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Recommend: Best Family Friendly Vacations

Looking to Mahwah parents for advice

Now that the Fourth of July has passed, Mahwah families are headed out the door! Vacation season has officially begun. For families that have yet to make plans, what are your recommendations for family-friendly getaways? We all know the obvious choices, like down the shore of Disney World. If you've been on another interesting trip that your family really enjoyed, near or far, share your experiences!

Jessica Mazzola July 06, 2011 at 08:22 PM
Lauren Rosen, Mom's Council Member, emailed me the following, with permission to reprint: "Although the obvious NJ Shore points and Disney World always hit the spot for families, I tend to go NORTH. I love New England for all four seasons, as anyone that knows me is aware, and especially love being up there during the summer months. Next week, I am taking a 4 day mini vacation with my daughter and we are headed to Maine. We are staying in Kennebunkport and visiting Ogunquit as well. We look forward to exploring the quaint towns, eating lobster, riding our bikes, and hanging at the beach. Vermont is an amazing place to visit as well. Most specifically, northern Vermont, for example, Stowe. There is a fabulous Mountain Resort and many other Hotels and Inns. The Ben and Jerry's Factory is near by for tours and tastings, as well as the Teddy Bear Factory. The town offers horse back riding, tennis, spas, golf, bike riding, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and many other fun activities for families to take advantage of. On Sunday's, the farmer's market is beyond awesome with local art, food, music, and crafts. Nearby, there is a water park at Smuggler's Notch and the really cool city of Burlington and Lake Champlain just a short drive away. The restaurants are awesome with a favorite of mine, Frida's Taqueria.
Jessica Mazzola July 06, 2011 at 08:23 PM
Post 2 of 2 from Lauren Rosen: If you have time on your side, visiting Boston on the way up (or the way back) is always a fun option with many fabulous attractions, museums, and sites for the entire family. The Berkshires are a wonderful place to go for hiking, riding, shopping, and amazing outdoor concerts. New Hampshire offers a variety of lakes and resorts as well. As well as the locations mentioned above in Maine, there are also many mountains, resorts, lakes, and National Parks. Oh, I almost forgot Lake George, NY. No matter what your choice, there are great websites on line and tourist centers that will send you brochures. There are endless possibilities for great family fun as your car hits the road and heads NORTH. Most importantly, have fun with your family and “get outdoors”. Enjoy!"
Steffanie July 07, 2011 at 01:08 AM
We love to hit the National Parks. Yellowstone is one of the most amazing places we have visited. We are going back this year for our third trip. Our eight year old LOVES the geysers and our eleven year old loves spotting animals. We are not hikers but still have been able to see all of Yellowstone's sights. We stay in Jackson Hole, Wy. The fun never ends there. You can see a rodeo, slide down the alpine slide, climb up the Tetons on a tram. The air is fresh and the pace is slow.
Patricia Patella July 07, 2011 at 02:01 AM
Believe it or not an easy to get to and fun vacation is only a river crossing away. Recently, my family and I booked a hotel room in Manhattan and decided to be "tourists" for two days. We had a wonderful time. We stayed at the Westin Times Square on 43rd St., which is a very beautiful and clean hotel. We visited Pompeii- The Exhibit, in the Discovery Times Square Museum for a look at 250 never before seen artifacts. Then it was off to buy tickets for the Gray Line Hop on/off double decker tour bus. This tour takes you around the entire island of Manhattan. You can hop off at any of the stops in Chelsea, SoHo, Chinatown, Little Italy, and Battery Park to name a few. Shop around these areas and when your ready, hop back on at the designated bus stop. The tour guide tells you lots of interesting facts, like Macy's is the largest department store in the world - yes, that's the one that stuck with me. -Continued -
Patricia Patella July 07, 2011 at 02:01 AM
Another fun stop was the Empire State Building. Don't buy tickets from the guys standing in front of the doors. They charge much more than what the tickets cost and try to persuade you by saying the kids will love the 3-D skyride in the building. You can buy skyride tickets separately once inside and it's still cheaper. Buy tickets inside the building for the Observation Deck and treat yourself to the extra $15.00 ticket to go up to the 102nd floor for an amazing view. For dinner, try Esca on West 43rd St. James Beard winner for Best Chef - New York, Dave Pasternack, along with Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, created a family friendly restaurant in the heart of the city. Wear comfortable walking shoes, sun block and a hat because those city streets get very hot! Tricia Patella Mom's Council

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