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Hiking and Nature Trails in Upstate New York

Hiking and Nature Trails in Upstate New York

Upstate New York is rife with mountains, forests, falls, state parks, nature preserves, sanctuaries, and conservation areas. Check out our list of these natural havens that include scenic hiking trails fit for all skill levels. So pack up the kids and spend the day or weekend reconnecting with nature in the great outdoors (and getting some great exercise!).

Hiking and Nature Trails Near NYC

Hiking and Nature Trails Near NYC

Check out these scenic outdoor hiking options near New York City, in Southeast New York's Westchester and Rockland Counties, on Long Island, and in nearby Fairfield County, Connecticut. The mountains, parks, and other nature areas listed here are all offer easy hiking and nature trails that kids and families of all skill levels can enjoy. So pack a picnic and get outdoors!

Family Outing: Wave Hill

Family Outing: Wave Hill

Wave Hill, an expansive public garden located in the Bronx along the scenic Hudson River, is easily accessible from the NYC area and a worthwhile family excursion in any season.

Fun, Creative, and Educational Summer Activities for Kids in the New York City Area

Fun, Creative, and Educational Summer Activities for Kids in the New York City Area

Once school lets out for the summer, kids are always looking for something fun, interesting, or creative to do. After all, there are only so many TV reruns to watch and video games to play before the "I’m bored!” cries begin. Even in the summer, parents still have time to encourage their kids to do something special (and maybe even a little educational) this year.

Celebrate Connecticut Trails Day in Fairfield County with Your Family

Celebrate Connecticut Trails Day in Fairfield County with Your Family

Connecticut Trails Day 2011, part of National Trails Day, will be celebrated June 4-5 this year. If you're in Fairfield County, CT that weekend, check out these kid-friendly outdoor activities and nature walks.

Best Playgrounds in the New York City Area

Best Playgrounds in the New York City Area

We've put together a list of the most family-friendly playgrounds throughout the New York City area, including in the city, on Long Island, and in the suburbs. Plus, we offer tips and advice for getting the most out of your visit.

Best Playgrounds in Fairfield County, CT

Best Playgrounds in Fairfield County, CT

From twisty slides to pedal-powered carousels, kids love to jump, climb, swing, and slide. Why not venture beyond your family’s go-to park for a change of pace? We’ve zeroed in on some of the best playgrounds for families in Fairfield County, Connecticut.

Best Playgrounds in Rockland County, NY

Best Playgrounds in Rockland County, NY

From twisty slides to pedal-powered carousels, kids love to jump, climb, swing, and slide. Why not venture beyond your family's go-to park for a change of pace? We've zeroed in on some of the best playgrounds in Rockland County, New York.

Best Playgrounds in Westchester County, NY

Best Playgrounds in Westchester County, NY

We consulted Arin Gornstein, mom and Rivertown Play Group co-founder, to pinpoint the most fun, kid-friendly playgrounds around Westchester County, NY.

Best Playgrounds on Long Island

Best Playgrounds on Long Island

From twisty slides to pedal-powered carousels, kids love to jump, climb, swing, and slide. Why not venture beyond your family's go-to park for a change of pace? We've zeroed in on some of the best playgrounds for families across Long Island.

Best Playgrounds in NYC

Best Playgrounds in NYC

From twisty slides to pedal-powered carousels, kids love to jump, climb, swing, and slide. Why not venture beyond your family's go-to park for a change of pace? We've zeroed in on some of the best playgrounds for families in New York City.

Best Hiking Trails in NYC for Families

Best Hiking Trails in NYC for Families

More than 30 miles of diverse, scenic hiking trails exist in NYC – do you know where?

A Family's Guide to Fishing in the NYC Area

A Family's Guide to Fishing in the NYC Area

Make fishing a family affair this summer: Check out the best spots to fish throughout the New York City area - including in the city, on Long Island, and in the suburbs - and brush up on the local fishing rules and regulations.

Summer Events in Socrates Sculpture Park

Summer Events in Socrates Sculpture Park

Head to Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City this June for some great family events, including the Long Island City Bike Parade, Summer Solstice Celebration and Silent Disco, a Makers Market, and a GrowNYC Greenmarket.

Urban Fishing in NYC

Urban Fishing in NYC

Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and...fishing? When people think about the Big Apple, planning a fishing excursion is not necessarily the first thing that comes to mind. In reality, however, NYC boasts plenty of fine watering holes across the five boroughs. Not convinced? Check out the following videos from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation about catching Blue Fish in the East River and the I Fish NY program.

Family Fishing in Fairfield County, Connecticut

Family Fishing in Fairfield County, Connecticut

If past family fishing trips have yielded little more than stolen bait, empty hooks, and a whole lot of idle sitting on the water, consider planning your next fishing excursions in an area bursting with trout. The nine maps here detail various brooks, rivers, ponds, and other bodies of water in Fairfield County, CT, where the fish are stocked. Simply pick a spot using one of the maps, cast a line, and get ready to reel in the trout.

Fishing and the Sun: Reduce Your Risk to Skin Cancer

Fishing and the Sun: Reduce Your Risk to Skin Cancer

If a family fishing trip is on your calendar this summer, make sure you're taking extra precautions against the sun's harmful rays. Here are some tips on how to reduce your risk to skin cancer while still enjoying this outdoor sport.

Family Travel on a Budget: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Family Travel on a Budget: San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico's capital, is tropical, picturesque, and loaded with family-friendly options.

Summer Fun in the Parks and on the Water on Long Island

Summer Fun in the Parks and on the Water on Long Island

Check out our roundup of parks and outdoor activities for families in Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island.

Summer Fun in the Parks and on the Water in New York City

Summer Fun in the Parks and on the Water in New York City

Check out our roundup of parks and outdoor activities for families in New York City, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.

Summer Fun in the Parks and on the Water in Rockland, Westchester, and Fairfield Counties

Summer Fun in the Parks and on the Water in Rockland, Westchester, and Fairfield Counties

Check out our roundup of parks and outdoor activities for families in Rockland and Westchester Counties, NY, and Fairfield, CT.

Family Outing: Brooklyn's Prospect Park

Family Outing: Brooklyn's Prospect Park

Families looking for some outdoor activity in Brooklyn are sure to find something that interests them in Prospect Park. Spanning 585 acres, the park is situated between many popular neighborhoods and attractions and has something to offer everyone, from picnics to carousel rides to sea lion shows.

The Family Side of New Orleans

The Family Side of New Orleans

Famous for its wild Mardi Gras parties, vibrant multiethnic culture, and jazz music, New Orleans, Louisiana, might not seem to be the spot for a great family vacation. But dubbed “The Big Easy,” this city is a charming Southern belle boasting a culture that is unique, music that is truly inspiring, cuisine to die for, fun-for-all entertainment, and an intriguing history.

The Hacienda Tres Rios: Where the Mayan Heavens Kiss the Sands

The Hacienda Tres Rios: Where the Mayan Heavens Kiss the Sands

Read about the sustainable Caribbean resort Hacienda Tres Rios, a "green" luxury hotel full of opportunities for family fun.

Family Travel: Bon Bini to Curacao!

Family Travel: Bon Bini to Curacao!

Curacao's balmy temperatures and white sand beaches may be enough to satisfy many families all day, but this Dutch island can provide lots of other fun activities as well.




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