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35 family-friendly things to do this spring on LI

Now that the weather is getting warmer, you may be looking for fun things to do with your family on Long Island.

Here, we found 35 things to help you plan a fun-filled day.

Visit with a potbellied pig and more animals at Martha Clara Vineyards

Mom and Dad can enjoy a glass of
Photo Credit: Veronique Louis

Mom and Dad can enjoy a glass of wine and then head over to the petting zoo to feed the animals at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead. You'll see a potbellied pig, donkeys, Highland cattle, llamas and horses. Outdoor games, like Corn Hole, are also available for families. From June-October, you can take horse-and-carriage rides around the property; 631-298-0075; marthaclaravineyards.com.

Walk through mazes at Old Westbury Gardens

Old Westbury Gardens is home to a perennial
Photo Credit: Vincent Kish

Old Westbury Gardens is home to a perennial and rose gardens, trails, lakes, picnic areas and more. There are also many kids' events, plus mini log cabins to play in. Call for fees; 516-333-0048; Old Westbury Gardens.

Feed the animals and more at White Post Farms

During the warmer months at White Post Farms
Photo Credit: Newsday / Danielle Finkelstein

During the warmer months at White Post Farms in Melville, kids will enjoy the animal petting zoo, bird aviary, playgrounds, train rides and family entertainment. You'll also find dry and wet inflatables, depending on the weather. Call for fees; 631-351-9373; www.whitepostfarms.com.

Tour the Center for Science Teaching and Learning

Not only will you see fish, reptiles and
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

Not only will you see fish, reptiles and amphibians at the Center for Science Teaching and Learning at Tanglewood Preserve (1 Tanglewood Rd., Rockville Centre), but you'll also see baby alligators and other rescued animals. Kids can also learn about science and participate in programs and workshops throughout the year. Additionally, 11 acres of park and preserve at Tanglewood make great use for exploring nature trails and pond-fishing; 516-764-0045; cstl.org.

Head to a Long Island Ducks game

Take your kids out to a ball game
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Take your kids out to a ball game and route for your home team at Bethpage Ballpark (3 Court House Dr., Central Islip). Quacker Jack, the Ducks Mascot, appears at each game. Visit LIDucks.com for game schedule and more information.

Stroll along the Connetquot River at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum

The Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River is
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

The Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River is a botanical garden that runs along the Connetquot River, with five nature walks: pinetum, wildflower, rhododendron, bird-watching, swamp cypress and assorted trees. Call for fees: 631-581-1002; bayardcuttingarboretum.com.

Head to a playground and petting zoo at Holtsville Park, Ecological Site and Wildlife Center

The Holtsville Park, Ecology Site and Wildlife Center
Photo Credit: Newsday/Jim Peppler

The Holtsville Park, Ecology Site and Wildlife Center in Holtsville features a large playgrounds, biking paths, an outdoor pool and a petting zoo; free; 631-758-9664;  brookhavenny.gov.

Play with model boats at Christopher Morley Parks

There's so much to do at Christopher Morley
Photo Credit: NEWSDAY -SAVE/Daniel Goodrich

There's so much to do at Christopher Morley Park in North Hills. There's a boat basin for model sailboats, tennis courts, a 9-hole golf course, playgrounds, jogging course, shuffleboard, baseball fields and more. During the summer, take a swim in the pool and in the winter, grab your skates and head to the outdoor ice rink. Call for fees; 516-571-8113.

Ride a historic carousel

Take a spin on the Greenport Carousel (115
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Take a spin on the Greenport Carousel (115 Front St., Greenport). The restored vintage 1920s carousel is located in the Glass Carousel Pavilion at Mitchell Park. If you grab the brass ring, you win a free ride. For more information, call 631-477-2200 or visit villageofgreenport.org.

Take a stroll through Tackapausha Museum and Preserve

There are five miles of nature trails at
Photo Credit: Newsday/Heather Walsh

There are five miles of nature trails at Tackapausha Museum and Preserve in Seaford, along with educational programs and exhibits on Long Island wildlife, plants and more. Call for fees; 516-572-0200.

Go biking at Belmont Lake State Park

Belmont Lake State Park in North Babylon features
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Belmont Lake State Park in North Babylon features more than two miles of flat bike paths along a picture-postcard scenery. A stone bridge and a small waterfall are highlights of a loop that also runs through woods flanked by benches and exercise stations. Take a photo at the War of 1812 cannons on the southwest shore of Belmont Lake. Lock up the bikes to shop for souvenirs in the gift shop, or pedal around the lake in a paddleboat; 631-667-5055, parks.ny.gov.

Enjoy quality time with baby animals at Benner's Farm

Benner's Farm in Setauket offers many workshops, festivals
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Benner's Farm in Setauket offers many workshops, festivals and special events during the year, including time to play, feed and care for the baby animals on the farm. Call for fees; 631-689-8172; bennersfarm.com.

Camp out under the stars at Wildwood State Park

The camp grounds at Wildwood State Park in
Photo Credit: Newsday Staff Photographer/David L. Pokress

The camp grounds at Wildwood State Park in Wading River features rest rooms, showers, grills, store (summer), fishing a hiking trail, sand volleyball court, basketball hoops and a ball field. In the winter months, you can go cross-country skiing. Call for fees; 631-929-4314.

Check out the Nature Explorium at the Middle Country Library

Outside this traditional library is an outdoor classroom,
Photo Credit: NEWSDAY/Thomas A. Ferrara

Outside this traditional library is an outdoor classroom, an all-natural environment for kids to play and learn. The Nature Explorium at the Middle Country Library in Centereach. This hands-on environment features areas for digging and playing with dirt, climbing and crawling with wooden logs, building with wooden blocks, art and music using natural materials, planting, and a water section; 631-585-9393; mcplibrary.org.

Hit the Dino Trail at Sands Point Preserve

This beautiful quarter-mile nature trail features a purple
Photo Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

This beautiful quarter-mile nature trail features a purple dinosaur, a springy, climbing station and more. Call for fees: 516-571-7900; thesandspointpreserve.com.

Take a riverboat tour

Learn about the North Shore's wetlands ecosystem aboard
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Learn about the North Shore's wetlands ecosystem aboard the "Discovery" in Stony Brook. The 90-minute sightseeing tours aboard a 35-passenger pontoon boat are led by a naturalist. Trips leave morning, midday and at sunset. Call for fees; 631-751-2244; wmho.org.

See freshwater turtles at the Cold Spring Hatchery and Aquarium

The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium
Photo Credit: Danielle Silverman

The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium in Cold Spring Harbor features the state's largest collection of freshwater turtles. You'll also see freshwater fish and amphibians. Call for fees: 516-692-6768; cshfha.org

Step back in time at Old Bethpage Village Restoration

Head back to the 1800s at Old Bethpage
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Head back to the 1800s at Old Bethpage Village Restoration in Old Bethpage to find a Long Island community with 51 historic buildings. Check out the Layton General Store, District #6 Schoolhouse and Powell Farm with animals, carriage shed, smokehouse and more. Costumed staff members demonstrate crafts such as hat making, weaving and open hearth and wood stove cooking, plus military re-enactments. Call for fees: 516-572-8400; obvrnassau.com.

Learn how to help local turtles in Quogue

The Quogue Wildlife Refuge (3 Old Country Rd.,
Photo Credit: Newsday/Brittany Wait

The Quogue Wildlife Refuge (3 Old Country Rd., Quogue) features seven miles of walking trails, forests and ponds. You'll also see a variety of wildlife, including bobcats, falcons and owls who call the Refuge their home. The Refuge also offers paddling events, Earth Yoga and more. Be sure to also check out their guided kayak programs that are run year-round; 631-653-4771;  quoguewildliferefuge.org.  

Learn about farm animals Hallockville Museum Farm

The Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead shows what
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

The Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead shows what farm life was like on the North Fork from 1760 to 1930. There are many festivals throughout the year, such as the annual Fleece and Fiber Festival and Fall Festival with a petting zoo, hayrides and more. Call for fees; 631-298-5292; hallockville.com.

Enjoy an afternoon at Planting Fields Arboretum

Pack up your family and head to the
Photo Credit: Newsday/Yvonne Albinowski

Pack up your family and head to the Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay for a picnic lunch. Then, check out the nature trails, rose garden and head to Coe Hall Mansion for a self-guided tour. Call for fees; 516-922-9200; plantingfields.org.

Try horseback riding at Hempstead Lake State Park

Spend an hour trotting along the bridle paths
Photo Credit: Newsday/Bruce Gilbert

Spend an hour trotting along the bridle paths at Hempstead Lake State Park in West Hempstead. The stables are privately owned by Lakewood Stables. Call for fees; 516-486-9673; lakewoodstables.com; park information: 516-766-1029.

Ride the bumper boats and see more attractions at Boomers

Plan an adventurous day at Boomers Family Fun
Photo Credit: Newsday File/Randee Daddona

Plan an adventurous day at Boomers Family Fun Center in Medford. Kids can ride the bumper boats, carousel, roller coaster, go-karts and more. Or, climb up the 20-foot rock-climbing wall, play miniature golf or head to the batting cages for a fun day. Call for fees; 631-475-1771; boomersparks.com.

Plan a picnic at Eisenhower Park

There's so much to do at Eisenhower Park
Photo Credit: NEWSDAY/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

There's so much to do at Eisenhower Park (1899 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow). Families will find three playgrounds, a climbing area, a Let All The Children Play accessible playground, sprinkler park, mini-golf, batting range, tennis, playgrounds, jogging trails, bike paths, model boating and more. Pack a family picnic and spend the day; 516-572-0348; nassaucountyny.gov.

Feed a giraffe at the Long Island Game Farm

At the Long Island Game Farm in Manorville,
Photo Credit: Ed Betz

At the Long Island Game Farm in Manorville, kids can bottle-feed baby animals, hand-feed a giraffe and see kangaroos, buffalo, ostriches, zebras and more. There's also a train ride, carousel, tea cups and pony rides. Call for fees; 631-878-6644; longislandgamefarm.com.

Enjoy fresh baked goods and seasonal fruits at Harbes Family Farm and Vineyard

At Harbes Family Farm and Vineyard in Mattituck,
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

At Harbes Family Farm and Vineyard in Mattituck, you'll find a fruit and veggie farm stand in the summer, and a festival, corn maze, hayrides, pumpkin-picking and more during the fall. During the Barnyard Adventures, kids can learn about baby animals and participate in games and activities; harbesfamilyfarm.com.

Check out Lake Ronkonkoma County Park

Watch the ducks at Lake Ronkonkoma County Park.
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Watch the ducks at Lake Ronkonkoma County Park. There's also a handicapped accessible playground and a smaller playground for younger children, tennis courts, dirt paths, a basketball court and a baseball field; 631-854-9699.

See llamas and kangaroos at The Animal Farm Petting Zoo

You can get up close and personal with
Photo Credit: Newsday/Ana P. Gutierrez

You can get up close and personal with exotic animals such as parrots, monkeys, llamas, camels, ostrich, kangaroos, reptiles and more at The Animal Farm Petting Zoo in Manorville. You can bottle-feed baby pigs and even get into a pen with baby goats. You'll also find playgrounds, picnic areas, pony rides, turtle train ride and a puppet show. Call for fees; 631-878-1785; www.afpz.org.

Ride bumper boats at Bayville Adventure Park

Visit Bayville Adventure Park in Bayville and enjoy
Photo Credit: Danielle Silverman

Visit Bayville Adventure Park in Bayville and enjoy a pirate-themed fun park with bumper boats, indoor rock climbing, miniature golf, ropes course, bungee bounce, train ride, 3-D Fun House, maze, video arcade and ice cream parlor. In the fall, it becomes Bayville Scream Park and during the holidays, it becomes a winter wonderland. Call or check website for pricing and more information: 516-624-4678; bayvilleadventurepark.com.

Explore Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve (50 Barry Dr.,
Photo Credit: Garvies Point Museum & Preserve

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve (50 Barry Dr., Glen Cove) sits on 62 acres and has about five miles of nature trails. The woods and meadows attract various species of birds, and occasionally woodchucks, opossums, rabbits, red foxes, deer and raccoons have been spotted on the grounds. Along the shoreline and rocky beach, familes may see crabs, snails, smooth mussels and more. The museum features geology exhibits, "The Seasonal Round," a diorama looking at Long Island Native American lifeways, prehistoric Indian artifacts and more archaeological exhibits. The Interactive Woodland Village lets kids "plant" corn, beans and squash or "fish" from the Dugout Canoe. Garvies Point also hosts many family-friendly events throughout the year; 516-571-8010; garviespointmuseum.com.

Zip-line at Adventure Park at Long Island

Zip lines - cables that kids, teens and
Photo Credit: The Adventure Park at Long Island

Zip lines - cables that kids, teens and grownups can ride from tree to tree - are featured at the Adventure Park at Long Island in Wheatley Heights (located within the Henry Kaufman Campgrounds at 75 Colonial Springs Rd.). The aerial forest ropes park will also include a series of "challenge bridges" between tree platforms. The zip lines and bridges are connected in a series of different color-coded "treetop trails" that range from introductory to advanced. Call for fees; 631-983-3844; longislandadventurepark.org.

Venture on a seal walk

At Cupsogue Beach County Park in Westhampton Beach
Photo Credit: A.H. Kopelman

At Cupsogue Beach County Park in Westhampton Beach you can take about a 1 1/2-mile guided walk to see seals with CRESLI (Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island between May and November. Call for fees; 631-244-3352; cresli.org.

Spend a day at Adventureland

With more than 20 rides, including roller coasters,
Photo Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin

With more than 20 rides, including roller coasters, a haunted house, Ferris wheel, bumper cars and more, there's plenty for kids and adults to do at Adventureland in Farmingdale. Call or check website for fees and hours: 631-694-6868; www.adventureland.us.

Watch goat's milk cheese being made at Catapano Dairy Farm

Catapano Dairy Farm has a cheesemaking area where
Photo Credit: Catapano Dairy Farm

Catapano Dairy Farm has a cheesemaking area where you can watch organic goat's milk cheese being made. You can walk through the pens and see the goats being milked as well. Tours are by appointment; 631-765-8042.

Spend the day at Cow Harbor Park

Pack a picnic and head to Cow Harbor
Photo Credit: Newsday/Heather Walsh

Pack a picnic and head to Cow Harbor Park in Northport. It's set on the water and features a large playground for kids, dock for fishing and more; 631-261-7502; villageofnorthport.com.

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