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post #1 of 10
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Would welcome any suggestions on a place to take the family (8 year old son) for a long weekend to enjoy some outdoor activities (guided fishing trip, short canoe trip, half day hike, etc.) that is within driving distance of NYC (<5 hours).

 

Thanks.

post #2 of 10

Canoeing - tons of that along the Delaware on the NY/PA border. 

Up state NY is really nice for outdoor activities. Yes, there is an up state NY and it's quite different from NYC. Google NYS office of tourism. 

There are also lots of stuff in CT & western MA.  

5 hours will also get you into SVT as far as Killington. Google is your friend. 

 

Have fun.

post #3 of 10

Go climbing in the Gunks. Google it - maybe 1.5 hours from NYC. Spectacular place.

Watch a real road race at Lime Rock Park in CT

Alpine slide at Jiminy Peak

Hike to the castle at Sleeping Giant in Cheshire CT

post #4 of 10

If you and your child aren't rock climbers, there's not much else to do at The Gunks other than riding bikes along the carriage road. However, I always liked to bring my nieces and nephews up that way to the scramble at the Mohonk Mountain House and to camp at nearby Minnewaska State Park.  Some areas of Minnewaska are closed, though, due to the recent wildfires. If you don't want to drive that far, there's Clarence Fahnestock State Park in Putnam Valley or Harriman State Park in Rockland Co.  Harriman is likely to give you more bang for no bucks. Lots of trails to hike, lots of lakes to swim and fish and you can camp there. If you plan on fishing, you need a fishing permit in NYS.  You can get trail maps at REI or through the www.nynjtc.org website. If you're up for a road trip, head up to the 'Daks (Adirondaks)! www.adk.org/  Enjoy!

post #5 of 10

The Delaware Water Gap park is worth checking out.  For an easy hike, going up to Dingman's Falls is fun.  I think my daughter was about 8 when we did it as a way to break up the drive north to Lake Placid from North Carolina.  I know there is an adventure park with a high ropes course in the Poconos somewhere.

 

The western Catskills might be a little less crowded than the Poconos.  Plenty of hiking and fishing.

 

http://www.greatwesterncatskills.com

 

http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/77168.html

 

You might try asking on NYSkiBlog .

post #6 of 10

Lots of canoeing/kayaking out in the Hamptons.  

 

Lake George area in the Adirondacks is really nice as well for hiking and boating plus plenty of kid friendly things like mini golf and ice cream.

 

Tubing is big along the Delaware Water Gap as well.

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Originally Posted by naja View Post
 

Would welcome any suggestions on a place to take the family (8 year old son) for a long weekend to enjoy some outdoor activities (guided fishing trip, short canoe trip, half day hike, etc.) that is within driving distance of NYC (<5 hours).

 

Thanks.


Not sure who does guided fishing trips

 

lots of tubing opportunities on the Delaware River, around DE Water Gap (a straight shot on I-80 to PA), also plenty of hiking in the Poconos, like over in Dingman's ferry, there is a trail on the NJ side also (before you get to the DE river).

 

Bear Mountain State Park has some hiking trails (Cross the GW Bridge, and take the Palisades Parkway all the way up)

 

Plenty of mountain biking trails in Northern NJ.

 

Mountain Creek has their downhill MTB park (and a couple XC trails at the top).... you can rent bikes there

 

there are portions of the Appalachian Trail you can do in the area.

 

If you really head north on the Truway and a little bit on the Northway, there's stuff you can do in the Lake George area

post #8 of 10
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Not sure who does guided fishing trips

 

Check out the Orvis website.  They used to do fly fishing lessons in upstate New York on the Beaverkill River (lower Delaware River).

post #9 of 10
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Lots of canoeing/kayaking out in the Hamptons.  

 

 

For the love of God, don't take your children to the Hamptons for a summer weekend!

post #10 of 10
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For the love of God, don't take your children to the Hamptons for a summer weekend!


Traffic is horrible on Sunrise Hwy, but the the Hamptons isn't that bad, just overpriced.

 

Drive past Amangansett, and you have 2 small state parks on the way to Montauk

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