Family Day Trips and Weekend Getaways Guide
There are 52 weekends a year, that's more than four-dozen opportunities to take a mini-vacation. Whether you want to enjoy the great outdoors with a hike or bike ride, relax at a regional resort, run around an amusement park, cool off at a water park, or hit the slopes, there are seemingly endless opportunities for fun within a few hours' drive of NYC.
Don't have a car? Check out our section of car-free travel destinations. You'll find even more ideas on our other regional sites, like our NJ Day Trip Guide or our Connecticut Day Trip Guide. And don't forget to check out more guides and family travel ideas on our Travel site.
Regional Resorts, Theme Parks and Kid Entertainment Centers
Car Free Travel Near NYC
More Day Trips and Weekend Getaways
The magic of Chris Van Allsburg’s popular Christmas-spirited picture book, The Polar Express comes to life again this winter with festive holiday trains popping up just a quick trip from New York City. A huge hit with kids and parents alike, these trains spark the imagination and... read more
Thanksgiving should be more than just a kickoff to the holiday season. The fourth Thursday in November is a truly American celebration and perhaps the best time to introduce your kids to some of America’s history.
We've rounded up five weekend destinations to get the family into the... read more
This post is sponsored by Frost Valley YMCA, but the opinions are those solely of the author.
‘Tis the season for celebrating long-standing family traditions—and starting some new ones, too. When the... read more
While aspiring Carmelo Anthonys have lots of ways to indulge their love of the game as NBA season kicks off, the best way for kids to experience the sport's history is by visiting the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, this 40,000-square-foot hoops... read more
There are few sights more satisfying than a quietly coloring, fully focused child. Entering the four-story Crayola Experience in Easton, Pennsylvania, does not exactly replicate that peaceful scenario, but there’s no doubt that it’s a kid doodler’s paradise.
Part creators’ studio, part... read more
From King Kong to Batman, New York City is one of the most famous settings for countless movies and TV shows. Filming is so ubiquitous here that locals can barely make it down the block without tripping over a production crew. Still, there's a thrill in seeing such iconic... read more