If you’ve ever visited the Hamptons and North Fork on 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 East End have options, too, from chain hotels near kid-favorite attractions to mom-and-pop guesthouses with private beaches and pools. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Hamptons and North Fork hotels, motels and guesthouses for families.
Some of these hotels and motels even have their own mini-golf courses and sports facilities for those who prefer more all-inclusive family entertainment. 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 hotel and motel websites for last-minute specials. And for ideas on what to do in the area, check out our Hamptons and North Fork Family Guide.
Family-Friendly Hotels and Motels on the North Fork
Drossos Motel — Greenport
69125 Main Road
This family-run motel has been serving visitors to Greenport for more than six decades. Recently renovated rooms begin at $195 per night in season and the motel is hard to miss en route to the Village of Greenport or Orient Point-New London ferry. Visitors enjoy access to the family-run Tick Tock Miniature Golf and the recently opened eatery and dessert destination Jennies at Drossos.
Hilton Garden Inn — Riverhead
2038 Old Country Road
More a business hotel than family resort, the main attraction for kids at the Hilton is access to Splish Splash water park in Calverton, one of Long Island’s most popular summer destinations. The Hilton boasts two pools, but would it surprise any parent if the kids made an immediate beeline to the multiattraction water playground less than a mile and a half away? Summer rates average $225 per night with discounts for frequent Hilton visitors.
Hotel Indigo — Riverhead
1830 W. Main St.
This true-blue home away from home gives you insider access to the best family-friendly Riverhead attractions. Take advantage of the Splish Splash Water Park Adventure, which is available Monday through Thursday. The package includes four tickets, free transportation, and a luxury Kahuna Cabana. Enjoy a five-minute drive to attractions such as the Long Island Aquarium or back-to-school shopping at Tanger Outlets. Kids will enjoy amenities such as the outdoor pool, and parents will appreciate the luxurious on-site fitness center and spa. Hotel Indigo even allows guests to bring one dog overnight. Live music adds a special touch to your stay on select nights.
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Take a dip in the pool at the Hyatt Place Long Island East End.
Hyatt Place Long Island East End — Riverhead
451 E. Main Street
Ideally situated in downtown Riverhead at the branch of the East End’s two forks, the Hyatt boasts indoor and outdoor pools and spacious rooms. Most importantly for kids, it is next door to the Long Island Aquarium, whose sea lion and penguin shows, shark tank and butterfly exhibits thrill thousands annually. There is an adjacent marina for those who prefer to boat to the hotel; a lengthy walk along the Peconic River, where kids can fish for snappers (juvenile bluefish) in the summer; and easy access to Tanger Outlet Center for those in need of retail therapy. Stay and explore packages for the aquarium are available. Don’t miss its Atlantis Explorer tour boat, which offers seasonal exploration of East End waterways. Room rates average $300 per night in season, but are considerably cheaper after Labor Day.
Sound View Inn —Greenport
58855 Route 48
As the name says, the hotel offers breathtaking views of Long Island Sound, but unlike the Greenporter is located a healthy distance from the downtown. Kids can enjoy a guests-only beach, lovely pool, tennis and basketball courts, a putting and chipping area, and a surprisingly good and affordable restaurant. Prime-time rates begin at about $235 per night.
The Greenporter Hotel
326 Front Street
Greenport’s renaissance as a family destination is one of the great North Fork stories. The Greenporter offers a heated pool, beach access, and nicely adorned rooms. The village carousel is across the street at Mitchell Park, the unofficial village square, and is open daily during school summer vacation. Overheated children can cool down in Mitchell’s sprinkler park, which transforms into an ice rink in the wintertime. The Greenport skateboard park is just a walk away for kids eager to pull down some big air. Enjoy boat charters from Greenport’s harbor, or take the Shelter Island ferry to experience life on the Island for a mere $2. In-season room rates average about $200 per night.
Family-Friendly Hotels and Motels in the Hamptons
Gurney’s Resort — Montauk
290 Old Montauk Highway
Sun, sand, and everything Montauk. That’s more or less what to expect from Gurney’s, the only four-season beachfront resort in the Hamptons. Families can enjoy the indoor, saltwater pool year round with dedicated hours for children. There’s also a summertime kids’ club with activities for toddlers through teens, and baby sitting. Montauk’s celebrated attractions include several state and county parks, public tennis and golf, horseback riding at Deep Hollow Ranch, boating and fishing charters and, of course, the lighthouse. Montauk Point Lighthouse, commissioned by President George Washington, is the fourth-oldest lighthouse in the country. Gurney’s is costly and probably not the best choice for families on a budget.
Hartman's Briney Breezes Motel — Montauk
693 Old Montauk Highway
A more affordable option than Gurney’s, Briney Breezes is a Montauk institution especially popular with cost-conscious families. The motel is footsteps from the beach and a short walk from the downtown. Each room has a balcony or patio and the property’s expansive lawn is perfect for an impromptu game of Wiffle ball or touch football. Then, of course, there is the pool, open from Memorial Day through Columbus Day. Expect to pay about $400 per night in-season, half that off-season.
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Kids will thrill to the pool and nearby beach at the Surf Club Resort in Montauk.
Surf Club Resort — Montauk
20 Surfside Avenue
This Montauk favorite includes easy access to adorable shops, pristine beaches, and tasty family-style restaurants. While you're resting from exciting activities, enjoy on-site activities like pizza night and family movie night. There are also spin classes and yoga for mom and dad, and fresh farm-to-table dinners on Sundays.
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The Hampton Maid features memorable breakfasts and an expansive property.
The Hampton Maid — Hampton Bays
259 E Montauk Highway
Kids who love breakfast will find no peer on the East End to the Hampton Maid. In fact, locals even have been known to make the post-church run on Sundays for the inn’s top-shelf biscuits, muffins, fresh fruit and, of course, pancakes. The inn sits on a bluff on Montauk Highway, just beyond the Hampton Bays downtown and a few minutes from the village of Southampton, whose history (it’s LI’s oldest English settlement) and culture provide year-round infotainment. There’s a lovely pool, a gentle bay beach across the street (careful crossing Montauk Highway), and, of course, the trademark windmill, an ideal meeting point for large groups. In-season room rates begin at $205 per night.
The Pridwin Hotel and Cottages — Shelter Island
81 Shore Road
Shelter Island marches to its own beat. Locals are proud of being neither Hamptonites nor North Forkers. The Island is, in fact, its own township isolated from both regions by water and accessible only by ferry. The Pridwin, along Crescent Beach, is perhaps the best family resort on the island, offering a pool, tennis courts, boat rentals, pool tables, and more. In season it offers regular children’s movie nights and a Wednesday night outdoor barbecue. Other family activities include kayaking, bicycling and hiking at nearby Mashomack Preserve, a must-see for nature lovers. In-season rates start at about $350 per room but, again, are cheaper after Labor Day.
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The Sea Crest Resort is just a short walk from Hither Hills State Park.
The Sea Crest Resort — Amagansett
2166 Montauk Highway
Sailing tours, bowling, and paddle-boarding in Amagansett are only a short drive from this elegant resort. On-site amenities include a heated pool, private beach, picnic area, and cabana service. Enjoy activities like basketball and yoga on the beach. The hotel is also only a few minutes from Montauk
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