Raise your hand if you and your kids are going stir-crazy? Us too, so we decided to take our learning on the road and explore around Long Island.
While our journey isn’t complete just yet I wanted to share some pit stops we’ve made so far so you can get out and start learning and exploring too!
Grumman Memorial Park, Calverton
This was my son’s favorite stop so it only seemed fit to start here! Grumman Memorial Park “is a volunteer effort paying tribute to the incredible advances in aviation and aerospace that took place on Long Island.” We learned about the F-14A (the 331st Tomcat to roll of the assembly line right in Calverton), the A-6E, and so much more!
You can learn more about Grumman Memorial Park and get the hours and directions here: www.grummanpark.org
Tesla Science Center, Shoreham
While we couldn’t go into the actual science center, many are unaware there is a small pull-off area near the gates in front where you can view the Nikola Tesla statue and read a little bit of information on the history of the Tesla Science Center.
You can visit the Virtual Science Center and learn more here: www.teslasciencecenter.org
Suffolk County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park, Bald Hill, Farmingville
This monument is located on Bald Hill (one of the highest points on Long Island) and acknowledges the great service and sacrifices of Vietnam Veterans.
This stop had such a breathtaking view, beautiful memorial monument, and it was such a great introduction into a history lesson on the Vietnam War.
You can find directions here: www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Parks/Our-Parks/Suffolk-County-Vietnam-Veterans-Memorial-Park
The Big Duck, Flanders
While we stayed in the car during our visit to The Big Duck, it was definitely not hard to miss! The Big Duck is on the National Register of Historic Places and made for a fun sight-seeing trip.
You can learn more about The Big Duck here: www.bigduck.org
Please share in the comments or send me a message on my contact page if you’ve visited these places or found other local treasures that we can explore too!
For my non-local readers, I highly suggest hopping on Google to find some neat places nearby, a good keyword search is “monuments + your county”, and share your experiences too!