A Weekend in Fishkill and Beacon, NY (With Kids)

If you’re in New York City, looking for weekend trip ideas, chances are you are typing in the words “Hudson Valley” in the Airbnb search tool. Because when you’re dealing with quarantines and restrictions that can vary by state and by day, it’s easier to stay as close to home as possible, without actually staying home. The Hudson Valley, with its picturesque, rural landscapes and farm-to-table restaurants, is far enough and different enough from the city to make it feel like you’re getting away. The Hudson Valley is vast, though. Some cities like Peekskill are only an hour away from the city, while the more famous towns of Hudson or Catskill are a 3 hour drive. Fishkill, New York is the perfect middle ground in that it’s only 1.5 hours away, yet it still has access to great restaurants and cultural attractions in the town itself as well as in nearby Beacon.

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A Weekend in Boston 2020 (with Kids)

If you’re from New York / New Jersey / Connecticut looking for weekend getaway ideas that are kid-friendly, consider taking a trip to Boston. At the moment, you wouldn’t be subject to quarantine either in Boston or back at home, which is obviously important, and many of the tourist attractions and restaurants in Boston are open. Some restaurants are even open for indoor dining, although since the weather is still nice you might as well take advantage of the outdoors. Boston also has a ton of great playgrounds, which is key when traveling with kids. I do have to say the city does feel very empty, probably even emptier than New York, but with the current covid situation, that probably isn’t the worst thing. The following two-day outdoor weekend Boston itinerary focuses on locations close to Downtown, the Seaport District and Harvard Yard in Cambridge.

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Best NYC Parks and Playgrounds for Kids 2020 (and a Daytrip to NJ)

Having kids in the city these days is tough. Normally you could rely on a day camp or the public library to get you through the week, but now home is the new day camp, 24 hours a day. There isn’t even a two week vacation abroad to make you forget for a moment that the kids are continually finding new ways of messing up the house. So now there is no choice but to “be a tourist in your own city.” Luckily, New York City, even during this time, is still an interesting place to be, and since the playgrounds, zoos and parks are open, there are a lot of “destination” spots that can make each weekend fun. Here are some of the best playgrounds, parks and zoos in NYC that are worth trekking out for (lucky for you if they are in your neighborhood). And if you have a car, I would highly recommend the awesome Turtle Back Zoo in New Jersey.

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Seoul with Kids: Top Rides at Lotte World

The first thing I wanted to do with the kids in Korea was take them to Lotte World. It’s a nostalgic place for me as I always went there during my childhood trips to Korea. My favorite ride has always been the Adventures of Sinbad ride, a Lotte version of the Pirates of the Caribbean. My kids, however, are very young–both are under 3 years old–so I was wondering if they could even ride anything. I didn’t have to worry too much about that because Lotte World has a Kidzone area with rides and activities targeted to the younger set, so we had a lot of fun with the kiddie rides there. They also have other kid-friendly rides and experiences, some of which you have to pay extra for, that are scattered throughout the park. If you’re thinking about bringing your young toddlers to Lotte World Adventure, here are my picks for the best toddler / young kids rides and experiences at Lotte.

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Flying During a Pandemic: JFK to Incheon, Seoul

I am a U.S. citizen who recently flew out to Korea to quarantine at my parents’ home. I made this decision because I felt stuck and anxious in New York City, and while the situation in New York is improving, I don’t anticipate things to fully reopen anytime soon this summer. And even if they do, then what? Without a concrete plan for testing and tracing cases, I probably wouldn’t feel totally comfortable going out and about. Korea, on the other hand, has been upheld as a model for being able to vigilantly achieve this, and people are actually wearing masks without issue and cooperating to share their data. Things are open, people are going to malls and amusement parks and cherry blossom festivals, and the curve has managed to stay flat. So maybe you’re in the same boat–or maybe you’re interested in generally knowing what it’s like flying international during these times, and specifically to Korea. I wanted to share my experience here so that you know what to expect.

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