Summer weekend trips from NYC for kids and families
So long, East River. See ya, Hudson. There's a whole wide world of water to discover within easy reach of the city through one of these weekend trips.
Wed May 25 2011
Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation
Bash Bish Falls in Berkshires MA
Bash Bish Falls, Mount Washington, MA
Travel time 2 hours 45 minutes by car.
The highest single-drop waterfall in Massachusetts—actually, it's a pair of falls—is just off the Taconic State Parkway in the southwest corner of the state, beside Mount Washington State Forest and accessible by an easy-walking trail. Kids will love clambering over the rocks and dipping their feet into the water. Swimming at Bash Bish is strictly prohibited, but expect to see the rules flouted by local teens. After taking in the falls, older children can join parents for a more vigorous hike along the more than 30 miles of trails in the area. Recuperate at the Windflower Inn, 11 miles north of the falls in the Berkshires (684 S. Egremont Rd, Great Barrington, MA; 800-992-1993, windflowerinn.com. Rooms from $210 per night). The bed-and-breakfast has an outdoor pool—and offers homemade cookies every afternoon. Before you leave town, try the burgers at Martin's (49 Railroad St, Great Barrington, MA, 413-528-5455), where the staff displays the best crayon-decorated place mats on a wall of honor.—Gary Drevitch
Cape Cod, MA
Travel time at least 5 hours by car
The seaside mecca needs no introduction, but warrants a bit of guidance. First, it's a hike, so perhaps best for a three-day weekend. Beach lovers adore the sunny strands of the Cape's famed National Seashore, with 40 miles of sand and surf, six swimming beaches and stunning scenery. Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro is great for young kids; tweens gravitate to the scene at Nauset Beach in Orleans ($15 vehicle fee at each beach). On a low-sodium kick? Leave the National Seashore and head for the salt-free waters of Long Pond ($15 vehicle fee), which straddles the towns of Harwich and Brewster and has two beaches, each with roped-off swimming areas and lifeguards. Your home for the weekend is posh yet unpretentious Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club (2907 Main St, Brewster, MA; oceanedge.com, 508-896-9000. Rooms from $225 per night). Bask on the bayside beach or splash around in one of six pools. At Arnold's Lobster and Clam Bar (3580 State Hwy, Eastham, MA; 508-255-2575, arnoldsrestaurant.com), the fried clams, raw bar and lobsters—steamed, baked, rolled and bisqued—pack 'em in. Bonus: the mini-golf course with mist-spraying fountains.—LBW
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