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8 Kid-Friendly LIRR Stops for a Fun Day Trip

Let’s face it. Traffic on Long Island is no picnic. In fact, sometimes the thought of taking a day trip to another part of this beautiful island makes us cringe when we think of the hours on the road and the challenge of keeping the kids in the backseat entertained.

But there is a another way to get from here to there…the LIRR! Taking the train is a convenient, fun way for families to get around the Island without the hassle of driving. From beach communities to charming downtowns to family-friendly museums, there are plenty of LIRR stops where families can hop off and explore the area for the day.

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite family day trips reachable via the LIRR, highlighting the best attractions and sights in the area. All aboard!

Free Outdoor Movies for Long Island Kids This Summer

This summer when the sun goes down, chances are a free, family-friendly movie will be playing outdoors somewhere on Long Island. It’s an ideal way to spend family time under the stars. So spread a blanket, bring a few lawn chairs, pack some snacks or perhaps a picnic dinner, and enjoy the show.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, so it is best to arrive early. And be sure to check each venue’s website for up-to-date information on weather-related cancelations.

For more outdoor family activities, check out our roundups of the best places for a family picnic and the best beaches for families on Long Island. Plus, our Event Calendar and Summer Fun Guide are loaded with ideas for more seasonal fun for your family. Happy summer.

Long Beach with Kids: Beach, Restaurants, Play Spaces to Explore

Long Beach is a seaside gem. One of only two cities in Nassau County—Glen Cove is the other—it has a laid-back ocean vibe generally reserved for vacation towns.

Nicknamed the "City by the Sea," this bustling Long Island enclave offers beachgoers relaxation and fun. Teens can learn to ride the waves at one of the local surf schools; families can rent bikes to cruise the boardwalk; and kids of all ages can enjoy the sparkling ocean and sand. When you arrive you’ll spy kids and parents headed to the beach loaded with buckets and shovels, and see the excited faces of visitors thrilled by the promise of a sun-filled day.

Long Beach is one of many great Long Island beaches and day trips. There are plenty of other options for family fun, including day trips to Cold Spring Harbor, Stony Brook and Port Jefferson. If you fancy a trip farther east, be sure to check out our guide to the Hamptons and North Fork.

Enjoy.

5 Kid-Friendly Recreation Centers in Nassau County

When I was looking for a place to hold my son’s birthday party a few years ago, my sister recommended The Anderson Recreation Center in Rockville Centre. What a find! Not only did my little guy have an awesome party at a very affordable price, but I was amazed at all of the programs the Rec Center had for kids. Even better: You don’t need to be a resident to enjoy all it has to offer (although you will pay a bit more to use the facilities).  This sent me on a mission to find other kid-friendly centers around me in Nassau County.

And for more kid-friendly activities, check out our Long Island Events Calendar.

Hockey Lessons for Kids on Long Island

Families everywhere will be watching the Winter Olympics, and the games might just inspire your child to take up one of the winter sports showcased during the games, such as ice skating or hockey. With that in mind, we've rounded up some Long Island rinks that offer ice hockey lessons for kids of all ages. Who knows? There just might be a future New York Islander in your home! There are even several Indoor and Outdoor rinks around the area so your child can practice his new skills.

And for more fun learning opportunities in the area, check out our Long Island Classes Guide.

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