100 Things To Do with Your Kids on Long Island Before They Grow Up

The best things to do, places to go, and things to see with kids on Long Island

No matter what season it is, there’s no shortage of fun activities and cool places to see in Long Island. It’s no surprise that so many parents flock to the area to raise their families. From beautiful beaches and nature preserves to sporting events and children’s museums, there are at least 100 great activities to do with the kids. Since we had to cut the list somewhere, please feel free to add your ideas to the list in the comments section. 

1.     Sun yourself on one of LI’s many beautiful beaches.
2.     Enjoy a ride on the Nunley’s Carousel.
3.     Take the ferry to Fire Island.
4.     Cheer on the Long Island Ducks baseball team.
5.     Watch the horses race at Belmont Raceway.
6.     Head to one of LI's outdoor museums for learning in nature.
7.     Snap a photo in front of the Big Duck in Riverhead.
8.     See a concert at Jones Beach Theater.
9.     Take a trip back in time at Old Bethpage Village Restoration.
10.   Cool off at Splish Splash Water Park.
11.   See the camels at the Animal Farm Petting Zoo in Manorville.
12.   Say hi to the penguins at the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center.
13.   Go on a seal hike.
14.   Gaze at the stars at the Vanderbilt Planetarium.
15.   Grab a blanket and a picnic basket and enjoy an alfresco concert at Old Westbury Gardens.
16.   Wonder at the beautiful blooms at one of LI's botanical gardens.
17.   Learn some Native American history at the Shinnecock Pow Wow during Labor Day weekend.
18.   Blow kid-sized bubbles at the Long Island Children’s Museum.
19.   Take surfing lessons out East.
20.   Scream as loud as you can on the roller coasters at Adventureland.
21.   Watch cars race around the track at the Riverhead Raceway.
22.   Hook a line and enjoy some fishing at one of LI's many piers and parks.
23.   Go kayaking in the Hamptons.
24.   Pitch and tent and go camping.
25.   Visit the Heckscher Museum of Art.
26.   Walk for a cause in the Long Island 2-Day Breast Cancer Walk.
27.   Spend a weekend at Gurney’s.
28.   Go ice-skating at one of the many indoor or outdoor rinks on LI.
29.   Get a taste of history at Sagamore Hill.
30.   Play the day away at the Children’s Museum of the East End.
31.   Zoom around in some go karts or try slot racing.
33.   Explore Port Jefferson’s waterfront.
34.   Be awed by the planes at the Cradle of Aviation Museum.
35.   Visit Walt Whitman’s birthplace.
36.   Climb a tree at Planting Fields Arboretum.
37.   Tour Fire Island’s Sunken Forest.
38.   Sample the tasty treats at a strawberry festival.
39.   Climb to the top of the Montauk Lighthouse.
40.   Visit the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum.
41.   Take a walk through the sculpture park on Family Sundays at the Nassau County Museum of Art.
42.   Go pumpkin and apple picking.
43.   Tour Long Island’s Wine Country (it’s not just for grown-ups).
44.   Mix fun with education at the one of LI's science museums.
45.   Pay your respects at the 9/11 tribute at the Nassau County Firefighter’s Museum.
46.   Check out the trains at the Railroad Museum of Long Island.
47.   Sing happy birthday to the trout at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery.
48.   Visit the Jericho Cider Mill—and don’t leave without some cider and a pie.
49.   Enjoy a show at the Gateway Playhouse.
50.   Take a whale-watching cruise from CRESLI.
51.   Go hiking in Caleb Smith State Park.
52.   Go cross-country skiing in Wildwood State Park.
53.   Enjoy a concert at the world-class Tilles Center.
54.   Visit the African-American Museum of Nassau County.
55.   Enjoy a sundae or egg cream at the counter at one of LI's old-fashioned ice cream parlors.
56.   Have some finger-lickin’-good ribs at Smokin’ Al’s.
57.   Sit for some story time at Book Revue.
58.   Eat your way through the Long Island Fall Festival in Heckscher Park.
59.   Take in the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach on Memorial Day Weekend.
60.   Feed the ducks as you walk the trails at East Hampton’s Duck Pond on David's Lane.
61.   Ride the Peconic County Miniature Railroad.
62.   Enjoy a unique theater-in-the-round entertainment experience at NYCB Theatre at Westbury.
63.   Marvel at the trucks at the Long Island Antique Power Association's Annual Engine Run and Tractor Pull.
64.   Bird watch at the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center.
65.   Ride the bumper boats at Bayville Adventure Park.
66.   Play a round of Monster Mini Golf.
67.   Enjoy live music, outdoor dining, sidewalk sales and antique cars at Northport’s Family Fun night.
68.   Horseback ride at Deep Hollow Ranch in Montauk—the oldest working ranch in the US.
69.   Run through the spray park at Tobay Beach.
70.   See a puppet show at the Long Island Puppet Theater.
71.   Look at dinosaur eggs and fossils at the Gregory Museum in Hicksville.
72.   Teach your kids an important history lesson at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County
73.   Check out the Old Hook Windmill in East Hampton or Shinnecock Windmill at Southampton College.
74.   Build a Lego masterpiece at Bricks 4 Kidz.
75.   Watch the butterflies at Sweetbriar Nature Center in Smithtown.
76.   Jump around on wall to wall trampolines at Bounce!
77.   Adopt a pet (or at least pet a few) at the North Shore Animal League.
78.   Take a ride in a hot air balloon.
79.   Visit Wrong Island Railroad, which has the largest selection of new Lionel Trains in Suffolk County.
80.   Enjoy food and fun at the Oyster Fest in Oyster Bay.
81.   Feed the colorful birds at White Post Farms.
82.   Get spooked at Bayvile Scream Park during Halloween (for older kids).
83.   Start to learn a second language at The Language Workshop for Children.
84.   Bring out your child's inner Picasso at an art class
85.   Get a taste of Broadway at the John W. Engeman Theater, LI's only year-round professional theater company.
86.   Explore a “secret” quiet beach, like Culloden Point, and search for sea shells and driftwood.
87.   Have a bonfire on Gin beach, where less wind and the sunset make a perfect ending to a magical day.
88.   Check out the Bald Eagles at the Holtsville Ecology Center Zoo.
89.   Buy some crafts and yummy treats at the Hallockville Fall Festival in Riverhead.
90.   Sit on Santa’s lap and pick up some homemade goodies at St. James General Store.
91.   Go sledding at one of Long Island’s many hilly parks.
92.   Play some games at Dave & Buster's.
93.   Drive some of the best in holiday light displays
94.   Visit the oldest dwelling on LI at The Brewster House.
95.   Enjoy some glow-in-the-dark bowling at Massapequa Bowl.
96.   Pick up a yummy pie at Brightwaters Farms.
97.   Watch a movie or listen to a live concert at Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre.
98.   Kiss a few frogs at Jungle Bob’s Reptile World.
99.   Watch the Long Island Lizards play LI’s favorite game: Lacrosse.
100. Take a kayak tour around Shelter Island.