Need some inspiration for a quick family getaway? Here’s a mega roundup of day trip ideas that are a two-and-a-half hour drive (or less) from Staten Island. Whether you spend a few hours or a few days, visit as many as you can!
Wild Wild West City
Stanhope, NJ • 973-347-2355
Western heritage theme park recreating 1880’s life in Dodge City, Kansas, featuring
live-action shows, stagecoach, train and pony rides, and museum-quality exhibits.
Field Station Dinosaur
Leonia, NJ • 855-999-9010
Walk the trail and see 32 life-sized, realistic dinosaurs come to life.
Jersey City, NJ • 201-333-7223
Features go-kart racing for drivers 4′ tall and up, plus arcade and billiards.
West Berlin, NJ • 856-768-1110
The only construction themed adventure park in North America where children and families can drive, ride and operate actual machinery.
Edison, NJ • 732-374-4097
Giant golf facility with over 100+ climate-controlled hitting bays, Full-service restaurants, over 200 HDTV’s and more.
Easton, PA • 610-515-8000
Explore and learn all about crayons and coloring, plus do art projects and see live demonstrations.
Legoland Discovery Center
Plymouth Meeting, PA • 208-513-1429
Yonkers, NY • 866-243-0770
A Lego-themed indoor family entertainment center for kids age 3-10 with rides, Lego build-and-play zones, a 4D cinema and a gift shop.
Pine Ridge Dude Ranch
Kerhonkson, NY • 845-626-7345
All-inclusive resort located 90 miles from NYC featuring horseback riding, petting zoo,, paddle boating, archery, fishing, sports and more.
Garden City, NY • 516-747-3682
A glow-in-the-dark miniature golf and laser maze center located in Roosevelt Field Mall.
Palisades Center Mall
West Nyack, NY • 845-348-1000
A four-level shopping center offering over 200 stores, 15 sit-down restaurants, a bowling alley, ice rink, the world’s tallest indoor ropes course, and more.
The Adventure Park at Long Island
Wheatley Heights, NY • 631-983-3844
The largest forest climbing park in New York with 10 Trails, 15 zip lines, 5 difficulty levels, and over 140 challenge bridges.
Lehigh River, Poconos, PA • 800-443-8554
Hudson River, Adirondacks, NY • 800-443-8554
White water rafting for families! Hudson River location has zip lining and paintball, plus white watrer afting for kids ages 7+. Lehigh Valley location offers family style rafting with kids ages 5+, plus camping, biking and more.
Turtle Back Zoo
West Orange, NJ • 973-731-5800
Featuring a multitude of animals, aviary, butterfly tent, shark and sting ray touch tank, endangered species carousel, treetop adventure course, mini golf and more.
Toms River, NJ • 732-349-7090
View and touch beautiful and bizarre exotic insects from all over the world.
Bronx, NY • 718-220-5100
The largest metropolitan zoo in the United States and one of the largest in the world, at 265 acres of park lands and natural habitats.
New York Aquarium
Brooklyn, NY • 718-220-5100
Large aquarium featuring an aquatheater, sea cliffs, a new shark exhibit with over 115 marine species and more.
American Princess Cruise Whale Watching
Queens, NY • 718-474-0555
americanprincesscruises.comSpot whales and dolphins in the waters of Rockaway, Queens, New York. Kids can help crew members with official whale and dolphin count.
White Post Farms
Melville, NY • 631-351-9373
A petting zoo and animal farm, with exotic birds and aviary, inflatable water slides, pony rides, and a giraffe station.
Catskill Animal Sanctuary
Saugerties, NY • 845-336-8447
Ideal for animal activist families, meet rescued animals and hear their stories and learn about the plight of farmed animals and how you can help.
Amusement Parks & Waterparks
Crystal Springs Family Aquatic Center
East Brunswick, NJ • 732-390-6981
Featuring splash pools for small children, two large pools for swimming, water slides and a lazy river.
East Hanover, NJ • 973-428-1166
Mt. Laurel, NJ • 856-273-9061
An indoor amusement park and outdoor water park with rides, arcade games, live entertainment and laser tag.
Freehold, NJ • 732-577-8200
Featuring indoor rides, attractions, boardwalk games and one of NJ’s largest arcades.
Keansburg Amusement Park & Runaway Rapids
Keansburg, NJ • 732-495-1400
Beach-adjacent amusement park with rides, games, food, arcades, go-karts, plus a waterpark with 18 slides and a lazy river.
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ • 732-892-0600
Amusement park rides along the boardwalk plus aquarium, beach-adjacent, fireworks shows, games, mini golf, ropes course and more.
Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari
Jackson, NJ • 732-928-2000
Featuring rides for kids of all ages and adults, shows, characters, a safari and animal attractions, and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor waterpark (which added its biggest expansion ever for the 2019 season).
Scotch Plains, NJ • 908-389-1234
Mid-sized family amusement park in nearby Scotch Plains.
Rye, NY • 914-813-7010
A historic amusement park, often referred to as Rye Playland, featuring rides for young kids and adults.
Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY • 718-373-5862
World-famous amusement park located on the boardwalk at Coney Island, featuring roller coasters, kiddie rides and more.
Calverton, NY • 631-727-3600
96-acre Long Island water park featuring 20 water slides, rides, and attractions, including two wave pools, a large Kiddie Area, a lazy river, and a tropical bird show.
Fishkill, NY • 845-897-9600
Self-proclaimed “America’s biggest little water park” featuring waterpark with slides, rides, a wave pool & play areas.
Hershey, PA • 718-534-3900
Chocolate themed amusement park with rides for kids of all ages, plus a waterpark, games, a zoo, and chocolate factory tours.
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
Allentown, PA • 610-395-3724
A waterpark and amusement rides for little kids up to adults.
Theme Parks for Families with Preschoolers
Land of Make Believe
Hope, NJ • 908-459-9000
Waterpark and rides and attractions for children of all ages, even kids under 36″.
Egg Harbor Township, NJ • 609-641-7847
A nursery rhyme themed amusement park primarily for families with young children.
Lancaster, PA • 866-386-2839
“Kingdom for Kids” themed park with over 30 rides for kids of all ages plus water play area and live shows.
Langhorne, PA • 215-702-3566
Sesame Street theme park with rides for kids of all ages, as well as a water park, live shows, games, and characters.
Vernon Township, NJ • 973-827-2000
Waterpark and resort featuring 22 rides and world’s tallest double looping slide, as well as mountain biking and an aerial adventure park and ropes course.
Mount Laurel, NJ • 877-494-2626
Indoor waterpark and resort for all ages plus an arcade.
Sahara Sam’s Oasis
West Berlin, NJ • 856-767-7580
Indoor & outdoor waterpark and resort with rides and attractions for all ages, plus an arcade.
Great Wolf Lodge
Scotrun, PA • 800-768-9653
Indoor waterpark and resort for all ages plus characters and activities for kids.
Tannersville, PA • 570-629-1662
Featuring Camelbeach outdoor waterpark, Aquatopia Indoor Water park, plus ziplining and other adventure rides.
Kalahari Indoor Water Park
Pocono Manor, PA • 877-525-2427
America’s largest indoor waterpark at 220,000 square feet, featuring water slides, spa, wave pool, lazy river, and toddler play area.
Split Rock Resort
Lake Harmony, PA • 800-255-7625
Indoor waterpark perfect for the 12 and under crowd, featuring slides and a wave pool, plus resort activities like a movie theatre, bowling, arcade, mini-golf, sports, beach and lake activities and more.
Erie, PA • 66- 3-SPLASH
Waterpark resort featuring nine water slides, ropes course, lazy river, the largest wave pool in the Eastern United States, plus arcade, lazer tag and more.
Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark
Monticello, NY • 845-397-2500
Brand new resort set in the Catskill Mountains featuring the biggest waterpark in New York, covered entirely by the world’s largest texlon transparent roof.
Rocking Horse Ranch
Highland, NY • 800-647-2624
Resort featuring indoor waterpark, horseback riding, mountain tubing, exotic wildlife exhibit, organized family activities and more.
The Country Place Resort
East Durham, NY • 518-239-4559
Set in the Northern Catskills Mountain, the resort is home to the Zoom Flume Waterpark. Features activities for the whole family.
Liberty Science Center
Jersey City, NJ • 201-200-1000
An interactive science museum and learning center featuring multiple exhibits and the largest IMAX Dome theater in the United States
Newark, NJ • 973-596-6550
Museum featuring planetarium, creative play, interactive galleries, science exhibits, fire museum, art collections and more.
Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum of New Jersey
Teterboro, NJ • 201-288-6344
View historic aircraft, air and space artifacts, photographs, fine art and an extensive model collection.
New York Transit Museum
Brooklyn, NY • 718-694-1600
See a collection of vintage subway cars and retired buses, as well as other bridge, tunnel, and railway artifacts and memorabilia.
New York City Fire Museum
New York, NY • 212-691-1303
Observe the history and cultural heritage of the fire service of New York and learn about fire prevention and safety.
Dimenna Children’s Museum
New York, NY • 212-873-3400
The children’s wing of the New York Historical Society is targeted toward children ages 8–13 and uses interactive exhibits to make history fun.
Intrepid Air, Sea & Space Museum
New York, NY • 212-245-0072
Climb aboard the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, see the space shuttle Enterprise and the world’s fastest jets and a guided missile submarine.
New York Hall of Science
Queens, NY • 718-699-0005
Featuring over 450 interactive displays that explain science, technology, engineering, and math, plus a 60,000 square foot outdoor Science Playground and Rocket Park.
American Museum of Natural History
New York, NY • 212-769-5100
One of the largest museums in the world, featuring 45 exhibition halls, planetarium, and library, and a collection of over 33 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, human remains, and human cultural artifacts.
New York, NY • 212-512-9600
Times Sqaure wax museum featuring life-like wax sculptures of the world’s most iconic musicians, A-list stars, sports legends, world leaders and more.
Books of Wonder
18th Street, New York, NY • 212-989-3270
84th Street, New York, NY 212-989-1804
New York City’s largest and oldest children’s bookstore and the city’s leading specialist in children’s literature, featuring old, rare, and collectible children’s books and original children’s book art, as well as new titles for purchase.
National Museum of Mathematics
New York, NY • 212-542-0566
Features exciting, interactive displays and exhibits that provide a place for children and adults of all ages to experience the excitement of math, with a special emphasis on activities for 4th through 8th graders.
Please Touch Museum
Philadelphia, PA • 215-581-3181
Featuring highly interactive exhibits for purposeful play, with a collection of over 25,000 toys as well as toddler zones, a carousel, and imagination playground.
Beach & Park Destinations
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ • 732-892-0600
Featuring arcades and games, beach, restaurants, Jenkinson’s amusement park rides & aquarium, live entertainment, and fireworks shows.
7 Presidents Oceanfront Park
Long Branch, NJ • 732-229-7025
38 acres including an activity center, a boating launch, fishing, a playground, swimming, sand volleyball, pavilion with snack bar, and restrooms.
Seaside Heights, NJ • 732-793-6488
Beach and boardwalk featuring Casino Pier amusement rides, Breakwater Beach waterpark, plus go-karts, mini golf, arcades, games and food.
Ocean City, NJ • 609-399-7082
Two and half miles of boardwalk containing family amusements like OC Waterpark and Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, plus the beach and free entertainment.
Sandy Hook, NJ • 732-872-5970
One of New Jersey’s most beautiful beaches, visitors can go fishing, birding, camping, boating, canoeing, have a picnics, take sightseeing tours and eat at local seafood restaurants.
Wildwood, NJ • 800-992-9732
Featuring over 100 rides and attractions including Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Waterparks, Ocean Oasis Waterpark & Beach Club, Splash Zone Water Park, games, arcades, food, and restaurants.
New York, NY • 212-310-6600
So much more than just a park, there’s a zoo, live free shows, a carousel, kiddie rides (in the summer time only at the Wollman rink), playgrounds and more.
Brooklyn, NY • 718-373-5862
Amusement park rides for kids of all ages, games, food, fireworks shows, beach, live entertainment, New York Aquarium, ferris wheel, carousel and more.
Freeport, Long Island • 516-377-2200
A lively, seaside destination featuring great restaurants, shopping, fishing boats, mini-golf and ice cream shops.
Bushkill, PA • 888-287-4545
Known as “The Niagara of Pennsylvania,” Bushkill Falls is comprised of eight waterfalls within the Pocono Mountains accessible through scenic hiking trails and bridges.
Pick Your Own Fruit Farms
Visit siparent.com/pickyourown for nearby New Jersey fruit farms where you can spend a beautiful day picking fresh fruits and veggies with your family.