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Pick Your Own Pumpkin Farms in NY, NJ, and CT
With Halloween on the horizon, October is the perfect month to take an adventure to the farms and fields for a little pick-your-own family fun. Spend a day in the pumpkin patch and bring home gourds small and large for painting, carving, and cooking. Many of the locations listed here also offer corn mazes, hayrides, and tons of other fall activities. Please note: Dates and availability are subject to change due to weather and demand. We recommend calling ahead before visiting these farms. (read the story...)

Where to Ski and Snowboard in the Northeast
UPDATED DECEMBER 2013 - Skiing and snowboarding with the family this winter? Our guide includes resorts and mountains just outside of the New York metropolitan area, to the slopes of Connecticut, New Jersey, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania. Beginner lessons and kid-friendly slopes for new skiiers and snowboarders are readily available at most mountains. No need to haul your gear, either—you can rent skis, snowboards, helmets, and all of your winter sporting needs right on site. Please note: Hours and programs are subject to change. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details before your visit. (read the story...)

A Guide to Train Exhibits, Museums, and Rides for Kids in the NYC Area
Take a trip with your family to a railroad museum or train exhibit in the New York City area, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Westchester, and beyond, where young and old train lovers can ride trains and explore the scenic area aboard a train. (read the story...)

Best Beaches in the New York City Area
UPDATED JUNE 2014: What better way to cool off this summer than at the beach? Pack up your suits, towels, and sunscreen and head to one of these family-friendly sandy spots for a day full of sun, swimming, and sandcastle construction. There are many places to enjoy the miles of coastline in the New York City area, including Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island, New Jersey, and Westchester and Rockland Counties. (read the story...)

Indoor and Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in the New York City Area
UPDATED NOVEMBER 2013: Looking for a great place to ice skate with your kids? We've rounded up indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks in the New York City area, including NYC, Long Island, and the suburbs. (read the story...)

Family Day Trips and Destinations in NY, NJ, CT, MA, and PA
From museums and parks to festivals and beaches, this list has something for everyone, all within easy traveling distance from the New York City area, including Upstate New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania. (read the story...)

A Guide to Carousels in the New York City Area
Our guide includes carousels and merry-go-rounds in New York City, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island. You'll find details on each carousel, including its location, hours it's open, price per ride, and a description. (read the story...)

Where to Cut Your Own Christmas Tree in the NYC Area
UPDATED NOVEMBER 2013: Find local Christmas tree farms in the New York metro area and head out to cut your own Christmas tree this holiday season. Cutting your own Christmas tree is a great family activity at Christmastime. There are Christmas tree farms in the New York City area, including Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Southeast New York (Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster Counties). These cut-your-own farms have a selection of live Christmas trees and allow you to pick your own tree from its natural setting, cut it down, and cart it home. Most Christmas tree farms in the New York City area are slated to open on Thanksgiving weekend, but please call to confirm dates and availability before visiting. (read the story...)

Where to Go Horseback Riding in the NYC Area
Our guide features horseback riding stables in the New York City area, including NYC, Long Island, Connecticut, and the NYC suburbs of Westchester, Rockland, and Bergen County, NJ. Find where to take a riding lesson or pony ride near you. (read the story...)

Where to Find New York-Area Mini Golf Courses
Miniature golf promises a fun time for all. Here's a listing of putt-putt courses throughout the New York City area, including indoor and outdoor mini golf in NYC, Long Island, Westchester County, and Rockland County. (read the story...)

Where To: Catch A Minor League Baseball Game
UPDATED MARCH, 2014: The Minor League Baseball season in the New York metro area runs through September and many of these venues have special offers for families, making one of these games a perfect family outing when the kids are off from school. Check out the minor league baseball teams that play in New York and NYC, Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. (read the story...)

Where to Volunteer with Your Kids in the New York Metro Area
Lend a little hand in your community, and make it a family affair! We've put together a guide to some places around the New York Metro Area that need your help, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester County, Rockland County, Fairfield County, CT, and Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island. Volunteer opportunities are available for kids and adults alike - and remember, big or small, everyone has the power to make a difference! (read the story...)

Pick Your Own Berries in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut
Find u-pick farms and orchards near NYC that offer pick-your-own berries, including strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and more in the summer and fall. Our list includes berry picking in New York state and Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut. (read the story...)

Pick Your Own Apples in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut
Find u-pick apple orchards and farms in the NYC area, including Long Island, Southeast New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, that offer pick-your-own apples in the fall. In addition to apple picking, many of these farms also offer fun fall extras like hay rides, corn mazes, animal petting zoos, and apple cider pressing. (read the story...)

Amusement Parks in NY, NJ, CT, PA, and MA
UPDATED MAY 2014: Consult our comprehensive guide to amusement parks, theme parks, and water parks in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. Our guide to amusement parks covers all the excitement your family needs this summer all within reach of the New York Metro area. (read the story...)

Kid-Friendly Museums in the NYC Area
UPDATED FEBRUARY 2014: A comprehensive selection of kid-friendly museums in the New York City area, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester County, Rockland County, Long Island (Nassau County and Suffolk County), Fairfield County, CT, and beyond. Our museum guide features science exhibits, nature, transportation and technology innovation, and art exhibits; you'll find something for every member of your family. (read the story...)

Where to: Find Fall Fun in Dutchess
North of Westchester, Dutchess County is rich with activities and scenic beauty, especially in October with all its apples, pumpkins, crisp air and spooky delights. (read the story...)

Where to: Find New York Area Zoos and Wildlife Centers
A guide to zoos and wildlife centers in Connecticut, Weschester, New Jersey and NYC areas. (read the story...)

Where to: History at the Museums - In the City
We have your guide to local museums in the city that are hosting programs, events, and exhibits for children. (read the story...)

Where to: Ice Skate in Manhattan - 2011 Guide
There's nothing like ice skating amid the hustle and bustle of the city, so bundle up and head to one of these classic outdoor rinks. (read the story...)

Where to: Pick-Your-Own Berries in the New York Area
It's berry-picking season! See where you & your kids can pick-your-own in & around Rockland County, Upstate NY, Connecticut and Long Island! (read the story...)

Where To: Basketball in Your Backyard - NY, CT, and Long Island
Once all of the baseball and football gear is put away for the season, gyms across the region begin filling up with competitive basketball games in family-friendly settings. If you can't make it to a pro game, check out these other opportunities to catch quality basketball for a fraction of the price and hassle. (read the story...)

Where to: Donate in NYC...Our Annual Donation Guide
The holiday season is a wonderful time to demonstrate family values to our children. As well as giving them items on their wish list, another more lasting gift is the chance to experience the joys of giving back. (read the story...)

Winter Vacation Activities: Where to Ski and Snowboard with the Family in Southeast New York - 2010 Guide
Whether you’re looking for a conveniently close bunny hill or a well-worth-it trip out to real snow country, have a look at our 2010 where-to guide to find the best fit for you and your crew. (read the story...)

2010-11 Guide: Where To Pick Your Own Berries in NY, NJ, and CT
Looking for a great family outing before summer winds down? Check out our comprehensive 2010-11 guide to farms that offer pick-your-own berries in the New York metro area, including Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut. (read the story...)


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