Where To Play on Long Island for Free with Toddlers and Babies

There's always something new and colorful to see at the Long Island Aquarium. Photo by Gina Massaro
There's always something new and colorful to see at the Long Island Aquarium. Photo by Gina Massaro

Looking for places to stay and play with your little one without breaking the bank? There are destinations on Long Island that offer fun for all without a hefty price tag. Check out this list of local hot spots, where babies ages 2 and younger are FREE.

Now, what to do with all the extra cash? Peep our list of top mommy-and-me baby classes on Long Island and also check out our indoor activities or baby age guides for some ideas.

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Nassau County Attractions Free for Babies and Toddlers

Cradle of Aviation Museum — Garden City

The Junior Jet Club is an interactive play area for children, ideal for kids up to age 6. Young aviators can build, explore, and even settle down for a story in the book corner. The Junior Jet Club is included with regular museum admission, or you can enjoy it minus the museum for a nominal fee. Children younger than 2 receive FREE admission to both the Junior Jet Club and Cradle of Aviation Museum. The Junior Jet Club play area is temporarily closed, but there are plenty of interactive play opportunities throughout the museum.

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Old Bethpage Village Restoration is free for babies and toddlers
Enjoy year-round fun at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. Photo by Gina Massaro

Old Bethpage Village Restoration — Old Bethpage

Step back in time and explore life in the 1700s and 1800s. There are 51 historic buildings, including a schoolhouse, church, farm, and seven reconstructed buildings. Many of the buildings are furnished with pieces original to the structure. Children 4 and younger are FREE.

Tackapausha Museum and Preserve — Seaford

This environmental education center has in-house live exhibits, interactive learning displays, and an expansive outdoor play area that uses nature as a jungle gym. Outdoor trails are mostly flat. Children 4 and younger are FREE.

Suffolk County

American Airpower Museum — Farmingdale

Wander around this airport hanger and explore planes from the inside and out. Press all the buttons, pull every lever, and flip each switch. A one-level facility makes this spot stroller-friendly. Children 4 and younger are FREE.

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery — Cold Spring Harbor

Your little one can learn about land and aquatic creatures from the hatchery's large collection of living reptiles, fish, and amphibians. An outdoor pond is stocked daily for trout fishing. Children 2 and younger are FREE.

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Introduce your toddler to the otters at the Long Island Aquarium. Photo courtesy of the aquarium

Long Island Aquarium — Riverhead

Marvel at the colorful fish tanks, feed the stingrays and await a butterfly landing at the Long Island Aquarium. Watch the sea lion show and enjoy other outdoor exhibits. Or stay inside and explore. While it is multilevel, the aquarium provides a stroller-friendly layout. Children 2 and younger are FREE.

South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center — Bridgehampton

Little ones will love learning about nature here while exploring interactive exhibits that include live animals. There is also a large touch tank, where visitors can hold live sea stars, crabs, urchins and more. In the warmer weather, check out the Native Butterfly Garden and outdoor exhibits. Children 2 and younger are FREE. 

Fink's Country Farm — Wading River

Kids can enjoy the large, open play area and barnyard at Fink's Country Farm from May through December. The play area includes a jump pillow, tractor-turned-slide, wood climbing structures, and a tricycle track. The barnyard has lots of animals, including free-range baby goats, chickens, and other fowl. Guests are welcome to feed donkeys, alpacas, goats, pigs, peacocks, and chickens. A unique feature open during the warmer months is its barn 'o' corn; a large ballpit-like structure full of corn kernels. Ages 2 and younger are FREE. 

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The Suffolk County Farm Museum welcomes babies for free
Meet friendly farm animals and enjoy free fun at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center. Photo by Gina Massaro

Suffolk County Farm and Education Center — Yaphank

A great feature of this farm: It is FREE for everyone and open in the winter months, only closing two weeks at the end of December into the first week of January. Kids can play on a natural playground, which features a new mud kitchen donated by Eagle Scouts, tire structures, digging equipment, and water paint. There are also balancing structures made from wood, a water play area, as well as a music play area. The farm itself is home to peacocks, pigs, goats, horses, cows, turkeys, and alpacas. Animal feed costs extra and must be purchased at the main office. FREE for all ages.

The Whaling Museum & Education Center — Cold Spring Harbor

Explore the relationship between humans and whales through this collection of artifacts and interactive educational opportunities. Younger ones might not grasp the history of whaling on Long Island, but they can certainly take in the colorful artifacts. Children 3 and younger are FREE.

This article was originally published in 2017. It was updated in January 2022.

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