With spring almost officially upon us (and a big school break on the horizon, too), NYC parents are on the hunt for fun family day trips. One place my daughter and I like to visit at this time of year is White Post Farms, an awesome animal farm and petting zoo located in Melville, Long Island. Although we drove the last time we went, the farm is accessible via the Long Island Rail Road to Huntington Station and a quick taxi ride, so it's a great destination even if you don't have a car.
Unlike your typical nature farm where families pick fruit or watch cows being milked, White Post Farms is for little animals lovers. My daughter was so excited about our last visit, she even agreed to pay her own way (with coins from her piggy bank, of course). If your kid's into exotic animals, pony rides, train rides, treasure hunts and animatronic shows, you'll want to plan a visit. Bonus: Visit between now and Easter and you'll get face time with the Easter Bunny.