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Saturdays 8-5:30 (Closed Sundays)
700 Lawlins Road
Wyckoff, NJ 07481
Welcome to ABMA’S family farm, where everything homegrown is raised with love, picked or cooked daily, and served fresh. We’ve been part of the Wyckoff landscape for over 80 years. Eight decades and four generations later, we still pride ourselves on the personal touch, a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and providing the community with the highest-quality natural produce, poultry, eggs, baked goods and homemade specialties, as well as quality plants from our greenhouse.
Kids (and moms and dads, too) love to visit our petting zoo, pet the sheep or cow, feed carrot greens to the rabbits, see our baby chicks, fancy birds, goats, ponies, donkey, calf and pigs.
House, Gardens & Grounds, plus Exhibition (seasonal)
Seniors (62+): $14
Children (6-14): $8
Children (under 6): Free
Family of Four: $45 (additional $8 per person)
Gardens & Grounds, plus Exhibition (seasonal)
Children (6-14): $5
Children (under 6): Free
Family of Four: $30 (additional $6 per person)
1601 Route 9D (Bear Mountain Highway)
Garrison, NY, 10524 (click for directions)
Situated on a bluff on the east bank of the Hudson River, Boscobel House & Gardens offers its visitors inspirational and astounding views of the river and the Hudson Highlands. Completed in 1808 for the States Dyckman family, Boscobel House is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of Federal architecture in the country.
Boscobel’s experienced docents guide visitors through a step back in time with tours of Boscobel House.
The grounds – a magnificent rose garden, orangery, herb garden, springhouse, pond, fountain and woodland trail, complete with rustic cedar structures and glorious scenery – are open for independent strolling and picnicking. Also available is a self-guided audio tour of historic Hudson Valley stories, narrated by local legends, such as Pete Seeger.
Boscobel offers a variety of children’s programs and events, as well, either in-person at Boscobel or in the classroom with Boscobel’s Museum Educator. Educational programs at Boscobel provide students with an opportunity to engage with a wide range of topics including economic and social history, art appreciation, historical and contemporary environmental issues and more.
When at Boscobel, stop by the Visitors Center in the Carriage House to view a fascinating exhibit on the rescue and restoration of Boscobel, and sneak a little shopping in, too. Boscobel’s Museum Gift Shop offers unique and interesting items for all.
Boscobel’s Exhibition Gallery, located on the lower level of the mansion, is a calm and peaceful space showcasing exceptional (seasonal) art exhibits.
Boscobel is open April through December every day except Tuesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more information, including hours, directions and a calendar of events, please visit www.boscobel.org.
Monday- Friday 10-5 pm
Weekend and Holidays 10- 5:30 pm
Brook Hollows Barnyard
Tues-Sun 10- 5 pm
301 Rockaway Valley Rd
Boonton Twp, NJ 07005
On the first Saturday in May Brookhollow Farm welcomes onlookers to the fascinating experience of observing shearing. This is the time when alpacas from various farms are brought to Brookhollow for an incomparable shearing experience. Many able bodies are on hand to ease the stress of shearing for these alpacas and their owners.
In 1999, the Johanson Family made our first pilgrimage to an alpaca farm. It was love at first sight. Within a few days of that visit, Brookhollow Farm bought our first four alpacas and our foray into alpaca farming had begun. This number has grown exponentially to a herd size of approximately 130, featuring some of the finest alpacas in the country. Brookhollow’s purchase of Snowmass Invincible,Snowmass Nova and Snowmass Midnight Magic, whose world class genetics make them top-of-the-line among elite herdsires, brought national recognition to our farm. We further enhanced our breeding stock by purchasing some of the finest females in the country. Their crias are proving the wisdom of that decision. The Johanson Family is justifiably proud of our high class herd and welcomes visitors to meet Brookhollow’s high society girls and their equally superb crias.
Bear Mountain Zoo
Trailside Museums & Zoo is located at Bear Mountain State Park, on the western bank of the Hudson River.
Trailside has continued to evolve in exhibit expansion and rehab, in animal policy and philosophy. Currently it is home to four museums which include exhibits on local geology, Native American and colonial history, animal specimens in nature study, and live reptiles, amphibians and fish exhibits in the herpetology museum. Connecting these museums are winding nature trails that lead visitors by the bear den and other live animal exhibits and to spectular views of the Hudson River and Highlands.
Billy Beez Palisades Mall
Nyack, NY 10994
30 Centre Square
Easton, PA 18042
In a single day, you and your child can do everything from building a custom marker to animating your creations on a huge digital projection.
You will see how crayons are made in a live theatre show starring our animated crayon friends, Scarlet & Turk, and our resident Crayonologist – or you can personalize an authentic crayon label to create your own Crayola crayon.
Check out our attractions tab for a complete list of all our unique experiences.
10 am – 10 pm Most Days
4000 DORNEY PARK ROAD
ALLENTOWN, PA 18104
There is something for everyone at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom!
100 Pinedge Drive
West Berlin, NJ 08091
Summer Hours 10-8:30 pm
2249 Lincoln Highway East
Lancaster, PA 17602
With over 30 fun-filled rides, Duke’s Lagoon water play area, and live entertainment, Dutch Wonderland is the place “Where Kids RULE!” Our park is designed for families with young children in mind and offers a host of fun things to see and do.
Since opening on May 20, 1963, Dutch Wonderland has consistently been recognized as a premier family amusement park and has been voted one of the Top 5 Best Kid’s Park in the World by Amusement Today magazine. We invite you to plan a visit to find out why generations of families have visited us and proclaimed us to be A KINGDOM FOR KIDS!
Summer Hours 10 am – 11 pm
109 Brookside Avenue
Chester, NY 10918
The Castle Fun Center located in the heart of the Hudson Valley in Chester, NY. Just 10 minutes from Woodbury Commons and 50 miles from NYC, our activities include Ballocity, Roller Skating, Lazer Maze, Mini Bowling, Free Fall, Rock Climbing, Lazer Tag, Arcade and seasonal Go Karts, Mini Golf and Batting Cages! The Castle Golf Driving Range is just a half mile up the road in Goshen, NY!
FASNY Fire Museum– Click Here for Full Review!!!
10 a.m. to 5 p.m* Daily
* see specifications on the “Hours and Admission” page
117 Harry Howard Ave.
Hudson, NY 12534
Queensbury, New York 12804
Greenburgh Nature Center- Full Review in the Works!
99 Dromore Rd
Scarsdale, NY 10583
9:30am-4:30pm // Weekends:10am-4:30pm //Closed Fridays
The Greenburgh Nature Center (GNC) is a 33-acre nature preserve with trails, a pond and gardens. More than 70,000 visitors come to the GNC each year. The property is a significant wildlife habitat refuge, both for indigenous species and for the hundreds of species of migratory birds that use it as a resting place on their spring and fall travels. The property includes 30 acres of woodland, two significant wetland sites, and an old orchard succession site, which is used as a nesting area for Eastern box turtles.
Halfway Acres Farm
200 Purgatory Road
Campbell Hall, NY 10916
10- 10 pm
100 W. Hersheypark Drive
Hershey, PA 17033
Hershey’s Chocolate World is located just outside the main gate to Hersheypark. Guests can enjoy many activities, including the Great American Chocolate Tour Ride – Free to all visitors. Find out more.
Hersheypark has 12 thrilling roller coasters and over 65 rides and attractions including over 20 kiddie rides, so there is something for everyone to enjoy!
Hersheypark features 14 unique water attractions in The Boardwalk At Hersheypark. In addition, the Coal Cracker, a water flume attraction, is located in Minetown.
Please Note: The Boardwalk At Hersheypark is open Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend.
11 am – 8 pm
Free Admission- Pay Per Ride or buy Ride All Day Pass
391 Knoebels Blvd.
Elysburg, PA 17824
Strap in and get ready for some of the best amusement park rides anywhere! Enjoy the Grand Carousel, one of the very few where you can still catch the Brass Ring! Check out our two world-class roller coasters! The Phoenix has been voted the #2 Wooden Coaster in the world! Take a look around and check out all of rides, there’s over 50 of them! From 2 to 92 Knoebels has plenty of Fun, Food & Fantasy for everyone!
Land of Make Believe
10-6 pm Daily
354 Great Meadows Road – Rt. 611
Hope, NJ 07844
For 57 years, the Land of Make Believe has been entertaining families from the tri-state area. Family favorites include our million dollar Action River Ride, the Brand New Ferris Wheel, a Roller Coaster, Buccaneer Pirate & Wading Pool, Tilt-A-Whirl, Civil War Locomotive, Hayride, Old McDonald’s Farm, Middle-Earth Theater, “Black Hole” #1 Rated Waterslide, Grand Carousel, Sidewinder, Pirates Fort, Pirates Cannonball, Pirate’s Plunge, Jump Around Frog, Free Fallin’, Mining Company and Lots, Lots More.
As New Jersey’s Premiere Family Amusement & WaterPark, the Land of Make Believe features Safe and Wholesome recreation, entertainment and activities for real families like yours. You’ll find Exciting Rides, Shows, Attractions, Games, WaterPark, and Picnic Area on over 30 acres. The Land of Make Believe and Pirate’s Cove has been designed exclusively for an action-packed day of special family fun for parents and their children.
Legoland- READ OUR FULL REVIEW!!!
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center
39 Fitzgerald Street
Yonkers, NY 10710
How to find us:
We are located at Ridge Hill. For your GPS, please use: 1 Ridge Hill Boulevard, Yonkers, NY 10710
Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 7pm (last ticket sold at 5pm)
Friday – Saturday: 10am – 9pm (last ticket sold at 7pm)
The LEGOLAND® Discovery Center is a world of entertainment, color and creativity for families with children aged 3-10. We offer a wealth of attractions, 2 rides, 4D cinema and more! The average visit takes 2-3 hours, but you are welcome to stay and play as long as you like.
Liberty Science Center
Liberty State Park
222 Jersey City Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07305
Monday – Sunday: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk CT- Review in the Works!!
10 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT 06854
The Maritime Aquarium is different from most aquariums in that we focus solely on one body of water: Long Island Sound, the “Estuary of National Significance” just outside our doors. As an arm of the Atlantic Ocean, the Sound is an environment rich in aquatic life … even within sight of heavily urbanized New York City.
The marine population that we exhibit includes varieties of crabs, lobsters, mollusks (like delicious and economically important oysters and clams), game fish, jellies, sea turtles, sharks (big and small) and – in the winter – visiting seals.
Hours of Operation
200 Route 94
Vernon, NJ 07462
Mountain Creek is the New York/New Jersey Metro area’s closest ski resort. Located just 47 miles from NYC, Mountain Creek offers 167 skiable acres on four mountain peaks, 100% night skiing, the region’s most extensive snowmaking system and highest vertical at 1040′. Mountain Creek is also home to the region’s only true All-Mountain Terrain Park at South and Bear Peaks.
Four seasons of fun can be found at Mountain Creek! READ OUR FULL REVIEW!!
10 – 4 pm
51 Route 100
Somers, NY 10536
Muscoot Farm was originally a “Gentleman’s Farm” founded by Ferdinand T. Hopkins in 1880 and operated as a dairy farm until Westchester County acquired the property in the late 1960s. Today, Muscoot Farm is a Westchester County Park that strives to preserve and interpret its agrarian past. Visitors may stroll through the original barns, visit with the animals, participate in educational programs or hike the many miles of trails. There is something for everyone on Muscoot’s 777 acres!
New York Transit Museum
Tuesday – Friday 10:15 AM, 11:45 AM, and 1:30 PM
The Museum is closed on Mondays.
130 Livingston Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
New York City was the center of the world for the World’s Fairs that took place in Queens 50 and 75 years ago. Summer groups will be transported to those 1939 and 1964 celebrations by participating in a unique, interactive tour through our collection of vintage train cars and an activity that celebrates the cultures, innovations and wonder of the Fairs. Come take a journey through the past, the present, and into the future!
Apr 12, 2014 – Jun 29, 2014
Open Sat & Sun 11:00AM – 4:00PM
Jul 1, 2014 – Aug 28, 2014
Open Tues – Sun 11:00AM – 4:00PM
Sept 6, 2014 – Nov 16, 2014
Open Sat & Sun 11:00AM – 4:00PM
1010 State Route 17M
Monroe, NY 10950
Museum Village is a unique and inviting open-air historical museum which offers visitors the opportunity to explore vignettes of 19th century American life. Using a large collection of eclectic artifacts, the museum provides hands-on educational experiences and exhibits that illustrate the transition from a rural to an industrial culture and economy in America.
Palisades Climb Adventure
Ages 4-Adult (has a children’s course)
Monday-Thurs – 2:00PM to 9:00PM
Friday – 2:00PM to 10:00PM
Saturday – 11:00AM to 10:00PM
Sunday – 11:00AM – 7:00PM
4590 Palisades Center Drive
West Nyack, NY 10994
The World’s Tallest Indoor Ropes Course stands 85 feet tall and contains 5 levels of ropes! Visitors will encounter over 75 different obstacles!
Please Touch Museum
M-Sat 9- 5 pm
Sunday 11- 5 pm
Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park
4231 Avenue of the Republic
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Since 1976, Please Touch Museum has been the Children’s Museum of Philadelphia. Our museum was the first in the nation whose target audience was families with children seven and younger. We have grown into one of the best children’s museums in the nation, have become experts in play and have had our programs for under served families in the region nationally recognized. Our mission to enrich the lives of children by creating learning opportunities through play, enables us to lay the foundation for a lifetime of learning and cultural awareness.
100 Playland Parkway
Rye, NY 10580
Sahara Sams – Read our Full Review!
535 North Route 73
West Berlin, NJ
Indoor and Outdoor Water Park!
10- 8 pm
100 Sesame Rd
Langhorne, PA 19047
Includes dry fun, wet fun, shows and parades!
10- 6 pm
16 Old Route 9
West Fishkill, NY 12524
Stamford Museum and Nature Center
Mon.- Sat., 9 am – 5 pm; Sun., 11 am – 5 pm
39 Scofieldtown Road
Stamford, CT 06903
Stepping Stones Norwalk, CT
Memorial Day – Labor Day
Open Monday through Sunday
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Labor Day – Memorial Day
Open Tuesday through Sunday
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
303 West Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06850
Stepping Stones mission is to broaden and enrich the educational opportunities for children ages ten and under and enhance their understanding of the world. The museum seeks to create an environment that inspires lifelong learning and supports parents, caregivers and educators as facilitators of children’s explorations.
A premier multidimensional educational resource that provides exceptional and meaningful interactive learning experiences that enrich the lives of all children and families.
5 Pine Street Carver
All Aboard for Thomas Land!
A Top 3 Winner for Best New Amusement Park Attraction as chosen by readers of USA TODAY and 10Best.
Enter a world of imagination and wonder where both the young—and the young at heart—can discover the magic of Thomas & Friends™. Thomas Land theme park covers 11.5 acres within Edaville USA, bringing the Island of Sodor to life in a lush New England landscape. Families can visit iconic destinations including Knapford Station and Tidmouth Sheds and enjoy 11 themed rides featuring favorite characters like Cranky the Crane, Harold the Helicopter, and more!
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Monday through Saturday 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 5:30 pm
560 Northfield Avenue
West Orange, NJ 07052
From our smallest spider to the half-ton North American Bison in our Great Plains Exhibit, Essex County’s Turtle Back Zoo offers a look at more than 100 different species of native and exotic animals from five continents. Get up close and personal with our animals at our Essex Farm Petting Zoo, and don’t forget to take a tranquil ride through South Mountain Reservation on our miniature train. Come back often as we constantly are adding new and exciting natural habitat exhibits for our animals. Whether you spend a day or an afternoon, Turtle Back Zoo is a special place where children and their families can learn about animals and gain appreciation for nature
World of Wings
Museum ( Wednesday to Sunday ) : 10am to 6pm
*We are closed on every Monday & Tuesday [Except holiday Monday]
Atrium closes at 5:00PM
1775 Windsor Rd
Teaneck, NJ 07666
Wow believes that early childhood learning is the foundation and an essential factor in becoming a nurturing and creative individual. What and how they learn should not be restricted only to a classroom and textbooks, but rather they should constantly be exposed to new knowledge while they engage in fun plays and other activities throughout the day. WOW’s mission is to provide a space where a child’s mind can freely wander with curiosity, wonder and imagination as they interact with new innovative technology and by participating in creative activities. Another important mission is to create an environment where they can learn to appreciate and value the life and nature of living things by visiting our specially designed butterfly atrium and animal exhibits. WOW members hope to provide each child with a unique one-of-a-kind experience that will enable him or her to envision a higher standard of learning and living for the future.