Jillian Ryan

Travel Back in Time to Colonial Williamsburg

(Nov. 01, 2011) - See what living during the colonial times was like with a visit to Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, a family-friendly destination.


Leaf Peeping: A Fun Family Activity in the Fall

Leaf Peeping: A Fun Family Activity in the Fall

(Sep. 20, 2011) - UPDATED OCTOBER 2016: Whether you want a quick day trip with the kids or a long weekend getaway this fall, there are a plethora of options throughout NYC and the outskirts for leaf peeping. The entire state of New York boasts a wide selection of broad-leafed trees in the autumn, and there is a terrific pattern of brilliant red, orange, and yellow shades splattered across the landscape!


Family Travel: Historic Philadelphia

(Aug. 08, 2011) - Visit the historical city of Philadelphia with your family, which is not only just around the corner from NYC, but offers everything from a wide array of family-friendly museums and exhibits to delicious melt-in-your-mouth cheesesteaks.


Vacation Rental Homes for Families in the NYC Area and Beyond

(Jun. 08, 2011) - Consider bypassing pricey hotel rooms in favor of the comforts, convenience, and amenities of your own vacation rental home. Check out some options near New York City, including Long Island and Connecticut, as well as those outside the New York metro area, and get tips on how to choose the best vacation home for your family.


Family Travel: Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona

(May. 17, 2011) - Our top suggestions to get the most out of your family vacation to beautiful Phoenix and neighboring Scottsdale, Arizona, where the sunny weather is accompanied by a high dose of Southwest culture.


Family Travel: The Beaches of South Walton, Florida

(Mar. 04, 2011) - The Beaches of South Walton, along Florida's Panhandle, comprise 15 diverse beach communities that are perfect for a family beach vacation.


Indoor Water Parks in the Northeast

Indoor Water Parks in the Northeast

(Feb. 07, 2011) - Indoor water parks are a perfect family vacation option during the cold winter months. We've rounded up six awesome indoor water parks that are within easy traveling distance of the New York metro area.


Family Travel: Skiing at Smugglers' Notch in Vermont

(Jan. 13, 2011) - A winter wonderland near Stowe, Vermont, Smugglers' Notch has much more to offer families than just spectacular skiing.


Holiday Celebrations in the Northeast

(Dec. 02, 2010) - A roundup of holiday festivities and destinations worth traveling for, but close enough to the New York metro area to keep planning simple.


Family Travel: Italy by Train

(Nov. 18, 2010) - A frequent traveler shares what she wishes she knew before venturing by rail from Rome to Milan, Italy, with her family. Read on for her advice, and benefit from her wisdom.


Family Travel: The Kid-Friendly Side of Baltimore, Maryland

(Oct. 27, 2010) - Baltimore, Maryland, is not only home to a myriad of kid-friendly museums and sites, but it also comes alive during October with free festivals, events, and special exhibits for the entire family. And with the city's tourism office running a "Bmore Happy" campaign to help you find the happiest places to explore in Baltimore, your trip has never been easier to plan.


Family Travel on a Budget: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Family Travel on a Budget: San Juan, Puerto Rico

(Sep. 28, 2010) - San Juan, Puerto Rico's capital, is tropical, picturesque, and loaded with family-friendly options.


Family Travel: Maine's Kennebunk Region

Family Travel: Maine's Kennebunk Region

(Aug. 16, 2010) - The Kennebunk region of southern Maine offers visitors a taste of old New England charm by the sea. Find out what family-friendly attractions this area has in store, from fabulous seafood to beautiful beaches and resorts, all in the air of a rustic sea town.


Family Travel: Celebrate America in Washington, DC

(Apr. 15, 2010) - Find family-fun activities in our nation's capital.


Family Travel: Turks and Caicos, a Caribbean Paradise

(Mar. 19, 2010) - Jillian Ryan, a freelance travel writer living in Brooklyn, outlines opportunities for family fun on the sunny Caribbean islands of Turks and Caicos.


The Family Side of New Orleans

(Feb. 25, 2010) - Famous for its wild Mardi Gras parties, vibrant multiethnic culture, and jazz music, New Orleans, Louisiana, might not seem to be the spot for a great family vacation. But dubbed “The Big Easy,” this city is a charming Southern belle boasting a culture that is unique, music that is truly inspiring, cuisine to die for, fun-for-all entertainment, and an intriguing history.


The Hacienda Tres Rios: Where the Mayan Heavens Kiss the Sands

(Jan. 19, 2010) - Read about the sustainable Caribbean resort Hacienda Tres Rios, a "green" luxury hotel full of opportunities for family fun.


Family Travel: Bon Bini to Curacao!

(Dec. 18, 2009) - Curacao's balmy temperatures and white sand beaches may be enough to satisfy many families all day, but this Dutch island can provide lots of other fun activities as well.


Toronto: The City of Big Things

(Sep. 18, 2009) - Read about the fun family activities available in Toronto!


Protecting Kids from the Dangers of the Cold

(Dec. 03, 2008) - It might look like a winter wonderland, but the cold weather can have dangerous side effects.


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