History doesn’t accept to be boring.
Long Island is home to abounding historically cogent bodies and places, from Teddy Roosevelt’s summer home at Sagamore Hill to a recreated 19th-century “living museum” in Old Bethpage. What’s more, abounding of these spots affection family-friendly activities, melancholia challenge and programs for kids. There are alike hidden gems at some of these celebrated sites, absolute for planning an engaging, educational afternoon the accomplished ancestors will love.
Discover how history connects with ancestors fun in Nassau and Suffolk at these notable places.
History: Long Island’s rich history in the aboriginal aerodynamics industry is due to its prime breadth and collapsed terrain, which makes for absolute runways. The time amid 1918 and 1939 became accepted as the “Golden Age” of aviation, and during these years about two dozen aeroplane manufacturers popped up on Continued Island. The Cradle of Aerodynamics Building houses celebrated planes, such as the WW1 Jenny, Charles Lindbergh’s aboriginal plane, a Grumman Lunar Module, which was appointed to go to the moon afore the Apollo 18 and 19 programs were canceled, and more.
Fun: Along with advertent Continued Island’s aerodynamics history, families can appointment the museum’s planetarium and arch theater, which is one of the better basic absoluteness adventures in the world. Kids can adore a show featuring Sesame Street’s Big Bird and friends. Alive amplitude labs, offered on weekends and during academy holidays at the dome, let kids chance into the universe, blow a comet and alike authority a atramentous aperture in a bottle. Accouchement ages 6 and earlier can analysis out the Inferior Jet Club breadth they can engineer with Legos, construct their dream rocket from blocks, exercise on the amplitude base and more. The club is included in building admission or can be enjoyed alone for $2.50. Kids may additionally booty a ride on Nunley’s Carousel, which dates aback to 1912, and is alone $2 to ride.
More information: $15 adults, $13 children; Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City; 516-572-4111; cradleofaviation.org.
History: Congenital in 1810, Walt and Louisa Whitman active the home afterwards their alliance in 1816 and had three kids. In 1819, their added son, Walter Jr., was built-in in the home, who would go on to accept a amazing arcane career. The abode was awash in 1923 and exchanged owners assorted times afterwards 1899. The house’s kitchen addition was destroyed in a blaze in 1910, and seeing the vulnerability of the home, the Huntington Actual Society created a activity to assure the property. In 1957 the house was placed on the National Register of Celebrated Places as New York’s 22nd actual site.
Fun: Kids can get artistic with crafts, balladry workshops and alike tea parties meant to advise amusing abilities and dining manners. There are additionally workshops that acquiesce scouts to ample some badges. A accepted activity for kids is a scavenger coursing through the abode during tours. Families can backpack a barbecue and eat at the alfresco tables on the admirable lawn. “We accept what we alarm ancestors days, which are actual popular,” said Carolyn Diglio, administrator of education. “For example, our Yuletide Ancestors Day during the holidays features a sing-a-long, appointment from Santa, crafts, cookie decorating, face painting and celebrated amateur from the 1800s. We accept a ancestors day for Halloween and St. Patrick’s Day, as well.” There’s also an ceremony balladry challenge offered to accouchement in grades 3-12 that receives 3,000 entries ceremony year from as far as China.
More information: $6, chargeless ages 5 and younger; 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station; 631-427-5240; waltwhitman.org.
History: The Mastic Abode sat on a 4,400-acre acreage acceptance to William Floyd, a attestant of the Declaration of Independence, and his ancestors for added than 250 years. The William Floyd Acreage recently celebrated its 300th ceremony — William Floyd’s grandfathering purchased the acreage in 1718. The abode was donated to the National Esplanade Service by Floyd’s great-great granddaughter so its history, ability and candor can be preserved.
Fun: Located in Mastic Bank and amidst by afar of marsh and hiking trails, kids can apprentice a bit of history while adequate the outdoors. Families can analyze the 25-room abode and its ancestors cemetery, 12 outbuildings and 613 acreage of attributes through chargeless tours from Memorial Day to Veterans Day. “We get a lot of families here,” said Mary Laura Lamont, esplanade forester for the estate. “We accept a inferior forester affairs that little ones can do, which keeps them active as they go through the house. Animation and abatement are absolutely the best times to appointment the trails.”
More information: Free; 245 Esplanade Dr., Mastic Beach; 631-399-2030; nps.gov.
History: Step aback in time and acquaintance activity as it was on Continued Island in the 1800s. Old Bethpage Apple is a 209-acre recreated American apple with aboriginal houses, barns and barrio dating from 1660 to 1875.
Fun: Families can appointment the alive building to apprentice about Continued Island activity as it was in the past. Demonstrations of blacksmithing, besom making, pottery, spinning, hat making, bassinet aberrant and baking, occur throughout the day from bodies dressed in aeon clothing. There are abounding challenge appointed through the year, such as The Continued Island Fair, WWII Weekend, Old Time Baseball games, Old Time music concerts and baking canicule accurately for kids. Three one-week apprenticeship programs are additionally offered to kids ages 9-12. The apple additionally has cows, chickens, goats, lambs and a 900-pound pig alleged Lulu. Additionally, there are two new escape apartment alleged “The Dark Cottage” and “Detained.” Reservations for the apartment are required. Note that aftermost acceptance sales are at 3 p.m.
More information: $13 adults, $8 ages 5-12, free 4 and younger; 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage; 516-572-8401; obvrnassau.com.
History: Artist brace Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner lived and corrective in this 1887 home. Pollock died in 1956, and Krasner connected to alive and assignment in the abode until her afterlife in 1984. The abode was deeded to Stony Brook Foundation in 1987 afterward Krasner’s death, in which she requested the abode be fabricated into a accessible museum. “When Jackson Pollock was young, he capital to be a sculptor, not a painter,” said administrator Helen Harrison. “Before she advised art, Lee Krasner anticipation about acceptable a lawyer.”
Fun: Families can assets a amplitude in painting workshops on Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays during the summer months. Fees accommodate building admission, a clandestine tour, take-home canvasses and acrylic supplies. Offseason activities are offered to academy and association groups alfresco of the museum.
More information: $10 adults, $5 ages 12 and adolescent (for guided tours); 830 Springs Fireplace Rd., East Hampton; 631-324-4929; stonybrook.edu.
History: Completed in 1906 by an English designer, the abode sits on a 206-acre acreage and boasts lakes, ponds, rolling greens and academic gardens. The abode holds aged English accoutrement and adorning arts from the added than 50 years of the family’s residence.
Fun: Old Westbury Breadth has a year-round ancestors calendar, which includes KidsFest, RISE of the Jack-o’-lanterns, which is a breathtaking airing of 5,000 account carved pumpkins, a anniversary anniversary with a visit from Santa, and more. The Weekend Wakeup alternation is offered every Saturday at 10:30 a.m., with programs such as Listen Up, Eat Up, Think Up and Accomplish Up, which encourage kids to use their senses to create, analyze and imagine. “Kids additionally adore attractive at the wildlife — frogs, birds and turtles,” said Julia Sucher, administrator of company services. “We additionally action Imagination Base Sundays in Peggie Phipps’ adolescence cottage every Sunday from noon-4 p.m. It’s absolute breach advised to activation artistic and artistic fun.”
More information: $12 adults, $7 ages 7-17, chargeless ages 6 and younger; 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury; 516-333-0048; oldwestburygardens.org.
History: The above home of yachtsman and charlatan William K. Vanderbilt II, the abode has a Spanish Revival design, which is abnormal for Continued Island. Vanderbilt calm abounding abyssal and wildlife specimens and cultural artifacts, and created his own abyssal and accustomed history museum. He deeded his acreage and building to Suffolk County aloft his afterlife in the achievement that his home would become a joyful, educational acquaintance for the public.
Fun: Year-round planetarium and summertime active history tours of the abode action adventures for the accomplished family. The active history tours, offered on weekends, abide of guides dressed as Vanderbilt ancestors associates and domiciliary agents who acquaint belief about the mansion, its acclaimed association and world-renowned visitors. Examples of accomplished planetarium shows include “Long Island Skies,” “To Amplitude and Back” and “Laser Genesis,” a laser show. The acreage additionally hosts challenge such as plays, concerts and telescope viewings.
More information: $8 adults, $5 ages 3-12, chargeless ages 2 and younger; 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport; 631-854-5579; vanderbiltmuseum.org.
History: Sylvester Acreage is one of few places in United States that has been in the aforementioned ancestors aback its establishment. Already encompassing all of Shelter Island, the 1652 acreage has been an important breadth in the ability of food. Sylvestor Acreage originated as a acreage for the Barbarian amoroso trade, it’s where baking soda was created and it’s now an educational center.
Fun: Children ages 3-7 can apprentice the accent of agriculture through youth programs. Kids ages 10 and earlier are acceptable to bout the house. Every Saturday in July and August, a bounded librarian reads a fun farming-related book during the Adventure Thyme event. There are additionally ancestors cine nights offered in the summer. In the fall, Sylvestor Acreage holds Mysteries at the Manor, an afternoon of awful games, awful crafts, face painting and acreage animals at the end of October.
More information: Breadth are free, $10 self-guided bout of the manor, $25 public-guided tour; 80 North Ferry Rd., Shelter Island; 631-749-0626; sylvestermanor.org.
History: Listed on the National Register of Celebrated Places in Washington, D.C., the Blydenburgh Celebrated District, located in Blydenburgh County Park, includes several barrio from the backward 1700s and mid 1800s. Some noteworthy places in the park include the 1821 Weld House, which hosts the company center, a keeper’s cottage and Stump Pond.
Fun: The esplanade is accessible year-round and appearance 627 acreage of acreage to analyze through family-fun activities like fishing, canoeing (rentals accessible May-Labor Day), hiking, camping and horseback riding. Families can airing through the celebrated commune or booty an educational guided tour. There are two entrances to the park: The capital access on the south ancillary and the celebrated access on the arctic ancillary from New Comminute Road.
More information: Free; Veteran’s Memorial Highway, Smithtown; 631-854-3713; suffolkcountyny.gov.
History: Accepted as the “Summer Whitehouse,” the 26th President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt alleged Sagamore Hill home from 1885 until his afterlife in 1919.
Fun: Booty a 45-minute guided bout of the Theodore Roosevelt Home ($10) and appointment the chargeless Old Orchard Museum. Participate in ancestors events, such as a kid’s kitchen chic (offered quarterly), which compares Roosevelt-era affable techniques to avant-garde times, aggregate attributes samples and appearance them beneath a microscope with T.R.’s Laboratory Explorers (offered already or twice a month), join in on astrochemistry nights and more. There is additionally a Inferior Forester affairs that certifies kids afterwards they complete a scavenger coursing about the museum. “You’ll additionally acquisition abounding attributes trails,” said Betsy Isley, Sagamore Hill’s association advance ambassador. “One of them in accurate is accepted that goes bottomward to a footbridge at the beach. It’s admirable there.”
More Information: Sagamore Hill breadth and Old Orchard Building are free, $10, chargeless ages 15 and adolescent for Theodore Roosevelt Home; 12 Sagamore Hill Rd., Oyster Bay; 516-922-4788; nps.gov.
History: In 1932, a accumulation of Cold Animation Harbor association commissioned a cairn commemorating the area’s history as a behemothic port. Ten years later, a brick and adhesive building opened with about 250 behemothic specimens. Today the building has 6,000 altar in its collection.
Fun: See a absolutely able 19th aeon whaleboat and apprentice about celebrated abyssal life. There are abounding programs offered for kids throughout the year, such as build-a-boat workshops, bogie tea parties, science explorations, sea-themed amateur and more. The “biggest ancestors accident of the year” is the Haunted Whailing Boo-seum, a day of chilling crafts, alive critters and costumed characters. Added holiday-themed challenge accommodate a Winter Ability Extravaganza, a menorah branch and a New Year’s Eve admission at apex on Dec. 30. Nomi Dayan, the museum’s director, said a highlight for kids is “If I Were a Whaler.” “Kids can accession and lower sails, ascend into a bunks that whalers would accept slept in and added alternate fun,” she said. “There are aroma boxes so you can aroma blab affable and how corrupt beneath accouter was on a behemothic boat.”
More information: $6 adults, $5 ages 4-18, chargeless ages 3 and younger; 279 Capital St., Cold Animation Harbor; 631-367-3418; cshwhalingmuseum.org.
History: Appearance added than 30,000 artifacts, works of art and archival altar that date aback to Oysterponds association from the 1600s. Some barrio in the celebrated district include a 1798 Apple House, which is busy to bout how it accustomed boarding guests continued ago, an 1873 schoolhouse and a backward 18th aeon inn.
Fun: Throughout the summer months, families can tour the barrio and check out kid-friendly activities centered about altered exhibits. Fun crafts and projects for kids are offered with every visit. There is additionally a campuswide scavenger coursing throughout the summer, which leads kids on a celebrated adventure. Come autumn, families can appoint in melancholia activities and trick-or-treat bottomward Apple Lane. There is an ceremony winter affair and anniversary abode tour, which features Orient and East Marion clandestine homes busy for the anniversary season, as able-bodied as the Orient Congregational Church and Apple House. Come spring, ancestors activities include a herb and anniversary burying workshops, and more.
More information: Free; 1555 Apple Lane, Orient; 631-323-2480; oysterpondshistoricalsociety.org.
History: The acreage originally belonged to the Southside Sportsmen’s Club of Great River, a hunting and fishing club accustomed in 1866. The property is additionally home to an 18th-century affair mill. Now, the 3,473-acre artifice serves as a altar for abundant plants, angle and animals.
Fun: Booty a bout of the Capital Abode to apprentice about the history of the tavern, the land, barrio and its members, and how it angry into Connetquot River State Esplanade Preserve. There’s additionally a one-mile backpack to the hatchery, breadth you can augment the angle for 25 cents. Family programs include nature games, a bat safari, a erfly excursion, a annex airing and more, which are offered throughout the year.
More information: $8 per car, added fees for ecology analytic programs, fly fishing, horseback benumbed and abode tours; 3525 Sunrise Hwy., Oakdale; 631-581-1005; parks.ny.gov.
History: Henry Clay Frick, a co-founder of U.S. Steel, bought the aboriginal 1900s acreage from artist William Cullen Bryant as the approaching home for his son, Childs Frick. Childs lived in the mansion, alleged “Clayton,” with his wife until his afterlife in 1965. Nassau County purchased the Childs Frick Acreage anon afterwards Frick’s afterlife and adapted it into a museum.
Fun: Besides exploring the academic breadth and eight woodland trails, families can analysis out the new “True Colors” neon art exhibit and alfresco carve grounds. Bring accouchement to the building on Fridays and Sundays during summer months for art analysis and activities. Come fall, the building will affection art workshops for kids and adolescence with autism and their families. The Manes Ancestors Art and Apprenticeship Center, the museum’s anew adapted classroom space, is accessible every day with assorted activities for children. “We afresh put up three new sculptures that look like big huge mirror balls,” said Charles Riley, the museum’s director. “Kids aloof adulation to comedy about in advanced of sculptures, watch themselves and booty selfies.”
More information: $12 adults, $4 ages 4-12, chargeless ages 4 and younger; One Building Dr., Roslyn Harbor; 516-484-9338; nassaumuseum.org.
History: Burying Fields is the above acreage of allowance controlling William Robertson Coe and Standard Oil almsman Mai Rogers Coe. The acreage still encompasses its aboriginal 409 acreage from back the home was congenital in 1921, which makes it angle out from added Gold Coast-era homes. The Coe Hall mansion touts a Tudor revival-style structure, which was restored to bout its original 1920s style.
Fun: Wander the gardens, appointment ample greenhouses and bout the apartment of the Coe mansion, including the nine main-floor rooms, one of which is a Louis XVI-style accession area. Free monthly “Strummin’ and Drummin” ancestors fun nights let kids analyze altered bang instruments. Additionally during the summer months, analysis out Nature Sundays, which teaches kids about different flora and fauna of the breadth followed by a craft. Burying Fields hosts an ceremony Abatement Ancestors Festival ceremony year with alive music, colossal garden games, pumpkins for sale, pony rides, face painting, a Halloween animation abode and more. Added challenge accommodate a Paradise Garden Festival in the alpha of the year and Arbor Day Festival in the spring, both of which action actvities for kids. Musical shows are additionally generally appointed throughout the year.
More information: $8 per car until Nov. 18, Coe Hall tours: $5 ages 12 and older, chargeless ages 11 and younger; 1395 Burying Fields Rd., Oyster Bay; 516-922-9200; plantingfields.org.
History: Welwyn is the above acreage of oil affluence beneficiary Harold Irving Pratt. Congenital in the aboriginal 1900s, it sits on a densely forested 204-acre preserve. “Kids approach to the belief of added children,” said Helen Turner, administrator of adolescence education. “We accept a specific allowance of accouchement in the Holocaust that shows the hidden, the adored and, of course, the 1.6 actor Jewish accouchement that didn’t accomplish it.”
Fun: Backpack through the four apparent trails accomplished ponds, swamps, littoral marsh and alike a sliver of the Continued Island Sound. Then, appointment Continued Island’s aboriginal Holocaust and apprenticeship centermost nestled in the preserve. The building is recommended for accouchement ages 10 or older. Guided tours are offered throughout the week.
More information: Suggested donation $10 adults, $4 ages 18 and younger; 100 Crescent Bank Rd., Glen Cove; 516-571-8040 (museum); hmtcli.org
History: Cold Animation Harbor spent 99 years as a New York State trout hatchery. Aback it bankrupt its doors in 1982, the Angle Birthplace & Aquarium has been a nonprofit education center and accessible aquarium.
Fun: Bout two aquariums and eight alfresco ponds, augment athirst trout and participate in appropriate programs, such as “Catch and Keep” fishing, Wacky Water Wednesdays (summer months), Hatchling Turtle Day and more. “We accept two festivals in the animation and abatement that are consistently a big hit,” said Steven DeSimone, building director. The festivals serve as fundraisers for the birthplace and offer a cuddle zoo, fishing, a animation alcazar (fall), a pumpkin patch (fall), amateur and more.
More information: $6 adults, $4 ages 3-12, chargeless ages 2 and younger; 1660 Rte. 25A, Cold Animation Harbor; 516-692-6768; cshfishhatchery.org.
History: The alarm apparent today was lit for the aboriginal time in 1858 to alter the aboriginal 1826 lighthouse. The alarm was decommissioned as an aid to aeronautics in 1973, and attenuated until a accumulation of clandestine citizens created the Blaze Island Alarm Preservation Society (FILPS). FILPS aloft abundant money to restore it and abode it on the National Register of Celebrated Places. FILPS currently owns and maintains the lighthouse, which serves as a clandestine aid to aeronautics on all charts.
Fun: Analyze the trails and the Keeper’s Quarters, and again ascend up the 182 accomplish to booty in the arresting angle of the Atlantic Ocean, Blaze Island and New York City. There are abounding family-friendly challenge throughout the summer on Wednesdays, like the Ancestors Seaside Adventures program, which includes a afraid ability andseining, or lifesaving drills with experts followed by crafts ($5 per child). Seaside Adventure Time is offered on Wednesdays in August for free, and includes a story, a attributes airing and art-making. The alarm additionally hosts a alternation of anniversary events, such as timberline trimming, a visit from Santa, a New Year’s Day hike, an Arbor Day anniversary and more.
More information: $8 adults, $4 ages 12 and younger; Captree Island; 631-661-4876; fireislandlighthouse.com.
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