Thinking about a last-minute Memorial Day weekend getaway with the family? Or plotting an escape with the kids when school comes to an end in late June? With a slew of kid-friendly escapes just a few hours from New York City, the hardest part could be deciding whether you want a woodsy outdoor adventure, a quiet beach town, an island escape or a historical expedition. Here are four picks for a weekend of fun, all less than three hours from NYC by car.
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Long Island's southern shore boasts plenty of beaches, but if you're looking for a true "get away from it all" shore, consider the five-mile stretch of picturesque oceanfront at Robert Moses State Park.
This Fire Island gem, just 90-minutes from Midtown by car, offers four "Fields," or beaches, for visitors to choose from, each with its own character, crowd and various amenities. Two are "radio-free," making your quest for a peaceful family daycation a bit more attainable. Check out our insider info and tips, including how to get there via public transportation.
With temperatures soaring, New Yorkers everywhere are looking for ways to beat the heat. The city's outdoor public pools are a great, FREE way to cool off, but they can be tricky to navigate with a baby or young toddlers. I recently visited McCarren Park Pool in Williamsburg with my 10-month-old and while we had a great time, there are definitely some things to keep in mind when visiting with your youngest kids. We've got details on McCarren's recently renovated outdoor pool, plus tips to help make trips to NYC pools more enjoyable for baby—and parents!