Stony Brook Village on the North Shore in Suffolk is a colonial style village that is home to a unique shopping center, an Educational and Cultural Center and very beautiful nature areas. We’ve put together an insider’s guide for things to do in Stony Brook with kids to highlight the best family-friendly places to visit.
Take the family to the Stony Brook Duck Pond at Avalon Park and Preserve on the 11 acre Mill Pond. Families can walk along the meandering boardwalk and up the steps to the paths lined with wildflowers, trees, and pretty views. Most days, they’ll be dozens of ducks and swans in residence. The labyrinth is a popular spot to circle and then sit and reflect. Kids love running the path to the center pit. There are also 8 acres of wildlife to explore for hardier hikers. A new Avalon Sky Lab will be opening in Spring 2012. It will house several permanent telescopes and will offer educational programs. The Avalon Barn also offers yoga classes for adults and children’s classes with stories and hikes.
Across the street from the duck pond, the Stony Brook Grist Mill offers a small store and a guided tour in May through October on weekends (small fee). This is a great opportunity to teach kids about the days of old. The Grist Mill, circa 1751, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Stony Brook also offers the Discovery Wetlands Cruise, a 1 ½ hour boat tour which runs from May through October. Its mission is to educate about local wildlife and flora.
In the village shopping area, there are unique gift shops, high quality clothing stores, small eateries, and the 8,800 foot Education and Cultural Center which provides many activities, programs, and events for families and children. The Stony Brook Post Office’s mechanical eagle has been flapping its wings every hour since 1941.
For history buffs, the Long Island Museum of America Art, History, and Carriages is a great place to spend a few hours exploring the heritage of Long Island. With over 40,000 items in a permanent collection, gardens, and a gift shop, there’s plenty to see on the grounds. They also feature rotating programs and family events. The 100 horse drawn carriages on display in the Carriage Museum are known as one of the finest collections in the United States.
The village area also offers horse drawn carriage rides that are available during many of Stony Brook’s town celebrations provides good old fashioned fun!
Visit Stony Brook village.com for more information about this historic town.
By Debra Ferrie