16 Fun Winter Activities on Long Island, NY 2024 (From a Local)

Fall may be over, but don’t worry, because there are plenty of fun winter activities on Long Island to enjoy! From Christmas and holiday events to indoor activities to help you warm up, there is something for everyone! In this Long Island, New York guide, I am covering some of the best winter activities to add to your Long Island bucket list!

As a Long Islander myself, I have tried to find ways to enjoy the brutal months, so if you have any other ideas I may have forgotten, let me know in the comments below! 

Winter Activities on Long Island NY

Best Winter Activities to Do on Long Island This Season

Visit a Christmas Tree Farm – One of the best Winter activities on Long Island

It’s the holiday season, so of course, a Christmas Tree farm is in order! Thankfully, Long Island has several places you can go claim your perfect Christmas Tree, and some of these farms even hold additional festivities. 

Winter Wonderland at The Waterdrinker Family Farm is a great place to get in the holiday spirit while also getting your Christmas Tree. This is one of my favorite farms to visit, and I think they do such a great job. Their Winter Village includes a Holiday Light Display, Airstream Christmas Village, Barnyard Animals, Fire Pits & S’mores, a Giant Santa Sleigh & Reindeer, and so much more! They also have a Synthetic ice surface for ice skating. 

Admission into the Winterfest is $20 per person and free for children under 2 years old, weather permitting. 

To U-pick your Christmas tree is free. You can also enjoy their brewery on-site! You can get more information at the Waterdrinker Farm here. This farm is located in Manorville.

Another great Christmas farm to add to your Long Island winter bucket list is Santa’s Christmas Tree Farm in Cutchogue. You can actually cut your own Christmas tree here. Their 28-acre farm includes 8,000 Christmas trees to wander through.

On the weekends, the kids can visit Santa from 12 PM – 4 PM. You can also enjoy hot chocolate, skating s’mores, and more! Make sure to bring cash to this farm. 

Winter Village at the Waterdrinker farm is a great long island winter activities

Go Wine Tasting in Peace

Who said wine tasting was just a summer event? This is one of the best things to do on Long Island and another fun winter activity to enjoy with fewer crowds. In fact, one of my favorite vineyards, Marcari Wines, has heated bungalows to enjoy!

If you make your way out to the Hamptons, Wolffer Estate Vineyard is hosting its 2nd annual Winter Wonderland at the wine stand. This will include ice skating, food trucks, Christmas displays, and more! Tickets to the event are $30, and you can get tickets right here!

Explore more of the best Long Island Vineyards here!

Macari Vineyards is one of the best on Long Island

Go Seal Watching on Long Island

A unique thing you can do during the winter on Long Island is to go seal-watching! From boat cruises to seal walks at a multitude of Long Island beaches, you have plenty of options. You can even try spotting them on your own.

We saw seals in the Hamptons and at Jones Beach without a tour. One of the most popular tours if you want to see seals by boat is with Captin Lou Fleet, which leaves out of Freeport. 

Some seals you can see on Long Island include the Harbor Seal, Grey Seal, Hooded Seal, and Harp Seal.

One of the best things to do on Long island is see seals

Visit the Vanderbilt Museum & Planetarium Candlelight Tour

Want to tour one of Long Island’s best mansions decked out in holiday spirit? Then, add The Vanderbilt Museum to your Long Island winter bucket list. Their Bright Lights event will include tons of Christmas lights, visits with Santa in his workshop, a 15-minute Laser Show in the Reichert Planetarium, and even a Children’s scavenger hunt. Get Bright Light tickets here.

Admission: All-inclusive tickets: adults $25 | Members $20; children 12 and under $15 | Members $10; children 2 and under FREE.

Address: 180 Little Neck Rd, Centerport, NY 11721

Vanderbilt Mansion on Long Island

Go on a Winter Hike

One of my favorite winter activities on Long Island is going for a winter hike, especially after a snowfall. The parks look magical, and you don’t have to worry about many bugs bothering you.

Some great parks to enjoy a winter hike include Hempstead Lake State Park, Hechsher Park, Sunken Meadow State Park, the Fire Island Lighthouse boardwalk, and Arthur J. Hendrickson Park. 

Arthur J. Hendrickson Park snow hike long island ny
Arthur J. Hendrickson Park

Enjoy a Hockey Game

If the holidays have passed, but you are still looking for winter activities on the Island, head over to UBS Arena in Belmont to watch the Islanders play! The hockey season runs from early October to early April for 82 games.

Address: 2400 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, NY 11003

The Islanders hockey game

Visit One of the Long Island Museums

Another great way to escape the cold is by checking out one of the many museums on Long Island.

Some of the most visited museums on Long Island include the Cradle of Aviation Museum (Garden City), Long Island Maritime Museum (West Sayville) 
The Heckscher Museum of Art  (Huntington), the Parrish Art Museum (Water Mill), and the Nassau County Museum of Art (Roslyn Harbor).

Nassau County Museum of Art
Nassau County Museum of Art

Take Selfies at the Floral Escape

Love Instagrammable places? Then head on over to the Floral Escape at Roosevelt Field Mall for some epic selfies. The Floral Escape has set up tons of Instagrammable corners teamed with decorations and even ring lights. Get tickets here.

Not only will you be able to keep warm during some of Long Island’s coldest days, but you can also enjoy some additional activities at the mall, such as shopping, getting food at one of the many restaurants surrounding the mall, and even going to the AMC Movie theater.

For those looking for something additional that is family-friendly, I suggest heading to Dave and Buster’s nearby! 

Go Sledding

This one is pretty obvious, but I couldn’t leave it out of the best winter activities on Long Island! After a nice snowstorm, there are some great places to go sledding on Long Island.

Some popular areas include Malverne High School (by the football field) and Bethpage State Park. 

sledding winter activities long island ny

Enjoy Outdoor Ice Skating

Another great activity to do during the winter on the Island is some outdoor ice skating. Some places to enjoy outdoor ice skating include Grant Park (Hewlett), Northwell Health Ice Center (East Meadow), Marjorie R. Post Community Park Ice Rink (Massapequa), and Syosset-Woodbury Community Park Ice Rink (Syosset). 

Ducks swimming on lake pond

Drive Through the Magic of Lights at Jones Beach

Another local winter activity favorite goes to the Magic of Lights at Jones Beach State Park drive-thru. This event usually starts in mid-November and runs through the end of December. This family-friendly drive includes light tunnels and a festival spread over a 1-2 Mile course.

After driving through, you can check out the Toyota Holiday Village, which has food and drinks, a visit with Santa, an Ice skating Rink, and more!

Admission: $30 per car on weekdays, Monday -Thursday; $40 per car on weekends. Find tickets here.

Christmas at the Old Westbury House and Gardens

One of the most beautiful gardens on Long Island I have visited on Long Island is the Old Westbury Gardens, and this year they are hosting Christmas at the Old Westbury House. This event allows you to self-guide walk through the impressive mansion that has been the backdrop in numerous movies. It is, of course, decorated beautifully for the holidays and the gardens are open to walk through as well.

Address: 71 Old Westbury Rd, Old Westbury, NY 11568

The Old Westbury Garden is one of the best things to see on Long Island

Check Out the Huntington Holiday Spectacular

Find yourself near Huntington, Long Island? Make sure to check out the Huntington Holiday Spectacular that is set up right on Main Street. They transform this street into holiday cheer with decorations, an 80 Ft. Christmas Tree, and more. Local businesses join in the holiday festivities with special holiday deals along with joining in to help bring the community together. 

The Holiday Spectacular usually starts at the end of November and goes through the beginning of January. Additionally, there will be a light show every 30 minutes.

Explore the Milleridge Village Holiday Decorations

Another great place to check out winter villages is the Milleridge Village. They have a Christmas Shoppe year round.

Aside from fun lights and decorations, you can warm up and enjoy a nice cappuccino at the Milleridge Cafe or some delicious pastries at the Millerigde Bakery. 

Eat in Igloos at the Coach Meeting House

If you’re a foodie, one of the coolest winter activities to do on Long Island is chowing down in the Igloos at the Coach Meeting House. Located in Oyster Bay, enjoy their expansive drink menu along with tons of bites.

The igloos it 6 guests comfortably, and there are firepits, and even TVs that have Roku and Disney + on them for families. They also offer bottomless brunch. 

For reservations, call 516-588-9288!

Address: 160 Mill River Rd, Oyster Bay, NY 11771

See the LuminoCity Festival

If the other Lantern festivals didn’t do you justice, then head to LuminoCity Festival at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, NY. In 2023, the lights and decorations covered a span of 17 acres, so we can expect this year to be just as grand.

Admission: $32 plus taxes and fees For ages 12+; Ages 3-12 $19 plus taxes and fees. Get tickets here.

Hours: Wednesday – Sunday from 4:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Address: 1899 Hempstead Tpke East Meadow, NY 11554

Winter Activities on Long Island Wrap-up

This concludes some fun activities to do on Long Island this holiday and winter season. If I missed any fun activities you enjoy on Long Island during the winter, let me know in the comments below! 

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Samantha Oppenheimer

Samantha Oppenheimer (Sam Opp) quit her corporate marketing job in 2018 to travel the world and become a travel writer, blogger and content creator. She loves experiencing authentic travel experiences, photography, and nature. Sam shares helpful travel itineraries, travel tips, budget tips, and travel advice from her personal experiences. You can also find Sam's words featured in large publications including Mirror, Thrillist, and Well + Good.

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