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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: You don't have to be a rocket scientist to enjoy it

Have you ever wondered what goes on at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory?  If you have never visited, you are in for a treat, whether you paid attention in biology class or not!  

Founded in 1890, this world-renowned scientific laboratory, in Cold Spring Harbor NY, is an international research institution that has achieved monumental breakthroughs in molecular biology, genetics and cancer research.  It's home to over 600 researchers and technicians and attracts 12,000 scientists annually from around the world to learn the latest technologies and share advances in biological research.

One of it's most infamous scientists is Dr. James D. Watson, co-discoverer of DNA’s double helix.

But you don't have to be qualified to do DNA research to visit and enjoy some of the most beautiful waterfront acreage on Long Island. 

The Lab offers:

  • Saturday morning walking tours of the campus from 10 a.m. - 11:30am - tours will be May 15th & June 11th, June 19th and continue into November. The tour fee is $5. Sign up online at CSH Lab Walking Tour. For more information, call (516) 367-8455 or email [email protected].
  • Evening concerts - the next concerts are May 15th & 20th. 
  • Free public lecture programs 
  • Summer camps for science enthusiasts entering 6th–12th grade 
  • Cocktails & Chromosomes Events -  next one will be at Finleys of Huntington on May 11th where CSHL Associate Professor Christopher Vakov, M.D., Ph. D. will discuss biotech called CRISPR. 

For more information about cultural events and other happenings at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, visit their website at

Spring & Summer Walking Tours In The Five Harbors Area

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