West Orange, New Jersey, is a great destination to visit with the family. Located 15 minutes from Manhattan in Essex County, New Jersey, West Orange offers something for everyone.
The Main Street Corridor features four distinct neighborhoods: Eagle Rock, Tory Corner, St. Marks and the Valley. Each offers unique boutiques, restaurants and attractions.
For the outdoorsy family, head to South Mountain Reservation. Set on 2,110 acres, the nature reserve is part of the Essex County Park System. The complex features 19 miles of hiking trails, an adventure course, picnic areas, playground, fishing areas and horseback riding trails. The Turtleback Zoo is also located there. The popular zoo is home to 1,400 animals with species from all continents except Antarctica. The zoo is open daily.
West Orange offers several cultural attractions. Explore Thomas Edison National Historic Park, located right in downtown West Orange. See Edison’s house and laboratory to learn about the importance of his inventions. The Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center is a five-acre outdoor theater, perfect for listening to live music or catching a theatrical performance. The West Orange Arts Council hosts various events, workshops and exhibits for all ages.
West Orange’s downtown hosts numerous family-friendly events this summer, including a weekly farmers market and Thursday night live music shows.
Sign the family up for a volunteer project while on vacation to create new memories, help others and make the world a better place. Consider one of these organizations for your next family vacation.
Sesame Street has been a popular TV show for young children for many years. Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is home to the only Sesame Place amusement park. Now, kids on the West Coast are able to experience the excitement of watching beloved TV characters come to life at Sesame Place San Diego.
The highly anticipated, 5-star, all-inclusive Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya rolled out the orange carpet in early August as the ultimate family-friendly destination. Nickelodeon’s slimings and characters meet Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ unmatched hospitality. During the fall opening period, rates start at $259 per person, and can be booked through Aug. 31, for travel through Jan. 4, 2022.
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.