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Best Travel Getaways with Children Within Driving Distance from NY Tri-State Area

These NYC family getaways with children were recommended by Russian Parents members of our group. Please let us know if any good destinations are missing from this list. Send us a mesage on this page to get added to our secret group:


  • North Fork Long Island includes: Splish Splash,  Harbes Family Farm, Long Island Aquarium, etc, and beaches. Stay at Mattituck motel for quaint feel or Soundview Inn right on the beach
  • Rocking Horse Ranch -- all inclusive family resort with indoor waterpark and unlimited horseback riding and other activities. Be aware: not cheap!
  • Lake George resorts: 
         Flamingo Resort on Lake George -
  • Carpathian Homes -  exclusive bungalow colony in Monticello - Lake Kauneonga, NY 
  • Sleepy hollow area on the hudson Valley - Members comments:
    "Has a lot of quaint towns on the Hudson River. try Cooperstown. It's a gorgeos lake, one of the cleanest I've ever seen and lots to do in the surrounding areas. My in-laws have a summer house in the area and have been going there for years so if you are interested PM me and ill give you the details. Also a really nice trip is Finger Lakes and then Niagra on the US side..."
  • Villa Roma resort in Catskills.
  • Montauk in LI. Member writes: "Try Mountauk Manor for hotel.  Some good restaurants: Inlet Seafood Restaurant, great stay: Ocean Resort Inn - right on the ocean.  - on the North Fork of LI. Considered a great surfing place. Has six state parks. Fishing village.  There a CoreysWave's Kids Surving academy. Or Puff N Putt ."
  • Corning, NY on Finger Lakes. Member writes:
    "Hiking, wineries, waterfalls, caves system, boat rides on lakes, corning glass factory museum & exhibit.. about 4 hours away..
  • Fire island - LI beaches
  • Emerson spa in Kingston ny. Awesome!!


  • Amish Country - travel time about 2.5 hrs from NYC.  Members wrote:  
    "Recommend to go Fri-Sat since everything is closed on Sunday. My friends stayed at Fulton Steamboat hotel which is a nice hotel with a playground and a pond."
    "Go on train ride - Visit this cute village"
    "Visit Dutch Wonderland. Lancaster County."
    "There is a great farm to visit with a toddler we saw it when we took that 100 yrs old train ride. "
    "Amish Working Farm. There is also a toy train museum called Choo Choo Barn."
    "Farmers markets. Buggy rides.Strasburg railroad, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. Very fun place to stay is Red Cabooze Motel, but you have to reserve in advance."
  • Woodloch resort -- all inclusive family resort in Hawley, PA with lots of activities for adults and children. About 2 hrs from NYC.
  • Great Wolf Lodge -- Pocono Mountains, PA - indoor waterpark resort. 
  • Hershey -- Stay at either Hershey lodge or Hotel Hershey for most fun. Rides, attractions, Hershey Museum and more.
  • Sesame Place - rides and attractions park
  • Eden Resort - resort hotel in PA
  • Longwood Gardens (сады Дюпона) in Philladelphia, PA
  • Split Rock Resort in Harmony, PA - waterpark, movie theater, golf club. Member writes: "Stay in villas instead of inside the park (dirty)..."
  • Philladelphia - the old market (with the oldest ice cream maker), duck tours, Please Touch Museum
  • Poconos - Fernwood Resort and other Poconos resorts


  • Jersey Shore
  • Cape May  -- 2.5 hrs from NYC. Members wrote:   "Free zoo. Leamings Run Gardens-just make a donation: humming birds/buterflys... Historic cold spring village living museum; trip to 17 century with country store and wagon ride. cape may is a wonderful small Victorian town- best restaurants-very kid friendly!!! Everything is by the beach... 10 min. from wildwood. We usually stay at Periwinkle Inn. (Mini kitchen) so you can do breakfast or lunch or dinner in. Check it out!"
  • Wildwoods, NJ - popular summer Jersey Shore resort area - beaches, attractions, rides, carnivals, etc.
  • Ocean City, NJ
  • Ocean Grove,nj An enchanting Victorian town of history and family fun. Favorite hotel: Shawmont Hotel:
  • Long Beach Island, NJ - specifically Beach Haven area. Member writes:
    "It has a boardwalk, amusement park and really nice kid friendly restaurants. Lake George, beach and a lot of fun for kids. We went there last year - very beautiful & relaxing. Sea shell resort in Long Beach Island!"
  • Crystal Springs, NJ -  Members wrote:  
    "The diner in town has great pancakes for cheap. Mineral springs is cheaper to stay and has nice pool area. Grand cascades has the biodome pool which is nicer. You can ski at mountain creek, go wine tasting st Warwick valley winery. Warwick is a cute town with little shops about 10 min away. I suggest making your dinner reservations in advance. Biodome pool at Grand Cascades is very nice, but no shallow areas, so you always have to stay with the child. Weekday food options are limited, just one restaurant open.La tour has amazing food but not for kids."
    "Great place, especially if you can go with company (another couple with kids, or two couples). We went just by ourselves and the kids 4 and 7. The kids LOVED the pool. The indoor pool area connects to an outside pool, which during warm weather would be great, but during this cold spell made the temp inside the indoor pool rather chilly, especially for younger kids. If you stay in the water you're fine, but outside, brrr. We spent about 1.5 hrs each time in the pool and then back to the room. During the week only one restaurant is open, which limits dining options. During the weekend, we tried their Italian restaurant (Bistro) and it was great. The room (we stayed in a suite) was very comfortable (fire place, outside patio, two TVs, kitchenette with fridge, stove, coffee maker, toaster, dish washer) and washer/dryer. Definitely a great place, and a short drive from NYC. All of that is on the pro side. The con side: other than the pool, not much to do with little kids in the winter. That being said, all of us had a very nice and relaxing time. "
  • Coco Key Water Resort in NJ - Member writes:
    "Not too big, kids had fun, smells very bad (chlorine?), only junk food available. Kids loved it. It's very cold inside. They have the AC on full blast. Those cheapskates dont turn the heat on enough."


  • Mystic, Connecticut. 2.5 hrs from NYC - Cute little town. Mystic Seaport - historical attraction for exploring a re-created 19th century village with "working shops> Discovery Barn - where kids learn about about life at sea. Mystic Aquarium.  Historic District - with shops, ice cream parlours, etc. 
  • Coastal Connecticut, Fairfield County or further north even. You will have some nice beaches along the sound and if you drive inland a bit you can have a more rural environment. Great restaurants, activities for kids, and still within a reasonable driving distance.


  • Cape Cod - about 5 hrs from NYC - great beaches, seafood restaurants, whale watching
  • The Berkshires in MA
  • Marthas vineyard - an island south of Cape Cod. Member writes:  "the best family vacation!"


  • Smuggler's Notch - great resort for kids



  • Rhode Island - Rose island.
  • Washington, DC
  • Baltimore - Medieval times, amazing National Aquarium, B & O Railroad Museum (one of the best and u get to take a ride), port discovery. Urban Pirates Family Adventure - cruise . 
  • Virginia - Member writes: "I'm from va originally and it's a great place to vacation. If you stay somewhere by ocean front, you can drive to do Busch gardens and water country while there. It's about a 40 minute drive. VA beach gets lots of youngsters going to clubs at night in the area, but if you don't mind the mix of relaxing and party loud, it's a great spot. Otherwise stay in Williamsburg, you'll be away from the beach but there's lots to do. Norfolk is about 15mins from VA beach, you could stay at waterside (great spot) walking distance to nauticus which is lots of fun for kids, and few minutes drive to Norfolk zoo."



  • Bear Mountain
  • There is a swamp trail along NJ turnpike by exit 17 Secaucus.
  • Bushkill Falls.
  • Harriman State Park. Bear Mnt. is actually a part of it, but there are many many trails, some easy nice day hikes. A couple of places offer views of the City.
  • Travel to town of Coldspring, NY and select a hike from there.
  • Lake Minnewaska near New Paltz is relatively close and has easy trails and amazing views. I am not a regular hiker but I was able to do it when 5 months pregnant.
  • Check out this site
  • In Nj there's South Mountain reservation and Watchung reservation. Lake minuaska


  • Liberty Science Center (NJ and yes for toddlers too!)
  • Trip to White Post Farms(LI),
  • Please Touch Museum(Philadelphia),
  • Long Island - LI Children's Museum and other surrounding museums.
  • Legoland Discovery Center - Yonkers, NY
  • Crayola Experience, Easton, PA
  • Philadelphia Zoo