Introduction to Smithtown, New York
Smithtown, New York, in Suffolk county, is 5 miles NE of Brentwood, New York and 41 miles E of New York, New York. The town is included in the Nassau- Suffolk metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 26,901 people lived in Smithtown.
Smithtown was first settled in by Europeans in the mid 1660s. It was originally named Smithfield, in honor of Richard Smith. According to a local legend, Smith was challenged by the Native Americans that they would grant him all the land that he could ride across on a bull in one day. At the fork of the Jericho Turnpike and St. Johnland Road, you can find an anatomically correct statue of Smith's bull. The statue of the bull is known as Whisper.
Smithtown and nearby Attractions
- Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
- Sunken Meadow State Park
- Caleb Smith House
- Long Island Museum
- Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
- Beardsley Zoological Gardens
Things To Do In Smithtown
While staying in Smithtown you can visit several state parks such as the Caleb Smith State Park Preserve, Nissequogue River State Park and the Sunken Meadow State Park. The other parks and playgrounds nearby include the Whitman Hollow Park, Maple Avenue Park, Blydenburgh Park and Forestwood Park. Golfers can spend their leisure hours at the Smithtown Landing Municipal Golf Course. The town also provides easy access to the Wildlife and Ecology Center at Holtsville, the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium and Captain's Cove Seaport.
Long Island Mac Arthur Airport provides facilities for air transportation.
Smithtown Higher Education
Higher education can be pursued from Suffolk County Community College- Western Campus, Suffolk County Community College- Ammerman Campus and Dowling College.