End of Summer Bucket List- Kid Friendly Activities to do in the Hamptons
The beginning of August always feels like the end-of-summer countdown has started. Back to school and fall advertisements are everywhere and every clothing store is stocked with knits and jackets. Luckily, there's a good, solid month to cram in as much fun as possible!
This summer is special because it's the last one with Indigo as the only child. Next summer we'll have a 6 month old baby accompanying us on all our outings!
Summers in the Hamptons really are amazing! I grew up here and I feel so fortunate to be able to raise my kids in this beautiful spot. People usually associate the Hamptons with the beach, but there's plenty of fun activities if you want to switch things up. Here's our end of summer bucket list-
Kid Friendly Activities to do in the Hamptons
Visit LongHouse Reserve- LongHouse Reserve is a sprawling reserve and sculptural reserve located in East Hampton. It has beautiful outdoor pieces by artists including Willem de Kooning and Yoko Ono. It looks like a great place to walk around and observe the beautiful landscaping and art.
Lunch at Plant Based in Bridgehampton- Newly-opened Plant Based is the Hampton's first completely vegan eatery. I've been waiting years for a place like this to finally open!
Montauk Day Trip- Every summer I like to take a day trip to Montauk. The drive is beautiful! Montauk town has plenty of cute shops and delicious cafes perfect for a casual lunch with kids. Also, we never miss a chance to walk the ground of the famous Montauk Lighthouse!
Wolffer Sunset Friday- A vineyard is probably not the first place you'd think to bring children, but Wolffer Sunset Fridays are different! The vineyard is gorgeous with sprawling grape vines and a big lawn for the kid's to play. Everyone brings beach chairs and there's live music every week.
Go Berry Picking at Seven Ponds Orchard- Seven Ponds Orchard is our go-to spot for apple picking in the fall, but they also offer blackberry and raspberry picking in the summer. Plus, there's a large playground!
Get Vegan Ice Cream at Buddahberry- I grew up in Sag Harbor so it will always hold a special place in my heart. Sag Harbor is a small, historical waterfront town that's lined with charming stores and restaurants of every kind. Buddahberry offers a variety of Vegan ice cream and the topping selection is one of the largest I've seen!
Visit the Long Island Aquarium- The Long Island Aquarium is a short drive from the Hamptons and it's definitely worth the trip! Not only are there sharks and every type of fish you can imagine, there's also a butterfly room, aviary and plenty of other animals (monkeys, penguins, otters, etc). There's touch tanks for the kids and they can even hand feed sting rays!
Concert in the Park- Most towns in the Hamptons have some sort of regular live music in the evening. We're in Southampton, and the concerts are at Agwam Park or Cooper's Beach.
Fire Island Day Trip- Fire Island is a bit of a trek from the Hamptons, but it really is worth the trip! Cars aren't allowed on the island and you have to take a ferry to get there. Once you're on the island you can rent bikes, go to the beach or dine in the waterside restaurants.
Play Mini Golf- Hamptons Mini Golf is an 18 hole mini golf course that's just been beautifully renovated. Best of all, the holes are modeled after historic landmarks in the Hamptons and Montauk.
Sunset Boat Ride- On Long Warf in Sag Harbor there's a company that offers sunset cruises around Noyac and Gardiner's Bay. We went last year and it was absolutely gorgeous! You can even bring you own food and drinks on the boat and have a picnic while you cruise around!