Whether you have an only child or a group of three or more in tow, there are wonderful, free places to take your children in Nassau and Suffolk. Here's a sampling of some great free things to do with kids on Long Island.
You might also be interested in Top 10 Children's Attractions on Long Island.
See also Free Things to Do on Long Island to read about more cost-free activities for adults.
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1. The Big Duck
Everyone's favorite "big bird," the Big Duck enchants young and old alike. Once a store that sold live Peking ducks, this whimsical building now functions as a "must see" gift shop featuring "duckabilia." The whimsical building is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
The big happily roosts in Flanders and you can bring the family for a view of the adorable avian any time, but if you want to go inside the bird to shop, call first to make sure they're open.
The Big Duck
2. Take A Hike!
3. Children's Book Readings & Author Signings
The Town of Brookhaven/Holtsville Ecology Site, Park & Animal Preserve includes a zoo with free admission. It's open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week during most of the year, but the hours change with the seasons.
The Town of Brookhaven/Holtsville Ecology Site, Park & Animal Preserve
This sprawling shopping center in Stony Brook often features free entertainment, including live music, art exhibits, seasonal fun and more. Visit their Events Calendar to see what's going on right now. Visit the Stony Brook Village Center website for directions.
While you're in Stony Brook, visit the FREE Museum of Long Island Natural Sciences at Stony Brook University. Associated with the Geosciences Dept. of SUNY Stony Brook, the museum seeks to promote natural sciences education. They offer science programs inluding lectures, exhibits, films and more to schools and the general public.
The museum is open all year, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. (Closed most NY State holidays.) Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
Other free Long Island museums include The American Guitar Museum and The African American Museum of Nassau County.
Museum of Long Island Natural Sciences at Stony Brook University
Earth & Space Science Building
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY