New York Day Trips

From a walk to the top of the Statue of Liberty to finding the perfect slice of pizza, your New York day trip can include just about anything you like. Here you’ll find information about some of the most popular New York day trips as well as day trips from New York City to some of the surrounding areas.


The idea of a New York day trip spent stalking the streets of downtown New York may sound intimidating at first, but you really can see a number of New York’s most famous icons in one day. Start by checking out the Statue of Liberty. You can either take a tour of the statue itself, or hop on board one of the cruise ships which will take passengers past the statue, Ellis Island, and various parts of Manhattan. From here, you can take the subway over to the Empire State building. Many travelers, particularly those with limited time, choose to buy their tickets in advance. The Empire State building offers great views of the city below, and of course a gift shop awaits tourists hoping to take home an Empire State Building souvenir. A few streets over by subway, you’ll find the Museum of Modern Art , Rockefeller Center , sections of Central Park , and Times Square . Spend the afternoon and evening exploring these great attractions, and of course take time to sample some local pizza.

Central Park Area

A New York day trip spent exploring Central park and some of the famous museums that surround it can be an excellent experience. On various sides of Central Park, travelers will find the Metropolitan Museum of Art , the Guggenheim Museum , the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and the American Museum of Natural History. Although the Met alone could easily fill a day, you can split your time between these great attractions and take it all in. There are also multiple cafes and restaurants in the area offering good options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day Trips from New York City

If you have the time, there are also some great day trips from New York City into the surrounding areas. A trip to Long Beach is one of the more popular. Longbeach features a boardwalk that stretches for about two and a half miles, as well as an indoor pool, a fishing pier, and sometimes even free summer concerts. Near the park there are a myriad of places to eat and small shops to peruse. If the weather is nice, Long Beach is one of the most perfect New York Day Trips. Another of the most popular New York day trips is a trek to the historic Yankee Stadium . If you are in New York during the baseball season, spend the day in the Bronx seeing a game at Yankee Stadium and checking out the neighborhood. Tickets are generally easy to get, and even the cheap seats offer an unforgettable New York experience. For another kind of fun, your day trip to New York itinerary can actually include a short drive to the Six Flags Great Adventure theme park in nearby New Jersey . All day passes to Six Flags can be purchased in person at the Six Flags ticket booth.

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