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Grand Central station day trips: Dia: Beacon, Lyndhurst mansion and more

Itching to get out of the city for the day?

These easy and fun day trips are the perfect way to switch up your weekend routine, spend time during your next staycation or keep the kids busy while school is out.

Scroll down to see our picks for great day trips from Grand Central.

Boscobel House and Gardens

Enjoy some fresh country air with a visit
Photo Credit: Boscobel House and Gardens

Enjoy some fresh country air with a visit to the Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison, N.Y. This day trip is more than just your average tour of the grounds. In addition to an educational tour of the home, which was built between 1804 and 1808, you can also hike the property's woodland trail, explore the grounds and gardens (featuring over 150 kinds of roses), take in the breathtaking views of the Hudson Valley while picnicking and learn more about Boscobel's special art exhibitions. The Metro-North Rail Road getaway package price is $39.25 for adults, $29.25 for children 12-14 years old, $8 for children 6-11 years old, $2 for children who are 5, and free for children under 5. To get there: Take the Hudson Line to the Cold Spring station and then take a taxi; or you can take the trolley service when it's available. For more information, head to http://web.mta.info/mnr/html/getaways.

Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

Ever want to pet a shark? At the
Photo Credit: Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

Ever want to pet a shark? At the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Conn., you can do just that -- and so much more. You can enjoy a seal show, watch an IMAX movie and learn all about the animals that live in the Long Island Sound when you purchase a getaway package through Metro-North. The package price --- $38 for adults, $36.25 for children 12-17 years old, $14.75 for children 3-4 years old and free for children under 3 -- includes a train ticket, entry to the aquarium and a classic IMAX screening on a 6-story-tall screen. To get there: Take the New Haven Line to the South Norwalk station and the aquarium is a short walk from there. For more information, head to http://web.mta.info/mnr/html/getaways.

Lyndhurst mansion

If walls could talk, Lyndhurst mansion would be
Photo Credit: Lyndhurst mansion

If walls could talk, Lyndhurst mansion would be the gossip queen of the 19th century. But since walls can't talk, a tour of the lavish Hudson Valley home will have to do. Learn all about the lifestyles of the Wall Street giants and New York politicians that lived in the storied mansion, including robber baron Jay Gould and his two daughters. More than 17 rooms filled with original A.J. Davis furniture, Tiffany windows, Herter Brothers furnishings and French 19th century paintings are available for the public to take a peek at. The Metro-North getaway deal is valid only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The package price from Grand Central Terminal is $32 for adults, $13 for children 5-11 years old and free for children under 5. To get there: Take the Hudson Line to the Tarrytown station then take a taxi to the carriage house visitor center. Taxi prices will range from $4 to $6. For more information, head to http://web.mta.info/mnr/html/getaways.

Kayaking on the Hudson River

Have a blast on the water and save
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Have a blast on the water and save money in the process with Metro-North's getaway deal for Mountain Top Outfitters Kayaking Co. Located a short walking distance from the Beacon train station, the package includes a two-hour kayaking rental for the price of one hour. The company also provides you with all the kayaking gear you'll need. After you're done working up an appetite from all that paddling, head to one of the restaurants down on Main Street. Or if you want to continue your adventure, take a hike to the top of Mount Beacon for a 360-degree view of the Hudson Valley. The Metro-North package price is $46 for adults, $22 for children 5-11 years old and free for children under 5. To get there: Take the Hudson Line to the Beacon station. Trolley service is provided between Beacon and Cold Spring. For more information, head to http://web.mta.info/mnr/html/getaways.

Westchester Children’s Museum

If you've already taken the kids to every
Photo Credit: Lynda Shenkman Curtis via the Westchester Children’s Museum

If you've already taken the kids to every museum in the city, consider going on an adventure to the Westchester Children's Museum in Rye, N.Y. Located in a landmarked building on the Rye Playland boardwalk, this newly-opened museum is filled with fun and interactive exhibits for your little one. Learn how to build a roller coaster, enjoy a book in the Reading Nook or put on a shadow puppet play during your visit. The Metro-North getaway package price is $20.75 for adults, $11 for children 5-7 years old, $5 for children 1-4 years old and free for children under 1. To get there: Take the New Haven Line to the Rye station, where the No. 75 bus to Playland will meet specific trains throughout the day. For more information, head to http://web.mta.info/mnr/html/getaways.

Bannerman's Island cruise

What better way to spend a beautiful summer
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

What better way to spend a beautiful summer day than with a boat cruise on the Hudson River and a tour of Bannerman's Island, which is home to an ancient castle that looks like it could be straight out of "Game of Thrones." The Metro-North package includes a 30-minute boat ride, a guided tour of the island, formally named Pollepel Island, and a visit to the Bannerman garden and Bannerman residence. Food and drinks are not included but you're welcome to pack your own lunch or you can buy snacks on the boat. To get there: Take the Hudson Line to the Beacon station and then meet the tour at the Beacon Institute Dock across the street from the train station. For more information, head to http://web.mta.info/mnr/html/getaways.

Dia: Beacon

Looking for a little more culture in your
Photo Credit: Bill Jacobson via Dia: Beacon, Riggio Galleries, 2016

Looking for a little more culture in your life? A quick 80-minute train ride out of Grand Central Terminal will bring you to Dia: Beacon in upstate Beacon. Nestled along the Hudson River, the museum features exhibitions, commissions and programs for all to enjoy. Some previous exhibitions include Dan Flavin's series of fluorescent light "monuments to V. Tatlin;" Joseph Beuys' mixed-media installations such as "Fond III/3" (1979); and Michael Heizer's "North, East, South, West." The Metro-North's getaway deal, valid Thursday-Monday, is $36.50 for adults, $32.50 for children between 12-18 years old, $2 for children between 5-11 years old and free for children under 5. To get there: Take the Hudson Line to the Beacon station. From there, it's a short walk to the museum. For more information, head to http://web.mta.info/mnr/html/getaways.

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