Romantic day trips from NYC are abundant, and include everything from ice skating on a mill pond to a day at a seawater spa. Some of the best Northeast getaways are just an easy drive from the city, including destinations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Couples love visiting Montauk on Long Island for its fabulous seafood and its striking lighthouse, with its expansive scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Things to do in Montauk together also include horseback riding and enjoying the offerings at Gurney’s Seawater Spa to relax in the sauna, sweat it out in the steam room or swim in a seawater pool with panoramic views of the Atlantic.
Another Long Island day trip that’s perfect for couples include spending a day in Port Jefferson, which has plenty of delightful restaurants, fun foodie stops, unique shops and popular retail stores.
Heading north from the city, autumn is the perfect time for lovers to enjoy spectacular foliage in Westchester, Duchess, Ulster and Herkimer counties. And Lake George in Adirondack State Park is a hot honeymoon spot, with its spectacular views, beaches and hotels nestled between the lake and the mountains.
In summer, the Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett on Long Island is always popular, as are the bars and restaurants in town when it’s time to get out of the sun. Another fun destination is Saratoga Springs, which boasts exciting racing all summer, both thoroughbred and trotter, as well as fine restaurants, the famous springs spa, and, Brown’s Beach, the only beach on Lake Saratoga.
New Jersey also boasts some romantic day trips from NYC, such as, Allaire State Park , where visitors can take a ride on an old-fashioned steam train or tour Allaire Village, the once thriving 19th century iron-making community. For outdoor fun, the network of trails that run through the park provide opportunities for hiking, biking and horseback riding as well as hunting, fishing, canoeing and camping.