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 

Summer Festivals and Fairs in the Hartford Area

Ahhh, summer—the sun rises early and sets late, and the day's pace is slower. There are countless hours to fill with excitement and relaxation, and our Connecticut Summer Fun Guide will help you plan some seriously awesome adventures. On those days not spent at the beach, Hartford County's many outdoor festivals and fairs will have your family feasting on cotton candy or dancing in your lawn chairs. Indulge in fresh strawberries, introduce the kids to poetry and jazz, show them how cool old cars can be, and listen to their screams of excitement coming from carnival rides. Grab a picnic basket and a blanket, pack your camera, and marvel at all the fun Hartford County's festivals and fairs have to offer.

Want more? We've got roundups of festivals and fairs in Eastern CT and New Haven County, too, as well as free concert series in Fairfield County.

NJ Pick-Your-Own Strawberry Farms & Strawberry Festivals

If warm weather and day trips are things your family enjoys, grab the little ones and take them strawberry picking! It’s an outdoor adventure with a sweet reward—what kid doesn’t love red, ripe strawberries? New Jersey may be known for its tomatoes and blueberries, but we’ve also got some great places to pick your own strawberries once the season starts in late May. Looking for more outdoor fun in NJ? Check out our roundups of May festivals and 25 things to do this spring with kids.

15 June Festivals for New Jersey Families

Summer is almost here, and festivals are kicking into high gear. There’s something to delight everyone this month, whether your family loves history, food, nature or a good, old-fashioned carnival. Highlights include the Privateers & Pirates Festival at Tuckerton Seaport, St. Andrew's Big Greek Festival and the Strawberry Harvest Festival at Alstede Farms. You can’t go wrong with any of these awesome outings. So grab the family, slap on some sunscreen and start your season of fun at one (or more!) of these 15 fabulous fests. Check out our Event Calendar for even more wonderful family happenings this month.

24 NYC Festivals and Street Fairs for Families This June

New York City's festival season kicks into high gear in June. The first month of summer and the debut of warmer weather prompts a head-spinning number of fantastic fairs, parades, carnivals and other fetes—more than two dozen.

And we're not talking about random street fairs with overpriced tchotchkes. These are favorites we look forward to every year, including Museum Mile, Egg Rolls, Egg Creams & Empanadas, Figment on Governors Island and Coney Island's iconic Mermaid Parade—all of which made our list of the top annual festivals for NYC families.

So get your calendar; you're going to want to write these dates down. Here are 24 great family festivals for June 2016, most of which are completely FREE.

Check our NYC Summer Fun Guide for more freebies and great kid and family events and outings.

Memorial Day Weekend for LA Kids: Greeks, Scots, Music, and Fireworks, May 28-30

First and foremost, Memorial Day is about the members of the armed forces who gave their lives in our nation’s service. Their sacrifice is unimaginable, our debt to them beyond measure. To those lost, and to those who serve our nation every day, we salute you.

The weekend is not all somber reflection: Memorial Day also means a long weekend, and the unofficial start of summer. Festival is the word of the day: throughout the Southland folks gather to enjoy yummies and duckies, and to celebrate different cultures (including Greek, Scottish, and Topangan). Discovery Cube LA opens two new exhibits, and Discovery Cube OC comes racing in with one of its own.

And, of course, Memorial Day weekend closes with tributes to our fallen heroes. Ceremonies are being held at the Nixon Presidential Library, in Burbank and Canoga Park, and at Woodlawn and Forest Lawn Cemeteries.

Read on for some of our favorite picks for this three-day holiday weekend...

Memorial Day Weekend for Boston Kids: Festivals and Flags, May 28-30

To commemorate Memorial Day, American flags are waving all around Boston, local towns are holding parades, and families can step into history with special activities or spend a peaceful moment reflecting on the significance of the flags on Boston Common.

Family fun this weekend includes a artsy playdate, a celebration of campfire music, and the chance to use some mighty machines. Spending time outdoors at a popular annual festival in Newburyport (pictured) and at an amazing-sounding blue moon performance are two great ways to make the most of the unofficial start of summer.

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to check out our full Family Events Calendar!

Memorial Day Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Horses, History & Parades May 28-30

Memorial Day weekend unofficially kicks off summer, and it's filled with backyard BBQs, pool openings, and parades, parades and more parades- honoring those who fought for our great country. So it's the perfect time to encourage kids to learn more about U.S. history by heading to Historic Philadelphia, stopping by a Once Upon a Nation Storytelling Bench or listening to a recitation of the Declaration of Independence.

Or maybe you want to foster a deeper appreciation for America's beautiful outdoors? Families can take a bird walk at Peace Valley Nature Center, boat along the Schuylkill River at Bartram's Gardens or visit Tyler Arboretum for its Twilight Hike to savor this land we call home.

Check out the rest of our Event Calendar to see what else is going on throughout the Delaware Valley. Keep up-to-date on the latest fun by liking us on Facebook, and following us on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!


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