Best Summer Day Trips to Take This Year

Best Summer Day Trips to Take This Year

Summer day trips are great for exploring a new place, learning new things, and enjoying family activities. Whether your family prefers a beach day or a museum tour, there are a plethora of day trip plans to fit every preference!

Read more about places less than a two and a half hour drive away from NYC that you can take your family on a day trip to!

Psst… Here’s where kids can eat free in NYC and on Long Island!

Norwalk, CT

1 hour 30 minutes away from NYC

Only an hour-and-half drive from NYC, Norwalk boasts its Stepping Stones Museum for Children, which offers stellar interactive experiences for children ages 10 and under.

The Maritime Aquarium is also a popular location for families, as they can learn about marine life in the Long Island Sound, have encounters with real-life dragons and jellyfish, and enjoy viewing an IMAX film of their choice.

Fire Island, NY

2 hours from NYC

A 2-hour drive from NYC, the 31-mile barrier island welcomes visitors of all ages to have summer fun. Families can swim at the alcohol-free Ocean Beach and stroll along the boardwalk at Sunken Forest Preserve, a fascinating assortment of vegetation growing between two sand dunes.

The National Park Service also holds its annual Labor Day Sand Creation Contest, where contestants of all ages are welcome to participate. The views at Fire Island are breathtaking, and make way for an immediate admiration for nature!

Riverhead, NY

2 hours from NYC

The town of Riverhead is loved for not only its mega-sized Tanger Outlets, but the Long Island Aquarium, which is home to diverse species of penguins, otters, sea lions, and an impressive coral reef assortment. Children can also have close encounters with stingrays and bamboo sharks at the aquarium’s many touch pools.

Families can then go to Farm Country Kitchen for a healthy and tasty lunch, where they can grab sandwiches, salads, and seafood platters for reasonable prices.

Splish Splash Water Park, also located in Riverhead, is another great stop for families who want to enjoy a pool day with fun water rides and tube slides!

Buck’s County, PA

2 hours from NYC

Home to Sesame Place, Buck’s County is bound to put a smile on your children’s faces.

Aside from encounters with Elmo, children can dig for treasure, make their own race car, and learn how to operate the Delaware Canal system at the Bucks County Children’s Museum.

At mealtime, families can choose from a myriad of dining options at Peddler’s Village. Families who prefer to be active can pitch a tent at the Colonial Woods Family Camping Resort and enjoy a day camping outdoors.

For those who seek a more relaxing, laid-back day trip, the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad offers a 45-minute trip through the countryside on a 1925 steam locomotive.

Cape May, NJ

2 hours 30 minutes from NYC

Dolphins, humpbacks, and finbacks can be spotted from the Cape May Whale Watcher of Delaware Bay. In the unfortunate situation in which no whales are seen, the expenses of the boat ride are returned.

Upon coming back to dry land, families can sit for delicious seafood at Lucky Bones Backwater Grille, a local restaurant named after the hooklike claw of male horseshoe crabs that superstitious sailors once wore around for luck.

Families can enjoy rounds of miniature golf at the Cape May Miniature Golf, and enjoy a cold, sweet treat from Cocomoe’s, its ice cream parlor.

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Atlantic Acting School

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St Andrew Avellino School

<p>St. Andrew Avellino Catholic Academy, voted “Best in Boro” by, is a home to students ranging from Nursery through 8th grade. We offer a safe and nurturing learning environment and a family-oriented community where students of all faiths and backgrounds can excel academically, socially and emotionally.</p> <p>The St. Andrew Avellino Catholic Academy Advantage: Engaging and challenging lessons created by experienced and passionate faculty that encourage critical and creative thinking. Traditional teaching approach and educational programs that adheres to New York State common-core curriculum and is accredited by Cognia. Early Childhood foundation in academics, emotional literacy and faith. High-school level Regents classes for advanced learners. Support services for learning differences. Hands-on science experiments in a STEM lab. Art, music, robotics, and physical education classes. Catholic faith formation from religion classes, weekly church liturgies, and Christian service projects. Wide range of programs and extracurricular activities (music, clubs, sports) that cater to the students’ diverse interests and needs.</p> <p>Excellent Student Outcomes: Above average standardized New York State test scores every year. Graduates attend and succeed at prestigious high schools (Regis, Chaminade, Bronx High School, Stuyvesant, and Townsend Harris) and Catholic high schools in Queens, Manhattan, and Long Island.</p> <p>Graduating classes receive an average of $250,000 in Catholic High School scholarships.</p> <p>Financial assistance is available for families that qualify. Early morning drop-off and afterschool care are available.</p>

Aviator Sports Summer Day Camp

<p>Aviator Sports Summer Day Camp offers five daily rotating activities such as swimming, ice skating gymnastics, rock climbing, parkour, indoor/outdoor turf, and courts plus more in its ample 175,000 sq. ft. facility and 35-acre outdoor area. Aviator Summer Camp also offers off-site and on-site field trips such as a day at Green Meadows Farm, Launch Trampoline Park, and a Brooklyn Cyclones game. The summer camp runs from 9 am-5 pm with early drop off and late stay available. Bus transportation is also available throughout Brooklyn. Lunch and an afternoon snack are included. Sign up by February 28th to receive up to $300 off camp with early bird discounts.</p>