25 Things To Do on Mother’s Day Across Long Island
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 9, 2021, and this year more than ever, moms deserve a relaxing weekend. The day could consist of a standard breakfast in bed celebration, but there is no need to stop there. Add a family activity to the mix and make the day even more special.
Grab brunch at a local spot, and then spend quality time together to create everlasting memories. Here are 25 things to do to on Mother's Day to make mom feel extra loved.
Editor's note: While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and maintaining an appropriate distance. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our Event Calendar to find something else to do.
1. See the Seasonal Blooms
Explore the grounds and learn about nature at one of these botanical gardens and arboretums spread across the region.
2. Nab an Out of This World Sweet Treat
Milky Ways Ice Cream and Cereal Bar just opened its third LI location. Treat yourself and the kids to a unique, cereal-coated concoction (or two...)!
The Vanderbilt Museum's Hall of Fishes offers an intriguing look underwater. Photo courtesy of the Vanderbilt Museum
3. Go Back in Time
Transport yourself to the era of Great Gatsby on a visit to the Vanderbilt Mansion. Though the living quarters are still off-limits, you can view some unique collections.
4. Play Miniature Golf
5. See the Seals
Visit some aquatic creatures at the Long Island Aquarium. Whether it’s otters or alligators you fancy, you will see it all.
6. Challenge Yourself
Bond as a family as you conquer the adventure course at WildPlay Jones Beach. Your team makes its way from one platform to another by climbing cargo nets, walking tightropes, and gliding down zip lines—all with the beautiful Atlantic Ocean as a backdrop.
Enjoy the water views and stick your toes in the sand as you cycle along the Ocean Parkway Coastal Greenway. Photo by the author
7. Enjoy a Bike Ride
Take a two-wheeled trip along the recently completed Ocean Parkway Coastal Greenway. This 14-mile paved path features stunning views of the Great South Bay, Oak Island, and a unique look at the Captree Bridge.
8. Work on Getting a Turkey
No, not the Thanksgiving kind. Get three strikes in a row, and you’ve got yourself a turkey in bowling. Some of the best bowling alleys allow you to book a lane in advance.
9. Make Cards for Loved Ones
Have some arts and crafts time and make Mother's Day cards for the special women in your life.
10. Stroll Around a Seaside Town
Nestled along the north shore is the historic maritime village of Northport, home to great shops, restaurants, and sights. Watch the boats in the harbor as kids play on one of the two playgrounds.
See the beautiful blooms and bountiful farm babies at Garden of Eve. Photo courtesy of the farm
11. Snap Instagram-Worthy Family Pics
12. Feed Some Fish
Visit the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery, which houses an extensive living collection of New York State freshwater reptiles, fish, and amphibians. After your time there, visit the village which offers fun for all.
13. Take a Hike
Lace up your walking shoes and visit the Avalon Nature Preserve. This space has unique features at every turn. Kids and adults can walk their way through a labyrinth, check out ducks and frogs in the ponds or see their reflections in a massive garden globe. If hiking is getting stale, try one of these 12 games to turn hikes into adventure again.
14. Picnic at the Park
Fire Island is full of friendly residents, on two legs and four. Photo by Anne Grego
15. Explore the Barrier Islands
You don’t need to get on the ferry to visit Fire Island. Park your car in Robert Moses Field 5 and enjoy the 1.7-mile walk to Kismet.
16. Get Your Hands Dirty
Mother’s Day is a great time to plant some flowers. Backyard gardening with kids can be a great experience.
17. Take a Dip
Put on your bathing suit and hop in one of the many indoor pools that offer family swim sessions.
18. Give Back
Take some time and help others in need. Donate old baby clothes or deliver a meal.
19. Ride a Roller Coaster
Get your heart pumping on one of the coasters at Adventureland, or take it easy on the swings. No matter what speed you like, this amusement park has it all.
Stroll the Boardwalk, then hop the waves at Long Beach. Photo by Jaime Sumersille
20. Stroll the Boardwalk
Long Beach is packed with shops and restaurants. Explore and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Atlantic Ocean.
21. Get out of Town
Enjoy mother nature and visit one of Long Island’s many family-friendly campgrounds.
22. Explore a State Park
From Nassau to Suffolk, Long Island is home to an impressive array of state parks. Pray for nice weather and spend the day exploring a new-to-you state park.
23. Catch Dinner
Drop a line in one of the many waterways and try your hand at fishing. If you are lucky, you'll catch supper!
24. Take an Equestrian Adventure
Big River Barn Rescue in Muttontown takes riders of all levels out on well-behaved horses.
25. Embrace the Day
If you're facing Mother's Day as a single parent, you're not alone. Mommy Poppins has some helpful advice to help get you through the day.
Places featured in this article:
Wild Play at Jones Beach
Avalon Nature Preserve
Garden of Eden Floral & Tea Room