October, 7, 2020
What’s currently open and available to do on Long Island?
With the weather getting cooler and kids getting back to school, more things have started to open back up! So what are you doing this weekend? We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorites, and some places that have recently reopened, and are ready to welcome guests!
Family-Friendly Museums on Long Island
Keep them learning, keep them moving…keep the adventures coming!
The Cradle of Aviation Museum is open at limited capacity and is taking all the proper precautions to keep your family safe. You can visit their website for information on what experiences and exhibits are available for your aerospace adventure! The museum is open Thursday – Sunday 10am-4 pm. If those times don’t work for you or you’re not comfortable heading out yet, you can also do a virtual museum tour. Days and times are subject to change, please confirm.
LICM is open to the public Thursday – Sunday 10am-3pm. Reservations are required, please go to their website for more details. Special note, 10am-11am reserved for members only. Days and times are subject to change, please confirm.
The Children’s Museum of the East End is open to the public on Mondays – Wednesdays & Fridays Sundays from 10am – 12pm and 2pm – 4pm. Reservations are required. Check their website to make a reservation to visit and play. Days and times are subject to change, please confirm.
The Whaling Museum of Cold Spring Harbor is open and running exhibits and tours. You must book your seaside adventure in advance. You can head over to their website to check times available. If you can’t make an adventure in person, there are virtual experiences available! Days and times are subject to change, please confirm.
The Nassau County Fire Museum is open Wednesday – Sunday 10am-4 pm at reduced capacity. They are currently running exhibits and galleries with social distance guidelines in place. Days and times are subject to change, please confirm.
The Vanderbilt Museum is open for outdoor programing as well as “the first floor of the Hall of Fishes marine museum; the Habitat and Stoll Wing animal dioramas; and the natural-history and cultural-artifact galleries on the first floor of the Memorial Wing.” Hours are Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from 11am-6pm. The galleries are open from noon-5 pm. Days and times are subject to change, please confirm.
Outdoor Family Fun at Long Island Farms
There’s nothing like visiting a farm on Long Island in the fall. It’s the one thing that can feel “normal” right now because most activities are outdoors. Get outside, pick some fruit and pet some animals!
Waterdrinker Farm has a sunflower festival and a family adventure farm. They are open for jump pad, animal adventures, mini golf and more. Set your compass to head out east and spend a day in the sun, or sunflowers! Check website for days and times.
Tucked away in Bay Shore, this local treasure is a small, local farm that allows your child to pick a pumpkin, play with animals and play on the playground. The farm is open Wednesday – Friday 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday/Sunday & Columbus Day 9 am to 5 pm through the end of October. Days and times are subject to change, please confirm.
The Game Farm is open through the end of October but it’s an outdoor experience so it is weather pending. After you visit their website for tickets you can explore the outdoor park, feed the baby animals and walk through the deer park. There are also a few learning experiences available. Please remember to practice social distancing and try to avoid touching surfaces if possible. Days and times are subject to change, please confirm.
The Petting Farm is a non-profit and all outdoor experiences are open. Weather pending the parks hours are 11 am -5 pm every day. You can visit the animals (most of which are rescued by the zoo), enjoy a pony ride or a safari train ride. Finish off your day with a puppet show or a picnic! What a fun experience! Days and times are subject to change, please confirm.
Brenner’s has tons of workshops and events for kids from farming and planting to yoga. All events and classes must be booked ahead on their website. You can arrange a family farm tour or hayride daily at noon, 12:30, 1:15, 1:45, 2:30 and 3 pm. Visit their website for more information! Days and times are subject to change, please confirm.
Drive Through Experiences on Long Island
Still not ready to mix and mingle out in the world? That’s okay. Here are two fun drive through adventures happening this October!
Jump in the car and head down to your local Stew Leonards for a spooky good time. Car’s will line up and experience more than a dozen Halloween themed blow ups and characters. You can also shop the stew’s pumpkin patch with your family and end the day with a sweet treat inside! Who needs a farm stand when you can just go to Stew Leonard’s. Have to grocery shop this weekend? Kill two birds with one stone! Make it a family excursion. You’ll be glad you did. Check website for locations. Days and times are subject to change, please confirm.
Beach season is over and now one of Long Island’s favorite summer spots has transformed into Jurassic park! From now til October 18th, you and your family can drive through this dino quest. Visit their website for tickets and packages. Days and times are subject to change, please confirm.
There’s Plenty of Fall Family Fun Locations Now Open Across Long Island
Getting back to normal this fall has been anything but easy for us here on Long Island. But finding ways to relax and unwind should be a breeze. Get out there, find a new adventure and make some memories!