Bayville Adventure Park provides thrills and chills for visitors of all ages. Attractions such as Jungle Tree Top Adventure, The Lost Temple Maze, and a rock climbing wall encourage healthy competition, while Pirate Adventure Golf invites guests to practice their short game and best parrot impression. The park also has an arcade, an ice-cream parlor, a bungee bounce, a mirror maze, and The Mystery Fun House to explore.
The Nassau County Museum of Art blurs the line between nature and art. Surrounding a two-story museum full of 19th- and 20th-century American and European masterpieces are 145 acres of lush gardens. Visitors who view works by acclaimed artists will also bear witness to the brushstrokes of Mother Nature as they walk eight trails and visit a formal garden designed by renowned landscape architect Marian Cruger Coffin. On these paths, they'll find a meticulously restored water tower, a historic garden trellis and more than 40 sculptures by lauded figures such as Richard Serra and Tom Otterness.
But such a collection of beauty both natural and handmade didn't just fall out of the sky. The estate originally belonged to long-time editor of the New York Evening Post and patron of the arts William Cullen Bryant. It then changed hands several times before becoming a gift from US Steel co-founder Henry Clay Frick to his son, Childs. It was Childs' naturalism that made the grounds what they are today.
Today, Nassau County carries this tradition forward with its permanent collection of more than 500 pieces, as well as rotating exhibitions. In addition, the museum hosts plenty of programs and events for youngsters and adults alike, including artist lectures and drop-in art workshops.
The cool blades of skates have cut grooves into the ice at Hommocks Park Ice Rink since 1975. Skaters flock to the indoor rink during public-skate times curving into figure-8s, flying through the air doing axels, and laying down to imitate the most popular hockey mascot, a friendly boulder. Aspiring skaters aged 4 and older brush up on skills during group lessons. Meanwhile, when skaters need time on less slick surfaces, they can refuel with snacks and treats at the Slap Shot Café, which brims with the aromas of pizzas, chicken wings, and nachos.
Backyard Sports engages young athletes in a series of weekly skill sessions, including baseball and basketball sport camps, taught by teachers, coaches, and varsity athletes. One-hour spring baseball sessions for pre-kindergarten through 2nd-graders, which take place on Sundays from May 8 to June 19, are tailored toward appropriate skill levels. Novices learn basic rules of the game, fundamental catching and throwing skills, and how to kick dust when arguing a call. More experienced athletes can hone fielding, hitting, speed and agility, and how to interpret an endorsement contract.
The Alley Pond Environmental Center is a non-profit group dedicated to teaching children and adults about the natural world and protecting unadulterated environments from dastardly land poachers. Both membership levels give you discounts on programs at the center, discounted birdseed prices, reduced birthday party rates, and VIP access to teddy bear picnics. And for an additional fee, adults can take part in monthly astronomy workshops to view celestial bodies in skies free of ambiance-obstructing light pollution, while weekend sessions and after-school programs give kids an outdoors alternative to television absorption.
The Rye Historical Society, founded in 1964, is dedicated to preserving and celebrating Rye's unique historic heritage. The Society has restored both the Square House and the Knapp House and serves the community through school visits, educational programs, lectures, exhibits, tours and family events.