Summer is a great time to be in the city because of countless concerts, festivals, and food events—but it’s also the perfect opportunity to get out of the city and into nature. Explore nearby towns and get in step with a slower pace at six of our favorite and highly-recommended day trips or destinations for weekend getaways from NYC.
Beacon, NY 12508
For a fairytale day trip from NYC, check out Bannerman Castle located on a tiny rocky island surrounded by the Hudson River. On a guided tour you will learn the history of the Bannerman family and their impressive home. Follow that with a kayak tour on the river, and then explore the various art galleries and restaurants in Beacon. Weekend tours of the castle typically sell out, so book your spot in advance here.
Getting there: Take a Hudson Line train from Grand Central Terminal to Beacon, NY.
Travel time: 100 minutes
Price round-trip: $33.50 round-trip, off-peak.
Fire Island, New York
Located off the southern coast of Long Island, Fire Island is a small collection of villages and hamlets that together amass over 32 miles of pristine white sand beaches. Fire Island is a favorite among New Yorkers for weekend getaways from NYC because each beach has its own personality: from Cherry Grove, a hot spot for young singles to Robert Moses State Park, a hub for surfers, to Sailors Haven, a great place for all ages.
Getting there: Take the LIRR to Bayshore, then take the ferry to Fire Island.
Travel time: 2.5 hours
Price one-way – Special MTA package rate of $37.75 available here.
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1 Museum Road
New Windsor, NY 12553
This 500-acre outdoor museum has been one of those unmissable day trips from NYC for art lovers since 1960. It curates incredible outdoor shows that feature over 100 large-scale, site-specific contemporary works by cutting-edge artists. For extra fun, check out one of the moonlit tours or outdoor concerts.
Getting there: Take the Metro-North Hudson Line to Beacon Station. Drive 12 miles to Storm King via Zipcar or cab.
Time: 85 minutes
Price round-trip: Metro-North Getaway Package includes museum admission, $40.50/adult
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630 Bedford Road
Pocantico Hills, NY 10591
Vegetables are the center of attention at chef Dan Barber’s famous culinary mecca that has attracted the likes of Michelle Obama. There’s no menu, and guests are brought a custom-made feast sourced from the surrounding farmlands. You can also tour Stone Barns farm and education center, and learn about the institution’s commitment to environmental preservation. Reservations can and should be made ahead of time here.
Getting there: Take the Metro-North Hudson line from Grand Central Station to Tarrytown, followed by a 10-minute cab ride to the farm.
Travel time: approx 45 minutes
Price one-way: Peak fare – $14, Reduced Fare – $7 + 10-minute cab ride
Beach 9th to 149th Streets
Far Rockaway, NY 11693
If you want to take a day trip from NYC without really leaving the city, The Rockaways are for you. Each section of the beach has its own personality: foodies will want to check out the food trucks at Beach 86, Beach 96, and Beach 106, while surfers will want to go to the designated surf zones between 67 and 69 Streets and between 87 and 92 Streets. When you’ve gotten your fill of sand and waves for the day, check out the Rockaway Brewing Company or attend a karaoke night at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar. End the day with delicious tacos at Tacoway Beach.
Getting there: Take the A train or the OvR Rockaway Beach Bus
Travel time: Approx 70 minutes
Price round trip: $5.50-29.99
Photo by Rolf Müller
3 Beekman Street at Hudson Avenue
Beacon, New York
This museum has long been considered a necessary stop for anyone remotely interested in contemporary art. Located in a converted 1929 brick Nabisco factory, it is known for showcasing some of the greatest Minimalist, Conceptual and Post-Minimalist art around. Reserve a group tour ahead of time to get the most out of it.