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Road Trip Destinations

Lugging three kids in car seats on road trips through the United States may sound difficult. Add the fact that our kids have motion sickness and you may think it is a special kind of hell. The reward, however, far outweighs the challenge of getting there.  Our destinations guide to road trip destinations with kids in the USA highlights the light at the end of the tunnel.

Whether it’s camping on a farm, kicking back on the beach, being in awe of the big city, enjoying our national parks, or focusing on history, travel with kids offers unparalleled educational experience.

Our road trip destinations with kids in the USA focus on culture and nature so we tend to avoid major tourist resorts and Disneyesque adventures.  Instead our goal is to provide immersive educational experiences.

Culture

We want to help the kids recognize that there is rich and diverse culture in the United States.  Sometimes there is as much of a cultural gap between our home “town” of New York City and Huntington, West Virginia as there is between NYC and a place like Abu Dhabi.

Nature

Mother nature has so much to offer, and is an excellent retreat from the energy of the big city.  There is also so much to learn from the vast ecological diversity that can be attained on a short drive from home.

entertrainment junction ohio
Midwest, Road Trips

Tips for Visiting EnterTRAINment Junction in Cincinnati, Ohio

Whether you are a West Chester County local family, live a bit further north in Ohio or south into Kentucky, or like us, needed a half-day of kids entertainment while visiting family near Cincinnati, EnterTRAINment Junction is worth the trip! And unlike most amusement adventures, this one is as fun for the adults as it is the kids. We are sharing our tips on ticket discounts, making the most of each exhibit, and where to get food in the neighborhood to refuel after a day of fun.

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As soon as you enter Dia:Beacon with the kids their imaginations start to run wild
New York City, Northeast, Road Trips

Escape the chaos of NYC with a day trip to Dia:Beacon with Kids

Dia:Beacon is a contemporary art museum that rests on the shores of the Hudson River, conveniently located a short drive or train ride north of the hustle and bustle of New York City.  Past the well-manicured lawns and inside the modest building live a collection of impressive installations that stretch the limits of what you may expect to find in an art museum. The abstract nature, as well as the size of the galleries, are precisely what make Dia:Beacon an approachable art museum with kids.

Aside from the art itself, the journey to Dia:Beacon with kids either by road or by train along the Hudson River provides a welcome respite from the horn honking, occasional smells, and breakneck pace of the city.  Skirt along the Harlem and Hudson Rivers, watch the Columbia University crew team row about and gaze at the grace of sailboat gliding by. Upon arrival, the vast well lit galleries covering over three floors provide a great opportunity to simply exhale and engage the imagination.

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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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New York City, Northeast, Road Trip Destinations

Rockettes Christmas Spectacular with Kids

Since 1933 families have been enjoying the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. The iconic theatre, mesmerizing synchronized dancing, a live-animal nativity, and Santa Claus himself round out a truly magical childhood experience for the holidays. After nearly a decade in NYC we finally checked off this bucket-list item ourselves this year. And as always did the research to bring you a complete guide for an amazing experience seeing the Rockettes with your kids. From where to buy tickets, the best seats in the house, and local good eats for before or after the show, this guide covers it all.

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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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