If you live in New York or New England and are looking for a scenic, relaxing, cost-effective trip for the family, you must take note. The North Fork area of New York, a popular tourist destination, is more accessible than ever before. I recently traveled to the North Fork via the Cross Sound Ferry. My expectations were surpassed. It was efficient, restful and a great value. I charged my phone and watched families happily make the no-fuss journey.
It’s just an 80-minute sail from Connecticut to Long Island and back. Ferries depart every day from New London, Connecticut (just a few miles off of I-95) and drop off in Orient Point, New York (also known as the North Fork). You can take your car for just $51, plus $14.50 for additional adult passengers. Children ages 2 to 11 are $6 one-way or $10 round-trip. Children under 2 are free.
Once on board, there is a concession stand, TVs and kids get an activity book with crayons. You can even pick up a pair of kid-friendly binoculars. The trip itself is extremely scenic and the views are stunning. The best part about it is missing the traffic on the always busy I-95 and Long Island Expressway.
Once you reach the North Fork, your options are plentiful. You can explore a few vineyards, hit a hands-on aquarium, take the kids on a barnyard adventure at the Harbes Family Farm, or do something completely unusual – visit Gingerbread University and decorate a gingerbread house, man or another edible shape offered at the bakery attraction. There are small museums, farm stands, delicious restaurants, quaint shops to roam around and loads of family-friendly places to stay including the Harborfront Inn in the town of Greenport, just 15 minutes from the Cross Sound Ferry port.
– Holly Fink
Holly Rosen Fink is a mother, marketing consultant, writer and blogger for a number of sites, as well as her own, The Holly Chronicles.