The Village of Greenport is a picturesque waterfront town, located on the North Fork of Long Island. What was once a whaling and shipbuilding port is now a quaint maritime town that has a lot to offer families when visiting. From shopping and riding an antique carousel and museums to just enjoying the boats and water views, there is something for each family member to enjoy. Our local writer provides her insight for this insider’s guide to things to do with kids in the Village of Greenport.
THINGS TO DO
The Greenport Carousel and Mitchell Park
Let your family take a ride on history with the 1920’s wooden carousel — which is now located in the Glass Carousel Pavilion — that was a gift from Northrop-Grumman Corporation in 1995. There is a minimal fee for each person who wants to ride. You can win a free ride if you are lucky enough to grab a brass ring!
Located on the waterfront side of the Greenport Carousel is Mitchell Park – a four acre park with an amazing waterfront view. It’s a great place to relax with the family or play a game of catch. During the summer there are usually events taking place. During the winter, a part of the park is even transformed into an outdoor ice skating rink.
East End Seaport Museum & Marine Foundation
Interested in taking a Lighthouse Cruise, visiting the Village Blacksmith or just learning more about Greenport? Check out the East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation to see what they have to offer.
Railroad Museum of Long Island
Did you know that the Greenport train station is one of only a few original stations that remain on Long Island that were built before 1900? Or that it has one of only three turntables that are still left? You can learn even more facts about the history of the Greenport railroad when you visit the Railroad Museum. The Greenport railroad station is a great place to visit if your little one is into trains!
The Village of Greenport has many events throughout the year, including the annual Maritime Festival which is held in September. The festival has activities for children and families, music, arts and crafts, fireworks and more!
Fireboat Fire Fighter
Located at the Mitchell Park dock is a red fire boat. For children who love firefighting and boats this is a must see. Visit their website for more information
Greenport Skate Park
If you have older children, on the west side of town near the Polo Ground is the Greenport Skate Park located on Moore’s Lane. The park is a 20,000 square foot course made of concrete and wood. Safety gear and helmets are mandatory to use the area.
Looking to take a nice walk with the stroller and enjoy the day while learning more about Greenport’s history? The Village of Greenport’s Walking Tour does just that. Print out the map, and at your own leisure you can visit places like the Greenport Jail and Police Museum that was built in the early 1900’s or even see the Old Kindergarten Schoolhouse — Greenport’s first school.
Drossos Miniature Golf
Want to spend part of your day playing a game of miniature golf and enjoying some old fashioned custard or ice cream with the kiddos? Head on over to Drossos Miniature Golf, located a few minutes from town.
PLACES TO EAT
When you and the family get hungry, head over to BBQ Bill’s Famous Texas Barbecue, which offers both indoor and outdoor seating and overlooks the harbor or Claudio’s Clam Bar, which is located on a dock over the water – the kiddos can watch as boats pass by! If you just want to grab a slice of pizza, head over to Emilio’s of Greenport.
Seeking something cold to enjoy on a warm day? There are several delicious places to try. Stop by Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices for a tasty treat or Fro-Yopia Frozen Yogurt for some yummy yogurt or fresh fruit smoothies. If you are in the mood for some traditional ice-cream favorites, then check out Sandpiper Ice Cream or Flavors Dessert Café. Need something for your sweet tooth? Look no further than Sweet Indulgences for delicious chocolates and candy.
Whether you are out for the day or the weekend, the Village of Greenport offers a variety of activities for families to enjoy. To see up-to-date events and for more information, please visit the Village of Greenport website.
Photos and Article by Janet Brandsema