Are you visiting Long Island with kids, but don’t want to miss our world class North Fork wine country? Kick back with a glass and discover the best kid friendly wineries on Long Island.
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Did you know that there are around 90 wineries on Long Island’s North Fork? Many serve award winning, world class wines.
Whether you’re visiting Long Island or you’re a local, it’s no secret that you don’t want to miss a day out at the vineyards. But what if you have kids…
Where can you sip a glass at a rosé only vineyard while your kids nosh on baguette? Which wineries have farm animals or lawn games to entertain the little ones? Where can the family enjoy live music or bring a picnic?
Discover the best family friendly wineries on Long Island so the whole family can enjoy a relaxing day on the North Fork.
8 Relaxing Kid Friendly Wineries on Long Island
I can’t start my list off without first mentioning Osprey’s Dominion. With my personal favorite setting on Long Island, Osprey’s Dominion is one of the most kid friendly wineries you’ll discover.
To start, Osprey’s is huge. It’s very easy to spread out and both keep your kids away from adult only groups, and give them space to run around. During peak season, Osprey’s Dominion often hosts live music on their back lawn.
Alternatively, the front lawn is a bit quieter with extra space to run around. Both lawns have corn-hole and other games for guests to enjoy and adirondack chairs. Three BBQ stations are also available for public use, or you can bring your own picnic.
During a typical weekend, you can either take a flight to go from the indoor tasting room, or grab a glass from one of their outdoor bars. When picking up your glass, snag a vineyard themed-coloring book, created by the winery’s owner to entertain children. I love that kids learn the science behind wine while remaining entertained.
What should you sip at Osprey’s Dominion?
Osprey’s Dominion is the only vineyard on Long Island to grow and produce Carmenere, a dry, French wine. I personally love their unwooded Chardonnay and their rosé. You can usually get a case of last year’s rosé vintage for $100 at the start of the season!
- Osprey’s Dominion is located at 44075 Main Rd, Peconic, NY 11958
Harbes Family Farm and Vineyard
Harbes is one of the most well known family friendly spot across Long Island, not just for its winery. The name says it all.
Harbes’ vineyard is located just behind the iconic farm stand and Barnyard Adventure. Children can see farm animals, enjoy the playground, walk the maze, climb the obstacle course and more while parents kick back with a glass in the tasting barn.
Harbes Farmily Farm is well known for their farm stand and cider donuts, and for hosting a number of seasonal events. Consider visiting during the summer Peach Festival, the fall Apple Festival, or another family friendly event.
What should you sip at Harbes?
Harbes Vineyard is well know for their Chardonnay and Blanc de Blanc, an award winning 2019 wine according to New York Wine Classic. The 2014 Cabernet Franc, if you enjoy reds, is a top rated, 91 point wine, according to Wine Enthusiast.
- Harbes Family Farm is located at 715 Sound Ave, Mattituck NY 11952
Croteaux Vineyards is the only rosé only vineyard in the US. Much smaller than other Long Island wineries and unique in nature, Croteaux is very much Provence inspired.
Croteaux is one of many Long Island wineries to be very up front with their children’s policy – they’re kid friendly, but they expect your children to remain seated like the rest of the party. At Croteaux, you’re served table side, rather than from a bar or counter.
That said, since no large groups, limo drop-offs, or bachelorette parties are permitted, Croteaux is naturally more appropriate for families. I personally think Croteaux is great for families looking for a more intimate setting. But, be mindful of your child’s ability to stay seated.
Don’t wory, we’ll talk more about winery etiquette with kids below…
What should you sip at Croteaux?
Croteaux specializes in dry, crisp rosés so you can’t go wrong with any of their wines if that’s your preference. I personally love dark rosés, particularly the ‘Jolie’ cab franc rosé. The popular ‘Merlot 314’, my mom’s favorite, is a bit lighter and more citrus-y.
- Croteaux Vineyards is located at 1450 South Harbor Road, Southold NY 11971
Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyards
Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyards is well known for their live music, quaint shop, and expansive outdoor area. In fact, they’re proudly one of the only wineries to still allow picnicking, as well as dogs.
If you’re thinking of visiting with a pet, along with the kids, Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyards is for you. Don’t miss the gift shop, as well, which features dog and cat themed gifts as well as incredible pies to-go from the Long Island Pie Company.
At one point, Baiting Hollow Farm was also part horse sanctuary. Though the non-profit dissolved, the dedication to horse rescue remains. Part of the winery profits still goes to rescue effort and a line of their wines are aptly named after horses once on the property.
What to sip on at Baiting Hollow?
The Savannah Rosé is fruitful, dry, and is named after a Thoroughbred rescued at 18 months and brought to the vineyard. BHFV is also known for their frosé, served during the summer months.
- Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyards is located at 2114 Sound Ave, Calverton, NY 11933
Pindar is one of the largest wineries on Long Island, but 80 percent of their energy comes from wind power. Though they may not be interested in learning about sustainable wine making, children will certainly get a kick out of seeing one of Long Island’s largest wind turbines.
They’ll also enjoy frolicking through the sunflowers or the large lawn area, where picnicking is allowed. During in-season weekends, visitors will likely find live music as well.
What should you sip on Pindar?
With over twenty wines to choose from it’s hard to find something you won’t enjoy. That said, a few wines stand out. My favorite wine from Pindar is the Mythology, reviewed highly in both the NY Times and Bon Appetite. Only a few cases remain of this 2015 vintage, but it’s worth it to snag one! For a white, the lightly oaked Sunflower Chardonnay is unique.
- Pindar is located at 37645 Main Rd, Peconic, NY
There’s more to do and see on the East End than just the wineries. Consider spending a night or weekend out on the North Fork and book an AirBNB here!
Want to know the best way to get your children to sit and behave at a vineyard? PIZZA!
Jamesport Vineyards isn’t just one of the best wineries on Long Island, but they have some of the best wood fired pizza. Coupled with the lawn out back, the winery is very kid friendly.
Funny story, we once bought a Groupon for a different wine and pizza vineyard on Long Island and were turned away for having kids. It’s totally cool, I’m glad there’s adults-only vineyards, too. But I’m more than happy we found Jamesport instead.
What should you sip on at Jamesport Vineyards?
My favorites are the versatile East End Field Field Blend White and Reds and the Estate Glacé, unique from their frozen November harvest. If you’re looking to splurge, go for a French barrel aged reserve.
- Jamesport Vineyards is located at 1216 Main Rd, Jamesport, NY 11947
I’m going to admit here that Jason’s doesn’t exactly make my favorite wines. Instead, it’s the environment we love at Jason’s.
Jason’s staff, to start is one of the most welcoming on Long Island, even to our kids. They serve flights from the ‘stern’ of their Argonaut inspired ship themed bar. My son thinks it’s a pirate ship.
The large deck and outdoor area provide plenty of room to spread out. Live music often plays either indoors our outside during peak season.
Jason’s is unique, though, for its on-site farm animals. At any given time, you can see llamas, sheep, and occasionally newborn baby lambs. Walk the vineyard while the littles marvel at or feed the animals.
Jason’s is also one of the closer wineries to the Long Island Expressway, making it accessible if your kid isn’t so car-seat friendly!
What should you sip on at Jason’s?
By far, Jason’s Golden Fleece is the most popular. Half fermented in stainless, I enjoy this Chardonnay blend, despite not being a huge fan of the grape.
- Jason’s Vineyard is located at 1785 Main Rd, Jamesport, NY 11947
Pugliese is a kid friendly vineyard that aims to be a unique alternative to some of the typical Long Island wineries with large tasting rooms. You’ll often find the owner in the small tasting room or hand painting wine glasses for her gift shop.
Outside, children especially will love the picnic tables or walking around the lake.
What should you sip on at Pugliese Vineyards?
I enjoy Pugliese’s Cabernet Franc, which is a popular grape on Long Island’s east end. For a unique wine, the late harvest Gewürztraminer is equally sweet and acidic.
- Pugliese Vineyards is located at 34515 Main Rd, Cutchogue, NY 11935
Wineries With Kids: Etiquette Tips
While there are clearly quite a few Long Island wineries that are pet and family friendly, that doesn’t make them a free-for-all. I certainly don’t recommend simply dragging your kids from winery to winery while they’re stuck on their tablets, whining to move on.
Here are some practical etiquette tips to help you make the most of your trip to the wineries:
Visit During Off Times
Off season is always our favorite time to visit the wineries, even without children, simply for the thinned out crowds. Summer out east is busy…and with crowds come drunks. It’s best to keep your children away from peak party days and hours and go when things are more spread out.
Consider getting to the wineries early, if you’re going during a summer weekend, when they first open. This is particularly useful is you’re planning to take advantage of live music or special events.
Don’t Hang Out in the Tasting Room
Most of the wineries I mentioned have large, outdoor spaces. Take advantage of the vineyards that allow picnicking, lawn games, and running around to let your kids be kids.
Plus, the adults at the bar, and the bartenders, will appreciate that you grabbed your glasses and went somewhere more appropriate.
Pack a Picnic Lunch
Food is literally the ultimate distraction for kids. If allowed, packing a fun lunch is always a good idea.
Here’s everything you need for the perfect picnic lunch at the wineries:
- portable / washable outdoor blanket
- cute but functional picnic basket cooler
- eco friendly plates and cutlery
- your favorite snacks
- kids’ water bottle
- pop up high chair (if you have little ones)
Bring Activities for the Kids
Osprey’s Dominion, mentioned above, sells winery themed coloring books, but you can always bring your own. My kids love these mess free coloring pads and of course we always bring their tablets, as well.
There you have it! Everything you need to know about planning your perfect family friendly day trip to the Long Island wineries. Who said vineyards were only for adults…
Have you been to Long Island’s North Fork Wine Country? Which wineries are your favorite? Do any of our kid friendly winery suggestions pique your interest?
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