You don't need to be hyper-organized to escape the city. Whether you're looking for easy hikes, old town charm, or big farm adventures, these18 day trips make for fabulously hassle-free family getaways.
If you're looking to cool down, a short drive from the city can take you to over 15 water parks that will blow you out of the water indeed. Who knew?
That's not to say you can't find quality
aquatic amusement right here in NYC. Check out our favorite local splashy playground in Chelsea--or stay dry at these climbing structure-filled playgrounds.
Heading to the beach? Don't forget to grab a pair of snazzy shades after applying a protective layer of natural suncreen. Once you're at the shore, moms can use sand castle hour to catch up on the summer's best beach reads.
For a more thrilling type of expedition, it's the final weekend of the Bronx Zoo's LEGO Safari exhibit. If you haven't gotten the chance to venture out yet, here's the scoop.
Of course, no Labor Day weekend is complete without a barbecue. Prepare for a fabulous feast with delicious recipes from our gourmand bloggers: watermelon ice cubes, tomato & fontina bruschetta, southern pork tenderloin, Sullivan potatoes, and ice cream cone cupcakes.
It's also a great time to get your back-to-school shopping in order. From hipster knapsacks to ultra-modern binders, stocking up just got a little bit sunnier.
And last but definitely not least: 8 icy treats for ending the summer on a super sweet note.