Midsummer adventure is in the air, and there’s no better way to celebrate the long days and brilliant sunshine than exploring the great outdoors. See what experiences are just a quick train, subway or cab ride away from downtown. Whether you’re a fan of architecture, history or nature walks, here are some of our favorite day-trip getaways to plan this summer.
Visit The Glass House for an outing that marries the best of contemporary design with unparalleled pastoral beauty. Constructed between 1949 and 1995 by architect Philip Johnson, The Glass House is a National Trust Historic Site built among 49-acres of pastoral Connecticut landscape. In addition to The Glass House you’ll find thirteen historic structures in this area, as well as a permanent collection of 20th-century painting and sculpture and temporary artist exhibitions. Make sure to book tickets in advance, since time slots can fill up fast. Once you have a reservation, just take the Metro North New Haven line train straight from Manhattan to the New Canaan, Connecticut stop.
Art fiends will rejoice at the childhood home of Americana master painter Edward Hopper in Nyack, NY. Hopper’s childhood home has been converted into a museum and study center that celebrates the famed artist’s life and work. See iconic works and memorabilia from the Hopper’s past as well as other contemporary art exhibitions.
While still located within city limits, Wave Hill in the Bronx manages to invoke all of the countryside feels. Part cultural center and part public garden, the estate at Wave Hill is a peaceful and beautiful escape from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. After a quick subway ride uptown you can take a tour of their herb garden, partake in a morning yoga class and see the art on display in their exhibition space. When you need a pick-me-up, grab a coffee and snack from the cafe at Wave Hill House, a historic structure that was once home to Teddy Roosevelt and Mark Twain.
Foodies will immediately recognize the name of chef Dan Barber’s acclaimed restaurant at the picturesque four-seasons working farm at Stone Barns. Travelers with this restaurant on their radar are likely to have booked their table months in advance, but if you’re without a reservation the surrounding farm is still worth a visit. Take a guided tour of the greenhouse and planting fields or get to know the livestock with an expert staff member. Afterwards, you can grab a local snack from the café – no reservations required.
Aching for some quality time in nature? The trails and scenic views at Minnewaska State Park Reserve are some of the best. Located just an hour and a half’s drive from the city, the park sits on the Shawangunk Mountain ridge, more than 2,000 feet above sea level, and is surrounded by rugged, rocky terrain. Inside the park you’ll have your pick of dramatic waterfalls, crystal-clear lakes, and beautiful forests.