We're halfway through the calendar year and you have a week's worth of vacation time, but $0 for plane fare, a hotel room, or the therapy sessions necessitated by post-trip depression and bedbug anxiety. What to do?

Turns out sticking around town for a week isn't the worst way to pass the time, but lest you waste your precious vacation (or funemployment!) days marathoning Luther and putting off doing your laundry, note that this city and its surrounding areas has quite a few spots worth their own little trip, no overnight stay required. Here are our favorite local staycation activities; leave yours in the comments.

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Courtesy NYC Beach Bus

FIRE ISLAND: Fire Island isn't usually a day trip, but thanks to the NYC Beach Bus, you can get a taste of the popular vacation spot without having to shell out for a time-share. A luxury coach bus will pick you up in Downtown Brooklyn, Union Square or Williamsburg, then take 90 minutes to shuttle you to Robert Moses Field 5, a 10 minute walk from Kismet in Fire Island.

You can also hop on water taxi to any other part of the island, if you're willing to journey, and find your way to Ocean Beach and Sunken Forest, the latter of which is a very green, very educational alternative to the actual ocean scene. When the Island no longer grips you, NYC Beach Bus offers rides back to the city, with a roundtrip ticket running only $39. For the truly adventurous staycationer, camping is permitted further out.

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New York Hall of Science (via Facebook)

NEW YORK HALL OF SCIENCE & FLUSHING, QUEENS: Manhattan might have the American Museum of Natural History, but the New York Hall of Science, located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, is a worthy stop for a slightly off-the-beaten-path trip. The $15 ($12 for children) museum is housed in a futuristic-looking space originally built for the 1964 World's Fair—inside, visitors can check out over 450 science-related exhibitions covering everything from the AIDS crisis to rocket ships to microbes to quantom atoms.

Once you've taken in all the science your brain can handle, pop over to Flushing for a feast at one of the neighborhood's celebrated food malls. The Golden Mall is home to spectacular joints like Tianjin Dumpling House, and also boasts the original Xi'an Famous Foods, now a celebrated noodle chain that started out as a mere food stall. Newer food malls boast eateries like Dumpling Galaxy and hot pot spot Little Lamb. Consider bringing someone well-versed in Mandarin if you're feasting in Flushing for a less touristy experience.

VISIT LIBERTY ISLAND: It's not uncommon for native and longterm New Yorkers, this one included, to brag that they've never been to the Statue of Liberty. But, hey, we're missing out! Lady Liberty's home was been closed to the public for years, thanks to a lengthy renovation coupled with Hurricane Sandy damage. But it reopened in 2013, and it's worth at least one trip up to the crown, if just for a look at the statue's seemingly endless, Escher-esque interior staircase.

The statue underwent a year-long renovation just prior to Sandy, and now boasts updated safety codes, 39 less-steep steps, a new air-conditioning system and wheelchair-accessible observation decks at the Lady's pedestal. A trip up to the top is $21 (pedestal access costs $18), and you will have to reserve tickets in advance, but once you're there, you get to intimately experience the city's most recognizable icon.

If you're feeling particularly touristy, you can also visit Ellis Island where over 12 million immigrants passed through from 1892 to 1924. The old immigration center is a national museum—there's no fee to visit, though a tour of the hospital runs an additional $25 to the Liberty Island Ferry fee.

You can access Liberty Island from the Statue of Liberty Ferry in Battery Park, near 17 State Street in Manhattan.

SUNSET PARK TACO CRAWL: Sunset Park is starting to struggle with gentrification-sourced growing pains, but for now, the neighborhood is still NYC'S Unofficial Taco Capital, with offerings that might even manage to wow snooty Los Angeles residents. Highlights include Tacos El Bronco on 4th Avenue; Tacos Los Poblanos on 5th Avenue; Tacos Matamoros, also on 5th Avenue; and Ricos Tacos between 5th and 6th Avenues. Hit up one or turn it into an al pastor-filled crawl, if you're so inclined.

Once you're stuffed, wander over to the Green-Wood Cemetery, where you can take a historic trolley tour through the grounds, learn about the Battle of Brooklyn, and perhaps receive visits from the ghosts of Leonard Bernstein, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Boss Tweed, and Horace Greeley. Post-cemetery, hit up Melody Lanes, an old school bowling alley pulled right out of the post-disco era.

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(Sam Horine/Gothamist)

CITY ISLAND: This little island located at the very western end of the Long Island Sound is technically part of the Bronx, though getting there requires a number of subway transfers and a bus (you can also bike or drive). Once you've made it there, though, there are a wealth of activities at hand, many of which involve eating and/or trying to convince locals to let you hang out on their private beaches.

Though City Island's official borders mark it in Yankees territory, it's remarkably akin to a tiny New England town, both in terms of architecture and jargon—people born here are even called "clamdiggers," which is nomenclature more commonly found in Maine than within cab distance of the 4 train. But the most New England-esque thing about this spot is its cuisine—City Island boasts some truly excellent seafood (here's our guide), with restaurants like The Black Whale and City Island Lobster House specializing in crustaceans and mollusks a-plenty.

Once you've stuffed yourself with lobster, wander down City Island Avenue for some antiquing, and if you're there on a Saturday or Sunday, stop by the City Island Nautical Museum to check out some fascinating maritime artifacts.

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Big Onion's Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour (via Facebook)

WALKING TOURS: One of the best things about New York is that it's wholly accessible to those who enjoy exploring on foot. But while taking a two-mile solo journey is fine when you're trying to make it from your office to your home, it's worth calling on the professionals if you've got some extra time for exploration and feel like learning a history lesson or two.

Untapped Cities offers a number of fascinating trips through town, like a Secrets of the Gowanus Canal Walking Tour ($30); a tour of the Woolworth Building ($45), led by building architect Cass Gilbert’s great granddaughter; and an Insider Tour of the American Irish Historical Society ($30), which is one of the last mansions left on Fifth Avenue and is usually closed to the public.

Big Onion Walking Tours boasts dozens of neighborhood tours, with walks covering everything from the East Village to historic Harlem to DUMBO and Vinegar Hill. Tours here cost about $20 and are primarily led by PhD students studying NYC history, so you're guaranteed a solid learning experience, assuming that's what you're into.

And if it's otherworldly spirits you're after, Ghosts of New York hosts walking tours of some of the city's most "haunted" spots, with walks themed after NYC specters like Edgar Allan Poe, George Washington, John Lennon, H.P. Lovecraft, and Captain William Kidd. Tours run about $20 a pop, and are led by theatrical "ghost hosts" who won't hesitate to freak you out when the spirits come calling.

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Valentino Pier (Rebecca Fishbein/Gothamist)

RED HOOK & COLUMBIA WATERFRONT: The best thing about Red Hook is the $1 ice cream at IKEA. This is a fact, and I will not back down on it, no matter how many hate emails you send me. The second best thing about Red Hook is that it's fairly removed from the rest of Brooklyn thanks to its lack of public transportation, and so a trip there feels like a real excursion, depending on where you're coming from.

Once you're there—by water taxi, bus, bike, or foot—swing by the Red Hook Winery for a $15 flight tasting, during which knowledgeable employees will walk you through their lengthy list of reds and whites. Once you're sufficiently tipsy, take a stroll to Valentino Pier, which boasts a beautiful view of the harbor and Statue of Liberty, then wander over to the Red Hook Lobster Pound on Van Brunt Street for a delectable, if pricy, lobster roll. Or better yet, get dinner at The Good Fork.

Post-feast, you can check out some of the galleries on Van Brunt, or if you feel like drinking more, you can throw back a few at Sunny's Bar (RIP Sunny Balzano!); shop for bourbon at the Widow Jane distillery, or walk up to Jalopy Tavern in the Columbia Waterfront District for some burgers and brews.

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Isn't it romantic? (Gary Burke.'s flickr)

STATEN ISLAND FERRY & SNUG HARBOR: So, you’re a New Yorker who’s never been to Staten Island. Remedy that — you’ve been missing out on 19 percent of New York City’s landscape! Hop on the free (and very romantic!) Staten Island Ferry at Whitehall Terminal and enjoy the ride. It lasts about 25 minutes, just long enough for a couple of beers. Once you sober up and realize you’re on Staten Island, grab the S40 bus (it runs every 15 minutes) over to Snug Harbor to check out the beautiful collection of 19th-century buildings and the Staten Island Botanical Gardens. (James Constant)

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A pathway at Wave Hill (Courtesy Pine Ear's flickr)

WAVE HILL: 170 years ago, Wave Hill was just another rich lawyer's mansion; but after decades upon decades of landscaping, gardening, greenhousing and curating, it's now a public garden boasting 28 acres of Northeastern flora and fauna. For a small entrance fee ($8, $4 students and seniors, $2 children), you can spend a few hours wandering through flower and wild gardens, winding woodland paths and vistas overlooking the Hudson River, along with plenty of other natural wonders.

And although the bike ride up there can be pretty treacherous, it's a solid reward, especially on Target First Saturdays and Tuesdays before noon, when admission's free. There's also a free shuttle van from the West 242nd Street 1 station, and another from the Metro-North Riverdale Station.

Post nature, you can walk around Riverdale's many mansions (see if you can spot a trashcan I ran over in Driver's Ed!), or hang out in Van Cortlandt Park, which boasts 1,146 acres of green space, making it the third largest park in the city. Hikers can hit the Putnam Trail, a 1.5-mile unpaved walk along a defunct railroad's old rail bed—it bleeds into the John Kieran Nature Trail, a 1.25 mile stroll that's home to a slew of plant and animal life, in addition to the site of a bygone Lenape settlement, a cemetery, and, where the nature trail meets the Putnam trail, these 13 stone pillars that helped builders determine which stone weathered best. Ultimately, the favored second stone was used to build Grand Central Terminal.

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Seven Presidents Park (Rebecca Fishbein/Gothamist)

THE JERSEY SHORE: I went down the shore for the first time last weekend, and though I expected it to be a little heavier on the Gym/Tan/Laundry life, it is actually quite lovely and peaceful. NJ Transit will take you to Long Branch in an hour and 40 minutes—from there, Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park is a mere 20 minute walk. While even weekday Rockaway can be crowded, Seven Presidents is a truly peaceful getaway.

And if you're able to wrangle a car, you can check out shoreside spots like Asbury Park (you can also switch trains at Long Branch for this) and Seaside Heights, which boast boardwalk activities that way out-rival the schlocky stuff you might find at Coney Island. Indeed, Asbury Park boasts everything from a beer garden to a fancy organic sourdough pizza place, and Seaside Heights has, well, Karma.

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David Zwirner Gallery (via Facebook)

GALLERY CRAWL: Museums are cool and all, but if you want to see the most avant garde artwork (and potentially get some free wine) in town, then hitting up the galleries is a must. Thursday nights are big for Chelsea galleries, where curators show off their newest artists (and give out the aforementioned free wine). These nights tend to turn into parties after a while, so prepare your schedule (list here), and Friday morning Advil, accordingly.

The famed Gagosian Gallery has two locations in the neighborhood, both currently showing Richard Serra's minimalist sculptures. You can then head over to the nearby David Zwirner Gallery, which currently has photography from Sigmar Polke on display. Their other show on view, "People Who Work Here," features 40 artists using a variety of media, as well as musical performances on Thursday evenings in July.

If you want to see something timely and important, the Jack Shainman Gallery is showing their For Freedoms exhibit until August 5th at both of their Chelsea locations. The exhibit is an artist-run super PAC meant to inspire political engagement for the 2016 election. Other notable Chelsea galleries include Cheim Read, which currently has an exhibit on the female gaze, and Luhring Augustine, whose current exhibit ShapeShifters shows shaped canvases from a variety of artists.

Bushwick is another neighborhood with a solid clustering of galleries, though weekends tend to be a better time to go than Thursday nights. 56 Bogart Street is a hub for galleries including Nurtureart, Fresh Window and Robert Henry Contemporary, among others. Nurtureart's show Summer Anagram celebrates, well, summer. Fresh Window's exhibit Projections and Things explores mundane objects. Robert Henry Contemporary is showing Bits and Pieces, which showcases three artists who create large scale works made from smaller objects. This handy dandy map lays out all the galleries you can hit up. (Emily Siegel)

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The Cloisters (Courtesy laverrue's flickr)

INWOOD AND WASHINGTON HEIGHTS: The northern part of Manhattan is an excellent spot for a staycation. A relatively easy and scenic way to get there is to bike along the Hudson River Greenway [pdf], which extends all the way up to Inwood Hill Park. If you're coming from lower Manhattan, the trip to the top should take a little over an hour, depending on your pace. Along the way, you can take a break and stop at Fort Washington Park, where you can take in the view of the George Washington Bridge, the New Jersey Palisades and the very cute Little Red Lighthouse.

After you continue along the bike path you'll hit The Cloisters. One you arrive you can take a breather amid the stone architecture, unicorn tapestries and views of the Hudson River. It's the perfect peaceful escape from the noisy and claustrophobic streets of the rest of the city.

This long bike ride will probably leave you starving, but not to worry, there are plenty of food options in the area. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que will satisfy your meat tooth (there's totally a meat tooth) with offerings like chicken wings, pork ribs and brisket. Washington Heights is also the neighborhood to check out if you're looking for truly authentic Dominican food. Malecon has been a staple for over 30 years and offers the traditional Dominican breakfast Cuatro Golpes, which consists of boiled green plantains, fried eggs, salami, sausage and fried cheese.

Wash all of the food down with a beer at Inwood Local.With a wide selection of wines and rotating beers on tap, this is the perfect place to post up after a long day of exploring. If you're still hungry, they also have a good selection of quality pub food. (Emily Siegel)