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Cold Spring Harbor is a charming, historic seaside town dating back to the 1600s, which later supported the whaling industry and was known as "Clamtown." The town's unique history and culture are highlighted in year-round events, drawing visitors to discover the best of the old and the new.

Cold Spring Harbor was originally named Cold Spring because of the naturally cold freshwater springs that flowed (and still flow) in the area. Its economy mainly tied to milling and port activities, it rose in prominence as a whaling village in the mid-nineteenth century.

After the decline of whaling in the 1860s, it became a resort town with several hotels. In the 20th century, it became known as the site of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, although the laboratory itself is located in the adjacent hamlet of Laurel Hollow in Nassau County.

Today it is a community with a small central business area running along Route 25A and is home to many educational and cultural organizations: The Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum, The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium, Dolan DNA Learning Center, the Uplands Farm Sanctuary (home of the Nature Conservancy's Long Island chapter), and The Fire House Museum.

Cold Spring Harbor is a lovely little town that can satisfy a shopping itch. It is there for your family's hunger. It will satisfy your interest in history. And with a couple of lawn chairs and a picnic blanket, it will provide a place to relax all day by the water's edge.

If you’re an active type, there’s a shaded walking path known as the NY State Green Belt to get some leg muscles moving. The Cold Spring Harbor State Park serves as the northern trailhead of the Nassau Suffolk Greenbelt Trail that extends to Bethpage State Park and eventually the south shore of Nassau County. It comprises 40 acres of hilly terrain that offer scenic vistas of the Cold Spring Harbor. It features a mixed hardwood forest with notable large oak specimens that measure three feet in diameter, as well as thickets of wild mountain laurel. The area is ideal for observing spring and fall migrations of a variety of songbirds and is home to great horned owls and red-tailed hawks.

Foodies will love The Harbor Mist and Grasso’s. Each restaurant has a fully stocked bar and a fabulous chef. For more casual dining, there’s The Gourmet Whaler, Sweetie Pies On Main, and the friendliest deli you will ever visit. A new restaurant that’s right in the heart of Cold Spring Harbor is called the Sand Bar. The menu combines local fare, tavern favorites, and seafood specialties into refined dishes that provide everyday elegance.

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