Free & Cheap Things to Do on Long Island with Kids

Long Island is a great place to live and play especially on a budget. With affordable activities like kids museums, hiking, beaches, play spaces or simply discovering a new town, Long Island is packed with free and cheap things to do. Here is a great list of ideas for families looking to have fun on a budget. Please tell us your favorite free or cheap Long Island activity in our comments section below.

Explore a New Town:

Smithtown has a wonderful cupcake shop and a little gym

Cold Spring Harbor has a dolhouse shop and a wonderful cafe for lobster rolls.

Sea Cliff is the home to Long Island’s beautiful Victorian houses and quaint main street.

Mount Siani has an indoor sports complex and a great maritime museum.

Westbury has a great public library

Huntington is one of Long Island’s livliest towns and there is tone to do

Port Washington houses a Sish Kabab restaurant that serves a good spinach & feta pizza

East Meadow is the home to Le Play Cafe and many great delis and shops

Sayville has an estate house and the ferry to Fire Island

Jones Beach has a nature center, playgrounds, and of course a beach!


Visit a Historical Museum

Sagamore Hill is a national historic site and considered the “summer White House” of Theodore Roosevelt. Visit for $5

Vanderbilt Mansion has a view of Connecticut from the balcony next to it’s  planetarium. Visit for $6 and under

Meadow Croft Estate - The Former John E. Roosevelt Estate is FREE on Sundays


See Animals

At the Holtsville Ecology Center you’ll be greeted by a large Bison and some eager goats. Your visit and parking is FREE

Play in the Sweetbriar Nature Center‘s Rainforest Room for FREE

Quogue has a Free Wildlife Refuge that is open year round

Hempstead House looks like a castle located in Nassau County. Visit for $5


Children’s Museums and Play Spaces

CMEE is a treasure trove of fun for both small children and school-age kids alike for only $9

LICM takes fun and education to new heights for only $11

Check out an Indoor Playspace that are mostly priced under $20 for a session.


Get Outside

Feeling a chill in the air? Time to go Ice Skating for cheap.

Hiking is FREE year round at many trails on Long Island

See Long Island’s Big Duck for FREE

Kid Friendly Botanical Gardens are mostly free

Sands Point Preserve is a great place for a picnic and only $5

Wantagh Park has a playground and many great things to do for FREE

Jones Beach has a nature center, playgrounds, and of course a beach!


More Ideas

Window Shop at some of Long Island’s Best Toy Stores. Shopping is always FREE

See and Indie Film with your kids…or even alone!










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