Day-Weekend Getaways From NYC

With the rules of social distancing always present and the desire to escape from our daily life and NYC, whether it is for a small weekend with the family, a relaxing day at the seaside, a walk in the mountains …. Here are some ideas of places to visit for a day or a weekend, all within a reasonable distance from New York City.

DISCLAIMER : Given Curren regional and national guidelines, some places mentioned in this article have access rules in place. We strongly recommend that you check their websites for updated information prior to your visit.

 

  • The Glass House.

One houre drive from NYC ( also accessible by train )

Photo : © Staib

 

Marvel of architecture, Philip Johnson’s Glass House, built in 1955 on a magnificent plot of land that includes 14 other architectural masterpieces and a collection of 20th century artwork is a must visit for lovers of art and architecture.

With the possibility to go there by car or by train, this place is a perfect cultural outing in a beautiful environment.

For more informations about accessibility, opening hours and directions, visit their WEBSITE .

 

  • Storm King Art Center

One hour and a half drive from NYC ( also accessible by train )

Photo courtesy of Storm King Art Center

 

With a reopening on July 15th (All visitors, including Members, are required to reserve a timed-entry ticket in advance of visiting), this open-air museum established in 1960 to support contemporary artists, as well as to protect the environment is a must see.

The vast property of 500 acre is a perfect place to spend a day with the family walking around while enjoying the beautiful scenery that mixes forests, hills and meadows, all featuring large-scale sculptures and commissioned artwork from the 50’s to the present day.

For more informations about accessibility, opening hours and directions, visit their WEBSITE .

 

  • Bear Mountain State Park

Forty five minutes drive from NYC ( also accessible by train or bus )

Photo : courtesy of parks.ny.gov .

 

Whether it’s for hike, a bike ride or simply to enjoy the many shaded picnic areas, playgrounds, lakes or river, Bear Mountain is a perfect idyllic retreat for sports and nature lover.

Plenty of options to fill an entire day in one of the most popular state parks in the United States.

Camping there is also possible, but be aware that it is called Bear Mountain for a reason. Bears do live there. Please be cautious and be aware of the safety rules before venturing into this area.

For more informations about accessibility, opening hours and directions, visit their WEBSITE .

 

  • Cold Springs

One hour and a half drive from NYC ( also accessible by train or bus )

Photo courtesy of Cold Spring NY Chamber.

 

With its many well-preserved 19th century buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places, visiting the centre of Cold Springs Village is like taking a trip back in time.

If you’re looking to ditch New York City for a day, Cold Spring  is a neat trick. The perfect way for New Yorkers to flirt with small-town America, but be home before midnight.

Note : The hike to the top of Breakneck Ridge, just a few miles from Cold Springs, is one of the most rewarding hike to do on the east coast. However, this hike is far from easy. Not recommended for small children.

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  • Sleepy Hollow

forty minutes drive from NYC ( also accessible by train or bus )

Photo : © Matthiasb

 

Sleepy hollow isn’t just the title of a movie it’s was also the setting of Washington Irving’s novel The Legend of Sleepy Hollow…

This charming colonial-era village on the Hudson River just 20 miles away from NYC is in an area that was historically a center of farming and milling in the US.

Known for its Halloween festivities throughout the month of October the city is just as interesting to visit the rest of the year. With its famous cemetery, which is not to be missed, its 17th century church and the Headless Horseman Bridge, this lovely Town is a good Getaway for people that like unique blend of natural beauty and world-renowned historic landmarks.

And maybe, who knows, you’ll bump into the Headless Horseman !

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  • Fire Island

One hour and a half drive from NYC ( also accessible by train )

Photo : © Erika Lentz courtesy of usgs.gov .

 

With its immaculate white sandy beaches this small island where cars are banned, offers a friendly and family atmosphere, an ideal resting destination for a day at the beach with your feet in the water.

The island is 250m wide and 48 km long and is almost entirely pedestrian. Popular with the LGBT community, who organise the best parties of the summer, Fire Island also offers many white sandy beaches, places to picnic, charming little villages with bars and restaurants and a rich animal life. Don’t be surprised to see a few deer on the beach or many migratory birds that contribute to the magic of the island.

Nature lovers can also take a stroll along the raised boardwalk of the Sunken Forest Reserve, a rare marine ecosystem that grows in the hollow between two sand dunes, or take a walk to the Fire Island Lighthouse, accessible on foot from the Robert Mose State Park.

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  • Montauk

Two hours and forty five minutes drive from NYC ( also accessible by train )

Photo : © Oldsamovar

 

« The end » is known as the most beautiful place to enjoy the wilderness on Long Island, with its peaceful fishing village atmosphere.

Its pristine beaches, the oldest lighthouse in New York State and spectacular scenery (more than half of Montauk is a protected area) make it a popular destination for New Yorkers and nature lovers. Surfers will also be able to enjoy one of the best surfing spots in the region.

With its beaches, beautiful hotels, surf culture, national parks, restaurants and small shops, Montauk is definitely a trendy place but with a quiet and relaxing state of mind, perfect for a day or weekend getaway from the madness of NYC in the summer.

Note : don’t forget to bring binoculars to observe the sea lions and migratory birds.

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