When I look back on our travels in 2015, some of our highlights took place far away from home, such as Italy, while others were close-by in our home state of New York. Something I always think of in regards to travel (particularly family travel), is that a great trip or adventure can happen anywhere, even 10 minutes away. While there is a long list of places and far-away countries I’m dying to see, the reality is life can make it hard to travel all the time. There’s jobs, school, commitments…not to mention traveling is expensive! Not that I’m complaining – we did go abroad this summer – but sometimes it’s overwhelming to think of all the exotic places I wish we could go. So I try to keep things in perspective for my family and focus on local trips as much as far away ones. Experiences are experiences, after all, and the more exposure my girls have to all sorts of places, the more I hope to fill and broaden their little minds.
Below is a list of some of our favorite places visited during 2015. Each of them is linked up to its respective post(s), so to read more, just click away.
Rome: I’ve visited pre-kids, and was feeling a little overwhelmed at the prospect of taking our girls this summer, but Rome proved me wrong. It was surprisingly an amazing place to take the fam, and didn’t feel nearly as daunting as I thought it would. See my Top 8 Things to See and Do with Kids.
Steamboat Springs, CO (summertime): Who would think this Colorado ski town would be a place to visit during the summer. But with loads of outdoor activities, and a vibrant downtown, we can’t get enough. For more posts, see Adventure Time and Shopping + Hot Springs.
New York City Highlights:
The Highline: Everyone’s favorite public park and converted railway line.
The SeaGlass Carousel + Battery Park: this magical carousel is an other-worldly experience in one of New York’s greatest parks with spectacular views.
Classic New York: a tour of our NYC “whirlwind” and all places classic, including the Empire State building, Serendipity restaurant, the Plaza, MoMA, Grand Central and more.
Wave Hill: this public garden and art space overlooking the Hudson in the Bronx is a NYC gem and one of our favorite places in the city.
Hudson Valley, NY:
Storm King Art Center: With over 500 acres of beautiful fields and landscape in which to exhibit world-class sculptures, this is one of our favorite go-to’s.
Cold Spring, NY: Just 50 miles north of NYC, visiting this town for the day feels like you’ve gone on vacation.
Walkway Over the Hudson: World’s longest elevated pedestrian bridge!
Mount Peter: New York’s oldest ski mountain and the BEST place to start your kids on skis.
Stone Barns: We love this farm, located in the bucolic setting of Pocantico Hills, NY.
Croton Dam: this thundering waterfall will please any kid.
Ward Pound Ridge: Westchester’s biggest park, and beautiful to explore year-round.
Mystic: What’s not to love about this quaint New England sea side town!
Ridgefield: Another CT charmer
Skytop Lodge: located in Skytop, Pennsylvania, this lodge epitomizes family-friendly hotels, with every activity under the sun awaiting you.
Naples: an ideal place for families to visit, as there is just so much to do in this beautiful Gulf Shore town. If you want both beach and culture, you’ll love Naples. And if you’re a foodie, this is your town.
And that does it. Happy New Year and thanks for your readership!