Please check each attraction's website for current opening dates and times of operation.
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1. The Big Duck
Duck sales are long gone from the "big bird," but after several moves, the Big Duck now is permanently in Flanders and "roosts" on the National Register of Historic Places. Kids (and their parents!) will love this whimsical building, now a gift shop selling "duck-a-bilia."
The Big Duck
The Long Island Children's Museum also hosts children's birthday parties for a fee.
Long Island Children's Museum
11 Davis Avenue
Garden City, NY
You can also have your children's birthday parties at the Cradle of Aviation Museum for a fee.
The Cradle of Aviation Museum
Charles Lindbergh Boulevard
East Garden City
Kids will also enjoy rides including Alien Invasion's rafts racing down an enclosed tube, Barrier Reef's 80-foot speed slide, and Dragon's Den's double tube ride and many more thrilling choices.
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2549 Splish Splash Drive
There are carnival rides as well as pony rides. Scheduled activities include shows like "Meet Jack the Giraffe," "Tiger Time!" and the "Alligator Jump-a-Roo" show at Jurassic Swamp.
Long Island Game Farm Wildlife Park & Children's Zoo
Older kids and adult amusement park fans can try the Hurricane Coaster, John Silver's Twister and more. There are even water rides like Adventure Falls, where you'll get splashed on those hot summer days. And of course, there's a traditional Merry-Go-Round and twirling Ferris Wheel to please the whole family.
Visit the Adventureland website for current prices and times. For everyone's good health, there's no smoking of any kind in Adventureland.
2234 Route 110
7. Old Bethpage Village RestorationExperience what it was like to walk through Long Island in the mid-1800s. This recreated old-time village brims with actual homes and businesses, relocated and restored on 209 acres. Visit a hat maker and a blacksmith. Volunteers in period costume explain how life was way back when.
The Restoration has special events year-round, including reenactments of historic baseball games, an annual rabbit show, an Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration on the Fourth of July and more. There's a seasonal farm stand in the parking lot, with sustainably grown produce for sale. The fruits and veggies are grown on the certified organic Restoration Farm.
Old Bethpage Village Restoration
1303 Round Swamp Road
Old Bethpage, NY
The sanctuary features birds of prey like owls and hawks, brought here after they were injured in the wild. View them in the many aviaries they call home. Staff occasionally brings them out for up-close glimpses.
Visit nearby Sagamore Hill, the former residence of Theodore Roosevelt, often referred to as his "Summer White House."
The Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center
134 Cove Road
Oyster Bay, NY
During the summer, the museum presents concerts and other events, including the Arena Players Children's Theatre performances, and the Arena Players Repertory Company's performances of Shakespeare's plays in the cobblestone courtyard of the mansion. There are also children's and adult workshops. Please see the Vanderbilt Museum website for more information.
180 Little Neck Road
For an extra fee, sail on the Atlantis Explorer Tour Boat down the Peconic River into a beach on Flanders Bay for a close look at some sea creatures. Atlantis hosts children's birthday parties, and if you know someone looking for unique Long Island wedding locations, Atlantis hosts receptions.
Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center (formerly Atlantis Marine World)
431 East Main Street