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6 Fun Day Trips From Port Authority

September 20, 2013 6:00 AM

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No matter how much you love New York, every once in a while you probably need to get out of the city. The trips listed below leave from Port Authority in Times Square. Some will even have you back in time for dinner or a Broadway show. By Jessica Allen.

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Storm King Art Center

1 Museum Road
New Windsor, NY 12553
(845) 534-3115

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The price of this Coach USA trip includes round-trip bus fare and admission to Storm King Art Center, a 500-acre sculpture park in Hudson Valley, about an hour and a half from New York City. Nestled among the grasses, trees, and wildflowers are more than 100 works by contemporary artists like Maya Lin, Richard Serra, Andy Goldsworthy, and Tal Streeter (pictured). Each one has been placed just so to interact with the natural world.

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(credit: Mwanner)

Bear Mountain State Park

3006 Seven Lakes Drive
Bear Mountain, NY 10911
(845) 786-2701

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With this bus trip, you can have freshly baked bagels for breakfast and dramatic views of the Hudson Highlands along the Appalachian Trail for lunch. Bear Mountain State Park offers a zoo, an inn, a merry-go-round, ballfields, picnic areas, a playground, swimming pool, places to fish, and biking and hiking trails (some of which are old mining or military roads, dating to the Revolutionary War). Fit folks might scamper up to the Perkins Memorial Tower, more than 1,300 feet above the Hudson River, to see what there is to see.

Woodbury Common Premium Outlets

498 Red Apple Court
Central Valley, NY 10917
(845) 928-4000

This bus trip to the outlet stores at Woodbury Common is so popular that it usually runs seven times a day. You can combine a visit here to one with Storm King or West Point, or you can just spend the day at the world’s largest designer outlet center, shopping for deals at such retailers as Burberry, Barneys New York, Fendi, Oscar de la Renta, The North Face, Tom Ford, and MaxMara. The package includes a VIP coupon book with hundreds of discounts at the stores and restaurants.

Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari

1 Six Flags Boulevard
Jackson, NJ 08527
(732) 928-1821

One bus ride, so many different thrilling experiences. You can spend the day at Six Flags Great Adventure, the largest Six Flags in the United States, riding roller coasters, playing games, taking a cable car across the sky, and having a picnic. You can take the off-road Safari Adventure through rugged terrain that’s home to 1,200 animals. Or you can head next door to Hurricane Harbor, and splash about this 45-acre tropical-themed waterpark, including a million-gallon wave pool and almost 20 speed slides.

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(credit: Golden Nugget)

Atlantic City

Atlantic City, NJ

A different set of thrills may be had in Atlantic City. Academy Bus Lines offers frequent trips to major casinos, including Trump Marina and Trump Plaza, Claridge, Bally’s, Hilton, Caesar’s, Claridge, Hilton, Resort’s, Showboat, Taj Mahal, Golden Nugget (pictured), and Tropicana, every day. If you don’t feel like gambling, you can hang out at the beach, walk along the famed boardwalk (and check out sites from HBO’s Boardwalk Empire), spend the day at the spa, play golf, and eat–boy, can you eat, from sit-down to buffets to slice and sandwich joints.

If you’re interested in seeing how the other half lived, book a spot on this bus trip to Hyde Park. You’ll stop first at a Gilded Age mansion once home to the Vanderbilts (pictured). Today it’s a national historic site, offering a fascinating glimpse into life in the late 19th century. Then you’ll journey on to Springwood, beloved lifelong home of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Here you can visit the Presidential Library and Museum, operated by the National Archives, take a guided tour of the house itself, and wander around the 300-acre grounds. Fancying yourself a muckety-muck is entirely optional.

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