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Best New York City Day Trips


Best New York City Day TripsIt’s impossible to run out of delightful destinations and stimulating activities during a trip to New York City. But if you find yourself longing for a change of scenery during a visit to The Big Apple, there are lots of thrilling adventures to be had just a short drive outside of the city.

Here is a list of fun detour destinations that can be reached within a three hour drive from NYC.

Best New York City Day Trips
 Valley Forge National Historic Park, Pennsylvania, USA

First off, the great state of Pennsylvania has several cities worthy of a day trip. History buffs will want to visit Valley Forge National Historic Park in King of Prussia. Here you can tread the same ground as George Washington when he led the Continental Army against the British. For the shoppers in the group, the King of Prussia mall is the East Coast’s largest!

Best New York City Day Trips

Pottsville, PA, is home to Jerry’s Classic Cars & Collectibles Museum where tons of colorful old cars, pinball machines, and vintage gas-station signs reside. Next up, thirsty tourists can stop in and take a tour at Yuengling Brewery, the oldest in the U.S.

Best New York City Day TripsIf thrill rides are your thing, head over to Six Flags Great Adventure, in Jackson, New Jersey. Besides its insane collection of roller coasters, the theme park is home to Great Adventure’s Safari Off-Road Adventure, where visitors can get an up-close peek at over 1,000 tigers, lions, elephants, rhinos, and even giraffes.

Best New York City Day TripsThe Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, has its seasonal opening May 1. The 49-acre compound was constructed over the course of fifty years by renowned architect Philip Johnson. In addition to the breathtaking Glass House there are 14 other design spectacles, adorned with astonishing sculptures and paintings.

Best New York City Day TripsIn contrast to NYC’s urban wonders, Saugerties, New York, offers visitors a refreshingly folksy time-out.
Mother Earth’s Storehouse, the famous health-food emporium is here, as is picturesque Seamon Park (5 Malden Ave.) where you can take your granola and green smoothies and chill out for an hour or two of fresh air people-watching!

Best New York City Day TripsAnd if you’re missing the fur babies you left back at home, we have a suggestion we think you’re going to like! The Catskill Animal Sanctuary is five miles south of Saugerties and offers daily tours of the grounds where over 300 rescued farm animals call home! Why not stop in and say hello to Amelia the Pig, or take a selfie with Buddy the Horse?

Plus, as an added bonus, the Sanctuary has its very own on-site B&B. How cool is that?

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  1. robin rue says

    Boston is only a 3 hour drive from NYC, so that is a great day trip option. I think everyone needs to visit Boston 🙂

  2. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says

    These are all such wonderful trip ideas. I’d love to take a vacation to the New York City area and spend some time at all of these.

  3. Catherine Sargent says

    These all look like great outings. If I am ever in the area, I would love to check out the Jerry’s Classic Cars & Collectibles Museum.

  4. Pam says

    These sound like cool ideas for trips in New York. The Catskill animal sanctuary sounds really neat.

  5. Felicia says

    These are all such fun ideas. I will have to remember them the next time we travel that direction with the boys.

  6. Diana says

    I love this!!! I’ve been to NYC 5 times already and I know I have many more to go and I am over Times Square 😉 So this is helpful, thank you!

  7. Rachel Ferrucci says

    These are all such fun places! You should go up to Mystic CT but first stop by here and I’ll take you to Sally’s for pizza! Let me know when you’re doing more day trips!

  8. Tracey says

    These are awesome ideas. I love New York and have been 5 times and would agree with all your suggestions!

  9. Joyce Brewer says

    As a native New Yorker who lives in Atlant, I haven’t visited most of these places. But I’d love to venture out more!

  10. Seattle Travel Blogger says

    I really like your tour list here. The pictures are awesome.
    I didn’t realize Yuengling Brewery is the oldest in the U.S.
    I also was not aware of The Catskill Animal Sanctuary as being a haven for rescued farm animals.

  11. Crystal says

    My parents lived outside of New York for years. My mom tells of all the great places she would visit with my older brothers and sisters (I wasn’t born yet). I’ll have to share these with her. I’m sure she’d love to go back.

  12. Jeanine says

    I would love to visit NYC. The second I saw giraffes I knew immediately that is something I NEED to do! How awesome.

  13. Kita Bryant says

    Great article. There is seriously so much to do and see in that city.

  14. Kita Bryant says

    Great list! Not only is there a ton of stuff in the city, but there are som every excellent places to see that aren’t very far at all!

  15. Our Family World says

    Valley Forge National Park looks like a great destination. I would also like to visit Jerry’s Classic cars museum. I did not know these awesome places are just a few hours drive from NYC

  16. Kiwi says

    I am originally from NYC and had no idea about any of these. I am so curious about the Safari Off Road tour that is so different.

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