Top 10 Things to do in West Hempstead, United States

January 29, 2018 Concepcion Newsome

West Hempstead is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in Nassau County, New York, United States. The population was 18,862 at the 2010 census. West Hempstead is an unincorporated area in the Town of Hempstead and is represented by Councilman Bruce Blakeman.
Restaurants in West Hempstead

1. Old Westbury Gardens

71 Old Westbury Rd, Old Westbury, NY 11568-1603 +1 516-333-0048
Excellent
78%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 375 reviews

Old Westbury Gardens

Old Westbury Gardens, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the former country estate of John S. Phipps and his wife Margarita Grace Phipps. Opened to the public in 1959 with the mission of preserving a part of Long Island’s heritage, Old Westbury Gardens is an extraordinary example of a gracious era. Built in 1906 by the English designer George A. Crawley, Westbury House is a magnificent country house reflecting English architecture of the late 1600s and early 1700s The house is furnished with fine English antiques and decorative arts and remains virtually intact from the more than 50 years of the family’s residence. The estate includes over 70 acres of landscaped formal and informal gardens. An additional 160 acres of fields and woodlands surround the estate.

Reviewed By P B - New York City, New York

No matter what time of year you visit this historic home and gardens, it leaves an impression. During this holiday season, the home is decorated with beautiful vintage decorations. There is an area to take pictures with Santa, as well as, a place to have refreshments. While walking through the home you could hear a pianist playing in the background. The snow covered grounds add to the setting.

2. Belmont Park Race Track

2150 Hempstead Tpke, Elmont, NY 11003-1599 +1 718-641-4700
Excellent
44%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
10%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 160 reviews

Belmont Park Race Track

Reviewed By SVH823 - Hatboro, Pennsylvania

This is the 8th year we have attended the Belmont Stakes Race. The track is in relatively good condition. The staff, which is primarily temporary, was very pleasant and helpful. The price has gotten so outrageous that we will have to consider other options for next year. Admission was over $100 for grandstand seating and the parking was $40-that is ridiculous! The security check was the worst I've seen - even Pimlico does a better job. We were lucky and arrived VERY early (10:00) and had little trouble this year. Last year, it took us over 45 min to get through security - and that was an hour before 1st Post. The set-up is terrible - it should be further away from the main gate area. We were talking to people that arrived around 11:00. They said it took 1 3/4 hrs to get through.

3. Cradle of Aviation Museum

1 Davis Ave, Garden City, NY 11530-6743 +1 516-572-4111
Excellent
67%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 364 reviews

Cradle of Aviation Museum

Reviewed By SlowPoke59 - Apex, North Carolina

We went there for a family outing today and we were surprised to find this wonderful gem. Although this museum appear small at first, it is not, There is a lot to see, aircraft exhibits, space exhibits,interactive exhibits, multiple floors of exhibits, a Fireman's Museum and a cafe. Today we visited the space exhibits. They have thing such as real LEM Moon Lander. space suits, rockets and much more. We also visited the airplane hanger where they a a A-6F Airplane, F-14 Tom Cat Airplane and a A-10 Warthog Airplane. There is so much to see that it will take you multiple days to explore it. There are multiple floors and a skywalk where you can see the exhibits from above the main floor. This is great place for children. There is a lot to see and learn. We will be returning.

4. Slots-A-Lot Raceway

1100 Hempstead Tpke, Franklin Square, NY 11010-2629
Excellent
77%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 13 reviews

Slots-A-Lot Raceway

Reviewed By Mfink333

My child and his friends had an excellent time at slots a lot, no one ever done it befor, which was great. The staff was really nice. We look forward for the next race car fun!

5. Hempstead Lake State Park

Peninsula Boulevard, Hempstead, NY 11552 +1 516-766-1029
Excellent
46%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 33 reviews

Hempstead Lake State Park

Reviewed By gostartraveler - Forked River, New Jersey

$8 parking fee, cash only, no cards. $2 for carousel ride, and it's a seemingly longer ride than most carousels. Bathroom nearby, although I don't recall seeing changing table in men's room. Nice shaded, clean grassy areas for picnics, and playground has nice, soft, spongy surface with swings and other playground equipment. Easy on and off Southern State Parkway. There may be food concessions but I did not see them either. Regardless, recommend, will be back.

6. Eisenhower Park

Stewart avenues, East Meadow, NY +1 516-572-0348
Excellent
68%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 134 reviews

Eisenhower Park

Reviewed By Dalefarkas - Plantation, Florida

Eisenhower Park is very diverse in its offerings.

• Beautiful public golf courses (3 courses).
• Baseball fields
• Basketball courts
• Tennis courts
• Golf driving range
• Miniature golf
• Families can enjoy picnic areas
• Playgrounds for children
• An Aquatic Center
• Walking Paths - The park is beautiful to walk around, with a lovely lake.
• They have a meaningful 9/11 monument.

Eisenhower a great place to spend a day.

7. Monaghan's Bar & Restaurant

48 N Village Ave, Rockville Centre, NY 11570-4602 +1 516-764-6372
Excellent
52%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 34 reviews

Monaghan's Bar & Restaurant

Reviewed By Diane H - Rockville Centre, New York

My husband and I took our daughter and granddaughter to dinner. The ambiance was very good. We were able to talk and enjoy the meal. The service was excellent. Everyone enjoyed their dinner. I had the liver and bacon and onions......I almost never find this dish on the menu....so I ordered it. It was deliciously perfect! We did not have dessert. I recommend this restaurant for pub type food!

8. Valley Stream State Park

Valley Stream State Park Road, Valley Stream, NY 11580
Excellent
51%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 24 reviews

Valley Stream State Park

Reviewed By Eric M - Nassau County, New York, United States

Well maintained, beautiful scenery. Manicured lawn, duck pond and dog park. A nice quite park to enjoy in an urban area. Free parking, next to the Valley Stream LIRR station.

9. Can You Escape LI

44 Jericho Tpke, Mineola, NY 11501-2954 +1 516-246-9939
Excellent
86%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 226 reviews

Can You Escape LI

You and your team get locked in a fully themed room. The clock starts as soon as you enter. You have 60 heart pounding minutes to solve the puzzles, find the clues, and get out. You need to think outside of the box and think fast. Can You Escape? Many will try, few will succeed.

Reviewed By Tracy P

Karli was amazing as a game master. Staff was super friendly and encouraging as usual. Second time going and I can't say enough good things about this establishment. It is a MUST if you are in the area!

10. Epic Escape Rooms LI

357 Hempstead Turnpike, Suite 203, West Hempstead, NY 11552-1342 +1 516-427-5977
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Epic Escape Rooms LI

Epic Escape Rooms offer a challenging, live game in a themed movie related room where you and your team must work together to find clues/puzzles/riddles, solve them and escape the room in 60 minutes or less. Will you beat the clock and escape in time?

Reviewed By Darren W

My friend and I visited and did Killer Feature. WHAT. A. ROOM!!!!!!!! Frightening, challenging...so much FUN!!!! I will be back to do the other rooms here without question!!! The game masters were amazing! They were very friendly and incredibly helpful to us!!!! Hands down one of my favorites already!!!!!

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