Family Travel

7 Favorite Upstate New York Getaways for Families

New York City and its surrounding suburbs have enough attractions to keep a family busy for a lifetime, but that doesn’t mean you should let its magnetic energy prevent you from exploring upstate New York’s bounty. The less visited northern and western parts of the state are loaded with fantastic and even international attractions that present a feast for families. Whether you're seeking nature, culture, recreation or a combination of all three, the Empire State won’t disappoint.

Check out these seven kid-friendly upstate vacation destinations that will have the whole family saying “I Love New York.” 

And find more regional travel ideas in our Weekend Getaways and Day Trip Guide and Travel 

10 Things To Do with Toddlers at the Jersey Shore

The Jersey Shore is the quintessential summer getaway for Philly residents- especially families. It's not too far, it's got great beaches and fun amusements for the kids. But you may be wondering what to do with your younger kids on your family vacation. Toddlers can be tricky to entertain, but the Jersey Shore has plenty. We've rounded up some great activities that little tykes will love. Whether you're visiting for a weekend, or you're there for a whole week, you'll find plenty of kid-friendly fun on this list.

Visiting Historic Philadelphia with Kids

Taking the family to Historic Philadelphia can seem like a daunting task. There is so much to see and do that it can feel overwhelming. Fortunately, Mommy Poppins can give you the low-down on some of the best spots to visit while in Old City. Even if you visit Philadelphia regularly, there is always something new to discover. Many attractions are free or relatively inexpensive. So, check out the list below which includes some favorites, and begin to uncover all that Philadelphia's historic district has to offer for families.

A Visit to It Adventure Indoor Ropes Course in New Haven

Looking for an adrenaline rush? Connecticut has got It!

Located in New Haven, the It Adventure Ropes Course, self-proclaimed as the world's largest, will leave you physically challenged and breathless with excitement. Zip lines, suspension bridges, ice cream, and pizza guarantee a fun-filled family outing and memorable experience. 

Families Flip for Club Med Punta Cana Relaunch

Club Med invented the all-inclusive resort, so it’s no surprise that it offers some of the most popular family-friendly resort destinations in the Caribbean, as well as around the world. The all-inclusive resort has become so preferred by families, and the competition so fierce, that resorts keep upping the ante to make their experiences more and more enticing. That’s a big win for families, who get to enjoy the ever-increasing amenities of these resorts. Club Med is meeting the challenge with the relaunch of its all-inclusive family resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic with cool activities from Creactive by Cirque du Soleil experiences and boutique-hotel styling. I was invited to check it out and was wowed by the new offerings. 

And, guess what? We're giving away a free trip to Club Med Punta Cana! Just respond to our reader survey and enter to win this amazing dream vacation for your family. See all contest rules and details here

25 Things To Do with Kids in Tallahassee, Florida

Forget what you know about Florida. As I learned on a recent visit to Tallahassee, the Sunshine State's capital is the other side of Florida and I don't mean just geographically. Twenty miles south of the Georgia border, this isn't where families go to hit the sand and surf or to visit one of the state's famous town-sized amusement parks. Instead, Tallahassee is a vibrant college-city packed with outdoor adventures, nature and wildlife, art and culture and great eats.

Tallahassee is a perfect weekend getaway (or mid-point break on a trip to Orlando, Tampa or Miami) with something for everyone: Spanish colonial and American Civil War history can be found at every turn, kayaking, hiking, fishing and cycling beckon the outdoor enthusiasts, and critters like alligators and manatee can be spotted in their natural habitats. Plus, there are a couple of cool things you can only see in "Tally" such as the spot where Hollywood filmed the 1950s sci-fi flick Creature from the Black Lagoon and a graveyard full of early generation, rusting Ford trucks.

Read on to find out what else there is to do on a Tallahassee family vacation. 

Summer Weekend Getaways for Families Just 3 Hours From NYC

Thinking about a last-minute Memorial Day weekend getaway with the family? Or plotting an escape with the kids when school comes to an end in late June? With a slew of kid-friendly escapes just a few hours from New York City, the hardest part could be deciding whether you want a woodsy outdoor adventure, a quiet beach town, an island escape or a historical expedition. Here are four picks for a weekend of fun, all less than three hours from NYC by car.

You can find more travel inspiration in our Day Trips Guide and on our US Travel Guide.

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