5 Cool Things To Do in The Hamptons with Kids
The Hamptons are renowned for celebrities, gala fundraisers and paparazzi. But they do have a lesser-known family friendly side, full of small-town ice cream shops, calm beaches, nature preserves and local farms. As someone who is actually raising kids out here, I’m happy to share my family’s favorite activities. (Here are more ideas in the Hamptons.)
Here are five things to do with kids on a getaway to the South Fork of the Hamptons getaway.
5 Family Activities For a Hamptons Weekend
1. Go Wild
The Elizabeth Morton Wildlife Preserve in Sag Harbor (above) is open all year round and is a great, free outing for most ages. We always bring birdseed. During most of our visits, the chickadees and other birds will come and eat out of our hands (even my 4 year old tried it!). Keep your eye out for turkeys, chipmunks, and other local wildlife as you walk along any of several scenic trails. Our favorite leads you to a lovely bay beach where you can take a break and have a picnic.
2) Get Your Groove On
During the summer months, Sag Harbor, Southampton, Easthampton and Montauk each has a weekly free outdoor concert in its park. It’s yet another place where we bring a picnic– or pizza if we’re feeling lazy. The kids play and dance while we enjoy whatever the music happens to be that evening.
3) Find a Farm
Seven Ponds Orchard in Water Mill (near Southampton) is not as well known as some of the other Hamptons farms but it’s my favorite. In the summer my kids pick raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. In the fall it’s apples and pumpkins. There are also other vegetables and flowers you can pick, depending on the season. When you’re done picking produce, there’s a playground and hayrides, and a small corn maze in the fall. The farm stand is fantastic to stop by even if you don’t explore the farm.
4) Try For a Hole in One
Hopping on the Shelter Island Ferry makes for an easy and fun day trip in the warm weather months. There are several wonderful family friendly restaurants, and then after lunch, you can hit the links at Whale’s Tale Miniature Golf & Ice Cream Parlor. It’s an old-fashioned place, but the kids love both the golf and the ice cream afterwards.
5) Be a Block Head
The Blockspot in Southampton is an activity center filled with wooden blocks and building materials of all shapes and sizes. It offers a variety of classes and drop-in activities for ages 2 to 10. It’s a great option should you a rainy weekend for your Hamptons sojourn or if you are planning a longer stay and want some activities for your kids.
Jennie Magaro is a co-founder of Hamptons Family Concierge, a travel-planning service that will customize itineraries, plan events and schedule services and activities for families visiting the Hamptons.