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    New York Day Trips

    In summer, tourist attractions that make the best day trips are boat trips around Manhattan or up the Hudson, trips to beaches on Long Island or Fire Island, horseback riding, and shopping, and visiting wineries.

    Music includes classical venues and top name groups in places like Jones Beach on Long Island where you can combine a day of fun in the sun with an evening concert.

    In fall and winter, there are spectacular foliage tours, a family day out apple or pumpkin picking, winery visits, as well as a number of ski lodges in the Catskills and other mountain areas for a day of fun on the slopes.

    For most attractions in the farther reaches of town, simply hop on the subway or bus, and don't forget a host of free New York city summer attractions going on all season long.

    For more outlying locations, there are regularly scheduled trains and buses to lure the big city dweller or New York City tourist. With so much to see and do for every age group, it's easy to understand why these outings are so popular with families.

    Below, check out our guide to our top picks for New York City short hops, with information on hours, admission prices, and directions on how to get there and out of town, if only for a day ...

    In Town
    In New York State
    Other Areas

    Coney Island - Under gentrification, but the world famous Cyclone roller coaster is still open. Also add the NY Aquarium to your itinerary while you're here...

    On Location Tours - Walking and bus tours of sights from TV - Sex in the City - The sopranos - The Cosby show and others...

    The Bronx Zoo - Acres of wildlife and exhibits, the zoo can be combined with a visit to the Botanical Gardens right next door.

    The Cloisters - A bus or subway takes you through time to visit medieval art and architecture.

    John Jay Homestead State Historic Site - Picnicking, hiking, and tours of the historic house.

    Rockland County - Just across the Hudson, Rockland provides plenty of fun day trips.

    Wine Tours - Long Island and The Hudson Valley, among the top wine growing areas in the world, are a day trip from Manhattan.

    Woodbury Common - A popular place to shop for name brands at steep discounts. European visitors are coming in droves and packing extra suitcases just for the haul!

    Liberty Science Center - Across the Hudson in Jersey City - for kids of all ages. And check out that view of the Statue of Liberty.

    Atlantic City, NJ - Glitz, glamour and gambling with a real Atlantic Ocean beach.

    Mystic Seaport - Get directions for a trip back in time to Connecticut's seafariing past.

    Mohegan Sun - Hotel, casino and resort wrapped into one. This is getting to be the hottest day trip destination for New Yorkers.



    Additional Resources

    NYC & Company - "New York City's Official Tourism Web site" offers several destinations to fill a spare day's itinerary.

    New York City Weekender Guide - Day trips, over-nighters and weekend destinations.

    Best Day Trips - These are the results of a 2002 poll, but they remain among some of the top picks.

    Short Line Bus Tours to Hudson Valley - The Short Line Bus Company offers a wide selection of trips to the Hudson Valley Region from New York City including Woodbury Commons, Bear Mountain, West Point.

    Lower Hudson Valley - Suggestion for trips Orange, Dutchess, Putnam, Ulster, New Jersey, Connecticut and other nearby attractions.

    Fishing Charters, Lodges, Party Boats, etc... - Fancy a day of fishing? Remember that most of New York City is island based, and the waters of the Long Island Sound and the Atlantic provide some great fishing.


    also see -> New York City Farmers Markets

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