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Head to the Hamptons!
You don’t need to rent or own a house in the Hamptons to enjoy summer fun with your family. We stayed at three resorts, and enjoyed wonderful amenities, excellent beaches, great dining, and family activities. (read the story...)

SpongeBob Makes a Splash!
You stand with your group under a huge bucket of “slime”, waiting anxiously for its contents to devour you in a pool of yellowy-green muck. Sound like a great vacation? Get with it, Mom and Dad! This is the kind of stuff adored by SpongeBob Square Pants fans. And Wyndham resorts hasn’t missed a beat. They have SpongeBob, Nickelodeon’s hottest cartoon character, as their current mascot. (read the story...)

A Day on Staten Island
Even with Lower Manhattan only a short ferry ride away, the borough sometimes seems miles from New York. But get ready for a surprise: Staten Island does have things to do. (read the story...)

Tales from the Passenger Side
Three moms offer some great advice for family trips …Hell-bent on the Highway (read the story...)

Cape Cod Capers:
There is something magical about an island that cannot be reached by car, a feeling intensified when that island is as charming as Nantucket. (read the story...)

Somewhere between the surreal and the sophisticated:
Shrunken heads, waxen gangsters, a carousel, street magicians, ice cream, and lots of reptiles. Just the right ingredients for a perfect vacation — and all available in St. Augustine, Florida. (read the story...)

Vacationing — close to home
Very long journeys with young children may be taxing for all family members, but shorter, well-planned trips can be fun and a learning experience. The suggested destinations included here are under 200 miles from central Westchester. You and your kids may just remember them for a lifetime. (read the story...)

Club Med Sandpiper'Country Club' Sans Attitude
Twenty-five hours after our train left Penn Station and started south through snow-crusted New Jersey factory yards, my husband, my son and I stumbled like three sleepwalkers into Club Med Sandpiper's courtyard, gratefully inhaling the humid Florida evening breeze. (read the story...)

Bal Harbour Bellissima!
On the ocean, halfway between Fort Lauderdale and Miami (each is roughly a 30-minute drive away), Bal Harbour residents like to compare their little piece of paradise with locations on the French Riviera. (read the story...)

The Land of Enchantment — Family-Style
The art, the culture, the fine dining, the music of Santa Fe. It's without a doubt one of the great cultural destinations in the United States, but is it a place you can take your children and still enjoy the finer elements of life? The answer is an unequivocal yes. (read the story...)

RED ROCKS AND GLORYSedona and Grand Canyon National Park
Planning a week-long family vacation in Arizona, I worried that our teenage daughters would be bored by too much scenery and not enough friends. I worried that I’d scheduled our trip to the desert for August, the hottest month of the year. And I worried that after a few days marveling at intensely scenic vistas, we’d all wonder what to do next. (read the story...)

Wander in Hershey's Winter and Bear Wonderlands
As the search either begins or continues for "that special something" for "that special someone", the Sweetest Place on Earth comes alive and alight with the reopening of Hersheypark Christmas Candylane. (read the story...)

Go for the Gold! LAKE PLACID
Some places are fondly remembered by the heart and engaged to the soul long after the bags are unpacked and the photos are stowed away. Lake Placid, with the gentle snow-topped summits of the Adirondack chain at its doorstep and nearly 2,500 cool clean lakes at its porch, is one of those special locales. (read the story...)

From Gentlemen’s Farm to Family Destination
October means pumpkins and colored leaves and tractor parties — particularly at Muscoot Farm, located on Route 100 South in Somers. Part of the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation system, Muscoot Farm is a 777-acre educational farm open to the public. If you are looking for a spot to enjoy the fall foliage and enjoy stepping into a simpler time, plan a trip to Muscoot this fall. (read the story...)

Windy, wonderful city for kids: Chicago
Some families take trips to explore local history, some to play on a beach, some to pursue a sport. While my family has done all three, we have also traveled to see dolls. Not just any dolls, but American Girl dolls, whose personal Mecca is the American Girl Place in Chicago, Ill. (read the story...)

Providence Sparkles! Catch WaterFire, April-October
Touring around other cities can sometimes feel achingly familiar. The downtown revitalization project. The spanking new children’s museum. The gorgeous, refurbished zoo. Providence has all that, but it has something extra, too — the incredible WaterFire (read the story...)

Travel backto the old frontier
Outside historic Staunton, Virginia is the Museum of American Frontier Culture, a small, completely doable family experience not to be passed by. It’s tucked in the green-clad Shenandoah Valley that gently rolls between the great Blue Ridge Mountains and the Alleghenies. (read the story...)

Georgia’s Treasured “Golden Isles”
Georgia’s meandering coastline is bejeweled with barrier islands that beg to be explored. Four fascinating ones congregate amid the salt marshes, tidal rivers and sounds near Brunswick. Known as the Golden Isles, St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island are semitropical microcosms, lush with perennially green flora, fringed with golden sand beaches, and steeped in southern history. Although separated solely by short stretches of sea, each Golden Isle is unique… (read the story...)

Coasting Through the Carolinas
From the Outer Banks of North Carolina to Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, the coastal region of the Carolinas appeals to a variety of family interests. The beaches and the salt-water fishing are justifiably famous, as are the golf and tennis resorts. Even if none of these activities appeal to you, there’s still much to see and do. Furthermore, the climate is appealing for fall and winter vacations: daytime highs in the 60s through November and mid-winter days no colder than the 50s are the rule. (read the story...)

Picture Book Perfect! : The Berkshires
Fall in the Berkshires is known as ‘leaf peeping time’, when tourists tie up local roads for miles, looking at the changing leaves. The Springfield/Berkshire region of Massachusetts, “Pioneer Valley”, is betting on families searching for “one nice green leaf” to make a trek to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (read the story...)

Boston — When Skies are Blue
On our recent trip to Boston, we prayed for rain. No, the city is not besieged by a drought, but there are so many fabulous indoor activities, we hoped for some bad weather to force us inside (read the story...)

FUTURE FORECASTS for 2000: Part 2
As we approach this more-than-usually momentous New Year, we continue our look ahead, as parenting experts tell us what changes and developments they foresee in their fields in the upcoming 50 years. We can feel the future! HAPPY NEW YEAR! (read the story...)


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