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Fun Outdoor Activities for Families on Long Island

As the weather warms up and flowers bloom, it's the perfect time to venture outdoors with your little ones and soak up the sunshine. Long Island offers a plethora of outdoor parks, playgrounds, walking trails, and family-friendly activities that are sure to make your spring memorable.


Sunset on a beach with boat on the sand

Exploring Outdoor Gems on Long Island:

Parks and Playgrounds:

  1. Montauk Point State Park - Montauk Enjoy stunning ocean views, explore hiking trails, visit the historic Montauk Lighthouse, and have a picnic overlooking the beach.

  2. Southampton Youth Services Playground - Southampton A large playground with swings, slides, and climbing structures suitable for children of all ages. Adjacent to beautiful Agawam Park.

  3. Agawam Park Playground - Southampton A charming playground nestled within Agawam Park, featuring colorful equipment and ample space for kids to run and play.

  4. Conscience Point Historic Site & Nature Walk - Southampton Take a leisurely stroll along nature trails, learn about local history, and enjoy scenic views of North Sea Harbor.

  5. Shadmoor State Park - Montauk Explore rugged bluffs, discover hidden beaches, and observe wildlife along hiking trails in this coastal park.

  6. Sag Harbor Park Playground - Sag Harbor A quaint playground overlooking the harbor, offering slides, swings, and climbing structures for children to enjoy.

  7. LongHouse Reserve - East Hampton Wander through beautiful gardens, admire contemporary sculptures, and participate in family-friendly art activities. longhouse.org

  8. Good Ground Park - Hampton Bays This expansive park features a playground, splash pad, walking trails, and a dog park, providing fun for the whole family.

  9. Ponquogue Beach Playground - Hampton Bays Play in the sand, swim in the calm waters, and enjoy the playground facilities at this scenic beach park.

  10. Martha Clara Vineyards Playground - Riverhead While adults sample wines, children can have fun in the playground area featuring swings and climbing structures. marthaclaravineyards.com

  11. Indian Island County Park - Riverhead Explore nature trails, have a picnic by the Peconic River, and enjoy birdwatching in this peaceful park. suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Parks/Our-Parks/Indian-Island-County-Park

  12. Wildwood State Park - Wading River Camp, hike, fish, and enjoy breathtaking views of Long Island Sound at this scenic state park.

  13. Blydenburgh County Park Playground - Smithtown Play in the expansive playground area, rent rowboats for a leisurely paddle on Stump Pond, or explore hiking trails. suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Parks/Our-Parks/Blydenburgh-County-Park

  14. Sunken Meadow State Park Playground - Kings Park Spend a day at the beach, go for a hike, or enjoy a picnic in the picturesque surroundings of this state park.

  15. Heckscher State Park Playground - East Islip Swim in the ocean, play volleyball, go fishing, or let the kids run wild on the playground equipment at this popular park.

  16. Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park - Great River Take a guided tour of the beautiful gardens, stroll along scenic paths, and enjoy family-friendly events and workshops.


Beaches:

  1. Coopers Beach - Southampton Relax on pristine sandy shores, swim in the Atlantic Ocean, and enjoy amenities including restrooms and concessions.

  2. Main Beach - East Hampton Rated one of the best beaches in the country, Main Beach offers soft sand, rolling waves, and lifeguard supervision during the summer months.

  3. Ditch Plains Beach - Montauk A popular spot for surfing and beach combing, with breathtaking views and a relaxed atmosphere.

  4. Ponquogue Beach - Hampton Bays Relax on the sandy shores, swim in calm waters, and enjoy amenities such as picnic tables and lifeguard supervision.

  5. Cupsogue Beach County Park - Westhampton Beach Go birdwatching, beach combing, or fishing, and catch stunning sunsets over Moriches Bay. suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Parks/Our-Parks/Cupsogue-Beach-County-Park

  6. Smith Point County Park - Shirley Swim, surf, or fish along miles of pristine shoreline, and explore nature trails in the adjacent wilderness area.

  7. Cedar Beach - Mount Sinai Enjoy panoramic views of the Long Island Sound, go kayaking or paddle boarding, and relax on the sandy beach.

  8. Robert Moses State Park - Fire Island With five miles of ocean beach, this park offers swimming, surfing, and beachside amenities including showers and concessions.

  9. Tobay Beach - Oyster Bay Swim in calm bay waters, play volleyball, or take a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk at this family-friendly beach.

  10. Shinnecock East County Park - Southampton Known for its excellent fishing opportunities, this park also offers beach access and beautiful views of Shinnecock Bay.

  11. Sagg Main Beach - Sagaponack Relax on the sandy shores, swim in the Atlantic Ocean, and enjoy the tranquility of this pristine beach.

  12. Pikes Beach - Westhampton Beach A quiet beach perfect for a peaceful day by the water, with soft sand and gentle waves.

  13. Cedar Point County Park - East Hampton Explore coastal trails, go birdwatching, or launch a kayak at this scenic park overlooking Gardiners Bay.

  14. Gilgo Beach - Babylon A popular surfing spot with wide sandy beaches, perfect for sunbathing and beach games.

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