Free Things To Do With Your Kids on Long Island

Montauk Beach
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Whether you have an only child or a group of three or more in tow, there are wonderful, free places to take your children in Nassau and Suffolk. Here's a sampling of some great free things to do with kids on Long Island.

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    The Big Duck

    Roadside Big Duck, Flanders, NY

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    Everyone's favorite "big bird," the Big Duck enchants young and old alike. Once a store that sold live Peking ducks, this whimsical building now functions as a "must see" gift shop featuring "duckabilia." The whimsical building is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

    The big happily roosts in Flanders and you can bring the family for a view of the adorable avian any time, but if you want to go inside the bird to shop, call first to make sure they're open.

    The Big Duck
    Route 24
    Flanders, NY

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    Take A Hike!

    It's absolutely free to take in all the beautiful sites of Long Island while walking through parks and other open spaces on Long Island. Choose from places like the Uplands Farm Nature Sanctuary, Quogue Wildlife RefugeSweetbriar Nature Center, Garvies Point Preserve, and much more.

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    Children's Book Readings and Author Signings

    Bookstores throughout Long Island, including Book Revue in Huntington, Barnes & Noble, and Borders, as well as local libraries regularly schedule free book readings and author signings and more.

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    The Town of Brookhaven/Holtsville Ecology Site, Park & Animal Preserve includes a zoo with free admission. It's open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week during most of the year, but the hours change with the seasons.​​

    The Town of Brookhaven/Holtsville Ecology Site, Park & Animal Preserve
    Buckley Road
    Holtsville, NY

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    This sprawling shopping center in Stony Brook often features free entertainment, including live music, art exhibits, seasonal fun and more. Visit the Stony Brook Village Center website for directions.

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    Touring Long Island Neighborhoods

    Take long, enjoyable walks with your family, touring picturesque neighborhoods like Sea Cliff, Northport, Cold Spring Harbor, Port Washington, Lloyd Neck, Oyster Bay, and more.

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    From the sprawling expanses of Long Beach to the powder-fine sands of Jones Beach, the surfing mecca of Montauk and more, Long Island offers miles and miles of Atlantic seashore. (Please note that in season, if you're not a resident of some of the beach towns, you'll be asked to pay to enter.)

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    Free Long Island Festivals

    From the Fourth of July Festival at Sagamore Hill to the Oyster Bay Festival to the Cow Harbor Festival in Northport and more, Long Island offers some great outdoor events without an admission fee.​​​

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    Are the kids interested in aircraft made right here on Long Island? Then a visit to Grumman Memorial Park is a must. This FREE park features displays of actual aircraft like the mighty F-14A Tomcat.

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    If you have a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch ATM, credit or check card, you can take advantage of the Museums on Us program. On the first full weekend of every month, just show your card for free general admission to over 100 museums across the country. On Long Island, you can visit a number of museums for free on select dates.

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    With 6000 square feet of exhibit space, an auditorium, a cozy tea house, and even ​Eubie Blake's piano, the African American Museum of Nassau County highlights African American art and culture in a sunny space in Hempstead, NY. Kids can learn about their own culture or gain an appreciation of other cultures here, all for free.

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    During Christmas and Hanukah, all the festive lightings are free.