Family-Friendly Local Landmarks to Visit

Think of these iconic places as a scavenger hunt for amazing experiences to enjoy with family and friends.

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With the beginning of August comes new challanges to keep the kids busy.  Camps will be ending with weeks left before the first day of school.  Here are some great local landmarks that can be both entertaining and educational.  I like to call it edu-tainment!

Long Island is famous for many things at different times of the year - its vast parks, beautiful beaches, rich historical culture, and ample opportunities for fun.  Life is good here on Long Island!  There are some more unique, off the beaten path places to visit - think of this list of iconic places as more of a scavenger hunt for amazing experiences.  There's nothing like the thrill of discovering new places especially when sharing it with your loved ones.  Some places can also be part history lessons too - put on your sneakers and climb hundreds of steps to the top of a lighthouse for a view that you'll never forget. 

Step back in time to the mid-19th century colonial living (Kids will be amazed that there were no TV's, video games, or indoor plumbing!).  Our waters can take you on a
ferry or a kayak.  Visit with all sorts of ducks and horses.  Some are not what you think.  See native animals get rehabilitated or go on a seasonal night walk to see nocturnal animals out and about. 

Here are our Top 10 must see Long Island Landmarks:

Big Duck
Route 24, Flanders (631) 852-8292
This National Landmark was built in 1931 by a duck farmer.  It now sells duck souvenirs and gets holiday lights in December.

Long Island Ducks
3 Courthouse Drive, Central Islip (631) 940-DUCK
Fun way to catch a baseball game without the drive or expense of the major leagues.  Kids will love Quacker Jack.

Breakfast at Belmont
Belmont Park, Elmont (516) 488-6000
Eat breakfast while watching the Thoroughbreds train.  There is also a tram ride to see the stables and a demonstration of the starting gate.

Ferry to Fire Island
Seaview/Ocean Bay Park Terminal (631) 665-3600
The perfect summer getaway.  Packages are available that include the ferry, parking and a 3 course meal.

Old Bethpage Village Restoration
1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage (516) 572-8400
Step back in time and visit the blacksmith's shop, colonial homes and general store.

Shinnecock Pow Wow
Southhampton (631) 283-6143
Enjoy the American Indian culture at their annual Labor Day Weekend Pow Wow.

Nissequogue River State Park
799 Saint Johnland Road, Kings Park (631) 979-8244
Rent a kayak and explore the tidal and freshwater wetlands.

Montauk Point Lighthouse
2000 Montauk Highway, Montauk (631) 668-2544
This lighthouse was commissioned by President George Washington in 1792.  Climb up the 137 steps for breathtaking views.

Historic Nunley's Carousel on Museum Row
Garden City (516) 572-4066
Ride an antique Carousel - a unique experience that can be enjoyed by kids of all ages!

Greenport Carousel
Mitchell Park, Greenport (631) 477-2200
Ride on a beautiful painted horse to classic music - a carousel ride is sure to give a sense of nostalgia to anyone who rides!

Sweetbriar Nature Center
62 Eckernkamp Drive, Smithtown (631) 979-6344
Visit the 54 acres of garden, woodland, field and wetland habitats.  The Rainforest Room and Butterfly House are excellent.

Take time to create a local bucket list of unique places to visit.  We'd love to hear about what you discovered on Forum.