Don't let the kids get cabin fever on Long Island. There is plenty to do in the winter without taking the LIRR into New York City. Below find activities like museums, holiday celebrations, and ways to become closer with the area's animals.
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Take a Hike
If the kids are up for a long or short walk on a crisp winter's day, or for an invigorating foray through the snow, there are plenty of places in Nassau and Suffolk where you can enjoy nature during this season.
Check out one or more of the following:
- Garvies Point Museum and Preserve offers marked trails outdoors, but if you and yours are looking for a warmer experience, just wander through the indoor museum.
- Caleb Smith State Park Preserve is a great place for an outdoor walk, but the kids can also enjoy a free, indoor museum with exhibits of wildlife specimens.
- The Quogue Wildlife Refuge features seven miles of nature trails, but you can also register the kids for their nature workshops, which take place indoors.
- The Sweetbriar Nature Center sits on 54 acres of woodlands, fields and more on the Nissequogue River. Take a winter hike or sign the kids up for one of the many nature programs inside.
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Storytime for Kids
Need a cure for cabin fever? Then take the kids to Book Revue in Huntington, New York. Every Tuesday at 11 a.m., you can bring your young ones for a FREE story time and craft event, no registration required. For a list of their upcoming events, you can call their event hotline at (800) 552-9440.
Barnes and Noble stores throughout Nassau and Suffolk offer FREE programs for kids. To find a store near you and to see the latest listings of events, please go to barnesandnoble.com.
Too cold to leave the house? Then go to Barnes & Noble Online Storytime, where your kids can listen to authors reading their children's books aloud.
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Take a cruise to learn about the wildlife that swims in the waters surrounding Long Island. The cruises sail throughout the winter. Bundle up and view seals and more from the deck, of stay in the warm cabin and watch the wildlife through a window. You'll need to make a reservation in advance.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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The Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center boasts a wealth of live marine animals, including their ever-popular shark tank. (In the summer, you can see the outdoor exhibits.) During the winter, there's often a Breakfast with Santa event, as well as some family sleepovers.