Need fall-themed plans this year? With autumn right around the corner, The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, an electrifying event, will make a return in 2021. With more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’ lanterns, visitors will see intricate carved pumpkin designs, including scenes from the New York City skyline to an under-the-sea display. Families of all ages will appreciate the magical glow of the impressive exhibits.
Since the event began in 2005, it has grown into what it is today: Hudson Valley’s biggest Halloween event. This year, the event expanded from the Hudson Valley area to a second location in Long Island at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. The Hudson Valley location sells out every year, so booking early to reserve a spot is an absolute must.
For even more fall fun, check out Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow as both towns have Halloween-themed events. Watch out for the headless horseman riding around, enjoy a puppet show, engage with live street actors, and listen to the story of Sleepy Hollow. A full list of other Halloween events in the area are listed on the official Historic Hudson Valley website. For adults, travel down the road to Captain Lawrence Brewing Company for food, beer and spirits, or Wolf & Warrior Brewing Company for drinks before checking out the nearby shops.
The Great Jack O’Lantern blaze runs Sept. 17–Nov. 21.
When traveling with kids, a lot of factors come into play to ensure happiness and interest. The Family Vacation Guide researched Tripadvisor’s traveler reviews to determine the Top 100 Cities in the United States. Consider these cities when deciding where to vacation. From kid-friendly places to eat, hotels, attractions, ease of navigation and access to options, here are the top 10-ranked cities for kids according to real, family travelers’ reviews.
Disney Parks around the world shut down for months due to the global pandemic. Since then, most parks reopened, but with restrictions like limited capacity, no Fast Passes and more. Guests hoped they would bring back the beloved Fast Pass, allowing guests to skip long lines and head straight to the ride.
The St. Regis Punta Mita encourages guests to take a break from devices with the Disconnect to Reconnect experience. The offer promotes a digital detox, focusing instead on physical and mental wellness.
Before Disney Parks around the world shut down due to the global pandemic, guests were allowed to purchase and enter the parks with an Annual Pass. This ticket let visitors enter the parks multiple times a year, get discounts on food and merchandise, and more. Since reopening, Disney dropped the Annual Pass due to lower capacity and the reservation system. Recently, Disneyland Resort announced a new pass system for frequent visitors: the Magic Key Holder. There are a couple different levels for the passes, so make sure you do your research before purchasing.
Eastern State Penitentiary announced Halloween Nights, a new iteration of its Halloween celebration for 2021. From the creators of its Terror Behind the Walls, Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary transforms abandoned cellblocks and courtyards into newly designed immersive environments, featuring large-scale video projections and other special effects. Sections of the complex will be open to the public for the first time ever.
It’s time for fun and celebration as we announce the winners of our 2021 Wherever Awards, in its fourth year. Congratulations to all the amazing winners!