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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 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 Cut Your Own Christmas Tree in the NYC Area
UPDATED NOVEMBER 2014: 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...)

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...)

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...)

Indoor and Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in the New York City Area
UPDATED OCTOBER 2014: 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...)

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...)

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: 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...)

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 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...)

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...)

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 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...)

Holiday Charity Drives in Rockland County, NY
The following charitable organizations are accepting donations throughout the holiday season for needy families in Rockland County, NY. (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...)

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: Ski: January 2008
Where to find the best deals and the newest resort additions this ski season... (read the story...)

Where to: Nature Centers
Check out our compilation of area zoos and nature centers! (read the story...)

WHERE TO CATCH THE MUSIC - Brooklyn
If you’re looking to introduce your young child to the wonders of musical education, here are some options throughout the borough: (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...)

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...)

Where to: Go Apple Picking in NY, NJ & CT
What better way to celebrate this colorful time of year than by heading to the apple orchards, where you can steal some September sunshine while handpicking a bushel-ful of the season’s signature fruit. (read the story...)

2010-11 Guide: Where To Pick Your Own Apples in NY, NJ, and CT
Apple picking makes for a quintessential family weekend getaway or day trip that brings fruitful rewards far after you've left the orchard. Consult our comprehensive 2010-11 guide and choose a pick-your-own apple farm in New York (from Long Island to Upstate), New Jersey, or Connecticut - all within easy traveling distance of the New York metro area. (read the story...)


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