9 Day Trips from New York City
The New Jersey shore’s Asbury Park has a generous amount of Victorian architecture coupled with a 130-year-old boardwalk, a pinball museum and a young, emerging art scene. After you catch some sun or paddle out for some surf, follow the hungry crowds to the indoor-outdoor artisanal pizza and beer at Porta’s.
The young and hip set up camp at Rockaway Beach for the best ocean access in the five boroughs. Those with an appetite can head to the café Anna Bow for a taco-pita amalgamation. The mainstay Rippers remains the spot for grass-fed burgers, and the popular Tacoway Beach still doles out cheap, tasty tacos. For a summer dessert, ice pop company Citysticks is a go-to for brownie waffles, root-beer floats and ice cream.
There’s plenty of wide open expanse at Storm King Art Center, situated on a stunning expanse of 500 acres of rolling hills and dotted with works by notable artists like Roy Lichtenstein, Henry Moore, Alexander Calder and nature’s own sculptor Andy Goldsworthy.
Along the peaceful banks of the Hudson River, this contemporary art haven rests inside a massive 300,000-square-foot space (formerly a Nabisco box printing factory). With pieces from artists Andy Warhol, Louise Bourgeois and enormous installations of rolling steel from Richard Serra, you’re bound to stay intrigued. Walking the grounds makes for great exercise, so bring a comfortable pair of shoes.
Drum up your summer nostalgia at Coney Island with pit stops at either a Brooklyn Cyclones baseball game or a visit to Luna Park for a ride on the iconic Cyclone. A new generation of riders will appreciate the Thunderbolt (with a scream-inducing 90-degree drop), while the hungry can venture to the original Nathan’s Famous for a hot dog.
New Yorkers who feel a bit claustrophobic in the city can easily flock from Manhattan (on a free ferry) to the heart of New York Harbor. Governors Island—a car-less, expansive green park—is a great place to sprawl out a picnic, opt for a hammock swing, take a bike ride or enjoy a peaceful kayak paddle. You can also don your flapper dresses and best 1920s Great Gatsby–style attire as the 10th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party commences.
Kykuit: The Rockefeller Estate
Nestled in the peaceful Hudson Valley, you can get an intimate peek inside John D. Rockefeller’s grand six-story estate with stunningly manicured grounds and gardens. Outside, an informative tour leads to viewings of over 70 sculptures by 20th century artists like Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso and Alexander Calder. Don’t forget your camera: The walk affords gorgeous, sweeping views of the Hudson.
The iconic, timeless and steel-framed Glass House (built in 1949) by superstar architect Philip Johnson is set on a secluded 49-acre estate. The light-filled living room furniture is a collection by Johnson’s friend, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Don’t miss the rotating range of special exhibitions and art installations. Reservations are required, and, if it’s an education you’re seeking, the two-hour tour is highly recommended.
Fair Harbor, Fire Island
Long Island’s Fire Island, a 32-mile stretch of seashore, is set in a picturesque spot with a quiet, small-town vibe (and blissfully, without a car in sight). Make yourself at home with a picnic spread from the deli Pioneer Market and later, dive into Fair Harbor for a proper swim.