recommended SaugertiesSarah Speers
I grew up here and think its an awesome getaway for the city. Saugerties is a great friendly, historic town along the Hudson River and nestled next to the Catskill Mountains. Spend a day or two strolling the streets, exploring the Lighthouse, eating Krauses homemade chocolates and shopping in a bunch of antique shops. Then the next day head up to Woodstock, NY and see the hippie side of things- really artsy and chill area. But beautiful!
recommended MontaukOne of my favorite towns out East in Long Island... the Hamptons without the pretentiousness. Come here for fab dining, lobster rolls, beaches and a lovely drive. Head to Amagansett as well! My ... read morefavorite places on Earth.
recommended BuffaloBuffalo, New York is a great part of the state to visit, especially in the summer months when the snow has thawed. There are tons of outdoor festivals, tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright homes in town, ... read morethe Albright Knox Art Museum, a nice waterfront area, a small zoo, and of course, the chicken wings (The Anchor Bar is the classic but Duffs is pretty good too.). If you just want to poke around and people watch, head to Elmwood Street, which has a bunch of little shops, eateries, and green spaces.recommended BuffaloBuffalo is a funny little city just near Niagara, I'd say worth a stop if only to check out the original buffalo wings (at the Anchor Bar).Julia P
Upstate New York is generally beautiful, although I'm not sure what standout locations there are. I'd look for a park to stop for a hike, actually.
- Shaw Festival10 Queen's Parade, Niagara-on-The-Lake, ON L0S Canadarecommended Shaw FestivalThe Shaw Festival is a superb theater company that presents plays by Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries. It has three different spaces, in three different parts of town to accommodate the number of ... read moreplays presented each year. My favorite, by far, is the Festival Theatre--a modern space with clean lines and an outdoor area complete with fountains and lovely green spaces.Liza Prado
If you have a babysitter (or if one of you needs a break)....
recommended Niagara-on-the-LakeThis a charming little town that has maintained the architectural style of its 18th century roots. It has a bunch of craftsy boutiques, homey cafes and gourmet restaurants, and a good variety of ... read moreaccommodations. The best time of year to visit is summer-fall, when the flowers are in bloom and the Shaw Festival Theater is in full swing.Liza Prado
This is just east of the Falls, on the Canadian side.
- Niagara Helicopters3731 Victoria Avenue, Niagara Falls, ON L2E Canadarecommended Niagara HelicoptersA helicopter ride over the entirety of the falls, a portion of the Niagara River, and nearby parks is an amazing--and heart-stopping--way to experience the falls. A great option if you're looking for ... read moresomething a little different. The only bummer--it lasts just 12 minutes.Liza Prado
Not sure if you want your baby on a helicopted over the Falls but figured i'd post it just in case....
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- Butterfly Conservatory2405 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, ON L2E Canadarecommended Butterfly ConservatoryThis enclosed 'rain forest' is home to over 2,000 butterflies year-round. A lush, humid, place, just walking through it, you'll see all sorts of butterflies flitting by or landing on tropical flowers. ... read moreDon't miss the Emergence Window, where butterflies break free of their cocoons and fly into the Conservatory. A very special place, for sure.
recommended Niagara Falls CitySheer. Gushing. Power. That is what Niagara Falls is. It's as impressive (to me) as the Grand Canyon, except it's alive, moving, vibrant. I could stare at it for hours. I heard the Canadian side is ... read moremuch nicer than the American side, in terms of the view.Keane
Beautiful spot if you make it this far. You could stop into Toronto too :)
recommended Niagara Falls CityThe town of Niagara Falls definitely is kitchy--wax museums are prominent fixtures--but the falls themselves and the surrounding parks/area are spectacular. There is so much to do--from taking a boat ... read moreride near the falls, visiting 18th century forts, and stopping at the butterfly conservatory to wandering through the botanical gardens, wine tasting and catching a show at the Shaw Festival. Truly a vibrant part of the world.Liza Prado
When you get to Niagara Falls, New York--cross the border! The Canadian side has lots more to do (and frankly, the view of the Falls is wildly better.)
recommended The BerkshiresGorgeous mountain territory in Western Mass filled with cozy New England towns and beautiful land. The summer sees the region filled with art, both at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and Tanglewood.Julia P
So, if you wanted to take a really circuitous route to Niagara, you could head due north to the Berkshires and then head west to Niagara. I really love this area, and each little town is filled with cute things to do. Definitely family- friendly as well.
- Maid of the Mist5920 River Road, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6V6, Canadarecommended Maid of the MistA ride on the Maid of the Mist is an absolute must. (And a sure fire hit at any age.) Basically, it's a boat ride from either the American or Canadian side that takes passengers so close to falls ... read morethemselves--American, Bridal Veil, and Horseshoe--that you'll get totally soaked (unless, of course, you opt to wear the rain gear provided). The close-up views are spectacular too.....
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