Randall's Island is many a New Yorker's favorite summer day-trip retreat. The recently cleaned up and restored island now offers more than 60 sports fields (including baseball, soccer, and football), a golf center, and tennis courts.
The island offers amazing views of New York City. Take them in as you bike or walk down the many car-free pathways. There's also lots of greenery to satisfy city-dwellers, including well-kept gardens, wild wetlands, and other natural areas.
In the summer, Randall's Island hosts tons of events, including music festivals, art fairs, and sports competitions.
Where is it? Between Manhattan and Queens. Fly to LaGuardia Airport (check prices).
Where to Stay? Stay back on Manhattan: The Franklin is well-situated for getting to Randall's Island.
What Else Should I Know? Take the M35 bus or drive across the RFK Bridge to access the island.
Who's it For? Families, swimmers, singers.
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