Family Guide to Eisenhower Park: Day Trip Edition

As one of the most popular parks in Nassau County, Eisenhower Park offers so much for families. Located in East Meadow, along Merrick Avenue, between Stewart Avenue and Hempstead Turnpike, this fun park is 930 acres – larger than Central Park! We can’t possibly review everything this awesome park has to offer in one post, so here are the essentials if you want to bring your kids for a day visit (or even for a couple of hours).  We recommend parking in Parking Lot 2.  We love the large playground area, the sprinklers, fitness trail, batting cages and mini-golf, plus a safe area to ride your bikes/scooters or inline skate in. You can even bring some lunch and dine at one of the picnic tables next to the parking lot (there’s at least 1 grill and bathrooms right nearby).  More unreserved picnic tables lie between parking lot 2 and Parking Lot 4, plus there’s another playground near Parking Lot 4.

Just note – Through Labor Day, non-Nassau County residents will be charged a $10 parking fee on weekends.

Playground Near Parking Lot 2

Playgrounds

There are three in Eisenhower Park. The biggest one is right near Parking Lot 2.  One of the most popular playgrounds, it was renovated a few years ago and consists of 3 mini playgrounds clustered together. One area has a climbing structure, a sand box (which isn’t really well maintained) and a mini-airplane for kids to sit in. The bigger playground area offers plenty of room for little kids to climb around and really get some great exercise.  The smallest area has better sand access (and it’s much cleaner), but your kids are going to get dirty. There are also two sets of swings, plus a gazebo (in the middle) for a quick bit of shade. Bring some money, because the ice cream guy will stop at one of the entrances to the playground. Right behind the bathrooms (which are decently maintained —most of the time), there is a concrete area with tons of sprinklers for the kids.

Activities

The Inline Skating Area

Also in Parking Field 2, there are tennis courts and the start of the 2 mile fitness trail, where kids can ride bikes, or parents can get some use of out that jogging stroller. On Wednesday nights, the Road Runners Club of Long Island holds fun runs for the kids. If you cut across the field that’s next to the playground, there is a place for kids to ride their bikes and scooters or go inline skating. We like it because it’s enclosed and short walk from the parking lots (Parking Lot 4 is right near there). Right next to that is the Batting Cage and Mini-Golf.

The fee for the Batting Cages is $3 for 25 pitches for residents and $5 for non-residents.The batting cage is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with extended hours during the summer.

If you get hungry and you want to pick something up at Eisenhower Park, there’s a concession stand located right next to the Batting Cage & Mini-Golf. It’s not exotic fare — mainly soft pretzels, cheeseburgers, chicken fingers, sodas, juices, candy, etc. Health conscious moms may not be as happy with the selection and may want to pack healthier snacks. If you decide you are hungry after the park, the Friendly’s Restaurant is very family friendly and located one light away on Hempstead Turnpike, going west.

For a map of Eisenhower Park or more info, click here

 

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