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12 Great County Parks in Suffolk for Kids

With so many family-friendly county parks dotting the landscape of Suffolk County, there’s no excuse not to visit at least one (or two or three) of these beautiful outdoor destinations. The problem is, which ones to choose?

To help you decide, we’ve rounded up some of the best parks for families. From hiking, biking, and horseback riding to swimming, picnicking, and camping, these have it all, and some have even more, including bird watching, boating, and other family-friendly activities. We could go on and on.

These parks are all worth the trip. But be advised, some require a Suffolk County Green Key for access during peak periods. 

For more outdoor activities with the family, check out our spring and summer fun guides, and don’t forget our events calendar.

Destination Playgrounds: Where Philly Families Can Play All Day

When it comes to playgrounds and play spaces, Philly families are pretty lucky— with more than 10,000 acres of park and playground space in the city, getting to a playground from most urban locations, isn't too much of a challenge. And often, a few times down the slide or across the monkey bars may be enough to fill an entire hour or two, and you can even go on a playground crawl, if you are up for moving from spot to spot. But sometimes you want to pick one space and make a day of it. So for that we’ve created a list of the top playgrounds in the Philadelphia area where you can easily play the whole day away.

Governors Island: Playgrounds, Camping, and More 2018 Highlights

Governors Island opens to the public on May 1 this year and its season, which runs through October 31, promises plenty of family-friendly fun, plus some spectacular overnight accommodations that give you even more time to play on the island!.

The opening of Governors Island is an event we anticipate annually as the island seemingly reinvents itself with new attractions and old favorites return. The aforementioned glamping accommodations are sure to be a big draw; while the adventure playground gets a new name, The Yard, plus Adventures at Governors Island returns with a larger footprint plus new mini golf, and the island's events calendar is, as always, jam-packed with family-friendly events like our favorite, the Figment arts fest.

Read on for the scoop on the very best things to do on Governors Island with kids, plus important visitor tips, such as ferry schedules and where to score free biking and kayaking. 

Water Feature: 15 Water Playgrounds and Parks with Splash Pads in LA

Remember those great summer afternoons running through a sprinkler with the neighborhood kids? Over in New England and Nebraska that’s probably still happening, but in parched SoCal we really can't be turning on the hose to while away a lazy afternoon. Instead, packs of puddle-loving Angeleno kids splash through the heat at parks with free and fabulous water features, like the ones below. So if a pool or a water park sounds like too much work today, cool those kids down at a splash pad! After the rainy 2016-17 winter, all of these should be fully operational this summer with no more drought restrictions.

12 Playgrounds with Tot Lots Designed Especially for Boston Babies and Toddlers

One of the things I’ve been looking forward to doing with my little boy is taking him to a playground. A stable sitter, he’s just about ready for a bucket swing...just in time for spring! But not all playgrounds cater to the sub-preschool set. Luckily, there are several in and around Boston that do have sandboxes, swings, and smaller play structures built specifically with the littlest kids in mind. Here are some of our favorite local "tot lots" with special features that are perfect for older babies and toddlers.

NYC Will Ban Cars in Central Park By This Summer

Everyone's favorite NYC green space is giving cars the boot for good. Car traffic will be barred from the last of Central Park's "loop drives" as of June 27, 2018, according to the office of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Although the park is mostly off-limits to cars, the new rule closes additional roads and frees up more pedestrian and biking space.

New NJ Spray Park Will Provide Fun for Kids of All Abilities

Construction of a new spray park in Toms River was recently announced, and kids of all ages and abilities have something to celebrate. The park is slated to be all-inclusive, meaning accessible for children with disabilities. “We are focused on all abilities being able to interact with each other at this splash pad,” says Erica Cirillo, co-president of Fountains of Hope, the organization fueling the project.

16 Great Parks and Playgrounds for NYC Kids' Birthdays

Savvy DIYers know that during the warmer months, New York City's parks make a stunning (and inexpensive) backdrop for a birthday bash. Granted, this type of party requires more work than booking one of those all-inclusive packages, but you get to control most of the details, including the cost (though sadly not the weather).

Find more party spots in our NYC Birthday Guide, including inexpensive room rentals for when bad weather threatens the fun.

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