There are many reasons to visit Long Island – New York City’s Beachfront Backyard from our most notable, the 120-miles of beaches that shape the coastline, to the most distinguishing, rich farmland on the east end that contributes to its award-winning wine country. Long Island is a family-friendly destination offering an array of activities for year-round fun. Dive into learning with educational experiences that teach kids about Long Island’s history, maritime driven past and the importance of the arts. Check out these family-friendly spots for lasting memories during your next family vacation.
Artistic Legacy: Visit the Parrish Art Museum in East Hampton, one of America’s most creative centers. Adults can peruse the collection of over 2,600 works from famed master and contemporary artists while children take part in interactive art classes, build creations, and enjoy film nights.
Create and Play: Learn and explore at the Long Island Children's Museum. A rarity, as it housed in a former airplane hangar. Interactive and fun, kids can create and play in the bubble exhibit, learn in the live animal habitat, and explore the 14 interactive exhibits with daily activities.
Journey to a New Era: Vanderbilt Museum & Planetarium features historic elements, oceanic expeditions along with science and futuristic exhibits. After stopping by the elegant mansion, be sure to catch a show in the Planetarium and on Friday nights stargaze on the rooftop observatory.
Spy for a Day: The Brewster House was built in 1665 and is considered the oldest house in the Town of Brookhaven. During the American Revolution, Joseph Brewster operated the house as a tavern and general store, entertaining British troops inside. American Patriot Caleb Brewster, a frequent visitor to the house, was a member of George Washington’s Culper Spy Ring during the Revolutionary War. You can experience the Brewster House through the “Become a Spy” and “A Day in the Life of the Colonial Child” educational tours.
Circus Tricks: At i.FLY.Trapeze learn how to get your legs on the bar and your hands off and then back flip dismount into the net. Once those basics are conquered learn a series of tricks from these pro-flyers.