3 Awesome Summer Family New York Vacation Destinations

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3 Awesome Summer Family New York Vacation Destinations


The kids are almost out of school and a whole new season of fun is on its way.

Have you planned a summer family vacation? Have you considered a New York Vacation?

As a family, through the years summer was always a great time for us all and it was pretty easy to plan a vacation. However, the kids are older now (my baby is 18) and it is much harder to be all together for a summer family vacation. For example, one of my sons will be away working in the Sequoia Mountains from May until September or October.  That is a great summer family vacation spot but more on that in another post. At any rate, do not miss the opportunities.

I am going to start this journey with a New York Vacation. I grew up on the Island (Long Island, New York) and have enjoyed many New York Vacation destinations. Here I shall share three.

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The Hamptons, New York

I have wonderful memories of visiting the Hamptons during the New York summers.  Beach days and party nights with some awesome boutique shopping in between. There is something for everyone in the Hamptons.


Beach days and party nights with some awesome boutique shopping in between is a perfect New York vacation in the Hamptons.

The Hamptons include some of the most beautiful homes in New York so going on a driving, biking or walking tour of homes and neighborhoods is definitely a cool thing to do. In fact, according to Business Insider Southampton was ranked as the most expensive place to live in the U.S. with the median home price of $8.5 million dollars.

Once Memorial Day hits the traffic on the LIE (Long Island Expressway) ramps up every Friday by mid-afternoon as people flock to the Hamptons. If you have a few extra bucks you can avoid this traffic and catch Blade from the city. One way fares are $495 and snacks are catered by Dean and Deluca. A train is also a wonderful option.

This region of Long Island also includes Montauk which many people believe is not part of the Hamptons but is actually located in the town of East Hampton. If you want an equally wonderful vacation but something a bit more low key than this is the place to go. Be sure to visit the Montauk Point Lighthouse.


Gurney's New York Vacation is an ultimate destination.
Image courtesy of Gurney’s.


I also highly recommend Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa. It is Montauk’s only oceanfront resort destination and it books up so book early.

Fire Island, New York


I loved going to Fire Island when I was younger. We took our boat out there each Friday that we were not off to some other boating destination and came back on Sunday night. Sandy beaches, beach volleyball and hanging out with friends all are strong and fond memories for me. Our favorite part of Fire Island was Watch Hill.


If you do not have a boat of your own then the way to start your Fire Island, New York Vacation is with the Davis Park Ferry.


If you do not have a boat of your own then the way to get here is with the Davis Park Ferry.




Amenities at Watch Hill include a full-service restaurant, small grocery store, first aid, campgrounds, showers and a 182 slip marina.


From here you can walk up and down the beach and visit several fun locations. Davis Park offers a beach, a Catholic church, a bar and a full-service marina.


The Fire Island Lighthouse



The Fire Island Lighthouse and Cherry Grove are other popular Fire Island destinations. It is considered to be one of the most popular LGBTQ resorts in the United States and was designated as a historical landmark in 2015.

The City


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The summer does not exclude this idea as there are many fun things to do. I would just make sure that your hotel has a pool. There are 18 parks around the city that offer free performances including jazz,  indie rock, comedy and even Shakespeare In The Park.


There are 18 parks around the city that offer free performances including jazz, indie rock, comedy and even Shakespeare In The Park.


Central Park is full of joy and many shady spots. Enjoy a picnic and then go exploring.


Belvedere Castle, Central Park, New York
Belvedere Castle, Central Park, New York



Other New York Vacation plans may include a trip on The Circle Line or visiting Ellis Island and Liberty Park. You may even prefer the cool relief of a Broadway show or an evening of dancing. Dancing offers several options that include unique choices. There is dancing on a rooftop club or dancing on the Hudson River where every Tuesday night you can enjoy a FREE dance lesson followed by an evening of Swing Dancing. You may even choose to Lindy Hop over on Governor’s Island during the Jazz Age Lawn Party.


Check back for more on International Travel, Travel in specific states, College Travel and more in the coming months. Please let me know your favorite travel destinations in the comments below. Feel free to also include anything travel related that you want to know more about.

26 thoughts on “3 Awesome Summer Family New York Vacation Destinations”

  1. I love New York City! We went there for our honeymoon during the holiday season. So beautiful and would love to visit again!

  2. Though I don’t have kids, these all sound like great places to visit. It’s been too long since I’ve visited the city & iv been itching to get back!

  3. I LOVED NYC when I visited, but obviously I’m missing out on many other great parts of the state of New York! Definitely keeping these in mind, and I’ll have to make it a longer trip next time I make it out East.

  4. These are fantastic ideas! We visited the city last spring with our munchkins and fell in love. I would love to return one summer and wander through the Hamptons and Fire Island too. Being a native Californian those are two destinations I have never visited. Fingers crossed we make it back sometime in the near future.

  5. The Hamptons looks gorgeous. I’ll have to keep it in mind for when the kids are older. They’re all about theme parks and excitement right now. Not so much relaxation.

  6. The Hamptons has always been on my bucket list, and it looks like I need to add Fire Island as well! Thanks for the travel tips!

  7. l am considering visiting NY from Sweden and am looking forward to visiting the Fire Island. My children love beach volleyball and boat rides. Are there any places to swim at Fire Island incase the weather permits. Thanks for the information. It will greatly assist during preparation.

    1. You are so very welcome. The Fire Island beaches are lovely and the children will be able to enjoy the ocean as I did when I was a child. Please do let me know if you have any other questions.

  8. Ana Vukosavljevic

    Thanks for sharing this places with us. I would loove to visit Hamptons, they are my favourite!

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in Mindset, Stress Management, Emotional Health and the Brain-Gut Connection to it all.

During Elise's 30+ years of experience she has been honored to work closely with health and wellness pioneers such as Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. John Gray, and several others.

Dr. Ho holds multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.