Activity Ideas on Long Island Over Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day is an American holiday honoring and remembering all of those who served in the Armed Forces. It is often a day of family barbeques, visits to the national cemeteries and parades. Looking for activity ideas on Long Island over Memorial Day weekend? Here are some ideas on how to make the Memorial Day weekend…memorial!


planeMake It a Beach Day
Many beaches officially open for the season over Memorial Day weekend.  Here are a few of Long Island Mamas favorite family friendly beaches to enjoy. An added bonus is the Air Show May 25 and 26 at Jones Beach.

Captree State Park
Where: Ocean Parkway, Babylon, NY
Contact info: 631-669-0449
Where: Bayville Avenue, Oyster Bay, NY
Contact info: 516-624-6124
Where: 1 Ocean Parkway, Wantaugh, NY
Contact info: 516-785-1600
Where: 630 Lido Beach, Lido Beach, NY
Contact info: 516-431-6650

Sunken Meadow State Park
Where: Rte. 25A and Sunken Meadow Parkway, Northport, NY
Contact info: 631-269-4333


Watch a Local Memorial Day Parade
Wave your flags in honor of our fallen soldiers and veterans who served our country while watching one of the many parades. There are some great parades being held in Mineola, Valley Stream, Wantagh, Medford, Bayshore, and Kings Park.  Be sure to check for a parade in your area.

Visit one of Long Islands Adventure or Amusement Parks
Enjoy some rides, mini golf, rock climbing, bumper boat, and even more fun at one of these amazing Long Island parks.

Adventureland Amusement Park
Where: 2245 Broad Hollow Road (RT. 110) Farmingdale, NY
Contact info: 631-694-6868


Bayville Adventure Park
Where: 8 Bayville Avenue, Bayville, NY
Contact info: 516-624-ride


Where: 655 Long Island Ave., Medford, NY
Contact info: 631-475-1771


Visit a Botanical Garden
The gardens are open for the season! Spend the day absorbing all the beauty and take in some special Memorial Day events such as a Memorial Day concert at The Planting Fields in Oyster Bay on May 26 at 6 pm.

Bayard Cutting Arboretum
440 Montauk Highway, Great River, NY
Contact info: 631-581-1002

Bridge Gardens
296 Hampton Road, Southampton, NY
Contact info:

Clark Botanic Garden
Where: 193 I. U. Willets Rd, Albertson, NY
Contact info: 516-484-2208

Planting Fields
Where: 1395 Planting Fields Road Oyster Bay, NY
Contact info:


Written By Tara Arichabala
Image Source – for all photos except mulitple flags photo (Maria Adcock)

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