Discover a selection of 39 vacation rentals in Stony Brook that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and private pools. Prices start at $85 per night, and condos and houses are popular options for a stay in Stony Brook. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Wine, water, and winning views, you can't beat a Stony Brook vacation

Dominated by Stony Brook University, this charming village on Long Island's North Shore has plenty of small town appeal. Located 65 miles east of Manhattan, Stony Brook is a popular getaway for tired New Yorkers, who book Stony Brook vacation rentals within easy reach of the waterfront. Hang out on the many beaches of Long Island, learn about its whaling and maritime history at the Long Island Museum, or grab a picnic and go hiking in Avalon Park and Preserve. After dark, kick back with a glass of wine from Long Island's many wineries.

Things to do

It's carriages at midnight at Stony Brook

Outside of the university, one of the main draws to Stony Brook is the brilliant Long Island Museum. Affiliated to the Smithsonian, the museum is set in beautiful landscaped gardens. It displays a fascinating array of exhibits, including American art, local history, and more than 200 examples of horse-drawn carriages. It's open Thursday to Sunday, and is a great day out for all the family. If you prefer classic arts to carriages, head to the Reboli Center, an charming art gallery dedicated to acclaimed 20th century artist, Joseph Reboli.

Activities

Find balmy beach babylon on Long Island

A popular escape from New York City, life on Long Island is all about enjoying the great outdoors. Book a centrally located Stony Brook vacation rental and have some of North Shore's best beaches right on your doorstep. Overlooking Long Island Sound, Sand Street Beach is the closest to the town and is great for sunbathing, swimming, and picnics. Long Island's Atlantic Coast beaches attract watersports fanatics, and offer sailing and waterskiing, as well as whale-watching cruises. As the sun sets, relax with a bottle from one of Long Island's many wineries for true taste of island life.

Weather

Swap summer in the city for cool island life

When summer in the city gets too much, many New Yorkers flee to the cooling breeze of Long Island. Although a popular year-round destination, Stony Brook sees the best of the weather during its long, hot summer. Between June and August, temperatures can reach the mid-70s, with long sunny days and little rain, and the best Stony Brook vacation rentals can get snapped up. Fall is a particularly nice time to visit. The weather is largely fine, but the leisure crowds have all but dispersed and Stony Brook becomes the domain of the locals and students once more.

Natural features

Find Long Island's natural treasure in Avalon Park

Overlooking Smithtown Bay, Stony Brook is a small university town on the North Shore of Long Island. Away from the beaches, Long Island has plenty of lush, natural attractions. Avalon Park and Preserve is a beautiful woodland park strewn with wildflowers, secret waterholes, and peaceful nature walks. It has several easy hiking trails on offer, where you can spot the resident wading birds, ducks, and frogs. For more rugged trails, you need to head a few miles east to Laurel Ridge-Setauket Woods Nature Preserve, a 250-acre woodland scored with numerous hiking and biking trails.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Stony Brook

Fly into Islip, NY (ISP-MacArthur), the closest airport, located 8.3 mi (13.3 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Shirley, NY (WSH-Brookhaven Calabro), which is 14.4 mi (23.2 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, the main station serving the city is Stony Brook Station.

How many vacation rentals are available around Stony Brook?

Our 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 39 vacation rentals around Stony Brook. From 10 condo and apartment rentals to 26 house rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.