Day Trips To Take In New York

Spend the day at the Long Island Aquarium

It may not look like it just yet, but it is officially spring. That means spring break is right around the corner. It’s probably too late for a trip to Miami, but that doesn’t mean there is nothing left for you to do. Here are some activities for anyone who is looking to get out of the house this spring.

Venture out to the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center

The Long Island Aquarium is the perfect place to go if you are interested in learning about marine life. The aquarium has a number of indoor and outdoor exhibits and a variety of unique interactive experiences that range from taking a selfie with a penguin to diving with sharks. The 20,000-gallon coral reef exhibit is one of the largest all-living, closed-system coral reef displays in the Western hemisphere. The exhibits contain mostly aquatic animals, but also contain bird and bug exhibits. The aquarium is located at 431 East Main Street in Riverhead.

Go to a baseball game

The MLB season is starting early this year, which means spring break is your chance to get to the ballpark and see a game. Both the Yankees and Mets seasons have started at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field and both teams are expected to contend for a playoff spot, so fans can expect to see exciting baseball in New York this season. What better way to enjoy a spring afternoon than with America’s pastime?

Visit the Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognizable monuments in the world. Visitors can take tours with Park Rangers or listen to an audio tour in their choice of one of twelve languages that will take them around Liberty Island. They can also visit the Statue of Liberty’s crown, its stone pedestal, or the Liberty Island museum. A ticket is required to visit the crown or the pedestal, and a ticket to one is required to access the museum. The Park Ranger tour is free to join. A trip to see the 305 ft. tall symbol of freedom is a great way to spend an afternoon in New York.

Visit The Metropolitan Art Museum

The Met is the largest art museum in the United States, and was the second most visited art museum in the world in 2016. The Met’s permanent collection consists of works of art from classical antiquity and ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, and an extensive collection of American and modern art. The museum is located at 1000 Fifth Avenue with a second part, the Met Breuer, at 945 Madison Avenue. The Met Breuer extends the museum’s modern and contemporary art program. With a permanent collection that contains over two million works, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Take a Central Park tour

Central Park is the largest public park in Manhattan. At 1.317 square miles, it is simply too difficult to find everything Central Park has to offer on your own. So why not join one of the many tours that are offered? Tours range from exploring waterfalls, bridges and pools on the North Woods Tour, to a walkthrough of Central Park to see how New Yorkers use Central Park to remember our veterans in the Memorial Walk Tour. Tour prices range from free to $15. Central Park is sure to have something for everyone who likes the outdoors.

For more spring day trip ideas, see Long Island Gardens To Visit In The Spring.

Dan Quiñones
Dan Quiñones is a writer with Anton Media Group.

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