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The Hamptons aren’t just a playground for adults — kids will find plenty to keep their little hands occupied too. Here are the five best things to do with kids in The Hamptons.
1. The beach. Build sandcastles and dip little piggies in the water on one of the Hamptons beautiful beaches. East Hamptons’ Main Beach has all the amenities your kids will love (including a concession stand), while Sagg Main Beach in Sagaponack will be a little less crowded, giving your children room to rove.
2. The Children’s Museum of the East End. A perfect indoor activity for a rainy day, the Children’s Museum of the East End will let your kids’ imaginations run wild with its free art studio, read along and host of interactive displays and exhibits.
3. The Fudge Company. Indulge your little one’s sweet tooth at this Southampton institution. With more than a dozen varieties of fudge — including old fashioned chocolate and maple walnut fudge — the hardest decision you’ll make all day is picking just one (if that’s possible).
4. Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center. Get up close and personal with wildlife at this Atlantis-themed aquarium flanking the Peconic River. Feed the sting rays, waddle like the penguins or take in the spectacular sea lion show, one of the aquarium’s most popular attractions.
5. Mashomack Preserve. This nature conservancy on Shelter Island is a hiker’s paradise with 10 miles of coastline and acres of creeks, woodlands and fields to explore. A word to the wise: you’ll probably want to reserve this activity for older children.
The Hamptons may be known as a playground for adults, but our Forbes Travel guide editors found that there are many activities catered toward kids. Here are five of the best:
1. Visit the windmills. Take a peek into those large windmills dotting the Hamptons landscape — East Hampton’s Hook Mill, Pantigo Mill and Gardiners Mill, all built in the 18th and 19th centuries, will capture a child’s imagination.
2. Go crazy for candy. Hit up the unique and colorful Dylan’s Candy Bar in East Hampton (owned by Dylan Lauren, daughter of the famous Ralph). It’s filled with hundreds of sweet treats in a rainbow of colors.
3. Hit the beach. Cooper’s Beach in the exclusive enclave of Southampton has been voted the top beach in the country — and for good reason. Its soft-white sand, enticing ocean waves, designated lifeguard area, and wooden beach chairs and umbrellas make for an idyllic day for you and the kids.
4. Board it up. Seeking adventure? Sign up for a stand-up paddleboard or surf lesson at Main Beach Surf & Sport in Wainscott.
5. Indulge in ice cream. For a special end-of-the-day treat, try the Bridgehampton Candy Kitchen offering homemade ice cream and fudge.