- By Kevin
- On Jul 18, 2017
- North America
- Travel Tips
Families fond of history tours will love a trip to the QUEENS, NEW PALTZ, ALBANY, or Schuyler Mansion, the former home of U.S. Senator and Revolutionary War General Philip Shuyler. And New York getaways for families summer vacation shared with you.
QUEENS, NEW YORK
Offering a quintessential experience for visitors from all over the globe, Queens is a spectacular borough to visit and explore when navigating the busy streets of New York City. If you only have time to see one museum on your trip to Queens, you must under no circumstances miss out on the MoMA PS1, one of the largest museums in America dedicated solely to contemporary art. On the other hand, at the New York Hall of Science, there are over 400 hands-on science and technology exhibits to navigate and use to expand your knowledge.
If the city is getting to be a little too much for you, retreat to the gorgeous Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and watch the diamondback turtles laying their eggs while enjoying the breeze of the open water and salt marshes. Equally worth a visit is the largest urban beach in the country, Rockaway Beach, which even features a sunken ship just off Pier Five that is perfect for a quick diving expedition. Families traveling with youngsters or animal lovers in general should pay a visit to the Queens Zoo and Aquarium to meet the 75 species of animals currently residing on the spacious 18-acre premises.
NEW PALTZ, NEW YORK
Set off on a charming vacation to the small and idyllic town of New Paltz nestled between the beautiful city of Albany and the vibrant and lively New York City. New Paltz features a gorgeous landscape that simply takes your breath away. One of these beautiful views can be found at the Minnewaska State Park, which offers visitors use of newly opened camping facilities and access to over 50 miles of trails. Equally beautiful is the Mohonk Preserve, which spans over 8,000 acres of land perfect for guests looking to take part in some recreational activities like hiking or biking. An easy yet still scenic stroll can be enjoyed at the 22-mile long path at the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail.
Wine aficionados can pay a visit to the Robidero Family Vineyards to taste some exquisite artisanal wine, while family fun and apple picking on a 300 acre farm is exactly what Dressel Farms is all about. Take advantage of New Paltz's unobstructed view of the sky and head to the John R. Kirk Planetarium to see images of stars, planets, and stunning astronomical images projected onto the planetarium's dome. Of course, trips to local art exhibits are always worth the time, so pay a visit to G. Steve Jordan Gallery to see New Paltz captured in photographs or to the DM Weil Gallery where guests are promised an exciting experience.
ALBANY, NEW YORK
Explore the rich history, culture, and art that Albany has to offer at its many attractions and must-see locations. The sightseeing opportunities in Albany are endless and are made even better when exploring the city with your family in tow. An enjoyable family tour starts at the Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza, a complex of buildings built between 1965 and 1976 that includes the Legislative Office Building and the Swan Street Building. Also worthy of touring is the Corning Tower, which features an observation deck on the 42nd floor and an incredible view of the city and the Hudson River.
One mustn't forget to stop by Albany City Hall and the New York State Capitol either. Stop by the Washington Park to enjoy the shade of giant oaks or to admire the beautifully constructed Lakehouse Amphitheater and statues. For culture and history, the New York State Museum offers excellent and significant collections of historical artifacts. Equally exciting is the Albany Institute of History and Art, one of the country's oldest museums, which is devoted to the history, heritage, art, and culture of Albany and the Upper Hudson Valley area.