Family Road Trip Guide for Suffolk County Families

Head out for a weekend getaway!

By Helen Partlow, Greater Port Jefferson Macaroni Kid Publisher & Allison Tursi, Holbrook Macaroni Kid Publisher June 3, 2021

Looking to pack up the family and have a little getaway or day trip?  We have some great ideas for you!  Whether you don't want to travel too far, under an hour, or venture out a little further 4+ hours away from Suffolk County Long Island, you'll find great options below!  Have a suggestion not listed?  Email me at

Under 2 Hour Drive

  1. Bronx Zoo (Bronx)
  2. New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
  3. Brooklyn Bridge (Brooklyn)
  4. Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Brooklyn)
  5. Luna Park in Coney Island (Brooklyn)
  6. New York Aquarium (Brooklyn)
  7. Queens Zoo (Corona)
  8. Rainbow Castle Indoor Playground (Flushing)
  9. 9/11 Memorial & Museum (NYC)
  10. American Girl Place (NYC)
  11. American Museum of Natural History (NYC)
  12. Broadway Shows (NYC)
  13. Bryant Park (NYC)
  14. Central Park (NYC)
  15. Children’s Museum of Manhattan (NYC)
  16. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum (NYC)
  17. Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC)
  18. Museum of Modern Art (NYC)
  19. Museum of Natural History (NYC)
  20. New York Hall of Science (NYC)
  21. New York Transit Museum (NYC)
  22. Ripley’s Believe It or Not (NYC)
  23. Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island (NYC)
  24. The High Line (NYC)
  25. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (NYC)
  26. Legoland Discovery Center (Yonkers)
  27. Sleepy Hollow (NY)
  28. American Dream (NJ)
  29. Field Station Dinosaur (NJ)
  30. Liberty Science Center (NJ)
  31. Medieval Times (NJ)
  32. Imagine That (NJ)
  33. Jenkinsons Aquarium (NJ)
  34. SeaQuest (NJ)
  35. Beardsley Zoo (CT)
  36. Maritime Aquarium (CT)
  37. SeaQuest (CT)
  38. The Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum (CT)

2-3 Hour Drive

  2. Jellystone Park (NY)
  3. Rail Explorers (NY)
  4. Rocking Horse Ranch (NY)
  5. Adventure Aquarium (NJ)
  6. Coco Key Water Resort (NJ)
  7. Crystal Springs Resort (NJ)
  8. Delaware River Tubing (NJ)
  9. Diggerland (NJ)
  10. Six Flags Great Adventure (NJ)
  11. Storybook Land (NJ) 
  12. Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure (NJ)
  13. Camelback Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark (PA)
  14. Camelback Camelbeach Outdoor Waterpark (PA)
  15. Crayola Experience (PA)
  16. Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom (PA)
  17. Great Wolf Lodge (PA)
  18. Kalahari (PA)
  19. Please Touch Museum (PA)
  20. Sesame Place (PA)
  21. Essex Steam Train & Riverboat (CT)
  22. Lake Compounce (CT)
  23. Lyman Orchards (CT)
  24. Mystic Aquarium (CT)
  25. Quassy Amusement Park (CT)
  26. The Dinosaur Place (CT)
  27. Six Flags New England (MA)

3-4 Hour Drive

  1. Howe Caverns (NY)
  2. New York Zipline Canopy Tours (NY)
  3. Gillian’s Wonderland Pier (NJ)
  4. Morey’s Piers & Water Park (NJ)
  5. OC Waterpark & Adventure Golf (NJ)
  6. Splash Zone Water Park (NJ)
  7. Totally Tubular Aqua Park (NJ)
  8. Cartoon Network Hotel (PA)
  9. Dutch Wonderland (PA)
  10. Hershey Park (PA)
  11. Lancaster Science Factory (PA)
  12. Turkey Hill Experience (PA)
  13. Roger Williams Park Zoo (RI)

4+ Hour Drive

  1. Lake George Village (NY)
  2. Six Flags Great Escape (NY)
  3. Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Water Park (NY) 
  4. Gettysburg (PA)
  5. Cape Cod Inflatable Park (MA)
  6. Edaville Family Theme Park (MA)
  7. New England Aquarium (MA)

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