Be one with Nature: Long Island’s Parks, Gardens and Trails
If you are looking to spend this summer experiencing the great outdoors with your family here are the top outdoor experiences for you and your kids. Set your watch for adventure, pack some water and plan a scavenger hunt list because the possibilities are endless on this Island adventure.
Tired of being indoors & want to just adventure in the great wide open? Start with your local parks! Parks have a variety of fun and experiences. Here are our favorites:
Suffolk County Parks
Belmont Lake State Park
This park has amazing trails and big open space to play and run. You can picnic here or just go kick a ball around any day. There’s a lake front trail and ducks to visit. Playgrounds, fishing, rowboats and kayaks are all available as well! You can visit the website before to grab a scavenger hunt adventure, trail map or kids fun book!
South Haven Park
This park is a great family adventure and offers something for everyone! You can spend the day hiking or picnicking, go out on the water to fish or take out a rowboat or canoe. But our favorite thing about this park is the Long Island Live Steamers. A train track with a ride on train for the family or kids to ride around the park. Check the website for schedules and availability.
Nassau County & Queens Parks
This park features three playgrounds (including an inclusive playground that’s a safe space for wheel chairs and all accessibility), and a sprinkle park. Their swimming and mini golf are expected to open later this summer and there is also a 9.11 monument you can stop at for a history lesson.
Socrates Sculpture Park
This park is always amazing, but is extra special right now with museums being closed. This park features an array of outdoor art exhibits, shows and farmers markets. It’s a great experience for any family looking to get outside and continue distance learning. It’s also a great place to picnic or come to work on art projects.
Gardens & Arboretums on Long Island
Have a green thumb or a family that really appreciates the colors and landscapes of Long Island? One of our beautiful gardens may be your favorite outdoor spot!
Suffolk County Gardens & Arboretums
Bayard Cutting Arboretum
This beautiful nature center has a bunch of family activities like nature hikes, yoga and tree workshops. Bayard is a great place to go to learn about farming, the environment and planting.
Located in East Hampton this garden also houses a sculpture museum. A google reviewer says “LongHouse Reserve is a remarkable integration of nature, art, and design. Its gardens present landscapes as an art form.” This garden is a great day trip, pack a lunch and head to the benches that overlook the water.
Nassau County Gardens & Arboretums
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park
This beautiful flower field is another great day trip adventure. Head to their website first and choose your adventure! They offer an array of learning kits you can grab before you go. Also, this specific garden is still hosting events but space is limited. So book ahead!
Old Westbury Gardens
Jump back in time and head down to the mansion or on a garden tour! This Roaring ‘20s inspired space will be a Gatsby of a good time. Be sure to dress in your Sunday best for this adventure. Check the website for events and experiences.
Hiking Trails on Long Island
Ready to hike, climb and get some cardio? Trails may be the best fit for your fit family!
Suffolk County Trails
Avalon Nature Preserve
This park features five trails to check out. Each trail has multiple family fun destinations built in. Head to the website before, then choose your trail and grab a map.
Blydenburg has a few different trails along and around the water. This park is dog friendly and has other amenities as well. Make sure you keep track of your trail’s color and keep your eyes peeled for wild life!
Nassau County Trails
Caumsett State Park
This park is located on a scenic peninsula on the Long Island Sound. There are multiple trail options including woodland, shoreline, meadows and salt marsh. Choose your land type and get moving!
Located on the gold coast, this beautiful park overlooks the Long Island Sound. With multiple things to experience on the grounds, the trails are an added bonus.
Long Island Has Some of the Best Outdoor Experiences for Families
So where will you end up in the great outdoors? Only time will tell. Be sure to check websites for availability, hours and open experiences. Grab your bug spray and some water because adventure awaits!