Best weekend getaways near NYC, accessible by public transportation

As New Yorkers, we know how to work hard and play harder. And whether you prefer delicious farm-to-table food, a taste of local microbreweries and distilleries, hiking, biking and climbing or just relaxing in a hammock and swimming in a natural pond, there are plenty of summer getaway options right near NYC. Best part? They are only a bus ride away.

1. Klee Meadow

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Ever-rolling hills with forty-seven acres of hiking trails, this campsite could’ve easily been a Thoreau poem. If you’ve been thinking of a getaway from the city, this place is perfect for you. For $20, the CampKeepers offer pick up and drop off service from the bus stop.

Distance from New York: 154 miles

Things to do: flea market, farmer’s market, mountain biking, road biking, hiking

How to get there: From Port Authority Bus Terminal (41st St & 8th Ave), take Trailways of New York bus to Kingston. Transfer at Kingston and take the Trailways to Stamford, NY.


2. Lothlorien

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Named after Tolkien’s Elvish Middle-Earth homeland, this campsite is straight out of a fantasy novel. Offering hiking, swimming, and great fishing, this is the outdoor experience with everything you could ask for. Your camp is surrounded by forest with an excellent view of Redtail Meadow.

Distance from New York: 94 miles

Things to do: fishing, swimming, horseback riding, hiking, farmer’s market, canoeing/kayaking, rock climbing, road biking

How to get there: From New York Port Authority, take the Coach USA bus to Kerhonkson, NY. It’s 10-15 minute cab ride from there to the campsite.


3. Red Fox Forest

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With two hundred acres and an eighty foot waterfall, this easy-to-access campsite is the ideal escape from the Big Apple. You can go rock climbing, hiking, or just sit back and enjoy being completely cocooned in nature. Our favorite is swimming in the natural, spring-fed pond.

Distance from New York: 78 miles

Things to do: mountain biking, swimming, hiking, farmer’s market, rock climbing

How to get there: From New York Port Authority, take the Trailways of New York bus to New Paltz. From there, it’s a short 15 minute cab ride.


4. Bear’s Den

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Sit out in total seclusion in acres of open space with an insta-worthy view of the mountains. The CampKeeper, Andy, has been known to show his guests around and even give hayrides to a local swimming hole.

Although it feels like you’re a million miles away from civilization, Andes - a quaint town with some serious art galleries, antique and craft shops, a chic farmer’s market - is just a short ride away.

Distance from New York: 140 miles

Things to do: mountain biking, fishing, canoeing/kayaking, swimming, farmer’s market, hiking

How to get there: From Port Authority New York, take the Trailways of New York bus to Andes. Catch a cab and in around 10 minutes, you’ll be at the campsite.


5. Catskill Oasis

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This site is a foodie’s dream. At the local store on-site, the CampKeepers offer homemade bacon and sausage, delicious craft beer, local, organic produce and more. You’ll be just a few feet away from a great pond for swimming and fishing.

Distance from New York: 157 miles

Things to do: swimming, canoeing/kayaking, farmer’s market, mountain biking, golfing, wineries/distilleries, hunting, fishing, road biking, horseback riding, skeet shooting, hiking

How to get there: From Port Authority New York, take the Trailways of New York to Meridale, and from there, it’s about a 15 minute cab ride to your destination.

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