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Visitor's Guide

The Area
Long Island's picturesque North Shore, local shopping and entertainment offerings, regional theaters and museums, the fine restaurants of Nassau County, and an array of outdoor activities - including South Shore beaches, are all just minutes away from the Old Westbury campus, a unique and spectacular setting all its own.

The Arts, Theater & Music
The performing arts are an explosive presence on Long Island attracting some of the biggest stars in the industry. An array of leading venues - all located within a short drive of the College at Old Westbury's campus, host top-name entertainers and national touring theatre companies. Included among those venues are the Westbury Music Fair, Jones Beach Amphitheater, and the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts.

World-class opera singers, international ballet companies, classical recitals, and orchestral and chamber piece concerts can be found on any given day on the local cultural arts calendar. In addition, professional community theatrical productions featuring dramas, comedies and musicals, are performed in just about every corner of Nassau, including the Broadhollow Players who call Old Westbury's Maguire Theater home.

Area Parks & Historic Sites
LighthouseFor those who enjoy the serenity that a walk in amongst the wild can offer, the towns and villages surrounding Old Westbury offer an array of parks from which to choose. From the Fire Island National Seashore some 20 minutes away to the Christopher Morley Park in nearby Roslyn-North Hills, there are parks close at hand that offer serene settings for nature walks and picnics and trails ready for hiking and mountain biking.

At the same time, the local region is awash in history--from the site of key Revolutionary War battles to the airfield where Charles Lindbergh began his momentous nonstop flight to Paris. George Washington, Teddy Roosevelt, and William Floyd, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, among others, played an integral part in the vast historic landscape of the area. In Nassau County alone, there are numerous museums and historical sites dedicated to science, the arts, different cultures, Long Island's maritime trade and influential Americans. Among the most convenient museums to the Old Westbury campus is the Nassau County Museum of Art, located in Roslyn.

Shopping & Entertainment
Just minutes from the Old Westbury campus is the Broadway Mall, which comprises nearly 100 stores, boutiques, service providers and eateries including such notables as Stern's, The Gap, American Eagle, Old Navy, Lerner and The Limited. Broadway Mall is also home to a state-of-the-art 12 Screen Multiplex Cinema, which features the latest movies and a variety of refreshments.

A drive a bit further south into Garden City will bring you to Roosevelt field - among the largest shopping malls in America. Roosevelt Field is home to some of the best shopping around, with Bloomingdale's, JCPenney, Stern's, Macy's and Nordstrom, also featuring more than 245 specialty stores, including Aéropostale, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, The Disney Store, Gap, The Limited, Victoria's Secret, Warner Bros. Studio Store and many more. It is located at the intersection of Old Country Road and Meadowbrook Parkway.

Long Island Beaches
BeachThe beaches of Long Island offer miles of clean, fine white-sand along both the ocean and the Long Island Sound. Perfect for swimming, boating, fishing or simply relaxing, Long Island's beaches are considered to be some In fact, Some of the world's best public beaches are located on Long Island, and are perfect for swimming, boating, fishing or simply relaxing and enjoying spectacular sunrises and sunsets.

Among the more than 150 beaches operated by federal, state, county and town municipalities on Long Island are those near the Old Westbury campus, including the Fire Island National Seashore, stretching 26 miles through 17 beachfront communities and a natural wilderness area on the South Shore; and the largest and most widely-renowned of all Long Island beaches, also on the South Shore of Nassau County, Jones Beach.


Did You Know?

Distinguished Service Professor of Mathematics, Jong Pil Lee, was awarded a 2005 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring during ceremonies held at The White House.

Seniors, Kacey-Ann Thompson and Emmanuel Konde of the Biological Sciences Department, earned recognition at the 14th annual New York State Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program Conference.

Among SUNY's comprehensive colleges, Old Westbury ranks among the highest in science and engineering funding to support competitive scientific research. Funding for research is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the New York State Department of Education.

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