3 Awesome Summer Family New York Vacation Destinations

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

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

disclaimerAs 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.

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. The 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 get here is with the Davis Park Ferry.

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.


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

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 includes 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.

Author: Dr. Elise Cohen Ho
With over 25 years of experience, Elise Cohen Ho, PhD, HHP, NC, MH is an expert in natural health (mental, physical and emotional), support of the family unit and support of the individual. As a Natural Health & Lifestyle Therapist, Amazon International Bestselling Author and Motivational Speaker, she wants every person to understand that they bring incredible POWER to the world with their amazing and unique gifts. Elise is available as a freelance writer, public speaker and for private consultation. Please email elise@elisecohenho.com to set up a FREE consultation today.


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