Endless summer festivities and fun at the Great South Bay Music Festival at Shorefront Park in Patchogue. Photo by Benny Migs
Endless summer festivities and fun at the Great South Bay Music Festival at Shorefront Park in Patchogue. Photo by Benny Migs

13 of Long Island's Most Walkable Main Streets

Compared to living in a walkable city like New York, suburban life can make you feel tethered to the car. But that certainly doesn't have to be the case. We’ve highlighted the most walkable main streets in some of our favorite Long Island towns. These main streets are great for parade watching, strolling through a farmers' market, or catching a craft fair. From children’s theaters and local museums to historic sites and beachfront parks, Long Island culture is easily accessible. For shopping and places to eat, there’s no shortage of unique children’s boutiques, quirky toy stores, family-friendly restaurants, irresistible ice cream parlors, and vintage candy shops. 
 
For more ways to take advantage of all that Long Island has to offer, check out Mommy Poppins’ Fall Fun Guide for Long Island Kids and 100 Things to Do on Long Island With Kids Before They Grow Up.
 
This young Farmingdale friend enjoys live music and bubbles at Music on Main. Photo courtesy of Marketing Masters NY

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Farmingdale

Farmingdale Village ranks high on the walkability scale with its centralized restaurants and shops and the village's proximity to the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) Farmingdale station. Main Street is the town's hub for annual cultural events and there are tons of kid-friendly restaurants to choose from.
Things to Do
The Music on Main festival is a FREE annual event that takes place on a two block area of Main Street that will be closed to traffic (dates for this year are still TBD). There is also an annual Memorial Day parade, and the Village Green is a hub of activity. In the fall, there’s Art in the Park and the Farmingdale Fall Street Fair.
Eats and Sweet Treats
There's a good selection of international eats on Main Street. The Rolling Spring Roll dishes up authentic Vietnamese food. The Meetball Place serves yummy meatballs and other Italian dishes, and on Sundays, children 12 and under eat FREE with the purchase of an adult entree. Wings Over is another great spot for food-on-the-go. An extensive Greek menu, including children’s pita pizza, is on offer at the family-friendly Grecian Grill. A Farmingdale favorite, The Chocolate Duck serves masterful cakes and chocolates. 

In Garden City CoreLife Eatery’s young foodie is loving their Kids Power Plate in Garden City. Photo courtesy of CoreLife Eatery 
 

Garden City

Garden City is best known to families for museum row’s Long Island Children’s Museum and the Cradle of Aviation Museum and, of course, shopping at Roosevelt Field. But Garden City has a bustling downtown that’s ideal for families ready to stroll the streets. Avoid driving and take the LIRR to Garden City: it’s about a 10-minute walk to Seventh Street and Franklin Avenue, Garden City’s hub.
Things to Do
Walk to the nearby Garden City Public Library and browse the children’s section. There's a great special needs collection of books and an enchanting mural of Alice in WonderlandCurious George, and Madeleine in the story time room: library program registration and participation is prioritized to Garden City residents. Friday Night Promenades are themed evenings filled with food, live music, and children’s activities. For a combination of shopping and classes, visit Kidville’s boutique with irresistibly fun toys and birthday gifts.  Everyone can unleash their creativity at Muse Paintbar, where children and parents paint masterpieces together. The Paintbar doubles as a restaurant.
Eats and Sweet Treats
CoreLife Eatery proves that you don’t have to sacrifice flavor to eat healthy: the Kids Power Menu is a fun reminder that food is fuel. Families will love Walk Street’s breezy sidewalk seating and The Burger Spot’s made-to-order burgers and salads will satisfy a hungry crowd. Grab a slice at  Garden City Pizza and then build your own ice cream flavor at Cold Stone Creamery: choose your favorite ingredients and watch as they blend it on Cold Stone Creamery’s signature frozen granite stone.

Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay has it all, from beautiful beaches and lush parks, to historic attractions and scenic countryside. Plus, the town's walkability factor is enhanced by its proximity to the LIRR Oyster Bay station.
Things to Do
The Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park has tennis, handball, and basketball courts, children’s playgrounds, and winding paths that are perfect for a stroll with the family. It's also home to the annual Oyster Bay Oyster Festival, the East Coast’s largest waterfront festival. The residents-only Beekman Beach is the perfect place to cool off. If the kids are ready to do some of their own cooking, What’s Cooking offers cooking classes for children and adults. The Oyster Bay-East Norwich Public Library is a great place to peruse children’s book.
Eats and Sweet Treats
Stop by the Bonanza Stand of Oyster Bay for a hot dog and homemade Italian ices. Or indulge in an artisanal oatmeal latte at Southdown Coffee. Splurge at Carvel Ice Cream, which is prominently located in the center of Oyster Bay. Nino’s Pizza serves up tasty slices. 

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Babylon's walkability is bolstered by the convenient LIRR Babylon station just a few blocks from the village. This bustling town appeals to the fast-paced lifestyle of Manhattanites and it's proximity to great beaches draws those seeking a slower-paced, beach-town vibe.
Things to Do
 Bubble Boutique & Learning Center, owned by Babylon native Jenny Dellafranca, is a cool children’s boutique that also offers creative classes. The newly opened Bubble East shop sells clothing and jewelry for mom and dad. Babylon Village Chamber of Commerce hosts tons of events throughout the year, and the Beatification Society hosts an annual fair in September. Theatergoers will love the newly renovated historic Argyle Theatre with a robust children’s show lineup. Built in 1803, the historic Conklin House is a great why to explore the past. Argyle Park is minutes from the village and has a playground, a waterfall, and lakeside trails that are open all year. 
Eats and Sweet Treats
With so many families in Babylon, It's easy to find kid-friendly restaurants. Swell Taco has a welcoming, Southern California vibe and dishes up great taqueria fare. Glen’s Dinette is a Babylon institution serving up traditional breakfast and lunch items that kids love. Jack Jack’s Coffee House is ideal for a quick coffee or a lunchtime bite. Grab a treat at Kilwins or Torta Fina Bake Shoppe & Patisserie

Amid blue skies brushed with clouds, Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington welcomes visitors. Photo courtesy of Heckscher Museum of Art
 
Huntington Village is a family-friendly destination for daytrippers from all over Long Island, especially during the holidays and on weekends. The town has plenty of kid-friendly activites, from cool museums and shops, to restaurants and play spaces. There are also lots of fun, annual holiday events that the whole family will enjoy.
Things to Do
Heckscher Park and The Heckscher Museum of Art are Huntingon highlights. The park is where many of the town's annual festivals are held, like the annual Long Island Fall Festival. The Heckscher Museum's two 55-inch touchscreens inspire children to create beautiful works of digital art. And finally, Heckscher Park’s play area is great for kids of all ages. 
The beautiful Huntington Public Library has lots of great educational programming and offers discount tickets to various attractions. Children clamor to peek inside Little Switzerland Toys and DollsClaytime, just off Main Street, invites the entire family to paint ceramic pieces, from hedgehogs to coffee mugs.
Visit Long Island’s largest independent bookstore, Book Revue, on New York Avenue. The children’s area has a wooden fire truck reading nook, a display dedicated to local children’s book authors, and an adjacent cafe with freshly baked cookies and specialty sandwiches. The Paramount's live family shows delight young audiences with top-quality entertainment. 
The Huntington Village Art Walk is an annual event that the whole family will love.
Eats and Sweet Treats
Hatch is a favorite brunch spot just off Main Street. The Shed has a good cocktail menu, lots of healthy (and unhealthy) menu options that kids will love, and the outdoor, picnic table seating is a bonus. Old Fields Barbeque serves up authentic bbq and comforting cornbread, and there’s an old-fashioned phone box for the kids play in. Munday's offers kid-friendly breakfast, lunch, and dinner items; the restaurant's charm kicks into high gear during the holiday season with their over-the-top decorations. Families can play games and have drinks at Main St. Board Game Cafe. Satisy your chocolate craving at Bon Bons Chocolatier, and be sure to check out the back of the shop to see how the chocolate’s made.
 

Families gather at Northport Park as the sun sets on the scenic Northport Harbor. Photo by the author
 
Northport Village’s waterfront views and the quaint shops and restaurants along its Main Street makes this town a joy to explore on foot.
Things to Do
Located at the end of Main Street, Northport Park and Cow Harbor Park have play areas, pathways, and benches, making it the perfect spot to enjoy the scenic harbor. Be sure to check out the John W. Engeman Theater’s spectacular productions for children, like Flat StanleyFrosty the Snowman, and The Little Mermaid. From June through November, Northport has a robust farmers' market and the annual Cow Harbor Day celebrations, which include a 10K run, a parade, music, boating contests, food, and more.
Eats and Sweet Treats
Grab a hot tea and mouthwatering pastry at Copenhagen Bakery, or a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich from Brew Cheese and have a family picnic at one of the village parks. For a nautical-themed dining experience, Tim’s Shipwreck Diner serves up classic diner fare (come prepared though, it's cash only). Carl’s Candies will stop you in your tracks with their elaborate candy-creation window displays. If your sweet tooth aches for nostalgia, order a scoop of delicious homemade ice cream at Northport Sweet Shop Luncheonette, family-owned since 1929. 
 
 
These days, Patchogue is more walkable than ever. Plus, the town's LIRR station is close to all of the restaurants, shops, and activities that Patchogue Village has to offer.
Things to Do
Patchogue’s Shorefront Park is home to the annual Great South Bay Music Festival in July; the kid zone includes big name children’s musicians and an expansive art wall. The Patchogue Arts Council sponsors art events throughout the year. The Patchogue-Medford Library has wonderful childrens programming, and just across the street, the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts has a rotating program of family shows. The whole family will have a blast at Smith Point Archery, a 39-lane indoor shooting range that offers lessons for children ages 7 and up. Reservations are recommended.
Eats and Sweet Treats
When hunger strikes, nothing beats the bbq at Bobbique. The cherished Hometown Bake Shop is perfect for a quick bite, be it sweet or savory. Berry Good Yogurt Cafe has 21 flavors of frozen yogurt and vegan sorbets with plenty of toppings to choose from. Smallcakes Cupcake and Creamery offers fun takes on old fashioned treats, like their pushpops (cupcakes layered in frosting) or the cupcake smash (ice cream sandwiched between a cupcake). 
 
Port Jefferson, steeped in maritime history, is one of two ports on Long Island with ferry access to Connecticut. The 350-foot pier and pristine promenade along the shoreline are minutes from Main Street.
Things to Do
The Long Island Explorium celebrates all things STEM and is located in the historic Chandlery building. In the winter, The Rinx opens an ice skating rink in Harborfront Park. Soak up the maritime culture and history at the Port Jefferson Village Center and Bayles Boat Shop. Along the shoreline walk, you can’t miss Port Jefferson’s instagram worthy Big ChairRocket Ship park is fun to visit with toddlers and big kids. The Charles Dickens Festival, complete with Scrooge and Father Christmas, enchant Port Jefferson spectators every December. Theatre Three’s children’s theater offers sensory friendly performances, complete with house lights switched on, lowered sound, clean blankets and stuffed animals in the lobby for children who need a break, and an opportunity for audiences to meet the actors after the performance. 
Eats and Sweet Treats
Sweet ‘n’ Savory, on the corner of West Broadway and Main Street, serves up comforting rice pudding and a variety of sweet and savory crepes. You won't be able to walk by Roger’s Frigate with the kids and not go in; it's the largest candy and confectionary shop on Long Island.  Joey Z's has an the extensive menu that's perfect for families. Pasta Pasta and The Pie offer crowd-pleasing classics. The Steam Room is a local favorite for seafood, and the harbor views and outdoor seating certainly don't hurt. Slurp Ramen has rice bowls and ramen on the kids’ menu.
 

Sayville’s Summerfest carnival rides light up the warm night sky. Photo by Ryan Sweezey for the Greater Sayville Chamber of Commerce;
 
Most people just think of Sayville as the jumping off spot for Fire Island but it's also one of Long Island’s most walkable villages. Sayville’s seasonal festivals in Gillette Park (about a 10-minute walk from the Sayville LIRR station) shouldn't be missed.
Things to Do
When the weather warms up, The Common Ground at Rotary Park features tons of fun events, like Family Fridays and Yoga in the Park. Sayville Falls Miniature Golf is beautifully maintained and scores big with families. Sayville Cinemas is a small, manageable theater with incredibly cheap tickets: matinees are just $5 and Tuesday's tickets are all $5. To find unique handmade gift items, toys, and gourmet items, visit Sayville General Store, located in the historic Oysterman’s bank.
Eats and Sweet Treats
Sayville's Main Street has no shortage of great, family-friendly restaurants. Enjoy Japanese cuisine at Koi, a taste of Italy at Sayville Pizza, a refreshing acai bowl or smoothie from SoBol, or a nice selection of dishes at Parlor House GrillLa Tavola Trattoria serves traditional Italian fare in a cozy indoor dining and on the beautiful outdoor patio. Cap off your meal with a visit to Sayville Chocolatier or Ralph’s Italian Ice.
 

Carissa’s Bakery in East Hampton displays delectable baked goods, fresh out of the oven. Photo by Jen Satinsky for Carissa’s Bakery

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Though the Hamptons are best known as summer destinations, East Hampton’s Main Street is easily enjoyed year round.
Things to Do
The 24-acre East Hampton Village Nature Trail is just a few minutes walk from Main Street and is a great spot for birdwatching. Petit Blu toy store has a fine selection of children’s apparel and imported toys, as well as fun events like super slime Saturdays and drop-off movie nights (for children ages 7-14). Stevenson’s Toys & Games carries both nostalgic and modern toys and gift wrapping is complimentary. East Hampton’s rich history is kept alive by the East Hampton Historical Society. Built around 1723, the Osborne-Jackson House is currently closed for renovations so you can't take a tour, but it's still interesting to walk past and look at. Finally, if the weather isn't cooperating, nothing is better than a tub of popcorn and a movie with the family—Regal UA East Hampton is located right on Main Street.
Eats and Sweet Treats
East Hampton eateries line Main Street and Newton Lane and are easily walked to from the East Hampton LIRR station. John Papas Cafe is a mainstay for locals and serves home-style Greek cuisine. Families can relax and enjoy themselves at Blue Parrot, a Tex-Mex restaurant. Rowdy Hall combines French Bistro with English Pub, with dishes like fish and chips and French onion soup—the lovely courtyard and fireplace in the dining room make everything cozy. Sam’s Bar & Restaurant is family-run for three generations and perfect for families ready to tuck into pizza and other Italian fare. For a gourmet picnic, order a boxed lunch from The Golden Pear and venture off Main Street to Herrick ParkDylan’s Candy Bar is dream come true for most kids. Carissa’s Bakery, on Newton Lane, serves fresh-baked breads, pastries, cakes, pies and more.

Mermaids float through the village in Greenport’s East End Maritime Festival parade. Photo by Joe Maddalone for the East End Seaport Museum
 

Greenport
A favored historic North Fork village, Greenport is perfect for taking a family stroll. Greenport's walkable streets are nestled among waterfront views of Shelter Island and the Peconic River.
Things to Do
Children who dream of being a train engineer, firefighter or sea captain will love the Railroad Museum of Long IslandFireboat Fire Fighter Museum and East End Seaport Museum. (Be sure to check the museums for closures and seasonal hours.) At nearby Mitchell Park’s, children can run around and cool off under the misters. Tucked away next to the Schoolhouse Museum is the Village Blacksmith Shop; on weekends there’s a blacksmith hard at work. Burton’s Bookstore has a dedicated children’s section and events include book readings from children’s authors. Goldsmith’s Toys & Electronics' rubber ducky collection and toys are a sight to behold. The Northrup-Grumman Carousel was built in 1920 and there are 36 jumping horses (18 of which are hand carved) and two sleighs to choose from. The much anticipated annual East End Maritime Festival celebrates local maritime heritage with delicious foods; local vendors and activities, including kayak races, a chowder contest and a classic wooden boat and ice boat exhibit. All of this fun is a short walk from the LIRR Greenport station, making this charming village the ultimate walkable destination.   
Eats and sweet Treats
Children never seem to turn down pizza and the rustic 1943 Pizza Bar serves up wood-fired, brick-oven pies. Claudio’s has several options: families can dine at Claudio’s Waterfront, Claudio’s Restaurant, Crabby Jerry’s, or Claudio’s Pizzeria. Little Creek Oyster Farm and Market offers the freshest oysters from their farm in the Peconic bay. For sweet treats, visit Hampton Chocolate Factory or Greenport Creamery (open seasonally) with over 20 flavors of homemade ice cream. Sweet Indulgences offers delectable candies and lovely gift items. 


Nothing but sun and smiles at Montauk’s breathtaking Kirk Park Beach. Photo by Stephanie Garrett
 
Montauk is at the easternmost point of Long Island’s East End. Its known as The End and has something that every member of the family will love.
​Things to Do
White's Drug & Department Store is Montauk's premiere spot to shop for a variety of gifts and essential items. The Historical Society’s Second House Museum is Montauk’s oldest structure, and though the house is currently closed for restoration, Montauk’s annual craft fair takes place on the grounds. Explore indigenous Montauk culture and history at The Montauk Indian Museum. For the most scenic game of miniature golf, head to Puff & Putt Family Fun Center. Kirk Park Beach is minutes from Montauk's Main Street and the smooth sand, crashing waves and open ocean are what make Mantauk special.
Eats and Sweet Treats
Tuck into some pancakes at  Mr. John’s Pancake HouseJoni’s Kitchen boasts healthy options and a range of juices and smoothies. Don't miss Montauk Bake Shoppe's irresistible jelly croissant—it’s a must. For family pizza night, stop by Pizza Village668 The Gig Shack is always lively and tasty.  Harvest on Fort Pond’s offers Italian fare served family style, and families enjoy the beautiful waterfront views. For creamy fudge visit Fudge 'n’ Stuff
 
 

Children revel in this up-close interaction with penguins at the Long Island Aquarium’s penguin encounter. Photo courtesy of Long Island Aquarium
 
Riverhead is a child’s adventure waiting to happen. Riverhead LIRR station is nearby, so you can enjoy this bustling town without ever needing a car. 
Things to Do
The Long Island Aquarium has nationwide recognition, and its more than one million gallons of water are contained right in the heart of the East End's Riverhead. Learn more about liquids and gases at the Long Island Science Center (at this writing the Center was temporarily closed). For annual celebrations, summertime heats up with Alive on 25, which includes fireworks, a classic car show, activities for kids, vendors, food trucks and, of course, live music; Halloween Fest packs downtown Riverhead with fun costumes.
Eats and Sweet Treats
Why not give in to temptation and try a hot, everything bagel at Goldberg’s Famous Bagels, a classic American cheeseburger at Star Confectionery or boiled Brazilian lobster tail at Jerry & the Mermaid. The 
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