8 Best Things To Do In Melville, New York

things to do in melville new york

When you’re looking for somewhere to visit for the weekend, it’s good to find a place that will provide you with a variety of activities, whether you’re going with friends or family. You may be in the mood for an adventure park, or you might want to explore spots in town that have an important history. Melville, New York will give you plenty of these types of options and, being next to a bigger city like Long Island, certainly helps. Check out the eight best things to do if you plan on spending some time in Melville.

1. The Adventure Park at Long Island

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If you’re looking for a park that has more to offer than your average hike, stop by the Adventure Park at Long Island, for some fun. Visitors can try out the park’s 15 ziplines, for a ride through the trees, as well as over 100 different bridge challenges and 10 trails, for a nice walk through the woods.

This is the biggest forest climbing park in New York, and it also hosts birthday parties if you’re looking for something different to do for your kids. You can also get group tickets if you plan on bringing your friends and family with you.

The Adventure Park at Long Island

Address: 75 Colonial Springs Rd Gate #3, Wheatley Heights, NY 11798

Website: The Adventure Park at Long Island

2. Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park

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History buffs who love learning about America’s leaders should make time to check out Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park if they want an educational weekend. In addition to the chance to learn more about the 26th president of the United States, there are plenty of activities for visitors to take part in.

Located near the North Shore of Long Island, the park allows for visitors to take nice walks on the beach. There are bike paths for those looking for a good ride on a sunny day, and there are boat ramps for those looking for a nice day on the water.

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park

Address: West End Ave, Oyster Bay, NY 11771

3. Museum of American Armor

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If you want to learn more about the types of armor and weaponry used by the United States military throughout history, you should stop by the Museum of American Armor. Visitors will get to look at and learn about all of the tanks, vehicles, aircraft guns and machine guns used in different wars.

The museum also lets visitors take part in World War II reenactments, in order to get a more authentic experience of what soldiers went through, at the time. Those who take part will get to wear uniforms, sit in tanks and vehicles, and even hold rifles, that were used at the time.

Museum of American Armor

Address: 1303 Round Swamp Rd, Plainview, NY 11803

Website: Museum of American Armor

4. American Airpower Museum

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Plane enthusiasts should make it an obligation to check out the American Airpower Museum if they want to learn more about the history of the country’s aircraft. Visitors will be provided with more than just tours of different planes that were used in the past. Going on holidays like Memorial Day Weekend will give them the chance to take part in events like Ride Experiences, where they can take these aircraft to the sky.

The museum also hosts a variety of events, such as private parties, weddings, corporate outings and children’s parties for when you want to educate your friends and family about WWII airplanes.

American Airpower Museum

Address: 1230 New Hwy, Farmingdale, NY 11735

Website: American Airpower Museum

5. Adventureland

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Sometimes, all you need for a fun weekend with friends and family is a day at an amusement park, in which case, you should take your group to Adventureland. In addition to taking your kids on rollercoasters and other rides, you’ll also be treated with bungy jumping trampolines and outdoor games that let you win a variety of prizes.

You’ll also have access to a long list of arcade games, and you can get your face painted if you want some funny photos of interesting artwork to take home with you. The park’s Midway Market also gives you the chance to take home some gifts to remember the visit by.


Address: 2245 Broad Hollow Road, Farmingdale, NY 11735

Website: Adventureland

6. Thomas School of Horsemanship

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Another unique way to spend your weekend is going for a horse ride, and if that’s on your mind, you should see what the Thomas School of Horsemanship has to offer. The school provides lessons for kids who want to learn how to ride horses, and they can even take part in taking care of the horses, in order to understand how to treat and bond with them. Horse shows are also provided so that visitors can see the professionals at work.

Visitors can also take part in camp programs that include sports, art classes and swim lessons. Parents can also take their kids to the establishment for birthday parties.

Thomas School of Horesemanship

Address: 250 Round Swamp Rd, Melville, NY 11747

Website: Thomas School of Horesemanship

7. John W. Engeman Theater

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Fans of plays should make plans to check out the John W. Engeman Theater if they want to see some fun work. The theater hosts main stage and productions for children, such as “Jekyll & Hyde”, for adults and “Madagascar: A Music Adventure”, for kids. Visitors will also get to watch classic works such as “Annie,” “Grease” and “Singin’ In The Rain” if they have a friend or family member who has managed to miss out on such work.

If you want to add to your experience, you can check out the theater’s Green Room Piano Bar & Lounge for a chance to relax and try a variety of drinks, before and after performances.

John W. Engeman Theater at Northport

Address: 250 Main St, Northport, NY 11768

Website: John W. Engeman Theater

8. Caumsett State Historic Park

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Anyone looking for a place that offers nice walks through nature and by the ocean should make a stop at Caumsett State Historic Park. Visitors will get to go on walks through the woods, as well as camp out with friends and family. Those who enjoy a day on the water will love the chance to take canoes and kayaks out on the marshes and ocean.

The park offers the opportunity to get a fishing license if you want to get a good catch in before your trip home, and you can even get a permit to go hunting on the tidal wetlands of Long Island.

Caumsett State Historic Park

Address: 25 Lloyd Harbor Rd, Lloyd Harbor, NY 11743

Website: Caumsett State Historic Park

Plenty to see and do...

Those planning a first-time visit and natives looking for something new to do over the weekend will find no shortage of activities to take part in, in Melville. You can visit a variety of museums and historic places to learn about different equipment used by soldiers in the past, or you can find several amusement and outdoor parks that provide the chance to go on hikes and rides or play sports and hunt. There’s also the chance to catch an old school or new play if going to the movies sounds too ordinary. Whatever the case, you’ll find plenty of fun things to do, in Melville.

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John Nassivera is a freelance writer and former news editor who's interests include traveling, science, fitness and lifestyle. He has visited several countries in Europe and traveled across the...Read more

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