New York City can be stiflingly overwhelming in the summertime. No matter how hard our A.C. units work or how many walks we take in Central Park, it's still easy to feel claustrophobic at times.
W e put together a list of five great places New Yorkers can escape to this summer without spending a fortune. And since most New Yorkers don't have cars, these getaways are all easily accessible by public transportation.
Ferries leave Manhattan at 10 AM, 11 AM and then every half hour from the Battery Maritime Building, on the corner of South and Whitehall Streets. With vast expanses of green grass, a circular biking or walking trail and spectacular views of lower Manhattan, Governor's Island can't be missed.
Seastreak ferry from Pier 11 to Sandy Hook and a free ride on a bus that will take you directly from the ferry landing to the beach. The half-hour trip is a beautiful one, and the beautiful white beaches of this popular New Jersey spot are well worth the cost of your ticket. A fresh seafood meal is a must for this day trip spot.
Metro North's Hudson Line from Grand Central station (trains depart frequently) and get off at the Cold Spring stop. T he trip takes just about an hour and a half, but it's well worth it: the train tracks run north along the Hudson, and the ride is filled with spectacular views of the river. Once you've arrived, take a leisurely walk around Cold Spring's historic harbor area or shop in the quaint Mom & Pop stores that line Main Street. Then enjoy a quiet dinner at one of its many restaurants.
ticket on the Short Line Bus to and from Bear Mountain State Park, one of the Hudson Valley's most beautiful natural secrets that is just a little over an hour away. For those who feel like getting a little adventurous (and a little sweaty), a hike around the park is the perfect weekend activity. Take in the beautiful sights and be back in the city in time for dinner.
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