9 Exciting Day Trips You Need To Take This Weekend

Get out of town this Saturday! Grab a friend, make some plans, and let Amtrak get you there in style.

1. Boston to Mystic, CT

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Departing train from Boston (South Station), MA: Take the 8:40 a.m. that arrives at 10:04 a.m.

What to do: Start with a visit to the Mystic Seaport, and then go clown around with the penguins at the Aquarium. Once the sun starts to set, put on a brave face and go on a ghost tour of this sleepy, little seaside town.

Departing train from Mystic, CT: Take the 9:42 p.m. that arrives at 11:26 p.m.

2. Newark, NJ to Baltimore, MD

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Departing train from Newark, NJ: Take the 6:00 a.m. that arrives at 8:20 a.m.

What to do: Make it a baseball day! Explore the birthplace of The Sultan of Swat at the Babe Ruth Museum, and go to an Orioles game at Camden Yards.

Departing train from Baltimore, MD: Take the 9:48 p.m. that arrives at 12:10 a.m.

3. New York City to New Rochelle, NY

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Departing train from New York City, Penn Station: Take the 10:00 a.m. that arrives at 10:27 a.m.

What to do: New Rochelle is a quaint little town nestled away in beautiful Westchester County. Pretend to slay dragons when you visit the castle at Glen Island Park, and enjoy a nice meal at Don Coquí.

Departing train from New Rochelle, NY: Take the 6:47 p.m. that arrives at 7:27 p.m.

4. Philadelphia to Wilmington, DE

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Departing train from Philadelphia, PA: Take the 9:33 a.m. that arrives at 9:55 a.m.

What to do: Wilmington might not be on your radar, but it should be! Enjoy its rich culture by going to one of its countless theaters, the André Harvey Studio, the Blue Ball Barn, or one of the town’s many festivals.

Departing train from Wilmington, DE: Take the 6:56 p.m. that arrives at 7:15 p.m.

5. New York City to Washington, D.C.

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Departing train from New York City, Penn Station: Take the 7:05 a.m. that arrives at 10:25 a.m.

What to do: What can’t you do in our nation’s capital? Check out the “American Cool” exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, hang out at the zoo, or enjoy The National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Departing train from Washington, D.C.: Take the 9:05 p.m. that arrives at 12:30 a.m.

6. Boston to New York City

 

Departing train from Boston (South Station), MA: Take the 8:40 a.m. that arrives at 12:50 p.m.

What to do: Learn how to make real NYC pizza at Pizza School, enter the lottery to see a Broadway play, find some hidden treasure at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market, or see if anything cool is going on at The Paley Center.

Departing train from New York City, NY: Take the 7:00 p.m. that arrives at 11:26 p.m.

7. Mystic, CT to Providence, RI

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Departing train from Mystic, CT: Take the 9:36 a.m. that arrives at 10:20 a.m.

What to do: Visit the John Brown House Museum and the RISD Museum. Once you’ve got your museum fix, stick around to see WaterFire, Providence’s premier art experience.

Departing train from Providence, RI: Take the 7:20 p.m. that arrives at 8:02 p.m.

8. Trenton, NJ to Philadelphia

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Departing train from Princeton, NJ: Take the 10:00 a.m. that arrives at 10:27 a.m.

What to do: Start with a cheesesteak-filled brunch at Pat’s King of Steaks. Then check out the eclectic shops and restaurants along South Street. Head over to the Mütter Museum and check out some spooky displays. Finish up the day with the Liberty Bell.

Departing train from Philadelphia, PA: Take the 6:20 p.m. that arrives at 6:48 p.m.

9. New York City to Boston

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Departing train from New York City, Penn Station: Take the 7:00 a.m. that arrives at 11:10 a.m.

What to do: Explore Newbury Comics, go on a hunt for rare vinyl at Weirdo Records, or drop in to Improv Boston for some laughs.

Departing train from Boston (South Station), MA: Take the 6:40 p.m. that arrives at 10:46 p.m.

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