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Museums, petting zoos and more: East End fun for the whole family 

Families spend an afternoon on the miniature golf

Families spend an afternoon on the miniature golf course at the Southampton Golf Range on Saturday, June 6. Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas

Heading to the Hamptons or the East End with your family in tow? Besides visiting the beautiful beaches, there are plenty of things to do with your kids from museums and water parks to animal farms, veggie picking and more. Here's a list of family-friendly places to check out on Long Island's East End.

Puff and Putt Family Fun Center

Often busy with a combination of year-round residents and summer visitors, adults and children alike are welcome to play at Puff & Putt Family Fun Center, an 18-hole mini-golf course. There are also a number of boats for rent (paddle, kayak, paddle boards). (659 Montauk Hwy., Montauk;, 631-668-4473).

Children's Museum of the East End

Providing a modern learning environment for visiting children, the Children's Museum of the East End is a family-friendly museum with activities, exhibits and classes for kids 12 and younger. (376 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Tpke., Bridgehampton;, 631-537-8250).

Animal Farm Petting Zoo and Family Park

At the Animal Farm Petting Zoo and Family Park you'll find parrots, monkeys, camels, llamas, reptiles, an ostrich, kangaroos and other exotic animals. You can bottle-feed baby pigs, get in the pen with baby goats, cuddle with chicks and guinea pigs. Ride the Safari Train and or try a pony ride for $3 each. (296 Wading River Rd., Manorville;, 631-878-1785).

South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center

You'll find several live animals on hand, a marine life touch-tank and other interactive exhibits at the South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center. There are also a panoramic deck with a view of preserved acres of fields and woodlands. The Vineyard Nature Tail is also there, which meets up with the Long Pond Greenbelt. (377 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Tpke., Bridgehampton;, 631-537-9735).

Southampton Golf Range

Southampton Golf Range features a driving range (more than 40 tees), miniature golf, snack bar and batting cages. Golf instruction is available by appointment. (668 County Rd. 39, Southampton;, 631-283-2158).

Montauk Lighthouse

Spend the day at the end of the Island at the Montauk Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in New York. If it's open, you can climb to the top and there's a museum and gift shop at the base. Be sure to take in the spectacular views of the ocean. (2000 Montauk Hwy., Montauk;, 631-668-2544).

Parrish Art Museum

At the Parrish Art Museum is a re-installation of its permanent collection with special exhibitions and an array of family and adult activities and events, including workshops, performances and children's art classes. (279 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill;, 631-283-2118)

The Big Duck

This Big Duck, built in the 1930s, has become one of Long Island's most famous roadside landmarks. Visitors can roam inside the duck for tourist pamphlets and to purchase duck memorabilia. The Big Duck also hosts holiday-themed events. It's also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (1012 Flanders Rd., Flanders;, 631-852-3377).

Water Mill Museum

A 17th century grist mill still spins at the Water Mill Museum. The mill features exhibitions of local history, milling of grain, corn grinding demonstrations and children's activities. (41 Old Mill Rd., Water Mill;, 631-726-4625).

Sag Harbor Whaling Museum

You enter through the jawbones of a whale at the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum. Families can check out paintings, log entries, scrimshaw, harpoons and other items associated with the industry. Additional displays include antique toys, china and Victorian era crafts from the Sag Harbor area. Entry is currently staggered, with one entry group per hour, to encourage social distancing. (200 Main St., Sag Harbor;, 631-725-0770).

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