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New York City skyline views at night as seen from the Circle Line celebrate the holidays -- big time! Photo c. Circle Line
Christmas In New York City – The Best Holiday Attractions

Grab the kids to experience Christmas in New York City with our guide to the best holiday attractions. The good news is, after two seasons of pandemic closures,...

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Family in snow gear outside Alta Lodge, Utah
The Best Ski and Snow Family Vacations

Finally, a year when families need our annual ski and snow family vacations guide! After several winters of meager natural snowfall, ski and snowsports resorts all over the West...

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Husky dog sits on hotel room balcony overlooking Whistler Village in British Columbia, Canada.
Pet-Friendly Ski And Snowsports Resorts

Many dog-loving, pet-friendly ski and snowsports resorts are ready when you want to hit the slopes. Since the pandemic, when pet ownership rose to new heights around the world,...

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Snoopy, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon.
Where To Watch New York’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Putting the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on this year's itinerary? Your family deserves a ringside seat. This amazing spectacle is outdoors, in person and even...

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Dubois Farms is one of the most scenic Hudson Valley U-pick apple farms.
Apple Picking In New York: Farms To PYO And Enjoy

Late summer and early fall are perfect for apple picking in New York at metro area U-Pick farms. According to, New York is #2 in the nation in the number of apple...

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This giant LEGO pumpkin took Master Builders hundreds of hours to assemble for Brick-or-Treat, the autumn festival at LEGOLAND New York.
Welcome LEGOLAND New York To The Catskills

LEGOLAND New York is an urban version of the colorful plastic brick theme park that successfully reflects its locale. Each of its seven themed Lands features LEGO-brick rides,...

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Kids in costume walk the Spooky Pumpkin Garden Trail during Fall-o-Ween at the New York Botanical Garden. Photo c. NYBG
Halloween in New York City for Free And Cheap Fun

Starting in early September, carved pumpkins, spooky ghosts and candy treats mark Halloween in New York City. Best yet, ghostly elves spread the spirit of autumn across the five...

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girl holding pumpkin
Haunted Houses, Halloween Ideas and Weekend Breaks

Candy sales, haunted houses, character costumes and spooky weekend breaks make all Halloween ideas an estimated $10.14 billion holiday. According to the National Retail Federation,...

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The Pumpkin Trail at Headless Horseman in Ulster County. Photo c. Haunted America
Upstate New York Halloween Getaways

Within a few hours of well-lit Manhattan, the dark dreary forests, fog-shrouded bogs and upstate New York Halloween haunts come to life for spooky autumn thrills. Explore the tranquil...

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