As we venture away from the cold weather and into spring, discover what to see and do across the Hamptons this season. Our itinerary is geared for families of all ages to make the most out of a weekend getaway to the South Fork.
DAY 1: HAMPTON BAYS TO BRIDGEHAMPTON
Brunch at Cowfish Hampton Bays Cowfish offers a deliciously flavorful menu for the whole family, and their brunch menu is one to discover if you have not already. Paired with stunning water views, customer favorites include shrimp and grits, lemon ricotta pancakes and the chef’s daily featured hash. The ‘Little Fish’ menu includes a selection of fish fingers, grilled salmon, and more served with fries or fruit, a drink and ice cream.
2580 E Montauk Hwy, Hampton Bays, 631-594-3868
Tour the Parrish Art Museum Located directly off of Montauk Highway as you enter Water Mill, Parrish Art Museum is home to a rotating array of indoor and outdoor exhibitions, and education programs that are both informative and entertaining for the whole family. Currently on view in the Parrish Meadow is the Field of Dreams outdoor sculpture exhibition, free to the public daily from 11am-5pm. Visitors should adhere to social distancing guidelines and wear masks at all times.
279 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, 631-283-2118
Create and Explore at the Children’s Museum of the East End The Children’s Museum of the East End (CMEE), has plenty to excite kids and their parents. Currently, their nine-hole miniature gold course is open and comes free with admission. CMEE is home to numerous on-site activities for children, helping them learn about art, theater, physics and math and even sailing the seas on the museum’s gigantic indoor seafaring ship. Secure your reservation in advance via their website.
376 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, 631-537-8250
Lunch at Armin and Judy Sit down and have a rest at Armin and Judy. The restaurant offers reserved dining in their enclosed, ventilated veranda, outdoor terrace and roadside tables. On cool spring days, you can stay warm and cozy while dining with their heated lamps and picnic blankets upon request. Sink your fork into their brioche French toast or eggs Benedict, among many other daylight menu selections.
You may also wish to grab a bite for the road. Their retail bakery offers French classics like baguettes, pain au chocolat, rugelach, and their popular brie and house-made jam sandwich.
Armin and Judy is open for breakfast and lunch from 9am-2pm. Closed Wednesdays.
1970 Montauk Hwy, Bridgehampton, 631-296-8484
Take a nature walk with the South Fork Natural History Museum & Nature Center Families with children of all ages will love SoFo’s education programs, nature walks and hiking excursions. Upcoming weekend nature walks include a spring bug search, a Worm Moon hike, a scavenger hunt and a hike to spot local salamanders.
Call in advance of your visit, due to their new COVID-19 procedures. The current hours of operation are two daily sessions: one beginning at 10am, and the second at 1pm.
377 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, 631-537-9735
Dinner at Sag Pizza Sag Pizza, conveniently located on Main Street in the Village of Sag Harbor, serves up a wood-fired pizzas for every palate. A fan favorite is the Farmer’s pizza with Schiavoni’s sausage, shishito peppers, farm eggs and Mecox cheese. Or try a spring-inspired pizza (like Prosciutto Cotto pizza with mozzarella, robiola, sliced artichokes and baby arugula) or pasta (like Bucatini Cacio e Pepe topped wioth a poached egg yolk). Takeout orders are also available and usually take under 20 minutes.
103 Main St, Sag Harbor, 631-725-3167
Stay at Sag Harbor Inn The Sag Harbor Inn is ideal for families who want to spend the night on the South Fork while being able to walk to restaurants and shops. The inn, which underwent a full renovation in 2016, offers a complimentary breakfast, free parking on-site for guests, gym passes and more amenities to create a comfortable and relaxing overnight stay.
45 W Water St, Sag Harbor, 631-725-2949
DAY 2: SAG HARBOR TO AMAGANSETT
Grindstone Coffee and Donuts and a Village Stroll Spring is the best time to visit Grindstone Coffee as you are getting in ahead of their busy season that often creates a line far out the door. They offer a wide variety of donut flavors paired from lemon poppy to churro donuts with vanilla pastry filling. Pair with their drip coffee or honey lavender latte.
Open everyday from 7am-4:30pm. Curbside pickup is available with advanced orders placed via their website.
7 Main St, Sag Harbor, 631-808-3370
Wander at the Elizabeth Morton Wildlife Refuge Explore over 150 acres of scenic tranquility while discovering the diverse habitat of the peninsula. See if the youngest members of your family can spot such wildlife creatures as songbirds, painted turtles, chipmunks, white-tailed deer, turkeys and black ducks, just to name a few! Be sure to bring your binoculars for an incredible wildlife viewing experience, and your sketchpad as a fun activity for a bit of downtime.
The refuge is open 30 minutes before sunrise and until 30 minutes after sunset. Please note that face masks are required on all federal lands.
2595 Noyack Rd, Sag Harbor, 631-725-7598