Memorial "Day Trip" New York City

Old May 15th, 2007, 10:18 AM
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You have already gotten tons of good advice, so just thought I would add a bit.

First there will be street fairs all over and concerts in Central Park that weekend, so lots of things to see and do.

You could also take the Long Island Railroad out to Jones Beach or Fire Island. LIRR has packages for the day to the Beach and LOTS of us will be there over the weekend, if the weather co-operates this summer. Last summer all it did was RAIN EVERY WEEKEND.

Another option would be Fire Island (LIRR again in combo with cab and ferry ride) makes for a great day, and your kids would love the Sunken Forest walk and the National Seashore rangers station.

Have a great time.
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If you have access to a car, you are only 20 min. from Jones Beach. If you want to avoid the Jones Beach crowds, you can take Wantagh Pkwy to the needle at Jones Beach and continue around the traffic circle and head east on Ocean Parkway to Tobay, Gilgo or Cedar Beach. It will cost you more to park here since you are not a resident (the are local town beaches) but they will most likely be less crowded. Tobay is first beach you will hit. Gilgo is the next, which is a popular surfing spot. Cedar is the furthest from Jones Beach and has the most amenities of the three (pitch & put golf, basketball courts, handball courts, playground, volleyball)

If you choose to go into the city, you probably will fly right in. Coming home at 10:30 PM you may hit some traffic but it shouldn't be too bad. I wouldn't be too concerned with the traffic at that time. The later you leave, the less likely you will be to hit traffic. You can always wander around Times Square for as long as your kids will last before heading back to LI.
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Old May 15th, 2007, 11:51 AM
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If you want to spend a day in NYC over the Memorial Day weekend and you're staying on Long Island, either Sat. or Sun are better days to do it than Fri. or Mon.

Near Levittown, in addition to the beach, there's Sagamore Hill, Teddy's Roosevelt's house and Old Westbury Gardens.

You might also consider using the LIRR to go into the city instead of driving.
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I agree that the LIRR is the best way to get out to see Long Island, rather than driving. But, if you'd like to go to the Hamptons, since it is about a 3 hour drive, that might be better to drive on Sunday or Tuesday (when it is really quiet). Lots to see in the Hamptons, do you have anything specific in mind, beach, shopping, art galleries? East Hampton and Sag Harbor are particularly nice.

Good ideas on on Jones Beach, and that isn't too far, hopefully the weather is nice. Another beach option is to take the train and then ferry to Fire Island.
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Old May 26th, 2011, 01:09 PM
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**That trip referred to in this thread was in 2007**
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Old May 26th, 2011, 02:24 PM
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Some trips take longer to plan.
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Old May 26th, 2011, 06:10 PM
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Or maybe the OP is still stuck in the Memorial Day traffic of 2007?
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