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Corn Mazes and Fall Farm Fun for Long Island Kids

Fall on Long Island means cooler weather and shorter days, but it also means fun seasonal activities such as pumpkin picking, hayrides, and corn mazes.

Corn mazes are fun for the whole family and rest assured that they aren't always scary. Many mazes and hayrides are available during the day, so even the youngest family members can enjoy these seasonal outdoor activities. 

Wear boots or comfortable shoes as fields can be uneven and potentially wet. Come out and support Long Island farmers and have fun doing it. And don't forget to stop by the farm stands for seasonal treats such as apple cider, warm apple cider doughnuts, and roasted corn. Corn mazes for Long Island kids have never been so much fun!

Call venues ahead of time to be sure they are open, especially if the weather is bad or if there has been a storm.

For more seasonal fun, check out our list of Long Island's best fall fairs and festivals and the area's best apple picking destinations

9 Family-Friendly Hiking Trails on Long Island

Whether you’re a family of expert outdoorsman or just looking for a relaxing nature walk with your little ones, Long Island is home to an abundance of family-friendly hiking trails.

Not only are the hiking trails of Nassau and Suffolk a chance for exercise and quality time with your kids, but they’re a great way to learn about Long Island’s diverse natural landscape. From toddler to teen, these hiking adventures have something for everyone in your family.

For more family-friendly activities this season, check our fall fun guide and September GoList.

Birthday Party Spots for Little Girls on Long Island

Does your daughter dream of being a princess or pop star for a day? When planning birthday parties, Long Island parents have a variety of choices to make a little girl's dreams come true. So we've rounded up a list of birthday party venues that offer everything a little girl can imagine. 

We realize that from the cake, to the theme, to the decor, there are lots of decisions to make. Many times, it all begins with finding the right party package for the birthday child. So read on.

21 Free Things To Do with Long Island Kids in September

September brings backpacks, changing leaves, and pumpkin-flavored everything. With kids back at school, maximize the enjoyment of their spare time with these FREE events and activities across Long Island. 

Animal-loving kids won't want to miss touring Catapano Dairy Farm or Dogfest Long Island at the Deer Park Tanger Outlets. The whole family can enjoy one of September's many FREE fairs, such as the Harbes Apple Orchard Festival and the Seaford Harvest Fair.

Dozens of Fall Day Trip Destinations for Long Island Families

Now is a perfect time for Long Island families to plan a fall day trip or weekend getaway to one of a dozen family-friendly destinations. The weather is cooler, Mother Nature provides some beautiful scenery, and there are even a couple of long holiday weekends that give everyone an extra day to spend together.

To help get you on your way, we’ve put together a list of the top fall getaways for Long Island families this season. Some are close by, while others require a few hours in the car or a ride on a ferry. No matter where you go or how you get there, you’re sure to create some great memories.

For more seasonal travel ideas, check out our Fall Fun Guide.

Best Apple Picking Orchards for Kids on Long Island

Long Island's pick-your-own apple farms are scattered throughout the East End, making apple picking the perfect family activity to kick off the fall season. From small farm stands to orchards with dwarf trees sized just right for little hands, to other family-friendly venues, there are plenty of places to pick apples around the island, and we've rounded them up for you.

Apple picking season can begin as early as the end of August and continue through October. Be sure to check each apple farm’s website for hours and bounty updates. 

Find more pick-your-own fun in our Long Island Farm Guide, including where to pick peaches or pumpkins, or feed the goats and sheep at area petting zoos and barnyards.

Fishing on Long Island: Where Kids and Families Can Drop a Line

Fishing is a fun outdoor family activity with deep roots in Long Island's maritime history and culture. Surrounded by the sea, kids on Long Island can drop a line at a number of waterfront communities, beaches, local piers, boats, and parks. We've rounded up a few of our favorite family-friendly fishing venues, where kids can test your skills and perhaps hook the catch of the day.

Looking for more summer seaside enjoyment? Make sure to visit these stunning Long Island lighthouses or Long Island boardwalks ideal for a family stroll.

Free Things to Do With Kids on Long Island in August

Summer is winding down, and on Long Island the fun doesn't have to end, especially when it's FREE. August brings more excitement with FREE festivals, arts and crafts events, concerts, and more.

Grandparents can enjoy a day with their grandchildren at the Suffolk County Farm. Artists big and little can appreciate the Huntington Summer Arts Festival. Locomotive lovers can ride on a steam train. If you want to squeeze in more family fun before school starts, check out these FREE events below. 

Best Parks and Playgrounds for a Birthday Party on Long Island

Birthdays: Our kids all have them. After deciding on the guest list comes the inevitable question of venues. Instead of heading to a party destination or organizing a party at home, did you ever consider a birthday party at a state, county, or community park?

It's true: Long Island is home to a host of beautiful and fun-filled parks that will make it a memorable day for your child whether you're planning a first birthday or a 13th.

And a party at a park means less cleaning for you, no worrying about how many people can fit in your house, or how to magically make it spotless.

So read on for our take on the best parks at which to host a birthday party, and for more birthday fun, check out our Long Island Birthday Party Guide

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