Open Near NYC

Get some much-needed space and nature with these adventures near NYC (ps podcast suggestions for the ride).

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Westchster/Hudson Valley

Greenburgh Nature Center

Lower Westchester

From dawn till dusk, explore 33-acres of hiking trails, native meadow and vernal pond, and say hello to outdoor animals including goats, bunnies and eagles. Indoor exhibits, manor house and playground currently closed. Schedule private fun and educational Naturalist-led hour-long programs for $125 per group (up to 8 people max) in topics like birds of…

Rye Beaches

Upper Westchester

Swim in the calm Long Island Sound at two adjacent white sand beaches. Stroll the quarter-mile boardwalk at Playland Beach, next to an old-time amusement park (currently closed). Open 11 am to 6:30 pm, parking $10/car, beach $4/ages 12+, $3/ages 5–11. Play mini-golf for $5/person. Oakland Beach, run by the town of Rye, is open to…

Boundless Adventures

Upper Westchester

Swing, climb, balance, traverse and zip-line at this aerial adventure park in Westchester. combines high ropes courses with zip lining. Courses for all skill levels – low to the ground and high in the trees.

Club Gate Hill

Hudson Valley

Do summer camp as a socially distanced family with access to a pool complex with slides, 33-acres of fields, courts, and fun less than an hour drive from Manhattan. Private family cabins, contactless family-style camp meals, and counselor run family activities. Limited to 15 bunks a day, so book as soon as possible.

Muscoot Farm

Upper Westchester

Experience farm animals, agriculture, wildlife, and history in a family-friendly atmosphere. The buildings are closed but see cows, goats, donkeys, turkeys and sheep outside plus explore hiking trails. Get ice cream at King Kone down the street on your way out. Shop the Farmer’s Market Sundays  9:30 am to 2:30 pm.

Storm King Art Center

Hudson Valley

Experience large-scale sculpture and site-specific commissions under open sky at a gorgeous 500-acre outdoor museum in New York’s Hudson Valley (about a 1-hour drive from Manhattan). * Currently an outdoor-only experience with limited amenities (bathrooms available). * Prepare for walking in the heat with limited shade. Wear comfortable shoes, and bring water, insect repellent, sunscreen,…

Derrick Adams: Buoyant

Lower Westchester

Celebrate Black life and culture at an indoor beach party with fun floaties and  vividly painted portraits depicting Black people in various states of rest and play, buoyantly floating on calm waters.  Also enjoy more traditional paintings and sculpture and the outdoor courtyard (bring your own mat or blanket if you’d like to lounge) and…

Untermeyer Gardens

Lower Westchester

Find gorgeous flowers, stunning views and picturesque architecture (including a Temple of Love) in a historic 43 acre park, located in Yonkers on the Hudson River.

CONNECTICUT

Greenwich Point Park

Connecticut

This pretty beach in a large green park with lots of trees and paths is super kid-friendly – gentle waves, lots of animals including geese and small crab to collect and covered wood pavilions for shade not far from the water. The concession stand sells an array of hot dogs, hamburgers, sandwiches, ice cream and…

The Maritime Aquarium

Connecticut

Explore 75 live exhibits featuring more than 2,700 marine animals of 300 species at this aquarium devoted to Long Island Sound (which is right outside, boat rides available). See big and small sharks, sharks, stingrays, harbor seals, sea turtles, game fish, jellies, crabs, lobsters, mollusks and more. Plus non marine animals including tamarins and meerkats….

The Maritime Aquarium Cruises

Connecticut

Explore the Norwalk Island chain by water on a 64-foot all-aluminum catamaran that runs virtually silently on electric power. Spot migratory birds and pass by Norwalk’s three historic lighthouses. Passengers must be over 42 inches tall. Masks required at all times. Also 6:30 pm cruises on some days.

New Jersey

U-Pick Sunflowers & Blueberries

New Jersey

Take a tractor to gorgeous fields of sunflowers with 10 hidden photo ops including rainbow doors and a wooden swing and pick your own sunflowers ($2.50/stem, cash only). Eight varieties of blueberries now available for a limited time ($6/pound, clamshells provided). Be prepared for heat, dirt and bees. Enjoy fresh squeezed lemonade and shaved ices…

Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure

New Jersey

Drive (slowly) through 1,200 animals from six continents including elephants, rhinos, tigers, giraffes and lions a 350-acre preserve in Jackson, New Jersey (about 1.5 hours from Manhattan). The safari takes about an hour or two depending on traffic (and animals crossings – they can get very close). The audio guide is mostly safety instructions. Download…

Diggerland USA

New Jersey

All ages can drive & ride real machines – bulldozers, tractors, jeeps and more – at this unique construction-themed park, plus soak and slide in the new water park. Activities include bumper cars, kids axe throw, giant sling shots, rock climbing, water slides, whirlpools and much more. Most attractions are for kids 36″+. Masks required…

Essex County Turtle Back Zoo

New Jersey

See over 200 species representing animals from around the world including tigers, lions, exotic birds and many more. Indoor areas like Reptile House, Touch Tank, Sea Turtle Recovery, and Penguins are open with one-way traffic patterns and limited capacities. Also ride an endangered species carousel, take a ropes course/zip line through the trees (ages 6+,…

LONG ISLAND

The Adventure Park at Long Island

Long Island

Climb and swing in trees with 11 trails, 22 ziplines & 148 treetop platforms. * Ages 3+ can play in the a miniature course set up right above the ground (24 inches) with balance beams, a slide, nets to climb through, and a suspended house that sways. * Ages 7+ can try self-guided climbing adventures…

Waterdrinker Farm Sunflower Festival

Long Island

Pick your own sunflowers ($2/stem) in spacious fields, plus enjoy mini golf, a jumbo jump pad, barnyard animals, roasted corn, tractor pedal cars for tots and barnyard animals. Masks and social distancing required.