The Best Boat Rides for Families in NYC

Going out on the water in New York lets you see the city from a whole new perspective. Whether you're sailing down one of the rivers, taking a FREE kayak out for a spin, or cruising on the ocean looking for whales, it's relaxing, refreshing, and a great way to stay cool on a summer day with the kids.

While there are all kinds of boat tours on offer around NYC, from the Circle Line to the citywide ferry service, the question for parents is, which ones are truly family-friendly? After all, once you're on the water you're committed to the ride regardless of tantrums, seasickness, or boredom.

To help you figure out which NYC boat rides will work best for your family, we've highlighted some personal favorites, and broken down the best options by type, including the best boat rides for wildlife watching, best for would-be pirates, best for your budget, and more. Discover even more family-friendly things to do this summer in our Summer Fun Guide

Where to See Fourth of July Fireworks Around Houston With Kids

Stars and stripes, street festivals, live music and fanfare all make the Fourth of July spectacular, but no celebration is complete without an impressive display of fireworks. Luckily, when it comes to celebrating our nation's independence, there's one thing that's certain: the Bayou City knows how to light up the sky and throw down (...in a family-friendly way, of course).

Best Carousels in NYC: 13 Merry-Go-Rounds City Kids Love

There's something wonderfully nostalgic about kids getting a thrill from a ride on a carousel. It's the simplest of amusement park attractions, and there are more than a dozen merry-go-rounds in New York City alone. It's easy to stumble upon them on your next park outing.

Each city carousel offers a unique spin on this traditional kiddie ride, from harbor views to a ride inside an iridescent fish. We've rounded up the best merry-go-rounds in all five boroughs.

Fireworks! 50 Different 4th of July Displays in Los Angeles & Orange County

 

It's almost the 4th of July—who's ready for some rockets' red glare? LA and Orange County's many communities compete for sky space on July 4th, launching fireworks willy-nilly at the stroke of 9pm. From the mountains, to the valleys, to the ocean, Angelenos have plenty of directions to look on Independence Day. Whether your plan is to book a fireworks cruise, to lay a blanket in a park, or to close all the windows and try not to wake the baby, it helps to know where those firecrackers are being aimed. Below is a list of locations lighting up the night sky on the Fourth of July (plus several on July 3, and even a couple in late June!). We'll keep adding more right up to the day!

Fourth of July Fireworks and Festivities for Boston Kids and Families

Celebrating the 4th of July in patriotic Boston is something everyone should experience. Many Boston-area Independence Day celebrations have been happening annually for generations, only getting bigger and better with time. With so much enthusiasm for America's birthday in our area, the pyrotechnics are no longer limited to the big party on the Esplanade. There are plenty of things for kids to do to show their patriotic spirit. Some celebrations are near our favorite parks, others are near popular beaches, but all invite wide-eyed wonder from kids—especially those who can stay awake for the sparkly show.

Fourth of July Fireworks and Festivities for Connecticut Kids and Families

Here in Connecticut we love fireworks so much that Independence Day celebrations for families start as early as late June and continue well past the Fourth of July. Kick off summer with a bang with our roundup of Connecticut pyrotechnic displays, parades, and parties in honor of the 4th of July. Some are near our favorite playgrounds, others are at the area's finest beaches, but all invite wide-eyed wonder from kids—especially those who can stay awake for the sparkly show.

59 Things To Do with Orange County Kids Before They Grow Up

Orange County may sometimes be considered second fiddle compared to Los Angeles for fun eats, kid-friendly parks, family outings, and outdoor adventures; but the OC has plenty of all of these—with the benefits of better air and less traffic (sorry, Angelenos!). If your kids are growing up the OC way, here are some key places to take them for the ultimate childhood experience behind the Orange curtain.

Firework Displays to Celebrate the 4th of July in Philly, Suburbs, and at the Jersey Shore

When you think of Philadelphia, many things come to mind: Amazing museums, soft pretzels, phenomenal theater productions, cheese steaks, and the winning Super Bowl Philadelphia Eagles. But, perhaps the City of Brotherly Love is best known for its historical connection to the birth of our great country. After all, Philadelphia was where the Declaration of Independence was signed, General Washington crossed the Delaware, and he made his famed camp at Valley Forge. So with such a passionate and impressive history, it's quite fitting to celebrate the good ol' U.S. of A.'s birthday with some fantastic firework displays throughout the Delaware Valley.

Gather along the Delaware River at either the Philly or Jersey side to see fireworks burst above the water. If your crew prefers the suburbs, there are plenty of options. Some include parades, while others boast live entertainment. Heading down to the shore? We have you covered with options at the beach.

No matter where you watch the fireworks, be sure to bring a blanket, lawn chair, and some snacks. Then, sit back and be mesmerized as the sky lights up - red, white, and blue. Happy Fourth!

50 Free Things to Do With Long Island Kids This Summer

Does the thought of a full summer vacation make you think of empty pockets?

In between camps, parties, sitters, and trips, the next two months can get costly. And for a family with more than one child, even a trip to the water park can add up. But summer doesn’t have to drain your wallet.

We've compiled a list of 50 FREE things families can do together. From outdoor concerts and movies, to museums, classes, and festivals, Long Island has something going on all summer long.

Check a few more things off your bucket list with our Summer Fun Guide. Feeling really ambitious? Here are 100 things to do with Long Island kids before they grow up. See our guide to FREE family activities on Long Island for even more inspiration.  

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