Centre Island is a short ferry ride away from the bustling city. Sitting between Ward's Island and Hanlan's Point, once on the island, you can rent bikes by the hour to tour the calm refuge, or you can rent a canoe or kayak from the boat rental near the shrubbery maze. Have kids? Head to the Centreville Amusement Park, where tickets (or a day pass) gets your wee one on a spate of rides. Picnic benches, fire pits, volleyball courts, and swimming beaches are all around for your use.