Introduction to Bethpage, New York
The northern part of this town was once known as Bedeltown. The name Bethpage comes from a land transaction dating back to 1687, in which Thomas Powell purchased over 15 square miles of central Long Island from local Native Americans. This transaction is known as the Bethpage Purchase. Bethpage was once known as Jerusalem Station and Central Park, but adopted its present name in 1932 after the Bethpage State Park opened.
Bethpage and nearby Attractions
- Bethpage State Park
- Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
- Old Bethpage Village Restoration,
- Cantiague Park
- Queens Botanical Garden
- Belmont Park Race Track
Things To Do In Bethpage
There are five golf courses at the Bethpage State Park. Other nearby parks and recreational areas include the Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge, the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the Valley Stream State Park, Jones Beach State Park and Eisenhower Park. There are several historic sites in the area, including Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site, the Eagles Nest, the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, the Woolworth Estate, the Roslyn Grist Mill and the Louis Armstrong House.
John F. Kennedy International Airport is nearby.
Bethpage Higher Education
Briarcliffe College is located in Bethpage. Others nearby include the SUNY-College of Technology at Farmingdale and Hofstra University.