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.
Unwind at this bucolic gem on the cliffs of northern Manhattan.
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 Festival. View a map of Fort Tryon Park
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.
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).
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.
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.
This adorable, crescent-shaped beach in Brooklyn is a local favorite and a distant, less-crowded neighbor of Brighton and Coney Island Beach.
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."
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!
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.
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.
Pelham Bay Park's eastern rocky shoreline offers miles of unique and beautiful unmatched views of the Long Island Sound and, surprisingly, New England!
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