Myrtle Avenue, Union Turnpike, Park Lane South between Brooklyn-Queens County Line and Park Lane
This large park has 165 acres of trees, a golf course, riding trails, historic carousel and more.
Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35 Ave., Astoria
Learn all about the magic of film at the country’s only museum dedicated to the art, history, technique and technology of the moving image in all its forms. After you check out the exhibits, stick around for one of its evening screenings.
New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th St., Corona
You don’t need to be a science geek to have fun at this museum, featuring over 450 interactive exhibits that any curious child will love.
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park
The only working historical farm in the city, visitors can check out the fields, vineyard, farm implements and various farm animals.
Queens Botanical Gardens
43-50 Main St., Flushing
The beautiful gardens and trees provide an urban escape for visitors who can walk around for hours through its 39 acres.
53-51 111th St. in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Queens locals don’t have to travel very far to see animals, such as tropical birds, alligators, pumas and bears, at this zoo inside Flushing Meadows Park.
The Noguchi Museum
9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City
Founded and designed by internationally renowned Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi, this LIC museum is noted for its sculpture garden.
American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport
1230 New Highway, Farmingdale, NY
Both the young and old will enjoy this museum of historic aircraft and military vehicles at Republic Airport.
2300 South Blvd., Bronx
Not only is this zoo the largest in New York City, it is also one of the largest urban zoos in the country. Throughout the year visitors can check out its hundreds of animal species, children’s zoo, butterfly garden, camel rides and much more. [Photo courtesy of Bronx Zoo]
100 Brotherhood Plaza Drive, Washingtonville, NY
Dating back to 1839, Brotherhood is America’s oldest winery, and offers tours and tastings. [Photo by Tomas Donoso]
Camp Hero State Park
1898 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY
This 415-acre park provides a variety of outdoor enjoyment, including extensive trails, a long expanse of beachfront along the Atlantic Ocean and an historic military installation. [Photo courtesy of NYS OPRHP]
Captain Lawrence Brewing Company
444 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford, NY
In addition to tasting its many beers, including several seasonal varieties, the brewery also has special events—everything from concerts to trivia nights.
Coney Island Beach and Board Walk
Corbin Place to W. 37 St., Boardwalk, Brooklyn
The iconic Coney Island offers lots of fun, whether it’s walking along the boardwalk, riding on the Cyclone roller coaster or eating a Nathan’s Famous hotdog.
Deep Hollow Ranch
Three miles east of Montauk village on Route 27; turn left at Suffolk County Park
People usually think of the southwest when it comes to cattle ranches, but Long Island is home to America’s oldest one. Visitors can tour the ranch and take horse rides along the shore of Block Island Sound.
Discovery Wetland Cruises
Across Dock Road from the Three Village Inn (150 Main St., Stony Brook, NY)
Take a one-and-a-half hour tour boat tour of an 88-acre wetlands preserve in Long Island.
Discovery Times Square
226 West 44th St., New York
There is plenty to see (and buy) in the heart of midtown Manhattan, but one place that shouldn’t be missed is Discovery Times Square. Currently you can check out an interactive family-friendly exhibit about the secret world of espionage.
Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
431 East Main St., Riverhead, NY
See sharks, otters, sea lions and more ocean creatures at this acaqurium, which features indoor and outdoor exhibits. [Photo courtesy of Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center]
New York Renaissance Faire
600 Route 17A, Tuxedo Park, NY
In its 35th year, this annual festival will bring you back to Elizabethan England with it food, shops, acrobatics, magicians, juggler and more. It runs until Sept. 23.
830 Springs-Fireplace Road, East Hampton, NY
Modern art fans will love taking a trip to the home of the late artist Jackson Pollack and his wife. Famous for his drip paintings, which now sell for millions, you can see the studio where he created his famous works.
Six Flags Great Adventure & Wild Safari
Six Flags Blvd. (off of I-195), Jackson, NJ
Just take a drive south down I-195 and you’ll reach this amusement park of thrilling roller coasters and other fun rides plus its safari park.
2549 Splish Splash Drive, Calverton, NY
Voted one of the country’s best water parks by the Travel Channel, this Long Island attraction is the perfect way to beat the summer heat.
99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park, New York
A branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cloisters museum and gardens is dedicated to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. [Photo courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art]
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
498 Red Apple Court, Central Valley, NY
Everyone loves a great deal. From chain store brands to designer goods, you’ll find amazing discounts at this shopping center.