As summer comes to an end, families are looking to spend some last minute time together before heading back to the daily grind of school and extracurricular activities. A family friendly fishing outing could be just the thing to do to for a fun day. Kids love feeling like they are fully involved, and parents can foster that by letting them bait their own hook, cast their own line and take the fish off the hook or lure. Parents can also make it a learning experience for children by identifying different species of fish as well as nearby birds, plants, flowers and other wildlife.
For equipment and bait, families have their choice of local bait and tackle shops. Adults and children over the age of 16 will also need to obtain a fishing license prior to enjoying their day. Once ready, families are set for a day of fun. Check out our favorite family friendly fishing spots on Long Island.
Belmont Lake State Park
Offering a 19 acre lake for fishing, families can catch fish such as largemouth bass, carp and perch. The park also has other amenities such as boating, hiking, playgrounds and picnic areas for families to enjoy.
Where: 625 Belmont Ave, West Babylon, NY 11703
Contact Info: 631-667-5055
Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
Offering catch and keep trout fishing, the hatchery and aquarium also has ten other exhibits for visitors to enjoy as well as special events year round. Families may also bring a picnic lunch to enjoy while visiting.
Where: 1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
Contact Info: 516-692-6768
Hempstead Lake State Park
Offering three ponds for fishing, families may have luck catching trout, perch, carp, sunfish as well as other species. Families can also enjoy the park’s other amenities such as playgrounds, hiking trails, picnic areas and a historic wooden carousel.
Where: Lakeside Drive (off of Eagle Ave OR Peninsula Blvd) West Hempstead, NY 11552
Contact Info: 516-766-1029
Norman J Levy Park and Nature Preserve
With a 500 foot fishing pier into Merrick Bay, the 52 acre park and nature preserve also offers hiking and jogging trails with exercise stations, a kayak launch and spectacular views from the preserve’s highest point of 115 feet. Many types of birds, turtles, foxes as well as other wildlife can be seen.
Where: 1600 Merrick Rd, Merrick, NY 11566
Contact Info: 516-804-2000
Port Washington Town Dock
With a beautiful view of Manhasset Bay, the Port Washington town dock offers a fishing pier where families have a chance to catch flounder, blue fish or striped bass. After a day of fishing, families can enjoy the many restaurants and shops that Main Street has to offer.
Where: 347 Main Street, Port Washington, NY 11050
Contact Info: 516-869-6311
By Pamela Boccia