by Keith Wagstaff - 246 Reviews - 104 List
As the cost of oil skyrockets, taking a road trip or flying across the country looks less and less appealing. From checking into a posh hotel to canoeing across Brooklyn, check out these six great ways to feel like you are on vacation without ever leaving the city.
Updated: August 15, 2008
With a scenic spot on the Hudson River, this 28-acre public garden feels miles away from where it actually is--252nd Street in the Bronx. An art gallery plus events for kids and adults makes this a great spot for a mental vacation from New York.
World-renowned Danish artist Olafur Eliasson caused quite a splash when he announced that he would be constructing 90- to 120-foot waterfalls in the East River. Get a better view by taking a leisurely boat ride around the four man-made wonders. Think of it as a cultural mini-cruise.
Staying at a bed and breakfast usually entails renting a car and then driving five hours to Vermont. Just whip out your Metrocard, instead, and head to this B&B on Prospect Park. You'll be close to nature, the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden--all without ever filling up at the pump!
Lounging poolside in a private cabana on the roof of the Empire Hotel might even be better than lounging poolside on a tropical beach. With the special Cabana Package you can rent a room and a cabana (featuring a flat-screen TV, iPod dock, mini-fridge and day bed) near the pool and chic lounge. Daiquiri anyone?