Montauk is an outdoor place. Yes. But even in the rain It’s great to be here…consider the alternatives: sitting on the LIE, delayed on the tarmac, etc. If you’re not inclined to beach it in the rain and the kids are stir crazy after a few Netflix offerings, get out there and check out these East End places that’ll take the edge off those indoor days in paradise. 

THE MONTAUK LIBRARY

The best local indoor place to take the kids for a few hours of fun. A great kid’s room with books and videos for all ages plus a few computer terminals for online games. They also show movies and have a packed schedule of events for kids and adults. Check the calendar at onmontauk.com and/or the library website. montauklibrary.org; 631-668-3377; 871 Montauk Hwy 

THE MONTUAK LIGHTHOUSE

If you haven’t done the lighthouse yet, get on it. Make your way to the top for great views…probably still great in the rain…and check out the fascinating museum that explains the seafaring history of the lighthouse, displays historic documents, and offers guided tours. Children under 41” are free, but they can’t go up the tower. Parking fee $8 until 4:30 in season; 631-668-2544 MontaukLighthouse.com 

THE MONTAUK PLAYHOUSE

The Playhouse is a historic building across from the train station that houses a large basketball gymnasium (and several other entities) that is open to the public. They have a daily and weekly schedule of activities that includes free time. Call and/or pop in to see their schedule and shoot a few hoops. 631-324-2417; 240 Edgemere St. 

Other Nearby Rainy Day Options

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF THE EAST END (CMEE)

The CMEE is a great place for kids ages 1-8 any time but especially on rainy days. Kids can enjoy multiple themes play areas for hours and a giant rumpus room full of soft mats and climbing structures. There’s a separate soft hang-out area for pre-walkers. Multiple special programs throughout the summer, daily and weekly, plus an engaging staff make this a must-visit…even if you do wait for a rainy day. Entrance fees apply. CMEE.org; 376 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Tnpk in Bridgehampton; 631-537-8250 (about 45 mins from Montauk) 

EAST HAMPTON CINEMA

The closest movie theatre to Montauk is the United Artists East Hampton Cinema with 6 screens showing first run features. We know, not in Montauk to see movies…but the rainy day thing, yeah. 30 Main St, East Hampton; moviefone.com/showtimes/east-hampton-ny/11937/theaters (about 25 mins from Montauk) 

THE LONG ISLAND AQUARIUM

Yes, it’s a seriously good aquarium with a huge shark tank, sea lion show, and countless cool ocean creatures plus a magnificent butterfly room (they land on you!), and bird room (they land on you!). Touch rays, starfish, crabs, etc. and watch 20 lb. stripers meander safely about. There’s also an arcade, spider monkey exhibit, and much more. A worthy day trip from Montauk, rain or shine. Hit the nearby Tanger Outlets if that’s your bag. 431 East Main St. in Riverhead; 631-208-9200; longislandaquarium.com (about 1.2 hours from Montauk) 

THE CLUBHOUSE IN E. HAMPTON (BOWLING, ARCADE, SPORTS)

Bowl a few frames, let the kids (and you) enjoy some high-end arcade games, and watch sports on massive screens while having lunch, dinner or drinks. All this under one massive, thoughtfully partitioned roof next door to the East Hampton airport. A worthy alternative to keep the kids and adults occupied for a few hours if mother nature is out of sorts. 174 Daniel’s Hole Rd. In East Hampton; ehitclubhouse.com; 631-537-2695 (about 20 mins from Montauk) 

Montauk is about nature…the beaches, water sports, fishing, trail walking, biking, etc. Here are a few more suggestions for the kids…figuring you’ve got the aforementioned covered…