Family Road Traveled

mostly NYC adventures with kids

Taughannock Falls & Cayuga Lake – Ithaca, NY with Coronavirus Precautions 2020
We just spent 5 nights, 6 days camping in Ithaca. We love Taughannock State Park for camping and the close distance to both a huge waterfall and Cayuga Lake. Taughannock falls is special, it’s one of the tallest falls in NY State but also has a unique water path... Read more
Buttermilk Falls & Robert Treman State Park with Coronavirus Precautions in Place
We love escaping NYC to Ithaca, NY (about a 3.5 hour drive, although we’ve never made it there that fast). After coronavirus left us under a shelter-in-place order in our NYC apartment for months, we were desperate to get outdoors. We needed to explore nature, waterfalls, gorges, swimming holes..we... Read more
Limited Time – Six Flags Wild Safari Drive Through is Back!!
During our phased re-opening due to Coronavirus, Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ has pivoted their in-park safari into a drive-through adventure! We booked reservations online using our season passes (you can also pay per person) and drove through this wildlife wonderland. We didn’t have to wait long... Read more
Disney Cruise – Halloween Themed Voyage in the Bahamas!
This trip took me by surprise. I went with hesitation but now can’t wait to book another! My daughter had been begging to go on a Disney Cruise for years. She even saved up 3 summers worth of lemonade stand money to contribute towards it, so…we made it happen.... Read more
Lavender By The Bay – East Marion, NY
This gem of a lavender field is nestled near the North Fork of Long Island in East Marion, NY. It is one of the top six best lavender farms in America, and worthy of a day trip! We drove from NYC which took about 2 hours. The farm is... Read more
The Kartrite Resort Indoor Waterpark – NY’s Newest Splash
We just came back from visiting the 6 week old newest indoor waterpark and resort in New York, called The Kartrite. And it is awesome!!!! The Kartrite is about 90 minutes from NYC located in the Catskills. It’s owned by the Camelback Resort in the Poconos, PA – so... Read more
Pine Ridge Dude Ranch – Catskills Family Getaway
This may just be the best escape from NYC! We took our 7 year old daughter and her 7 year old best friend to Pine Ridge Dude Ranch this past weekend – and had perhaps the best weekend getaway ever. We enjoyed: horseback riding • archery • indoor swimming... Read more
Tiny House Caboose – Lincoln NH
On our road tripping Spring Break we spent the first leg of our vacation staying in a bright red caboose, converted into a tiny house for two memorable nights! The adorable classic caboose is located in Lincoln, NH. Spring is considered mud season but we went at the beginning... Read more
Disney World Park Hopper Ticket – 3 Parks in One Day
Mid winter break was a couple months ago, but I’m finally getting time to write about it. Looking back on trips is sometimes so much more rewarding! I’m not tired, don’t have a whining child with sunscreen in her eyes or a spilled powdered candy in my backpack. Disney’s... Read more
Road Trip for Spring Break –  Enjoy the Catskills at Emerson Resort and Spa
One of my favorite getaways is just a 2 hour drive from Manhattan, to the sleepy town of Mt Tremper, NY. We stay at the Emerson Resort and Spa, which is nestled in the Castskill Mountains and overlooks the Esopus Creek. This resort not only has an incredible Eastern-inspired... Read more
Cancun, Mexico – Family Vacation – When Plans Take a Course of Their Own
I love planning for trips. I may even enjoy the planning part as much as going on the actual trip. Researching secret gems and finding the best way to do as much possible in our typically compact trips brings me great joy. The only part of traveling I dislike... Read more
Atlantic City – A Family Getaway
This Fourth of July my family was struggling with plans. We all wanted to see fireworks, but the NYC fireworks are always way too crowded and the surrounding areas seem to lead to major gridlock getting home. So we decided to take a mini vacation, and spend one night... 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
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
Florida’s Fort Meyers, Sanibel & Captiva Islands – Shell Paradise
After several years of being a mom and working from home, I finally got that getaway many parents dream of. I was lucky enough to sneak away for a long weekend with nothing but my own suitcase and some girlfriends. We are all from different big cities in the... Read more
Top Family Attractions in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
My family recently spent a vacation enjoyng Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  We (mom 43, Dad 41, Daughter 5) packed our days doing a huge range of activities, here are our favorites: Bluefoot Pirate Adventures Bluefoot Pirate Adventures is a heck of a good time for any family with young children.... Read more
Punta Cana – La Hacienda Park
My family loves visiting the Dominican Republic. It’s a short flight from NYC (just under 4 hours) and the island has a little bit of everything! Our past visits we’ve always stayed beach side and taken in the sand, water and sun the gorgeous Caribbean offers.  This trip our... Read more
Punta Cana – Dolphin Island
My family loves visiting the Domincan Republic. We’ve been three time and this past trip has been our favorite – probably because we did so much. We stayed at the brand new Nickelodeon Resort which is an incredible new all-inclusive luxury resort on the beach in Punta Cana. To... Read more
Nickelodeon Resort – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
My family has visited Punta Cana, the eastern tip of Dominican Republic three times, but this last visit was the best yet. This beachy resort town is filled with all-inclusive mega resorts many which seem to be competing for the title of who has the most pools, best water... 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
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
Rocking Horse Ranch – Like Family Sleep Away Camp
I first fell in love with Rocking Horse Ranch when I visited it last winter. My 4 year old at the time was beginning to snow ski and it was our visit here where she mastered the confidence to go down hill while in control without us helping her.... Read more
Catskills Getaway – Emerson Resort & Spa – between Woodstock & Phoenicia NY
Wow, if you’re looking for a quality getaway in the Catskills for some R&R yet interesting activities to do during the day, I found the perfect spot. And to make your escape even sweeter, you can bring fido …and your kids too 🙂 Emerson Resort & Spa We recently... 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
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
Woodstock, VT – Applebutter Inn, Billings Farm, Sugarbush Farm & Hot Air Balloons
We recently spent a long charming weekend exploring Woodstock, VT. This 4.5 hour drive from NYC transported us to another way of life. Rolling hills, covered bridges, picture perfect barns and fresh air seduced us into a weekend of relaxation and wholesome entertainment. First of all, we stayed at... 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
Disney World Free Under 3 – Tubing Fresh Water Springs
Going to Disney as a family is kind of like an American’s birthright. Fortunately we’ve checked this off our list…I say that now but I know we’ll be back. We decided to visit Disney World in Orlando, Florida when my daughter was two years and 11 months old…because it’s... Read more
Rocking Horse Ranch – An Unforgettable Family Vacation
It’s not often I visit a destination with plans on writing travel tips and walk away with none! Rocking Horse Ranch is a delightful  all-inclusive family resort, located about 90 minutes from NYC. In fact, it’s even accessible via train (Metro North). This little resort in Highland, NY was... Read more
Camelback Resort – Ultimate Family Getaway
Hands down, the best family getaway 90 minutes from NYC is Camelback Resort in the Pocono Manor, PA. Last week my boyfriend, Monte and our four year old daughter, Brooklyn, did an overnight there and our takeaway was simply, WOW! This is a brand new hotel with a massive... Read more
Kalahari Resort Poconos – America’s Largest Indoor Waterpark
Feels like we just went to the tropics during February but we only drove 90 minutes from NYC. Kalahari Resort is a new mega resort in the Poconos, PA. It’s an African themed hotel, named after the Kalahari Dessert,  with a massive indoor waterpark and enough indoor activities we... Read more
Camping  in Joshua Tree with kids, Palm Springs
We just got home from a week long California adventure. One we’ll definitely cherish…and one that left us exhausted! We rented a hotel in Palm Springs for the week. It was more of a home base than anything since we spent most of our time at Joshua Tree. This... Read more
Waiting for the travel deals, Costa Rica
Last year I caught a segment on the news and learned one of the best times of the year to get mega travel deals is the week before Thanksgiving. We did some research online and booked one of our favorite trips to date, to Costa Rica. We stayed at... Read more
Clarence Fahnestock State Park Camping
This beautiful Indian summer Thursday we decided to pack the car and hit the closest camping spot where we could bring Brooklyn’s canine sister, Bertha. We picked Clarence Fahnestock which happens to be only 45 minutes away from NYC. It’s our fourth time camping here, we absolutely love this... Read more
Turner Falls MA and Franklin County Fair
A few times a year Monte, speaks at Hallmark School of Photography in Turner Falls, MA. And we sometimes join him on this 3.5 hour trip from NYC. The date for his next talk happened to coincide with the opening night of the annual Franklin County Fair, so we... Read more