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Along the North Fork, you’ll find hamlets with idyllic farmland, quality restaurants, vineyards and shopping.

But there’s only one place where you can get it all: Riverhead. 

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The largest hamlet in our bracket, Riverhead’s strength is its sheer variety. Looking for a quiet night out to eat? Head downtown, where a string of restaurants old and new — like the Riverhead Project or Dark Horse — have turned Main Street into a diner’s paradise.

Want to taste some of the region’s best wines? Try the exotic creations of Roanoke Vineyards, where the owners mix and match many varieties.

How about a swim? Riverhead has Long Island’s only water park, the sprawling 96-acre Splish Splash, which was named one of the best water parks in the country by the Travel Channel.

Want to meet a penguin? The Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center offers up-close encounters with sharks and stingrays.

And yes, for those looking for a great deal, we have Tanger Outlets.

Despite the radical differences between the quiet, field-filled north edge of town, the bustling Route 58 corridor and the resurgent downtown area, Riverhead hasn’t lost its pride.

The Polish Town and Country fairs bring thousands into the area to celebrate the community that makes Riverhead great. The theater scene is also vibrant, with shows at the historic Suffolk Theater and Vail Leavitt Music Hall each week.

Some call Riverhead the “gateway to the Twin Forks,” but why leave? Riverhead truly has something for everyone.

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