08/29/16 6:01am
Sophia Blydenburgh, 4, of Miller Place at Spirit's Promise Horse Farm and Rescue Center. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Sophia Blydenburgh, 4, of Miller Place at Spirit’s Promise Horse Farm and Rescue Center. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

If you have young children, you know that hands-on activities are fun, educational and encourage them to pay attention. Add animal interactions to the equation and you have yourself a memorable, super-successful family outing.

Whenever I plan a day trip with my daughter, who is about to turn 5 years old, animals (and most of the time, fish) must be the focus of our outing. Opportunities to meet and pet a goat or feed stingrays are satisfying experiences for all of us — Mom, Dad and daughter alike.

Here are some North Fork locations we recommend to help you and your family get that animal fix. (more…)