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The last of summer- great expeditions

September 1, 2009

Running out of ideas for what to do this summer? We sure are. I turned to the blog Off Manhattan for some help.  The blog is a green travel guide for New Yorkers. All their trips can be done using public transportation or via biking which is not only a pretty cool idea- it’s totally practical and well, green, of course.

Here were some of their suggestions that I am going to work on doing in the last few weeks of summer.

This post “Where to Picnic in New York: Seven Scenic Spots near NYC” lists some of my favorite places: Governors Island, Fort Greene Park and Socrates Sculpture Park. Places that I need to try apparently are: John Paul Jones Park in Bay Ridge, Wave Hill in the Bronx (wow! look at the photo above- aren’t you just dying to go there?) and Bascobel House and Gardens in Garrison, NY.

Coney Island not your style? Off Manhattan thinks Brighton Beach (just a few blocks away from the Coney Island boardwalks) is a good alternative: it has a clear blue sky and a beach “in beautiful condition.”

I am a total whimp about biking around Brooklyn with either child in a bike seat. I’ve had a couple of too-close cars that have made me nervous. Off Manhattan has 3 bike routes that I could feel safe on “that weave throughout farms, vineyards, and the sea—all near NYC and accessible without, you guessed it, a car.” My favorite one is a Brooklyn ride that has been designed by the “Pizza Peddlers”. The Peddlers are a few Brooklyn guys that are offer good bike routes that also share the objective of eating at the best rated NYC pizza joints.

This link is for those of you who want to really get away for a couple of days. Off Manhattan has compiled a list of what they say are 5 of the Best Family Resorts in the Northeast. Trips include one to Rye Brook (1 hour away), Great Wolf Lodge in the Poconos and family summer camp in Maine.