Toss a sweater over your shoulders and take your kids on a stroll through Southampton, a village that has it all. Whether you're summering in the Hamptons, going for a day trip, or lucky to be a local, you'll fall in love with this historic, quaint and happening village.
Cool off with an ice cream cone from The Fudge Company on Main St. or around the corner from Carvel on Jobs Lane. Then grab a bench on the bustling sidewalk and enjoy the view. Your kids are sure to be enchanted by Stevenson's Toy Store on Jobs Lane with a store front as alluring as the toys inside; two stories of modern toys intertwined with handmade classics. Throughout the village are a smattering of children's boutiques and family-friendly restaurants all snuggled next to Agwam Park. The park offers a state-of-the-art playground, a large grassy area comparable to a football field, picnic tables, and WWI and WWII Memorials all overlooking Agwam Lake. The Southampton Cultural Center, across the street, hosts a variety of family events including kids’ classes and Summer Concerts in the Park (Agwam) or alternating at Cooper's Beach – 6:30 Wednesday evenings, through July and August, Free! The concerts attract families and people of all ages to set simple to elaborate picnics and enjoy the music as it fills the night air. The ease of the Hamptons' life is contagious, so be sure to explore both the village and surrounding areas to indulge in everything Southampton has to offer.
Family-Friendly Restaurants in Southampton Village:
Sip n Soda is tucked away on the east end of the village. Grab a stool at the counter and watch your little one's feet dangle, or slide into a cozy booth, either way don't leave without a traditional overflowing milk shake. Paul's Pizzeria is in a great spot -- right next to the movie theater and across the street from Agwam Park. Eat in or take out, this casual-fare Italian restaurant has something for everyone. LaParmigiana has a buzz in the air with indoor seating and large covered patio to accommodate families of any size, or cater and take the reliable dishes back to your beach house. The Driver's Seat, a few doors down from Agwam Park, offers an array of choices to make everyone happy with an easy and inviting ambience both indoors and out. Owners smartly place a basketful of toys/books that delight kids as they pick one out to play with at their table. The Golden Pear is a popular cafe with gourmet flair, a must for many who come to the Hamptons. The Southampton Publick House is a unique brewery that offers various specials throughout the week, making dining out a bit more feasible for the entire family. And of course, don’t miss Tate’s Bake Shop to grab a few packages of her famous cookies and some scrumptious samples.
Play miniature golf at Animal Kingdom or practice golf swings at the small range next door. Swim, surf, and explore Coopers Beach, rated one of the top 10 beaches in the United States; once you visit, you’ll see why (parking fee $40). Rotations Bicycle Center has bikes for hire. It's located right near the residential area of town where cruisers have miles of outstretched roads with impressive estates to gander at and the beach at their fingertips.
Aunt Suzie's Clothes for Kids, Inc., is a long-standing staple in the village with quality pieces and great style for infants to 12-year-olds. Hildreth's opened as a general store in 1842 and charmed the village for 13 generations with its selection of home goods, toys, beach necessities, and adorable clothing.
Roger's Memorial Library is an activity epicenter for children of all ages with a calendar of events that is updated daily. Or, just stop by to check out the interactive children’s section filled with toys for toddlers. Visit Book Hampton, a small store that packs a punch, especially in the children’s section.