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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.

New Jersey

Minerals Resort & Spa, Vernon, NJ

By car: 1 hour 30 minutes
Sure, you want the kids to have fun on vacation. But getting a little adult R&R would be pretty sweet, too. For a getaway that will sate the offspring yet also allow you a little self-indulgence, Minerals Resort & Spa (Route 94 and 2 Chamonix Dr; 973-827-5996, crystalgolfresort.com. Rooms from $240 per night), should do the trick. The very kid-friendly place (it sounds swanker than it is) is 90 minutes from New York, so you'll be pulling up to the sprawling grounds in no time. Seven indoor and outdoor pools allow for splash time no matter the weather. You, meanwhile, can kick back on a lounge chair with a cocktail from the poolside bar, or take turns watching the kids while one of you sneaks away for a massage in the on-site spa or a round of golf on the adjacent course. In the evening, head to Pioneer restaurant in nearby Warwick, New York (49 Oakland Ave; 845-986-6500, warwickinfo.net/pioneer), for take-out burgers and fries, then hit the Warwick Drive-In (5 Warwick Tpke; 845-986-4440, warwickdrivein.com. $8, children ages 4--11 $5, children under 4 free) for a first-run double feature. After breakfast the next morning at Kites, the resort's restaurant, kids will no doubt want more pool time. That will leave them refreshed for a hike along the Canal Road section of the Appalachian Trail before you head back to the city.—Elizabeth Barr

Wildwood, NJ

By car: 2 hours 30 minutes
Rejoice: This Jersey Shore town is more family-friendly than MTV-camera ready. Stay at El Coronado Resort (8501 Atlantic Ave; 609-729-1000, elcoronado.com. Rooms from $180 per night) and enjoy poolside barbecues, movies and live entertainment. Morey's Piers (3501 Boardwalk; 609-522-3900, moreyspiers.com. $36, children under 48" $28) offers two parks for one price: Raging Waters and the Ocean Oasis Waterpark and Beach Club, a ten-minute walk or five-minute tram ride away. Happy hour at Sunset Bay (400 W Spruce Ave, 609-523-0411, sunsetbayrestaurant.com) is a must: Kids can dig in the sand near a faux shipwreck while adults enjoy live music and, with luck, a picture-perfect sunset over the bay.—Jennifer L. Smith

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