62 Day Trip Ideas Near Staten Island

Need some inspiration for a quick family getaway? Here’s a mega roundup of 60+ 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 before the summer ends!

Themed Entertainment Centers

Wild Wild West City
Stanhope, NJ • 973-347-2355
wildwestcity.com/
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
fieldstationdinosaurs.com
Walk the trail and see 32 life-sized, realistic dinosaurs come to life.

RPM Raceway
Jersey City, NJ • 201-333-7223
rpmraceway.com/race
Features go-kart racing for drivers 4′ tall and up, plus arcade and billiards.

Diggerland
West Berlin, NJ • 856-768-1110
diggerlandusa.com
The only construction themed adventure park in North America where children and families can drive, ride and operate actual machinery.

TopGolf
Edison, NJ • 732-374-4097
topgolf.com
Giant golf facility with over 100+ climate-controlled hitting bays, Full-service restaurants, over 200 HDTV’s and more.

Crayola Factory
Easton, PA • 610-515-8000
crayolaexperience.com/
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
legolanddiscoverycenter.com
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.

GlowGolf
Garden City, NY • 516-747-3682
opryglowgolf.com
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
palisadescenter.com
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
longislandadventurepark.org
The largest forest climbing park in New York with 10 Trails, 15 zip lines, 5 difficulty levels, and over 140 challenge bridges.

Animal Appreciation

Turtle Back Zoo
West Orange, NJ • 973-731-5800
turtlebackzoo.com
Featuring a multitude of animals, aviary, butterfly tent, shark and sting ray touch tank, endangered species carousel, treetop adventure course, mini golf and more.

Insectropolis
Toms River, NJ • 732-349-7090
insectropolis.com/
View and touch beautiful and bizarre exotic insects from all over the world.

Bronx Zoo
Bronx, NY • 718-220-5100
bronxzoo.com
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
nyaquarium.com
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
whitepostfarms.com
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
casanctuary.org
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
eastbrunswick.org/crystalsprings
Featuring splash pools for small children, two large pools for swimming, water slides and a lazy river.

Splashdown Beach
Fishkill, NY • 845-897-9600
splashdownbeach.com
Self-proclaimed “America’s biggest little water park” featuring waterpark with slides, rides, a wave pool & play areas.

The Funplex
East Hanover, NJ • 973-428-1166
thefunplex.com
An indoor amusement park and outdoor water park with rides, arcade games, live entertainment and laser tag.

iPlay America
Freehold, NJ • 732-577-8200
iplayamerica.com
Featuring indoor rides, attractions, boardwalk games and one of NJ’s largest arcades.

Playland Park
Rye, NY • 914-813-7010
playlandpark.org
A historic amusement park, often referred to as Rye Playland, featuring rides for young kids and adults.

Keansburg Amusement Park & Runaway Rapids
Keansburg, NJ • 732-495-1400
keansburgamusementpark.com
Beach-adjacent amusement park with rides, games, food, arcades, go-karts, plus a waterpark with 18 slides and a lazy river.

Jenkinson’s Boardwalk
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ • 732-892-0600
jenkinsons.com
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
hersheypark.com
Featuring rides for kids of all ages and adults, shows, characters, a safari and animal attractions, and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor waterpark.

Luna Park
Coney Island, Brooklyn • 718-373-5862
lunaparknyc.com
World-famous amusement park located on the boardwalk at Coney Island, featuring roller coasters, kiddie rides and more.

Hershey Park
Hershey, PA • 718-534-3900
hersheypark.com
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
dorneypark.com
A waterpark and amusement rides for little kids up to adults.

Bowcraft
Scotch Plains, NJ • 908-389-1234
bowcraft.com
Mid-sized family amusement park in nearby Scotch Plains.

Theme Parks for Families with Preschoolers

Land of Make Believe
Hope, NJ • 908-459-9000
lomb.com
Waterpark and rides and attractions for children of all ages, even kids under 36″.

Storybook Land
Egg Harbor Township, NJ • 609-641-7847
storybookland.com
A nursery rhyme themed amusement park primarily for families with young children.

Dutch Wonderland
Lancaster, PA • 866-386-2839
dutchwonderland.com
“Kingdom for Kids” themed park with over 30 rides for kids of all ages plus water play area and live shows.

Sesame Place
Langhorne, PA • 215-702-3566
sesameplace.com/philadelphia/
Sesame Street theme park with rides for kids of all ages, as well as a water park, live shows, games, and characters.

Waterpark Resorts

Mountain Creek
Vernon Township, NJ • 973-827-2000
mountaincreek.com
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.

Coco Key
Mount Laurel, NJ • 877-494-2626
mtlaurelcocokey.com
Indoor waterpark and resort for all ages plus an arcade.

Sahara Sa​m’s Oasis
West Berlin, NJ • 856-767-7580
saharasams.com
Indoor & outdoor waterpark and resort with rides and attractions for all ages, plus an arcade.

Great Wolf Lodge
Scotrun, PA • 800-768-9653
greatwolf.com
Indoor waterpark and resort for all ages plus characters and activities for kids.

Camelback Mountain
Tannersville, PA • 570-629-1662
skicamelback.com
Featuring Camelbeach outdoor waterpark, Aquatopia Indoor Water park, plus ziplining and other adventure rides.

Kalahari Indoor Water Park
Pocono Manor, PA • 877-525-2427
kalahariresorts.com
America’s largest indoor waterpark at 220,000 square feet, featuring water slides, spa, wave pool, lazy river, and toddler play area.

Rocking Horse Ranch
Highland, NY • 800-647-2624
rockinghorseranch.com
Resort featuring indoor waterpark, horseback riding, mountain tubing, exotic wildlife exhibit, organized family activities and more.

Museums

Liberty Science Center
Jersey City, NJ • 201-200-1000
lsc.org
An interactive science museum and learning center featuring multiple exhibits and the largest IMAX Dome theater in the United States

Newark Museum
Newark, NJ • 973-596-6550
newarkmuseum.org
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
njahof.org
View historic aircraft, air and space artifacts, photographs, fine art and an extensive model collection.

New York Transit Museum
Brooklyn, NY • 718-694-1600
nytransitmuseum.org
See a collection of vintage subway cars and retired buses, as well as other bridge, tunnel, and railway artifacts and memorabilia.

Dimenna Children’s Museum
New York, NY • 212-873-3400
nyhistory.org/childrens-museum
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
intrepidmuseum.org
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
nysci.org
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
amnh.org
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.

Madame Toussauds
New York, NY • 212-512-9600
madametussauds.com
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.

National Museum of Mathematics
New York, NY • 212-542-0566
momath.org
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
pleasetouchmuseum.org
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
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ • 732-892-0600
pointpleasantbeach.com
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
long-branch.net/7-presidents-oceanfront-park
38 acres including an activity center, a boating launch, fishing, a playground, swimming, sand volleyball, pavilion with snack bar, and restrooms.

Seaside Heights
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
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
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
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.

Central Park
New York, NY • 212-310-6600
centralparknyc.org
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.

Coney Island
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.

Nautical Mile
Freeport, Long Island • 516-377-2200
longisland.com/freeport-nautical-mile
A lively, seaside destination featuring great restaurants, shopping, fishing boats, mini-golf and ice cream shops.

Bushkill Falls
Bushkill, PA • 888-287-4545
visitbushkillfalls.com
Known as “The Niagara of Pennsylvania,” Bushkill Falls is comprised of eight waterfalls within the Pocono Mountains accessible through scenic hiking trails and bridges.

Fruit Picking

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.

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