Forget hibernating–winter on Long Island is bursting with possibilities! Escape the chill and head indoors to enjoy rejuvenating treatments at our world-class spas, or embark on a journey of discovery at art, children, and history museums. Go bar hopping, where you can sip craft beverages and listen to live music or catch a live theatrical performance. Dive into a world of indoor activities and discover why the Long Island area is the perfect winter escape. 

Unleash Your Inner Artist

Adults and kids can channel their inner Picasso with classes at the Hue Studio Fine Art Academy, Art Guild of Port Washington, and Gold Coast Arts Center. Personal masterpieces are not all oils and watercolors. Create a Taylor Swift mirror ball, sea glass potted succulent, cartoon drawing, or digital painting. 

Explore Museums & Galleries

Appreciate thousands of classic and modern works at the Heckscher Museum of Art, Parrish Art Museum, Patchogue Arts Council, and The Church Sag Harbor.

See the world’s largest taxidermied fish and travel the universe in the planetarium at the Vanderbilt Museum. At the Cradle of Aviation Museum, experience man’s first attempts to sprout wings to Neil Armstrong’s giant leap for mankind, or play in the Arcade Age exhibit with Ms. Pac-Man, Centipede, and, of course, Space Invaders. Be sure to visit the top floor and learn about one of the world’s most iconic airlines at the Pan Am Museum.


Pet a snake, watch busy live honey bees, and hang out inside a giant bubble at the Long Island’s Children’s Museum. Hoist a sail, see a 19th-century whaleboat and whale skeletons, and learn about African American mariners at the Whaling Museum.

Head to the Spa

Head to the spa for relaxing and rejuvenating treatments, and it’ll soon become one of your favorite indoor activities in Long Island.

Beyond massages and facials, sink into the Atlantic Ocean-fed indoor pool at Gurney’s Montauk Seawater Spa. Get glowy from an oxygen and LED light hydradermie facial at the Topping Rose House. Enjoy a luxurious facial customized to your experience at Alexandra Accardo Studio. You’ll find plenty of spas and salons for your self-care retreat. 

Check Out Breweries & Vineyards

Long Island’s famous vineyards are just part of our craft beverage scene. Indoor activities for adults on Long Island include sipping craft brews, hard cider, and various liquors.

Take a “cider flight” at the Riverhead Ciderhouse. Raise a glass of lager, pilsner, IPA, or ale at Six Harbors Brewing Company, also famous for its beer-delivering brew dogs. Montauk Distilling Company’s varieties include “Navy Strength Rum” and bourbon, named after a man who helped form the country’s first bomb squad. 

Crank the heaters in a vineyard-view greenhouse at RGNY, igloo at Del Vino Vineyards and Lenz Winery, or tent bungalow at Macari Vineyards

Fun for the Whole Family

RPM raceway

Many may be cold-blooded, but exciting animals at the Long Island Aquarium can be seen and touched from inside a warm building. Watch sharks and tropical fish swim by in the centerpiece 120,000-gallon habitat. Touch stingrays, sea stars, horseshoe crabs, and other creatures, or enter the magical garden of thousands of fluttering butterflies. 

Start your engines! At RPM Raceway in Farmingdale, with Italian-made go-karts, you put the pedal to the metal on twisting and turning tracks. Dave and Buster’s locations in Massapequa and Islandia are loaded with family entertainment, from tabletop air hockey, Ping-Pong, an arcade, and virtual reality games. For some low-stakes family fun, lace up the roller skates and head to United Skates of America Roller Skating Massapequa.

Those are just a few of the many family attractions on and around Long Island.

Catch a Show

Get “Footloose” or sing along to “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina” at the musicals this winter at the CM Performing Arts Center. Sway along to the rhythm and blues, crack up at female comedians, and become a dancing queen at a disco party at The Suffolk.

Fan of the “Princess Bride,” or Harry Chapin’s music? At the Patchogue Theatre, actor Cary Elwes will take you behind the scenes of the classic movie, and the Chapin family will perform favorites, such as “Cats in the Cradle.”

Enjoy the Great Indoors on Long Island

This is just a glimpse into the vibrant indoor scene waiting for you on Long Island. Embrace the possibilities and create unforgettable winter memories that’ll last a lifetime!