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Seasonal activities

NYBG GLO: Outdoor holiday light experience

Take Metro-North or the subway to visit the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx for a festive world of color, plus ice sculptures, music, and other outdoor activities.

When to go:

5–10 p.m. on these dates:

  • November 27 and 28
  • December 5, 12, 18, 19, 26, 27, 28, 29, and 30
  • January 1, 2, and 9

Tickets are required. Get tickets and see more information at NYBG’s site.

A holiday lights display shows a group of swan figures on the ground. Some have their wings out or their beaks up in the air. More holiday lights are visible behind them.
Via the Bronx Zoo.
An illuminated figure of a zebra faces the camera, with a giraffe display and more holiday string lights visible in the background.
Via the Bronx Zoo.

Outdoor activities

Bethpage Golf & Tennis

Golf: There are five courses open to the public. Tee times can be made seven days in advance for New York state residents and two days in advance for non-residents. Some tee times are set-aside on a “first-come, first-served” basis. For reservations, call 516-249-0700, or make them online.

Tennis: Monday-Friday from 7-11 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. for hard and clay courts. You can make reservations by calling 516-777-1358.

The deal: $21.25 for each adult. Includes round-trip fare to/from Farmingdale Station, plus two taxi vouchers to/from Farmingdale Station to Bethpage State Park. (Call Long Island Yellow Cab at 516-249-1212.)

Hiking and more on Fire Island

Take the LIRR to visit Fire Island National Seashore, located off of Long Island’s South Shore. Enjoy nature trails and hikes; swim, surf, and fish; and explore the grounds of the William Floyd Estate and the Fire Island Lighthouse.

Getting there: Fire Island is accessible by ferry and car. Several LIRR stations are near ferry services.

  • To get to Fire Island’s western communities, take LIRR’s Montauk Branch to Bay Shore for Fire Island Ferries. To get to the Fire Island Lighthouse, take the ferry to Kismet and then take a water taxi to the lighthouse.
  • To get to to Sailors Haven, Cherry Grove, Fire Island Pines, or Water Island, take LIRR’s Montauk Branch to Sayville to connect with Sayville Ferry Service.
  • To get to Watch Hill or Davis Park, take the train to Patchogue to connect with Davis Park Ferry service.
  • To get to the William Floyd Estate, take the train to Mastic Beach and then a taxi to the estate.

For full details about outdoor activities and permits, see the National Park Service’s site.

The Mario M. Cuomo Bridge Path

For the first time, cyclists and pedestrians now can cross the Hudson River between Westchester and Rockland counties. The path features six overlooks and interpretive displays, with public art at each landing. See details online.

Getting there: Take Metro-North to the Tarrytown Station or White Plains Station and catch Hudson Link to the path.

On the weekends there is a free shuttle bus from Tarrytown Station, or you can take the H07 bus.

If you are traveling through White Plains, hop on the H05 bus to South Nyack stop. That’s near path’s Rockland Landing.

New York Botanical Garden

Read the safety guidelines before your trip.

This season, see fall colors and textures emerge across NYBG’s 250 acres. Explore dazzling dahlias, mauve asters, and meticulously trained kiku. Bring the whole family to experience the twists and turns of the Great Pumpkin Path and bounty of the Edible Academy.

  • The deal: Save 20% on Garden Pass Tickets by using code MNR20 at nybg.org.
  • When to go: Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays)
  • Getting there: Take the Metro-North Harlem Line to Botanical Garden Station and follow signs to the garden.

Purchase your train ticket from any Metro-North ticket office or ticket vending machine or on the MTA eTix app on your mobile device.

Valid only when you use code NYBG20 online at nybg.org. Valid for Garden Pass visits made through January 31, 2021. Offer subject to availability. Orders are limited to 6 tickets. Not valid on Garden Pass + Conservatory tickets, Evenings, Special Event tickets, or group tours. Discount cannot be combined with any other promotional offer or applied to previously purchased tickets. Discount may be modified or withdrawn without prior notice. Tickets are not refundable or exchangeable.

Storm King Art Center

Storm King Art Center is open as an outdoor-only experience, with limited capacity. Explore the 500-acre outdoor museum, showcasing large-scale sculpture as well as scenic hills, meadows, and forests. Book your tickets and see more details online.

Getting there: Take Metro-North’s Hudson Line to Beacon Station. There is a shuttle from the station to the art center on weekends. See shuttle details.

When to go: Wednesday-Monday (closed Tuesdays), 10 a.m. to  4:30 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving Day. The last day of the season is Sunday, December 13.

Walkway over the Hudson State Historic Park

New York’s Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park is the world’s longest elevated pedestrian bridge, stretching 1.28 miles, 212 feet above the Hudson River. The panoramic views of the Catskill Mountains and Hudson River from the walkway are spectacular in any season. See details online.

Getting there: Take the Metro-North Hudson Line to Poughkeepsie Station and then pick the option that works best for you:

  • Take a taxi: Taxis are available at the Poughkeepsie Station. The walkway is a 5-minute ride from the station.
  • Take a bus: When you exit the train, follow station signs to the bus area. Take the Route J bus to the entrance of the walkway.

The deal: Free

When to go: Open year-round, seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to sunset.

Wave Hill Public Garden

To welcome you safely and avoid crowding, advance reservations are required for all visitors. You may come any time during open hours on the day of your reservation. Make a reservation before you purchase this package. Please review these guidelines designed to keep everyone safe and well.

Looking out over the Hudson River and Palisades, nestled on the edge of the city, this 28-acre garden oasis and cultural center is one of the treasures of New York City.

Enjoy gallery exhibitions, family art projects, walks, workshops, beekeeping, yoga, gardening, cooking demos—most of these currently virtual— and celebrate human connections to the natural world.

For more information and to reserve admission tickets, visit Wave Hill Public Garden’s website or call 718-549-3200.

The deal:

  • Adults: $18.25
  • Seniors, people with disabilities, and people receiving Medicare: $12.50
  • College students: $15.25
  • Children 12-18 years of age: $13.25
  • Children 6-11 years of age: $3
  • Children 5 years of age: $2
  • Children under 5: free

These prices reflect a package price from GCT/Harlem-125th Street. The price may vary from other stations. Purchase your rail/admission ticket from any Metro-North ticket office or from a full-service ticket vending machine (excluding Riverdale Station).

Getting there: Take the Hudson Line to Riverdale Station. You can call a taxi or a ride-hailing service to get to the garden.

When to go: Year-round, Thursday-Sunday from noon to 5:30 p.m. (Closed Monday-Wednesday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day)

Neat rows of cherry trees extend down a lawn that's fading from green to yellow. The trees and ground are covered with yellow and orange leaves. People can be seen sitting between the trees toward the back of the image.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden. David Gardiner Garcia via Flickr
A white building with a large glass dome and a smaller glass dome on top stands in a thicket of brush and trees. Light from the left illuminates some of the big, green plants just visible through the glass dome.
The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. Via Flickr

Museums and exhibits

Bruce Museum

Admission to the Bruce Museum is by advance reservation, with timed ticketing to ensure the comfort and safety of visitors and staff.

With an array changing exhibitions of art and science throughout the year, the Bruce Museum lives up to its name as the jewel of Greenwich, Connecticut.

For the latest events and exhibition information, visit the museum’s website.

The deal:

  • Adults: $21.50
  • Seniors, people with disabilities, and people receiving Medicare: $16.50
  • Children 5-11 years of age: $5
  • Children under 5: free

These prices reflect the package price from GCT/Harlem-125th Street. Prices from other stations may differ. Purchase your package from any Metro-North ticket office or full-service ticket vending machine (excluding Greenwich Station).

Getting there: Take the Metro-North New Haven Line to Greenwich Station.

When to go: Year-round, Tuesday-Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hudson River Museum

Explore galleries devoted to American art from the 19th century to the present. The bookstore is the only permanent installation by pop artist Red Grooms on view in New York. Relax in the courtyard and enjoy the view of the Hudson River and the Palisades.

For additional information, visit the museum’s website or call 914-963-4550.

The deal (package price from GCT/Harlem-125th Street):

  • Adults: $19.50
  • Seniors, people with disabilities, and people receiving Medicare:  $15.50
  • Children 12-16 years of age: $16.50
  • Children 5-11 years of age: $4
  • Children under 5 years of age: free

These prices reflect the package price from GCT/Harlem-125th Street. Prices from other stations may differ. Purchase your package from any Metro-North ticket office, full-service ticket vending machine (excluding Glenwood Station).

Getting there: Take the Hudson Line to Glenwood Station. Walk a short distance to the museum.

When to go: Year-round, Thursday-Sundays, noon-5 p.m.

Katonah Museum of Art

Admission is by advance reservation, with timed ticketing to ensure the comfort and safety of visitors and staff. Plan your visit before you arrive.

The Katonah Museum of Art, one of the most celebrated small museums in the country, was founded over 60 years ago by volunteers from local communities as an exhibition venue for fine arts. The museum originates three to four exhibitions annually, covering a broad range of art and humanities topics.

See more about our exhibitions and events online, or call 914-232-9555. Free docent tours are available daily at 2:30 p.m.

The deal:

  • Adults: $27
  • Seniors, people with disabilities and people receiving Medicare: $20.50
  • Children 5-11 years of age: $2
  • Children under 5 years of age: free

These prices reflect the package price from GCT/Harlem-125th Street. Prices from other stations may differ. Purchase your rail/admission ticket from any Metro-North ticket office or full-service ticket vending machine (excluding Katonah Station).

Getting there: Take the Metro-North Harlem Line to Katonah Station. From there it’s an easy 15-20 minute walk or 3-minute taxi ride.

Magazzino Italian Art

Advance reservation is required. Book a visit now.

Magazzino Italian Art is a museum and research center located in Cold Spring, New York, devoted to Italian Postwar and Contemporary Art. Magazzino, meaning warehouse in Italian, was co-founded by Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu.

Designed by Spanish architect Miguel Quismondo, the 20,000 square-foot structure was completed in June 2017. Magazzino serves as a resource for scholars and students and offers an extensive library and archive of Italian Art. In addition, Magazzino has become a cultural hub for the vibrant Hudson Valley community thanks to the joint programs with local organizations.

The deal: Admission is free.

Getting there: Magazzino Italian Art is located a 10-minute drive from the Cold Spring train station, served by Metro-North Railroad trains on the Hudson line ending in Poughkeepsie. Travel time is 70 minutes from Grand Central Station.

Shuttle bus service to and from the Cold Spring train station by Magazzino Italian Art is currently suspended. Please use your preferred ride-sharing app to coordinate a drop off to the museum.

Zoos and aquariums

Bronx Zoo

Admission is by advance reservation, with timed ticketing to ensure the comfort and safety of visitors and staff. Plan your visit before purchasing this package.

Enjoy 265 acres of hardwood forest that’s home to 6,000 animals and more than 700 species.

For more information, visit the zoo’s website or call 718-­220-­5100.   

The deal: General admission (package price from GCT/Harlem-125th Street):

  • Adults (13 years old and older): $30.25
  • Seniors, people with disabilities and people receiving Medicare: $26.50
  • Children 12 years of age: $24.25
  • Children 5-11 years of age, $14
  • Children 3-4 years of age: $12
  • Children under age 3: Free

These prices reflect the package price from GCT/Harlem-125th Street. Prices from other stations may differ. Purchase your package from any Metro-North ticket office or full-service ticket vending machine (excluding Fordham Station).

You can pay extra at the zoo to upgrade to total experience package.

The Bug Carousel, Carter Giraffe Building, Children's Zoo, Nature Trek, Komodo Dragons in Zoo Center, and Camel Rides will temporarily remain closed.

Getting there: Take the Metro-North Hudson Line to Fordham Station.

Long Island Aquarium

Visit an all-living coral reef display, a 120,000-gallon shark tank, and more than 100 exhibits. Don’t miss the indoor gardens with the Butterflies, Bugs & Birds Exhibit.

When to go: Sunday through Saturday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., except for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Learn more online.

Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

See reopening guidelines before purchasing this package. Effective June 2020 and in accordance with CT state guidelines, entry time to the Maritime Aquarium needs to be booked in advance. Please contact 203-852-0700 x 2206 or reservations@maritimeaqaurium.org to secure a time for entry.

Get close to animals of Long Island Sound and beyond. Touch a shark; watch a seal show; and see otters, jellyfish, frogs, sea turtles and tiny seahorses.

Find more information online.

The deal:

  • Adults: $40.75
  • Seniors, people with disabilities and people receiving Medicare: $35
  • Children 12 years of age: $35.25
  • Children 5-11 years of age: $16.50
  • Children 3-4 years of age: $14.50
  • Children under 3 years of age: free

These prices reflect the package price from GCT/Harlem-125th Street. Prices from other stations may differ. Purchase your rail/admission ticket from any Metro-North ticket office or full-service ticket vending machine (excluding South Norwalk Station).

Getting there: Take the New Haven Line to South Norwalk Station. Walk a short distance to the aquarium.

When to go: Open seven days a week, excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas

A small, lemur-like animal with light tan fur on its back and dark brown fur on its shoulders and arms uses long fingers to cling to a rock face. The animal is looking at the camera with amber eyes.
A Coquerel's Sifaka at the Bronx Zoo. Pelican via Flickr
The silhouette of a child is shown in front of a large aquarium with sharks swimming in it.
A young visitor at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. Aquar.boy at sharks via Flickr

Small towns and downtowns

Cold Spring, New York

While Cold Spring has maintained its historical charm, it’s also home to many shops, restaurants, and galleries. You can stay at one of the historic inns for an overnight trip.

For time outdoors, rent a kayak or paddle board and visit Constitution Marsh, or take a more ambitious trip up to Bannerman’s Island to see its castle-like armory. Plus, there are networks of hiking trails nearby.

Getting there: Take Metro-North’s Hudson Line to Cold Spring Station. Try to sit on the left side of the train (when you’re facing north) to see the spectacular Hudson River scenery.

Milford, Connecticut

The Milford train station is in the heart of downtown. Visit shops and restaurants in town, and explore Greater New Haven's two waterfront state parks.

From Silver Sands Beach State Park, it’s a quick ride over to the new Dockside Brewery, with outdoor dining on the Quinnipiac River.

Getting there: Take Metro-North's New Haven line to Milford Station. Taxi service is available from M7 at 203-777-7777.

Montauk, Long Island

Discover the natural beauty at the tip of Long Island and enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, parks, trails, beaches, and fishing. Montauk’s laid-back atmosphere will have you coming back time and time again.

Winter in Montauk has a charm all its own. You can visit:

Spend a day getting pampered at Gurney’s Inn. Or visit Montauk Brewing Company or a local winery.

Getting there: Take a Long Island Rail Road train on the Montauk Branch. You can buy tickets at ticket windows, ticket machines, or using our MTA eTix app.

New Haven, Connecticut

Architecture fans can stroll around town, with buildings by Louis Kahn, Cesar Pelli, and Eero Saarinen. New Haven is also renowned for its extensive public art. Visit Yale University’s campus for a self-guided walking tour, and shop and dine nearby.

Getting there: Take Metro-North's New Haven Line to Union Station or State Street Station.

The free Union Station-Downtown Shuttle runs continuously every 20 minutes, from 6:05 a.m. to 10:15 p.m., Monday through Friday. The shuttle travels from Union Station on Union Avenue, up North Frontage Road, Orange Street, Church Street, Chapel Street, Temple Street, George Street and State Street. It then heads back on Union Avenue to Union Station.

Port Jefferson, Long Island

Port Jefferson, known as “Port Jeff,” is a picturesque harbor town. Enjoy fine or casual dining and unique shops.

Our package includes discounted round-trip rail to/from Port Jefferson Station and two taxi vouchers for Lindy’s Taxi.

The deal:

  • Adults: $28.50
  • Children (5-11): $16

At LIRR ticket machines, select “Deals & Getaways,” then “Long Island Getaways” followed by the package (listed in alphabetical order). You can also buy the package at a ticket window.

Getting there: Take any off-peak LIRR Port Jefferson Branch train to Port Jefferson Station. Lindy’s Taxi will be at the station. Present your taxi voucher to the driver for each trip.

Please call 30 minutes in advance for a return trip to the station, or for large groups: 631-473-0707.

An old-fashioned-looking brick building on the corner of a street in a small downtown area. Greenery covers most of the building's surface, framing arched and gabled windows. An American flag is visible in the foreground.
Cold Spring, New York. Doug Kerr via Flickr

Resorts and wineries

Hotel Indigo East End

Call Hotel Indigo in advance for availability and reservations, at 631-369-2200 ext. 0.

The deal:

Package starting at $226 includes:

  • Round-trip tickets for two, to/from Riverhead train station
  • Transportation to/from Riverhead train station
  • One night stay for two adults (Sunday-Thursday only; reservations required)
  • Transportation and tastings for two at any two locations listed below:
    • Crooked Ladder Brewing Company
    • Mustache Brewery
    • Long Ireland Brewing Co.
    • Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard
    • Long Island Spirits Vodka

Special savings are available to any LIRR monthly ticket holder who shows a current monthly ticket at check-in and to LIRR employees who show a valid LIRR ID at check-in.

When to go: Sunday-Thursday only. Reservations are required.
The package is available on Fridays and Saturdays for an additional cost. Call the hotel directly for details

Long Island Wine Tours

We have partnered with Long Island Wine Tours to offer full-service visits in Long Island's North Fork region.

Visit three wineries, complete with tastings, and enjoy live entertainmentas you sip some of the region's best wines.

Tours are subject to cancellation. Check the website on the day of the tour or call 631-775-8686 to confirm.

The deal:

  • From Penn Station, Atlantic Terminal, or Woodside (Zone 1): $119.25
  • From Jamaica (Zone 3): $119.00
  • From Hicksville or Farmingdale (Zone 7): $116.25
  • From Wyandanch or Deer Park (Zone 9): $115.25
  • From Brentwood or Central Islip (Zone 10): $115.25

The package includes:

  • Discounted round-trip rail fare
  • Voucher for Long Island Wine Tour
  • Luxury bus to 3 wineries
  • 3 to 4 tastings at each winery
  • Buffet lunch

When to go:

  • November 14, 2020
  • February 13, 2021
  • April 17, 2021
  • May 15, 2021

Getting there: Take an off-peak Ronkonkoma Branch train to Ronkonkoma Station. Look for the Long Island Wine Tour bus on the north side of the Ronkonkoma station.

Shopping

Tanger Outlets Deer Park

Find dozens of outlet stores, including designer brands, along with restaurants, cafes, and a 16-screen theater.

Getting there: Take a Ronkonkoma Branch train to/from Deer Park Station, and board the Tanger Deer Park Shuttle.

  • This special shuttle, operated by Tanger Deer Park, will meet trains at the east end of the north platform, up to 30 minutes before store opening and after store closing times. See a map of the shuttle pickup location.

The schedules and events are subject to change.