Family-Friendly Places To Visit Before School Starts

Camp is over. School doesn’t start for a few weeks. Are the kids getting a little restless? Keep the boredom at bay by visiting these fun places the whole family will enjoy.

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Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center

431 East Main Street, Riverhead 

Long Island in the summer is all about the water and you can continue the water-focused fun at the Long Island Aquarium. View one of the largest all-living coral reef displays in this hemisphere, a 120,000-gallon shark tank, sea lion shows, African penguins, marmosets, touch tanks and more than 100 indoor and outdoor exhibits including a Butterflies, Bugs and Birds exhibit. There are also special animal encounter options like the Penguin Encounter where you can get up close and personal with cute feathered friends.

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2245 Broad Hollow Road, Farmingdale

Adventureland is Long Island’s amusement park with more than 30 rides and attractions. Take a thrilling ride on the Turbulence Coaster, a splash on the Adventure Falls Log Fume or enjoy the view from the Ferris Wheel. There are also plenty of kiddie rides for the little ones and a restaurant where your family can fuel up on food and refreshments after a busy day. 

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Puzzle Break LI 

180 Michael Drive, Syosset

As Long Island’s premier escape-the-room room facility, Puzzle Break LI offers an exciting and challenging experience for the whole family. Can your group find the clues, decode the locks and solve the puzzles you need to escape the Lost Temple, the Midnight Carnival or the other adventure game rooms within 60 minutes? The clock is ticking! Book today and save $2.00 per player!  Use promo code: SAVE10LI

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RPM Raceway 

40 Daniel Street, Farmingdale

Rev up your engines at RPM Raceway, America’s ultimate all-electric indoor karting and entertainment destination. Kids will love the thrill of competitive racing on courses that imitate real formula courses. Junior drivers must be at 6 years old and at least 4′ tall and be able to safely operate kart. Visit the website for additional information.

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180 Commerce Drive, Hauppauge

Let the kids burn off some end-of-summer energy at SIMPLAY, Long Island’s only multi-sport simulator facility.  Get ready for football and soccer season by kicking field goals or trying to beat an alien soccer goalie. You can also have some friendly family competition playing simulated golf, basketball or hockey. Each simulator can be programmed to play any of the major sports plus carnival games. There are eight units and you can book online.

Tiki Action Park

1878 Middle Country Road, Centereach

Try for that hole in one at Tiki Action Park, voted the #1 Best Miniature Golf Course on Long Island for six of the last eight years. The golf course features streams, caves, waterfalls and the park’s signature 10-foot Tiki fountain. Tiki Action Park also has a go-kart track, a 45-game arcade and Mission Impassable Laser Maze.