Address: New York, US
Governors Island has served many purposes—at different times belonging to the Dutch, the British, the U.S. Army, and the Coast Guard—before becoming the city escape it is today. A quick ferry ride (load up early for the best views, Lady Liberty included) drops city dwellers off on a strikingly suburban landscape, where old homes, sprawling lawns, bicycle trails, and a mini golf course help create a Pleasantville feel that’s perfect for a day off of Manhattan. The island has an extensive calendar of events, making any summer weekend a good one to visit. Pack a picnic, or buy one there—Perfect Picnic sells baskets of bread, meats, cheese, and beverages, ranging from classic to kid-friendly.