Family Day Trips for MDW

Written by: Morgan & Natalie

Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer, is here! And while it's great to get out of the city for the weekend, there's also something magical about the quiet of NYC when everyone leaves.

If you're staying in the city this weekend, here's some fun, family-friendly places you can visit:

Sterling Hill Mining Museum:

A fun scientific adventure with an underground mine tour. Along the way you’ll visit two museums, go inside the mine itself and see mining equipment, a drilling and blasting demonstration, and the world famous fluorescent “Rainbow Tunnel".

Where: 30 Plant Street, Ogdensburg, NJ 07439 (Entrance on Passaic Street under railroad trestle)

Distance from LIC: 1.5 hours

Operating Hours: Guided tours available at 1pm daily

Cost: $12/adult, $9/children (4-12), free for children under 4

Additional Information: Bring a sweater – the mine is about 56 degrees year round. And wear sneakers!

Turtle Back Zoo:

Take in a recreational experience in wildlife education and conservation. Enjoy fun exhibits such as the Sea Turtle Recovery, the African Adventure, and the Touch Tank. They also have a Treetop Adventure Course, face painting, and pony rides.

Where: 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NY 07052

Distance from LIC: 1 hour

Operating Hours: 10am - 4:30pm

Cost: $15/adult, $12/children (2-12), free for children under 2

Additional Information: Free parking!

Long Island Aquarium:

This FINtastic destination features one of the largest all-living coral reef displays in this hemisphere, a 120,000-gallon shark tank, year-round sea lion shows, numerous touch tanks, butterflies from all over the world, and more than 100 exhibits and interactive experiences, including Butterflies, Bugs & Birds, Shark Dive, Penguin Encounter, Pirate Snorkel, Shark Keeper, and more! We highly recommend the Atlantis Explorer Tour Boat add-on.

Where: 431 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901

Distance from LIC: 2 hours

Operating Hours: 10am - 5pm

Cost: $33/adult, $24/children (3-12), free for children under 2

Additional Information: They do not have storage facilities, so make sure to carry only those belongings that you can carry comfortably.

Grounds for Sculpture:

Nestled in the heart of central New Jersey, a magical place where art and nature are always at play. At its core are more than 270 sculptures by renowned and emerging contemporary artists, each thoughtfully positioned on meticulously landscaped parkland full of thousands of exotic trees and flowers. It is a feast for the senses!

Where: 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton, NJ 08619

Distance from LIC: 2 hours

Operating Hours: 10am - 6pm for Memoral Day Weekend (free admission for active military and vets)

Cost: $20/adult, $10/children (6-17), free for children under 5