7 Outdoor Museums for Long Island Kids

When the sun is shining and you want to inject some culture into your family's itinerary, head to one of these outdoor museums on Long Island. From hiking and exploring to hands on water fun and scientific mini golf, these places have it all. And for more seasonal activities, check out our Summer Fun Guide.

Long Island Children's Museum
11 Davis Avenue, Garden City
516-224-5800
LICM offers year-round, hand-on exhibits for kids. Additionally, an outdoor water play area, Our Backyard, is open during summers. Bring the kids' bathing suit and/or a change of clothes.

Nassau County Museum of Art
1 Museum Drive, Roslyn
516-484-9338
Family Sundays are offered most weekends and include tours and an art activity. Special monthly programs are also offered to attract families. Summer art labs and great picnics on the lawn are among the outdoor activities.

Children's Museum of the East End
376 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton
631-537-8250
Head outside for some playground fun, a live performance in the half round theater or a round of nine-hole mini golf that centers around science and physics.

The Long Island Maritime Museum
86 West Ave., Sayville
631-854-4974
Located on the historic West Sayville waterfront, this maritime museum boasts homes, vessels and more. Annual events include a Pirate Festival, Kite Festival, Boat Burning and more.

Garvies Point Museum & Preserve
50 Barry Dr., Glen Cove
516-571-8010
This outdoor preserve consists of 62 acres of forests, thickets and meadows. Five miles of marked trails are ready for hiking. Marvel at the meadows, woodlands and hardwoods, then head down to the rocky shoreline for sweeping views.

Railroad Museum of Long Island
Griffing Avenue at the Tracks, Riverhead
631-727-7920
Board several stationary trains on premise outdoors and check out the conductor's quarters, sleeping areas and more. Ride a miniature version of the World's Fair train around the yard.

South Fork Natural History Museum
377 Bridgehampton Tpke., Bridgehampton
631-537-9735
This educational nature and animal facility has vast grounds with various woodland and aviary creatures. Hikes, walks, talks and hands on events are offered here weekly, geared toward children and families.

Photo: South Fork Natural History Museum

TulipFest at Garden of Eve
Garden of Eve - 9:00 AM
Tulip Festival at Waterdrinker
Waterdrinker Farm - 10:00 AM
Harbes Mother's Day Festival
Harbes Family Farm - 10:00 AM
Lighthouse Tower Tours
Wilderness Visitor Center - 11:00 AM
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