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Best outdoor places to Instagram in the Hamptons

Make sure your phones are charged before heading to these photogenic Hamptons spots

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Here in the Hamptons, we’re dreaming of summers. And even though summer is months away, we still want to give our readers the most Instagram-friendly outdoor spaces on the East End. So get outdoors, grab your phone, and get ready to head to these photogenic spots in the Hamptons.

We started at the Shinnecock Canal and moved all the way east to the Montauk Lighthouse—but if there are any other spots that you don’t see on our list, feel free to drop us a line in the comments or at hamptons@curbed.com (don’t forget to link your fave Instagram in there, too!), and we’ll add it to our list.

While you’re at it, check out some of our other maps, like the most Instagram-worthy spots throughout the Hamptons, the best scenic stops along Montauk Highway, the best beaches on the East End, and some of the most romantic local spots to make out.

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1. Shinnecock Canal

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Shinnecock Canal
Hampton Bays, NY 11946

Often the site that people consider to be where the Hamptons unofficially starts, the Shinnecock Canal is a great place to snap photos and watch the boats come in.

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2. Ponquogue Bridge

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From the Ponquogue Bridge, one can see the bay and the ocean at the same time. Yes, please.

3. Southampton Windmill

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39 Tuckahoe Rd
Southampton, NY 11968
(631) 632-5119
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The Windmill that sits on what is now Stony Brook Southampton’s campus is allegedly haunted. Tons of people got photos while walking through the campus during the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.

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4. Cooper’s Beach

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268 Meadow Ln
Southampton, NY 11968
(631) 287-3450

Granted, any and every ocean beach—and bay beach, for that matter—is perfectly Instagram-able, but Cooper’s is probably the most popular.

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5. Gin Lane

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Gin Ln
Southampton, NY 11968

Hedging, everywhere! Gin Lane is perfectly green in the summer.

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6. Mecox Bay

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Mecox Bay
Southampton, NY 11976

The south-of-the-highway bay is one of the most desirable places to own waterfront property in the Hamptons, aside from the ocean. As a result, there are some seriously gorgeous houses on Mecox Bay, and amazing landscaping to go with it.

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7. Hampton Classic Horse Show

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240 Snake Hollow Rd
Bridgehampton, NY 11932
(631) 537-3177
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If you’re going to go, you should definitely post something on Instagram.

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8. Mashashimuet Park

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Sag Harbor’s Mashashimuet Park is great for families or those who want to curl up with a book on a nice day.

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9. Wölffer Estate Vineyard

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139 Sagg Rd
Sagaponack, NY 11962
(631) 537-5106
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Wölffer is known for its gorgeous vineyard and Instagram-worthy branding. Summer in a Bottle is particularly beautiful, and those cheese plates are almost too good-looking to eat.

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10. Town Pond

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Town Pond
East Hampton, NY 11937

You know you’ve reached East Hampton village when you’re passing by the quaint but beautiful Town Pond.

11. South End Cemetery

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34 James Ln
East Hampton, NY 11937
(631) 324-0362

The South End Cemetery—right near Town Pond—is beautifully kept.

12. Fort Pond

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Fort Pond
Montauk, NY 11954

The iconic Surf Lodge is right on Fort Pond. Get a photo while you grab a drink at the famous hotel and restaurant.

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13. Ditch Witch

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9-, 23 Ditch Plains Rd
Montauk, NY 11954

After a long day of surfing, it’s basically Montauk law to get food at the Ditch Witch. But even if you don’t, there’s something just so photo op-worthy of the cutesy grub shack.

14. Montauk Lighthouse Museum

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2000 Montauk Hwy
Montauk, NY 11954
(631) 668-2544
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And of course, the Montauk Lighthouse.

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1. Shinnecock Canal

Shinnecock Canal, Hampton Bays, NY 11946

Often the site that people consider to be where the Hamptons unofficially starts, the Shinnecock Canal is a great place to snap photos and watch the boats come in.

Shinnecock Canal
Hampton Bays, NY 11946

2. Ponquogue Bridge

Hampton Bays, NY

From the Ponquogue Bridge, one can see the bay and the ocean at the same time. Yes, please.

3. Southampton Windmill

39 Tuckahoe Rd, Southampton, NY 11968

The Windmill that sits on what is now Stony Brook Southampton’s campus is allegedly haunted. Tons of people got photos while walking through the campus during the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.

39 Tuckahoe Rd
Southampton, NY 11968

4. Cooper’s Beach

268 Meadow Ln, Southampton, NY 11968

Granted, any and every ocean beach—and bay beach, for that matter—is perfectly Instagram-able, but Cooper’s is probably the most popular.

268 Meadow Ln
Southampton, NY 11968

5. Gin Lane

Gin Ln, Southampton, NY 11968

Hedging, everywhere! Gin Lane is perfectly green in the summer.

Gin Ln
Southampton, NY 11968

6. Mecox Bay

Mecox Bay, Southampton, NY 11976

The south-of-the-highway bay is one of the most desirable places to own waterfront property in the Hamptons, aside from the ocean. As a result, there are some seriously gorgeous houses on Mecox Bay, and amazing landscaping to go with it.

Mecox Bay
Southampton, NY 11976

7. Hampton Classic Horse Show

240 Snake Hollow Rd, Bridgehampton, NY 11932

If you’re going to go, you should definitely post something on Instagram.

240 Snake Hollow Rd
Bridgehampton, NY 11932

8. Mashashimuet Park

Sag Harbor, NY 11963

Sag Harbor’s Mashashimuet Park is great for families or those who want to curl up with a book on a nice day.

9. Wölffer Estate Vineyard

139 Sagg Rd, Sagaponack, NY 11962

Wölffer is known for its gorgeous vineyard and Instagram-worthy branding. Summer in a Bottle is particularly beautiful, and those cheese plates are almost too good-looking to eat.

139 Sagg Rd
Sagaponack, NY 11962

10. Town Pond

Town Pond, East Hampton, NY 11937

You know you’ve reached East Hampton village when you’re passing by the quaint but beautiful Town Pond.

Town Pond
East Hampton, NY 11937

11. South End Cemetery

34 James Ln, East Hampton, NY 11937

The South End Cemetery—right near Town Pond—is beautifully kept.

34 James Ln
East Hampton, NY 11937

12. Fort Pond

Fort Pond, Montauk, NY 11954

The iconic Surf Lodge is right on Fort Pond. Get a photo while you grab a drink at the famous hotel and restaurant.

Fort Pond
Montauk, NY 11954

13. Ditch Witch

9-, 23 Ditch Plains Rd, Montauk, NY 11954

After a long day of surfing, it’s basically Montauk law to get food at the Ditch Witch. But even if you don’t, there’s something just so photo op-worthy of the cutesy grub shack.

9-, 23 Ditch Plains Rd
Montauk, NY 11954

14. Montauk Lighthouse Museum

2000 Montauk Hwy, Montauk, NY 11954

And of course, the Montauk Lighthouse.

2000 Montauk Hwy
Montauk, NY 11954