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Where to Summer Staycation in NYC ...

Make the most of your summer and travel off the beaten path

when you need some quiet time to relax and reflect:

Fort Tryon Park, Manhattan

Become more present and find your center while in awe of nature. 

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Unwind at this bucolic gem on the cliffs of northern Manhattan.

Unwind at this quiet charm on the shores of northern Manhattan. With breathtaking views of the Hudson River and the New Jersey Palisades, Fort Tryon Park is the ideal spot for a quick, one-day getaway. Massive, winding pathways lead through an urban forest and the famous Heather Garden. The Heather Garden is New York City's largest garden with unrestricted public access. Visit this breathtaking display of plants and flowers in the summertime. Picnic lawns and overlooks throughout the park offer spots to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Head to the Cloisters Lawn to this overlook to capture one of the best scenic views from the park. Be sure to come back in the fall when the park transforms into a medieval town with knights, jesters, and performers and guests in period costumes for the 35th Annual Medieval Festival against the backdrop of the Cloisters museum.

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To see and do: Nature: Heather Garden and Cloisters Lawn Overlook. History: The Met Cloisters (a medieval art museum), Linden Terrace, the stone arches to the Billings Estate. Food: New Leaf Restaurant. Must-see event: 35th Annual Medieval FestivalView a map of Fort Tryon Park

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while the kids are out of school:

Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens

There's so much to see and do at this local park with worldwide celebrity status and adventures for the whole family on and offshore. 

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Take the kids for a ride around the park on a surrey, or take a boat out on Meadow Lake! (Photo credit: Wheel Fun Rentals).

Take the kids for a ride around the park on a surrey, or take a boat out on Meadow Lake! (Photo credit: Wheel Fun Rentals). Head on over to Fantasy Forest Amusement Park on the west side of the park! Go for the thrill on rides like the Corona Cobra Coaster, the Twirling Teacups, the Bouncy Baja Buggies, and more! Be sure to take a ride on this historic carousel from the 1964-65 World’s Fair. Adults ride free, so hop on with the kids! Tiny play houses, playgrounds, spray showers, swings, and slides await your kids at the giant Playground for all Children. Walk over to the Queens Zoo to meet the sea lions, a bald eagle, cows, bison, and these cute baby bears! If you’re looking to explore more, head south to Willow Lake where a nature trail will take you to the most scenic spots that are also prime wildlife viewing areas.Make your visit one to remember! Take family photos at the Unisphere, a 350-ton globe made of steel and a star in the film Men in Black and the 1964-65 World's Fair.

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To see and do: Activities: Rent a boat, bike, or surrey at Meadow Lake, Fantasy Forest Amusement Park, Playground for all Children, barbecue and picnic areas, Maloof Skate Park, and soccer fields. Cultural Institutions: Queens Zoo, New York Hall of Science, the Queens Botanical Garden, and the Queens Museum. History: The Unisphere. Nature: Willow Lake trails.

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when life's a beach but you haven't yet had a beach day this summer:

Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn

Skip the late-summer crowd for this tranquil beach with neighborhood charm and barbecue vibes.

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This adorable, crescent-shaped beach in Brooklyn is a local favorite and a distant, less-crowded neighbor of Brighton and Coney Island Beach.

This adorable beach in Brooklyn is a local favorite and a distant, less-crowded neighbor of Brighton and Coney Island Beach. Along with its own neighborhood charm, Manhattan Beach boasts amenities for a full day of fun with family and friends. Pack lunch or fire up the grill for a picnic at the beachfront, which features sprawling views of Breezy Point across the bay. Play pick-up basketball games with the waterfront as your backdrop. We also have tennis courts and handball courts, and a dog run for your pals. While playing under the hot summer sun, kids can cool down under this palm tree spray shower in Pat Parlato Playground. If you have more time to explore, head to Shore Boulevard for a stroll along Sheepshead Bay Piers. Be sure to take photos on the Ocean Avenue Pedestrian Bridge, which spans the bay!

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To see and do: Activities: Pat Parlato Playground, Tennis, Volleyball, Barbecuing Areas. Nearby: Sheepshead Bay Piers and Brighton Beach.

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when you're adventuring solo and want to unplug:

Staten Island's South Shore 

Spend the day at Staten Island's idyllic wild side where nature and history meet! The shores and the perfect summer sunset await you at NYC's "south pole."

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Start your day early on the trails at Blue Heron Park, a nature preserve that once was a wasteland filled with dumped cars. Pick up a map from the nature center!

Start your day early on the trails at Blue Heron Park, a nature preserve that once was a wasteland filled with dumped cars. Pick up a map from the nature center! Wolfe’s Pond Beach, a little way south of Blue Heron Park, is the city’s best-kept secret. This small, secluded beach is the perfect retreat for those looking to get away from summer’s crowds. Have lunch with a view of the bay (and New Jersey!) at the picnic area just south of the beach. Venture along the Wolfe Pond Park’s southwestern edge to see the pond that gives the park its name. Then head over to the rocky shorefront at Lemon Creek Park, just next door. Head up Seguine Avenue to this 19th-century beauty with peacocks on the lawn. Plan ahead: make an appointment for a tour of this 18-room historic house! Spend some time exploring Conference House Park — NYC's southernmost park and home of a 17th-century manor on a hill that looks out over Raritan Bay. Stick around for a beautiful sunset and listen to the waves crash on the shores of our city's "south pole."

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To see and do: Nature: Blue Heron Park. Beach: Wolfe's Pond Beach, History: Seguine Mansion (by appointment only) and Conference House Museum. Activities: Lemon Creek Park's Fishing Pier. Bonus: sunset at Conference House Park.

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when you're eager for a biking adventure and beach day before summer ends:

Pelham Bay Park

NYC's largest park is too much to see on foot in just one day. Bring your own bike and kick off your adventure to miles of shoreline, nature sanctuaries, a lagoon, a historic mansion open to the public, the Bronx's only public beach, and incredible waterfront views.

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Pelham Bay Park's eastern rocky shoreline offers miles of unique and beautiful unmatched views of the Long Island Sound and, surprisingly, New England!

Pelham Bay Park's eastern rocky shoreline offers miles of unique and beautiful unmatched views of the Long Island Sound and, surprisingly, New England! Snap a pic of the park’s famous Twin Islands, home to a variety of shorebirds that feed off the fish in one of NYC's last remaining salt marsh. Take the Kazimiroff Nature Trail through Hunter Island, a nature sanctuary where owls and the park's oldest oak trees live. Cool down at Orchard Beach, also called the Bronx Riviera, the only public beach in the borough! Open daily during the beach season from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Orchard Beach is vibrant all summer long with large groups of families and friends having a good time. Take a bike ride to Bartow-Pell Mansion, a National Historic Landmark on a picturesque estate that dates back to the 17th century. Go inside for a tour of the mansion that feels like Downton Abbey in the Boogie Down. From the mansion, head out to The Lagoon, best enjoyed on foot on the Siwanoy Trail.

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To see and do:  Nature: Hunter Island, the Twin Islands, Turtle Cove, and The Lagoon. Beach: Orchard Beach. History: Bartow-Pell Mansion and Glover's Rock. Activities: Golf and mini-golf. Bonus: City Island. View a map of Pelham Bay Park

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