Not going away for a family vacation this summer? No problem, New York City has countless day trip options in all five boroughs to make your family’s staycation a hit for every member of the family.
Brooklyn: July 4 is the perfect time for a family day trip to Coney Island. Coney Island is home to some of the world’s most entertaining attractions including two amusement parks – Luna Park and Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park – as well as the New York Aquarium, three miles of sandy beaches, and MCU Park (home of the Brooklyn Cyclones). Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest highlights the July 4th activities and will be followed by the vibrant Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks display. New this year is the Amphitheater at Coney Island, which will host a variety of live music, comedy, and family entertainment throughout the summer – including a concert with The Beach Boys on July 4.
Queens: Labor Day weekend offers a variety of family-friendly activities for a day trip to Queens. Watch some of the best athletes in the world compete at the US Open Tennis Championships or at a Mets game at nearby Citi Field. Kids of all ages will enjoy the world-renowned New York Hall of Science and Socrates Sculpture Park. Or, if you’re just looking for a relaxing day at the beach with your family, The Rockaways has the only two beaches in the city that offer surfing in addition to fishing spots, numerous playgrounds for kids, and many unique boutiques and eateries.
The Bronx: All summer long, The Bronx offers families the chance to experience some of the most culturally rich and educational attractions in all of NYC. Start your family day trip at The Bronx Zoo – the largest urban zoo in the world – or at the New York Botanical Garden – celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. Afterward, take the kids through “the real Little Italy” on Arthur Avenue and taste some of the finest Italian food in the world. Finally, no summer trip to The Bronx is complete without attending a New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium.
Staten Island: Plan an “island getaway” staycation this summer with your family on Staten Island. Though there may be no palm trees, Staten Island offers many outdoor activities that can be both engaging and relaxing for every member of the family. Enjoy the surf and sand at Midland Beach and South Beach on the East Shore, and stroll along the Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk that features picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean. The Staten Island Greenbelt gives nature lovers a chance to experience additional outdoor fun with bike paths, hiking trails, and a Nature Center. The Staten Island Zoo, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, St. George Theater, and Fort Wadsworth present additional family-friendly activities.
Manhattan: The ever-changing Manhattan presents a number of new attractions for families to explore this summer. Experience the latest family-friendly Broadway musical like Paramour, Cats, On Your Feet, or Radio City Music Hall’s new New York Spectacular. Visit the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, Harlem’s first children’s museum, which opened in late 2015, or the American Museum of Natural History’s exhibit “Dinosaurs Among Us” which opened earlier this year. In addition, Harlem Week, one of the most vibrant celebrations in the city, offers countless family activities ranging from live music and dance performances to retail and dining showcases, fashion shows, and athletic activities that will keep all members of the family engaged throughout the festivities.
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