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Best parks for kids

Choo! Choo! On a sunny Thursday, Walter Poppe and Robert Steinberg were out with fellow railroad enthusiasts, rebuilding the train tracks at Southaven County Park in preparation for summer. The park offers train rides for kids -- and adults -- on a couple of Sundays each month during the summer.

"It's one of the best-kept secrets," says Poppe, president of the Long Island Live Steamers, the club that maintains the railroad on the county's land.

That's just one of the "secrets" of Long Island's parks. Here is the inside scoop on Southaven and other great park destinations for kids.

- Compiled by Beth Whitehouse