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New York Metro Apple Farms – U-Pick ‘Em And Enjoy

The late summer and early fall is pick your own apples time, and a day at a New York Metro U-Pick farm is the perfect staycation or basis for a cheap weekend getaway for many area families. Follow my family to the countryside in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut for the best P-Y-O apple and pumpkin picking farms in the tristate metropolitan area. If...

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Christmas In New York – The City’s Best Holiday Attractions

Grab the kids and get into the Christmas spirit by experiencing all that New York City has to offer during the November to January winter holidays, when most family activities are free. Recently, I’ve been bursting at the seams with holiday spirit (I had too much to eat at Thanksgiving), and being in the city that never sleeps, I’ve found an endless list of activities...

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All American Thanksgiving Celebrations

A Thanksgiving recipe for fun: FTF's A-Z guide to local events marking the settlers' gratitude, from traditional eats to marathons. Thanksgiving, the quintessential American holiday, was first celebrated in 1621 by the pilgrim settlers to show thanks for the bountiful harvest that would see them through the long winter. Throughout the years, we have continued the tradition by enjoying feasts...

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Manhattan Movie Madness: New York’s Film Locations

Walking around Manhattan on a cold and windy day in December is not how I wanted to spend a Friday morning with a friend from out of town. But, during her weekend visit from Toronto, Michelle (being the television and movie buff that she is) was very eager to finally see all of the buildings, restaurants and street corners that she's come to know and love from movies and TV shows. So we...

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New York City Hosts Free And Cheap Halloween Festivities

Starting in early September, carved pumpkins, spooky ghosts and candy treats permeate every corner of New York City, spreading the spirit of autumn and the impending Halloween, across the five boroughs, from early October through All Hallows' Eve. Whether it's watching the world-famous Village Halloween Parade or taking the family to discounted Broadway shows, there is no shortage...

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New York Halloween Getaways Upstate

Within a few hours of well-lit Manhattan, the dark dreary forests, fog-shrouded bogs and haunted houses of the Hudson Valley come to life at Halloween. This tranquil region along the Hudson River and upstate New York in Westchester, Dutchess, Orange and Ulster Counties is bursting with fun things themed to the holiday. First, you should...

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Lighthouses For The Night

August 7th is National Lighthouse Day and if you've never thought about staying in one, this is your chance.  In 1789, the United States passed an Act in support of all lighthouses, beacons, and public piers. More than 200 years later, several historic beacons offer affordable, family-friendly lodging along the East and West coasts of North America. When compared to...

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Apple Picking And Pick Your Own Pumpkins

Whether you're hungry or looking for a cheap staycation, u-pick apple orchards and pumpkin picking  at a local farm are among Fall's best family getaways. Read along as the apple-a-day FTF staff divulges the best places across America to pick your own fruit. As the days begin to shorten and the leaves begin to change, apple picking and pumpkin picking...

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Niagara Falls Canada

Niagara Falls is arguably Canada’s most recognized destination worldwide. While the U.S. side has the more natural New York State Park protecting its pretty shoreline, the commercially developed Canadian shore actually does boast of a closer and more dramatic view of the Falls. Yet, both the Canadian and American sides of Niagara Falls attract a wide mix of visitors, from the typical honeymooners...

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Cheap New York City Airport Transportation

Here are some of the most convenient and cheap ways to reach JFK, LaGuardia or Newark Airports in time for your flight. New York City has the highest density of air travelers of almost any place in America. Yet, getting to and from any of the three major metro airports can be a slow, tedious and expensive proposition.  If you need to reach a New York metro airport without...

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