East End

Family-Friendly Hotels on Long Island's East End

If you’ve ever visited the East End of Long Island, you know there is lodging to meet just about every need. There are hotels near fishing resorts, country inns near golf courses and bed-and-breakfasts within walking distance of the North Fork’s celebrated wineries. Families visiting the Hamptons and North Fork have options, too, from chain hotels near kid-favorite attractions to mom-and-pop guesthouses with private beaches and pools. Some of these even have their own mini-golf courses and sports facilities for those who prefer more all-inclusive family entertainment. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Hamptons and North Fork hotels, motels and guesthouses for families. Most are easily accessible from the region’s major roads or via the Long Island Rail Road.

Be advised, however: Lodging on the East End is at a premium during peak months, which are July and August in the Hamptons and August and September on the North Fork. Book early for best prices and monitor lodging websites for last-minute specials. And for ideas on what to do in the area, check out our Hamptons & North Fork Guide.

LI Day Trip: The Little Red Barn in Jamesport

One of my favorite things to do with the kids over the summer is to take some day trips to the East End to enjoy everything it has to offer for families. From pick your own farms to frolicking on the area’s beautiful beaches, there is plenty to keep the kids occupied while school is out of session.

A few weeks ago, we got the chance to explore one of the North Fork’s gems: The Little Red Barn in Jamesport. Ten years ago, Kate Nickles and her husband bought 40 acres of land, including the barn that was the original home to the carousel that is now in Greenport. In addition to building their dream home on the property, Kate, a native to the area and a lifelong horse rider, decided to open The Little Red Barn to pass down her knowledge and love for horses and other farm animals to local and visiting children.

Day Trip: Family Fun in Long Island's Sag Harbor

Summertime means vacation time for many families, and luckily you don't have to travel far for a getaway that has something for everyone in the family. Simply head to the East End village of Sag Harbor for some seaside fun. From historical locales to beautiful beaches, it's the perfect place for a day trip or a weekend away. You can easily spend a good part of the day walking down quaint Main Street, lined with shops and restaurants, and make your way to the marina to watch the sailboats go by. Then stop by the windmill that houses the Visitor Center for info on local events, and check out some of our favorite things to do in this beautiful town. And for more to do in the area, take a look at the Hamptons & North Fork Family Guide.

Fishing Tournaments for LI Kids in the Hamptons & North Fork

There are many perks to living on an island, and fishing is definitely one of them. Mid to late summer offers East End children an opportunity to enjoy this fun and family-friendly activity with a series of saltwater tournaments sure to delight young anglers.

The prize catch for kids is usually the snapper, the juvenile version of the bluefish. Plentiful on either fork and fun to catch, they offer kids an introduction to game fishing from the safety of the town dock. Other tournaments target the elusive fluke or flounder and require a trip offshore. But whatever the prey, kids can enjoy a day in the sun while perhaps picking up a trophy or two.

Here are our favorite fishing tournaments for kids. Parents should check the websites listed or call in case of weather-related changes. And make sure to check out our Hamptons and North Fork Guide for the best in family-friendly entertainment on the East End.

Best Community Barbecues for Families in the Hamptons & North Fork

On the East End of Long Island, few summer traditions are as time-honored (and tasty) as the community barbecue. From the Fourth of July through Labor Day, villages on the North and South Forks gather for evenings of chicken, corn and low-cost, family-friendly bonding. The cooking begins early in the morning, but planning for these fundraisers begins months in advance. Tickets, often $25 or less, are prized commodities for families looking for an authentic East End night out. Community-minded residents love these neighborhood tailgate parties, and for kids, what’s better than a night of fried chicken and ice cream?

We've rounded up our favorite East End community barbecues; be sure to call for ticket information. And for more activities in the area this summer, check out our Hamptons & North Fork Guide.

10 Father's Day Activities for Long Island Dads

Father's Day is fast approaching, so if you still haven't planned something for dad's special day, we have some cool ideas happening right hear on Long Island. From taking in a ballgame and going fishing to building a rocket and eating breakfast at the racetrack, there is something to fit almost every father's personality. And for more activities going on in the area, check out our Long Island Events Calendar.

June GoList: Best Things To Do with Long Island Kids This Month

Summer finally arrives in June, and there is definitely excitement in the air across Long Island—just check out all of the cool events (both indoors and out) happening throughout the month. From strawberry festivals and HarborFest, to a pirate festival and learning about dolphins, there is something to keep every member of the family happy in June. For even more kid-friendly activities taking place this month, check out our Event Calendar. And also be sure to take a look at our Summer Fun Guide, too.

Memorial Day Weekend Events for LI Kids: Air Show, Painting Festival, May 28-30

This Memorial Day Weekend, head on over to the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh, where you'll see an all-star lineup of civilian planes and the Blue Angels. The Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival is taking place in Downtown Riverhead, where you'll enjoy street painting, a fine arts and crafts fair, live music, dance, theater and more.

Check out our Memorial Day Weekend family-friendly guide for more events. And if you're up for a little away time, see our day trip ideas article for Memorial Day Weekend.

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Best Strawberry Picking Farms and Festivals on Long Island

The East End of Long Island is ripe with places where you can pick your own strawberries. Deciding where to go can be a challenge, so we've handpicked a few of our favorites. Harvesting your own fruit is not only fun, it connects you to where your food comes from and supports locals farmers. It also allows you to experience food at its freshest, right off the vine. This is especially important for Long Island strawberries, which are sweeter and more delicate than most grocery-store varieties, and tend to have a shorter shelf life. Be sure to call ahead or check the farms' websites to confirm that the fields are open and the strawberries are ripe.

For more places where you can pick your own fruit and vegetables in the tri-state area, check out our Farm Guide.

April GoList: Best Things To Do with Long Island Kids This Month

Spring has finally sprung! And we're super excited to get outdoors and start enjoying everything the season has to offer on Long Island. There are plenty of activities, from attending an egg-cellent celebration and exploring LI's underwater world to a family fishing festival and CMEE's annual egg drop challenge. There's plenty of things to do both inside and outdoors.

Don't forget to also check out all of the spring festivals happening around Long Island. For more kid-friendly fun, visit our Event Calendar.

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