Affordable Family Activities

Avalon Park & Preserve
200 Harbor Road, Stony Brook, NY 11790
Open all year long

Fee: Free
Take a walk through beautiful fields of wildflowers and observe different wildlife. The park is not stroller friendly.  

Holtsville Ecology Center & Animal Preserve
249 Buckley Road, Holtsville, NY 11742
Hours: Monday-Friday: 9am-3pm; Weekends & Holidays: 10am-3pm Closed Weekends January-March and Holidays.
Fee: Free (There is a $5 parking fee per car).
Features an exercise-trail fitness course. A zoo and ecology center, featuring: buffalo, mountain lions, eagles, and a children’s petting zoo. Ecology exhibits and tours, free compost, greenhouses, and a picnic area. Contact for special events/programs. 

Quogue Wildlife Refuge
3 Old Country Road, Quogue, NY 11959
Hours: Refuge Trails & Distressed Wildlife Complex are open every day from sunrise to sunset. Nature Center Building is open Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday 11:00am – 4:00pm.
Fee: Free
The center is a 305-acre expanse of protected land with over seven miles of trails where you can explore a variety of habitats. The main trail is wheelchair and stroller friendly and all of the trails can be enjoyed in every season. There is also a Distressed Wildlife Complex which houses animals that have been injured and would not be able to survive in the wild.   

Suffolk County Farm and Education Center
350 Yaphank Avenue, Yaphank, NY 11980
Hours: Open Daily 9am-3pm (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & Easter)
Fee: Free, but you must sign-in at Visitor’s Center. Visitors are able to see a century old working farm which still holds a tie to the past through the historic hay barn, while showcasing present-day agriculture. You can visit with the farm animals and even feed them with food purchased at the main desk.     

Sweet Briar Nature Center
62 Eckernkamp Drive, Smithtown, NY 11787
Hours: Office is open Monday-Friday 9am-4pm; Saturday & Sunday 12pm-4pm. Preserve is open Daily 8:30am -4:00pm. Vivarium is open daily 10am-4pm (in season).
Fee: Free, donations accepted. Butterfly House: $5 general admission; $3 seniors and children under 12. Includes 54 acres, hiking with views of Nissequogue River and a butterfly house. Mock rain forest. Long Island Greenbelt Trail runs through the preserve. Wildlife rehabilitation with eagles, hawks, and owls.