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Family day trips on Long Island

Danial Parveez, 4, plays in the water with

Danial Parveez, 4, plays in the water with his sister, Leena Parveez, 8, as the West Babylon kids enjoy the day off from school at Venetian Shores in Lindenhurst on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. Photo Credit: Jessica Rotkiewicz

You could be luxuriating on the beach when a craving for a lobster roll pulls you right off the blanket. Or staring into a tank full of sharks when you're suddenly bitten by an urge to tear into a gyro sandwich. Maybe you're lining up to putt when the growling in your stomach tells you a short stack of pancakes is in order.

Here on Long Island, where families love to play as much as they live to eat, there's usually something satisfying within reach of whatever your sport or activity may be. Much of the time, you may not even need to move your car.

Here's a rundown of family-oriented eat-and-play experiences available in Nassau and Suffolk, perfect when planning a fun family day trip.

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