The Vanderbilt Museum offers fun indoors and out this Mother's Day weekend. Photo courtesy of the Museum
The Vanderbilt Museum offers fun indoors and out this Mother's Day weekend. Photo courtesy of the Museum

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...)!

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the hall of fishes the Vanderbilt Museum
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

Once you've explored the inside exhibits, step outside and play putt-putt on the grounds, as the mini-golf course from Vandy Land continues through Sunday, May 16.

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.

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2 boys ride bikes on a sandy beach
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.

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See the beautiful blooms and bountiful farm babies at Garden of Eve. Photo courtesy of the farm

11. Snap Instagram-Worthy Family Pics

The lovely Garden of Eve debuts its annual TulipFest just in time for the holiday. Snap some photos, enjoy a hayride, and see the adorable farm babies.

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

Pack a lunch and a blanket and enjoy a relaxing picnic. Choose a spot near one of the best children’s playgrounds on Long Island.

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a boy and a deer on a path
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.

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two boys in the ocean
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.

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