Alternative Sports and Non-Competitive Physical Activities in Nassau County, Long Island


If you have a non-athletic child, you can still find ways to bond with him or her through non-competitive physical activities. We've compiled a guide to parks, rinks, and other sports centers in Nassau County, Long Island, that offer healthy and fun activities - like hiking, kayaking, and table tennis - for all ages. 


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Active Kidz Long Island

East Hills; (516) 621-6600;

With a 3-level indoor Adventure Maze, rock-climbing, indoor gym, and laser tag (for birthday parties only), plus a snack bar for refueling, your kids will stay...well, active!


Once Upon a Treetop

Plainview; (516) 349-1140;

Kids engage in interactive play, take music and movement classes, and of course, climb through the facility's tree house play unit.


New York Table Tennis Club

Flushing; (718) 359-3272;

Table tennis facilities for players of all ages and skill sets. Lessons and kids' birthday parties also available.




Hempstead Lake State Park

West Hempstead; (516) 766-1029;  

In addition to its popular hiking area (three miles of trail surrounding Hempstead Lake), the park offers fishing ponds, tennis courts, bridle trails, playgrounds, and a historic carousel.



Empire Kayaks

Island Park; (516) 889-8300;

Families of all experience levels may rent kayaks, with some basic instruction included. Single kayak rental, $15/hour; double kayaks, $25/hour.



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