SUNY Old Westbury is a small public university located on a wooded 604-acrea campus in the historic North Shore region of Long Island. While on our Nassau County campus, you'll feel like your far away from the rest of the world when, in fact, you're only minutes from all the advantages of suburban living and just 35 miles from the heart of New York City.
shopping and entertainment
Just minutes from the Old Westbury campus is the Broadway Commons, which comprises more than 90 stores, boutiques, service providers and eateries including such notables as Target, Old Navy,and IKEA. Broadway Commons 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 Forever 21, H&M, JC Penney, Macy's and more than 200 other specialty stores and boutiques. It is located at the intersection of Old Country Road and Meadowbrook Parkway.
long island beaches
The beaches of Long Island offer miles of clean, fine white-sand along both the ocean and the Long Island Sound.Long Island's beaches are considered to be some of the world's best public beaches, 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.
area parks and historic sites
For 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.
arts, theater and 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 Old Westbury's campus - host leading entertainers in every genre and national touring theatre companies. Included among those venues are NYCB Theatre at Westbury, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, and the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts.
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