National Parks / Natural World in ROCKVILLE CENTRE with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Rockville Centre has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in and around Rockville Centre, New York State offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

Even the city of Rockville Centre itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Valley Falls State Park

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    (18 miles) Fairmont

    Once the site of a lumber and grist mill community, the scenic treasure of Valley Falls State Park is located only a short drive from Fairmont and Grafton. This 1,145 acre day use park hosts a ...

  • Riverside Park

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    (20 miles) Manhattan

    Riverside Park Fund nurtures Riverside Park’s well-being, helps preserve its historic nature and leads the community in developing active stewardship. Founded in 1986 by a small group of community ...

  • Sprain Ridge Park

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    (25 miles) Yonkers

    The Park’s 278-acres include a swimming pool complex, arboretum and 2 picnic areas. The remainder of the park is heavily wooded with a variety of hiking and mountain bike trails fairly well spread ...

  • Greenburgh Nature Center

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    (25 miles) Scarsdale

    A relaxing and nature filled day out for the kids on this 33-acre nature preserve with trails, animals and indoor environmental education center.

  • Branch Brook Park

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    (29 miles) Newark

    Explore the nation's FIRST county park, with historic guided tours, a roller rink, bike races, family days and festivals! It's so much more than a park in New Jersey!

  • New Canaan Nature Center

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    (35 miles) New Canaan

    The New Canaan Nature Center is a not-for-profit environmental education center and sanctuary dedicated to helping people of all ages better understand, appreciate and care for the world of nature.

  • Ringwood State Park

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    (46 miles) Ringwood

    Stunning gardens with multi use trails in New Jersey, plus swimming, boating, canoeing and fishing! Outdoor fun for the whole family

  • Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

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    (47 miles) Basking Ridge

    Nearly 8,000 acres of varied habitats where you can explore the beautiful scenery, and amazing wildlife.

  • Bear Mountain State Park

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    (49 miles) Tomkins Cove

    A great New York state park with hiking, biking, and ski trails. With a zoo, museum, ice skating and swimming, it makes for a very fun family day out!

  • Wawayanda State Park

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    (55 miles) Hewitt

    A wonderland in winter and a restful backdrop for canoeists, boaters and fisherman year round in this New Jersey state park!

  • Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center

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    (56 miles) Ansonia

    An outstanding adventure playscape for younger children in Connecticut, with butterfly and hummingbird gardens, nature trails, and real life animals!

  • Hacklebarney State Park

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    (58 miles) Long Valley

    Over a hundred bird species and wildlife such as black bear, woodchuck, deer and fox live in the park, with hiking, fishing, and great New Jersey nature fun!

  • Kittatinny Valley State Park

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    (63 miles) Andover

    Lots of outdoor adventure in New Jersey for the family at this state park! Hiking, fishing, boating, mountain biking, and horseback riding are popular activities, with winter sports too!

  • Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association

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    (63 miles) Pennington

    Enjoy the more than 10 miles of hiking trails, the wonder of the Kate Gorrie Butterfly House, and the exhibits and animals of the Buttinger Nature Center - plus get on mission with the science of ...

  • Round Valley Recreation Area

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    (64 miles) Lebanon

    Outdoor adventure in New Jersey for swimmers, boaters, campers and picnickers! One of the few parks for wilderness camping too!

  • Voorhees State Park

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    (66 miles) Glen Gardner

    Outdoor fun in New Jersey with multi use trails, adventure playground and even an observatory!

  • Brooksvale Park

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    (66 miles) Hamden

    The entire family can enjoy of all sorts of outdoor adventures. Playground & Swings, hiking, sledding, Softball Fields, and an animal petting zoo.

  • Swartswood State Park

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    (68 miles) Stillwater Township

    Explore New Jersey's FIRST state park filled with history, outdoor adventure and family fun! Camping available too!

  • Flanders Nature Center

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    (69 miles) Woodbury

    Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust promotes the understanding and appreciation of nature, and supports the conservation, preservation and management of the natural resources. We offer a broad range ...

  • White Memorial Conservation Center

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    (77 miles) Litchfield

    A fascinating education center and nature museum set within 4,000 acres of Connecticut hills.

  • Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park

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    (82 miles) Portland

    Activities include Swimming, Wakeboarding, Cliff Jumping, Zip Lines, Rock Climbing, Land-based Obstacle Courses, Scuba Diving and Kayaking.

  • Bass River State Forest

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    (82 miles) Tuckerton

    Trails, wildlife, and a beautiful man-made lake perfect for swimming, boating and that summer New Jersey fun!

  • Wharton State Forest

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    (85 miles) Hammonton

    A beautiful New Jersey State Forest with rivers and streams for canoeing, hiking trails, mountain biking, horseback riding, numerous lakes, and wildlife - great for family exploration!

  • Wolcott Park and Spray Pad

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    (87 miles) West Hartford

    Great park with a new summer splash pad offering interactive play features in New Hartford...and it's FREE!

  • Roaring Brook Nature Center

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    (91 miles) Canton

    We offer a year-round schedule of educational programs for all ages. These programs range from week-long summer experiences to our school-year Discovery Days series for students.

  • RecPlex Park and Spray Park

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    (93 miles) Colchester

    Fun family park with sporting complexes, and a popular splash park! Great family fun in Colchester!

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  • Long Island Childrens Museum

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    (5 miles) Garden City

    Long Island Childrens Museum is a hands-on museum for kids and their grown-ups.

  • Queens County Farm Museum

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    (7 miles) Floral Park

    The Queens County Farm Museum's history dates back to 1697; it occupies New York City's largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland and is the only working historical farm in the City. The farm ...

  • New York Hall of Science

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    (13 miles) Queens

    New York science fun with more than 450 interactive exhibits, teaching kids all about the STEM subjects, whilst having a great time!

  • The Jewish Childrens Museum

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    (16 miles) Brooklyn

    Through innovative multi-media technology, Jewish history, values and culture come to life with hands on exhibits, and even a miniature golf course.

  • Brooklyn Children's Museum

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    (16 miles) Brooklyn

    Interactive learning adventures through hands-on exhibitions, multicultural performances, creative workshops, and natural science specimens.

  • ArtXplorers

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    (18 miles) NYC

    A creative, unique and interactive way for kids to enjoy and learn about art around New York City.

  • New York Transit Museum

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    (18 miles) Brooklyn

    The New York Transit Museum, one of the city's leading cultural institutions is the largest museum in the United States devoted to urban public transportation history, and one of the premier ...

  • Museum of the City of New York

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    (19 miles) Manhattan

    The exhibits have just about everything you ever wanted to know about New York City and then some.

  • Guggenheim Museum

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    (19 miles) Manhatten

    The iconic site of many celebrated special exhibitions, with smaller galleries devoted permanently to the Guggenheim's renowned collection, which ranges from Impressionism through contemporary art.