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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Wave Hill – Best Gardens in NYC
It’s been several months since I last visited my favorite spot in NYC, Wave Hill. This slice of bliss is located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, about 10 minutes north of Manhattan. I always drive but you can take public transit as well. Wave Hill is an... Read more
Stamford Museum & Nature Center, A Billion Bricks 3 Lego Exhibit
After an afternoon at this nature center, a 40 minute drive from Northern Manhattan, we felt like we spent the day in Vermont…or Connecticut 🙂 This not-so-little estate has a crazy range of offerings! Set on 118 acres, Stamford Museum & Nature Center has a pond, a working farm,... Read more
The High Line, The Lowline Lab
Yesterday we explored two different free parks in NYC. The High Line and the new temporary indoor park/garden, The Lowline Lab. High Line Park The High Line is an old above ground railway which was converted into an 1.5 mile outdoor urban park. It runs from Gansevoort Street in... Read more
Hunter Island, Bronx – Pelham Bay Park
Yesterday afternoon we crossed the bridge into the Bronx to run an errand and decided to find an adventure while over there. I did a little hunting online and picked a hike out near Orchard Beach, a beach I’ve vowed to never visit again after a piece of fried... 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
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park
One of my favorite things about having guests visit from out of town is seeing NYC through their eyes.  The past few days I’ve had friends staying with us from down south. I often hear ‘How do you raise kids in NYC?’  I’ve happily been raising my daughter who... Read more
Van Saun Park, Bergen Zoo
Brooklyn and I typically head to NJ to run errands after her gymnastics class on Tuesdays. But yesterday our errand run turned into much more. We decided to visit Van Saun County Park. Van Saun is a sweet little park in Bergen, NJ, just 20  minutes from NYC. We’ve... 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
Storm King Art Center Sculpture Park- New Windsor, NY
After hearing about this place for decades, I finally made my first visit to Storm King. Holy Amazeballs! Yesterday Monte, Brooklyn and I packed up a picnic lunch, borrowed our 3 year old neighbor Oscar (because according to Brooklyn adventures with her friends are more fun) and hit the... Read more
Barton Orchards
Last year my dear friend invited us to join her family for the day at Barton Orchards in Poughquag, NY, about an hour north of NYC. It ended up being a perfect day and one my daughter spoke about throughout the year. So this year when my friend picked... 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
Rockefeller State Park Preserve, Bronx Equestrian Center
It’s day five flying solo with my wild 4 year old daughter, Brooklyn while her dad is away on business. She woke me this morning with her mouth touching my eye asking where we were going today. I was so tired and stiff because I shared my bed with... Read more
Wave Hill, Family Art Project
Two weeks ago I discovered Wave Hill, an exquisite botanical park in the Bronx I can’t get off my mind, so I visited it again today. Admission is free on Saturdays 9-12. And it has a free art program for families on weekends called Family Art Project. I don’t... Read more
Central Park

Central Park

NYC with kids September 2, 2015 0

Today I realized summer is almost over. And it’s my last full week with my daughter before her morning pre-school and organized activities start up. We tackled today like we had a bucket list and we conquered Central Park. After living in NYC 18 years I can finally say... Read more
Constitution Marsh Sanctuary, Indian Brook Falls
I always perk up when someone starts by saying ‘have you ever been to…’ A friend of mine recently told me about a short hike with both a marsh and waterfall and I’ve been waiting for the right time to go. Today was the day. Constitution Marsh Sanctuary and... Read more