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There’s no other state quite like Rhode Island, and when you’re here, you can feel it. This summer, go from outdoor adventures to immersive history to delicious dining all in one unforgettable family trip! We invite you to stop by the Ocean State and get on our wavelength. VisitRhodeIsland.com

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Family Road Trips

Looking for road trip inspo this summer? Well, start packing now because we’ve got the perfect family adventures for you!

Road Trips are a great way to skip the hustle and bustle of traveling by plane (we all know how crazy that can get with kids). Plus summer in NYC gets busy with crazy camp schedules, so it can be tricky to fit in a long vacation. Luckily, these roadtrip destinations aren’t too far from the city. There are some beautiful, action-packed places to visit in NY, NJ, Rhode Island and other surrounding areas. So pull out your family calendar and start planning for a summer getaway with these 2024 road trip ideas!

d utchess county Fair, ny

Whether this is your first time visiting this famous fair or it's an annual outing your family awaited all year long, the Dutchess County Fair is among the world’s best fairs. You’ll love that it is family-friendly, with activities and adventures for all, and it is only a car or train ride away.

This year’s 178th fair runs from August 20th through 25th in Rhinebeck, NY. As the largest agricultural six-day fair in NY, there’s plenty for every member of the family to do–go on rides, eat great food and listen to entertaining music. The fair’s goal is to give visitors an appreciation for agriculture while educating them on where food comes from, all while having a blast!

Kids will love meeting farm animals like cows, horses, pigs, chickens, sheep, rabbits and goats. With over 1,000 individual exhibitors, visitors won’t know what to do first. Explore 12 acres of livestock, milking demonstrations and sheep shearing, meet costumed storytellers from the early 1900’s, and shop artisanal goods and handmade crafts and quilts. Younger kids (ages 3-10) can visit a hands-on mock farm in the AgVenture Activity Tent while adults

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appreciate the horticultural beauty of
garden displays. Be sure to purchase discount tickets to secure a spot at a great deal! Dutchessfair.com.
2024 | Summer Fun 9 Make moments that matter in hip and historic Frederick County, Maryland. Wander historic downtowns with locally-owned specialty shops, galleries, and theaters. Venture outdoors in National and State Parks and experience our storied past at Civil War battlefields. Indulge in world-class restaurants and unwind at dozens of tasting rooms. visitfrederick.org Heighten YOUR SENSES

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Summer in Frederick County, Maryland is a treasure trove of family fun with activities that cater to all ages. Embrace the great outdoors with a visit to Catoctin Mountain where you and the family can hike to one of the most scenic overlooks in Maryland — Chimney Rock. For adventurous spirits, Tree Trekkers offers thrilling zip-lining courses and aerial adventures.

Historic railroading in Frederick is on full display with the Walkersville Southern Railroad, where families can ride historical trains through scenic landscapes.

Frederick County doesn’t shy away from educational fun. Monocacy National Battlefield offers trails and guided ranger tours sharing the forgotten story of an important Civil War battle that saved Washington, DC. Discover where Civil War history and science collide at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in the heart of historic Downtown Frederick.

And any visit to Frederick County would not be complete without a visit to one of its creameries. Grab a scoop or a cone at South Mountain Creamery or Rocky Point Creamery, and

g reene county, ny

Embrace the thrill of endless adventures this summer. Nestled along the majestic Hudson River and boasting the loftiest peaks in the Catskill Mountains, the Great Northern Catskills has been a haven for adventureseekers for over a century.

For families, it’s a chance to immerse themselves in the serenity of old-growth forests or embark on a quest for hidden waterfalls. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or prefer a leisurely stroll, the trails of the Great Northern Catskills offer a haven for every type of explorer.

If the lake life is more your family’s speed, then ditch those overcrowded beaches and wander on the wild side. The Great Northern Catskills are famously known for some of the best paddling locations in New York State, making it a haven for avid anglers and boating enthusiasts alike.

you’ll taste the best ice cream Maryland offers — right on the farm in the rolling countryside, visitfrederick.org.

The mountain towns come alive excitedly as the sun sets on a picture-perfect summer day. Scents of buttery popcorn waft through the trees as our drive-in movie theaters roll on the silver screen.

Wander along the brightly painted pubs and retro eateries in the “Painted Village in the Sky” or grow inspired by the creative energy woven into American art’s birthplace.

The towns that give this county its unique character buzzes with local farmer’s markets, live music, and more. Soon, the warmer weather will roll in, and crowds of multi-generational families will celebrate their summer traditions.

The Catskills’ famous family resorts will open their doors and invite guests to wander the property, pick up a game of pickleball, or relax by the pool. So whether one’s looking to reconnect with nature, indulge in local flavors, or create unforgettable memories with friends and family - Let’s say this is just the place.

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the kartrite resort

Want an all-in-one destination that will guarantee endless family adventures this summer?

The Kartrite Resort located in the Catskill Mountains is home to NY’s biggest indoor waterpark and much more. Spend an entire day at the 11 waterpark attractions just a 90-minute drive from the city, then check into one of the new and modern resort suites to get some rest. All suites (available as 1, 2 or 3 bedroom) come with 4 passes for the waterpark for the day of check in and check out. Beyond the water fun, enjoy The Kartrite's 7 eclectic eateries and bars, arts & crafts, archery, goat yoga, pony rides and hiking. Plus, to escape the heat, head indoors to endless fun at Playopolis arcade, laser tag, ropes course, rock climbing, bowling, virtual reality and more. With an action-packed calendar of complimentary daily activities to state-of-the-art fitness facilities, scenic hiking trails on property and countless local attractions, there’s always something fun to do for all ages at The Kartrite. And if there is a special occasion coming up like a summer birthday or bar/bat mitzvah, exciting promotions and packages await!

e xplore Western Mass

What do you get when you begin with the fantastically beautiful corner of classic New England, blend in dozens of unique attractions, swirl in some cool college vibes and top it all off with some of the most beautiful scenery in all of the northeast?

Western Mass, of course!

Long celebrated as a “triple threat” destination, the region bursts with top attractions, and provides ultra-easy access and superb dollar value. High-profile places like the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, Yankee Candle Village, Six Flags New England, MGM Springfield and the Springfield Museums and its Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum are must-see attractions. Quintessential college towns and major events like the Big E, IRONMAN 70.3 Western Mass and Bright Nights at Forest Park - plus craft fairs, sporting events and the arts – are seasonal favorites.

With so much to experience, the real question becomes, how will you find time to do it all? You’ll need a few days to sample everything Western Mass has on tap. Mix history with family fun, pair cool cafes with the great outdoors, savor equal parts outdoor adventure and funky antiques. Surprises can be found region-wide!

Perfectly positioned where Interstates 90 and 91 meet, Western Mass is rightly regarded as the “Crossroads of New England,” and New York City is less than three hours from here. The region is also accessible by train and Peter Pan Bus Lines.

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Mountain creek

If your family craves outdoor excitement, then look no further than Mountain Creek. Located in Vernon Valley of Vernon, NJ, this four season resort has endless outdoor adventures that your whole family will enjoy. You can zip over mountain-top lakes, take in the view from the top of the mountain with a Sky Ride, and even learn to downhill mountain bike.

It’s not every day that you can mountain bike in NYC, so Mountain Creek is a great place to learn new skills and experience things you and your kids haven’t before. Your bigger kids might enjoy the Treescape Ropes Course full of rope walks, obstacles and other climbing elements. And if your family likes golf, there’s an entire 9-hole course at Great Gorge.

When you get too hot from all your excursions, cool off at the waterpark built into the side of a mountain where the water is spring-fed. Continue the thrills on the Colorado River Rapids or relax in the High Tide Wave Pool.

While only about an hour away from NYC, you can stay over for the weekend to take advantage of all the resort has to offer. The Appalachian is a beautiful hotel with slopeside accommodations–

o range county, ny

Just an hour north of New York City, Orange County, N.Y., in the beautiful Hudson Valley, is the ultimate summer playground! Spring and summer offer non-stop fun that’s kidapproved. Epic thrills – restaurants for every craving - accommodations from rustic charm to sophisticated elegance – Orange County’s got it all!

Score big with the Orange County Family Fun Trail Passport to snag sweet deals at participating locations while racking up points for fabulous limited-edition prizes. Signing up is easy at orangetourism.org/family-fun-pass.

Think LEGOLAND ® New York Resort and super cool museums like the UFO & Paranormal Museum in Pine Bush or Motorcyclepedia Museum in Newburgh, with 650 motorcycles. Feeling adventurous? Swing by Adventureland NY for fun outdoors –including ropes courses, camping, and paintball. And don’t miss out on the farm scene – like One All All One Farm in Goshen, where visitors can book a tour or workshop – or hang with the animals!

perfect for a getaway! There’s a fire pit, gym, heated pool and hot tub, delicious food and more. After a long day of activities, coming back to The Appalachian is just what you need to relax and prep for another fun-filled day.

pass up the farm-fresh ice cream served at Bellvale Farms Creamery; it’s incredibly delicious when enjoyed with spectacular views from atop Mount Peter.

In Orange County, farm-to-table freshness rules! Farms and orchards offer the freshest eats and delicious goodies! Pick from places like Soons Orchards, Lawrence Farms Orchards, and more. Stock up on treats bursting with country goodness at Pennings Farm Market. Don’t

In the evening, wind down at a top-notch eatery, listen to live music, or catch a flick under the stars at the Warwick Drive-In Theater. So, for anyone down for a chill escape off the beaten path but still close to the action, Orange County is where it’s at. Check out OrangeTourism. org and make some memories with the family!

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2024 | Summer Fun 15 the water is warming up, offering sunbathers and swimmers the perfect opportunity to dip their toes in the lake. Meanwhile, those who want to get lost in the woods will find countless hiking trails that lead to panoramic views from Adirondack summits. Need more thrills? Spend the day at a theme park or family fun center where there is no shortage of entertainment. PLAN YOUR TRIP TODAY! VisitLakeGeorge.com FOLLOW US: @LakeGeorgeArea Dive into classic SUMMER

r hode island

Just over 3 hours from Manhattan, Rhode Island welcomes NYC families every summer with their plethora of family-friendly things to do. The state is 37 miles wide and 48 miles long, so there’s much to explore in just one trip!

If your family loves animals, head over to the Roger Williams Park Zoo, home to over 100 rare and fascinating species from around the world. Kids love petting the armadillos and seeing New England’s only Komodo dragon. They also have Food Truck Fridays through the summer and fall with live music and a playground.

Rhode Island also has over 400 miles of shoreline, so you definitely turn your roadtrip into a beach getaway. The beaches have playgrounds, picnic areas and yummy food options. Parents and kids will enjoy the beautiful bike paths, interesting museums and delicious ice cream shops. The Providence Children’s Museum is always a family-favorite!

Putnam county Fair, ny

The Putnam County Fair & 4-H Showcase, the country fair families love, is happening July 27th and July 28th at Veterans Memorial Park in Carmel, NY.

An easy car drive away, the fair draws thousands of visitors who enjoy food trucks, treats, vendors, games, demonstrations, exhibits, magic shows, inflatables, farm animals, pony rides, and entertainment. Listen to live music, check out the classic car show, and take part in the Duck Derby Fundraiser, which helps support the educational programs of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County. Free parking and admission.

By car or by train, take a day trip to Putnam County, where there’s always another reason to say, “I Love New York.” Visitputnam. org for more information about what to do and see in Putnam County. This project is supported by a grant awarded to Putnam County Tourism by New York State’s Empire State Development and the I LOVE NY Division of Tourism, visitputnam.org.

Plus there’s always something happening in Rhode Island that you can plan your trip around. In the summer, they have special

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events like the Bristol 4th of July Parade, Newport Folk Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, and more.
2024 | Summer Fun Get lost in a Rockland moment. Within 30 minutes of New York City, discover river towns where quaint meets cosmopolitan, historic meets energetic. Paddle, bike, hike, golf, shop, play. Explore more than 32,000 acres of open space, including hundreds of miles of trails and some of the highest Palisades summits in the Hudson Valley. explorerocklandny.com @explorerocklandny @ExploreRC #RocklandMoment Let Rockland surprise you. And expect you’ll want to stay awhile. ®I LOVE NEW YORK is a registered trademark and service mark of the New York State Department of Economic Development; used with permission.

rochester, ny

Looking for the perfect family getaway this summer? Look no further than Rochester, NY! Nestled in the picturesque Finger Lakes region, Rochester offers many attractions and activities that promise to create unforgettable memories for visitors and their loved ones.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and become immersed in Rochester’s natural beauty. With stunning parks, lush greenery, and breathtaking waterfalls, there’s no shortage of outdoor adventures. Embark on a scenic hike along the Genesee River Gorge with a stop at High Falls, a 96-foot waterfall in the city center. For thrill-seekers, a visit to the nearby Letchworth State Park, often called the “Grand Canyon of the East,” is a must!

With a visit to the Strong National Museum of Play, kids can unleash their imaginations in the interactive exhibits and play zones among the world’s largest collection of toys, dolls, and games. Then, venture to the Genesee Country Village and Museum, where people can experience life in the 19th century. With its authentic historic buildings, costumed interpreters, and immersive exhibits, the Genesee Country Village and Museum offers a fascinating glimpse into the past for the whole family to enjoy.

Summer is only complete with a visit to Seabreeze Amusement Park, where thrilling rides, refreshing water attractions, and entertaining shows await. From roller coasters to water slides, there’s something for every member of the family to enjoy at this beloved amusement park.

When it’s time to refuel, Rochester’s vibrant culinary scene has something for everyone. From farm-to-table eateries serving fresh,

locally sourced ingredients to iconic diners dishing out classic comfort food, visitors will never go hungry in Rochester. And be sure to satisfy a sweet tooth with a visit to the iconic Abbott’s Frozen Custard—a Rochester tradition since 1902!

With its convenient location, just a short drive from New York City, Rochester is the perfect summer destination for families looking to escape the heat and reconnect with nature, history, and each other. Plus, Rochester offers a variety of family-friendly accommodations, from cozy bed and breakfasts to spacious hotels, ensuring a comfortable stay for everyone. So why wait? Start planning a Rochester getaway today and create memories that will last a lifetime!

rockland county, ny

Imagine a place that feels a long way from home yet is so close that visitors won’t have time to ask, “Are we there yet?” Within 30 minutes of NYC, Rockland County has many surprises.

With more than 30,000 acres of open space, Palisades-peak views of the Hudson River and NYC skyline, plus miles of paths for all levels of cyclists and hikers, there’s plenty of ground to cover when taking a family trip to Rockland.

Make a splash at the Rockland Lake State Park water complex, with a huge, gently sloping “zero entrance” swimming pool, diving boards, a “spray ground” and two giant water slides. A 3.2-mile paved trail that circles the lake is popular for taking laps on foot, bikes and rollerblades.

Stop for a bite, some ice cream, or shopping at one of the quaint, historic river towns of Nyack, Piermont, Haverstraw, and Stony Point–all walking-friendly. Urban transplants have helped build a thriving food and art scene with a cozy community feel.

Explore Bear Mountain’s self-guided nature trails–perfect for family hikes and river views–and the Trailside Museum and Zoo, which features rescued animals native to the state.

Bring binoculars to stroll across the Bear Mountain Bridge,

celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Get weekend brunch at Restaurant 1915 at the Bear Mountain Inn or lunch at the Hiker’s Café. The park’s indoor carousel features 42 hand-carved replicas of native animals, such as bears, foxes, and rabbits. Or schedule a real-deal horseback riding experience with lessons at Rebellious Stables.

On a sticky-hot or rainy day, have some indoor fun with Space Adventure Mini Golf and the world’s tallest indoor ropes course at Palisades Climb Adventure. Expect the unexpected when exploring Rockland County.

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We have 164 lakes perfect for swimming, boating, and fishing. We also have soothing hot tubs, saunas, and an indoor waterpark—where it’s always 84°. Dive in.

Our charming, small towns are bursting with food, drink, and fun in any season.

Mini vacays… longer stays, or anything in between — we’re just a short trip away.

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the s ullivan c atskills, ny

For families seeking an exciting and adventure-filled summer getaway, a trip to the beautiful Sullivan Catskills is the perfect fit, with activities and entertainment to suit all ages. And it’s only 90 minutes from New York City! The breathtaking natural beauty and small-town charm of the Sullivan Catskills is punctuated by big experiences throughout the year, allowing for endless family fun in a picturesque setting bound to be the new wallpaper on your phone.

Parents never run out of ideas for keeping kids busy, happy, and most importantly, off their phones at the Sullivan Catskills. Splash the day away - rain or shine - at Kartrite Indoor Water Park, kayak or canoe down the Delaware River, get up close to the friendly farm animals at Buck Brook Alpacas and Arthur’s Acre’s Animal Sanctuary, spot and snap photos of eagles soaring the sky, tour Fort Delaware and learn about frontier life back in the day, hike Bear Mountain for unmatched views and so much more.

Forestburgh Playhouse, learn about Woodstock at the Museum at Bethel Woods or catch a concert under the stars.

Ready to book your family’s getaway to the Sullivan Catskills?

After a long day of adventure, hungry bellies will be grateful for the multitude of Catskill-icious culinary options, from plant-forward to celebrity chef steaks and everything in between. Traveling with a sitter? Parents can try their luck at Resorts World Catskills, check out

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The award-winning Smugglers’ Notch Resort is the ultimate family fun vacation destination. Known for its endless number of unique activities and wide variety of accommodations, perfect for families of all shapes and sizes, Smuggs has been bringing families together for generations.

The Resort features 8 pools, 4 waterslides, games on the green, miles of mountain biking trails, Farmers Market, Pickleball, Vermont Country Fair, fireworks display, magic shows, two championship disc golf courses, and oodles more of activities to enjoy!

Let’s not forget about their 26,000-square foot, two-story FunZone 2.0, featuring climbing walls, bouncy houses, laser tag, mini golf, and more! While the kids take on the warrior courses, mom and dad can enjoy a pina colada and watch the good times unfold. Of course, everyone will have worked up an appetite so the next stop must be the build your own sundae bar at ReFuel Café(guessing)?!

Pro tip: download the Sullivan GO App for your phone for access to information about attractions, events, lodging, eateries and more, making it easy to plan your itinerary and discover hidden gems you will want to return to again and again. To learn more about the Sullivan Catskills, visit sullivancatskills.com.

In addition to the never-ending activity options, Smuggs is truly an experience. There’s nothing like waking up to stunning mountain views. Whether they’re hopping on an e-bike, hiking with a llama or relaxing poolside, the non-stop fun allows families to make memories

that last a lifetime.

Plan to spend time in the heart of Vermont at Smugglers’ Notch. A day at the resort offers the ideal location for breathtaking scenic vista views combined with acres of landscape almost equaling the expansiveness of America’s national parks! Visit Smuggs.com.

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Whether it’s bonding over thrilling adventure, sharing laughs around the campfire, or singing along at lively events, make this summer a time to treasure forever. Come discover why the Great Northern Catskills is the ultimate family destination. #FindYourCatskills

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u lster county, ny

It’s that time of year when idyllic memories come flooding back of lazy, long summer days spent basking in the warm sun, skipping rocks across pristine water, or slurping down an ice-cold root beer float on a gentle summer evening while fireflies dance across the lawn.

Few places have as many cherished memories as summers in the Catskills. With majestic resorts along tranquil waters, streams full of aggressive trout, and Instaworthy vistas at every turn, Ulster County is the quintessential backdrop to create your nostalgic summer escape upstate.

Ulster’s trails, shops, markets, and starfilled night skies, feel tailor made for summer adventure stock full of all the makings of core memories. And with a plethora of lodging and delicious dining options, people find themselves coming back for more for years to come.

Plan a new summer tradition at visitUlsterCountyNY.com.

Warren county, ny l ake g eorge area

More outdoor adventures coming your way with the Lake George Area in Warren County. This family-friendly oasis is filled with adventure for everyone.

Challenge your family to mini golf at one of the six courses. Your kids will love the different themes, from pirates to ‘around the world’ to even a storybook adventure full of wacky characters. Cool off with a sweet treat at Bon’s Ice Cream afterwards.

If you’re craving something more active, peddle your way in the Adirondack mountains on old railroad beds that have been turned into railbike adventures. On these guided tours you’ll get breath-taking views of the Hudson River and Adirondack forest.

And did we mention you can also experience the Wild West? That’s right! You can stay at a family guest ranch with trail riding, nighttime entertainment, a rodeo and more.

Little and big kids alike will enjoy the 70-year-old amusement park, treetop adventures and dinosaur trails. There’s truly something for everyone in Lake George Area.

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2024 | Summer Fun 23 orangetourism.org ® I LOVE NEW YORK is a registered trademark and service mark of the New York State Department of Economic Development; used with permission. Earn FREE Orange County NY Family Fun prizes by checking-in to the different locations on the trail. Simply sign-up and the pass will be delivered to your mobile device, no app download required. > Theme Parks > Inflate-a-park > Ice Cream Stands > Pick-Your-Own Farms > and so much more! > LEGOLAND® New York Resort > Ring Homestead Camp & Adventure > The Castle Fun Center > Pierson's Farm > Bellvale Farms Creamery EARN PRIZES!* Register for FREE Activities Include: A few of our destinations: Ring Homestead Camp & Adventure LEGOLAND® New York Resort BellvaleCreameryFarms The Castle Fun Center

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Wild West City is a western theme park located in the beautiful, scenic Skyland’s Region of Sussex County, New Jersey. A perfect day trip for families and couples, Wild West City has been entertaining audiences for over six decades with live actionpacked shows, train and stagecoach rides, demonstrations, historical exhibits, music, special events and an opportunity to mingle with cowboys and cowgirls in "Dodge City."

This year, Wild West City will take on a different theme during the season beginning with Spring Bonanza, then Summer Stampede, Fall Harvest and culminating with Haunted Wild West in October. Meet new characters in brand new mini skits. Be part of the action helping the marshal track down the outlaws. Grab a lasso and test your skills roping steer horns like a cowboy on the range! Seasonal foods and beverages will be featured. Special evant weekends highlight the Civil War, National Day of the Cowboy, Native American Dancing and more! Visit Haunted Wild West in October!

Purchase tickets in advance online or consider a membership if you’ll be visiting often. Memberships include unlimited visits

throughout the 2024 season, admission to all special event days, bring a friend ticket, souvenir WWC Cup, discounts at food and retail shops and more! Visit wildwestcity.com.

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2024 | Summer Fun 25 Seek for Yourself FIND YOUR HAPPY PLACE Explore a trail. Scale a mountain. Walk through living history. Take a stroll through Ulster County and discover the breathtaking beauty, eclectic culture, and endless adventure of Upstate New York. Plan your trip at VisitUlsterCountyNY.com ® I LOVE E NEW EW YORK loogo is a regiegistered t d trademark/service mark of the NYS Dept. of Economic Developmement, t, used wit w h pe permis m sion n

Family Summer Experiences

Summer in and around New York is one of the best places to enjoy family-friendly experiences. Whether you live in a city or the suburbs, we have all these fantastic places that are either a car, train, and sometimes a ferry away. Lucky us! Check out the summer adventures just waiting for you to experience this season!

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Although Lower Manhattan is one square mile in size, it is packed with many of New York City’s most iconic attractions. Families can marvel at the architectural beauty of the Brooklyn Bridge, take a ferry to the historic Statue of Liberty, and explore the vibrant Seaport District, among many other landmarks.

Navigating Lower Manhattan is a breeze. It is exceptionally walkable and boasts an extensive transportation network, including 13 subway lines, numerous bus routes, numerous commuter ferry routes, and ample bike lanes with bike-share stations. This makes it the most convenient neighborhood for transportation in New York City, ensuring you can easily reach any destination.

Surrounded by water on three sides, Lower Manhattan features some of NYC’s best ferry infrastructure, perfect for family outings. Regular ferries depart for Governor’s Island, the Statue of Liberty, and other picturesque destinations, offering unique perspectives of the city from the water.

Staying in Lower Manhattan offers the ideal base for a family New York City adventure. Centrally located, it can reach any part of the city within 20 minutes, avoiding the crowds typical of places like

Times Square. Unlike the busier districts, Lower Manhattan provides a more relaxed atmosphere without sacrificing accessibility. Plus, the neighborhood offers a variety of hotels catering to every budget, ensuring a comfortable stay -perfect for a staycation!

Whether you’re play tourist and want to spend the day seeing the sights or just want to enjoy all the city has to offer. Lower Manhattan has it all. Its strategic location and abundance of attractions make it the perfect choice for anyone looking to explore the best of New York City.

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Looking to laugh with the family and have your kids think you’re cool? Bring them to the famed Astor Place Theatre. Blue Man Group is comedy, theater and rock concert all rolled into one. Leave your expectations at the door and let three bald and blue men take you on a spectacular journey bursting with music, laughter and surprises. Featuring pulsing, original music, custom-made instruments, surprise audience interaction, and hilarious absurdity, join the Blue Men in a joyful experience that unites audiences of all ages. A total of eight dazzling new screens have been installed to create a more immersive and engaging performance environment. Throughout the performance, audiences will be captivated by new, state-of-the-art video content accompanying the Blue Men and band.

Astor Place Theatre, 434 Lafayette St #1, New York, NY 10003, USA

dave and b usters

From kids to grownups — everybody needs a place to let loose & have limitless fun. Dave & Buster’s has entered the chat. Pull up with the whole family experience that includes sea of 100+ arcade games in D&B’s epic Midway! Whether you’re letting the kids win or showing them that YOU STILL GOT IT, Dave and Busters has games for days! Virtual Reality, racing games, big-name titles, arcade classics, and more! The fun doesn’t stop at D&B.One thing they don’t play about is their food, so you know their all-new menu is filled to the brim with top tier, “leave-the-plate-clean” food. Whether you’re feeling snacky, fancy or something in between, they have all kinds of bites for all kinds of vibes! Grown-ups, this one’s for you! While the kiddos mash buttons & stack those tix, you can kick back with a cold one & watch the game on the big screen. From all the brew-skis to a proper glass of cab, their bar stays stocked.

Plus, if you are looking for a place to host your next birthday party, anniversary celebration, corporate happy hour, employee appreciation, or any other type of event in between, D&B’s professional planners will make recommendations for even the pickiest of palates. From groups of ten to two-thousand, Dave & Buster’s is the perfect place to make unforgettable memories with your friends, family, youth groups, or co-workers. From Chef-crafted banquets to unlimited video game play, they got all the details covered. Convinced? Pull up & spend a day the D&B way — with nonstop fun!

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l and of Make b elieve Land of Make Believe Celebrates 70 Years of Family Fun. You don’t have to travel far to enjoy a fun-filled day of affordable family excitement with rides, water slides, a safari adventure, river tubing, live theater, boardwalk games, and a host of other activities. For the ultimate “day vacation trip” Land of Make Believe checks all the boxes, and this year there is something extra special for children, teens and parents with the park’s newest ride, “Pirates Fury.”

The new ride takes family members of all ages on the high seas as the ship rocks back and forth as if they are enduring stormy waves in the ocean. For those “true pirates” that’s just one of many exciting adventures offered at Land of Make Believe, conveniently located on Route 80, Exit 12, and a short drive from Routes 31, 46 and 78. The iconic award-winning amusement park has been entertaining young children, teens, parents and grandparents for generations with an array of rides, attractions and activities for the whole family. In the past few years Land of Make Believe has expanded its “land and water” rides to include new thrill rides for young adults such as the Scream Machine 360, Safari Adventure, and the new spinning roller coaster. The expansive award-winning Water Park, with something for any age, has also added numerous challenging water slides. Land of Make Believe was selected as one of the most iconic amusement parks in America along with Disney World and has also been recognized by numerous organizations for its outstanding safety record. Land of Make Believe prides itself on being clean, safe, wholesome and affordable. It is unique to other amusement parks in

that it offers free parking and invites families to bring their own food for a picnic inside the park. Just minutes away from NYC, RT 80, Exit 12. LOMB.com.

MJ the Musical

MJ is the perfect show to set the summer mood for you and your family. Kick off the season with an unbeatable night on Broadway that will have the whole crew singing and dancing.

The energy is unmatched at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 West 52nd Street, New York, NY). This four-time Tony Award® winner is “ taking Manhattan with a hurricane force” (Greg Evans, Deadline) and bringing the heat all season long. With mind-blowing music and jaw-dropping moves, MJ passes the vibe check. So, don’t just go out this summer—get up, dance, and treat your family to an experience they’ll never forget.

This summer, rediscover the music that shaped you. Plus, experience the exhilaration for the first time again through your kids’ eyes! See some of your favorite songs hit the Broadway stage, including “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” “Smooth Criminal,” “Man in the Mirror,” “Black or White,” “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,” “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” “Thriller,” and Jackson 5 classics including, “I Want You Back” and “ABC.”

Featuring a book by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and Tony Award®-winning choreography from director Christopher Wheeldon, MJ goes beyond the star’s singular moves and signature sound, offering a rare look at the creative mind and collaborative spirit that catapulted Michael Jackson into legendary status.

At MJ, one way to beat the heat is to embrace it. With “the best dancing on Broadway” (Charles Isherwood, Broadway News), MJ is Broadway’s hottest ticket available right now. Secure your seats and experience the hype this summer.

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Fun n ew york b otanical g arden

Wonderland: Curious Nature transforms the New York Botanical Garden’s 250 acres through the sights, settings, and scents of the classic Wonderland stories. Step into a colorful botanical experience that grows curiouser and curiouser as you encounter many beloved Wonderland characters across the grounds.

Find larger-than-life mushrooms, an outsized chessboard, a shimmering lookingglass, and more. Inside the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, discover thousands of vibrant flowers in imaginative horticultural displays that highlight the lush, blooming gardens of the Victorian era. Continue to dive into Alice’s world in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library—learn about the novel’s historical context and modern interpretations, including the stories of mind-altering plants, which were muchstudied during the Victoria era and continue to be the subjects of cutting-edge scientific research today.

You'll go mad over their programs, including Wonderland character encounters each weekend during the run of the exhibition, a Fantastic Fungi Weekend in the fall, Alice dress-up, and even more programming for families. Of course, there will be food that is so good

that it’s almost nonsensical! Enjoy the Unbirthday Snack Truck with crumpet ice cream sandwiches, the Rose Court with refreshments inspired by the Queen of Hearts, and afternoon tea parties at the Hudson Garden Grill. nybg.org

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Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park is the best place for indoor family fun! From little ones to adults, there’s something for everyone! Spend a day with the family and see why it’s the best place for jumping, climbing, riding, playing, and more. Urban Air is open for Open Play and birthday parties seven days a week, 365 days a year! Take the next birthday party to new heights at Urban Air! Voted #1 for Best Kids’ Birthday Parties, Urban Air is the ultimate party spot for your birthday celebration! All parties include a party host, balloons, plates, napkins, utensils, and much more to make it a stellar party! An Urban Air Birthday Party is one of the best birthday parties because it is fun for all ages and takes the stress out of hosting a birthday party at home.

Urban Air Brooklyn is located at 4422 2nd Ave between 44th & 45th Street—just five blocks away from Industry City and Costco. The facility features Trampolines, a Warrior Course, Spin & Flip Zone Bumper Cars, Tubes, Soft Play Playground, Virtual Reality, and more! No reservations are required. There are other locations in New Jersey. Urban Air South Hackensack is 10 minutes away from the GWB.

the Goethals Bridge. Urban Air Milltown is near East Brunswick, New Jersey. Adventure for the whole family is near you this summer! Call 347-732-5438 to start your adventure today.

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Lower Manhattan is the Whole World in One Square Mile

Surrounded by water on three sides, the iconic neighborhood is both where New York City began and a place with endless future potential. With some of the city's greatest hits like the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge and more, Lower Manhattan is perfect for families of all tastes and interests. Come experience the ultimate family travel destination this summer!

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Summer is one of the best season’s to enjoy all the East Coast offers, from hopping on the train for a day trip to packing up the car to check out a museum, an amusement park, a favorite town, or a new town, dine on good food, and more.

Here are some unique things for families to do in and around NYC during the summer!

Alliance for Downtown New York

New York, NY

Lower Manhattan has all the shopping, dining, and entertainment anyone could want. From City Hall to the Battery, savor unique flavors, discover awe-inspiring museums, catch a show, and so much more. No one can ever know what’s next when one square mile contains infinite possibilities. So get going and see what’s happening in downtown New York. downtownny.com


Farmingdale, NY

Long Island’s favorite family amusement park since 1962! With over 30 rides, games, and attractions, an indoor arcade, and a restaurant, there’s something for everyone at Adventureland! adventureland.us

Animal Adventure Park +Preserve

Harpursville, NY

Visit two animal parks, conveniently located in one destination, 15 minutes outside of Binghamton, NY! Animal Adventure Park is an interactive educational animal park, home to more than 100 species, while sister facility, The Preserve, is an interactive, educational drive thru experience. Families can enjoy many up-close experiences with the animals. theanimaladventurepreserve.com

Big Kahuna Water Park

West Berlin, NJ

Dive into fun at Big Kahuna’s Water Park in NJ, where you can enjoy a range of thrilling slides and water attractions suitable for all ages, abilities, and sensory sensitivities.

The year-round indoor water park boasts weatherproof fun under a retractable roof, and the attached outdoor water park is free with admission from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Big Kahuna’s is a certified autism center and the perfect day trip with free parking, a full-service café, bar, and a vibrant island atmosphere. bigkahunas.com/nj

Big SNOW American Dream

East Rutherford, New Jersey

Beat the heat this Summer and hit Big SNOW American Dream, North America’s first and only indoor snow dome. Big SNOW is located in the Meadowlands and has something for everyone in the family. Ski. Board. Tube. Shop! bigsnowamericandream.com

Blue Man Group

New York, NY

Blue Man Group is a comedy, theater, and rock concert all rolled into one. Leave expectations at the door and let three bald

and blue men unveil a spectacular journey bursting with music, laughter, and surprises. blueman.com/new-york

Chuck E. Cheese

Multiple Locations

Chuck E. Cheese has been entertaining families with delicious food and cutting-edge games for decades; refreshed fun centers feature new games, an interactive dance floor, large-format video walls, new food, new prizes from the legendary prize wall and active play features (including Trampoline Zones at select locations). Join them all summer long for 2 months of unlimited visits, up to 250 games per day, and up to 50% off on most food & beverages with Summer Fun Pass (starting at just $44.99 online)! chuckecheese.com

Dave and Busters

Multiple Locations

Dave & Buster’s has everyone covered for all the summer fun! This Father’s Day,

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participate in the first-ever D&B Dad Games to compete against other families for a chance to win one year of free game play. daveandbusters.com

Dutchess County

Take a drive to Rhinebeck to enjoy this six-day Dutchess Fair. Held from Tuesday, August 20th, to Sunday, August 25th, this fair offers a unique immersion into the world of agriculture, horticulture, and more, mixed with rides, performances, food, and local vendors. Children ages 11 and under are free. 6550 Springbrook Ave., Rhineback, NY, dutchessfair.com

Frederick County

Frederick County, MD

Experience a one-of-a-kind sporting event in Downtown Frederick, Maryland, during the 10th National Clustered Spires High Wheel Bike Race on July 13th. This free, familyfriendly event features bike racers from around the world riding antique high-wheel bicycles in a spectacle you won’t see anywhere else in the United States. visitfrederick.org

Greene County, NY

This summer, groove at lively, family-friendly events like the 2nd Annual Sunflower & Sangria Festival and Catskill Irish Arts Week. See why the Great Northern Catskills have been the epicenter of warm-weather fun for over a century. greatnortherncatskills.com

Historic Richmondtown

Staten Island, NY

Independence Day Celebration : July 4, 11am-4pm

Historic Richmond Town’s Independence Day Celebration is patriotic family-friendly fun this July 4! Meet costumed interpreters, sign a copy of the Declaration of Independence, enjoy 19th-century fireworks demos, food, beer, music, and more. It’s the perfect blend of education and celebration against the backdrop of NYC’s living history village. historicrichmondtown.org

Jenkinson’s Boardwalk

Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach is one of the premier family

destinations on the Jersey Shore. Attractions include an amusement park, beaches, an aquarium, four arcades, two mini golf courses, sweet shops, dining, gift shops, special and weekly events and entertainment all summer long, and so much more! jenkinsons.com

Land of Make Believe

Hope Township, NJ

It is a spectacular day trip destination! It is one of the most Iconic amusement and water parks in America. Don’t miss a day of incredible family fun. It is just minutes away. lomb.com

LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Yonkers, NY

Join the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester team this summer for some BRICKTASTIC fun! Hop aboard your chariot on the Kingdom Quest interactive ride, pedal the enchanted cart in Merlin’s magical potions chamber to become his next wizarding apprentice, catch a 4D movie, and immerse yourself in a virtual LEGO world. New York residents can unlock special savings with the resident-only

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Family Fun Come on a journey the whole family will love at the world’s largest Native American Museum! Experience the amazing culture of the Pequot people and learn about their distinctive relationship with nature, their challenges and their inspiring resiliency. Our story lives on… 110 PEQUOT TRAIL MASHANTUCKET, CT 860.396.6910 PEQUOTMUSEUM.ORG

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Parents, mark your calendars for this monthly playdate experience designed to help kids expand their imaginations while engaging in themed crafts, games and more!


Take your yoga routine outdoors and enjoy a complimentary, weekly session on the South Lawn. Take advantage of the loyalty rewards program and earn exclusive prizes for every five classes attended.



Start your weekends unwinding with a variety of live musical performances at Park Plaza. m y - 4 Signatu ents

Grab your furry best friends and make your way to the Ridge Hill Dog Park for the doggone happiest hour of all.

Enjoy a season of exciting, action-packed, family-oriented movies on the big screen at the South Lawn.


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deal. Visit the website for exclusive savings! legolanddiscoverycenter/westchester.com

Long Island Game Farm

Manorville, NY

As Long Island’s largest wildlife park, Long Island Game Farm offers families a natural environment where they can learn about wildlife and animals through education and entertainment. A critical aspect of the game farm is serving as a sanctuary for animals rescued, rehabilitated, or re-homed. longislandgamefarm.com

Mashantucket Pequot Museum

Mashantucket, CT

Come on a journey the whole family will love at the world’s largest Native American Museum! From Wednesday to Saturday, there will be culture-filled educational programs, workshops, and events for the entire family in July and August. Experience the amazing culture of the Pequot people and learn about their distinctive relationship with nature, their challenges, and their inspiring resiliency. pequotmuseum.org

Monster Mini Golf

Garden City, NY

Come cool off with us this summer in our indoor temperature-controlled Glow in the Dark Golf Course. Enjoy the many other attractions, including Arcade, Laser Maze, and Bowling. Monsterminigolf.com/ locations/us/ny/garden-city-long-island

Monster Mini Golf

Yonkers, NY

Monster Mini Golf®’s sole goal is to provide a wide variety of affordable experiences in a fun, family-friendly, alcohol-free atmosphere. Take a break from the heat this summer and come visit, where memorable family entertainment is the top priority. Mini Golf is for everyone! monsterminigolf.com/ locations/us/ny/yonkers

New York Botanical Gardens

Bronx, NY

Head down the rabbit hole to explore Wonderland: Curious Nature at the New York Botanical Garden. It is fun for the whole family. Dress up to explore mind-bending

flower displays fit for a queen, outsized art installations, and fantastical tea parties! May 18–October 27, 2024; Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; $35 for adults and $15 for kids. nybg.org

New York International Air Show

Orange County, NY

Enjoy a weekend of family fun while attending the New York International Air Show at the Orange County Airport in Montgomery, New York on August 10th and 11th. See thrilling aerial performances headlined by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and other top talent. The Italian Air Force Frecce Tricolori are visiting the USA for the first time in over 30 years. Explore amazing aircraft displays and delicious food vendors all around the grounds. It’s a great event for the whole family! Get tickets now.


Nyack Street Fair

Rockland County, NY

Don’t miss the Nyack Street Fair on Sunday, July 14, 2024, on Main Street and Broadway.

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Over 360 exhibitors will display Arts, Crafts, Photography, sculpture, and a Kids’ Zone. Enjoy great food, live music, and more! explorerocklandny.com

Old Westbury Gardens

Old Westbury, NY

Visit Old Westbury Gardens for Midsummer Weekend (June 21-23), where guests of all ages are invited to picnic, stroll, and relax on the longest days of the year amidst the sounds of ambient music. The Gardens will be illuminated with lanterns and decorated with wreaths and floral arrangements. villageofoldwestbury.org

Putnam County Fair and 4-H Showcase

Putnam, NY

Come and join the fun at the Putnam County Fair & 4-H Showcase on July 27th and July 28th at Veterans Memorial Park in Carmel, NY. There will be farm animals, pony rides, vendors, entertainment, food trucks, and so much more! Parking and admission are free. visitputnam.org

Ridge Hill

Yonkers, NY

Signature Events have returned to Ridge Hill. Now through September 26th, guests can enjoy weekly and monthly outdoor experiences, including pet-friendly happy hours, children’s playtime, fitness classes, film screenings, and live concerts. ridgehill.com

Salem Witch Museum

Salem, MA

Looking for something out of the ordinary to do this summer? Take a trip to Salem, Massachusetts, a city made famous by the Salem Witch Trials. The Salem Witch Museum brings visitors back to 1692 in an immersive audiovisual experience and offers extended hours during summer. Visit salemwitchmuseum.com for tickets and information on visiting this iconic museum. salemwitchmuseum.com

Smugglers' Notch

Jeffersonville, VT

Join on June 20th, for the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year and the official

start of summer. At Smuggs, things are going to heat up with a Summer Solstice celebration! Guests will be in awe of Cirque De Fuego, Vermont's premier fire performers, drum performances by Jeh Kulu Drum Theater, spectacular fireworks not to mention the blazing bonfire, ooey-gooey s'mores, and much more! smuggs.com

Storybook Land

Egg Harbor, New Jersey

Explore, play, read, and ride! Create your own story at Storybook Land, where they’ve been making memories since 1955! Visit Santa Claus on Christmas in July! Saturday, July 20th. storybookland.com

Sullivan Catskills Visitors Association Liberty, NY

Sullivan Catskills has the KCBS sanctioned backyard barbeque on May 15 and Drag me back to the Catskills from May 14-16. sullivancatskills.com

Ulster County Ulster County, NY

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Ulster County’s Borscht Belt Fest, “Comedy, Cuisine, Culture in the Catskills”, returns to the Catskill this summer on July 27 and 28, 2024. The festival celebrates the legacy of the idyllic Borscht Belt resort era, its vibrant comedic past, and its wide-ranging influence on contemporary American culture. Held in Ellenville, NY, the heart of the renown Borscht Belt, the festival features stand-up comedy, art, live music, film, educational programming, food, and plenty of one-liners. For information, visitulstercountyny.org

Visit Rhode Island

Rhode Island is small but grand, offering a wide variety of events for the whole family to enjoy. This summer, several can’t-miss events

include the Newport Bermuda Race, Bristol 4th of July Parade, and Washington County Fair. Visitrhodeisland.com

Visit Rochester

Rochester, NY

With 140+ annual festivals and events, there is always something great happening in Rochester, NY. Festival season kicks off each May with the Lilac Festival, the largest free festival of its kind in North America. It continues with the Rochester International Jazz Festival, Corn Hill Arts Festival, Rochester Fringe Festival, ROC Holiday Village, and more. visitrochester.com

Warren County Lake George, NY

The Lake George Area is a destination filled with water activities, amusement parks, and many other family-friendly activities to satisfy all ages! Discover the birthplace of “The Original Vacation,” where families would gather to spend their summer vacations in the southern Adirondacks. visitlakegeorge.com

Westfield World Trade Center

New York, NY

Over 85 world-class shops and restaurants, connected to 13 subway lines and the PATH, are located in the heart of Lower Manhattan. Free fun for the whole family includes outdoor movie screenings and interactive kid-friendly art studios! westfield.com/ united-state/westfieldtradecenter

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Bucket List Summer in N YC

We love New York City, especially in the summertime when the weather is warm and the days are long. Luckily, there are endless things to do, and as parents ourselves, we want families to have the ultimate summer.

Our NYC summer bucket 2024 is for kids and families and is chock-full of fun places to visit, including free things to do because, whether you live here or are visiting, saving money is always a great thing.

From watching a free movie at the park to enjoying one of our city pools to strolling through our amazing museums, we truly have the best offerings and #bucketlist for you this summer!

We also know that when the kids are out of school, while we want them to enjoy the city, balancing the to-do list with things to do keeps everyone including you balanced and happy.

Check out our list of all you can do this summer in New York City!

1. Peak into Dublin without leaving NYC via The Portal! This sculpture is a 24/7 real-time that is streaming until Fall (we hope, keep it clean influencers!) – where you can interact with Dubliners, no plane ticket required!

2. Head to Long Island City MoMA PS1’s, where you’ll find exhibitions, performances, events, and more. Admission is FREE for all New York residents. For visitors: $10 for adults, FREE for kids 16 and younger, and $5 for seniors and students.

3. In the Summer, take a dip in one of the city's many free outdoor pools.

4. Head to The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Roof Garden and check out its latest The Roof Garden Commission: Petrit Halilaj, Abetare of metal images of spiders, stars and more.

5. Visit the New York Aquarium for free admission after 3 p.m. on Wednesdays. Up to 4 tickets are required and made available at

3:00 p.m. on Mondays.

6. It may take effort, like waiting in line and going online for lottery tickets, but to see Shakespeare in the Park (publictheater.org) is entirely worth it!

7. Visit the Bronx Zoo on a Wednesday for FREE admission; you must reserve your tickets (up to 4!) online by 5:00 p.m. the Monday before.

8. Plan a staycation at the TWA Hotel. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a meal before or after a flight, or you’re staying for a night or a few, this hotel promises a genuine New York adventure, ideal for families

9. Walk the Highline, check out the plants, and experience this calm urban oasis New Yorkers love. Check out our guide.

10. Visit the iconic Flagship New York Public Library to check out books and the BeauxArts architecture, kids will need to be quiet

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but worth the visit.

11. Hop on the Staten Island Ferry (it’s free!) and enjoy a gorgeous view of the Statue of Liberty.

12. Take advantage of the many restaurants that offer kids eat for free days, go online to newyorkfamily.com for the guide.

13. Enjoy exhibitions, immersive experiences, and more at the new Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation– part of the American Museum of Natural History and part of your admission. Some exhibitions cost extra- we recommend reserving tickets in advance.

14. Fly a kite at Central Park, stay awhile, and explore our city’s jewel of a park.

15. Visit the Little Island off of Pier 55 for a unique public park experience. This small island uses stunning architecture and landscaping to create a peaceful escape from busy city life.

16. Kids ages 18 and under are free at The Whitney — check out art by Edward Hopper, Alice Neel, and more.

17. Tour the Grand Central Terminal. Check out the oak leaves and acorn architectural details, the zodiac ceiling in the main concourse, and the famed glass clock at the center.

18. Go hiking in and around our city; some great spots exist!

19. Take on “Slide Mountain” at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

20. Check out the gorgeous views or sit for a picnic at the new Pier 57 rooftop (the largest in NYC!) at the Hudson River Park.

21. Visit a local library for a story time-one of the best play spaces for kids that is also a great way to cool off on those hot summer days.

22. Visit The Oculus, the central epicenter of the World Trade Center and an architect of

beauty that will have you oohing and aahhing.

23. We have Fireworks- remember to pick your spot to watch the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks (macys.com/s/fireworks)!

24. Take a break from the city and enjoy Greenbelt Staten Island’s 2,800 acres of nature, hiking trails, and more.

25. Pack a picnic and watch a free movie under the summer stars , nycgovparks.org/ events/free_summer_movies.

26. Summer is one of the best seasons to bring the kids to the Intrepid Museum. Make sure to check their website for one of their fun events.

27. Check out Carole Feuerman’s Sea Idylls, whose last summer installment was on Fifth Avenue. This season, you can catch her latest work of five sculptures at the South Street Seaport Seaport District, Pier 17. Don't forget to take in the amazing views of Brooklyn!

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Living on the East Coast, we experience some cliche pastimes, and one of those is waiting through the winter months for spring to come and deliver its delicious fruits, such as strawberries. Strawberry picking is not only a way to enjoy a rural farm; some are close to the city, allowing kids to see where fruit comes from.

NYC and the surrounding areas have many U-pick farm options and offer other forms of entertainment, such as picnics, feeding farm animals, and hayrides.

Tip: Strawberry season usually starts in late May and early June. However, we had an early Cherry Blossom season, which means Mother Nature is in control! Most farms have updates on their sites announcing that the strawberries are ready to be picked. We recommend checking the website, especially in early June, for any updates on picking dates as well as general added information.

Alstede Farms

1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930 (908) 879-7189

Head to Alstede to pick your own strawberries from late May to early July. You can also visit for their festivals and farm fun activities planned for this summer. After a hot day at Alstede go grab a homemade ice cream or refreshing slushie made with the harvest of

the season. Go buy your tickets online!

Farms View – New Jersey Market & Garden Center

945 Black Oak Ridge Road, Wayne, NJ 07470 (973) 839-1212

Farms View has been serving Northern New Jersey for over 100 years. Keep an eye out for the kick-off of strawberry season this year! You will also have the chance to watch an array of farm animals such as horses, goats and miniature donkeys. The entrance fee is $5 per person during the week and $5 on the weekend. Strawberries are $5.50 per pound.

Fishkill Farms

9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 (845) 897-4377

Strawberries will be available for picking in June at Fishkill Farm, and you’ll have even more fruit options later in the summer. After a day of picking, you can stop by the cider bar that offers different meal options or have a picnic in the designated areas. Reservations are required at Fishkill Farms and are posted Thursday evenings for the weekend, Sunday evenings for Tuesday and Wednesday, and Tuesday evenings for Thursday and Friday.

Glover Farms

641 Victory Avenue, Brookhaven, NY (631) 286-7876

Have a fun day strawberry picking at Glover Farms where you will also get the chance to have goats and chickens eat right out of your hand! While you stroll through the fields you will have amazing views and see the farming equipment up close.



227 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook, NY 12571 (845) 758-8007

Since 1952, Greig Farm has welcomed visitors to pick-your-own strawberries and along the way expanded to other fruits and vegetables. Starting June, you can come to pick your own strawberries and enjoy other fun activities such as feeding Koi Fish and Goats. Check out Farm trails, which are open to the public and perfect for a summer day. Afterward, head to Papa’s Best Batch, a smokehouse and sandwich shop serving lunch and early dinner, or grab goodies at Farm Market & Café.

Lawrence Farms Orchards

306 Frozen Ridge Rd, Newburgh, NY 12550 (845) 562-4268

Kick off June by picking strawberries, cherries, and vegetables at Lawrence Farms, and later, have a picnic with your family and friends. You can purchase different meal options and snacks for your picnic at the concession stand. Admission is at $7 per person Monday-Thursday and $10.00 per person Friday-Sunday and Holidays(children under 2 years free). Season passes are available.

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Lewin Farms

812 Sound Avenue, Calverton, NY 11933 (631) 929-4327

Lewin Farms, the first pick-your-own farm in Long Island, is the perfect option for an adventure with the kids and learning about where food comes from. In the summer, you can find fresh berries and other fruits; in the fall, you can explore a corn maze! Please note that Lewin’s U-Pick field is cash only and you can find an ATM at the front stand.

Ochs Orchard

4 Ochs Lane, Warwick, NY 10990 (845) 986-1591

Ochs Orchard is well known for its strawberry picking which starts in June, as well as their large variety of fruits and vegetables available year-round! You can also shop for fresh honey, apple cider and more.After going strawberry picking, you can have a refreshing ice cream cone or a milkshake made with their seasonal fruits.

Patty’s Berries and Bunches

410 Sound Ave, Mattituck, NY 11952

(631) 655-7996

Pick delicious berries with your family at Patty’s Berries and Bunches, a female-owned farmstand on Long Island. At Patty’s you can try homemade traditional and vegan ice-cream at the Ice Cream Patch. You will also find beautiful seasonal flower bunches for ornaments or bouquets, take tours around the grounds, and enjoy art and sculptures.

Sahl’s Father Son Farm

420 West Pestalozzi Street, Egg Harbor City, NJ (609) 965-9300

Make a trip out of strawberry picking at Sahl’s Father Son Farm. Sahl’s will be opening in May for you to have fun picking strawberries as well as watching their farm animals such as piglets, chickens and ponies.

Specca Farms

870 Jacksonville Mount Holly Rd, Bordentown, NJ 08505

(609) 267-4445

Strawberry picking is now available at Specca Farms! Besides strawberries you can pick other seasonal fruits and vegetables to complement your meals.

Sussex County Strawberry Farm

565 Route 206, Newton, NJ 07860 (973) 579-5055

For over 30 years Sussex County Strawberry Farm has been growing quality fruits in northern New Jersey. Don’t miss out the opportunity of visiting them starting June in their U-Pick fields and treat yourself with delicious berries!

Wickhams Fruit Farm

28700 Route 25, Cutchogue, NY 11935 (631) 734-6441

Stop by Wickham’s, a beautiful farm overlooking Peconic Bay for strawberry picking this June and further into the summer come pick other fruits and berries. Visit with your family and friends and enjoy a wagon ride or schedule a tour around the farm.

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Broadway is Back!

Day trip adventures to see THE LION KING on Broadway

there is something so incredibly special about taking a trip into the city with your family to see a Broadway show. From getting dressed up to finding nearby restaurants to hit before or after a show, there’s a certain excitement to the whole experience that is magical for audiences of all ages.

Recently, my kids (elementary school age to teenager) and I set off on an adventure to see a show, and it wasn’t hard to narrow down our choices. THE LION KING has been thrilling audiences for over 25 years, making it the third longestrunning show in Broadway history!

Coming from Westchester, I had the option to drive to Manhattan or travel by public transportation. I opted to take the railway and after an easy 50-minute ride from Northern Westchester to Grand Central Station in the open-aired train, we hopped off and walked a few blocks to the theater.

Times Square buzzes with excitement all day and night, and THE LION KING offers shows that will work with your schedule, including matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. I opted for a matinee so we would have a few daylight hours left to explore the city afterward.

Upon arrival, we passed a security checkpoint, and a sense of relief washed over me, knowing this extra safety measure was in place. We soaked up as much theater magic as we took our seats.

The kids’ faces lit up as the curtain rose and we settled in for a theatrical trip to the Pridelands, and I mentally high-fived myself for finding a way to turn their attention away from their devices long enough to enjoy the excitement only a Broadway show can bring to audiences.

THE LION KING is a heartwarming Broadway experience, following a comingof-age story that explores the depth of the familiar yet reimagined characters of Simba and his family and friends. We join him on his journey from a cub to an adult, watching him discover his inner strength and courage with the help of his friends, Timon, Pumbaa, Zazu and Nala.

I expected to see some elaborate cos-

tumes, but I didn’t expect to be fully awestruck! The exquisitely detailed costumes allow for intimate and direct viewing of the actors’ faces and expressions. The textile puppets and masks took a whopping 37,000 hours to create – and it showed.

The stage sprang to life with a breathtaking amalgamation of lively characters, like 18-foot-tall exotic giraffes, puppets of every size, and a massive elephant maneuvered by four actors that you have to see to believe.

The show also takes families on a journey through Africa with songs and dialogue in six indigenous African languages, such as Swahili, Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, Tswana and Congolese. Powerful voices belted out favorites like “Circle of Life,” “I Just Can’t

Wait to be King,” and “Be Prepared.” We were fully in “Hakuna Matata” mode, smiling and swaying along with the rhythm.

The curtains closed and we were buzzing from the magic and the lessons that unfolded. It was so refreshing to revel in a live experience where we used our imaginations and witnessed the power of theater-making.

A pivotal experience for families, live theater truly is back and better than ever.

THE LION KING runs for two hours and 30 minutes and is designed for kids ages six and up. The show performs 8 times a week. Tickets are available at the Minskoff Theatre box office (200 W 45th St.) or at lionking. com/tickets. Learn more at lionking.com.

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Keeping It Chill

When summer break creates summer stress

As the days grow longer now that summer is here- visions of lazy beach days and carefree day drinking may be on your agenda. That is until you remember that you now have children. If your children are old enough to be at sleepaway camp, congratulations. Your summer vibes are your own.

For parents of younger children, the regular juggle of work and family life becomes even more untenable in the season of less school and more pressure to make magical warmweather memories. If you dread the additional mental load of reapplying sunscreen and vacuuming sand from your messy mom car, fear not. With some planning, the Summer season can still give you the respite you crave from real life.

Fill your childcare g ap

In generations past, families lived in multigenerational homes, offering many competent hands to care for little ones in every season. In America today, young families do not live within the same support network, requiring parents to seek outside support from daycare centers, private nannies and schools to fill the gap of adult supervision.

When schools and daycare centers change their hours for summer, parents must look to other places for support. There are full-time nannies, of course, but If a full-time private nanny is not the right fit for your family, consider a part-time summer nanny or babysitter to ensure that you are able to both work and fill your own cup in the summer months.

College students returning home for the season can become an excellent source of temporary childcare to ensure your work life and mental health remain a priority. Look to families with older children who might not need their own private nanny when their children are away at camp. Those families might jump at the chance to have you take

their unused summer hours if the nanny is open to a share.

create a co-Parenting community If your budget does not allow for paid childcare, look to your community for support. Are there friends that would take your children for a few hours on a Tuesday if you take theirs for a few hours on Thursday? Co-parenting with another family can ensure that you have child-free hours to sit with a beach read.

Bring your families together to share carpooling and cooking responsibilities so you don’t spend your entire summer in the car and kitchen. Seek friends with older children who can help entertain your younger children so that you can have an adult conversation. Develop supportive relationships with local families to help each other get through the day and create a tighter sense of community in your neighborhood.

g ive the g ift of c amp Finding extra hands in the home is important, but take into account the value of camp for your children and yourself. If able to, there are usually last-minute openings at some camps. Camp gives children the space to create new relationships outside of the school setting and nurture interests that

aren’t emphasized in more academic settings. Even if you can only afford to do a few days or one week, find subject-specific camps that will advance your child’s interest in current passion points. Today, children can spend one-week exploring robotics and then the next exploring improv. Use this summer as an opportunity to expand interests and relationships with like-minded children.

create Magic

When social media makes you worry that you’re the only family not off on a summer holiday, turn off your phone. Stop fixating on creating Instagram-worthy summer magic for your children. Remember that the magical quality of Summer comes from the freedom to be unscheduled or in just living in the moment. Magic comes from running through sprinklers with neighborhood children. Magic comes from unplanned trips to get ice cream, visiting a new town. Magic comes from letting your child play in the sand uninterrupted while you do nothing but read that book.Let kids get bored. They will create their own games. Order pizza. Grill hot dogs. Forget the laundry. Do the dishes tomorrow. Create a slower pace for yourself that allows you to have time to just be. Enjoy the messy, unstructured season of summer because that is where the real magic lives.

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Mental Health Podcasts

For parents summer listening

It may be summer break for the kids, but this doesn’t mean you should forget about your mental health.

While some people might try using methods such as working out or incorporating reading into their routine, listening to a mental health podcast can also be an excellent alternative.

And hey, when the kids are at the park or day camp, a podcast is a helpful way to get some self-care in.

The Hilarious World of Depression

Available on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts

Veteran Radio host John Moe wants to take the stigma surrounding depression away and give people a way to listen to others stories while also having a good laugh. Moe brings comedians on to his show to talk about their experiences while dealing with depression and hopes to give some comedic relief to those who listen.

The Happiness Lab

Available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify

Have you ever told yourself that you would be happy once you get your dream job, make lots of money, etc.? Well, Dr. Laurie Santos proves that not to be true in her podcast The Happiness Lab. During each episode, Santos will bring you through a different misconception of what it means to be happy and helps her viewers realize what makes them truly happy.

A Little Easier

Available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify

It’s no secret that parenting can be difficult sometimes. Kendra Wilde, mother and parental well-being advocate, created A Little Easier to bring together parents and parenting experts to discuss the difficult parts of parenting. The podcasts works on

the belief that parental well-being matters, especially when it ripples down to children.

The Self Work Podcast

Available on Apple Podcasts

After having 25 years of psychology experience, Dr. Margaret Rutherford is using her podcast as a platform to give her listeners a form of therapy or experience they need to continue bettering their mental health. Dr. Rutherford uses a compassionate direction when speaking about serious topics to give people both a soothing and educational experience while listening.

Therapy for Black Girls

Available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify

Dr. Joy Harden Bradford is a licensed psychologist and created her podcast to encourage the mental wellness of Black women and girls. Bradford focuses on mental health and personal development and her episodes cover a variety of mental health topics that are all about becoming the best possible versions of ourselves.

Tara Brach

Available on Apple Podcasts

If you are someone that can’t just listen to podcasts, but have to physically take action, then this is the podcast for you! Known for her meditation techniques and as a published

author, Tara Brach uses her podcast platform as a way to give listeners weekly guided meditations. These mindful meditations focus on spiritual awakening and getting rid of emotional suffering that many of us continue to hold on to.


Mental illness Happy Hour

Available on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts Creator and comedian Paul Gilmartin describes his popular podcast as “more like a waiting room that doesn’t suck.” Gilmartin (who is a recovering alcoholic and was diagnosed with clinical depression) talks to people who are living with mental health issues and uses humor to hopefully encourage others to seek professional help.Although The Mental Illness Happy Hour is not meant to replace any kind of medical care, it does help normalize talking about mental health while also adding comedic relief to your day.

Terrible, Thanks for Asking

Available on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts Are you a person who constantly says they are “fine” when someone asks how they are doing, even though you know deep down you are not? Nora McInerny makes listeners think about how they really are with Terrible, Thanks for Asking. McInerny talks to real people who share their complicated and honest feelings to show others that it is ok to open up and show others that you might be struggling.

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17 Unique Ways to Save Kids Art Projects & Pictures

With summer, one thing that comes with the end-of-school tasks is cleaning out the bookspacks and school folders. Children are such wonderful little artists, aren’t they? Their creations are bright, colorful, and always one-of-a-kind, and the way they smile when proudly displaying their latest work of art is truly one of parenthood’s greatest joys.

However, as beautiful as their creations are, the daily art projects may have piled up, and you now have a pile of artwork stuffed in that backpack. And you may be still figuring out what to keep and what to toss.

There’s no way to save every little doodle your child creates, but we have some creative ideas for saving those extra special art projects (while saving space at the same time). Here are 17 unique ways to save kids’ art projects and pictures.

Coffee table book . Scan or take pictures of your favorite artwork and order a keepsake book. You can add pictures of your kids to make it even more personal. Most picture sharing websites, like Shutterfly and Snapfish, will do this for a reasonable price.

Digital frame . Simply upload the scanned artwork to a digital picture frame and display an ongoing slideshow anywhere in your home or office.

Jewelry. Turn your kids’ art into art for your body. Create a necklace, charm bracelet, or even earrings that you or your child can show off for years to come. KidzCanDesign and Formia Design are popular websites that will do this.

String a clothesline . Run a strand or two of clothesline across a wall and secure projects of all shapes and sizes with clothespins. This is a great way to decorate kids’ bedrooms or playrooms.

Clipboard gallery. Neatly affix a series of clipboards to the wall in a square or rectangular shape, spacing them apart equally. Then clip the kids’ most recent artwork to each one, easily switching projects out for new favorites every few months.

Shadowbox . Not all artwork is flat or can be scanned on a home printer. Purchase a shadow box picture frame for three-dimensional projects to display on a wall or shelf.

Placemats . Take the artwork to Staples and have it laminated, or purchase selflaminating adhesive sheets and laminate it yourself. Then use the laminated art as fun placemats for mealtime.

Artwork mail . Turn artwork into special greeting cards by asking your child to write a message on the back to a grandparent or other family member. Then send it in the mail for a nice surprise!

Homemade puzzles . Adhere the artwork to a piece of cardboard and cut it into puzzle pieces for a fun, homemade puzzle kids will be proud to complete. Printer’s Studio will create a puzzle for you if using a picture of the artwork.

Start an Instagram page . Create a separate Instagram account for sharing images of your kids artwork. Set the page to private and request only close family and friends. If you aren’t into social media sharing, you can create a shareable album using Google Photos.

Stuffed animals or plushes . Forget that old teddy bear – now you can turn your kids’ creations into a friendly stuffed animal to

snuggle with every night. Go to budsies.com or ChildsOwn.com to make your plush. Create a photo album . You probably have a bunch of photo albums already, so why not create one just for artwork? Scan pictures of the art and print or order the photos, then slide each photo into an album. Record the child’s name and age under each photo and store with your other photo albums as a precious keepsake.

Bulletin board . This is arguably the easiest way to display artwork. Pin art projects to the bulletin board, then switch out the old stuff for new as the year goes by.

Floating frames . A floating frame will allow you to display images between clear sheets of glass or acrylic. Hang the frames on the wall and create an elegant mini gallery of artwork that can be changed often and easily.

Explore picture sharing websites for new ideas . Most picture sharing websites offer a variety of unconventional methods for displaying pictures. You can turn your kids’ artwork into fridge magnets, coffee mugs, key chains, mouse pads, blankets, calendars, canvas photos, clothing, pillows, cell phone cases and more.

Smartphone Apps . There’s an app for everything, and kids’ artwork is no exception. There are several apps available that will store your children’s previous projects for free. Try Keepy, Canvsly, Artkive.

Keepsake storage boxes . File it all away using colored and labeled plastic boxes; using a different one for each child. See how easy (and cute!) it is at Bowl Full of Lemons.

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