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Winter Attractions Now Open on Long Island

January 26, 2021

Looking for something to do in winter? Here is our guide to safely exploring Long Island’s top attractions this winter.

From museums and animal encounters to indoor sports and art classes, Long Island has things to do across the region to keep kids and families entertained this winter season. Please check local listings before planning a visit and be aware that all require safe social distancing and wearing a mask.

Museum Row in Nassau County

Long Island Children’s Museum: Explore, play, and create. The museum offers 14 interactive exhibits including a bubble maker, sound creation studio, live animal habitats, fix it builder station, sandy island, climbing area and special workshops.

Cradle of Aviation: Uncover over 75 air and spacecrafts covering 100 years of aerospace discoveries. Three Lunar Modules are on display across the world, with the Cradle of Aviation displaying Lunar Module 13 and the Lunar Module Stimulator. Complete the visit with a show at the full-dome planetarium.

African American Museum of Nassau County: The AAMNC is one, of only two, African American museums in the northeast. Take a guided tour of the museum to develop a deeper understanding of the art, culture, and history on display. Exhibits include Black Royals highlighting two English queens, Lewis Temple Inventor and how he went from slave to inventor to revolutionize the whaling industry and the Women of NASA.

Nassau County Museum of Art: Contemporary creations and abstract expressionism come together at the museum’s two featured exhibits. Also, explore the outdoor sculpture garden with over 40 pieces located throughout the 145 aces. For a picturesque experience, walk the formal gardens lined with greens.


Indoor Sports

Simplay: Long Island’s only multi-sport simulator facility, head out with friends or family for some friendly competition. Choose between hundreds of golf courses around the world and even play zombie dodgeball, baseball, hockey, basketball, and football.

Rock Climbing: Climb to new heights with indoor rock climbing at Gravity Vault in Melville or Island Rock in Plainview.Choose between different difficulty levels and feel completely safe with an expert delayer to help control the rope.This is a workout, so be prepared!

Axe Throwing: Head to Molly Hatchets in Ronkonkoma and rent a lane for an hour and a half of axe throwing. Try to hit the wooden bullseye targets from 15 feet back. Your friends will be there to cheer you on!

Farmingdale Lanes: Automatic scoring, bumpers available on every lane & sanitized equipment makes Farmingdale Lanes a great indoor sporting option. Use the Long Island Downtown Deals Travel Pass for a Buy 1, Get 1 Bowling discount.


Art & Culture

Pinot’s Palette Bay Shore: Paint and sip or just paint at Pinot’s Palette. A trained artist leads the class through tricks and tips to create a beautiful custom masterpiece, so don’t worry if you’re a talented artist or just going for fun! Check the schedule for the creation lineup and choose your favorite to paint. Use the Long Island Downtown Deals Travel Pass for a 10% off discount.

Southampton Cultural Center: A unique stop for a variety of programming including weekly classes and art exhibitions for children and adults. Currently, the programing includes intro to dance, hip hop, tap, contemporary dance and country line dancing.

Guild Hall: Located in East Hampton, Guild Hall was established in 1931 and has 2,400 works in the Permanent Collection. Special hands-on programming includes create your own comic book, stories and crafts, and singer bootcamp.

AR Workshop: With locations in Smithtown and Bellmore, create DIY custom items. Pick your wood, pick your design text, pick your color then create! Options include a photo display board, porch sign, wood tray, framed sign, seasonal items, cake stand, pet bed and more.

Additional Options: Check out the Long Island TV Huntington Edition Episode for how to explore Walt Whitman Birthpace State Historic Site & Interpretive Center or the Heckscher Museum of Art and even save money on your visit with the Long Island Downtown Deals Travel Pass.


Animal Encounters

Long Island Aquarium: Located in Riverhead, the aquarium features one of the largest all-living coral reefs 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. For a unique and individual experience, take part in the penguin encounter or shark dive!

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium: Uncover one New York State’s largest collections of freshwater turtle, fish, and amphibians. Learn about various fish species and the difference between marine and pond fish.

Center for Science Teaching & Learning: The new dinosaur exhibit is a must-do! See over 20 dinosaurs and meet over 35 animals from snakes to emus. Learn about animal adaptations and how the dinosaurs lived on earth! For the kids they offer a winter hike and scavenger hunt program, Sunday science series and Tiny Tots workshops.


For more activity inspiration, check out our Trip Ideas.

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