• How Was Your Trip?

    NYC Families Share Highlights—And Snapshots—From Their Favorite Getaways

    By New York Family

    While we love scouting great
    vacation destinations, sometimes the best advice comes from other families. So
    we asked seven travel-savvy parents to tell us about one of their favorite
    family vacations—from local getaways to cross-Atlantic adventures!

    Aruba
    We had a great family vacation in
    Aruba last April. We stayed
    at the very family-friendly Marriott Surf Club. We love all
    Aruba has to offer—great
    sunsets, warm water, fabulous food, friendly people and near-perfect 82-degree
    weather. A great spot to visit is
    Baby Beach, with shallow water and
    great snorkeling, and
    Palm Island is a must! — Carla
    Hunt

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    Hawaii
    Taking a family trip to a faraway island with a young child seemed
    daunting at first, but
    Hawaii was the perfect destination. We
    arrived at our hotel along
    Waikiki Beach in O’ahu and immediately headed out
    to the warm ocean. Island hopping was literally a breeze; we took a 20-minute
    plane ride to
    Maui and experienced the cool touch of
    the clouds as we ascended 10,000 feet to the summit of
    Haleakala National Park. Back in O’ahu, we snorkeled in Hanahuma Bay, hiked to the top of Diamond Head
    Crater and topped it off with a luau—all with a three-year-old! — Angely
    Hahm

    1england.jpgEngland
    Our daughter was almost three when we went to
    England, and our son was 16 months. They
    loved running around
    Cambridge University. They seemed thrilled with the
    London Eye and the Changing of the Guard. But what we relished most was
    following our ordinary routines in a new locale: going to playgrounds, taking
    strolls, buying food and looking for the night’s first star—letting them notice
    how it was all different in this foreign place, and how it was all the same. —
    Andrew Solomon

    Photo by Aurelijus Varna

    New
    Orleans
    , LAineworleans.jpg
    This past summer my family and I hit the road to discover the South. Of the
    many places we visited, one of the most memorable was
    New Orleans. From the French
    Quarter, where we stayed, you can walk to places like The Aquarium and The
    Insectarium. A short trolley ride takes you to “The Cities of the Dead”—the
    local cemeteries where the centuries-old, above-ground tombs can be found.
    Live jazz
    performances can be found in many kid-friendly establishments, and often on
    street corners. You can take the kids to enjoy some great food as well, like
    beignets at Cafe du Monde, crawfish pizza at Louisiana Pizza Kitchen, or a
    great big bowl of gumbo at Deanie’s Seafood. — Carol Cain, blogger, The
    Adventures of a NY City Mama (nycitymama.com)

    1dakota.jpgThe Dakotas
    We took our first major family road trip a few summers ago. On the way, we
    visited Laura Ingalls Wilder’s hometown of Walnut Grove, took a scenic drive
    through the Badlands, watched a family-style shootout at the Circle B Ranch
    outside Rapid City, gawked at Mount Rushmore, encountered a herd of buffalo at
    Custer State Park, panned for gold in Deadwood, and even participated in a
    paleontology dig. We celebrated with a special dinner at Bonanza Steak House in
    Dickinson, North Dakota—where the salad bar costs $2.99 and
    if you want a burger it’s an extra 40 cents. To this day it remains my kids’
    number one favorite restaurant.
    — Andrea Fisher

    Caribbean Cruise1cruise.jpg
    We did a lot of research before going on our Royal Caribbean Cruise, and it
    paid off. It was so convenient to simply drive to
    New Jersey and board the ship. We were at sea
    for two days, in
    Bermuda for two days, then returned to New Jersey. It was the perfect amount of
    time for our first vacation with our 11-month-old. Ian sat through a show in
    the ice skating rink, we played Ms. PacMan in the arcade and there was a
    fantastic baby pool where he got to splash around. During our two days in
    Bermuda, we played on the beach and took
    the ferry into town to see the sights and do some shopping. We
    highly recommend this trip to families with young children. — Lainie Gutterman

    1bear.jpg

    Bear Mountain, NY
    Last February, our family went to
    Bear Mountain. Only an hour away from
    the city by car, the Mountain served as a welcome retreat from the bustling
    city. We stayed at the Overlook Lodge, which is very affordable, especially if
    you go during the week.
    Our family went on a scenic family hike that was
    really relaxing—until the snowball fight! We also rode on the indoor
    merry-go-round, played hotel football, had pillow fights, made snow-angels and
    went sledding. We highly recommend a trip to
    Bear Mountain, where city kids can experience
    a bit of nature and unobstructed sky!
    Kimberly Coleman

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    How Was Your Trip?

    NYC Families Share Highlights—And Snapshots—From Their Favorite Getaways

    By New York Family

    While we love scouting great
    vacation destinations, sometimes the best advice comes from other families. So
    we asked seven travel-savvy parents to tell us about one of their favorite
    family vacations—from local getaways to cross-Atlantic adventures!

    Aruba
    We had a great family vacation in
    Aruba last April. We stayed
    at the very family-friendly Marriott Surf Club. We love all
    Aruba has to offer—great
    sunsets, warm water, fabulous food, friendly people and near-perfect 82-degree
    weather. A great spot to visit is
    Baby Beach, with shallow water and
    great snorkeling, and
    Palm Island is a must! — Carla
    Hunt

    1hawaii.jpg

    Hawaii
    Taking a family trip to a faraway island with a young child seemed
    daunting at first, but
    Hawaii was the perfect destination. We
    arrived at our hotel along
    Waikiki Beach in O’ahu and immediately headed out
    to the warm ocean. Island hopping was literally a breeze; we took a 20-minute
    plane ride to
    Maui and experienced the cool touch of
    the clouds as we ascended 10,000 feet to the summit of
    Haleakala National Park. Back in O’ahu, we snorkeled in Hanahuma Bay, hiked to the top of Diamond Head
    Crater and topped it off with a luau—all with a three-year-old! — Angely
    Hahm

    1england.jpgEngland
    Our daughter was almost three when we went to
    England, and our son was 16 months. They
    loved running around
    Cambridge University. They seemed thrilled with the
    London Eye and the Changing of the Guard. But what we relished most was
    following our ordinary routines in a new locale: going to playgrounds, taking
    strolls, buying food and looking for the night’s first star—letting them notice
    how it was all different in this foreign place, and how it was all the same. —
    Andrew Solomon

    Photo by Aurelijus Varna

    New
    Orleans
    , LAineworleans.jpg
    This past summer my family and I hit the road to discover the South. Of the
    many places we visited, one of the most memorable was
    New Orleans. From the French
    Quarter, where we stayed, you can walk to places like The Aquarium and The
    Insectarium. A short trolley ride takes you to “The Cities of the Dead”—the
    local cemeteries where the centuries-old, above-ground tombs can be found.
    Live jazz
    performances can be found in many kid-friendly establishments, and often on
    street corners. You can take the kids to enjoy some great food as well, like
    beignets at Cafe du Monde, crawfish pizza at Louisiana Pizza Kitchen, or a
    great big bowl of gumbo at Deanie’s Seafood. — Carol Cain, blogger, The
    Adventures of a NY City Mama (nycitymama.com)

    1dakota.jpgThe Dakotas
    We took our first major family road trip a few summers ago. On the way, we
    visited Laura Ingalls Wilder’s hometown of Walnut Grove, took a scenic drive
    through the Badlands, watched a family-style shootout at the Circle B Ranch
    outside Rapid City, gawked at Mount Rushmore, encountered a herd of buffalo at
    Custer State Park, panned for gold in Deadwood, and even participated in a
    paleontology dig. We celebrated with a special dinner at Bonanza Steak House in
    Dickinson, North Dakota—where the salad bar costs $2.99 and
    if you want a burger it’s an extra 40 cents. To this day it remains my kids’
    number one favorite restaurant.
    — Andrea Fisher

    Caribbean Cruise1cruise.jpg
    We did a lot of research before going on our Royal Caribbean Cruise, and it
    paid off. It was so convenient to simply drive to
    New Jersey and board the ship. We were at sea
    for two days, in
    Bermuda for two days, then returned to New Jersey. It was the perfect amount of
    time for our first vacation with our 11-month-old. Ian sat through a show in
    the ice skating rink, we played Ms. PacMan in the arcade and there was a
    fantastic baby pool where he got to splash around. During our two days in
    Bermuda, we played on the beach and took
    the ferry into town to see the sights and do some shopping. We
    highly recommend this trip to families with young children. — Lainie Gutterman

    1bear.jpg

    Bear Mountain, NY
    Last February, our family went to
    Bear Mountain. Only an hour away from
    the city by car, the Mountain served as a welcome retreat from the bustling
    city. We stayed at the Overlook Lodge, which is very affordable, especially if
    you go during the week.
    Our family went on a scenic family hike that was
    really relaxing—until the snowball fight! We also rode on the indoor
    merry-go-round, played hotel football, had pillow fights, made snow-angels and
    went sledding. We highly recommend a trip to
    Bear Mountain, where city kids can experience
    a bit of nature and unobstructed sky!
    Kimberly Coleman

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