Here are 7 less mainstream but very fun things to do:
1- Visit Jungle Bob’s Reptile World in Centereach What kid doesn’t love snakes, turtles, lizards and all things scaly?
2- Visit the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium with exhibits ranging from fresh water fish, hatch houses and many ponds.They offer fishing and many events year round, but it’s a place best visited in warmer months.
3-Walk a labyrinth at Avalon Park in Stony Brook. With 8 acres to hike and a beautiful duck pond, Avalon is a nature lover’s delight. There’s the grist mill right there as well( circa 1751!) so it can be a real educational experience for the family. You can walk over to the Village Center from there and check out the stores and eateries and then walk across to the water and watch the birds and boats. On a clear sunny day, it’s a spectacular view!
4- Watch airplanes take off and land. If you can find a close parking spot along a side road, children(and adults) love to watch planes take off and land! MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma has the major airlines but the others like Brookhaven airport in Shirley, Republic Airport in Farmingdale and Gabreski Airport in West Hampton have smaller planes coming and going that are great to spy!
5-Take a ferry ride-round trip. There’s nothing like being out on the water on a sunny day. On the Port Jeff Ferry, walk on’s cost only $27 round trip for adults with kids under 12 being free. So you can board the kids and take a nice ride to Bridgeport, hop off and relax and wait for the next ferry back home. Of course, there’s the Fire Island Ferries too, though that’s better for a full day trip to the beach in season.
7- Catch the GeoCaching fever. If you have kids that like a good treasure hunt, this is the activity for them(and you!) With a little planning , this can be a fun and very interesting activity the whole family can enjoy practically year round.