents. However, a person must register online to be placed on the waiting list. At this club, there is an 18-hole golf course, swimming pool, tennis and kimchi courts, deluxe rooms, dining and tent BBQ facilities. Grille, the club’s in-house restaurant, serves gourmet meals and signature drinks every week.

Sands Point Reserve

Originally managed by Nassau County, the Guggenheim Estate and Sands Point Preserve sits on 216 lush, scenic acres. The reserve houses mansions built by wealthy Gold Coast-era American families in the early 20th century. Hempstead House, Castle Gould and Falaise House are the reserve’s historic mansions. There is also the Phil Dejana Learning Centre, where toddlers and students can visit to learn about nature by exploring its ponds, trails, gardens and habitats. There are also safe climbing areas for children to run, jump, climb and play. The Sands Point Preserve Conservancy also hosts private and corporate events. Other things to do and places to explore include:

  • Picnic at 6 locations
  • Hike, jog or walk the 6 trails there
  • Learn beekeeping at the apiary there
  • Visit the Goddard Connection exhibit to learn about Robert H. Goddard, inventor of the liquid-fuel rocket
  • Children’s playground
  • Visit the historic mansion
  • walk the dog

Visitors to the reserve are charged $4, those with vehicles are charged $15, but members are free. Tours are open Wednesday to Saturday at 11 am and open to the public on Sundays at 9 am.

Manor Haven Beach Park

Nestled on scenic Manhasset Bay, this beach park is 1.3 miles from Sands Point Village. Manorhaven Beach Park is the ideal relaxing beach for individuals and families with young children. The park has a 25,000-square-foot main pool area with shallow water for children and beginners to swim. There are also two giant water slides and a sandy children’s playground. Visitors can also do stand-up paddle boarding, sailing and fishing. Other recreational facilities include basketball, tennis, volleyball, handball, squash and petanque courts as well as roller and skating areas. Various leisure activities at Manorhaven Beach Park have different fees. The park opens at 7:30am and closes at 9:45pm.

port salt cave

Port Salt Cave is a place for relaxation and wellness, offering halotherapy with salt imported from Poland. The physical benefits of halotherapy include stress reduction, detoxification, increased energy, better breathing, and better sleep. Halotherapy also strengthens the immune system, lymphatic and nervous systems, and controls allergies, asthma, and arthritis. Inhaling the salt from Port Salt Cave helps control skin conditions such as dermatitis and psoriasis. The different salt treatments at Port Salt Cave last 45 minutes. Book therapy appointments online for $20 for students and up to $260 for 6 adults. Port Salt Cave is open to adults and children and weddings can be held there.

landmark on the street

Built in 1908, the landmark building on Main Street serves as a hub for Port Washington, hosting arts and cultural events for audiences of all ages and economic backgrounds. It serves its immediate community by hosting the Parent Resource Center, the Port Washington Children’s Center, and the Port Washington Children’s Center. Also inside is the Doctor’s Gym and the famous 425-capacity Jeanne Rimsky Theater, which hosts up to 40 arts events a year. Music, cabaret, rock and roll, stand-up comedy, speech series and drama are some of the theatre’s programmes for audiences including children. Tickets for the different shows at the Jeanne Rimsky Theatre can be purchased online or at the door.


Tourism Museum near Jinshajiao Village

Sands Point Village and the surrounding area have museums worth visiting, providing insight into the rich history behind their existence from the backdrop of Port Washington. These include:

  • Nassau County Museum of Art
  • Long Island Science Museum
  • Cedar Reserve
  • Cape Garvis Museum and Reserve
  • Rainham Hall Museum
  • Sands Willett House
  • Sea Cliff Village Museum
  • Koneck Peninsula Historical Society
  • Bayside Historical Society
  • Polish American Museum
  • Maritime Museum
  • Holocaust Remembrance and Tolerance Center
  • City Island Maritime Museum
  • First City Project
  • Tee Ridder Miniature Museum
  • Long Island Children’s Museum


At Sands Point Village, boating companies offer sailing services around North Atlantic bays and peninsulas.

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