Family Guide to Sayville

By Michelle Spreckels

Live in Sayville or visiting for an afternoon? There’s plenty to do in this quaint town, found on the Great South Bay in the heart of Suffolk County’s South Shore.Here’s a quick and easy guide on what to do so you are armed and ready when faced with the inevitable question from your kids, “What are we going to do?Beaches

Sailors Haven Beach/Fire Island National Seashore/preserve .

Featuring beaches (showers), nature trails through Sunken Forest, guided/interpretive tours, educational workshops, snack bar, and gift shop. Reached by Sailors Haven Ferry, (631-589-8980) or private boat, Sayville, 631-687-4750

http://www.nps.gov/fiis/planyourvisit/sailorshaven.htm

Sayville Marina Park

Situated on the Great South Bay this small beach offers many things to do. With 2 playgrounds, tennis courts, fishing, picnic areas, beach including showers and restrooms.  Lifeguards on duty 10-6om W/Es May 28- June 19 and then daily 10-6pm until Sept.5.

End of Foster Ave, Sayville, 631-472-7021

Botanical Gardens

Bayard Cutting Arboretum

690 acres along the Connectquot river, featuring 5 nature walks, bird-watching, overlook the river from the Great Lawn, gift shop, museum tours of the Manor house, and dining options are available, Hidden Oak Café, 631-277-3895. Check their website for classes, tours, shows and special events.
440 Montauk Hwy (27A), Great River, 631-581-1002.

http://www.bayardcuttingarboretum.com/

Indoor Recreation/Classes

Gymboree Play and Music Center

Art, music, play and open gym classes offered.
1211 Montauk Hwy, Oakdale,631- 563-4154

http://www.gymboreeclasses.com/index.jsp

Little Sunshine Play Center

Offers a variety of programs from “mommy and Me” to “Separation Classes as well as open playtime.
299 Raft Ave, Sayville, 631-563-PLAY

http://www.littlesunshineplaycenter.com

Sayville Bowl, AMF lanes
5660 Sunrise Hwy, Sayville, 631 567-8900

http://www.amf.com/sayvillelanes

Sayville Cinema

Featuring $5 Tuesdays!
103 Railroad Ave, Sayville, 631-589-0040

http://www.sayvillecinemas.com/

Sayville Public Library
Monthly calendar of events for children of all ages
88 Greene Street, Sayville, 631-589-4440

,http://sayvillelibrary.org/

The Little Gym

Variety of classes focusing on motor skill development.
5640 Sunrise Hwy, Unit 55, Sayville, 631-563-0950

http://www.thelittlegym.com/SayvilleNY/Pages/default.aspx

Museums

Bayport Aerodome Society’s Living Aviation Museum,

This small museum offers local aviation history, two hangers filled with antiques and experimental aircraft and tours upon request.
Bayport Aerodome, Bayport, Vitamin Drive off of Church Street, Bayport, 631-472-2393

http://www.bayportaerodrome.org/

LI Maritime Museum

Find out about LI’s maritime history through exhibits, displays, tours, and sails.  Learn more about fishing, shipbuilding, yachting, and the very industry for which Sayville is famed,  the Great South Bay Oyster Industry. Sails available on the 1888 vessel, Priscilla. Visit for information about current events, festivals like Pirate Fest, as well as new exhibits.
86 West Ave. West Sayville, 631 854-4974 (631 HISTORY)

http://limaritime.org/

Meadow Croft Estate

1891 home of John Ellis Roosevelt, cousin and legal advisor to President Theodore Roosevelt.  Features a main house, older farmhouse, The Colonial Revival main block, stable, coach house and the caretaker’s cottage. Tours available.
299 Middle Road, Sayville, 631- 472-4625

http://www.theislips.com/meadowcroftsayville.php

Nature Center

Brookhaven Ecology Site, Park and Animal Preserve,Malkmes Wildlife Center

Featuring a nature preserve and ecology center with domestic and wild animals, greenhouse, picnic area, playground, biking/fitness trail, 3 outdoor pools.
249 Buckley Rd, Holtsville, 631-758-9664.

http://www.brookhaven.org/ThingsToDoInYourTown/EcologyCenterAnimalPreserve/tabid/241/Default.aspx

Parks

Broadway Ave Park

Featuring tennis courts, baseball/ football fields, playground and restrooms

101 Broadway Ave, Sayville

The Common Ground at Rotary Park

Featuring Family Fridays. Host to many concerts, festivals and fairs
101 Broadway Ave, Sayville

http://www.thecommonground.com

Gillette Park

Baseball fields, playground
115 Gillette Ave, Sayville

Islip Grange

Restored historical building, featuring a windmill and church. Hosts fairs, special events, and festivals.
10 Broadway Ave., Sayville, 631-472-7016

Pools

Brookhaven Ecology Site, Park and Animal Preserve,Malkmes Wildlife Center

Features 3 outdoor pools.
http://www.brookhaven.org/ThingsToDoInYourTown/EcologyCenterAnimalPreserve/tabid/241/Default.aspx

Byron Lake Park Pool

2 swimming pools, one with a wading pool, the other with a large slide, playground, walking loop, picnic area, changing/shower facilities.
76 Bayview Drive, Oakdale, 631-472-7043

Nature Preserves

Brookhaven Ecology Site, Park and Animal Preserve, Malkmes Wildlife Center
http://www.brookhaven.org/ThingsToDoInYourTown/EcologyCenterAnimalPreserve/tabid/241/Default.aspx

Brookside County Park

5.8 acre park. Great South Bay Audubon Society conducts guided nature walks, Wed and Sun, only, weather permitting.
59 Brook St., Sayville, 631-854-4949

http://www.gsbas.org/brookside.asp

Connetquot River State Park Preserve

Over 3, 400 acres to explore! Fishing, hiking, bird-watching, cross country skiing, bridle paths, museum with gift shop, featuring a grist mill, fish hatchery, and main house tours.
Sunrise Hwy, Oakdale, 631-581-1005

http://www.nysparks.com/parks/8/details.aspx

Sailors Haven Beach/Fire Island National Seashore/preserve.

Nature trails through Sunken Forest, guided/interpretive tours, educational workshops

http://www.nps.gov/fiis/planyourvisit/sailorshaven.htm

By Michelle Spreckels

 

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8 thoughts on “Family Guide to Sayville

  1. Christine Donnelly

    Sounds like a great place to be! Oodles of activities to keep everyone in the family smiling. Our next free weekend might be put aside to see some of Sayville’s sites and maybe check in with some of our favorite Sayville-dwelling friends :)
    Great article!

  2. Carrie Piombino

    What a wonderful overview of a beautiful town. Who knew there were so many things to do in one place? It would be hard for anyone to complain that there is little to do on Long Island after reading this.

  3. Dani

    I’m amazed at how much there is to do in Sayville. I’m glad the summer is here and E and I will be able to visit these wonderful spots.

  4. krista

    Wow! We live nearby and are always looking for things to do locally. Thanks so much for all the info- this will definitely keep us busy this summer!

  5. Lisa

    Thanks for all the great info. Look forward to enjoying some quality time in Sayville during our trip to LI this summer

  6. Nicole

    Looks like an amazing place to visit, packed with such a wide variety of alluring options! I appreciate the informative descriptions as well as the links and/or telephone numbers provided–super convenient to have all info accessible. Time to plan a vacation! :)

  7. Dina Longhitano

    Wow! There sure is a lot to do in Sayville! Perhaps our next visit could include a mini-excursion to one of these great locations!

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