Latest posts by Lisa Mancuso
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!
Nothing says summer more than spending time as a family at a fair or festival on Long Island. It's a chance to be outdoors, spend time with the friends and neighbors, and make lasting memories.
Whether your family enjoys an old-fashioned street fair in your neighborhood or ventures nearby to see how other communities celebrate summer, these family-friendly events are sure to leave everyone smiling. Plus, many of these events are FREE to the public. That's why we've rounded up a list of the best fairs and festivals taking place in Nassau and Suffolk counties and on the East End in July and August.
For more seasonal inspiration, check out our Summer Fun Guide and Events Calendar. And while you're at it, consider one or two of our 25 must-do activities with kids this summer. If you're on a budget, try a few of our 50 FREE things to do with LI kids before school resumes.
If your family is looking for a fun place on Long Island to explore this summer, look no further than Greenport. Located on the North Fork, it is one of the East End’s most charming and historic communities, complete with a walkable Main Street, beautiful harbor, and tons of things to do for the entire family.
From local museums and gorgeous beaches to kid-friendly restaurants and unique shops, Greenport has much to offer families in the summertime. So, whether you decide to spend the day, enjoy a long weekend, or stay for the week, we’ve put together a list of things to do and see while you’re there.
Need more suggestions for things to do this summer? Check out our Summer Fun Guide and Long Island Events Calendar. For more out-east fun, take a look at our guide to the Hamptons and North Fork and our list of 50 must-do summer activities with kids on the East End.
June on Long Island is the unofficial kickoff of summer street fairs, festivals, and fun for the entire family. From food-focused events to arts and crafts, and nautical-themed festivals, there is plenty of fun to be found on the streets and in the parks of Nassau and Suffolk counties and on the East End in June. And, the best part: Admission to many of these events is FREE.
So check out our picks for the top June street fairs and festivals and be sure to mark them on your calendar. Click through the listings for locations, times, specific costs, potential weather postponements, and other information. As always, you’ll find more family-friendly things to do this summer in our June GoList, Summer Fun Guide and our Long Island Events Calendar.
Long Island lighthouses are a beacon into the past. To explore them is to immerse yourself in the history of the region, from the Revolutionary War to the whaling age, and the great steamship era of the 19th century.
There are about 20 lighthouses on Long Island, from New York Harbor to Montauk and the North Fork. Four—Bug Light, Fire Island, Horton Point, and Montauk Point—are open for public exploration. A fifth, Huntington Harbor Lighthouse, has been undergoing major renovations and plans are underway to reopen to the public at the end of June 2018.
In the meantime, check out our guide to these incredible lighthouses your family can visit. A word of advice before you go: Limber up, as some of these lighthouses boast steep climbs although we think you’ll agree the panoramic views are definitely worth the effort. Have fun exploring.
On your next family excursion, why not head to one of the many beautiful botanical gardens and arboretums located throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties? These gorgeous spots are perfect places to enjoy a picnic, admire the surroundings, and learn a thing or two about the flowers and trees around us. The best part, unless noted, is that admission to most of these sites is FREE.
What better way to introduce kids to the beauty of dining alfresco than with a picnic. There are plenty of hot spots across Long Island offering an ideal picnic experience, including green meadows, beaches, grills, and plenty of open spaces. Here are some wonderful spots to kick off your shoes and enjoy the great outdoors.
For more fun outdoor experiences with kids, visit our guide to Long Island's best family beaches or our roundup of LI's best parks and playgrounds. And don't forget our list of 25 things to do with kids in the summer or 100 things to do with kids on Long Island before they grow up.
In the meantime, bon appetit.