Day Trippin' - get more out of getting out of NYC

Family Travel: Day Trips from New York City

We love NYC in the summer, there is so much to do and it's less crowded. But, its also great to get out of town to spend some time in nature, swim in the ocean and check out new places. For all of July and August, in addition to our regular posts, we will be posting suggestions for fun day and weekend trips that you can take with kids. Here are a few quick suggestions to get you started. Any of these ideas would be great for something to do with the kids this Fourth of July Weekend.

Outdoor Art and Uptown Shopping. Open Wednesday through Sunday, Storm King is a 500 acre outdoor museum that houses huge modern sculptures in a breathtakingly beautiful setting. It's a great place to bring a picnic and enjoy the beauty of the Hudson Valley for a day. Added bonus (or detriment) is that its super close to Woodbury Commons which has among other things a Barney's outlet.

Tube Time. For slightly older kids (around 12 and up) who are good swimmers, tubing can be a great way to spend a day and get so throughly exhausted that you will find your teenager napping on the way home. Check out the adorable Phonecia NY and go tubing on the Esopus River where you can rent wet suits if you aren't into cold water or for a shorter drive, head to New Jersey and tube down the Delaware River.

Philly - more than just cream cheese. Being New Yorkers, we forget that there are other very cool cities close by, in fact Phiadelphia is a mere two hours away and you can get there on Amtrak. Leave early and spend your day visiting the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, wander around the Historic District, and end your day at Franklin Fountain, a classic old fashioned ice cream shop.

Beach Sans Traffic. Head to Sandy Hook Beach on the ferry and skip all the headaches of getting to the beach by car or train. Added bonus, kids ages 5-12 travel for free Monday thru Friday till August 29th.