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Top Summer Family Activities on the North Fork

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More than ever, the Hamptons is booming with plenty of fun-filled activities across the region for the whole family. From Hampton Bays and out to Montauk, we highlight ten summer family activities that you would not want to miss out on.

Become Immersed in Play at the Children’s Museum of the East End, Bridgehampton

The Children’s Museum of the East End, located off of the Bridgehampton Turnpike in Bridgehampton, offers every type of imaginative play and learning experience for children of all ages. From Baby and Me classes to immersive, interactive play, the Children’s Museum (CMEE) offers the ideal environment for using play to learn science, language arts, social studies and the arts. These activities including arts and crafts, gardening, theater, building, and more.

During the summer months, CMEE offers a wide variety of summer camp classes from Chinese and Spanish immersion, cooking and music classes, and general summer camp programming for children ages 3 and up. 

The Children’s Museum of the East End is currently open for timed admission Friday-Wednesday from 9:30-11:30am, 12-2pm, and 2:30-4:30pm. Click here to make your reservation. 

Discover Your Natural Surrounds at the South Fork Natural History Museum, Bridgehampton

The South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center, located directly across from CMEE on the Bridgehampton Turnpike, invites family members of all ages to explore, learn about, and engage with the East End’s natural habitat and wildlife. SOFO is the only state-of-the-art natural history museum on the South Fork of Long Island.

When visitors arrive to the museum, they are guided by an expert environmental educator as they experience the museum’s galleries. The galleries feature live and recreated natural habitat exhibits; colorful floor-to-ceiling photo murals of forests, ponds, and ocean landscapes. Downstairs is a Marine Touch Tank where visitors can, in the water, hold sea stars, crabs, urchins, and whelks. 

In addition to the museum, SOFO offers several outdoor events and tours, as well as virtual events, year round. These include live animal zoom presentations, sunset nature tours, whale watching cruises, bird hikes, kayak tours, beach cleaning initiatives, and more. 

SOFO is open seven days a week from 10am-4pm. The museum is open for an additional hour from 4-5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school year (Mid September – Mid June) for free admission.

Rainy Day? There’s Plenty of Indoor Fun at the Clubhouse, East Hampton

The Clubhouse, opposite the East Hampton Airport on Daniel’s Hole Road, offers many different indoor and outdoor games and activities for children and adults. There is the popular 10-lane bowling alley that features lane side drinks & dining, as well as multiple game play options. In addition, The Clubhouse has arcade games, corn hole, and outdoor mini golf. During the summer months there are a variety of fitness class pop ups and events held throughout the venue. 

The Clubhouse also has an onsite restaurant that offers indoor and outdoor dining and features sandwiches, burgers, farm fresh salads, crudo, rustic pizzas and more. Kids even have their own ‘Caddy’ children’s menu. For the adults, Happy Hour is Thursday-Friday from 4-6pm and includes specialty cocktails, drafts, house wines, pizza, and wings. Live music and comedy shows are scheduled regularly throughout the summer season. They are open Thursday-Monday. 

Dip Into Nautical History at the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum, Sag Harbor

Set in the heart of Sag Harbor Village on Main Street is the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum, just opposite the John Jermain Library. Originally built in 1845, the museum exhibits historical artifacts, photographs, and more that paint a picture of rich history of Sag Harbor as a whaling and fishing village. 

One of the most recent exhibitions was a photograph exhibition of Sag Harbor and the East End taken by William Wallace Tooker circa 1895. Children of all ages will marvel at the town’s dynamic nautical history all with a fascinating learning experience. During the holiday season, the museum comes to life with festive decor throughout, including the stunning Sage Parlor. 

The Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum is open Thursday from 10am-4:30pm. The last entry is at 4pm. The museum is still offering their virtual museum: enjoy exhibits, enter contests, listen to music, watch short films, and more from home. 

Unleash Your ‘Wild’ Side at Quogue Wildlife Refuge, Quogue

Quogue Wildlife Refuge is a 300+ acre nature reserve with over seven miles of trails where guests of all ages can become immersed in the East End’s natural habitats. The variety of habitats include pine Barrens, bogs, wetlands, and a tidal estuary, to name a few.

Owls, falcons, hawks, and other native New York animals that have permanent injuries are housed in the Outdoor Wildlife Complex that can be visited any day of the year. Inside their Nature Center, guests can view wildlife exhibits, live animals, a nature library, and shop in their gift shop. 

A selection of events take place throughout the year for children and families. These include Paddle the Pond, Tree Time Toddlers, Meet the Native Animals, Earth Yoga, and much more. Quogue Wildlife Refuge also offers summer camp programs. Little Naturalists is for children ages 4-6, Summer Ecology is for children entering grades 2-6, and they offer the Young Explorers and Explorers programs for middle and high school students. 

The Refuge Center is open daily year round from sunrise to sunset. 

Horseback Riding at Deep Hollow Ranch, Montauk

Deep Hollow Ranch, the oldest cattle ranch in the United States, is located on three thousand acres of park land and offers riding activities for all ages and abilities. Their beach trail rides are the most popular for couples and families. Spend the morning or afternoon peacefully riding along Montauk’s nature trails and stunning beaches.

A great way to round out your visit to Deep Hollow Ranch is with a self-guided tour of the Montauk Point Lighthouse, and enjoying lunch and shopping on Gosman’s Dock. 

Call in advance to make your reservation. Deep Hollow Ranch on Montauk Highway is open year round. Please note that cash, check, or Venmo are the only accepted payment methods. 

Arts & Crafts at Mind Offline, Sag Harbor

Mind Offline is located at Hampton Street on the corner of Jermain Avenue. This creative and natural discovery center offers a variety of classes for children and accompanying parents that immerses you in plenty of hands on creativity. Classes include Ceramic Painting, Surf + Camera Swap, Meditation, Singing, and more. There is also a rotating, curated healing market that includes specialty handpicked items.

Mind Offline is open Monday-Saturday 11am-5pm. 

Tour Through the Sculpture Gardens at LongHouse Reserve, East Hampton

LongHouse Reserve, located off Hands Creek Road in East Hampton, is a 16-acre reserve and sculpture garden. The sculpture garden features pieces from Buckminster Fuller, Yoko Ono and Willem de Kooning, to name a few. These pieces are in addition to rotating sculpture exhibitions like Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads that were featured during the 2020 season. Educational programs for children and their families take place seasonally during the spring, summer, and early autumn. 

LongHouse Reserve is currently open on select days (Wednesday-Sunday) with advanced online registration. LongHouse is also currently offering twilight tours on Mondays from 6-8pm with advanced registration, limited to a small group of 15.

Putt-Putt at Hamptons Mini Golf, Southampton

Putt-Putt your way through notable Hamptons landmarks with the family at Hamptons Mini Golf. The course includes 18 holes of mini golf with landmarks including Dune Road, the Water Mill Museum, the Montauk Point Lighthouse, Old Hook Mill, and much more. Up for even more fun? Check out their driving range, batting cages, golf simulator, local burger and ice cream shop, and more! Hamptons Mini Golf is open seven days a week from 9am-11pm. 

Play on the Farm at Corwith Farmstand, Water Mill

Visitors of all ages are welcome to visit Corwith Farmstand, located on Head of Pond Rd in Water Mill. The farmstand is most famous for their goat yoga classes on select Fridays and Saturdays. They also offer an after-school program for 90 minutes beginning at 3:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays for children 4-8 years old. Parents are welcome to stay and relax at their picnic benches. You may also wish to pick up some of their fresh produce during your visit. 

Corwith Farmstand also offers a summer farm camp for children ages 3-8, with a weekly theme that rotates each week. Example themes include Produce Week: The Fruits and Vegetables we Grow and Eat, and Weather Week: The Sun and Rain.

Diane Tucci
Author: Diane Tucci