These bustling cities offer it all, with a uniquely suburban vibe.
City families are drawn to the suburbs for tons of different reasons: laid-back living, A+ school systems, more space, backyards — and countless other benefits. But even if you are ready to make the jump to the ‘burbs, it might be hard to leave some of the perks of urban living behind.
That’s where these five towns come in. Unlike “traditional” suburbs, these towns offer many of the amenities you’d expect to only find in the city. Think art festivals, high-end retailers, walkable downtowns lined with global eateries and so much more, all in a decidedly suburban environment. It’s the ultimate win/win.
#1. White Plains, NY: What are the best facilities of White Plains in NYC suburbs?
White Plains is a diverse, millennial hub just 30 miles from Manhattan. With a booming nightlife scene and tons of bars and restaurants along Mamaroneck Ave, city families won’t miss big-name eateries like Serafina and STK. At the same time, you’re about an hour by car or train back to the city.
White Plains also boasts a thriving art scene and locals can enjoy — or take part in — theatrical performances with the White Plains Performing Arts Center, The Play Group Theater or New Westchester Symphony Orchestra. Plus, the city hosts a Jazz Festival and Outdoor Art Festival each year.
Despite these city amenities, White Plains still has a very suburban, community feel. There’s a Wednesday farmers market and a selection of sports and arts rec programs for the kids, as well as other annual happenings that draw families from all corners of Westchester.
#2. Glen Cove, NY – What are the best facilities of Glen Cove in NYC suburbs?
Glen Cove’s has transformed over the last five years — and with the soon-to-be commuter ferry, we don’t see the growth slowing down anytime soon.
What used to be a playground for Gilded Age tycoons (JP Morgan had a mansion here) now offers modern apartments and houses that hit a variety of price points. Plus, Glen Cove’s downtown has undergone a massive revitalization, with lots of new shops, restaurants, and bars. Be sure to check out Meritage Wine Bar with farm-to-table tapas and an expansive by-the-glass menu as well as newcomer Noble Savage Brewing Company where you can sip craft beer or cider. For a family-friendly night out, you can catch the latest blockbuster at the state-of-the-art AMC Glen Cove 6.
The best part? Glen Cove locals can enjoy these perks and still feel away from it all. This waterfront town offers multiple golf courses, a Yacht Club and three beaches, including Pryibil Beach and Crescent Beach which are just for residents.
#3. New Rochelle, NY – What are the best facilities of New Rochelle in NYC suburbs?
While much smaller than NYC, New Rochelle has it all. You’ll find boutiques, cafes, big-name shops plus a bunch of global eateries. Modern Restaurant and Lounge is a town favorite for brick oven pizza and creative cocktails. Dubrovnik serves Croatian classics, which locals know to enjoy in the hidden patio. There’s also Colombian House for Latin American comfort food.
The food scene isn’t the only draw — New Rochelle also offers tons of art programs. The public library puts on concerts, film screenings, lectures and craft workshops. Plus, The Museum of Arts & Culture at New Rochelle High School hosts fascinating exhibits for both the students and the entire community to enjoy.
Outdoorsy families make the most of the town’s public marina and hiking trails throughout the Davenport Neck Bird Sanctuary and Ward Acres Nature Preserve. Plus, when you do need to get to the city, you’re only a short train ride away.
#4. Montclair, NJ – What are the best facilities of Montclair in NYC suburbs?
When families want a hip suburb with a Brooklyn vibe, many head to Montclair. With a train that offers direct service to Penn Station, independent book shops, trendy cafes and a thriving art scene, this suburb is an easy transition from the city.
Speaking of the art scene, Montclair is home to an art museum plus the town hosts film and jazz fests. Foodies never run out of options with Paper Plane Coffee, Montclair Brewery, Montclair Bread Company and Samba Montclair.
A city-in-the-suburbs means you’ll also have easy access to nature. The 400+ acre Eagle Rock Reservation offers excellent woodland trails that really make you feel worlds away from Manhattan.
#5. Stamford, CT: What are the best facilities of Stamford in NYC suburbs?
One of Connecticut’s largest cities strikes an amazing balance of suburban perks and urban amenities.
The bustling downtown features high-rise buildings, a Broadway-style theater, upscale shops, celebrity-driven restaurants and a packed events calendar. Everything from trivia to concerts to farmers markets and outdoor fitness classes are held downtown. The city even puts on its own Macy’s-inspired Thanksgiving parade complete with giant helium balloons.
When locals want to escape the hustle and bustle, they don’t have to go far. With multiple beaches in town, you’ll have no trouble finding a spot to lay out a blanket and soak in the sun.
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