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New York State

- Family Getaway Ideas


What a combo: the urban attractions of the City, plus terrific recreation and family resorts just hours away.

1. New York City: Top Things to do With Kids

New York City With Kids _ Harbor Tour on "The Beast" - Photo ©  Teresa Plowright.
New York City has plenty of fun for families visiting with kids of any age, and a visit with a teen can make a special "coming of age" type trip. Check out highlights from from several trips. Movie tours, harbor boat ride, great art museums, Top of the Rock...

2. Winter in Lake Placid: Top Family Attractions


Site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid is a wonderful lake-and-mountain town that offers a variety of ways to have your own Olympic experiences. Besides skiing and skating, you can also try bobsled, skeleton and even biathlon experiences. Families will also enjoy dog-sled and toboggan rides on frozen Mirror Lake.

3. Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in Lake Placid

Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort

Nestled in the picturesque Adirondack village of Lake Placid, the kid-friendly Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort is a terrific, mid-budget choice for families. 

4. More New York City With Kids

Photo of Toys'R'Us © T. Plowright
Check out great New York City toy stores that are more like entertainment venues, Big Apple Greeters (- explore with a friendly local volunteer who loves their town), toddler-friendly attractions, Disney on Broadway, good places to stay, and more.

5. Lake George

Photo courtesy of Visitlakegeorge.com.
This popular vacation spot for families is 3 to 4 hours drive from NYC. Features include: lake watersports; a setting within the giant Adirondack Park (with miles of hiking trails); centuries of history, brought to life at several museums; Victorian-era grand hotels; theme park and waterpark; and tourist-pleasers such as outlet malls.

6. Catskills Family-Friendly Resorts & Hotels

Photo courtesy of Mohonk Mountain House.
Photo courtesy of Mohonk Mountain House.
Just a hundred miles from NYC, the Catskills Mountains have been a summer getaway since the early 20th century; though the heydey's gone, there are still choices for families.

7. Frost Valley YMCA Family Camp

Forstmann Castle. Photo courtesy of Frost Valley YMCA.
Photo courtesy of Frost Valley YMCA.
Family camps offer families a basically all-inclusive and affordable vacation, with lodging and meals provided as well as many outdoors activities. The Frost Valley YMCA Camp is in the Catskills and dates back to 1901; it moved to its current location in the fifties and now has 6000 acres for its summer camps for kids, teen adventure camps, Elderhostel programs, and Family Weekends. The latter are offered any weekend that's not during the summer camp period. Families can stay in platform tents, cabins,lodges, the inn-style Forstmann Castle, or the historical Straus Center. Seasonal fun includes just about any activity you can think off, including a 65-foot climbing tower. Horsriding is a special focus.

8. Rocking Horse Ranch Resort

Photo courtesy of Rocking Horse Ranch.

A great choice for families, in the Catskills Shawangunk Mountains: on 500 acres just 90 minutes from NYC, with a mind-boggling array of activities, including trail rides, mini-golf, climbing wall; winter ski area with free instruction, boots and skis; indoor pool; nursery, day camp for ages 4 to 12. And all-inclusive pricing!

9. Mohonk Mountain House

Photo courtesy of Mohonk Mountain House.
Another example in the Catskills, Shawangunk Mountains: picture a Victorian castle perched on cliffs by a mountain lake; with 1200 acres, 85 miles of hiking trails, lots of outdoors activities year-round; and only 90 miles from NYC. Kids Club runs during summer and occasional weekend throughout the year; theme programs include Haunted Happenings at Halloween.

10. Six Flags Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Waterpark

Photo courtesy of Six Flags Great Escape Lodge.
This Adirondack-themed family resort -- the first hotel with an indoor waterpark in New York state -- is part of the Great Escape theme park across the street. The Lodge is open year-round (while the theme park is seasonal.) Location 50 miles from Albany, 210 miles from NYC.

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