Family Road Traveled

mostly NYC adventures with kids

Drip Art Workshop at Jackson Pollock’s East Hampton House
Looking for some fun art for your walls? We had a great experience at Jackson Pollock’s old farm house in East Hampton and made some of our own at a drip art workshop on the grounds. The old farm house he once shared with Lee Krasner offers tours, including... Read more
Best Petting Zoo and Kid Activities – White Post Farms – Melville, NY
White Post Farms is a real working farm family operated since 1886. The family dedicated a large area for families to enjoy the animals and unique playgrounds they’ve designed in a lovely park-like setting. It’s also been voted #1 of things to do with kids by New York Magazine.... Read more
Land Of Make Believe, Hope NJ – Best Theme Park for Young Kids
We made our annual trip to Land of Make Believe and it continues to be everything we want it to be. We’ve gone with different friends each year, and each year make incredible memories we cherish :). This sweet little theme park is located in Hope, NJ, just about... Read more
Kalahari Resort – America’s Largest Waterpark
We’ve been fans of Kalahari and their waterparks for years now. They just expanded their Poconos, PA property, doubling their indoor waterpark and it’s INSANE!  It’s now America’s largest indoor waterpark plus it has a great outdoor section. Ideally you stay overnight at the hotel and the waterpark is... Read more
Croton Falls – Croton Gorge Park, Biggest Waterfall Near NYC
These stunning falls are located just 30 miles north of New York City in Croton Gorge Park. The Falls are created by a dam between West and Middle Branches of the Croton River. This park is great for picnicking, fishing and hiking, with trail access to New York State’s... Read more
Best Water Parks & Water Slides Near NYC
We’ve been to a bunch! Check them out and you decide! Secretly I think Camelback’s Aquatopia in the Pocono Mountains is my FAVORITE waterpark (because they have both indoor AND outdoor slides in the summer) Aquatopia is the name of their indoor waterpark. We brought my five year old... Read more
Trinity Cruises – Perfect Family Boat Ride along the Hudson River – Peekskill NY
We recently discovered a small cruise company called Trinity Cruises, located in Peekskill, NY – Just less than an hour North of NYC. This sweet little cruise takes you on a Hudson Highlands tour from the Hudson in Peekskill to West Point. Their 34 passenger boat offers sightseeing during... Read more
Free PepsiCo Sculpture Gardens – Purchase, NY
PepsiCo Sculpture Gardens/ The Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens I was pleasantly surprised to find out PepsiCo has a world-class sculpture garden at their corporate headquarters in Purchase, NY that’s completely free to the public! They just reopened their grounds April 1st, 2017. Formally the name of this incredible gem of... Read more
Six Flags Great Adventure – Holiday in the Park – Meet Santa and Enjoy the Lights
We’ve been fans of Six Flags for years. This is our second year visiting during their annual Holiday in the Park. Many Six Flags’ across American transform their amusement parks into wonderlands over the holidays – making is a fun destination to get in the holiday spirit, meet Santa,... Read more
Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze – A Spooky Walk through a Maze of Elaborate Pumpkins
Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is really a spectacle, it’s well worth the visit either during Halloween or throughout the Thanksgiving Holiday. This pumpkin extravaganza is the tristate area’s largest pumpkin festival, giving spectators the chance to gaze at somewhere between 7,000 – 10,000 pumpkins all aglow and carved or arranged... Read more
Imagine That! Children’s Museum, Florham Park, NJ
We’ve been frequenting Imagine That!, a large and never crowded Children’s Museum in NJ for probably 3 years now. We’re big fans and each visit seems to give us a unique experience. On this trip my 5 year old daughter and I brought my friend and her 4 year... Read more
White Post Farms a Fantastic Fall Festival with Petting Zoo!
I love the fall. Halloween is one of my favorite events each year. I love everything about it from the fall festivals, apple and pumpkin picking, costumes and the multitude of opportunities to do all these things with family and friends. I recently made my first visit to White... Read more
Six Flags Fright Fest!
It’s that time of year again when Fright Fest takes over Six Flags Great Adventure – September 16 through October 31! We made our annual visit, this time with an experienced vampire spotter at the ripe age of 5! We made spotting the ghouls, goblins and vampires a game... Read more
Phoenicia Black Bear Campground – Catskills, NY
We recently drove past a campsite while traveling through the Catskills that looked so cute, we turned around to drive back through it. Well this past weekend we had a chance to go back and camp there, Phoenicia Black Bear Campground. We did two nights, one of which was... Read more
5 Favorite Halloween Activities – Weekend Fun!
Here are some of our favorites: Bronx Zoo – Boo at the Zoo 2. Coney Island’s spooktacular at Luna park – here’s our review of Deno’s right next door: 3. Barton’s Orchard 4. Six  Flags Fright Fest 5. White Post Farms Fall Festival Save Save Save Save Save Save... Read more
Kaaterskill Falls – New York’s Highest Waterfalls
This past weekend my family and some friends went on a two day camping experience, and a waterfall hike in the Catskills, NY. It was an awesome weekend, one we’ll cherish for many years. The highlight was probably Kaaterskill Falls.  This waterfall is phenomenal and actually the highest waterfall... Read more
Leapin’ Lizards – Best Ball Pit in NYC Area
We’ve been coming to Leapin’ Lizards in Port Chester, NY for about 3 years now and our 5 year old always requests to return. When I asked how long they had been there the woman behind the counter she said 21 years! I couldn’t believe they’ve been in the... Read more
Camelback Aquatopia, Camelbeach and Mountain Coaster!
Camelback Mountain is mostly known for their ski resort but their summer fun has expanded to cover so many activities, it’s rivaling all the competition in the area. And at just 1.5 hours drive from NYC it’s quickly becoming a top family destination for city dwellers. We planned an... Read more
Storm King Art Center Sculpture Garden – Not Just For Adults!
I love exploring and am always up for a new adventure. However one of my favorite places to repetitively visit and never tire of is Storm King Art Center. This 500 acre sculpture garden magically offers a different experience with each visit based on the season, weather and special... Read more
New York Renaissance Faire – A Festival of Fantasy!
I have to admit I’m not one who normally gets excited when the annual Ren faire rolls through town. However, I try to introduce my daughter, Brooklyn, to many new experiences so this year at almost 5 years old it seemed appropriate. Brooklyn, her dad and I made the... Read more
Palisades Climb Adventure – World’s Tallest Indoor Ropes Course plus Zip Line
My four year old conquered the world’s tallest indoor ropes course…what’s next? Kindergarten! Oh, her poor teachers. Over the weekend my family made a trip back to Palisades Center, this time to give my boyfriend, Monte a chance to try the Palisades Climb Adventure ropes course with our daughter,... Read more
Best Views of the World’s Busiest Bridge Plus Some History Lessons – Fort Lee Historic Park
For the best views of the world’s busiest bridge, George Washington Bridge, head over to  Fort Lee Historic Park. This 33-acre park sits atop a cliff with scenic overlooks of the Hudson Palisades, George Washington Bridge, the Hudson River and Manhattan. We originally came for the views but we... Read more
Kalahari Resort – Best Indoor Water Park for Toddlers and Little Kids
We’re big fans of Kalahari Resorts and their water parks. And super excited for the expansion in the Poconos location – it’s going to be the largest water park in the U.S. when complete some time in 2017! For now we enjoy their features in the current 100,000 square... Read more
Rye Playland – a Relic of America’s Premier Playground
What drew me to Rye Playland was it’s location, a nearby amusement park and beach from NYC. What I left with was a desire to learn more about the history of this relic and pride that the community invested in Landmarking this important piece of our history. We, myself,... Read more
Flat Rock Brook Nature Center – a Forest and Babbling Brook Minutes from NYC
After reading Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv I’ve been on more of a nature kick than normal. Growing up I basically lived outside. Now raising a little girl in NYC it seems this would be a challenge. It’s actually not, we spend most of our days... Read more
SplashDown Beach – My favorite Little Water Park
Safe to say, you’ll love this place! They call themselves America’s Biggest Little Water Park. After experiencing it, feels like the perfect sized water park for families. I’ve visited dozens of water parks and I’m awarding this one the cleanest of all. It’s spotless with perfectly designed colorful rides.... Read more
Land of Make Believe – like a county fair with water park and amusement park!
This gem is pure bliss for little kids. The Land of Make Believe is a family owned amusement park that features both a water park and carnival rides. It’s surrounded by the Kittatinny Valley, in  Hope Township, NJ. It was specifically built for small kids, so it’s set up... Read more
Meadowlands State Fair – Biggest Carnival near NYC and AWESOME!
I’ve been visiting Meadowlands Fair for over 18 years now, it has grown and gotten better than ever. This year I brought my four year old for the first time. The fireworks finale sealed the deal and we’ll be making this an annual tradition. State Fair Meadowlands (formerly called... Read more
Bushkill Falls with Kids – The Niagara of PA – perfect family day trip from NYC
We had a great taste of nature about 1.5 hours from NYC in Bushkill Falls, PA this week. Bushkill Falls, in the Pocono Mountains, is  a series of eight privately owned waterfalls. They all range in size and intensity but the tallest is an impressive 100 feet. What makes... Read more
Field Station Dinosaurs – Be an  Archaeologist for a Day
Field Station: Dinosaurs is like the base camp from Jurassic Park. The ‘wow’ factor for the four and five year olds I brought couldn’t be any higher. They got to play paleontologist for the day, excavate fossils from a sand pit, sort through artifacts and eat ice cream 🙂... Read more
Sesame Place – Closest thing to Disney in the Northeast
I made my second annual trip to Sesame Place last week. I have to say….I liked it even more than last year. This sweet little park is all things Sesame. It’s both water park and carnival rides plus an incredible parade. Sesame Place is the ultimate mix to give... Read more
Crayola Experience – this brand is starting to make LEGO look boring
Somewhere deep in the YouTube black hole my daughter came across a video about the Crayola Experience in Easton, PA and became obsessed. Yesterday we made the scenic 90 minute drive from NYC to Easton, PA to see what this experience is all about. I have to admit, I... Read more
Six flags – is it worth it for little kids?
Short answer, YES, Six Flags may be one of the best places on earth to take kids. Many people think of Six Flags as a place to drop your teenagers and pick them up when it’s dark. It’s filled with long lines topping two hours sometimes for the big... Read more
Fairy Villages & Camping with Kids
It’s that time of year again! We just made our first camping trip of the season and wow was it cold! We camped with some friends of ours who we’ve done lots of play dates with over the last couple of years but never much more than that. Well,... Read more
Six Flags Safari – Off Road Adventure
Fortunately you don’t have to get vaccinated and travel to Africa for your family to experience an animal safari. A 90 minute drive from NYC, Jackson, NJ has a 350 acre preserve located in adjoining grounds to Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park. This is even accessible via public... Read more
Legoland Discovery Center Westchester
This year for Mother’s Day I went to Legoland. Truth is, my favorite part of Mother’s Day is all the empty kid destinations.  Brooklyn, my four year old daughter, and I went on this adventure with friends – another mom and her four year old boy. The Westchester, NY... Read more
Walkway Over The Hudson – Best Views in Hudson Valley, bring Fido
If you’re looking for a fun day trip to get out of NYC, Poughkeepsie, NY in the Mid-Hudson Valley should go to the top of the list! This adorable little town has a huge attraction, The Walkway Over the Hudson. This 1.28 mile bridge is dedicated specifically to walkers,... Read more
Constitution Marsh – perfect day trip hike with kids
One of my favorite places to hike with my family is in the sweet little town of Garrison, NY, about an hour north of Manhattan (even accessible by public transportation + short taxi ride). Constitution Marsh Audubon Center & Sanctuary is a 270-acre tidal wetland along the Hudson River.... Read more
Untermyer Gardens – Haunted Secret Gardens
One step onto these grounds gets your instincts screaming there’s a lot of history that’s gone down here. Untermyer Gardens is a public park, just 20 minutes north of Manhattan. While parts of the gardens are perfectly manicured, they are surrounded by a crumbling facade. Criss-crossing canals with clean... Read more
Build-A-Bear – Is It Worth It?
Crap. I took my daughter to  Build-A-Bear Workshop and now I’m addicted. The whole thing kind of happened on accident. A routine cold afternoon running errands in a mall turned into an impulsive decision to step inside the ridiculously cute storefront. And here’s what happened next: As you walk... Read more