Oyster Bay: Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park

When you visit Oyster Bay you will get an idea why the rich and famous were attracted to the North Shore that came to be known as the Gold Coast of Long Island. But some parts of the coast weren’t always gold. What is now Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in the town of Oyster Bay was once a salt marsh, used for dumping garbage for several hundred years, until it was purchased by the Theodore Roosevelt Association in 1928 and later donated to the town of Oyster Bay.

Oyster Bay cover photo

The North Shore’s beautiful beaches are rocky and of geologically diverse composition, unlike the sandy type on the South Shore. Some scientists believe that Long Island started forming 60,000 years ago, when a moving giant glacier stopped suddenly, causing rocks to slide off, forming the northern side. Sand, clay, and gravel were washed out to the South to form the sandy South Shore.

Visit Oyster Bay to explore historic Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park and enjoy a free access to the beach. Just hop on the train!

Oyster Bay park view

The park is large. Near the entrance there is a lifeguard on duty during certain times. You will see Center Island right ahead, and tens of yachts floating on the water, that stretches across. This part of the park is very picturesque. There are vast lawns, where you can picnic, or ride a bike on the path.

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On the eastern side, you will find a pier with many a fisherman and a beautiful view of yachts and sailboats. It is certainly a glamorous place to fish. I spotted a horseshoe crab and small fish. Unfortunately, the fishermen told me they weren’t catching much that day.

In the western side of the park you will find a place to barbecue, a tennis court, a soccer field, and a large baseball field. Everyone is welcome to swing a bat.

The beach curves dramatically in the western part. Anyone wishing to explore the Oyster Bay Harbor can rent kayaks, paddle boats, and even sail boats. You can take sail boat lessons as well, and they don’t cost much. I kayaked in the Harbor, and even though there isn’t much variety in the ocean, as opposed to the river, it was fun. You will find the rentals if you walk all the way west, past the Fire House and the wooden fishing pier. Just make sure to come early.

Oyster Bay yellow boat

The western part of the park is my favorite – it feels more secluded by the shore curve, and you can see trees and hilltops stretching far north. It is quieter here, as most people tend to stay near the entrance. The water is calmer too. My tip for the bathers is to bring water shoes or flip flops to walk comfortably on the pebbles. I wear these rubber flats that I call “my river shoes”.

There are other things to do in Oyster Bay, so it pays off to come here early. There is a local beer brewery called Oyster Bay Brewing Company, where you can learn about a beer brewing process and taste freshly made local beer at their bar. And there is a small Railroad Museum right by the train station. Did you know that president Theodore Roosevelt was a frequent commuter on the Long Island Rail Road? Make sure you come to the museum first, because they close early (especially if you plan on tasting that delicious beer – you’ll never make it). All is within a short walking distance from the park.

For info about the museum visit http://www.obrm.org

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For info about the brewery visit http://oysterbaybrewing.com

I was really nice to just walk around this historic town…

To visit Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park take Long Island Rail Road to Oyster Bay station. It is the last stop on the Oyster Bay branch.

Enjoy your visit!

Yours, Natasha Pea.

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9 thoughts on “Oyster Bay: Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park

  1. Wow such a pleasant part o Long Island ,very scenic .And so much history in one area..This looks like a must on my to visit list.Pretty sure I could spend at least a day or two there.Is there a fee for the park area?And is there any lodging near by?The photos are beautiful,Are they yours?They make the visit look all the more inviting 😃..

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    1. Thank you Z. Yes, it is a historic place, and beautiful. The park is free to visit. I don’t know about lodging, but most likely you can find something. And thanks for the compliment. All the photos I took myself.

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  2. You really do have a true talent for illuminating the beauty of the locations you highlight. Great descriptions and photography, Natasha. I like the addition of historical notes as well. I opened the picture of the pebbled shore you showed with those kool pink river shoes. I can see what you mean by getting used to it. It could be a little rough on tender bare feet. But, with the right footwear, one can really enjoy the walk and scenery; a helpful note for sure. 😀

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    1. Thank you Daniel. I spent a lot of time on this article and I hope to make improvement in the future. I learn every time I make a new post. Thanks for the compliment. I love those shoes, they are great for walking on pebbles, but not for the sand.

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      1. You are most welcome. It was my pleasure to read, Natasha. I can tell a lot of effort went into capturing the beauty of Oyster Bay. The write-up and images was the next best thing to being there. You can bet, if I’m ever in New York, your website is going to be my tour guide. 😀

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