Few things will excite a kid more on a hike than the sudden roar of rushing water. They'll race toward the falls, eager to toss in a stick to see where it'll go, mesmerized by the crashing water. But really, encountering a waterfall deep in the woods is enchanting at any age.
Families can find a trove of gorgeous waterfall hikes easy enough for children tucked into the northern end of the Pennsylvania's Delaware Water Gap—less than two hours by car from Midtown Manhattan.
This post was written in October of 2014, after the yearly event at Morey's, which is taking place again this Saturday! Our family hadn’t been to Wildwood, NJ for at least 8 years so we were thrilled at the chance to come back for the first-ever Boardwalk Bunkdown at Morey’s Piers. Boardwalk Bunkdown is a brand new camping adventure that took place at Morey’s Piers this past weekend October 4th -5th.
Star light, star bright… Mommy, I want to see the stars tonight! If you have a little Galileo on your hands, fear not. New Jersey is home to a myriad of majestic outdoor star gazing locations, as well as many public observatories and, yes, even astronomy clubs for the truly dedicated. With the proper equipment, information and planning, your family will get an up-close look at planets, star clusters and the Moon. Happy star-gazing, NJ!
During the summer, New Jersey parents are constantly on the lookout for day trips that are both entertaining and educational. The Garden State's great zoos and aquariums are always lots of fun, but if you're looking for a unique experience for your wildlife-loving kids, consider a trip to the Raptor Trust. Located in Millington, the Raptor Trust is primarily a medical facility for injured birds; however, it's also a permanent home for birds that cannot be safely returned to the wild. Visitors are given the opportunity observe these gorgeous creatures up close. I recently took my two children, ages 11 and 7, on a tour. Read on to see what this special destination has to offer.
This exhibit ended September 7, 2015. Even if your mini paleontologists have memorized every nook and cranny of the American Natural History Museum, you've never experienced dinosaurs quite the way you do at Field Stations: Dinosaurs, the open-air dino spot in Secaucus, New Jersey that opened in 2012. Home to more than 30 animatronic dinosaurs, this educational attraction really lived up to my family's expectations—our two kids were particularly impressed.
Located just nine minutes by train from NYC, the prehistoric-themed park is a great day trip. The park also offers lovely views of the NYC skyline (the T.rex and the Empire State Building make for quite a contrast). We visited on opening day and I’m thrilled to be able to tell you all about this completely unique family adventure.
Those in the know, know Camelback Mountain Resort is the premium ski destination in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains. But even if you're a total beginner, or don't ski at all, it offers active families a variety of winter adventures: a large snowtubing park, mountain coaster, 34 ski and snowboard trails and the soon-to-open indoor water park. With so much to do, Camelback is a great winter weekend getaway destination for skiiers and non-skiiers alike.
My family, as all novices to snow sports, recently enjoyed a fun-filled weekend sampling many of Camelback's winter activities. About a two hour drive from both New York City and Philadelphia, Camelback makes for an easy getaway sure to please all levels of winter sports enthusiasts.
We’re always up for an adventure and crave time outdoors (yes, even in the winter), so when the State of New Hampshire invited us to experience Mount Washington’s outdoor winter offerings, we bundled up and trekked two hours north of Boston to Lincoln, New Hampshire: Home of Loon Mountain and loads of snowy fun.
Here are suggestions for your White Mountains outdoor adventure itinerary, including recommendations for where to eat and stay:
Living in SoCal without ever visiting Big Bear would be like living in SoCal without ever going to Disneyland; and until this past weekend, I was guilty of that very sin. It was time for my family to take a ski trip that was more than a day trip and enjoy the beauty of the mountains around Big Bear Lake - a spot so peaceful and alpine that it's hard to imagine it's less than three hours from the Los Angeles area. But a place as popular as Disneyland needs a plan worthy of Disneyland; if you want to spend more time skiing than waiting, I urge you to read on.
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