Our Favorite Family-Friendly Summer Activities on the North Fork

Offering a number of kid-friendly museums, parks, festivals, and more, the coast of Long Island is the ideal destination for summer vacation. Check out our picks for the best family-friendly summer activities in North Fork, and start planning your trip today.

Shelter Island

Take a short yet scenic ferry ride over to Shelter Island and spend the day exploring Mashomack Preserve. At 2,100 acres, Mashomack comprises about one third of Shelter Island and is home to diverse flora and fauna, including one of the largest populations of breeding osprey on the east coast. Follow the hiking trails and enjoy miles of pristine coastline.

Lavender By the Bay

Just a short ride east of the inn, Lavender By the Bay is a 17-acre lavender farm with over 80,000 lavender plants.Come enjoy the beautiful sights and scents as you walk through beautiful fields of purple. Be sure to visit the gift shop for lavender-themed goods.

Horton Point Lighthouse

Just a 10-minute drive from the Harborfront Inn sits the historic Horton Point Lighthouse Nautical Museum. Constructed in 1857, this is one of seven lighthouses in Southend. Tour the 58-foot lighthouse, learn its history, and explore the museum. Horton Point Lighthouse is open Saturdays and Sundays through mid September.

Hallockville Museum Farm

Head west to the Hallockville Museum Farm to explore this charming slice of history, which dates all the way back to the 1700s. Created to preserve the history of farming in North Fork, Long Island, the museum holds tours and events throughout the summer. Guided homestead tours are offered every Saturday, and walking tours of the grounds are available throughout the week. Hallockville Museum Farm is a great way to spend the day learning, exploring, and sightseeing with the kids.

Enjoy a Day Downtown

Venture into downtown Greenport for a day of fun, food, and sunshine. Start off with a ride on the antique carousel in the heart of beautiful Mitchell Park. This fully functioning antique attraction is an important piece of Greenport history, built in 1920 and donated to the village in 1995. After a spin or two, catch a flick at the Village Cinema, our 800-seat movie theater serving up popcorn, candy, and great new movies.