The 5 best Day Trip destinations
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.
2) Asbury Park
Check out the beachy getaway that’s getting upgraded in cool. Off the boardwalk are the hipster-y Asbury Hotel and über-German Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten. Talula’s is for healthy pizza. Storehouse is where you shop for local designers wares. 1,5 hours by car or 2 hours by train from NYC.
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.
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.
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.
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