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Summer day trips from NYC for kids and families

Load up your backpack for these day trips from NYC: Surfing, pirates, shark dives—plus some stellar waterpark rides—are all a quick train or car ride away.

  • Photograph: Dorney Park

    Dorney Park

  • Photograph: Dorney Park

    Dorney Park

  • Photograph: Dorney Park

    Dorney Park

  • Photograph: Dorney Park

    Dorney Park

  • Historic Kennet Square

  • Longwood Gardens, Brandywine Valley, PA

  • Longwood Gardens, Brandywine Valley, PA

  • Skankweilers Drive-In

Pennsylvania


Delaware River, PA

By car: 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours 15 minutes depending on the launch site.
Spend a cool day on the water winding through the spectacular cliffs and rock formations along the Delaware River. Kittatinny Canoes (various locations in Pennsylvania and New York; floatkc.com, 800-356-2852) arranges customized river excursions based on the age range of your party, desired trip duration and water conditions. Rafting ($44 per person; family discounts available) is fast and action-packed; tubing ($26 per person), more leisurely. Three-mile trips last two to three hours on the water, but there's no need to rush. Stop along the way to swim, eat lunch, hunt for arrowheads and watch eagles soar. Tubes fit kids ages eight and up, and rafts accommodate children 40 pounds and over. All trips include safety instruction, life jackets and a return shuttle. Be sure to pack the essentials—sunscreen, insect repellent, hats, sunglasses, water and food—in waterproof bags.—MF

Crayola Factory and Canal Museum, Easton, PA

Travel time 1 hour 20 minutes by car
If you have a junior Picasso on your hands, head to the Crayola Factory at Two Rivers Landing (30 Centre Sq, Easton, PA; 610-515-8000, crayola.com/factory. $9.75, children under 3 free). After watching a short film on how the crayons are made, kids spend time at more than a dozen interactive art stations. We're fans of Cool Movies (kids create art by just moving their bodies) and Crayola Meltdown (young visitors paint with melted crayon wax). Check out the nearby National Canal Museum (2750 Hugh Moore Park Rd; 610-559-6613, canals.org. $5), housed in the Emrick Technology Center, which features ands-on exhibits that teach kids about the importance of America's historic canals. Try a mule drawn canal boat ride: museum admission is included in the price of a ticket ($11.75, children ages 3--15 $9, children under 2 free). Before leaving, stop by Waterworks, where ittle ones place a toy boat in a 90-foot waterway to learn how the canal's lock system works.—Alison Lowenstein


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