10 Enchantingly Beautiful Places That Don’t Feel Like You’re in NYC

10 Enchantingly Beautiful Places That Don’t Feel Like You’re in NYC

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Do you ever get sick of being in the city, but can’t afford a vacation? If you need a day to beat that NYC hustle, take a day trip to one of these 10 enchantingly-beautiful, city-free spots.

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    This Garden is two hundred and fifty acres of changing exhibitions, trails you can hike, and gardens that will take your breath away. This is definitely one of the best places for a walk in the city, without the fear of crowds or cars getting in your way.
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    City Island is a small island and community that hardly seems to be a part of the city. It has the feel of a quaint, New England fishing village and the charm of a classic beach town. It’s also a great place to get seafood in NYC.
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    The Bronx’s only public beach was given the nickname “The Bronx Riviera” in the 1930s. If you are looking for a day at the beach without leaving New York City, skip the Hamptons and head up to the Pelham Bay Park where you can visit Orchard Beach.
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    Located atop of Fort Tryon Park in Washington Heights, the Cloisters transports you to a world of medieval art inside an old, rebuilt French monastery featuring some seriously sick unicorn tapestries.
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    Check out the Japanese Hill and Pond Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The Japanese cherry blossom trees and the serene lake will calm you and help you relax, and you’ll soon forget the busy world of NYC in the background.
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    Behind the University’s gates lies a campus complete with gothic architecture and green acreage that is just as gorgeous covered in icky snow as it is in the springtime, when trees and flowers bloom.
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    Okay, so this is a spot that you can’t visit, so let’s call this the wildcard of this list. North Brother Island was originally home to a hospital for treatment and quarantine of smallpox and other (hopefully) eradicated diseases.
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    What could possibly be more enchanting and romantic than a castle right here in Gotham? The Belvedere Castle is a Romanesque and Gothic cathedral that will have you feeling like you're in a fairy tale or in the Europe of centuries past. 
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    Central Park is gorgeous and a total escape in and of itself, but if you haven't been to the Central Park Ravine yet, check it out pronto. This quiet space will eclipse the busy city views, and silence the urban hustle and bustle of Manhattan.
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