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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.

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. Pick pumpkins, eat roasted corn and more during the Fall Festival and visit Santa during the winter wonderland around the holidays. Call for fees; 631-351-9373; www.whitepostfarms.com.

Take a spin on the Greenport Carousel

Check out the restored vintage 1920s carousel in
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Check out the restored vintage 1920s carousel in the Glass Carousel Pavilion at Mitchell Park in Greenport. Call for fees; 631-477-0248 ext. 211.

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.

Spend a day at Adventureland

Spend a day at Adventureland.With more than 20
Photo Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin

Spend a day at Adventureland.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; $31.99 pay one price; 631-694-6868; www.adventureland.us.

Venture on a seal walk

At Cupsogue Beach County Park in Westhampton Beach
Photo Credit: CRESLI

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/cresli/seals/sealwalk.html.

Stroll along the Connetquot River at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum

The Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River is
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

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; Bayard Cutting Arboretum.

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.

Watch the ducks at Lake Ronkonkoma County Park

Watch the ducks at Lake Ronkonkoma County Park.
Photo Credit: Newsday / Kathy Kmonicek

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.

Go to a Long Island Ducks game

Take your kids out to a ball game
Photo Credit: Ed Betz

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

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

Mom and Dad can enjoy a glass of
Photo Credit: William Perlman

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. From June-October, you can take horse-and-carriage rides around the property; 631-298-0075; Martha Clara Vineyards.

Play with model boats at Christopher Morley Parks

There's so much to do at Christopher Morley
Photo Credit: Newsday / 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.

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; Holtsville Park.

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

At Harbes Family Farm and Vineyard in Mattituck,
Photo Credit: Newsday / Ursula Moore

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.

Spend the day at Cow Harbor Park

Pack a picnic and head to Cow Harbor
Photo Credit: Barbara Lassen

Pack a picnic and head to Cow Harbor Park in Northport, set on the water, which features a large playground; 631-261-7502; www.villageofnorthport.com/home/index.php/cow-harbor-day.

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 the bumper boats at Bayville Adventure Park

Visit Bayville Adventure Park in Bayville and enjoy
Photo Credit: Newsday / Danielle Finkelstein

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; $31.75 for a one-day unlimited pass; 516-624-4678; bayvilleadventurepark.com.

Feed a giraffe at the Long Island Game Farm

At the Long Island Game Farm in Manorville,
Photo Credit: Kerrie Ferrara

At the Long Island Game Farm in Manorville, kids can bottle-feed baby animals, hand-feed a giraffe and see kangaroos, buffalo, ostriches and zebras. Call for fees; 631-878-6644; Long Island Game Farm.

Plan a family picnic at Eisenhower Park

There's so much to do at Eisenhower Park:
Photo Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

There's so much to do at Eisenhower 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; Eisenhower Park.

Ride the bumper boats at Boomers Family Fun Center

Plan an adventurous day at Boomers Family Fun
Photo Credit: Newsday / Marc Serra

Plan an adventurous day at Boomers Family Fun Center in Medford and 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/site/medford/.

Try horseback riding in Hempstead Lake State Park

Spend an hour trotting along the bridle paths
Photo Credit: 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; Lakewood Stables; park information: 516-766-1029.

Enjoy an afternoon at Planting Fields Arboretum

Pack up your family and head to the
Photo Credit: Planting Fields Arboretum

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.

Learn about farm animals at the Hallockville Museum Farm

The Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead shows what
Photo Credit: Newsday / Randee Daddona

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 Museum Farm.

Step back in time at Old Bethpage Village Restoration

Head back to the 1800s at Old Bethpage
Photo Credit: Old Bethpage Village Restoration

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; Old Bethpage Village Restoration.

Go see freshwater turtles at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium

The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium
Photo Credit: John Dunn

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; www.cshfha.org.

Try a game of paintball at High Velocity Outdoor Paintball

If you're adventurous, head to High Velocity Outdoor
Photo Credit: Craig Ruttle

If you're adventurous, head to High Velocity Outdoor Paintball in Coram, which features seven outdoor fields with scenarios including World War II, castle, Air Force, Western town, "Attack and Defend," trench warfare and woods. Call for fees; 631-242-2096; High Velocity Outdoor Paintball.

Take a riverboat tour

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

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; Discovery Cruise.

Hit the Dino Trail at Sands Point Preserve

This beautiful quarter-mile nature trail features a purple
Photo Credit: Dominique Magno

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

Check out an outdoor classroom at the Nature Explorium at the Middle Country Library

Outside this traditional library is an outdoor classroom,
Photo Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin

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; Middle Country Library.

Camp out under the stars at Wildwood State Park

The camp grounds at Wildwood State Park in
Photo Credit: Wildwood State Park

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.

Enjoy quality time with baby animals at Benner's Farm

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

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; Benner's Farm.

Tee off at Tiki Action Park

Enjoy mini-golf, go-carts, a 40-game arcade and more
Photo Credit: Jennie Eckhaus

Enjoy mini-golf, go-carts, a 40-game arcade and more at Tiki Action Park in Centereach. Call for fees; 631-471-1267; tikiactionpark.com/.

Bike around Bethpage State Park

Spend a leisurely afternoon bike riding around Bethpage
Photo Credit: Bill Davis

Spend a leisurely afternoon bike riding around Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale with your family. There are relatively few hills and kids of all ages routinely handle the paved path that meanders through the trees. Call for fees; 516-249-0701; Bethpage State Park.

Take a leisurely stroll through Tackapausha Museum and Preserve

There are five miles of nature trails at
Photo Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile

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.

Take a paddle boat out at Belmont Lake State Park

Kids will love paddling with their feet on
Photo Credit: Kirsten Luce

Kids will love paddling with their feet on these colorful paddleboats at Belmont Lake State Park in North Babylon, which you can rent from May through October. A family of four can fit, two paddling and two who can sit back; 631-667-5055; Belmont Lake State Park.

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