We’ve all been there before. Itching to get away for a bit to have some sort of adventure, but there’s not always enough time to get away for a week, or even a weekend. When that’s the case, there’s no better time to plan a day trip. And if you’re searching for a little trip inspiration that isn’t too far from your rental near Avenel, NJ, look no further.

About 25 miles due east you’ll find a long, 2.5-mile stretch of sand running along the eastern coast of New York City’s Staten Island. The adjacent pair of beaches — South Beach and Midland Beach — are a quick and easy drive from your apartment home. They’re close enough for a day’s respite but will also make you feel a world away. With the Verrazano Bridge towering above the Brooklyn skyline as a backdrop, the two set the foundation for a truly unique experience, regardless of which you beach choose.

South Beach is where you’ll find the 835-foot Ocean Breeze Fishing Pier. It’s the longest pier in all of New York City and, even if you’re not an angler, it’s a delight for young and old to stroll along to the end and enjoy the panoramic views. Check out the park across the street where you’ll find plenty of benches to relax on, plus checkerboard tables and bocce courts, if you’re in the mood. And don’t miss a photo-op with the bronze dolphin fountain; at night it’s especially photo-worthy, when it’s illuminated in a rainbow of colors.

There’s a different kind of fountain at Midland Beach. Kids can cool off by running through the sea turtle fountain; water jettisons from the ground surrounding a large sea turtle sculpture that looks as if it’s swimming underwater. At the adjacent park, there’s handball and shuffleboard courts and, for a little bit of history, stop by the veterans’ memorial, which honors locals who gave their lives in World War I, World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam wars.

And of course, there are plenty of snack bars to be found, and a plethora of restaurants in the area to keep everyone fueled up for the day. Trust us: You’ll need the energy while enjoying your full day’s excursion, not too far from your rental near Avenel, NJ.