New York: weekend getaways for the perfect escapade

Weekend Getaways in New York – Last-Minute Weekend Ideas

A weekend has the perfect amount of time to explore your adventurous side. Are you looking for weekend getaways in New York, then you are at the right place. There are so many fun-packed activities you can do in 2 days that will make up for all the time you had spent in your office, staring at your laptop screen. You deserve a rejuvenating, fun-packed weekend with your partner, friends, family, or all by yourself. From exploring breweries and baseball history in Cooperstown to hiking the high peaks of Adirondack Park, there is something for everyone. The weekend is here, and New York is calling you. So without further ado, let us help you plan a perfect weekend getaway. 

We bring you a list of destinations that are close enough for a stress-free weekend getaway to escape to a tranquil place away from the hustle.

The Hamptons

When New Yorkers think of fresh air, peace, and beautiful beaches, the Hamptons pop up in their heads. It is the perfect place for an escape from the city. Referred to as the “Most Beautiful Villages in America,” it has gorgeous beaches, famous restaurants, historical museums, and nature preserves to make your weekend unforgettable.

What to do when in the Hamptons
  • Hit the beach. Cooper’s Beach is one of the must-visit beaches in the region and should be on your go-to list. You can try a hand at surfing, or enjoy a wholesome picnic with your friends, or just enjoy the view while basking in the sun.
  • Sunset at Foster Memorial Beach. Also known as ‘Long Beach,’ it has benches facing the sea for you to enjoy the mesmerizing sunset. The place is surrounded by a galore of eateries that serve some of the best delicacies.
  • Take Pictures with the Windmills. You will find the most windmills in the US here, some even dating back to 300 years, used to grind grains. You can even step back into time through these historical monuments.
  • Marvel at the sight of the Lighthouse. Montauk is a hamlet in East Hampton and has a multitude of beaches and renowned eateries. John’s Pancake House is a must-visit for breakfast, followed by a view of the first-ever lighthouse built in New York State. 
  • Bid Adieu to stress. If you want to relax or meditate, then Salt Caves is the place for you. These caves are believed to help with stress, allergies, and even asthma. This is a must-visit destination and should be on your list of NY getaways.

Lake Placid

A village in upstate NY that has become synonymous with winter because it is surrounded by high, snowy peaks of the Adirondack Mountains. It is one of the best places to enjoy the outdoors with hiking trails, waterfalls, historic sites, and ski slopes. 

What to do when in the Lake Placid
  • Visit the Olympic Sites. Take a stroll down memory lane when you walk through the sites where the Winter Olympics were hosted. Tourists can explore the bobsled run, skiing, and snowboarding, and more.
  • Ski at Whiteface Mountain. One of the tallest peaks in NY State; it is one of the main hubs of adventurous outdoor activities. If you are not into skiing/hiking, you can take a cruise on the Cloudsplitter Gondola and take in the spectacular and mesmerizing views of the mountain’s peak.
  • High Falls Gorge. It is a privately owned nature park that bypasses four waterfalls.  The park is open for visitors year-round, but if you want to get a birds-eye view of the gorge, the glass-floor walkaways open in the Summers.
  • Go Kayaking at Mirror Lake. If you want to go canoeing, kayaking, standup paddleboarding, or swimming, you should head straight up to Mirror Lake. Although during winters, the lake freezes and allows activities like toboggan chute, long ice track, and pond hockey.
  • Ride the sleigh.  Make your dreams come true, and hop in a horse-drawn sleigh at America’s Winter Wonderland. The activity is perfect for couples and families. Snuggle under a warm blanket with your loved ones, listen to the sounds of bells, and enjoy the views of the magnificent snow-covered pine trees.



The place is a 2-hour drive from New York City with some of the best scenic views. It offers some of the best mountaintop views, water parks, hikes, ziplining, and paddleboarding in North America. Catskills has something for everyone and hence is one of the best weekend getaways in New York.

What to do when in Catskills
  • Go crazy at Zoom Flume Water Park. The waterpark in itself can be enough to make your weekend exciting. There is so much that you can not fit in a single day; hence, we recommend you book a room at one of the hotels or resorts and enjoy everything the place offers.                 
  • Camp at North-South Lake State Campground. Swimming, hiking, camping, fishing, canoeing, kayaking. The place has it all. You can rent paddleboats, boats, canoes, and kayaks there. However, motorized boats are not permitted. 
  • Ziplining at Hunter Mountain. The highest, longest, and fastest zipline tour in North America and the second-largest in the world has three family-friendly options to choose from. The cost for the same starts from $129 per person, and the tour lasts three hours, going from mountain peak to mountain peak and back again. 
  • Experience unique downhill riding. Riders of all levels will be stoked when they visit Windham Mountain, Bike Park. Expert trail designers have skillfully designed the terrain and feature berms, tabletops, mini rock gardens, and more.
  • Take a farm Tour. Hull-o Farms offers you a chance to see the workings of a farm, how to tend to animals in a duration of 45-minutes. You get to see goats, pigs, cows, calves, sheep, kittens, ducks, chickens, bunnies, and deer.

Sleepy Hollow

Situated at the banks of the Hudson River, Sleepy Hollow offers stunning views, a walk down the history, and a charming family vibe. You can explore the local shops, restaurants, galleries, and coffee shops, while you admire the history, art, and culture of the town.

Sleepy Hollow
What to do when in Sleepy Hollow
  • Halloween came a little early. Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is the place to go if you want to feel the chills. The Pocantico River running through the place adds to the stunning views. You will even enjoy the views of the beautiful rolling hills, the Hudson River, and mausoleums.
  • Take a peek into history. Philipsburg Manor is the place for you to find out how New York State looked like in the mid-18th century. It was home to 23 slaves of African descent at the time and hence serves as a museum to bring awareness to American Slavery. 
  •  Gaze at the picturesque views. The Rockefeller State Park is home to 202 different species of birds to amphibians, monarch butterflies, fish, and more. It was donated to the NY state to preserve the natural beauty and wildlife.
  • Shop at the Farmers Market. The market has been open every Saturday since 2015, and has a variety of fresh produce, meats, cheeses, bread, baked goods, and more to choose from. 
  • Marvel at world-class art. The place is blessed with art from Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse. You will be able to spot some stunning stained-glass works, church windows from Chagall and Matisse.

Plan fantastic weekend getaways from NYC from these destinations to satisfy your wanderlust. To discover charming small towns, hike spots, restaurants, and hidden gems, book your flight to New York right away. The state has lots of great weekend opportunities, and we will be back with more. So stay tuned.