You’ve mastered the subway system, know all of the shortcuts for bikers and pedestrians, and never plan to take a taxi between 4 and 5 in the afternoon. No one can tell how long you’ve lived in your New York City apartment because you navigate the streets like a native. But without a car, how do you escape the other 8.5 million people in NYC when you want to take a day trip? Here are a few ideas for the perfect NYC day trips to take this summer.
This charming village is just a 30-minute train ride from Grand Central Station, or just over a 2-hour bike ride using the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. Whatever your preferred mode of transportation, there’s plenty to do in Hastings-on-Hudson. Grab some ice cream or veggies from Hastings Farmers Market on Saturdays or peruse the paintings on display at the Newington-Cropsey Foundation. The MacEachron Waterfront Park offers a great place for a picnic. You can also try your hand at kayaking on the Hudson River from the launch point at Kinnally Cove. Finish your day by strolling down Main Street, which received the 2008 Best Main Street award from Westchester Magazine, and grabbing a bite to eat at one of the chic eateries on Warburton Avenue.
2. Coopers Beach
Hop on the Hampton Jitney in the morning and you’ll be at this amazing, white-sand beach in Southampton just after 10 AM. Don’t worry about lugging all of your beach gear here, just bring your best swimsuit. Cooper’s Beach offers chair and umbrella rentals. The facilities also include fresh water showers so you don’t have to ride the bus back to Manhattan smelling like the sun and surf.
3. Atlantic City
This historic casino town is a 2-½-hour bus ride from New York City. Test your luck inside one of the many casinos lining the 4-mile boardwalk, or head out on one of the piers for other alternatives. Steel Pier, for instance, offers helicopter rides and an amusement park. On the northern end of the city, climb 228 steps inside Absecon Lighthouse and enjoy the well-earned views of the city skyline when you hit the top.
What are some of your favorite NYC day trips? Share them in the comments below!