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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...)

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...)

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 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 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...)

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...)

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 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 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...)

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...)

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...)

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...)

Pick Your Own Berries in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut
UPDATED AUGUST 2014: 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...)

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

Where to: Cut Your Own Christmas Tree - New York, New Jersey, Long Island
A Christmas tree is special during the holidays, but a Christmas tree you choose and cut down as a family is even more special. Visit one of these tree farms in the New York, Long Island, and New Jersey. (read the story...)

Zoos, Nature Centers, and Botanical Gardens in New York City, Long Island, NJ, and CT
UPDATED MAY 2014: Celebrate the great outdoors with a family day trip to one of these seasonally splendid spots in the New York metro area, including New York City; Long Island; New Jersey; Westchester and Rockland Counties, NY; and Fairfield County, CT. (read the story...)

Where to Cut Your Own Christmas Trees in the New York Metro Area (NY, NJ, CT) - 2010 Guide
Consult our annual guide to find farms in New York state, New Jersey, and Connecticut that offer cut-your-own Christmas trees in December. (read the story...)

Where to: Pick-Your-Own: Apples, Peaches and Berries in the New York Area
Show your kids the source of our wonderful Northeastern fruits — New York and New Jersey farms. (read the story...)

Where To Guide: Zoos, Nature Centers, and Botanical Gardens in the New York City Area
Embrace spring by paying a visit to a zoo, nature center, or botanical garden in the New York metro area, many of which offer outdoor, nature-based activities for kids and families. Our guide this month has all the information you need for a fun family outing to celebrate the great outdoors. So, if you've thawed out enough, put a spring in your step and hop to some seasonal fun at any one of the locations in your area. (read the story...)

Where to: Celebrate July 4 in New York Area!
Family outings for young patriots! (read the story...)

Where to: Cut Your Own Christmas Tree in New York Area
The best places to cut your own Christmas tree in Westchester, Rockland, Long Island and Central New Jersey...with an easy-to-follow map! (read the story...)

Where to: Ski and Skate with the Family
Your guide for where to ski and skate with your kids in the NYC area. (read the story...)


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