Jun 132013
Cape Cod Flyer Weekend Getaway from Boston - Family Fun without a Car!

Everyone loves a day at the beach, but, very few people enjoy sitting in traffic for hours to get there.  Summer weekends in Boston find many families waiting in traffic on their way to the sunny beaches of Cape Cod or the North Shore – a fun day can quickly turn into an ordeal.  Families on vacation or college tours in Boston often miss out on seeing the Cape because of worries about how long the trip will take. For many years, the only public transportation options from Boston to the Cape have been buses (which also get stuck in traffic) or boats.  This year, however, families that want to visit Cape Cod without a car have a new choice: the Cape Cod Flyer train service from Boston to Hyannis, the gateway to Cape Cod.  [...]

Mar 072013
Top Five Free Things To Do On Family Spring Break Vacation in New York City with Teens and Tweens

If New York City is your destination for a family friendly spring break vacation with teens and tweens, make sure to bring your walking shoes and plan time to enjoy the many and varied free activities around New York City.  By the time you get done shopping, taking in a show, eating out and visiting the paid attractions you’ll be glad you added a few freebies to the mix.   Based on several visits by our teens, here’s their top five free things to do when visiting New York City: 1) Take a Walk in Central Park On our visit we walked the east side of Central Park from the lower entrance of at 6th Avenue and Central Park Drive up to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on 5th Avenue at East 82nd [...]

Five Affordable New York City Family Spring Break Hotel Options

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Feb 172013
Five Affordable New York City Family Spring Break Hotel Options

New York City is always a great family spring break vacation option.  Families making college tours can visit NYU, Columbia, Pace, Fordham, Barnard and many others while taking in a show, checking out major attractions like the Empire State Building or the Metropolitan Museum of Art,  or simply enjoying the spring flowers and fresh air in Central Park. New York City is a great family spring break destination for teens and tweens with so many things to do.  But, finding affordable family friendly hotels can definitely be a challenge for a family on a budget.  Add to that the fact that the words “affordable” and “New York City” are rarely found in the same sentence and the search for New York City accomodations that will work well for families and won’t [...]

May 132011
Explore New York City's High Line Linear Park

     The best way to experience New York City is to walk it.  One of more recent additions to the city’s walking scene is the lower West Side’s High Line park, located on a former elevated rail spur that runs through the  Meatpacking District.        Opened in 1934 to replace the West Side’s street level rail line, aka Death Alley, the High Line was unique in that it traveled down the center of the blocks, right through factories and warehouses where freight could be loaded and unloaded easily and securely.  Today the walking park runs right through the Chelsea Market building.      The line was dismantled and abandoned in pieces through the 1960s and 1970s with the last train carrying 3 cars of frozen turkeys in 1980.  The remaining 1.45 length of track was [...]

May 102011
Take A Walk on The Brooklyn Bridge

     As part of his American Studies trip to New York City, #1 Son and his classmates explored Manhattan’s Lower East Side to get a sense for what things might have been like before immigrants were displaced by trendy condos and art galleries.  The highlights of the day included a walk on the Brooklyn Bridge and a visit to the restored 1863 era ethnic apartments of the Tenement Museum, complete with sheet metal ceilings and turn of the century plumbing.   Along the way he took some awesome photos we just had to share.       The Brooklyn Bridge is an iconic symbol of the industrial era in New York City.  Completed in 1883, the 1,595 foot main span links lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.  It is the oldest suspension bridge in the country.  It took 13 years to [...]

May 082011
A Teen's View of New York City by Day and By Night

    The teens have been busy traveling without the parents this spring from Washington DC to service trips.  Mom and Dad are getting used to them being on the road without us, although we are a little jealous.   The most recent expedition was #1 Son’s 4-day American Studies junket to New York City with 15 classmates and three teachers who have been spending this school year exploring the last 150 years of American history, literature and culture.  They figured there was no better way to make it real than to see it in person in the Big Apple.         #1 Son took hundreds of photos on his journey which included lots of opportunities to enjoy the City’s streets and parks and soak in that New York City vibe.  We’ll be sharing some of his favorite photos this week, [...]

New York City Restaurant Ideas for Teens and Tweens Via BFTA

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Sep 262010
New York City Restaurant Ideas for Teens and Tweens Via BFTA

     Mary T has been answering questions over at the Best Family Travel Advice site for a few weeks now.  It is really fun to share our experiences and help readers get started planning fabulous family vacations.  Look for our suggestions about things to do at Yellowstone and near Mount Rushmore.      Of course, we’ve been reading the advice provided by other family travel experts on the site as well.   We were particularly excited to see the New York City restaurant recommendations provided by Debbie Dubrow of Delicious Baby and Carol Cain of NYCity Mama.  Together they provide a list of about a dozen spots that cater to families and look like good bets for ravenous teens and tweens visiting the Big Apple.      Carol’s list included some rather unusual pizza options [...]