After being cooped up at home for the last few months, it’s safe to assume many people are itching to get out and explore, maybe even escape for a few days.
Travel is slowly coming back, giving many the hope for a summer vacation. If you don’t have one planned yet it’s not too late — consider planning a family trip to The Hamptons in New York. For those of you thinking The Hamptons is a place for rich socialites, you’re wrong — there are plenty of family activities.
For animal- and nature-loving families don’t miss out on the Elizabeth Morton National Wildlife Refuge. Although it’s mostly known for hiking and bird watching, you can also see chipmunks, wild turkey and frogs. Head to the 1.2-mile Wild Bird trail to hike through wooded and beach areas. During the summer months make sure to visit on Saturday mornings for family-friendly activities, including arts and crafts.
Another popular place for animal and nature lovers is the South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center where guests can get a close-up view of the native wildlife. Kids are given an eye-level view of the habitats of various local animals, including reptiles, birds, amphibians and marine animals. Pick up a field guide or ask an educator to give you a tour. Explore the various floors and outdoor space while learning and engaging with animals.
If your family isn’t interested in nature, head to the Children’s Museum of the East End, a must-visit for kids of all ages. The guests are encouraged to play, run and touch everything; climb on blocks; go down slides; dress up as a firefighter or pirate; go fishing with magnets; learn about farm animals and veggies; and more. Once you’ve explored inside, adventure outside and follow the rainbow path to the amphitheater, picnic tables, butterfly garden and even an educationally themed mini-golf course.
Main Beach, on Ocean Avenue in East Hampton, is the place to go for days in the sun, sand and surf — make sure to get there on the earlier side to get a prime spot because it fills up fast. Spend the day relaxing on the beach and playing with the kids in the ocean. If you work up an appetite, grab a bite to eat from the cash-only snack bar.
If your family travel brings you to the greater New York City region, opt for a taste of nostalgia (or the grown-ups and fun and imagination for the kids at American Dream’s Nickelodeon Universe. Since I don’t have children, I recruited my best friend and her 6-year-old twins, Declan and Delaney, to help me check out the Nickelodeon-themed theme park and all the ways it brings to life favorite characters from cartoons both past and present, like Rugrats!, which I watched as a child, and Spongebob Square Pants, which is more Declan’s speed.
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There was a time when traveling by private jet was reserved for the ultra-rich and celebrities looking for luxury and privacy, but, in recent years, a new model of private jet travel opened the door for all of us, including family travelers, to experience this mode of luxury travel.
Family travelers, there’s a new attraction coming to Saudi Arabia, as it prepares to welcome the country’s first and the region’s largest water theme park, currently under development at Qiddiya, the future Capital of Entertainment, Sports and Culture. Qiddiya will sit outside the capital of Riyadh. Falcon’s Creative Group is behind the park’s master plan.
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