New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden
Forget pricey plane tickets; all you need is a MetroCard to take a trip to the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden, a sanctuary of quiet reflection in Staten Island. Inspired by the lyrical landscape of ancient China—specifically the outdoor aesthetics of the Ming Dynasty—this serene spot features picturesque pavilions, rock formations, waterfalls, koi ponds, and bamboo-edged paths. Check out these must-see places around America you’ll want to take your kids.
Old City Hall station
Sure, locals complain about the subway, but this extensive rapid transit system is actually quite amazing. Need proof? See for yourself. First, a quick history lesson: In 1904, the inaugural subway ride left from City Hall station. Although its tenure as a stop ended in 1945, the Transit Museum continues to operate exclusive guided tours of the underground landmark. Note: Spots are limited to members.