Yorktown has a great riverside beach for families
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8 Fantastic Family Things To Do In Williamsburg, VA

Whether you are heading to Williamsburg VA for a weekend or a week here are my best tips for exploring the living history museums with kids and taking fun breaks from the historical stuff, plus restaurant ideas and a great family hotel.

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A farm, brewery and vineyard with picnic tables and stunning views of the valley outside of lexington, va, an ideal weekend destination from washington, dc
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18 Fun Family Weekend Getaways From Washington, DC

One of the great things about Washington, DC is that it’s an easy drive to a lot of great kid-friendly weekend getaways.  Within a few hours you can be on the …

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A soda "jerk" at brooklyn farmacy serves up an old-fashioned shake in a restored drug store.
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The Best Shops & Cafés For Delicious NYC Desserts

New Yorkers live to eat. With all the walking we do, we can indulge in sweet treats now and again, and when I’m exploring the city with my tween we …

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The stowe recreation path crosses bridges and offers field and mountain views.
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Plan This Easy Summer Getaway To Stowe, VT

After 16 months of being “stuck together” in full or partial covid quarantines, Rich, Tween Traveler and I took a vacation. We went to Stowe, Vermont for five days. We …

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A girl jumps along boulders on the coast of acadia national park
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Here’s How To Explore Acadia National Park With Kids

We spent two summers in a row visiting Acadia National Park, off of the northern coast of Maine. We never go anywhere two years in a row, much less a destination …

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Opus 40 is a artful and bucolic stop on any hudson valley or catskills weekend
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10 Awesome Weekend Getaways from NYC

Where can we go for an easy, quick, cheap, active, romantic, family, summer, winter or fall weekend getaway from New York City?  This is the question I get asked more than …

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Long island's east end is full of pretty, rugged beaches like this one in jamesport
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28 Things To Do In The Hamptons With Kids & Tweens

We only visit the Hamptons in the off season. We can’t imagine dealing with the crowds, traffic and party scene that typifies this string of beach towns during the summer. …

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The view of skytower on mohonk mountain from the backyard of mountain meadow b&b
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Fun Couple Getaway to Upstate New York

I’ve spent a lot of time exploring the east side of the Hudson River, but haven’t spent a lot of time on the west side since I was a kid. …

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Our familiesgo! Father and daughter petting a horse at the farmers' museum in cooperstown.
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Easy Family Getaway To Cooperstown

Cooperstown, New York, is home to the Baseball Hall of Fame. But the museum brings enough people to town every year to support hotels, restaurants, breweries and a fair number of …

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Seneca lake, the largest of the finger lakes
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12 Awesome Finger Lakes Activities With Kids

The Finger Lakes region of New York offers an ideal combination of museums, outdoor activities, and yummy local food, wine and beer. For a family that enjoys hitting a museum …

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White sand, green surf and beach chairs in a line on the beach at gulf shores
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Take Your Kids To Gulf Shores, AL

Alabama is not the first place I think of for a family beach getaway. In my mind U.S. beaches are on the Atlantic or Pacific coasts, period. But after five …

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St. Augustine's skyline includes colonial roofs and gilded-age spanish-style towers.
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Exploring St. Augustine With Kids

I really liked St. Augustine, Florida. It’s a city that predates both Jamestown and Plymouth. Its lesser know history, outdoor activities and great local food blend very nicely to create …

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Leopold's is a century-old soda fountain and ice cream shop in the middle of savannah
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Exploring Savannah, GA With Kids

People visit Savannah, Georgia to explore the genteel, antique-filled homes during the day and sip Southern cocktails in the evening . If you’re visiting this southern city with small children, …

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A view of shenandoah valley vineyards from north mountain outfitters
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A Fun Romantic Weekend In Staunton, VA

In the spring, Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley Virginia is impossibly green and in the fall its leaves burst into color.  The historic town of *Staunton, at the valley’s southern end, is …

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Chocolate world is essential to any visit to hershey park
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Hershey PA: The Park & So Much More

Hershey, Pennsylvania is a no brainer for an easy summer weekend getaway with kids if you live anywhere between Washington, DC and Connecticut. What you might not realize is that …

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Playing with muppets at the museum of the moving image
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10 Unique NYC Museums Families Love

Updated March 2020 One of the challenges to visiting a New York City is finding fun, authentic, kid-friendly things to do, that every other tourist isn’t also doing.  Here’s one …

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Belleayre is a fun place to ski with kids in upstate new york
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A Fun Hudson Valley Ski Weekend With Kids

One of the easiest and most fun weekends with kids that you can do in Hudson Valley is a winter ski getaway. Catskill Mountain ski resorts like Belleayre, Windham or …

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Indulge In Fun & Luxury at Nemacolin Woodlands

Hotel Review: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort for Families & Couples Where: Farmington, PA The Vibe: *Nemacolin Woodlands, a luxury resort  in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, doesn’t have a single vibe. The type …

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Wyndwood's famous murals
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Weekend Taste of Miami With Kids

We booked a cruise out of Miami over winter break. Since we’d never been to this famously colorful Florida beach city, we decided to spend 48 hours exploring. Planning our …

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Bucks county has great bike paths
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A Cool Couple’s Getaway To New Hope, PA

Updated October 2020 Tween Traveler headed off on a two-night camping adventure with her scout troop trip in early June, leaving Rich and I free to take our own 36-hour …

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Spinning charlotte's web at naumkeag
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17 Things To Do In The Berkshires With Kids

The Berkshires are one of those regions that looms in my mind as a summer vacation paradise.  The region stretches along the spine of Route 7 up the length of …

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National harbor has great views and lots of family activities
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A Fun Family Weekend At National Harbor

It’s a challenge for a city or region to develop a new tourist zone from the ground up. It’s even more unusual to develop one that is interesting enough to …

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Woodloch pines has a beautiful outdoor pool and lake
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How Is A Weekend at Woodloch Pines?

The Hotel: Woodloch Pines Resort Where: Hawley, Eastern Pennsylvania The Location: *Woodloch Pines is an all-inclusive resort that sits on the rural edge of the Poconos.  Rather than one large hotel, the …

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A man takes in the gettysburg battlefield from seminary ridge.
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Gettysburg: The Best Things To Do With Kids

Updated February 2020. A lot of people use Gettysburg as a stopover en route to other Pennsylvania destinations, like Pittsburgh or Hershey and Lancaster. And this is a shame because …

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The atrium at the national building museum hosts special exhibits
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10 Unique Washington, D.C. Family Activities

The Top attractions in Washington, D.C. are well documented: the zoo, the monuments, the capitol, the museum with Dorothy’s ruby slippers. But let’s face it, the heat and huge crowds keep …

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Midtown NYC: 10 Things To Do With Kids

If you’re planning to visit NYC on a family vacation you’ll quickly learn that Midtown East is not known for being the neighborhood that’s most cool (that’s Brooklyn), glamorous (SoHo), …

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Blue man group is a fun theater event for kids 7 and older.
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Should You Take Kids to See Blue Man Group?

The *Blue Man Group first started banging on paint-laden drums in 1991 and it now has permanent shows in five US cities and Berlin, plus a touring version of the …

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Taconic distillery in millbrook, ny makes small-batch bourbon and craft cocktails
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Enjoy A Hudson Valley Couple’s Weekend

Updated February 2020 Tiny Traveler headed off on a group camping trip recently, leaving Rich and I with 48 hours of treasured grown-up time. We were overdue for a couples …

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Campfire fun at lake placid in winter
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Winter In Lake Placid With Kids

Lake Placid, NY is one of our favorite winter wonderlands. We’ve traveled there for a few winter breaks and even Christmas. As long as you pack clothes that will keep …

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A pickled pig sandwich in lake placid
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12 Great Kid-Friendly Lake Placid Restaurants

One of the things that brings us back to Lake Placid year after year is that the town has a lot of dining for its small size and much of …

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