The Best Labor Day Weekend Getaways from NYC

Labor Day weekend offers a perfect escape from the hustle of NYC. As the city winds down, many New Yorkers seek out refreshing getaways to mark the holiday. If you’re looking for the ideal break, this listicle has you covered. Dive into the best Labor Day weekend getaways, all just a drive or short trip away from the Big Apple.

My tip: In my detailed “Labor Day NYC” article you can dive deeper into Labor Day celebrations, its historical significance, and its present-day relevance in the heart of New York!

Labor Day Weekend Getaways from NYC

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    Washington D.C.

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    Embark on a Labor Day escape from NYC to Washington D.C., a mere four-hour drive. The capital’s iconic monuments come alive amid the brilliant hues of fall. Traverse through New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland to immerse in the autumnal splendor enveloping Capitol Hill.

    Things to do in Washington D.C.

    Places To See in Washington D.C.

    • Lincoln Memorial
    • The White House
    • National Mall
    • United States Capitol
    • Washington National Cathedral
    • Arlington National Cemetery
    • Thomas Jefferson Memorial

    Helpful links

    If you looking for an accommodation check our this website and if you want to rent a car in New York, I recommend this site.

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    A Fall Day Trip from NYC: Poughkeepsie

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    Barely two hours from the city, the “Queen City of the Hudson” brims with seasonal splendor. This old Dutch settlement, now a bustling college town, combines historical elegance with modern vibes. As autumn leaves drape the town’s historic buildings, visitors can explore trendy boutiques and savor meals in ambient eateries.

    The numerous parks offer serene spots for picnics and strolls in the crisp fall air. Poughkeepsie provides a refreshing break from city life, letting travelers revel in both nature and culture.

    Things to do in Poughkeepsie

    • Experience the walkway over the Hudson River.
    • Stroll along Hudson River – it is amazing and one of the best spots is by far the Victor C. Waryas Park!
    • Enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants before heading to the Bardavon Opera House to enjoy a show.

    Places to see in Poughkeepsie on your day trip from New York

    • Historic Huguenot Street
    • Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center
    • Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum

    Helpful links

    If you want to rent a car in New York, I recommend this site.

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    Phoenicia: A Great Fall Day Trip from NYC for Families in the Catskill Mountains

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    Venture to Phoenicia in the scenic Hudson Valley. Situated in the heart of the Catskills and just two and a half hours from the city, Phoenicia dazzles with its autumn hues. The Catskill Mountains are adorned with red, orange, and gold, providing a breathtaking backdrop. Dive into boutique shopping, savor local dining, or hike through the autumn-touched peaks for a truly memorable fall getaway.

    Distance: 130 Miles (2 – 2,5 hours by car)

    Things to do in Phoenicia on your day trip from New York

    • Enjoy a meal at the Phoenicia Diner.
    • Tube down the Esopus.
    • Take a hike through the Mount Tobias forest.

    Places To See in Phoenicia

    • World’s largest kaleidoscope
    • Catskills scenic drive
    • Downtown Phoenicia

    Helpful links

    If you want to rent a car in New York, I recommend this site.

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    The Palisades, New Jersey

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    For those seeking a Labor Day escape close to NYC, the Palisades in Bergen County offers an ideal respite. Overlooking the Hudson River, this expansive 2,500-acre park boasts over 30 miles of hiking trails, waterfront picnic spots, and historic landmarks. Recognized as both a National Historical and National Natural Landmark, the Palisades is a must-visit destination for a refreshing getaway.

    Distance: 16 Miles (1/2 to 1 hour by car | 40 minutes by train)

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    Spend a Day on Governors Island

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    For a rejuvenating Labor Day break from NYC’s urban sprawl, think about a serene escape to Governors Island. Nestled in the heart of the East River, this oasis of calm is just a short $4 ferry ride away.

    Once there, you’re transported to a world of historic forts, lush green spaces, and panoramic views of Manhattan’s skyline. Whether it’s for picnicking, biking, or simply unwinding, Governors Island offers a refreshing contrast to the city’s constant hum.

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    Hamilton Township, NJ: A Weekend Getaway for Everyone During Fall

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    For a perfect Labor Day Weekend Getaway, consider Hamilton Township in New Jersey. Just an hour’s drive from NYC, this area transforms into a fall haven spread across 40 square miles. Home to more than 64 state parks and expansive preserved lands, Hamilton is a top choice for autumn enthusiasts. From historical parks painted with hues of fall to lively community events, there’s something for everyone.

    The town also offers a unique shopping scene, from expansive retail hubs to charming local boutiques, all set against the backdrop of golden leaves. Hamilton provides a refreshing mix of nature and community spirit, making it an ideal autumn escape.

    Distance: 60 Miles (1,5 hours by car)

    Things to do in Hamilton Township on your day trip from New York

    • Explore the Sayan House and Gardens.
    • Take a ride on the New Hope Railroad.
    • Spend an hour or two meandering around the Art Museum at Princeton University.

    Places To See in Hamilton Township

    • Grounds for Sculpture
    • Shaky Bridge
    • Tulpehaking Nature Center

    Helpful links

    If you want to rent a car in New York, I recommend this site.

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    Central Park: A Perfect Fall Weekend Getaway in New York

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    As autumn blankets New York City, Central Park transforms into a vivid canvas of fall hues, stretching from Midtown Manhattan to Harlem. Across its 340 hectares, the park is a haven for both locals and tourists, drawing in about 35 million visitors annually. Fall in Central Park offers an enchanting backdrop for leisurely strolls along its pathways, cycling through its bike lanes, or simply relaxing in spots like Sheep’s Meadow or the iconic Bow Bridge. The Bethesda Terrace becomes a picturesque setting with fallen leaves, and the Central Park Zoo provides a unique experience amidst the changing seasons.

    Whether you’re joining the crowd for the NYC Marathon or simply seeking a serene autumn escape, Central Park is the quintessential destination for fall activities and family day trips. Central Park is also a wonderful place that I mention in my ultimate guide to Staycation Hotels in New York.

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    New Haven: A Hidden Weekend Getaways near NYC

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    For those seeking Labor Day Weekend Getaways from NYC, New Haven offers a refreshing autumnal escape along Connecticut’s coastline by the Long Island Sound. Just two hours from the city, New Haven showcases a lively arts scene against the backdrop of fall colors and seasonal delicacies. Enjoy crisp autumn breezes, scenic shoreline views, and a blend of fall-themed art and cuisine in this idyllic Labor Day Weekend destination.

    Distance: 80 Miles (2 hours by car)

    Things to do in New Haven

    • Enjoy the beach and the sunset at Lighthouse Point Park or at Amarante’s Sea Cliff (62 Cove St, New Haven)
    • Tour the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.
    • Enjoy a show at Shubert Theater.

    Places To See

    • Yale University
    • East Rock Park
    • Five Mile Point Light

    Helpful links

    If you want to rent a car in New York, I recommend this site.

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    The Finger Lakes: An Amazing Fall Day Trip from NYC for Families

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    For those planning Labor Day Weekend Getaways from NYC, the Finger Lakes region emerges as an autumnal paradise. As the fall season ushers in, the region bursts into a spectrum of vibrant colors, providing a stark contrast to the city’s hustle. Among its 11 glacier-formed lakes, Cayuga Lake in Ithaca and Seneca Lake in Watkins Glen State Park are particularly mesmerizing.

    The surrounding gorges, waterfalls, and state parks intensify the beauty. To truly relish the Labor Day Weekend, indulge in the region’s renowned wineries and savor the tastes of autumn. This not-so-distant haven promises a delightful blend of scenic beauty and seasonal activities.

    Distance: 260 Miles (5 hours by car)

    Things to do in the Finger Lakes Region on your fall day trip from New York

    Places To See on your autumn Day Trip from New York

    • Watkins Glen State Park (the trail is amazing!)
    • Robert Treman State Park
    • Rosamond Gifford Zoo
    • Corning Museum of Glass

    Helpful links

    If you want to rent a car in New York, I recommend this site.

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    For Nature-Lovers: Cold Spring in the Hudson Valley

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    Cold Spring, nestled in the embrace of the Hudson River, stands as one of the top Labor Day Weekend Getaways, just a short 90-minute train ride from New York City. As the tapestry of fall unfurls, this 19th-century town bursts with vibrant colors, making it an idyllic Labor Day Weekend destination.

    The heart of the town, lined with antique shops, boutiques, and warm eateries, pulses with a unique autumnal charm. Beyond the allure of its historic downtown, Cold Spring’s trails and parks, adorned with the season’s hues, beckon adventurers seeking the perfect blend of relaxation and exploration.

    Distance: 65 Miles (1,5 hour by car)

    Things to do in Cold Spring

    • Tour the Boscobel House and Gardens.

    Places To See on your Day Trip from New York

    • Hudson Highlands State Park
    • Bannerman Castle
    • Little Stony Point

    Helpful links

    If you want to rent a car in New York, I recommend this site.

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    Insider Weekend Getaway from NYC: Baltimore

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    For those seeking Labor Day Weekend Getaways from New York, Baltimore, Maryland stands out as an exceptional choice. Located just a three-hour journey away, whether by car or train, this coastal city radiates a unique autumn allure. Experience Baltimore’s distinct charm this Labor Day Weekend, beautifully highlighted by the season’s vibrant fall colors, offering a delightful contrast to popular destinations like Boston and Washington.

    Things to do in Fall in Baltimore

    Places To See

    • National Aquarium
    • Reginald F. Lewis Museum
    • Port Discovery Children’s Museum
    • Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

    Helpful links

    If you want to rent a car in New York, I recommend this site.

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    Just Amazing: This 2-Days Trip to Niagara Falls during Fall

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    Looking for the ideal Labor Day Weekend Getaway? Niagara Falls during New York’s fall season is a top choice. As autumn leaves adorn the landscape, the falls are further enhanced, promising a stunning backdrop for your Labor Day Weekend. Dive into the beauty of the falls, amplified by the autumn ambiance. Take the weekend to explore both the US and Canadian vistas, making your getaway truly memorable.

    My tip: These are the 5 Best Niagara Falls Day Trips from New York.

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    Day Trip to Boston from New York in Fall

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    Considering Labor Day Weekend Getaways? Set your sights on Boston’s autumn allure. As the city’s leaves transform into radiant colors, its historic sites, architecture, and monuments become even more enchanting. Offering a delightful contrast to NYC, Boston stands out as a must-visit fall destination. Departing from the Gray Line Visitors Center, the journey to this historic gem is just a 4-hour bus ride away.

    Things to do in Boston

    • stroll along Charles River Esplanade
    • explore the famed Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • visit the famous Fenway Park (this is the best tour)
    • enjoy an iced-coffee in Boston Common (I love this park!)
    • enjoy a historical adventure and travel back in time to 1773 to be part of the famous Boston Tea Party

    Places To See in Boston

    • Museum of African American History
    • New England Aquarium (perfect for families!)
    • Museum of Fine Art
    • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

    Helpful links

    If you looking for an accommodation check our this website and if you want to rent a car in New York, I recommend this site.

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    Among The Best Labor Weekend Getaways near NYC: the White Mountain National Forest

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    Searching for the perfect Labor Day Weekend escape? The White Mountain National Forest, just a five-hour drive from Manhattan, transforms into a stunning canvas of autumn colors during the fall season. Stretching from western Maine to eastern New Hampshire, it stands out as one of the most picturesque Labor Day Weekend Getaways, offering breathtaking landscapes and countless opportunities to immerse oneself in nature’s splendor.

    Things to do in the White Mountains

    • Hike to Arethusa Falls, which is New Hampshire’s tallest waterfall.
    • Rent a rustic cabin at one of the many sites throughout the forest.

    Places To See

    • Conway scenic railway
    • Polar Caves Park
    • Cranmore Mountain Resort

    Helpful links

    If you looking for an accommodation check our this website and if you want to rent a car in New York, I recommend this site.

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    Martha's Vineyard: My Favorite Family Autumn Weekend Getaway from NYC

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    Martha’s Vineyard, merely seven miles off Cape Cod, stands as a premier choice for Labor Day Weekend Getaways from NYC. The five-hour scenic route to this enchanting island unveils the splendor of fall foliage, making the journey as captivating as the destination itself.

    Once there, the island’s six distinctive towns each don an autumnal cloak, bustling with fall festivities and shimmering in seasonal hues. It’s an idyllic Labor Day Weekend retreat for those yearning for a refreshing autumnal respite.

    Things to do at Martha’s Vineyard

    • Keep an eye out for celebrities – everyone from Meg Ryan and Seth Meyers to the Obamas are known to frequent the area.
    • Spend a few hours exploring Oak Bluffs.
    • Take a walking tour of Edgartown.

    Places To See

    • Gingerbread Houses
    • The Island’s five lighthouses
    • Alley’s General Store

    Helpful links

    If you looking for an accommodation check our this website, here you can check the schedule of the ferry and if you want to rent a car in New York, I recommend this site.

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