Author

Mike Baron

Our boys at Pier 25
New York City, Northeast, Road Trip Destinations, Road Trips

Top 15 cheap activities with kids in NYC

As you plan your big trip to NYC you are no doubt wondering if the city will be welcoming and accommodating toward your little ones. Millions of kiddos are being raised in NYC but to an outsider finding the BEST and cheap kid-friendly activities will take a little digging. Being from the Midwest and raising three kids in the city we are bringing the honest info you need to make this a great trip. Here in this top 15 list, we have included the usual suspects with added kid-specific visiting tips and included a few lesser-known spots where actual New Yorkers entertain their kids! All of these events are cheap or free and we have indicated the best age for your enjoyment. 

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family backpacking gear laid out.
Camping and Hiking, Camping and Hiking Tips, Travel Tips

The Ultimate Family Backpacking Checklist

So you’re ready to step it up a notch and hike your kids into the wild. You want to get away from the car campsite, where RV’s and motor homes wouldn’t dream of reaching. A backpacking adventure with kids is a fantastic way to truly unplug and enjoy nature. Whether you’re an experienced backpacker, or just dipping your toes in at a walk-in campsite, with our family backpacking checklist, you should wander into the trees with confidence.

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Times Square
New York City, Road Trip Destinations, Travel Tips

How to get from JFK to Times Square, or anywhere near Midtown Manhattan

Getting from JFK to Times Square (or anywhere near Midtown such as the Port Authority Bus Terminal) can seem like an overwhelming first task in the city that never sleeps. To ease the stress, we are here to tell you that the voyage is actually quite easy. To make it even easier, I compiled a step by step visual guide to get you from JFK to Times Square. As a local, I answer this exact question literally multiple times per day so I finally spent a weekend visiting each terminal collecting good visual cues to make it easy.

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Rowan at the Pacific Ocean in Costa Rica
Central America, International Destinations, International Travel

Everything you need to know before your first time to Costa Rica with kids

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Costa Rica is a top bucket list destination for many families. Planning your first time in Costa Rica can be overwhelming sorting through the sheer volume of information and things to do. We know this because we went through it last year when planning for our family of 5. No matter where you end up in Costa Rica however, you’ll find it is a great value in terms of safety, affordability, and education for parents looking to have a great time together as a family and help develop little global citizens.

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Renting a car with babies and toddlers and this guy in Costa Rica
Central America, International Destinations, International Travel, Travel Tips

Things to know about renting a car with toddlers in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a bucket list destination for many and land of endless beauty. It has a dramatic ecosystem that spans lush cloud forests in the mountains, an active volcano, and stunning beaches on both the east and the west. While a prearranged tour will surely get you from point to point, having the flexibility to pull over to peer over at the alligators under the bridge or extend your conversation with the local Tico at the corner soda really enhances the experience. The only way to really embrace a Costa Rican immersion with your toddler is by renting a car.

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