An abundance of parks and playgrounds makes Long Island a wonderful place to raise a family. These destinations are, of course, great places for little ones to get valuable exercise and to have fun. They are also ideal places for parents to chat while their kids play. Feel free to get in on the action because kids love it when parents get silly and have fun, too.
We’ve scouted the best playgrounds across the Island—in Nassau and Suffolk, and on the East End—where you’ll find plenty of space for you and your little ones. For more playground inspiration, check our guide to day trips to Long Island's top parks and playgrounds, including our top playgrounds for toddlers.
It's worth noting, however, that some of these parks require county, town, or village residency. It's best to check access rules before heading out. State parks are, of course, open to all.