Activities for Kids in Suffolk County, New York

Activities for Kids in Suffolk County, New York
Suffolk County makes up half of Long Island, New York. Suffolk has plenty of outdoor activities, with more than 100 public beaches on 1,000 miles of coastline and numerous parks. Many of these educational and outdoor sites can help entertain children as well. Suffolk County museums, parks and beaches can be a fun alternative to typical New York attractions for the younger members of your family.

Sears Bellows Pond

Sears Bellows Pond, in Hampton Bays, is a fresh water lake within the Long Island Pine Barrens. Campsites for both tents and trailers are available, as are rowboat rentals. Sears Bellows has an extensive trail system for hikers and horseback riders. Riders must have a horseback riding permit. The park is operated by the Suffolk County Department of Parks and has lifeguard protection as well as restrooms, showers and food concessions.

Sears Bellows Pond
Bellows Pond Road
Hampton Bays, NY
(631) 852-8290
co.suffolk.ny.us/departments/parks/Sears%20Bellows%20County%20Park.aspx

Animal Farm Petting Zoo

The Animal Farm Petting Zoo is a small park, where visitors can take a safari tour, pony ride or bottle-feed pigs, cows or goats. All the zoo's animals are rescued from homes where they were unwanted. The zoo also has picnic areas and playgrounds and it's open from April to October, as of January 2010.

Animal Farm Petting Zoo
296 Wading River Road
Manorville, NY 11949
(631) 878-1785
afpz.org

Children's Museum of the East End

The Children's Museum of the East End hosts exhibits designed with very young children in mind and holds rotating events and exhibits meant to inspire learning at the earliest ages. Permanent exhibits -- designed like a playhouse -- let kids explore different environments. On one, kids tread along a raised wooden boardwalk, through a hollow log, out of a mouse hole and into a fantasy tree house. On another, The Crawler Garden, they learn about bugs and select fruits and vegetables. They can also explore CMEE's Main Street, sail the seas on a seafaring ship, drum away in the Musical Forest and get artistic in the Drop-In Art Studio.

Children's Museum of the East End
376 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike
Bridgehampton, NY 11932
(631) 537-8250
cmee.org

Meschutt Beach

From the sandy Atlantic beaches to the rocky north shore, Suffolk County has a diverse range of seaside sites. Meschutt Beach, in Hampton Bays, is one fo the better spots for outdoor activities. It's located on the still waters of Great Peconic Bay, on the east side of the Shinnecock Canal. Limited camping for trailers is available and the park hosts a windsurfing and sailing area. The Meschutt Beach Hut Raw Bar & Grill is open for breakfast, lunch & dinner and sometimes features live entertainment.

Meschutt Beach
Canal Road & Old North Highway
Hampton Bays
(631) 852-8205
co.suffolk.ny.us/departments/parks/Meschutt%20Beach%20County%20Park.aspx

Article Written By David J. Harvey

David J. Harvey has worked as a journalist since 2006, while earning a degree in political science and writing at the University of California, San Diego. He has written and edited for the UCSD "Guardian" and the AUC "Caravan" in Cairo, and currently freelances with San Diego's "Uptown News."

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