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9 Super Fun Water Parks, Slides, and Pools on Long Island

Slip-slidin’ away! There are few better ways to stay cool this summer on Long Island than to head down a slippery water slide, splash around in a refreshing swimming pool, or get drenched at a water park. That's why we invite you to check out our list of the hottest spots on Long Island where kids and adults can stay cool on even the most sweltering summer days. Check websites for rates and hours. All town pools are open to nonresidents, but they might have to pay a higher entry fee.

Find more fun in our Theme Parks Guide or our Parks & Playground Guide for LI Families.

A Ferry Trip with LI Kids to Bridgeport for the Day

Bridgeport might not pop up on your bucket list of day trips to take from Long Island with the kids. But with an easy ferry connection from Port Jefferson, minor-league baseball and hockey games, children’s theater, and more, Long Island families are increasingly making a day of it in Connecticut's largest city.

Here’s what you need to know when taking the 17-nautical-mile hop to Bridgeport for a day trip via the ferry. Who knows—it might inspire you to try other great summer day trips from Long Island. And while waiting for the ferry, why not check out our guide to Port Jefferson Village, including a list of our favorite things to do when visiting the village from Connecticut.

The Best Beaches for Families on Long Island

Summer is heading our way. Soon you'll be digging out the swimsuits and sunscreen with one hand while filling a picnic basket with the other.

Stretching along the north and south shores of Long Island are dazzling beaches known for their family-friendly vibes and natural beauty. Whether you have younger kids looking for tranquil shores or older kids looking to body surf, there is a Long Island beach for you. It's time to get ready for cool sea breezes and the feeling of sand between your toes.

At Long Island's family beaches you'll find picnic areas, swimming pools, and bathroom complexes along with food trucks and umbrella rentals. Use our guide to choose the best beach for your family's needs. These beaches are open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, unless noted. Prices listed are for summer 2017.

If you're in the mood to travel, check out our list of the best family beaches near New York City or our guide to the Jersey Shore area. For more family fun, see our Long Island amusement and water parks guide.

15 Super Sprinkler Parks on Long Island

When the temperature rises, there’s nothing like jumping through the sprinkler to cool off. Long Island sprinkler parks are great places to take kids because unlike pools and beaches, sprinkler parks have low water depth and often a rubber surface. Just add sunscreen and let the adventures begin.

We’ve put together a list of super sprinkler parks that are open to everyone. We've even included a few parks open to residents only. Proof of residency and/or a membership pass can be required at those facilities. Fees vary, so check the websites or call the parks before going.

For more aquatic fun, take a look at our guide to Long Island amusement parks and water parks. For other kid-friendly activities, check out our Summer Fun Guide, and our recommendations for the best beach playgrounds as well as other top playgrounds on LI.

22 Great Mini-Golf Courses On Long Island

Miniature golf is one of those ideal outings the entire family can enjoy.  On Long Island, our picturesque mini-golf destinations alone make the trip worthwhile.

Some miniature golf venues on the Island are part of larger amusement parks, which offer water slides and other kid-friendly fun. Others are situated in county or state parks. Whatever the location, these courses offer a wonderful day (or night) of fun at minimal cost.  

If your family is ready to graduate to more advanced greens time, check out these par-3 golf courses on Long Island, where kids can learn the game. For more seasonal fun, be sure to check out our Spring Guide.

Pick Your Own Strawberry Farms and Festivals on Long Island

Long Island is ripe with places where families can pick their 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 with the source of your food and supports local farmers. And it doesn't get fresher than picking fruit right off the vine. This is especially important for Long Island strawberries, which are sweeter and more delicate than most grocery-store varieties, and have a shorter shelf life.

Many of these farms are located on Long Island's East End, but there are a few festivals in Nassau or western Suffolk counties for families who don't to travel quite as far. Either way, call ahead or check the farms' websites to confirm that fields are open and the strawberries are ripe.

Check out our Farm Guide for more places where you can pick your own fruit and vegetables in the tristate area, or even meet some farm animals.

Awesome Amusement Parks on Long Island

Spring has sprung, and Long Island amusement parks are ready for you and your family. Whether your kids are eager to check out the latest rides and attractions, or you can’t wait to make new memories with your family at the parks you enjoyed as a child, now is the perfect time to explore these six local amusement centers.

For more theme and water park fun in our Amusement Parks Guide, loaded with reviews of local and regional spots.

Long Island Restaurants Where Kids Can Eat Free

Who says nothing is for free anymore? Not these kid-friendly, Long Island restaurants, where kids get to eat free and you get to relax. It's ideal for families with picky—or not-so-picky—eaters who want to enjoy a nice meal without the aggravation of paying for food that goes untouched.

From pizza to pasta, fast food to waitress service, pub fare to ethnic dishes, check out these locations the next time your family is looking for a stress-free dinner. Promotions do change often so be sure to check first before you go. 

Bon appetit.

Top Long Island Playgrounds for Toddlers

Toddlers seem to have endless energy and the power to play all day. They might want to do all that older kids can, but with wobbly legs, and arms that can't quite reach, they require special playgrounds.

From Nassau to Suffolk counties, all the way to the East End, designers of Long Island's parks have been thoughtful in creating play spaces for our littlest residents. So as the weather gets warmer, why not take your toddlers to a spot designed with their needs in mind?

We have done the legwork and scouted out the top toddler playgrounds across Long Island. Be sure to check our full list of parks and playgrounds on Long Island, then get out there and enjoy these beautiful days.

9 Family-Friendly Hiking Trails on Long Island

In addition to its vast waterways, one of Long Island's other treasures is an abundance of hiking trails. A family could spend a whole summer exploring trails in Nassau and Suffolk counties and still not hike them all.

Hiking is not only a great way to spend quality time together, it is also great exercise. So pack up some snacks and drinks, strap on your hiking shoes, and bring the family along for one of these hiking adventures.

For more family-friendly activities this season, check our Spring and Summer Fun Guides.

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