If you live in NYC, you know the things to do and see in the city are endless, but sometimes you just want to get out for the day. Summer is drawing to a close, and one-tank day trips are a great spontaneous way to get out of town without making big plans. Here are some of the best places to go on day trips from New York City.
New York is a coastal state, so there are tons of beach vacation options that are just a few hours away by car. Fire Island is a particularly famous one a little under two hours from NYC, and besides the beautiful beach on the Atlantic, there are plenty of activities and things to do for the whole family.
It’s also nice to get out and see nature when you’re stuck in the big city for a long time. Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park is a great place to visit to take a walk through the woods, see the formal gardens, and go through an old Gold Coast estate building.
Bear Mountain State Park, an hour from NYC, is also a nice place to get outdoors. The lake is perfect for taking a boat out, swimming, and fishing—but the park is close enough to civilization that there’s also a swimming pool, the Trailside Museums and Zoo, and even a merry-go-round. There’s something for everyone!
Of course, there are plenty great day trip spots outside of NYC, but these are some of the best to escape the city. Check out more here!