Trips: See Some Sky
you just want to get away from the hustle and
bustle of the City that never sleeps. Luckily,
respite from the concrete jungle is a quick ride
away. And trips to Coney Island's boardwalk and
Long Island's lighthouses don't require a huge
amount of advance planning. Go with your friends,
your family or a loved one. Heck, go by yourself.
But get going because summer isn't a time stick
close to home.
1 W Chester St.
Long Beach, NY
If you're looking for a day of sun and relaxation,
look no further than the best kept beaches in
the area, located in Long Beach, NY. Just off
the South Shore of Long Island, Long Beach is
easily accessible by car, but is also a commuters
dream. Just steps away from the Long Island Rail
Road, the beach offers admission and a round trip
ticket from Jamaica Station for $15 or Woodside
Station for $18.
Spend the day at the beach, or take time to see
the area of Long Beach, which offers plenty of
places to eat, drink and relax with your family.
For a historical excursion, the Long Beach Historical
Museum, located at 226 West Penn Street, offers
daily tours and exhibits that detail much of Long
Island's history. The structure of the museum
itself has been left largely unchanged since it
was built in the early 1900's.
The beach is open daily from June 23 through Sept.
1 for the daily admission price of $10.
Cape May New Jersey
710 Madison Ave.
Cape May, NJ 08204
|The quiet porch at Mainstay Inn in Cape May.
get out of the city crowds and really enjoy the
great outdoors this summer, Cape May, New Jersey
offers the perfect location for a day-long or
weekend respite, with outdoor and indoor activities
for the whole family.
Biking, whale watching and sport fishing and just
some of the many activities offered in Cape May.
To really get in touch with the great outdoors,
stop by The Nature Center of Cape May on 1600
Delaware Ave. which offers hands-on marine science
education for kids and adults alike. Another option
is the Cape May Bird Observatory that holds tours
and programs to learn more about local birds and
butterflies each day.
From parasailing on the coast to exploring the
Wildwood Theme Parks, Cape May caters to any and
every outdoor taste for a day, a weekend or even
a week away.
South Street Seaport
Fulton & South Streets
|Shipwreck at Cape May’s Sunset Beach.
a day of shopping and fun, take the train all
the way downtown in Manhattan and explore the
beautiful South Street Seaport. Walk up and down
the pier and enjoy the incredible views of the
Brooklyn Bridge, the East River, Lower Manhattan
and the Statue of Liberty.
The Seaport was originally built over 300 years
ago in the 16th century where it was known as
New York City's primary gateway. Today, it is
still beautifully preserved and the home of the
Pier 17 Pavilion, free summertime concerts and
the South Street Seaport Museum.
One of the last remaining vestiges of the city's
past that still stands, the Seaport the perfect
place to come and experience living history near
the tip of Manhattan.
|Coney Island’s boardwalk attracts visitors from around the country.
the day on the beach at Coney Island and you'll
forget you're in the City at all. Go for a dip
in the ocean, enjoy ripe mango on a stick while
people-watching on the sand and take in the beautiful
views of the Atlantic from the Riegelmann Boardwalk.
For those who enjoy a bit of a thrill, take the
walk over to Astroland Amusement Park-home of
the world-famous Cyclone Roller Coaster. The beloved,
rickety Cyclone has been enjoyed by so many over
the years, but this may be its final summer season.
Enjoy this New York City tradition while it's
still around! For those looking for more of a
tame experience, head to Deno's Wonder Wheel Park
to enjoy a scenic and romantic ride. Both parks
sponsor fireworks at 9:30 every Friday night during
After the sun goes down, Coney Island Museum is
a great place to learn more about New York City
and its rich history. What's more, they offer
inexpensive film screenings every Saturday night
for just $5 a ticket.
Long Island Lighthouses
|Take in a view from a nearby lighthouse.
back in the 18th and 19th centuries as navigation
tools for sea travelers to know that they were
approaching land, Long Island's lighthouses have
long served as a historic scenic escape for many
who travel to the State's eastern most points.
Of the many lighthouses that still exist, Fire
Island and Montauk Point mark two of the better-known
structures. Fire Island's version was originally
built in 1857. It was rebuilt and dedicated as
an attraction and museum in 1987. The tower rises
some 160 feet into the sky. It continues to serve
its intended purpose, as does the lighthouse in
Montauk, which was built in 1787 by the U.S. government.
About 20 others exist throughout Long Island,
spanning both the north and south shores.
Both Montauk and Fire Island's versions once acted
as the first sight for trans-Atlantic immigrants
and now it serves nighttime swimmers during the
summer months and is also a place for scientists
and bird watchers to study wildlife. The Montauk
lighthouse has become well known for picturesque
paintings and photos often used in movies, greeting
cards and artworks.
For more information about the Fire Island Lighthouse
visit www.fireislandlighthouse.com or call (631)
For more information about the Montauk Point Light
House visit www.montauklighthouse.com or call