Insider’s Guide for Things to Do in Montauk with Kids

Montauk, Long Island’s eastern most town, is also known as “The End” to Islanders. Montauk is a beautiful oceanfront playground with over 5,000 acres of parkland, beaches, and wildlife to explore. Wide open spaces, sunshine, and fresh air are what it’s all about in Montauk — not to mention fish, and there’s plenty of them as the area is known as “the fishing capital of the world.” We’ve listed a range of things to do in Montauk with kids this summer.

There are several places to camp in Montauk like Hither Hills State Park. For those who like being outdoors but don’t want to camp, they can spend the day at one of the many lovely public beaches. Park right in town and enjoy the waves at the public beach after exploring the surf shops, boutiques, and eclectic stores full of beach-themed wares, souvenirs, and great finds.

Don’t want a beach day? Then play a game of mini-golf or rent a paddle boat or canoe on the calm waters at Puff-N-Putt.

For those looking for landmarks, the Montauk Point lighthouse is one the most visited destinations where kids over 41 inches can climb up and enjoy a spectacular view with their parents.

Visit West Lake Drive to take in the sights of the fishing boats being unloaded at the famous Gosman’s Dock.  Charter boat rentals are at every turn for a fun day of reeling fish in. Another option is to go on a whale watching cruise. Gosman’s also offers a beautiful shopping area surrounded by gorgeous landscaping and breathtaking views of the channel.

The world famous Gosman’s restaurant appeals to those who want a leisurely meal while enjoying stunning water views. Check out some kid friendly restaurants after a day in the sun or take the kids to the playground at the Hank Zebrowski playground just north of the village.

Montauk visitors love horseback riding on the beaches or wide open trails. Visit Deep Hollow Ranch or Rita’s Stables and petting farm to book a ride time.

Another thing not to be missed is the experience of hiking in Montauk. Try one of the many hiking or biking trails. Learn more by visiting Montauk Trails. Try the Walking Dunes for a shorter hike and enjoy its impressive views of sand dunes as high as 30 feet or visit Hither Hills West for the unspoiled nature of 3000 acres of nothing but nature.

To savor Montauk and have plenty of time to beach, hike, shop, eat and play, stay at a local hotel or motel in town or directly on the beach. There are plenty to choose from for all budgets.

There’s surfing lessons, sailing lessons, bird watching, world class entertainment, festivals, shows, and of course, the endless water views. From action packed beaches, serene sunsets, fishing and hiking to shopping, boats, and great seafood, Montauk proudly boasts all these plus more. Make it a point to check out this exciting town this summer!

By Debra Ferrie

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