All About Riverhead: History of Land and People

Known as the "River's Head" in the 1700's, Riverhead is the gateway to Eastern Long Island. The original farmers who settled these lands carved broad expanses of open fields, and it is these same fields that give Riverhead its openness and agricultural base today.

With our rich ethnic diversity and heritage, Riverhead is home to some of Long Island's most popular cultural activities and events. From the Peconic River Arts District in downtown to the famous Polish Town Street Festival, from historical restorations to winery tours to musical galas, Riverhead's cultural activities are as varied as the Townspeople.

Premier Tourist Destination

Over the past several years, Riverhead has truly become Long Island's shopping mecca. The sprawling Tanger Outlet Centers I and II are home to famous name brands from Liz Claiborne to Brooks Brothers to Saks.

Family entertainment abounds, from our fabulous seashores, bays and parklands to the world-class Splish Splash Water Theme Park and the Atlantis Marine World Aquarium. Riverhead is also home to many challenging public and private golf courses. Riverhead has become the premier tourist destination on the North Fork of Long Island.