Lying on the shore of Great South Bay, halfway between Montauk and Manhattan, Patchogue is a vibrant seaside community that boasts a walkable downtown area, a thriving arts and music scene, and a variety of good eats and treats. Restored and renewed areas have breathed new life into this village over the past few years, making it a haven for Long Island families.
Still got that day-trippin' itch? Explore our Visitors Guide to plan your next adventure.
Try sailing at Mascot Dock, or just enjoy the seaside view. Photo courtesy of Patchogue Department of Parks and Recreation
What to do
As you reach the heart of downtown Patchogue Village, let your eyes—and kiddies—wander at Shorefront Park on Smith Street. Enjoy a pirate-themed playground, beachfront explorations, live music at the band shell. Get bendy at a free family yoga class offered weekly throughout the fall. Patchogue also hosts the annual Great South Bay Music Festival, which has featured kid faves Imagination Movers and Laurie Berkner in the past. At Mascot Dock, watch as sailors learn the ropes, then explore the shorefront, or seek shade in the gazebo.
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A series of parades and fairs enliven the village all year round. Photo courtesy of the Patchogue Department of Parks and Recreation
Inject some culture into your childrens' lives at the Patchogue Arts Council on Terry Street. Pop in to marvel at the work of local artists, take in its 3-D sculpture garden, or listen to the sweet sounds of live music under the stars in its Garden Sessions. At the Patchogue Theatre, check in regularly for family-friendly theater, music, and performing arts. Upcoming 2018 shows include Aladdin Jr., Catapult: The Amazing Magic of Dancing Shadows and Pinkalicious The Musical.
Target some family bonding at Smith Point Archery. This indoor range offers lessons and bow-and-arrow shooting times. Or hit the pins at Bowl Long Island and strike out with your family. (In bowling, that's a good thing.)
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Save room for dessert at Flo's Luncheonette: The milkshakes are a must-have. Photo courtesy of the restaurant
Where to eat
Whether you're visiting first thing in the morning or enjoying an afternoon at the shore, parents probably need to fuel up before exploring. Toast Coffeehouse on Main Street serves up housemade coffee, breakfast sandwiches, and ooey gooey pastries. Bonus: It also has a number of vegan/vegetarian options.
For lunch or dinner, Bobbique offeres Memphis-style barbecue with all the fixins. Kids will have finger-licking fun getting messy while they eat. Flo's Lunchonette, a 1920s Blue Point eatery, opened its Patchogue location in late 2017. Enjoy traditional diner faves updated with flair, but save room for dessert because the over-the-top milkshakes are a must-have. That Meetball Place gastropub is the ideal destination for those who love all things meatballs. Choose a meat, get saucy and dip away: It's perfect food for little fingers. It boasts a funky decor and offers live music, too. The Dublin Deck Tiki Bar makes you feel as if you've gone to the Caribbean without leaving Long Island. Or pick up some Tex-Mex takeout from Del Fuego or Swell Taco and eat shoreside while taking in the views. Wee ones can waddle, while you get your taco fix.
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Blue Point Brewery, recently relocated in Patchogue, offers a host of kids' activities at the village's annual Log Jam Music Festival. Photo courtesy of the brewery
For homebrew and microbrew fans, Blue Point Brewery, Hoptron Brewtique and BrickHouse Brewery and Restaurant are a frothy good time. Bar and outdoor games, live music and more make these spots fun for families.
We didn't forget your sweet tooth. Cool off with some rolled ice cream at Bar A Dessert, or at the space-age ice cream parlor Freezology Craft Creamery. These sciency ice cream concoctions are created right before your eyes. Both are closer to Main Street and north from the shore, but worth the walk. Plus, you're burning off the calorie overload.
Patchogue is located on the south shore of Brookhaven Town. From the west, take the Long Island Expressway or Sunrise Highway to the exit for Nicolls Road south, toward Blue Point. Follow Nicolls Road to Montauk Highway and turn left. The village is about two miles east on Montauk Highway. From the east, take the LIE or Sunrise Highway to Route 112 south. Follow Route 112 to Montauk Highway and turn right into the village. The village is served by the Long Island Rail Road's Patchogue station on the Montauk branch.