The winter is approaching, and the kids will soon be off from school. Wouldn’t it be nice to take them on a family vacation without all of the hassle and expense of a big vacation. Here are my favorite three places my family and I have traveled to without going far from home.
1. Mountain Creek located in Vernon NJ – If your family loves to ski, this place is great and very close to home. Mountain Creek has 45 trails and 9 lifts. They offer skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, Alpine skiing, and night skiing. They have a vertical drop of 1040 ft. They are open between 9 and 10pm daily. Kids under the age of 6, get in free. If you don’t have your own equipment, they have rentals. There is plenty of lodging nearby. However, there is none on site. If you are going to stay and ski for a few days, they offer deals on multiple lift tickets. If you want a place a little less crowded and a couple dollars cheaper, I would also recommend Camelback Ski Resort in the Pocono Mountains.
2. Great Wolf Lodge located in the Pocono Mountains, PA – Indoor water park and lodging. If you don’t want to spend your vacation out in the cold, then this is place to go. Great Wolf is great for the entire family. They have an indoor water park, as well as an arcade, a MagiQuest (fantasy) game, a Spa and so much more. The only catch with Great Wolf is that you must stay overnight to use their water park. The plus side, you can use the water park until it closes on the day of checkout. (They have changing rooms). Typically prices start at around $200 a night for the family. You can purchase their meal plan, which is a great deal, but you are very limited to what food you can get. They do offer all sorts of different rooms. They have options ranging from bunk beds to separate rooms for the parents and children. In addition to this being a really great place in itself, its very close to other attractions in the Pocono region.
3. New York City- There are tons of museums: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Museum of Natural History, The Guggenheim, and the Van Courtland House are just the beginning. You can dine at restaurants of any ethnicity you can imagine. Take a horse and buggy ride around Central Park, visit the Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, Times Square. See a Broadway show, visit Battery Park and Southstreet Seaport. The possibilities are endless. NYC is sure to please your entire family, no matter what there age and interests are. There is so much culture, education, and history to take in. I recommend visiting a website like NYCgo.com to help you plan your itinerary. Whether it be for the day, or if you plan to stay for the week, you can get there by car, train, bus, and even ferry.