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Enjoying Nature in Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor is a wonderful place to enjoy nature because of the variety of environments to explore. You can try your hand at fishing at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium, and learn to identify the variety of fish in New York's waterways. You can go on a butterfly hunt as you explore a meadow at Uplands Farm Sanctuary, search for otter as you scan St. John's Pond, or hike to Massapequa from Cold Spring Harbor Park, the trailhead of Long Island's Greenbelt Trail. Whatever you choose, you're sure to have a blast. But don't forget to keep your eyes on the skies: Herons, egrets, and hawks are often found circling near the marshland bordering Route 25A. 

Cold Spring Harbor: The Whaling Museum, DNA Lab and Firehouse Museum

Each of Cold Spring Harbor's sites that we've chosen to feature here have managed to weave the village's rich past into its present. For example, the Whaling Museum features exhibits on whaling history and it also stresses the importance of present-day conservation. The Cold Spring Harbor Lab provides walking tours where visitors can learn about the history of DNA discovery, as well as the lab's Nobel legacy in that discovery. Lastly, the Firehouse Museum teaches fire prevention while demonstrating to visitors just how complicated battling a blaze was in the early 1900s with a hand-drawn Phoenix pump.    

Family Travel Deals: Spring Break Deals, Crystal Springs Resort, Orlando, San Diego and Park City, Utah

We love travel, but we especially love traveling when we find a great deal. Right now we've got last minute Spring Break deals on the brain. It's not too late to plan something...and save! Look for a resort deal (and giveaway) in New Jersey, spring skiing, Orlando and San Diego deals, plus a Disney deal for planning ahead to late summer/Fall.

Read on to get the deals.

All-Inclusive Winter Family Resorts: Ridin-Hy Ranch

[UPDATED: JANUARY 9, 2013]

This is the second in a series of posts about All-Inclusive Winter Resorts for Family Vacations in the New York City Region. In our previous post, we reviewed Woodloch Pines Resort in the Poconos.

If you like your vacations a little more on the rustic side, Ridin-Hy Ranch might be the answer. This Adirondack ranch resort offers good old-fashioned winter fun, hold the glitz and glamour. Winter activity highlights include horseback riding through snow-covered trails, sleigh rides, ice skating, snow tubing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and nightly entertainment.

Five Things to do with Kids in Providence, Rhode Island

Are you looking for a last-minute labor day weekend getaway? Or maybe you are organized enough to already be planning a fall weekend trip. If Providence, Rhode Island, doesn’t immediately come to mind as a family-friendly hotspot, maybe it should. This medium-sized town is hopping with fun, arty activities that even “been there, done that” New York kids and their parents will approve. 

Providence is a three-hour straight-shot up the I-95. If you prefer to leave the driving to someone else, Megabus is launching direct service from Manhattan to Providence, starting August 25. These double-decker, WiFi-equipped buses are an eco-friendly way to travel, and the views from the top-deck should please the kids. To launch the new service, there will be plenty of bargain-priced tickets for sale over the next few weeks. 

Here are 5 cool things to do with kids in Providence, Rhode Island’s Creative Capital.

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