Zoos & Gardens

Day Trip Guide: Top 10 Things to Do at Bear Mountain State Park

Now that school's almost out and schedules are a little looser, it's a great time to explore with the kids. There’s no shortage of day trips to take in the Hudson Valley, and we know it's hard narrowing down a spot that keeps every family member happy. Nestled against the Hudson River and featuring something for kids of all ages, Bear Mountain State Park in Rockland County is one place our family has returned to each year.

With hiking, paddleboat rentals, a large playground, ample room for picnicking and even a zoo, the park has plenty of options to fill an entire day. Our summer readers will be especially happy to learn the swimming pool opens for the 2017 season on Saturday, June 17. We recently visited the park and have what you need to know about this year-round destination, including our top 10 favorite things to do.

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Riverhead Day Trip: The Best of This East End Town for Kids

Whether you're day tripping or hunkering down for a few days, Riverhead, on Long Island's East End, offers plenty to do and see for all. From farms to sporting venues, visitors can enjoy a quaint Main Street feel or a rustic farm experience

Located at the end of the Long Island Expressway, the community of Riverhead boasts family-friendly wineries, vintage ice cream parlors, Long Island Sound beaches, and plenty more to entertain your kids. Long Island's largest water park, Splish Splash, is technically in Calverton, part of the larger town of Riverhead, but not a part of the village.

For more fun expeditions, check out our guide to day trips on Long Island. Keep up to date with East End happenings with our Hamptons & North Fork Guide.

Queens Zoo: Full of Surprises for Little and Big Kids

Tucked inside Queens’ largest park, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, is the lovely 18-acre Queens Zoo. Unlike other city zoos (read: sometimes crowded and overwhelming), families can tour the entire grounds in just a few hours. Take a leisurely loop around the whole complex and you’ll find eagles, puma, bears, sea lions, coyotes, an aviary filled with exotic birds, and more.

If zoos are high on your summer to-do list, check out these other borough favorites in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Brooklyn.

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