Escape the hustle and bustle of New York City this summer with day trips rich in history, filled with excitement or just spent with friends. Next time you need to take a break make sure to check out our favorite spots in New York.
Governor’s Island is a 172-acre island in Upper New York Bay, a quick ferry ride from the financial district. Still apart of New York City, the island costs the simple $2 ferry trip. The bike path is a highlight, wrapping around the island with city views, and purchasing rentals is easy and affordable. Governor’s Island also holds large acres of open fields perfect for playing a game of softball or a nice picnic. If packing a picnic seems like a little too much to plan check out the terraced food court which features a variety of vendors and a mini beer garden!
New York Botanical Gardens
Not to be confused with the also great Brooklyn and 6BC Botanical Gardens, the New York Botanical Gardens is located in the Bronx and consists of 28 specialty gardens, including a conservatory, children’s adventure garden, and a 40-acre old growth forest. Truly unique and incredibly beautiful, the gardens are an enjoyable shakeup for your Manhattan acclimated senses. You’ll also have the option to combine the serenity of nature with classic cocktails at the Hudson Garden Grill within the park (but consider making reservations in advance).
The New York City area has numerous public golf courses to take advantage of for players of all skill levels. For skilled golfers who don’t mind spending a pretty penny, Trump’s Ferry Point Golf Course located by the Whitestone Bridge is a great option with fantastic Manhattan skyline views. For golf fanatics, Bethpage Black located in Farmingdale Long Island is a must try. The course was a two-time past US Open venue, and a future PGA Championship and Ryder Cup venue. For novice golfers looking for an easily accessible course, Van Cortland Park in the Bronx is a great spot. Van Cortland Golf Course happens to be the oldest public course in the United States!
Summer time means the heart of baseball season. Families looking for a fun outing can’t go wrong with a trip to Yankee Stadium or Citi Field. Whether you’re die-hard fans or just looking to soak up the sun with some friends, both stadiums have an abundance of great food options, as well as fun places to experience before the game starts. Notable grub options at Yankee Stadium are Lobel’s, Mighty Quinn’s, Nathan’s, and Bareburger. At Citi Field there’s Momofuku, Shake Shack, Dō (cookie dough), and Blue Smoke. Before the game Yankee Stadium has Monument Park and Citi Field has a small whiffle ball stadium for the kids to play on. Once the game starts, it’s time to root on your team to victory!
In the summer, Fire Island and the Hamptons are two hot spots for affluent Manhattan beach goers. Fire Island’s popularity continues to grow as a secluded car-free island with a fun yet small-town feel. The Hamptons remain a happening location with great beaches and upscale entertainment. For those looking to spend a weekend living luxuriously, Fire Island and the Hamptons are great options.
Long Island Vineyards
The northern coast of Long Island has over a dozen vineyards to choose from with the majority located on the North Fork. Wine drinkers can spend the day sipping wine and walking along the rows and rows of grape vines. The closest vineyard to Manhattan is Harmony Vineyards in St James, about an hour and a half drive. Besides the basic wine tasting and vineyard enjoying activities, Harmony Vineyards hosts events such as trivia night, Drink-In Theatre, and Test Your Fun Tolerance. Remember to have a designated driver if needed!
Sleepy Hollow is a village located in the town of Mount Pleasant in Westchester County, about an hour north of New York City. The village is known for the scary tale of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and you can experience it this fall at Philipsburg Manor. We warn you, the haunted trail has inhabitants who are ready to make sure you never leave! If you do make it out alive, Sleepy Hollow is rich in history and has great spots to tour and hike on, including the old Rockefeller Estate or Kingsland Park and its Lighthouse.
Storm King Art Center in Mountainville is an outdoor museum with one of the largest collections of sculpted artwork in the world. The combination of natural beauty and sculpted beauty makes for a must-see experience. The collection of sculptures is eclectic and fascinating, for example Tomio Miki’s giant ear. The 500-acre terrain in the lower Hudson Valley has rolling hills, vast fields, and grandiose woodlands. Bike rentals are available and make for a great way to experience the art and landscape. Storm King Art Center is an hour plus drive north from Manhattan.
Fort Tryon Park/The Cloisters
At the northern tip of Manhattan, you’ll find Fort Tryon Park and The Cloisters. Fort Tryon Park is a great place to enjoy the outdoors on a day trip. The park is massive with tons of paths and trails over all sorts of terrain. Located right off the Hudson, the views are the best around, and there’s a dog park, children’s playground, and a restaurant so you don’t have to miss brunch. For those more interested in learning than relaxing, The Cloisters Museum is the move. The museum specializes in European medieval architecture, sculpture, and decorative arts, and the experience is certainly unique.