Getaway deals from Metro-North

July 23, 2008 6:47:59 PM PDT
Rising gas prices may be shortchanging your summer weekends, but there's lots you can do all over the Tri-State area that won't bust your budget. In fact, you don't even need a car.Just hop on the train and off you go on a getaway of your choice. Sponsored by Metro-North, these one-day trips are also discounted.

Brochures can be picked up at Grand Central Station and Metro-North train stations. The possibilities range from amusement parks to museums and casinos to cruises. There are more than 40 destination spots all over the area.

"In Dutchess County, they have a number of farm tours," Metro-North's Marjorie Anders said. "One day you can go to a winery and then go see cheese made. Another day you can go picking berries."

Or you can beat the heat at kykuit, the famed Rockefeller estate. Set 500 feet in the breezy hills above Sleepy Hollow, visitors can tour the house, gardens and lots more.

"We have Nelson Rockefellers extensive sculpture collection," said Susan Greenstein, director of the Kykuit Program. "We have the coach barn with antique carriages and clasic autos, that's fabulous, the guys always love that part. In our own backyard, we have this house that Nelson Rockefeller thought everyone should see how the family had lived."

Or you can try your luck on the slots at Empire City at Yonkers Raceway. The Bronx Zoo getaway will take animal lovers on a jungle adventure at the new Madagascar exhibit and other wildlife sightings, too. Or you can check out the flower power at the New York Botanical Garden.

"There are things you can do that will really give you a change of pace and make you feel like you've had a vacation," Anders said.

Most getaways range from $15 to $35 and can be bought at Metro-North train stations offices and ticket machines or online. The best part is that you don't have to fill up you tank to get there.

There is also one weekend getaway at a bed and breakfast in Connecticut. For more information on the discounted packages, CLICK HERE.


STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Tim Fleischer