If you think of New York as a concrete jungle where dreams are made of, think twice. First of all, it’s tough as hell to make your wishes come true here. Also because there’s a lot of nature to explore in this area. Obviously I’m talking about places beyond crammed Manhattan!

Truth be told I’m super into city life, but every now and then I like to have a weekend getaway to explore different spots of the state. That’s why I gathered a few outdoor activities you can pick for each time of the year. Whether this is your first time traveling to NYC, you reside here or you’ve come countless times, there’s always something new to try. Wanna bet?

A campsite in Hickock Brook - pond view
Lake view in Hickock Brook Campsite


With a view to the pond and the trees, I strongly suggest going fishing or camping in the remote area of Hickock Brook, in the village of Eldred. It’s a beautiful location and the water is amazing to go for a swim during summertime. Plus, you don’t need to pay any fees and there are many campsites along the public forest access road and near the water. Try to bring your crew early that way you can easily park and set up your tents in the best area: by the pond!

Another option: Go kayaking in Long Island!

Ocean view Caumsett Park
Feel the ocean breeze in Caumsett State Park


Most people like to go apple or pumpkin picking, but if you’d rather skip the Instagram tour, I strongly suggest driving to Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve in Long Island. It’s perfect to breathe some fresh air, watch the ocean waves, take a look at the pond, have a picnic, go hiking or riding your bike (or a horse!!!) with family and friends. Okay, I admit it: it’s also very instagrammable.

Park hours:

The park is open from sunrise to sunset, 7 days a week, year round.

Price: $8 per vehicle. They have bathroom and vending machine by the entrance.

Fall in Caumsett State Park
Great spot to ride bikes in the fall at Caumsett State Park


If it’s snow you want, why don’t you book an airbnb and spend the weekend in Catskills? The peace, the quiet and the cold – all in one place. Now if you’re thinking of doing some exercise or practicing some winter sports, there are many hiking trails or ski resorts – the latter found in Hunter Mountain and Belleayre Mountain.

Another option: see a lighthouse in Fire Island.

Coe Hall Mansion in Spring
Beautiful view of the Coe Hall Mansion
Bleeding Hearts Flowers in Planting Fields Arboretum
Bleeding Hearts Flowers in Planting Fields Arboretum


If you’re thinking of a short trip to appreciate spring beyond cherry blossoms, you should definitely check Planting Fields Arboretum. It’s also a historic state park where you can visit greenhouses, take pictures of different kinds of flowers and trees, learn more about architecture and even travel back in time by going inside the amazing Coe Hall Mansion. I promise you’ll have a wonderful time in spring if you decide to go there! It’s awesome to go with all your loved ones and they offer a bunch of activities for kids, too!

Park hours:

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM every day
Price: $8 per car every day between Memorial Day and Labor Day
Free for Seniors 62+ Monday through Friday

Greenhouse in Long Island
Greenhouse in Long Island

If you’re a bit indecisive or don’t know when is the best season to book a flight to New York, I strongly suggest you check this article right here.

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