5 Short & Sweet NYC Escapes Perfect For Labor Day Weekend

Photo: Alamy.
As much as we relish living in the city, sometimes it feels just as good to get the F out. Nothing clears your head like a short break from the concrete jungle with all those sirens, pushy commuters, and angry cabbies honking at you 24/7. For those of us feeling the urban fatigue, Labor Day weekend can't come soon enough.
If you're based in NYC, it might be tempting to enjoy the tail end of the summer out in the Hamptons, but pretty much everyone else has the same idea. Cramming yourself into a packed jitney hardly feels like a break. If a laid-back getaway is more your speed, these five spots are equally accessible from the city — but with no champagne-popping, all-white-clad partygoers in sight.
Click through for our roundup of fun alternative, last-minute weekend trips to celebrate the end of summer.
1 of 11

A post shared by Joyce Li (@joyceli1021) on

Kykuit, The Rockefeller Estate, Sleepy Hollow, NY

If your idea of the perfect weekend consists of wandering around a huge, old mansion, you should bookmark this historical landmark immediately. The sprawling estate is the former stomping grounds of four generations of Rockefellers, and it houses an impressive collection of sculptures and artifacts. The best part? It stays open on Labor Day — but keep in mind that you can only visit by booking a timed tour in advance.
2 of 11

A post shared by Dan Schou Qi 丹 (@danschou) on

Kykuit, The Rockefeller Estate, Sleepy Hollow, NY (continued)

Don't Leave Without:​​ Taking photos in the magnificent sculpture garden, which is covered in blooming sunflowers this time of year.

How To Get There: Take MetroNorth from Grand Central to Tarrytown, NY. The train ride takes about 45 minutes. The estate is five minutes away by taxi from the train station.
3 of 11

A post shared by Nikita Chdy (@bittermelonnyc) on

Wave Hill, The Bronx

Yes, we're technically still in NYC, but the breathtaking greenery you'll find in this public garden is straight-up otherworldly. The horticultural displays vary by season, from rainforest cacti in the summer to dry ferns in cooler months.
4 of 11
Wave Hill, The Bronx (continued)

Don't Leave Without: Taking in views of the Hudson River at Kerlin Overlook, a recently planted plateau catching all the best light in the garden.

How To Get There: Take the A train to 242nd Street and then the Bx7 to the West 252nd Street or the Bx20 to West 246th Street. Both stops are about a five-minute walk from the garden. Alternatively, there's a free hourly Wave Hill shuttle available from the 242nd train station, from 9:10 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. daily.
5 of 11

A post shared by Alice Somma (@alicesomma) on

New Hope, PA

This ain't your average American town: New Hope has long been a haven for hippies and creatives, giving the destination a uniquely quirky character. You'll find multi-color farm houses, antique shops, and fun LBGT-friendly bars.
6 of 11
New Hope, PA (continued)

Don't Leave Without: Watching the last sunset of the summer by the New Hope-Lambertville bridge, a picturesque strip of the Delaware River.

How To Get There: A bus ride to New Hope Station from Port Authority will take you about two hours.
7 of 11
Cove Island Park Conservatory, CT

Living in NYC can leave you a little nature-deprived. Fortunately, you can get your fix of cute animals at this 80-acre park and beach in Stamford, CT. Over 350 species of birds, butterflies, and terrapin turtles call this part of the Long Island Sound their home, and you'll be able to observe them up close in their natural habitat.
8 of 11
Cove Island Park Conservatory, CT (continued)

Don't Leave Without:​​ Hopping on a free tram ride around the island​, which takes you through the two sandy beaches.

How To Get There: You can get an Uber to Cove Island Park, CT from NYC for less than $75. The journey will take roughly 50 minutes.
9 of 11
Asbury Park, NJ

You may not think much of the Jersey Shore — thanks to a certain eponymous reality TV show — but seeing the artsy side to Asbury Park will change your mind. The boardwalk of this seaside town is covered by creative murals, making for lovely photo backdrops. After your snap sessions, fuel up with a weekend pancake feast at Toast, the hottest brunch spot in the area.
10 of 11
Asbury Park, NJ (continued)

Don't Leave Without:​​ Grabbing a poolside drink at The Asbury Hotel, where the best frosé in town is served and beer flows from a van. The hotel also throws regular rooftop yoga sessions and movie viewing parties.

How To Get There: Asbury Park is about a 90-minute train ride from Penn Station on New Jersey Transit.
11 of 11