The 5 best day trip destinations in New York

1) Sandy Hook Beach Ferry

Enjoy a cocktail on the roof as you speed through the harbor, then shuttle to the beach – in 40 minutes flat. There’s a family-friendly beach, as well as a clothing-optional stretch at the end, where gay men go to flaunt. Bring your own lunch, or cash for the food trucks. Leave early, beaches fill up quickly. 

people at Sandy Hook Beach

2) Storm King

An hour north of Manhattan is one of the largest contemporary outdoor sculpture gardens in America. Explore their 500 acres (200 ha) on foot, with one of their bikes, or by tour-guided tram and view their oversized pieces set into natural landscapes – open fields and woods. Open April to December, check calendar for days.

a scuplture in the large open garden of Storm King nearby NYC

1 Museum Road, New Windsor

+1 845 534 3115

3) Dia: Beacon

Near the train station is a museum housing art on a massive scale. Spaces are dedicated to major conceptual artists of the 60s. Oversized rooms act as part of the viewing experience. After, head to Beacon Flea Market for handcrafted merch, and Denning’s Point Distillery for tastings and music. 

visitor at Dia: Beacon art center

4) North Fork Wine Tours

Enjoy the quieter tip of Long Island – over 40 wineries sit amongst the vineyards for a pastoral escape. Packages include round trip transportation, tastings at 3 vineyards/breweries. A picnic lunch is available, or dine at a winery while listening to live music and learning first-hand what Long Island wines are all about. 

North Folk Wine Vineyard

714 Main Street, Greenport, Long Island

+1 631 723 0505

5) Governors Island

From May to October, an island right in Manhattan’s harbor can feel a million miles away. A perfect spot for a picnic, bike ride, or just strolling around and admiring the view. They also host events, like their annual art fairs, storytelling and poetry festivals, so check the calendar. Ferries leave from Manhattan and Brooklyn. 

people on a tour at Governors Island

New York Harbor

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