Kimberly Chacon

Kimberly Chacon

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Family Friendly Restaurants in The Hamptons & North Fork

It might please moms and dads to know the East End offers an assortment of family-friendly eateries. These spots offer everything from the traditional lobster roll to a "guppy" menu, ideal for young appetites.

Some of these locations even offer outdoor dining with stunning views, so it's a good idea to venture out early to avoid the crowds. We've rounded our favorite family-friendly locations, where you can sample the catch of the day (or most anything else) and eat with boats shimmering in the marina behind you. (Did we say summer photo-op?)

Before heading out to the East End, be sure to check our guide to the Hamptons and North Fork to help plan your visit. In addition, check out our list of 50 Things to Do with Kids in the Hamptons and North Fork. Bring your appetite, because delicious options are waiting.

Top Beach Playgrounds on Long Island

Long Island beaches offer the opportunity for a host of memory-making experiences. Some of the best include those times spent frolicking on the playground to the soundtrack of crashing summer waves.

We've rounded up some of the best beach spots to play in Nassau, Suffolk and the East End, where playgrounds delight kids of all ages. So pack a lunch and plan to spend the day enjoying these locations. Make sure to snap pictures of the smiles from a fun day in the sun.

And remember Long Island has plenty of family-friendly beaches. While you're at it, why not tackle our 100 things with kids to do on Long Island, many of which, not surprisingly, involve the water. Enjoy.

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.

Indoor Swimming Classes for Long Island Kids

Long Islanders often boast of long weekends at our family-friendly beaches and endless opportunities for indoor aquatic activities. With proper swim instruction, children can be safe and have fun around our many waterways. From private swim classes to community pools, there are plenty of swim instruction destinations from which to choose. The great thing about these pools is that when summer is gone, kids can continue classes and add to their skills. There are schools for those as young as 6 months, continuing through lifeguard training. 

In addition, Long Island has well-maintained outdoor pools for long days of family fun, including these on the East End. For even more outdoor adventures, see our guide to Long Island's best parks and playgrounds and our guide to LI's best amusement and water parks.

Kiddie Playland: Worthy Addition to Long Island Play Spaces

Kiddie Playland in Williston Park is a bright and cheerful addition to Nassau County’s collection of indoor play spaces for kids. Whether you are looking for open play on a rainy day or are interested in one of the many classes offered, this new spot has it all. Kiddie Playland is an ideal play space for kids ages up to age 6, and there are class offerings for those up to age 10.

The Best Beaches for Families on Long Island

Stretching along the north and south shores of Long Island are dazzling beaches known for their family-friendly vibes and natural beauty, and we don't mean just the Hamptons. 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.

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.

The Best Animal Farms and Petting Zoos on Long Island

Whether you are looking for a low-key petting zoo or an exotic experience with wild animals, there's no shortage of places on Long Island where children can interact with nature's noble creatures. If they want to, Long Island kids can do everything from feed a giraffe to visit with an alpaca, and even ride a safari train. 

Be sure to check out our directory of zoos and gardens on Long Island, and peruse our Pick Your Own Guide to more local farm fun. Kids of every age will be delighted by these opportunities.

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