Kid-Friendly Wineries on Long Island's East End
With so many wineries on the 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 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 offer light snacks and nonalcoholic beverages, and some 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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1. Bedell Cellars – Cutchogue
Supervised kids are welcome, and leashed dogs, too (outside 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. Guests rave about the knowledgeable staff and gorgeous views. Families can enjoy live music on weekends in the summer. Groups up to four are allowed in the Pavilion and up to 12 on the lawn.
2. Duck Walk Vineyards – Southold, Water Mill
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 only $13. A variety of snacks and cheese are also available, and guests may bring light snacks, too.
Kids can enjoy a family stomp party at RGNY Vineyards in Riverhead.
3. RGNY Vineyards – Riverhead
At this vineyard, formerly known as Martha Clara Vineyards, kids and pets are welcome. They offer cheese boards, snacks, and soft drinks for purchase, and reservations are strongly encouraged for groups of six or more.
4. Harbes Family Farm and Vineyard – Mattituck
The vineyard is located behind the Harbes farm stand and Harbes Barnyard Adventure, with 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.
5. Jamesport Vineyards – Jamesport
Pets are not allowed on the property, but kids are welcome at this father-son establishment Monday through Friday. Food selections include wood-fired oven pizza and flatbreads on weekends. Live jazz is popular on summer weekends.
6. Lieb Cellars – Cutchogue
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 available. Kids and pets are welcome.
7. McCall Wines – Cutchogue
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 is grass-fed hamburgers, french fries, and homemade chocolate chip cookies. Reservations are required and can be booked online.
Enjoy weekend family fun at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, one of only three vineyards on the South Fork.
8. Wölffer Estate Vineyard – Sagaponack
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.
9. Osprey's Dominion – Peconic
At this family-friendly and popular 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.
10. Palmer Vineyards – Riverhead
Enjoy live music, private tours, and tastings at this vineyard, whose tasting room resembles an old-fashioned diner/soda shop. While reservations are recommended, they are only available for members of its wine club or those booking a VIP Tasting Flight. Kids will love the food trucks that visit on the weekends.
11. Pindar Vineyards – Peconic
Families are welcome to bring food and picnic on the grass areas. 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.
12. Pugliese Vineyards – Cutchogue
Tucked away on Route 25, this kid-, pet-, and picnic-friendly setting includes a lake with plenty of outdoor seating. Live music is offered weekend afternoons throughout the summer.
Visit Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard for more than just wine. Take home a cake or pie.
13. Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard – Baiting Hollow
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.
14. Macari Vineyards – Mattituck
The Mattituck Tasting Room is open for reservations only at this Long Island favorite. Kids can join in the fun of its Summer Tasting. Adults are $35 per person, which includes cheese and charcuterie boards and a three wine flight tasting. When booking, note that children will be attending, and they will accommodate.
15. Peconic Bay Vineyards – Cutchogue
Enjoy food and wine among the vines at this picturesque spot on the North Fork. For $50 per person, Peconic Bay Vineyards offers a picnic reservation that includes a bottle of wine and a large charcuterie board.
This article was originally posted in 2015 but has since been updated. All photos courtesy of the respective vineyards.
Kristen Markel contributed additional reporting.