With so many wineries on Long Island's East End now welcoming children, Long Island wine country has become a huge destination not just for couples and bachelorette parties, but for families with kids, too.
From picnic areas to live music and fun annual events, we’ve rounded up a host of kid-friendly wineries on Long Island's East End—many of which are family-owned and operated—offering the best experiences for little visitors. In addition to wine, most tasting rooms at these Long Island vineyards offer light snacks and nonalcoholic beverages, and some even allow outside food and drink in designated picnic areas. Of course, kids must be supervised, and any pets must be on leashes. Be sure to check individual websites for specific rules. And be responsible if you're driving.
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Guests rave about the knowledgeable staff and gorgeous views at this Long Island vineyard. Supervised kids are welcome, and leashed dogs, too on the grounds only. No outside food is allowed, but water and nonalcoholic drinks are permitted. Local food and cheeses are available, and food trucks make frequent visits. Enjoy live music on Wednesdays in the summer. Groups of up to 15 are allowed on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are not accepted.
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Kids can enjoy a family stomp party at RGNY Vineyards in Riverhead.
At this vineyard, formerly known as Martha Clara Vineyards, kids and pets are welcome. It offers cheese boards, snacks, and soft drinks for purchase, and reservations are strongly encouraged for groups of six or more.
Enjoy food and wine among the vines at this picturesque spot on the North Fork. Peconic Bay Vineyards offers an affordable picnic reservation that includes a bottle of wine and a large charcuterie board for every two two guests. Kids cost just $10 and can enjoy lemonade, iced tea, and potato chips.
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Harbes Family Farm and Vineyard offers wine for grown-ups and a bouncy play area for kids.
This Long Island vineyard is located behind the Harbes Farm Stand and Harbes Barnyard Adventure, which offers plenty for kids to do. Admission fees apply. Take the kids to see the animals, let them play games, and then relax with a glass of wine at the wine barn. Hayrides, pig rides, and corn mazes are all part of the fun. Check out the Peach Festival in August and the Apple Festival in September. And while you're there, treat your sweet tooth to some cider doughnuts and kettle corn.
Duck Walk hosts live music on weekend afternoons from May through October at its North and South Fork locations. Kids and pets are welcome, and adults can sample four elegant wines for a reasonable fee. A variety of snacks and cheese are also available, and guests may bring light snacks, too.
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Pizza and wine make for a perfect family outing at Jamesport Vineyards.
Kids are welcome at this father-son establishment on weekdays only. If you'd prefer, make an adults-only weekend trip for wood-fired pizza, flatbreads, and even live jazz.
The tasting room on Oregon Road features indoor and outdoor areas, but reservations are strongly recommended due to limited seating. A front deck offers great views of the sunset. Enjoy live music on occasion. Local cheeses and a snack menu are also available. Kids and pets are welcome.
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Wander the lush vineyards at McCall Wines.
McCall has plenty of outdoor space for walking, hiking, and picnicking with kids and pets. If you can visit on a Thursday or Friday, check out Burger Night, where the menu includes grass-fed hamburgers, french fries, and homemade chocolate chip cookies. Reservations are required and can be booked online.
Enjoy live music, private tours, and tastings at this vineyard, whose tasting room resembles an old-fashioned soda shop. While reservations are recommended, they are only available for members of its wine club or those booking a VIP Tasting Flight. Kids love the pizza truck on weekends.
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Enjoy weekend family fun at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, one of only three vineyards on the South Fork.
Through the end of September, families visiting this South Fork vineyard can enjoy Sunset Fridays and Saturdays at the Wine Stand. Bring a blanket and chairs, enjoy wines by the glass and bottle, cheese and charcuterie plates, and music from 5pm until sunset. Snack boxes and beverages are available for kids. If you wish to visit the Tasting Room while you are there, be sure to check the website before heading out, as this is a popular venue that sometimes closes for private events.
At this popular family-friendly Long Island vineyard, guests can bring their own picnic lunches. Outdoor games such as volleyball, bocce, and corn hole are available at no charge on its expansive property. There is live music most weekends and tours of the property can be arranged for a fee.
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Bring a picnic lunch to Pindar Vineyards and enjoy a day of food, music, and wine.
Families are welcome to bring food and picnic on the grass areas at this family-friendly Long Island winery. Soft drinks and kid-friendly snacks are also available. Enjoy live music, Sunset Fridays, and more. Food trucks make frequent visits. Leashed dogs are allowed in outdoor areas.
Tucked away on Route 25, this kid-, pet-, and picnic-friendly Long Island vineyard includes a lake with plenty of outdoor seating. Live music is offered on weekend afternoons throughout the summer.
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Visit Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard for more than just wine. Take home a cake or pie.
This is the first vineyard you will see as you enter Long Island's wine country, and kids are welcome. There is live music every weekend, and if someone in your group is not a wine lover, it also has an assortment of hard ciders and craft beers.
The Mattituck Tasting Room of this Long Island winery is open for reservations only. Kids can join in the fun of its Summer Tasting. When booking, note that children will be attending, and they will be accommodated.
Originally published in 2015.