I’m always looking for something to do near me and on Long Island you can always find something. During the holiday season this year, I feel it’s especially important to try to find safe and festive activities. No matter what happens, you can’t stop Christmas from coming, so you might as well enjoy the season.
The Vanderbilt Museum was once the Gold Coast home of William K. Vanderbilt. Recognized as a potential museum by its owner, Vanderbilt established a trust fund to finance the operation of the museum, and deeded it to Suffolk County, NY upon his death in 1944. The museum opened to the public in 1950.
Today you can and take mansion tours, explore the waterfront grounds including a seaplane and boathouse. In addition, there is a Planetarium Complex where visitors come to holiday shows, educational shows, and even rock laser shows.
This was my first visit to the estate grounds, but my daughter had come in 4th grade for the mansion tour and planetarium. Apparently, all Long Island 4th graders have field trips here.
Bright Lights was an enjoyable evening. We enjoyed strolling the expansive grounds and imagining what life here was like long ago. The grounds were decorated with familiar light displays. The entrance to the courtyard was similar to an expansive drawbridge. The courtyard had me turning in circles imagining the parties that were once held there. The mansion was closed, but I hope to come back for a tour in the spring.
We took pictures with Santa, which was a little different this year, and drank hot cocoa.
This is a fun time for kids and those who are young at heart.