Once called “Great Cow Harbor,” Northport is a charismatic little town on the North Shore of Long Island. Main Street is well-known for its friendly faces, luscious parks, charming shops and delicious restaurants, all situated along the trolley-track lined street leading right to Northport Harbor. It is a picturesque village, and our local writer provides her insight with this insider’s guide to things to do with kids in Northport.
Food, Shopping, and Fun
If you are in the village for breakfast or lunch, definitely stop by Tim’s Shipwreck Diner. Housed in an old train car, this diner has good food at great prices as well as outdoor seating during the warmer months.
If you are in the mood for something sweet, skip the regular ice cream cone and opt for Wolfie’s Frozen Custard. With flavors rotating daily, there is always an extraordinary treat for everyone.
Take a leisurely stroll (with your custard!) down the dock for breathtaking views of Northport Harbor. The village also has two exclusive parks for the kids to play in, both located near the harbor. Don’t forget to head over to Einstein’s Attic, where you will find unique toys for children ages birth through early teens.
The John Engeman Theater on Main Street is the perfect spot for a rainy day in Northport. The theater is home to Northport’s first movie theater, built in 1912. It was recently restored, and converted to main stage production, with performers who are transported in from New York City. They have children’s shows on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Check their website for current shows and prices.
Don’t Miss …
Family Fun Nights are every Tuesday in the month of August. Main Street is closed off to cars and all the shops set up in the street. There is lots of food, music, and fun! One of Northport’s biggest events of the year, Cow Harbor Weekend, is in September. The Cow Harbor Races starts off the weekend on Saturday morning.
Grab a cup of coffee from Café Portofino, dubbed, “a funky little coffee house,” and cheer on the runners as they make their way to the finish line. Have dinner Saturday night at the family-friendly (and family owned) Skipper’s Pub and then walk along the dock to see the boats in the harbor all decorated and lit up for the special weekend.
Don’t forget to come back on Sunday for Cow Harbor Day. This is a long-standing tradition for Northport, marked with a parade, food, rides and vendors.
Like the locals boast, Northport truly is “a place for all seasons.”
Written and Photos By: Shannon Ofsharick