Family Fun- Garden City

Garden City is a town filled with fun for the entire family.

This Nassau County town is known for restaurants that local parents recommend not only for family dining but for a date night, too. Check out our list of local businesses to visit in Garden City.


We love Museum Row… Cradle of Aviation, Firefighters Museum, Long Island Children’s Museum and Nunley’s Carousel!

These are all Long Island gems that we recommend going to.


Cradle of Aviation:

“Explore over 150,000 square feet featuring 75 air and spacecraft from a hot air balloon to an actual Apollo Lunar Module…”

When you walk around the museum you will be in awe of how much there is to see and how cool everything is. There is over a half- dozen cockpits to climb into and over 30 interactive exhibits to keep the little ones entertained as you learn about Long Island’s role in aerospace.

Charles Lindbergh Blvd.
Garden City, NY 11530

Phone: (516) 572-4111

Website —> here



Nassau County Firefighters Museum & Education Center

Informative and Fun! Very interactive and wonderful for kids of all ages.

Website… here


Nunley’s Carousel

“Nunley’s Carousel is located in its own building adjacent to the Cradle of Aviation Museum on Museum Row. 

Admission is $2.00 per rider and everyone on the carousel is required to have a ticket! 41 horses and a lion await you on this legendary, over 100 year old, beautifully restored carousel.”





Long Island Children’s Museum

The Museum is two levels filled with things to do, explore and enjoy.

   Have fun with your family as you experience, “14 interactive exhibits plus live theater, art spaces and daily activities to provide hours of discovery for children of all ages.”



Momee Friend Recommendations:

We asked our local parents their favorite spots in Garden City and besides Museum Row they mentioned the following places listed below. We have not been to the following locations but, look forward to checking them out soon.


Once Upon a Dish

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One mom said,”There’s a pottery paint spot for kids it’s called Once Upon a Dish that is a lot of fun”.

On their Facebook page they say,” Once Upon A Dish is a fabulous, fun, paint-your-own-pottery studio for children and adults to relax, create and learn. No experience necessary to create one of a kind, totally functional, unique pottery.”

659 Franklin Ave Garden City, NY
(516) 742-6030




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Local parents recommended, Kidville!

“Kidville Garden City offers classes for kids, all-inclusive kids birthday parties, a pre-school alternative program, a summer day camp for kids, and more!”

Located at: 960 Franklin Ave Garden City, New York

Website: HERE




Muse Paintbar in Garden City

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A fun place to get creative with friends of all ages. They have a bar and food, as well. Fun Paint Nights 7 days a week! They do birthday Parties, too.


Located at: 837 Franklin Ave  Garden City, New York



Yoga Nanda

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“Momee Friend Pamela recommends, Yoga Nanda Garden City is an awesome yoga studio with lots of class options including community classes.”

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Located at: 55 Hilton Ave Ste 201 Garden City, New York



Family Center for Autism

Family Center for Autism is also in garden city and they offer a wide range of services.

“Finally, there’s a place where you can find innovative classes and clubs for your loved one with autism… and support, guidance and understanding for your whole family. A place where you can feel at home… where you can relax, talk to others and forge a bond based on common experience. A place open to the entire community to foster an environment of inclusion, acceptance and friendship.

That place is the Family Center for Autism. Welcome.”

Website: HERE


Garden City Bowl

“AMF Garden City offers best-in-class bowling and awesome anytime fun—featuring 50 all-star lanes, massive video walls, an interactive arcade, and an on-site Pro Shop that caters both to serious bowlers and those new to the sport. Every big game gets better when you’re watching it at AMF Garden City’s sports bar, complete with flat-screen TVs, an impressive selection of beer and cocktails, and an inventive lineup of signature dishes. Perfect for casual outings, after-work gatherings, birthday parties, and corporate events, AMF Garden City Lanes offers convenient laneside service and class-leading entertainment that is always ready to roll.”




The Garden City Horse Sculpture

You can see one of the painted horse statues that they put all over Long Island on the corner Stewart and Hilton Ave.

Read more: here

Photo by: Bill Mohr


Hungry? Great places for families and date nights…



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“Waterzooi’s kitchen is open 7 days a week and serves Lunch, Dinner, Saturday & Sunday Brunch, In Our Dining Room, Lounge & Patio. We take pride in our innovative menu, sophisticated service, and impressive beer list.

Located in the heart of Garden City, Waterzooi is Long Island’s only Belgian Bistro serving over 4.4 Million Pounds of Mussels to date. We take pride in our innovative menu, sophisticated service and cutting edge cocktails. We strive to give all of our guests the ultimate dining experience.”

Momee Friends Ariana, Janelle, Michelle and Cathy recommend Waterzooi.

Website: HERE




The Burger Spot

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The Burger Spot – Momee Friend Christina said, “The salmon burger is to die for and they have the best fries”.

Open Daily Sunday – Thursday 11 am – 9 pm

Friday and Saturday 11 am – 10 pm

Call 516-746-6100

Located at: 150 7th Street, Garden City, NY 11530




BK Sweeney’s Uptown Grille

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“Savory steaks and burgers, perfectly grilled meats, fresh wraps and sandwiches, and simmering soup.”

“We were just at BK Sweeney’s a few weeks ago and they were very nice to our kids.”, Momee Friend Christina

636 Franklin Ave, Garden City, NY 11530

 Phone 516-746-3075

Website: HERE


The Garden City Hotel

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We hear The Garden City Hotel also has an amazing brunch!

“A landmark of gracious hospitality and first-class service on Long Island, New York, our elegant and historic hotel welcomes guests into spacious and luxurious guest rooms and suites, and delights with an array of new dining experiences, including Red Salt Room by David Burke. Explore all that our iconic address has to offer in the heart of picturesque Garden City.”

Located at: 45 Seventh Street  Garden City, NY11530

Website: HERE



The CuBan

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“On Stewart Ave., The Cuban has amazing Cuban food and live entertainment on the weekends.”

“We provide the best in Cuban food, exotic drinks and live entertainment that focuses on both the traditional and contemporary tastes.”

Located at: 987 Stewart Avenue Garden City, New York

Website: HERE




Momee Friend Lauren suggests,” TCBY for dessert- Garden City 158 7th street! Self-serve with a very extensive topping bar.”



Calogero’s Italian Restaurant

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Momee Friends Carrie and Tara suggest Calogero’s for date night!

Located at: 919 Franklin Ave
Garden City, NY 11530

Website: HERE



Plancha Tapas and Wine Bar

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Momee Friends Bridget and Ganimet recommend, La Plancha – “not really a family place, but they have amazing meat and cheese plates! Great for date night!”

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Located at: 931 Franklin Ave Garden City, New York



Momee Friend Michelle recommends, “Orchid for Chinese, Colagero’s for Italian and Grimaldi’s for pizza!”


We hear there is a lot of great shops on 7th street!

Visit the Chamber’s Website—> HERE

Photos of Garden City


Any spots we have missed? Comment below or email me:

Thank you to all our fellow Momee Friends who helped put this list together. Looking forward to the next town spotlight on our awesome Island!


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