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Labor Day trips from NYC by transit

Summer, where did the time go? It seems like just yesterday we were planning our Memorial Day weekend adventures.

Instead of mourning the unofficial end of summer, celebrate Labor Day with a day trip away from New York City.

What’s even better? You don’t need a car to have a good time. Here are 13 day trips by public transit that definitely won’t disappoint.

Kykuit (Rockefeller Estate) tour

If you love art, architecture and lush green
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If you love art, architecture and lush green gardens, head up to the Hudson Valley for a tour of the Rockefeller Estate. Officially called Kykuit, the massive estate was once home to John D. Rockefeller. Now, it serves as a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Take a train on the Metro-North Railroad's Hudson line to Tarrytown, and after a short cab ride, you can check out the estate's six-story home, breathtaking gardens and art galleries. Car enthusiasts will get a thrill out of the coach barn, which is filled with antique carriages and classic automobiles from another era.

Note: If you buy a tour ticket in advance and show the staff at the visitor center your roundtrip Metro-North ticket when you get there, they'll give you a $5 credit back on your purchase. For more information:

Belmar Beach

Why not hit the beach one last time?
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Why not hit the beach one last time? Who knows when you'll be able to sink your toes in the sand again. Rather than heading to a city beach, check out Belmar Beach in New Jersey. A daily beach badge is $8, but it's a small price to pay for what Belmar Beach has to offer. Soak up the sun; take a walk along the boardwalk; go paddleboarding or kayaking; take the little ones to the playground; or play a game of beach volleyball. Plus, you can save yourself the hassle of lugging along food by hitting up one of the concession stands for lunch.

Just hop on a New Jersey Transit train on the North Jersey Coast line out of Penn Station and take it to the Belmar station. From there, it's about a five-minute cab ride or a 20-minute walk to the sand and surf. For more information:

Captree fishing

Enjoy the day out at sea with a
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Enjoy the day out at sea with a fishing trip off Captree Island. The Captree Fleet boasts the largest fishing fleet on Long Island. While you have to pack your own lunch, Captree Fleet will provide you with all the fishing gear you need, making this an easy trip by train. The MTA's Captree Fishing getaway deal includes round-trip LIRR fare to the Babylon station, a round-trip bus ticket for the short ride to Captree State Park Boat Basin and admission on one of the fleet's fishing boats. Here's to hoping for tight lines! For more information:

Katonah Museum of Art

The Katonah Museum of Art in - you
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The Katonah Museum of Art in - you guessed it - Katonah, New York, is just a short train ride away and a great option if Mother Nature decides to rain on your Labor Day parade. The museum, which is a short walk from the train station, is known for its critically-acclaimed exhibitions and sculpture garden. It also has kid-friendly activities and workshops to keep the little ones busy. For more information:

Montauk Lighthouse

The train ride is a bit long, but
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The train ride is a bit long, but it's worth it. The East End of Long Island is a beautiful place filled with vineyards, fine dining, shopping, beaches and more. But Montauk has something else to offer: the oldest lighthouse in the entire state.

The Montauk Lighthouse, commissioned by President George Washington in 1792 and completed in 1796, is a national historic landmark. Beyond the majesty of such a structure, the Montauk Lighthouse also serves as a great way to blend history and education with fun and adventure. Aside from checking out the museum and climbing the steps to the top, on weekends you may also have the chance to learn leather making and play Colonial games - and make sure to keep an eye out for pirates!

To get there, take the LIRR to the Montauk station and then hop in a cab for a short ride to the lighthouse. For more information:

Sleepy Hollow

Careful not to lose your head! Ichabod Crane
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Careful not to lose your head! Ichabod Crane and his horse riding companion of lore may or may not have actually graced the village's Headless Horseman Bridge, but that shouldn't stop you from sneaking a peek anyway. While the macabre is on the brain, take a self-guided tour of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, the final resting place of such icons as Washington Irving, Andrew Carnegie and William Rockefeller. Once it's time to cleanse your palate, head to Bridge View Tavern for dinner or grab a scoop of homemade gelato at Lighthouse Ice Cream in Tarrytown. A Metro-North train to Philipse Manor will get you there in just under an hour. For more information:

The Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum

Climb and zip line the day away in
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Climb and zip line the day away in Bridgeport, Connecticut, at The Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum. All you have to do is take a Metro-North train on the New Haven line to Bridgeport and then hop in a cab for about a 15-minute drive to the park.

Once you've arrived, unleash your inner child within the 5 acres of woodland situated just behind the museum. Discovery's aerial forest park offers an "adventure in the trees," with 21 different zip lines and more than 160 challenge bridges over 11 trails. The aerial trails are split off into different difficulty levels, from beginner to advanced, so you can pick the climb that's most comfortable for you. Plus, everyone completes a safety course before getting into a harness, and there are park guides available to help anyone in need. For more information:

Village of Oyster Bay

Nestled on the North Shore of Nassau County,
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Nestled on the North Shore of Nassau County, Oyster Bay Village offers a plethora of activities no matter what the weather brings. Looking to get out on the water? Rent a kayak or paddleboard from The WaterFront Center and take advantage of the West Harbor and Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Sagamore Hill, the home of former President Theodore Roosevelt is also close by. Now a National Historic Site, the home is open to guests who can take tours from the National Park Service and explore the grounds.

In addition to Oyster Bay's bars and restaurants, beer aficionados can head over to the Oyster Bay Brewing. A trip on the LIRR will get you to Oyster Bay in just over an hour. For more information:

Bear Mountain State Park

If you can't stand getting sandy but love
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If you can't stand getting sandy but love the outdoors, you're probably already thinking about some kind of hiking trip this Labor Day weekend. Leave the stresses of city life behind for the day and immerse yourself in nature, plus you can save yourself from sitting in holiday traffic by taking the train to Bear Mountain State Park in the Hudson Valley instead.

All it takes is a trip on the Metro-North's Hudson line to the Peekskill station and then a short cab ride to Bear Mountain. There are plenty of activities to enjoy once you arrive, including fishing along the lake and river, hiking and biking. There is also a zoo, picnic groves and a swimming pool. Or you can go for a whirl on the park's merry-go-round. For more information:

Jersey City

While away an afternoon across the Hudson River
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While away an afternoon across the Hudson River in Jersey City. A short trip on a PATH train opens up a slew of new (new to you, anyway) things to do and try: Sip on a latte and browse the book selection at Word (an outpost of the Greenpoint bookstore); Grab a slice at Razza (possibly NYC's best pizza, according to The New York Times); stroll through Hamilton Park; spruce up your wardrobe at ZeroKid, Vivi Girl and many other boutique shops near the Grove Street PATH station or take in the view of the Manhattan skyline while sipping on a cocktail at Taphaus. For more information:


The small river town of Beacon has exploded
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The small river town of Beacon has exploded with development in recent years, but it's not too late to experience its small-town charm. Art lovers will especially enjoy what Beacon has to offer. The MTA often offers a one-day getaway package that includes a discounted Metro-North ticket and reduced admission to Dia:Beacon, the town's acclaimed modern art museum. Nearby Storm King State Park also features an Art Center that boasts a vast space of larger-than-life outdoor sculptures. You can also wet your whistle at 2 Way Brewing Co.'s taproom near the train station. For information:

Roosevelt Island

Roosevelt Island is the perfect way to get
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Roosevelt Island is the perfect way to get away from the city without even leaving the city at all. With three different parks to choose from, it's a great place to picnic or pull together a pick-up game of Frisbee, softball or soccer. If you're an art lover, head over to the Gallery RIVAA on Main Street.

An added bonus (so long as you're not afraid of heights) is how you can get there. Take to the skies above the city by way of the Roosevelt Island Tram. Afraid of heights? The F train goes there, too. The tram is the same fare as the subway, making this a quick, easy and cheap option for Labor Day weekend fun. For more information:

Sandy Hook Beach

In less than an hour, you can go
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In less than an hour, you can go from the the city's concrete jungle to the sandy beaches of New Jersey - and the trip doesn't involve sitting on a train. Seastreak offers weekend ferry rides that depart from East 35th and Wall streets and drop you off at Sandy Hook Beach. Pack a lunch, grab your towel and prepare yourself for a day of sand and surf. For more information:


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