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Explore Long Island with an array of family friendly activities from surfing and trapeze to museum row and animal encounters. The entire family will make memories to last a lifetime with the unique experience and both indoor and outdoor fun. Check out our 5-day itinerary for must see places to go when traveling with your family.
Take the Long Island Railroad to the Long Beach Station located on Park Ave, just 5 blocks north of the boardwalk.
Enjoy the sun’s rays, roaring waves, and the sea breeze as you stroll down the shoreline of Long Beach. Pack a cooler for an unforgettable picnic lunch or take advantage of the food trucks located right off of the boardwalk. No beach chair? No problem! Beach Comfort is a beach equipment rental company that will deliver chairs and umbrellas directly to you.
Catch the rays and ride the waves on a surfboard at Skudin Surf. No matter your age or ability, these professionals ensure a fun and positive experience tackling the Long Island waves. The Skudin family comes from three generations of surfers, sharing their passion for over 30 years. Cliff and Will Skudin are professional surfers who continue the family tradition of surfing. Kids camp, adult camp, private and group lessons are available.
Don’t miss you chance to dine at Long Island’s oldest clam bar. This place came to fruition in the summer of 1940 when Peter’s Clam Bar & Seafood Restaurant opened its doors in Island Park. It has been serving its community ever since! Everything is made from scratch using only the finest ingredients and freshest seafood available.
Bright Eye Beer Co. is Long Beach’s first craft brewery. This child (and pet-friendly) pub is great for watching the big game or jamming out to some live music. Bright Eye offers a large variety of brews, from IPAs to fruit beers, porters, and everything in between! It’s licensed as both a microbrewery and a farm brewery, meaning it crafts small batch brews using local ingredients. The taproom often hosts seasonal events, so be sure to check the brewery’s Instagram or website for a current calendar of what’s happening.
The Allegria Hotel is a year-round beach front escape that embodies relaxed elegance, sophistication and style while overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The property features luxury oceanfront suites, 24 hour room service with organic cuisine, a restaurant and bar, rooftop pool and an array of amenities.
Head to The Allegria’s on site restaurant for a beachside breakfast experience. Dine on delicious seafood and gourmet cuisine curated by our the in-house chef, and explore a wide range of beverages as you enjoy stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Take the Long Island Railroad to the Hempstead station. You will need to transfer at Jamaica station if heading straight from Long Beach.
Artfully housed in a former airplane hangar, with 44,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibit space (12 galleries, a sensory garden and 2 art exhibit spaces) and a state of the art theater, families have ample opportunities to play and learn together in a nurturing environment.
Founded in Phoenix, Arizona, in 2008, True Food Kitchen is a restaurant and lifestyle brand inspired by the philosophy that food should make you feel better, not worse, and that great tasting food and thoughtfully crafted beverages can serve as the foundation for a life well lived. True Food Kitchen emphasizes wholesome, simple ingredients with simple preparations to highlight the natural health benefits and flavors of each ingredient.
The Museum, Planetarium and Dome Theater is home to one of the largest air and spacecraft collections in the world, taking visitors through a journey of over 100 years of history. Three Lunar Modules are on display across the world, with the Cradle of Aviation displaying Lunar Module 13 and the Lunar Module Stimulator. Check the museum website for a list of current and ever-changing exhibitions.
The Long Island Children’s Museum and Cradle of Aviation Museum are located in Nassau County’s “Museum Row.” You can also find the Nassau County Firefighter’s Museum, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and Nunley’s Carousel. LEARN MORE
Owned by Bravo TV’s Top Chef, Tom Colicchio, Small Batch is a rustic American restaurant that offers a wide range of meals that source all ingredients locally. A longtime advocate for sustainable agriculture, Colicchio’s restaurant is serving up North Fork Farm produce straight to your table complete with local wines and spirits from the Long Island region.
At The Long Island Marriott, you’ll discover a beautifully renovated lobby and Great Room with magnificent fireplace, as well as spacious rooms with luxurious bedding. Enjoy a late night snack or drink in the on site restaurant, Crop & Kettle, then relax with a workout or swim and soak in the whirlpool.
Take the Long Island Railroad to Farmingdale on the Ronkonkoma branch.
Sample local fare in the comfort of your hotel at Crop & Kettle, the Long Island Marriot’s restaurant. This sleek restaurant serves Long Island classics for breakfast, lunch, and dinner made from regional ingredients and paired with local beers and wines
Long’s Island’s Favorite Family Amusement park since 1962! Features over 30 adult and kiddie rides, a state-of-the-art arcade, a restaurant and a gift shop. This year, the beloved theme park is turning 60 and it’s bringing all new rides, games (and even a bar) to celebrate!
Bethpage State Park is best known for its five world-class golf courses, but visitors flock to the park to use its picnic facilities, bridle paths, hiking and biking trails (including five miles of the Long Island Greenbelt Trail), playing fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, and cross-county skiing trails. This is a great place to relax, unwind, or go for a bike ride!
Combining tantalizing steakhouse classics with amazing sushi and seafood creations, Blackstone Steakhouse has something for every type of taste bud. In addition to serving the finest prime dry-aged and Kobe beef, the restaurant also employees an authentic sushi chef to ensure the sushi and raw seafood bar is nothing less than spectacular.
RPM Raceway Long Island’s state-of-the-art racing facility features two quarter-mile tracks, all-electric indoor karts capable of speeds of 45 MPH and arcade games.
The hotel features a 5,000-square-foot atrium-enclosed lobby and 369 spacious guest rooms. Amenities include a Concierge Level, 24-hour fitness facility, sparkling indoor pool, and a full-service restaurant and lounge.
Enjoy delicious American-fare without having to travel far for it. The Great Room Restaurant is located inside of the Melville Marriott and is eager to please you and your fellow travelers with fresh, made-to-order entrees in an ultra chic setting.
Take the Long Island Railroad to Riverhead on the Ronkonkoma branch.
Experience 96-acres of fun at Splish Splash Waterpark. Choose between a serene ride through the lazy river or an extreme adventure with cliff dive and alien invasion. The rides, slides, wave pools, shows and kiddie rides offer favorites for the entire family. Hungry? Stop by the snack bar for traditional theme park eats and sweets.
This FINtastic destination features one of the largest all-living coral reef displays in this hemisphere, a 120,000-gallon shark tank, year-round sea lion shows, numerous touch tanks, butterflies from all over the world, and more than 100 exhibits and interactive experiences, including Butterflies, Bugs & Birds, Shark Dive, Penguin Encounter, Pirate Snorkel, Shark Keeper, and more!
Got an appetite for locality? Indulge in fresh, locally sourced ingredients and delicious dishes at the Preston House Restaurant. Visitors will have no problem eating up the restaurant’s historic ambiance that features classically decorated wood and original stonework from 1905! This is a great spot for brunch, lunch, dinner, and of course, expertly crafted cocktails.
North Fork Brewing Company is a farm-to-beer (yes, we just made that term up) brewery that grows and sources all its ingredients locally. Every brew is a unique ode to Long Island, utilizing the crops indigenous to the land as well as seasonal produce. The taphouse itself is even dedicated to Long Island history, as it used to be a firehouse that was rescued and renovated by the brewhouse. Here you’ll find a variety of beers to enjoy, from lagers to IPAs, Porters, and everything in between! The establishment is also kid (and pet-friendly), offering games, an outdoor patio, and small batch non-alcoholic ginger ale that the brewery makes from scratch.
Located adjacent to Long Island Aquarium, the waterfront Hyatt Place Long Island/East End has 100 state-of-the-art suites that offer water views, a 24-hour fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a new seasonal poolside bar & grill, and more.
Take the Long Island just one stop to Mattituck on the Ronkonkoma branch.
Don’t miss the North Fork’s destination bakeshop, made from scratch on premises daily using locally sourced ingredients including fresh farm berries.
A natural environment where families can learn about wildlife and animals through observation, education, and entertainment. Pet and feed animals including baby goats, sheep and deer. View the Red Foxes, Ring Tailed Lemurs, Zebra, Ostrich, Emu Family, African Serval Cat, Coatimundi, Parrots and more.
Order house-roasted coffee and upscale comfort meals including a chicken, guacamole & bacon sandwich or goat cheese panini in this upscale quaint and charming café.
Take a scenic stroll down Love Lane afterward to explore more shops and restaurants.
100-acre farm, as well as the original farm stand, the farm includes the Barnyard Adventure, an 8-acre family-friendly attraction that includes farm animals, Jumbo Jumpers bounce pillows, a trike track, sports zone, Gnome themed hedge maze, and many more activities. The farm also includes Harbes Wine Barn, a wine tasting room renovated from a 100-year-old potato barn. In the fall, take part in pumpkin picking and corn mazes.