Less than an hour’s drive from New York, you can search for fossils and even take some home. The Poricy Park Fossil Beds, in Middletown, N.J., are easily accessible and free from dawn to dusk daily. It is a popular school field trip destination.
The next time that you’re in the vicinity of Lake Champlain or Burlington, Vt., consider a visit to the Shelburne Museum. Its wide-ranging collection is designed specifically to satisfy a broad spectrum of interests, including those of children.
Despite its compact size, Delaware has a number of remarkably fine attractions that appeal to adults and kids alike. Here’s a sampling worth considering either as destinations in their own right or as places to stop by while you are passing through the state.
When it comes to the high school choice, your child will probably be making major input! He or she may be pleading for the school where best friends are attending, or the one where kids appear “cool”. But from the parent’s point of view, there are some major criteria on which you should base your decision:
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.
New Yorkers themselves see their city all the time, and yet they seldom see it; the habit of not looking up is so inbred, a lot gets missed. By simply being far enough away, residents from the boroughs and New Jersey end up spying some of the choicest views.
In case anyone hasn’t noticed, mandatory standardized testing of school children has become an increasingly contentious political issue in recent years. Legislation passed earlier this year by the U.S. Congress now requires that all states implement annual testing of children in grades 3-8.
Birding enthusiasts from far beyond the city limits make springtime pilgrimages to the park, when a variety of warblers in colorful breeding plumage are passing through. Less well known is that other species, fleeing harsher conditions to the north and west, make Central Park a winter sanctuary as well.
Like Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison was a prolific inventor. Did you know he invented poured-concrete buildings? Yankee Stadium was built in 1923 of Edison cement. So for the kid who has ever thought of being a scientist or an inventor, a trip to the Thomas Edison National Historic Site in West Orange, New Jersey is a must.
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