It is the most rural part of Long Island, but has two villages of note: the village of Riverhead, county seat of Suffolk county (though most county offices are further west) and home of Splish Splash water park, the Long Island Aquarium, and a host of other sites; and Greenport, a small village almost at the end of the Fork, home to a substantial maritime and railroad history. In between the two lie Aqueboque, Jamesport, Laurel, Mattituck, Cutchogue, Peconic, and Southold. East of Greenport are East Marion and Orient Point, the easternmost village on the fork. None of these are large or host particularly many attractions.
The South Fork or the Hamptons and Montauk point are just south of the North Fork. It is an easy drive of easier to take a small ferry to Shelter Island, drive through to the next ferry to Sag Harbor and explore there as well.
Heading west from the North Fork, you can visit Long Island and head further west to New York City.
Long Island has many enjoyable places to visit, including nice villages. Beautiful ocean beaches, restaurants, and tours are available of Gold Coast Mansions, that dotted the coast during the era of the Great Gatsby. For groups of 50 or more tour guides are available. If small groups, you can visit the mansions online and check for events and availability.
Staying in the North Fork or returning if a long trip there are many things to do. Mostly it is a quiet place and relaxation and tranquility along with a picturesque setting are part of what makes the North Fork an enjoyable destination.
The North Fork of Long Island is only 80 miles from Manhattan. This area offers a low key lifestyle for both families as well as couples that want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is also cheaper than the South Fork of Long Island which is appealing to many people.