A lot of people look at Manhattan as the perfect travel destination for adults. But I discovered that it can also be a great place to visit with kids. It actually offers things that can keep families busy for days.
4 Things To Do In Manhattan with Kids:
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1. Central Park – Many of the attractions in this park were created specifically for kids. Some of them are: Central Park Zoo, Belvedere Castle’s woods and water exhibit, the Central Park carousel (opened from April to November), storytelling next to the Hans Christian Anderson Statue, boat rides, swimming, Puppet Theater, fishing and even ice skating in winter.
2. Double Decker Tour buses – There are many variations of this tours being offered. In it you can explore different parts of the city on board of a double decker bus while a guide tells you fun stories and information about the landmarks and streets you go through. It is a great way to see the city in a fun and fast way so kids can enjoy it without getting bored.
3. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum – The intrepid museum is dedicated to teaching about history, science and to honor war heroes, all of this on board of the USS Intrepid. They offer historical recreations, flight simulators, tours inside of a submarine as well as other outdoor interactive exhibits and activities for all ages. There is even a Space Shuttle Pavilion.
4. American Museum of Natural History – This is one of the most famous museums of the world. its mission is to discover, interpret and disseminate information about nature, the different human cultures through time and about the universe. Among the permanent exhibits that they have are: Biodiversity, Birds Reptiles and Amphibians, Earth & Planetary Sciences, fossils, human origins, Theodore Roosevelt and the Discovery room (for kids from 5 to 12 years old).
These 4 family friendly places in Manhattan guarantee at least 4 days of fun for the whole family.
If people have a problem with camping, it’s traditionally because they feel it lacks the comforts they expect from a holiday. Well, what if you could have all the adventure of camping as well as a little luxury? With Canvas, you can.
Camping with a difference
Canvas Holidays offer high-quality, luxury camping holidays for all the family. There’s no need to drag your own tent around with you: Canvas will pitch your tent so it’s ready and waiting for you. Not only that, but their tents are spacious and fully equipped with all the mod-cons associated with a private villa, including a fully-functional kitchen area with hobs, a fridge and BBQ facilities.
Choice of campsites
There’s also complete flexibility and choice. You can choose from a wide variety of campsites all over Europe, each with their own unique character and features, so you can opt for the one that best suits your holiday needs.
For those looking for an active holiday, there are plenty of sites that offer swimming pools, waterslides, tennis and golf. For those of you looking for a bit of rest and relaxation, check out the sites offering luxury spa services. There’s also plenty of opportunity to sit out in the sun with a good book and let the stresses and worries of everyday life slip away.
When the sun goes down, why not fire up the BBQ and sit out under the stars? You’ll be far enough away from the city lights to get a great view of the cosmos above, without light pollution from populated areas diminishing your view.
With each accommodation option, you get your own outdoor space – an area you can take some time out and relax on your own. If you’re bringing children, it’s an area they can play in where you can keep a close eye on them. It’s also a place you can park your car.
Of course, camping doesn’t necessarily mean tents. On top of the Maxi Tents, Canvas also offer luxury lodges, ranging from two-bedroom Deluxe Lodges all the way up to wooden bungalows (exclusive to Cambrills Park). There’s also a wide range of fully equipped, fixed mobile homes to choose from, providing you with a home away from home.
When you arrive, you’ll receive a warm welcome. Canvas’ friendly staff will be happy to help you with any queries you have about the facilities or your accommodation. They can also provide you with tips and information about the surrounding area, so you can find the best spots to eat, drink and buy food you can cook yourself, like fresh fish.
You’ll find great deals on camping holidays with Canvas throughout the season and booking is easy. Simply head over to the website or call on 0845 268 0827 where you can speak to the friendly staff, who will be happy to help you book or answer any questions you might have.
During the first three months of the year, the Central and South American countries explode with the wildest, loudest, liveliest, and most colorful carnival celebrations the world over. While all of these celebrations come complete with amazing, colorful costumes, parades, music, and all of the celebratory craze that you might find at any Mardi Gras in the United States, each has its own style, flare, and expectations. Consider this list of the most exciting carnivals that can be found throughout Central and South America.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – This is by the most famous (and largest) carnival celebration that occurs in the world. The event dates change, but usually fall within the middle to end of February, and attracts millions from all over the planet. Each year has a different theme, and dance parades called “samba schools” from various neighborhoods take to the streets to show off their costumes and moves. Costume balls and street parties fill the streets with music and floats that are surrounded by the constant flow of music, food, drink, and dancing.
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Panama City, Panama – Carnival celebrations explode all over Panama, but the largest by far is held in Panama City, Panama. Like the celebrations that take place in Rio, carnival parties are generally held sometime within the last two weeks of February. Complete with impressive parades and Panamanian music and food, another unique aspect of this particular celebration has to do with water. Water “fights” are common, and generally involve citizens dousing each other with buckets of water in the oncoming heat. If you’re able to get to Panama during this time of year, make sure to stop by for a party in the capital of Panama.
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Bolivia – Carnival in Bolivia tends to be a bit more religious and conservative than many other celebrations across South America, so for those who want orthodox tradition, folkloric themes, and religious dedication is what major cities throughout the country offer. Beer is still consumed during the celebrations, but unlike other, more rowdy celebrations, it might be difficult to find spirits or wild, drunken tourists flooding the streets of Bolivia’s towns and cities. Locals generally dress up as devils and dance until all demonic spirits are removed from the country. A 5 km long parade giving remembrance to strong Catholic celebrations, Spanish conquest, and theological fights between good and evil.
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Gualeguaychú, Argentina – If you are able to make it to the southernmost area of South America during the last week of March, Gualeguaychú is the place to visit. By far not the largest carnival festival on the continent, it is one of the last. The party generally ends in Argentina, but visitors will still love all the things these parades and scantily-clad women bring to the festivities. When the party ends on March 19th, a massive fiesta begins, and everyone heads toward a giant stadium in the city to enjoy food, drink, and great music to wrap up the party until next year.
Angie Picardo is a writer at NerdWallet’s TravelNerd blog, where you can find money saving tips on how to save up for a Carnival sojourn by setting financial goals.
4 of the Best Carnivals of the Central and South American Countries
The Cliff Walk in Newport is located on the eastern shore of Rhode Island. Aside from being a 3.5 mile public, National Recreation Trail in a Historic District, it is a place that offers exceptionally beautiful views on both sides. This makes a fantastic day trip for people of all ages, including families, and you don’t need to spend a cent.
6 Things To See on the Cliff Walk in Newport:
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1. The beautiful architecture of the homes along the shore line that tell stories from Newport’s gilded age.
2. The forty steps, this is a stone staircase that takes you down to a balcony over the sea, from where you can enjoy amazing views.
3. The northern tip of the cliff walk, the best place to visit for families, and the starting point, since it is paved and in very good conditions.
4. If you are interested in looking at the architectural beauties of the area visit the Salve Regina section. From here you can see a castle, gorgeous university buildings and tons of beautiful homes.
5. There is a section of the walk where you will find a couple of tunnels, each of about a quarter mile long. This section is also a place where you get to see 3 stunning mansions that will blow your mind.
6. After you pass through the second tunnel you will find the Rough Point Bridge. This is a great place to rest while you see the waves crashing.
If you manage to do all 3.5 miles, a fun way to return to your car or the point where you started, is to take a trolley.
NOTE: If you are coming with a baby keep in mind that only the northern side has access for carriages.
If you want a relaxed day with amazing views during your trip to Rhode Island, definitely consider visiting the Cliff Walk in Newport. You won’t be disappointed!
What to See on the Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island
Skiing as a recreational activity for families that is becoming very popular. Each year more and more families are traveling to places from around the world that offer slopes covered by snow. As a sport it was born in the European countries, but it also became a popular activity in Latin America.
For a fun family adventure in the snow you can visit the Latin American countries of Chile and Argentina. The Andes that divide these two countries have been a major skiing destination since 1966. A lot of people see the Andes as a strip of snowed mountains that lead to the end of the world.
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Because of the attention that the area around the Andes gets, it is a place with tons of different lodging options. You can find anything from a skiing resort to a luxury ski chalet. there is something for everyone out there!
Also when you plan a skiing vacation to Argentina or Chile, be sure to plan it around the month of June to October. These are the months when weather is the best for skiing, and the slopes are more varied.
If you are worried about finding something for your level, this part of South America also offers wide-open snowfields and well-groomed runs for beginners as well as some of the steepest and deepest off-piste powder in the world.
So take a chance and experience a skiing vacation. If you visit Latin America you are guaranteed to have a great time.