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Newport is GORGEOUS in the summer and with all the lovely water sprinklers and the beach clearly nothing more can be asked for. But we live close to one of the most popular cities in the world where you can find some superb day trips accessible by just a short train ride - So dont miss out on this fun too!

  • The Cloisters

    Manhattan

    This is a branch of the Met even many locals fail to enjoy. If you’re into a shorter trip, hop on the subway and enjoy the amazing medieval art and architecture overlooking the Hudson River.

  • Snug Harbor Botanical Gardens

    Staten Island

    The Staten Island Ferry is a fun and free way to get great city views. Snug Harbor Botanical Garden is a short bus ride from the ferry terminal, where you’ll quickly forget you’re in the city at all. Don’t knock it ‘til you try it!

  • The Rockaways

    Queens

    THE BEACH BUS IS BACK! Pre-game on this fast and cheap ride with your buds. In addition to beach lounging, your  agenda should include: tacos from  Rockaway Taco, frozen sangria (yes,  it’s a booze slushy) from Caracas,  and partying at Playland Motel.

  • Orchard Beach

    Bronx

    Less developed than Coney Island; try biking from the 6 train to this beach. When things get busier in the warmer months, take advantage of the quiet nature trails. Feeling adventurous? There’s a nude beach in  Section 1—no joke.

  • Roosevelt Island

    The views of Manhattan and Queens are gorgeous, and the air tram is reason  enough to go. Be sure to visit Four Freedoms Park at the southern tip of the island—you’ll feel like you’re on a giant ship in the middle of the East River.  Ahoy, Matey!


OUTSIDE CITY LIMITS

  • Lighthouse Beach

    Fire Island, NY (Long Island)

      Named for the nearby lighthouse, this is the largest clothing-optional beach in New York. It draws a fun and accepting crowd, which is probably why a visit to Fire Island is a right of passage for many New Yorkers.

  • Asbury Park

    NEW JERSEY

      Like many parts of NYC, this New Jersey  beach town has experienced a major  transformation in recent years.  Located two hours from Penn Station on NJ Transit, Asbury Park is home to a bunch of great boardwalk restaurants and legendary music venues. Plus, The Empress Hotel’s gay club, Paradise, has fabulous karaoke nights every Thursday and Sunday.

  • Croton­-on­-Hudson

    NEW YORK

      Only 70 minutes away from  Grand Central Station on Metro North,  Croton-on-Hudson has many peaceful hiking trails—most notably,  the breathtaking Croton Dam.  Don’t go home without trying ice cream at The Blue Pig. 

 

MY LIST OF 20 FUN PLACES TO GO WITH YOUNG KIDS

  1. Point Pleasant Beach, NJ: Complete with boardwalk, aquarium, skee ball and rides ( Carry your own food)
  2. Cape May, NJ: Not only are there gorgeous beaches, but there's a light house, old Victorian homes, nice shopping and dinning, too. 
  3. Sandy Hook, NJ: 7 mile beach MommyPoppins Top Five Beaches for Families in NYC.
  4. Crayola Factory, Easton, PA
  5. Land of make belief, Hope , NJ
  6. Sesame Place - Family Amusement Park in Pennsylvania
  7. Hersheypark - featuring 12 coasters and The Boardwalk at ...
  8. Alstede Farms NJ
  9. Field Station Dinosaurs - Secaucus
  10. Central Park Zoo
  11. Bronx Zoo
  12. NY Aquarium and Coney Island Beach
  13. Prospect park and the ZooThe Museums - Natural History and MET are ...
  14. Picnic at  Bear Mountain State Park, NY
  15. Fire Island, NY
  16. Six Flags Great Adventure / Wild Safari, NJ ( Although I have heard that the one in MA is better suited for kids under the age of 5)
  17. Turtle Back Zoo, West Orange
  18. Waterworks Family Aquatic Complex, West Windsor
  19. Mystic Country

 

Talkback: Know of other nice places one can visit?  Leave a comment below

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Comment by Aditi Dixit on July 29, 2014 at 9:37pm
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