General Lab Information

Off-site Recreation

Amusement Parks


East Farmingdale - 631-694-6868
26 attractions, 15 kiddy rides, video games, restaurant, gift shops and more.

Laser Kingdom

Coram - 631-698-0414
Laser tag amusement center; games start on the half-hour, teen night on Friday.

Long Island Game Farm

Manorville - 631-878-6644
Wildlife and Children's Zoo features hundreds of animals, including an 18-foot giraffe, red kangaroos, kinkajous, cougars, Barbados sheep, peacocks, and the only lemurs born and bred on Long Island.

Splish Splash*

Calverton - 631-727-3600
Voted 1 of top 5 water parks. Many attractions, interactive play area, restaurant, gift shop.

*Discount tickets are available at the BERA Store, Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm

Beach Permit for On-site Residents

Virtual parking passes are available for purchase on the Town of Brookhaven website.

Day Trips

Take advantage of Long Island's many activities. Here are a few:

Long Island Aquarium*

Riverhead, (631) 208-9200
Sand shark lagoon, sea lions, touch tanks, harbor seals, 120,000 gallon shark tank. See the Long Island Aquarium website for more information.

*Discount tickets are available at the BERA Store, Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm

Bayard Cutting Arboretum

Oakdale, (631) 581-1002
Contains a wide variety of plant species and various species of trees, including dwarf evergreens, rhododendrons, azaleas, hollies, oaks, wildflowers and daffodils featured in many native woodland locations. See the Bayard Cutting Arboretum website for more information.

Old Westbury Gardens

Old Westbury, (516) 333-0048
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 160 acres of formal gardens, landscaped grounds, woodlands, ponds and lakes. Westbury House is furnished with fine English antiques and decorative art. See the Old Westbury Gardens website for more information.

Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park

Oyster Bay, (516) 922-8678
A former Gold Coast estate, the arboretum is comprised of over 409 acres of greenhouses, rolling lawns, formal gardens, woodland paths, and outstanding plant collections. Original historic estate buildings remain, including the 65 room Tudor Revival mansion 'Coe Hall', which is open for tours from spring through fall. See the Planting Fields Arboretum website for more information.

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium

Cold Spring Harbor, (516) 692-6768
Largest living collection of New York State freshwater reptiles, fish and amphibians. See the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery website for more information.


This small seaside village has become famous for its quaint retail establishments, fine dining, and night life like no other, but what makes Greenport so unique is its rich maritime history, which has been tastefully preserved for more than three centuries. North Ferry to Shelter Island leaves every 15-20 minutes during the day. Ferry schedules.


Summertime resort for many NYC residents. It has miles of beautiful beaches that span over several quaint villages that include art galleries, night life, antique shops, boutiques, crafts, music, restaurants, mansions, vineyards and family farm stands.

Montauk Point

Located on the eastern most tip of Long Island as a picturesque retreat at land's end where the Long Island Sound meets the Atlantic Ocean; where it is known as one of the "Fishing Capitals of the World"; where surfers travel from far and wide to be challenged by the surf at Ditch Plains; where hikers, mountain bicyclists, horseback riders and naturalists enjoy miles of scenic and unspoiled trails; where campers live on the beach at Hither Hills State Park; where golfers and tennis players play at the world renowned Montauk Downs and where windsurfers share beautiful Fort Pond Bay with sunfish, pedal boats and canoes. Visit the Montauk Point Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in New York State.

New York City

"The City that never sleeps" is an exciting vibrant city that has many attractions, museums, arts, festivals, theaters, parks, historical landmarks and great sports and entertainment venues.

It's "the" place to visit and tour all year long. New York City consists of Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Manhattan is an island that is connected by a series of bridges and tunnels. It's divided into some interesting neighborhoods that each have a unique flavor of restaurants, nightclubs and events. For additional information see:

Port Jefferson

Long Island's Historic Seaport is one of the most picturesque of waterside villages to be found. The village maintains its "small town" appeal with shops and restaurants occupying historic buildings, a marina, and the Port Jefferson Ferry to Connecticut. Ferry schedules.

Shelter Island

This picturesque 8,000 acre island nestled between the North and South Forks of LI has beautiful homes, beaches, shops and restaurants. Accessible only by ferry shuttles from either Greenport or North Haven. The Mashomack Nature Preserve on Shelter Island has hiking trails, a nature center and guidebooks about the ecosystem. Ferry schedules.

Staller Center for the Arts

Stony Brook University, (631) 632-7235
Sponsors professional and cultural events. See the Staller Center website for a calendar of events and ticket info.

Family Recreation Resources


Museum Location Telephone
Cradle of Aviation Garden City (516) 572-4111
DNA Learning Center Cold Spring Harbor (516) 367-5170
Long Island Children's Museum Garden City (next to Cradle of Aviation) (516) 222-0218
The Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages Stony Brook (631) 751-0066
Heckscher Art Museum Huntington (631) 351-3250
Islip Art Museum Islip (631) 224-5402
Nassau County Museum of Art Roslyn Harbor (516) 484-9337
Parrish Art Museum Southampton (631) 283-2118
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site Oyster Bay (516) 922-4447
Vanderbilt Museum, Mansion and Planetarium Centerport (631) 854-5555
Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site South Huntington (631) 427-5240

Sports Facilities

All Pro Sports Academy

Bellport, (631) 286-5144
Baseball Camps, Baseball Training Center, Batting Cages and Pitching Programs all under the supervision of Professional Baseball Player Paul Gibson formerly of the New York Mets and New York Yankees. See the All Pro Sports Academy website for more information.

Selden Batting & Grand Prix

Selden, (631) 732-9144
Offers exciting attractions including three types of race cars, baseball/softball batting cages, arcade center, and private picnic pavilion. See the Selden Batting & Grand Prix website for more information.

AMF Bowling Center

Shirley - 631-399-1800
Your local spot for great bowling fun. See the AMF Bowling Center website for more information.

EAB LI Ducks Baseball Stadium*

Central Islip, (631) 940-DUCK
Home to the LI Ducks minor league baseball team.

*Discount tickets are available at the BERA Store, Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm

Port Jefferson Bowl

Port Jefferson, (631) 473-3300
Great bowling fun. See the Port Jefferson Bowl website for more information.

Country Fair Entertainment Park

Medford, (631) 732-0579
Country Fair Park is an exciting and picturesque destination for everyone, dates, families, group and companies. Attractions include batting range, driving range, lasertag, gokarts and miniature golf. See the Country Fair Entertainment Park website for more information.

Madison Square Garden

New York, (212) 465-6741
Located on 7th Avenue between 31st & 33rd Street, New York City. Dubbed the world's most famous arena, accommodating virtually all forms of entertainment and sports, from state-of-the-art rock concerts, touring family shows, professional wrestling, boxing, track & field, lacrosse and soccer. Home of the National Basketball Association (NBA) Knicks team and the National Hockey League (NHL) New York Rangers team. See the Madison Square Garden website for more information.

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Uniondale, (516) 794-9303
Has accommodated virtually all forms of entertainment and sports, from state-of-the-art rock concerts, touring family shows, professional wrestling, boxing, track & field, lacrosse and soccer. It is also home to the NHL New York Islanders team, and the the New York Dragons professional arena football team. See the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum website for more information.

Citi Field

Flushing Meadows Park, Flushing, (718) 507-METS (6387)
Citi Field, home to the New York Mets team, was built as a replacement for the adjacent Shea Stadium which was constructed in 1964 next to the site of the 1964-1965 World's Fair. See the New York Mets website for more information.

Yankee Stadium

Bronx, (718) 293-6000
Yankee Stadium has served as home for the legendary New York Yankees team, as well as most of the brightest stars in baseball, including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Ron Guidry, and Reggie Jackson. Indeed, it's known around the world as "The House That Ruth Built," thanks to the large crowds that headed up to the Bronx after Yankee Stadium opened on April 18, 1923, with Babe Ruth as the marquee player. See the New York Yankees website for more information.


Movie Theaters

Theatre Location Telephone
Regal Cinema Ronkonkoma (631) 580-9707
UA Southampton Southampton (631) 287-6235
UA Hampton Bays Hampton Bays (631) 728-8535
Island Cinemas Mastic (631) 657-3297
Movieland Cinema Mastic (631) 281-8586
Port Jefferson Cinemas Port Jefferson (631) 928-3456
Island 16: Cinema de Lux* Holtsville (631) 758-4300

*Discount tickets for Island 16 are available at the BERA Store, Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm

Theatre Groups & Concert Halls

Theatre Location Telephone
John Engeman Theater Northport (631) 261-2900
Gateway Playhouse Bellport (631) 286-1133
Theatre Three Production Port Jefferson (631) 928-9202
Smithtown Performing Arts Smithtown (631) 724-3700
The Nikon at Jones Beach Concert Theater Wantagh (516) 221-1000
The Paramount - Live Concerts
get there by train from the LIRR Port Jefferson Line
Huntington (631) 673-7300