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Great Staycation Spots In NYC: Spas, Museums, Parks And More

April 5, 2017 2:30 PM

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After traveling over the holidays, many New Yorkers just want to stay put. Thankfully, there are plenty of great staycation spots right here in the city that are perfect for celebrating the season, weekends, or a work week off. By Carly Petrone.

Photo Credit: Stephen Chernin/Getty Images

Photo Credit: Stephen Chernin/Getty Images

Central Park

Central Park
New York, NY

Exploring Central Park: Eat, See, Play

Take a jog around the Reservoir, visit the zoo, or go for a stroll with Alice in Wonderland inside Central Park, or take an ice skating lesson at Wollman Rink. Whether you’re with friends, on a date, or just want some alone time, Central Park is a great place to clear your head and enjoy the beauty that New York City has to offer.

(credit: historicrichmondtown.org)

(credit: historicrichmondtown.org)

Historic Richmond Town

441 Clarke Ave.
Staten Island, NY

More: A Visitor’s Guide To Staten Island

Head over to Historic Richmond Town on Staten Island and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into another time. Take a tour of the restored structures from the 17th to early 20th centuries and make sure to stop by NYC’s oldest working family farm as well as one of the country’s oldest original houses. If music is more your thing, the tavern hosts plenty of bands on Saturday nights to tell their stories using instruments like the banjo, guitar, fiddle, and mandola. It may feel like you’re miles away from home, but in reality, it’s just a ferry ride away.

The Plunge Bar at Hotel Gansevoort in New York City

The Plunge Bar at Hotel Gansevoort (credit: hotelgansevoort.com )

Gansevoort Hotel

18 Ninth Ave.
New York, NY

More: Best Hotel Bars In New York

Have a true staycation in the Big Apple by checking into the Gansevoort Hotel in the Meatpacking District. This place offers up plenty of fun packages like the Ultimate Shopping Spree, which includes a complimentary poolside beverage and exclusive discounts at nearby retail stores like Theory, Ted Baker London, and Scoop NYC. Reserve their Head To Toe package and get pampered with a massage and one exhale mind body spa class. Being in the heart of the Meatpacking District means you’re just steps away from The High Line – perfect for exploring or going on an afternoon walk or jog. Check in and check out for a few days in the city that never sleeps.

(credit: MoMA Design Store)

(credit: MoMA Design Store)

Free Museum Days

Various locations
New York, NY

More: Best Contemporary Art Galleries In New York

Spend a day exploring all of the amazing museums and art galleries the city has to offer. From the MoMA and the Met to the Museum of Sex and the International Center of Photography, there is a place to examine art of all kinds. Plus, many of these museums also have inviting restaurants and bars where you can take a break and enjoy a good meal. There are also plenty of children’s museums to bring the whole family to like The Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the Hayden Planetarium, and the Children’s Museum of the Arts. Stop by the gift shops on your way out and buy something to remember your day. Click here for a full schedule.

(credit: Facebook/SpaCastleUSA)

(credit: Facebook/SpaCastleUSA)

Spa Castle

Various Locations

More: Best Spas In NYC

Spend your day at Spa Castle in Queens and take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Grab your spa key and head over to the bathing area, which is modeled after traditional Asian and European bath culture. Relax in one of their signature saunas or ice rooms, target pressure points throughout your body in one of the spa pools, or re-balance and rejuvenate with a massage, body scrub, or reflexology session. If you’re hungry, sit down for some sushi, grab a freshly pressed juice, or pile on the fruit toppings at the frozen yogurt bar. Purchase services, food, and beverages using your key and enjoy complimentary toiletries before heading out back into reality. Don’t feel like going all the way to Queens? Try Spa Castle Manhattan.

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Carly Petrone is a freelance writer living in New York City.

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