When the weather turns warm, take a day trip out of the hectic pace of New York City and head to Long Island to enjoy the fresh air and sun.
The Long Island Rail Road—the LIRR, for short—offers an array of getaway packages that families, groups of friends or couples looking for a destination date can enjoy. Find the best of what Long Island has to offer with regard to beaches, water parks, wine country, brewery tours and more during a LIRR getaway.
With its seaside resort atmosphere—ocean swimming and a boardwalk to stroll down—Long Beach is the perfect spot to soak up some sun and indulge in the numerous local eateries.
There is hourly off-peak train service from Penn Station in Manhattan, Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn and Jamaica Station in Queens—with direct weekend service from Penn Station—to Long Beach Station. The package includes round-trip rail service, discounted admission to the beach and discounts at participating vendors in Long Beach.
For 2017: Long Beach Getaways run weekends from May 27 to June 18; Memorial Day on May 29; Daily June 24 to September 4. From Penn Station, the trip to Long Beach Station take less than an hour, one-way.
Fire Island Beaches
Daily from May 27 to September 4, hop the LIRR to Fire Island and enjoy Long Island’s best beaches to get some sun, catch a wave, go fishing, explore the Fire Island National Seashore and just relax this summer.
Bay Shore Station Packages
Kismet/Fire Island Lighthouse: After taking the LIRR to Bay Shore Station, hop a David Brothers taxi to the Fire Island Ferries to Kismet to begin an amazing day in this multifaceted community of great restaurants, tennis courts, beaches and more. Don’t forget to visit the Fire Island Lighthouse to take in the panoramic views.
Ocean Beach: Both a popular family-friendly destination and a spot for entertaining nightlife, Ocean Beach is the center of Fire Island’s social scene. More than a dozen restaurants and a nonstop schedule of attractions, live music and street fairs, in addition to countless shops and boutiques make Ocean Beach a must-visit spot during the summer months.
Ocean Bay Park: This relaxed community is perfect for families and singles, with its bay-front dining and legendary Happy Hour celebrations at Flynn’s Fire Island that attracts hundreds of locals and visitors alike.
For 2017: All Bay Shore Station packages include round-trip LIRR tickets to and from Bay Shore Station (Penn Station to Bay Shore Station is approximately one hour and 11 minutes) and same-day round-trip Fire Island Ferry and David Brothers taxi vouchers. The Kismet/Fire Island Lighthouse package also includes admission to the lighthouse! For schedule of ferry departure times, call Fire Island Ferries at 631.665.3600 or visit fireislandferries.com
Sayville Station Packages
Cherry Grove: Known for its artistic expressions—murals, mosaics and paintings—produced by locals Cherry Grove also houses spectacular beaches, clubs and restaurants.
Fire Island Pines: The beautiful wind-sculpted pine trees (hence the name!) and zigzag boardwalk make Fire Island Pines an architectural paradise. One of the island’s largest communities, Fire Island Pines features delightful markets, boutiques and restaurants.
Sunken Forest at Sailors’ Haven: Sailors’ Haven is a park considered the crown jewel of Fire Island National Seashore and home to Sunken Forest, which itself is a vast ecosystem of wildlife and plants. Nature lovers and families will have a blast visiting this naturally lush location.
For 2017: All Sayville Station packages include round-trip LIRR tickets to and from Sayville Station (Penn Station to Sayville Station is around one and a half hours) and same day round-trip Sayville Ferry and Colonial Taxi vouchers. For schedule of ferry departure times, call Sayville Ferry Service at 631.589.0810 or visit sayvilleferry.com
Patchogue Station Package
Davis Park: Enjoy the ambience at the only beachfront restaurant in Fire Island after a rejuvenating day of swimming, walking or sunbathing on the beach. During the weekends, stay for live music and dancing.
For 2017: The Patchogue Station Davis Park package includes round-trip LIRR tickets to and from Patchogue Station and same day round-trip Davis Park Ferry and Lindy’s taxi vouchers. The trip from Penn Station to Patchogue Station is a little over 90 minutes. For schedule of ferry departure times, call Davis Park Ferry Service at 631.475.1665 or visit davisparkferry.com
Splish Splash Package
Splash into summer! On weekends and holidays from May 27 through September 4, in addition to weekdays from June 16 through September 1, let the LIRR take you and your family and friends to Splish Splash, Long Island’s water park that was voted as being one of the Best Water Parks in America by the Travel Channel.
Featuring one-of-a-kind water rides—including Battle of Mutiny Bay, Hollywood Stunt Rider, Bootlegger’s Run, Dinosaur Falls and Dr. VonDark’s Tunnel of Terror—Splish Splash has over a dozen water slides, two wave pools, a 1,300-feet-long Lazy River, designated kiddie areas and so much more. In addition to water attractions, there are multiple gift shops and ample dining options on-site.
Save more than 40 percent with the LIRR Splish Splash package that includes discounted round-trip rail fare to Ronkonkoma Station (about an hour and a half from Penn Station), connecting shuttle bus and attraction admission. As daily hours of operation for Splish Splash vary throughout the summer, call 631.727.3600 or go to splishsplash.com for the most up-to-date information.
Long Island’s Wine Country is a hidden gem waiting to be visited by NYC locals and visitors alike, as are its craft breweries. Visit several wineries or breweries in one day through the generous packages offered through LIRR.
Long Island Wine Country: Escorted
On July 15, August 5, September 9 and October 28, travel to Long Island’s North Fork region.
The daylong tour begins at Duck Walk Vineyards in Cutchogue where you can enjoy the view of the grapevines as you taste four varieties of wine. From there, it’s off to the historic seaport of Greenport Village when you can buy lunch and browse the shops. The afternoon proceeds with visits and tastings at the North Shore’s Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard and Pindar Vineyards. If time permits, the day will end at Briermere Farms, where guests can purchase its famous pies and produce.
For 2017: The Long Island Wine Country package includes discounted round-trip LIRR to Westhampton Station (approximately two to two and a half hours from Penn Station) and bus transportation, wine tastings at all three vineyards and a stop at Briermere Farms (time permitting). For more information about North Fork wineries, visit liwines.com
Long Island Wine Tours: Non-Escorted
Wine-down on weekends with a relaxing day in Long Island’s North Fork region! Visit three wineries—with three to four tastings per winery—and enjoy live entertainment while you sip some of the best wines around. Indulge in epicurean delights as well with a buffet lunch and the opportunity to purchase fresh local produce at nearby farms. It’s the perfect way to spend a day!
For 2017: The Long Island Wine Tours package includes discounted round-trip LIRR tickets and a voucher for the Long Island Wine Tour (round-trip bus to and from Ronkonkoma Station, visits to three wineries with three to four tastings per winery and a buffet lunch). For tour information, including dates, visit longislandwinetours.com or call 631.775.8686. Please call for reservations before purchasing your LIRR package tickets.
Bikes, Bites & Brews
Hop the LIRR’s Montauk Branch to the Patchogue Station for a 10:30am start to the new-for-2017 Bikes, Bites & Brews Tour from Long Island Bicycles Tours, available on June 17, July 8 and 22, and August 5 and 19.
Take a relaxing bike ride through historic Patchogue and Blue Point, Long Island, enjoying the sights of the Great South Bay and Fire Island from bay-front beaches. Along the way, the tour will stop for lunch at the retro luncheonette Flo’s, which has been serving burgers, shakes and more since 1926. Riders will also visit two local craft breweries for tastings.
The Bikes, Bites & Brews tour package from Long Island Bicycle Tours includes bike rental with helmet, lunch at Flo’s, tastings at two breweries and cold water during the guided tour. Riders must be 21 or older. Visit the Long Island Bicycle Tours website for more information about the tour and to make reservations.
L.I. Brew Bus – Non-Escorted
See what’s brewing on Long Island! With over 45 breweries, this tour is a unique and ever-changing experience. On the tour, knowledgeable Brew Guides will entertain and educate you about the history and creation of beer while the group visits multiple breweries in a fun and safe environment.
For 2017: The L.I. Brew Bus package includes discounted round-trip LIRR ticket to the Ronkonkoma Station and a voucher for the tour—round-trip bus to and from Ronkonkoma Station, prearranged visits to three or four breweries and discounts at participating vendors. For tour information, call 631.664.2058 or visit librewbus.com
LIRR offers numerous other packages that make for fun day trips away from NYC. For those who prefer a leisurely day of shopping over something a little more outdoorsy, sign up for the Tanger Outets – The Arches package. Get discounted round-trip rail tickets to and from the Deer Park Station (a little over an hour from Penn Station), shuttle to and from the Tanger Outlets-The Arches, in addition to a voucher to exchange at the Shoppers Services Center for a coupon book worth hundreds of dollars in additional savings. Or if you want to stay in Long Island for more than just one day, reserve an overnight package at the Hotel Indigo-East End that includes round-trip LIRR tickets for two, transport to and from the Hotel Indigo-East End, a room for two and two vouchers per person to their choice of two different libations establishments (winery, brewery, distillery) with transportation to and from each one—all for only $299.
Tickets for all LIRR getaway packages can be purchased at ticket offices and machines at LIRR stations, and online (depending on the package). Package tickets are not sold on trains, so make sure to have everything you need with you before boarding.