40 Things to Do Outdoors on Long Island with Your Kids
Use this as your spring bucket list of outdoor activities on Long Island for family fun!
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20. Animal Farm Petting Zoo
Pet, feed, and cuddle with the hundreds of rescued animals at the Animal Farm Petting Zoo. Your admission also includes the puppet theater, picnic areas, and playgrounds, along with a ride on the Safari Family Train.
21. Fire Island
Walk along the pristine beaches of Fire Island. Then explore the salt marsh on a guided tour and climb to the top of the Fire Island Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse on Long Island.
22. Uplands Farm Nature Sanctuary
Walk the nearly 2½ miles of marked trails at the Uplands Farm Nature Sanctuary. It’s a former dairy farm that has been transformed into a preserve with bird and butterfly meadows and a white pine-shaded ravine.
23. Jones Beach
Take a drive to New York’s most-visited state park: Jones Beach. In addition to the sandy beach and beautiful ocean, walk on the boardwalk or take a bike ride, play miniature golf, and more.
24. Holtsville Ecology Site and Animal Preserve
Book a guided tour at the Holtsville Ecology Site and Animal Preserve, then head over to the playground and picnic area.
25. Old Bethpage Village Restoration
Take a step back in time at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration. Your family will find out what it was like to live during the mid-19th century.
26. Long Island Children’s Museum
Get your hands dirty at the outdoor backyard at Long Island Children’s Museum. This interactive outdoor exhibition includes a weather boat, herb garden, strawberry maze, sunflower house, evaporating art easels, and water play area.
27. Sands Point Preserve
See a real-life castle at Sands Point Preserve. Built-in 1902, Hampstead House is a 100,000 square-foot castle inspired by Ireland’s Kilkenny Castle.
28. Montauk Lighthouse
Sign up for surf lessons in Montauk. Then visit the Montauk Lighthouse, which was built in 1796 and is a national historic landmark.
29. Lavender by the Bay
Walk through fields of lovely lavender—and buy some to take home—at Lavender by the Bay.
30. Country Fair Park
Ride the go-karts at Country Fair Park. Then round out the day of fun with mini golf, batting cages, outdoor laser tag, and more.
31. Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
There’s plenty of bird watching at the Caleb Smith State Park Preserve. Plus, the Nature Museum has been recently renovated and showcases natural history exhibits.
32. Long Island Aquarium
Sail on an interactive and educational adventure aboard the Atlantis Explorer. Conducted by Long Island Aquarium educators, you’ll travel down the Peconic River and into Flanders Bay. When your excursion is over, stop by to say hello to the aquarium’s resident penguins.
33. American Beauty II Cruises
Take a sunset cruise aboard the American Beauty II—or learn about the historic whaling village of Sag Harbor on a sightseeing tour.
34. Belmont Lake State Park
Catch some fish at Belmont Lake State Park. There is trout fishing in the spring and bass fishing in the summer.
35. Nassau County Museum of Art
Marvel at the outdoor sculpture garden at the Nassau County Museum of Art. There’s also an arboretum, nature garden, and trails to explore.
36. Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
Teach the kids how to fish at Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium. Just be sure to make a reservation in advance.
37. Clark Botanical Gardens
Spend a quiet morning or afternoon at Clark Botanic Gardens. This 12-acre botanical garden was designed by Alice Recknagel Ireys.
38. Deep Hollow Ranch
Live like a cowboy at Deep Hollow Ranch, the oldest working ranch in the U.S. Families can ride horses on the trail to explore Montauk’s beautiful scenery (private guided tours are available).
39. Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
See Teddy Roosevelt’s historic home at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. Then explore the grounds and take a hike to the small nearby beach.
40. The Big Duck
Snap a photo in front of The Big Duck, which is recognized by the National Register of Historic places and has become a roadside attraction for many motorists driving out to the east end.