While there are plenty of things to keep you busy at Jellystone Park™, we understand the desire to get out and explore beautiful New York while you’re in the area! Luckily, our Camp-Resort is located near many unique and must-visit area. Just 95 minutes away, or a quick train ride from Poughkeepsie, one can find New York City. And if you only have a day to spend in NYC, it’s sure to be a busy one spent exploring different must-see attractions. Keep reading to find out about some of our family friendly favorites!


Nestled on the Upper West Side, this family favorite is bursting with fossils, 122-foot-tall dinosaurs, rare mummies, and an interactive planetarium. There’s no shortage of material for your kids to marvel at as they explore our earth’s history – you’ll be sure to learn tons as you wander through exhibits, science rooms, and galleries! Plan on spending at least a couple hours here. If you get hungry, be sure to check out the lower level food court or one of their cafes!



Take a breather and spend some time in Manhattan’s greenery! Home to an Egyptian-themed playground, famous carousel, Sheep Meadow, Shakespeare Park, Conservatory Garden, Belvedere Castle, and so much more, you have tons of options to get your fill of Central Park before you head back into the city!



Looking for a view of the city? The best one is at the Top of the Rock! NBC’s famous 30 Rockefeller Plaza takes you 70 stories up for a spectacular vista on their observation deck. Soak in the panoramic views and take in the vastness of the city! Be sure to bring some quarters so you can use their binoculars for some added fun!


An American icon, Lady Liberty is a must-see! Standing at 305 feet tall, she’s hard to miss and is a great photo-op. Want a closer up look? Climb the 337 steps to get to the observation deck inside the crown! You’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views!


With 265 acres and 4,000 animals, you could spend all day exploring the Bronx Zoo! For a shorter trip, take a two-hour tour of their more popular exhibits like Tiger Mountain, Himalayan Highlands, Congo Gorilla Forest, and World of Reptiles.


Since you’re only spending a day in New York City, we think that these attractions are a good place to start your adventure. See one, or see them all, either way you’re sure to leave with a smile! And the best part is, you’ll be heading back to your favorite Jellystone Park™ to get some much needed rest after a busy day of exploring!