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This is my first “blog hop” post, courtesy of Create With Joy, who hosts a Friendship Friday blog hop every week. She posts a topic, everyone blogs about it, and then everyone visits everyone else’s blog. It’s a fun way to get to know other bloggers and go places and see things you might otherwise miss… and also a neat way to build traffic!

So today’s topic is “Day Tripping” — where to go, and what to do, and who with, on a beautiful spring day like today. Living in New York City, the possibilities are almost endless. Here are a few of my personal favorites, and some that are on my to-do list for this spring and summer.

SpringThe Staten Island Ferry ~ I never get tired of the ferry. A half hour trip through New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty on one side and beautiful downtown Brooklyn on the other, with the Verrazano Narrows Bridge in the near distance, and the Atlantic further out? What’s not to love? It’s free, it’s beautiful, and there are trips every half-hour or so (so you can just hop on the number 1 train to South Ferry and GO without planning ahead). BIG fun!

Any New York City Park ~ We have so many different parks, some HUGE (Central Park, Prospect Park, Flushing Meadow Park) some small (my local Bowne Park, big enough for a manmade lake that’s home to a gaggle of friendly geese and ducks, and a very active bocce court and playground), some TINY (Weeping Beech Park, also in Flushing). Each has a personality–sometime multiple personalities–and again, are free to explore, and picnic, and take your turn on the swings (you are NEVER too old to go on the swings!).

The Morgan Library ~ Located on Madison Avenue and 37th Street in Manhattan, I think this is one of the most beautiful buildings in New York. It was J.P. Morgan’s home, and is now a jewel of a museum. There is always something gorgeous on exhibit, and the interiors will make you swoon.

On my list for day trips this spring and summer: The High Line Park, The Jacques Marchais Tibetan Museum, The Frick Collection, The Cloisters, Jones Beach (maybe Point Pleasant in NJ if I can hitch a ride with my sister and niece…). There’s just a wealth of possibilities.