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Top 10 Day Trips From New York City

  1. Cold Spring
Stonecrop Garden in Cold Spring

Cold Spring is a small village located about 51 miles north of New York City. It is a part of Putnam County. Cold Spring is famous for its well-preserved 19th-century buildings in the village center, which has been given a place in the National Register of Historic Places. These buildings served as residences for the workers who worked at the neighboring West Point Foundry. After taking a stroll of the village center, you can grab a bite or a drink along Main Street, which also has several antique shops if you are looking for souvenirs. The English-styled Stonecrop Gardens are also quite popular with the tourists.

 

  1. Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets

Ever thought of a day trip to a shopping resort? Woodbury Common offers exactly that to its visitors. Located in Central Valley, about 45 miles north west of Manhattan, this is an outlet center with 220 stores spread over an area of 200,000 square feet. The place is very well-connected with New York City through shuttles and tour buses. The center is popular with visiting tourists due to its proximity to the city and wide range of premium items at a discounted rate. Try to avoid weekends and special shopping days when the highway and the center get overly crowded with shoppers.

 

  1. Beacon
City of Beacon

The city of Beacon is located in the Dutchess County of New York State, about 65 miles north of Manhattan. It is an excellent day trip destination with its American charm and historical significance. The place got its name from the beacon fires that alerted the Continental Army about the movement of the invading British troops. Major attractions of Beacon include a couple of museums and several very well-laid-out parks including the Riverfront Park on the Hudson River. You can also go for the scenic Incline Railway Trail hike right up to the top of Mount Beacon.

 

  1. Bear Mountain State Park
Stony Brook Trail in the Bear Mountain State Park

The Bear Mountain State Park is located in the Rockland County of New York State, about 50 miles north of Manhattan. It is a popular nature getaway and ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. The park is situated on the west bank of the Hudson River and is blessed with lush greenery. Visitors can engage in several outdoor activities in the park including hiking, cycling, camping, biking, boating, cross country skiing, swimming, ice skating, and sledding. You can stay at the historic Bear Mountain Inn which was opened in 1915 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

 

  1. Governors Island
Aerial view of Governors Island with Manhattan in the background

With a land area of 172 acres, Governors Island is situated just about 800 yards off the southern tip of Manhattan. It is well-connected to  both Manhattan and Brooklyn through ferry services. The island is a seasonal recreational site, open usually between May and September. Although less than a mile away from the ever-busy Manhattan neighborhood, Governors Island is a welcome escape from the concrete jungle and hustle and bustle of New York City. The island has excellent sweeping views of the New York City skyline along with the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Other than visiting the 18th-century Castle Williams, you can go for walking tours and bike riding on the island. On September weekends, the island hosts the popular Governors Island Art Fair.

 

  1. Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown
Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown are two villages located in Westchester County, about 25 miles north of New York City. Although hardly an hour’s drive from the city, these two colonial-era villages are a world apart from city life with their laid back lifestyle. Sleepy Hollow was formerly known as North Tarrytown but got its traditional name in  1966. It is often dubbed as ‘one of the most haunted places in the world’ thanks to the very popular short story ‘The Legend of the Sleepy Hollow.’ The Railroad Station, Edward Harden Mansion, Philipsburg Manor House, and Patriot’s Park are popular attractions in the village. Sleepy Hollow is also famous for its Halloween festivities. Lyndhurst Mansion, Edward Irving’s House, an ancient church, and Tarrytown Music Hall are the major crowd pullers of Tarrytown.

 

  1. Princeton
Princeton

The town of Princeton is located in the state of New Jersey, about 55 miles south west of Manhattan. It is best known for being home to Princeton University, the prestigious Ivy League institution. You can visit the 500-acre campus which has 180 buildings. These buildings range from the colonial-era Nassau Hall of 1756, to several Gothic and Renaissance structures, right up to some modern-day architecture. Other attractions in this university town include the Art Museum, McCarter Theatre, Drumthwacket Governor House, Albert Einstein House, and several churches, historic districts, and parks.

 

  1. Rockaway Beach
Rockaway Beach

Rockaway Beach is located on the south eastern shore of Long Island, about 25 miles south east of Manhattan. The beach neighborhood is just south of the JFK International Airport. It is the longest urban beach of New York, and according to many the best in the state. The neighborhood was once the abode of the wealthy and powerful. The railroad in the early 1900s brought a surge in the population, and along with it, several opportunities for entertainment and relaxation. Surfing, swimming, and sunbathing are popular with the visiting crowd. Rockaway Beach is well-equipped with showers and restrooms making it ideal for the whole family.

 

  1. Atlantic City
Atlantic City

You have to start a little early if you want to make this a day trip. Atlantic City is located in New Jersey, about 130 miles south of Manhattan. Atlantic City is a very popular resort city known for its casinos, shopping centers, and oceanfront. Although the growth of Las Vegas has taken some sheen away from Atlantic City, it is still regarded as the premier casino town on the east coast. It has 7 large casinos and several smaller ones. The Boardwalk is a great place to unwind with the whole family. Atlantic City has several premium hotels if you want to stay overnight.

 

  1. Coney Island
Coney Island

Coney Island is a very popular day trip destination located hardly 25 miles south of Manhattan. This popular seaside resort is on the southern tip of the borough of Brooklyn of New York City. It started to gain prominence in the mid 19th century after a bridge was constructed to connect it with the mainland. Its beachside location and reasonable distance from the city quickly made it a popular day trip destination. From the late 19th century onward, Coney Island has also been known for its amusement parks. It is presently home to two such parks with several rides for children and adults. So if you are looking for a fun day out with your family, or just a relaxing day on the beach, Coney Island is the place to be.

Originally posted 2017-08-21 13:14:37.

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