New York City in the summertime is no joke. It’s humid, hot, and aromatic. So whether you’re a tourist or you live here, your instinct will be to get outta Dodge for a few days. Sure, you could hop on your bicycle or the subway, or rent a car, but New Yorkers have a secret weapon for scooting out of the city: The Metro North train, which will lead you right out of this hot metropolis.
The train—whose routes crawl northwards along the gorgeous Hudson, towards the Catskills, and towards New Haven—is a smart way to avoid the hassle, expense, and traffic of renting a car. The scenery along the way is beautiful, and it’s cheap as chips. Check out this Metro North package site, which is often updated with new possible outings, and make sure the adventures you want can’t be found more cheaply as a package deal. As old-school Metro North travelers, we love these six fun train trips in summer and autumn. There’s a train ride for everyone: architecture nerds, beer-drinking cyclists, hikers, art lovers, and even amusement park fans.
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As creepy and beautiful as a scene from Big, Rye Playland sprawls alongside a pretty lake and a winding boardwalk. There’s a (crucial) log flume, a rickety roller coaster, and a weirdtiki bar where you can take the edge off. Travel to Rye and back on the New Haven line for $44.25, which includes park admission and a round-trip MetroCard. (There’s a short-hop bus at the station, or you can hop on a bike to go the rest of the way.) And it’s much cheaper—as little as $20—for kids.