At the age of 9, I probably could have recited most of Marguerite Henry’s book, Misty of Chincoteague, from memory. Horses, at the time, were my passion — I rode them, read about them, drew them, and would have done just about anything to have one of my own. I fantasized about participating in the annual roundup and "pony swim" between the islands of Assateague and Chincoteague, Va., and about buying one of the ponies at auction the following day (never mind that we would have to find space for the pony in our little townhouse in Bronxville). It never happened, and gradually I turned my attention to other things. But when I got an opportunity, at the age of 41, to finally see the annual July pony-penning for myself, I was as excited as a child.
The birth of Baby Road Trip, a new edutainment video series that (so far) extols the wonders of beach and jungle destinations, was not easy. But it continues to be a creative challenge with which husband-and-wife co-founders Laura and Shawn Kronen are thrilled.
The first time I saw a photograph of Chateau Lake Louise sitting at the edge of an unimaginably turquoise lake and surrounded by the snow-covered Canadian Rockies, I knew I had to go there. My husband, our two sons (ages 16 and 13), and I finally made the trip last summer and discovered that the region is even more spectacular than we had imagined because no mere photograph can possibly capture its grandeur.
Looking for a foreign destination where the natives are friendly, the food is good, the scenery is inspiring and there’s lots for the whole family to do? Located in the Laurentian Mountains just north of Montreal, Mont-Tremblant is a four-season destination for families who love nature, as well as shopping and fine dining.
Scattered for about 60 miles along the river between New York and Ontario, the Thousand Islands offer vacationing families an array of activities, most of which involve water.
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.
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.
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.
Three moms offer some great advice for family trips …Hell-bent on the Highway
There is something magical about an island that cannot be reached by car, a feeling intensified when that island is as charming as Nantucket.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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…
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.
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