Yes, the beaches are beautiful in the Hamptons and North Fork, but sooner or later, your family is going to be looking for something else to do this summer. For a change of pace and a chance for your kids to brush up on their golf and baseball bat swings, or just get out of the sun, we’ve rounded up a list of family-friendly mini golf courses, batting cages and indoor fun like arcades out east.
Most places have snack bars and some offer other amenities such as boat rentals so you can make a whole day of it.
For more fun activities on the east end, be sure to check out our guide to the Hamptons and North Fork and our listing of kayak, canoe, and paddle board rental places. And when your family is ready to hit the beach again, we found the best beaches for families on Long Island. Have fun!
Mini Golf & Batting Cages
Tick Tock Miniature Golf — Greenport
Located at Drossos Motel, this classic 1950s-style, 18-hole mini-golf course has been around for almost 60 years. There’s a snack bar that sells burgers, hot dogs, fried chicken, and ice cream, and on the weekends, a pop-up snack bar, Jennie’s at Drossos, offers lobster rolls, fish tacos and more.
Slo Jack's — Hampton Bays
Another classic, this nostalgic 18-hole course is located behind the restaurant, which has a pretty extensive lunch and dinner menu and plenty of picnic tables. A hole-in-one on the 18th gets you a free game. There’s also a funky surf shop on the premises where families are always welcome to browse.
Puff 'n' Putt — Montauk
If you want to cool off after playing a round of mini golf, this family owned and operated Montauk Village venue is the perfect spot. Located on Fort Pond, it offers pedal boats, canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, and more for rent.
Whale's Tale — Shelter Island
Take a short ferry ride to beautiful Shelter Island and enjoy the recently updated, nautical-themed, 18-hole mini golf course at Whale’s Tale. At the snack bar, treat the family to ice cream and yogurt, drinks and smoothies, homemade Cannoli and cappuccino, and much more. There’s also an indoor arcade room.
Southampton Golf Range—Southampton
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! You’ll find plenty of animals—the fake, friendly kind—at this 18-hole mini golf course. This family-owned-and-operated venue also has batting cages and a driving range. The snack bar serves burgers, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, home-made ice cream, and more.
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The All Star—Riverhead
When everyone has had enough of the sand and sun, some indoor bowling may just the ticket. There’s also an arcade and a full-service restaurant at this large facility.
Although there is only one batting cage (and it must be reserved) this indoor sports-training venue offers private and team lessons and clinics for baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, and more. Birthday party packages are also available.
A large, four-level indoor playground that offers plenty of open-play activities for children ages 1—10. There are bounce houses and slides, an arcade, a toddler play section, and a hands-on sensory area.
A version of this article first published in 2013, but it has since been updated.
Top photo courtesy of Tick Tock Miniature Golf.