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Best NYC Suburbs for Families

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Talk about a vibrant and exciting place to live! It really is an adventure, but for families with kids, the hustle and bustle of NYC can sometimes be overwhelming. Fortunately, plenty of suburbs just a short ride from New York City offer a quieter and more family-friendly lifestyle. And that’s exactly what we’re looking for. Having moved so many of you guys, Roadway’s got all the inside info, and in this blog post, we will explore them with five of the best suburbs in NYC for families to move to.

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A loving couple in New York City in front of a Roadway truck

1. Oakland, NJ

First up, we’ve got Oakland, NJ. This charming little town just 30 miles west of the city is perfect for families looking for a quieter lifestyle. With top-notch schools like Valley Middle School and Indian Hills High School, you can rest easy knowing your kids are getting an excellent education while thriving in the city. Plus, the Ramapo Mountain State Forest and Oakland Nature Preserve offer plenty of outdoor fun for the whole family. Just imagine how much fun you’ll have. And let’s not forget about the adorable small-town feel, complete with shops and restaurants. The median home value is around $442,200, so your wallet will be grateful.

Ramapo Mountain State Forest
View of Wanaque Lake at Ramapo Mountain State Forest

2. Garden City, NY

Next on our list is Garden City, NY. This lovely suburb on Long Island, just 18 miles east of Manhattan, is perfect for families looking for some upscale vibe to bring to their lives. With Garden City High School ranking among the best in the state, you don’t need to worry about your kids becoming geniuses. And with the Garden City Golf Club and Nassau County Museum of Art nearby, they can have some fun after school. Sure, the median home value of around $904,700 is on the higher side, but with all the perks of living in Garden City, it really is worth it.

Nassau County Museum Of Art
Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn, New York

3. Port Washington, NY

If you’re one of those waterfront ’till we die kinda people ( like most of us, to be honest), check out Port Washington, NY. Nobody will ever touch you in Port Washington. It’s rated as one of the safest places to live in New York. On top of safety, you can stroll through the charming town center, check out the local art galleries, or take a boat tour of the bay with your little ones. The Landmark on Main Street is also a trendy venue where locals enjoy concerts and theater performances.

Port Washington, NY
Aerial view of downtown Port Washington, NY

4. Franklin Lakes, NJ

Franklin Lakes, NJ, is definitely your piece of paradise if you’re into a luxurious lifestyle and safety. It’s also home to some of the most beautiful parks and nature preserves in the area, making it a perfect choice for families who love the great outdoors. You can find hiking trails at the High Mountain Park Preserve with stunning views, while the Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve has walking trails, fishing areas, and picnic spots. When we talk about safety, Franklin Lakes is among one of the safest places to live in New Jersey.

5. Tinton Falls, NJ

Tinton Falls, NJ, is a charming and friendly suburb offering plenty of family entertainment options. You can choose to explore its unique, quaint downtown area, check out the local farmers’ market, or enjoy a picnic at the beautiful Sycamore Recreation Complex; just imagine those dates under the tree while your kids are at school… Tinton Falls is also home to the Monmouth County Park System, which has over 30 parks and recreational areas. So not only can you have fun, but you’ll be breathing some fresh air 24/7. On top of that, Tinton Falls is also very safe; with great schools having its back, a low crime rate, and plenty of things to do, Tinton Falls is the best choice for families looking for an affordable option.

Monmouth County Park System
Monmouth County Park System

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