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Old 07-21-2010, 09:03 AM
 
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Hi everyone.
I need an advice on vacation with the kids(11 yr ,6yr and 15 mnt-boys). East coast.Planing to go next week for 3-4 days. We are looking for not very crowded getaway with beach( non necessary ocean, can be just lake beach),playgrounds (maybe family owned country park with kids rides) and low rates hotels(inns,ATC) . We do not know any small towns,(to search now looks very confusing).We live in New York. Will drive(kids love long drives)-any state us far us the place is kids friendly.
Any advices from N to S very appreciated!
Thanks.
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Old 07-21-2010, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Try camping in national forests in West Virginia. First, buy an inexpensive tent, maybe about $50. (Learn how to put it up before you leave.) Then get out your Rand McNally road atlas to the WV page and look for little green triangles that identify national forest campgrounds. (Green triangles with a tree next to them are state parks---more expensive, crowded and noisy, but with amenities.) Some of them are Hawk, Camp Run, Brandywine Lake, Spruce Knob, Seneca, Big Bend. They're all east of Elkins. NF campgrounds are pretty basic---you get a tent pad, a fire ring and a picnic table. No electricity, so dark at night. They are safe and well-maintained. There will be running water, but only chemical toilets and no showers. Fee usually about $10 a night. Except on weekends, very few campers or day-users will be there. You can google the individual campgrounds Ive named, for details about them. The closest one to you is Hawk, right on the VA line, SW of Winchester off Hwy 55. About 300 miles from NYC, via Harrisburg. Ive camped there, its quite nice. Not many beaches in WV, though. It's a lovely drive through Pennsylvania, if you stay off the interstates and use small country roads that run parallel to them. Get a good road map of PA at the welcome center.

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Old 07-21-2010, 11:21 AM
 
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Thanks for idea. But my husband has an alergy on bugs bites and camping is little early for 1yr old. Maybe in couple yrs...We are looking for playgroungs,water and quiet friendly town away from busy city life.
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Old 07-21-2010, 12:23 PM
 
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Old 07-21-2010, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Southern Quebec has some nice attractions. The lake between Newport Vermont and Magog Quebec is well developed for visitors. An hour from there is the Granby Zoo, in Granby Quebec, which is a very nice and well developed zoo, wonderful for kids, and in a small town where you don't need to worry about urban traffic. Nice drive up through Vermont, then cross Lake Champlain on a ferry and drive home through the Hudson Valley.

In recent years, Quebecers have become a lot more accommodating to non-French visitors, and will make your visit very pleasant, even if you have some language struggles. That's basically an English-speaking part of Quebec, known as the "Eastern Townships". With the present exchange rates, Canada might be a little on the expensive side. Especially gas, make sure you fill up stateside before you cross the border.
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Old 07-22-2010, 07:07 AM
 
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Southern Quebec has some nice attractions. The lake between Newport Vermont and Magog Quebec is well developed for visitors. An hour from there is the Granby Zoo, in Granby Quebec, which is a very nice and well developed zoo, wonderful for kids, and in a small town where you don't need to worry about urban traffic. Nice drive up through Vermont, then cross Lake Champlain on a ferry and drive home through the Hudson Valley.

In recent years, Quebecers have become a lot more accommodating to non-French visitors, and will make your visit very pleasant, even if you have some language struggles. That's basically an English-speaking part of Quebec, known as the "Eastern Townships". With the present exchange rates, Canada might be a little on the expensive side. Especially gas, make sure you fill up stateside before you cross the border.
Good recommendations but note that the Eastern Townships is not really an English-speaking part of Quebec. (Don't let the New England-ish place names fool you.) It is more than 90% French-speaking, but travelling there for Americans (language-wise) is no more of a problem than it would be in the touristy non-English countries of western Europe.
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Old 07-22-2010, 09:52 AM
 
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Hi everyone.
I need an advice on vacation with the kids(11 yr ,6yr and 15 mnt-boys). East coast.Planing to go next week for 3-4 days. We are looking for not very crowded getaway with beach( non necessary ocean, can be just lake beach),playgrounds (maybe family owned country park with kids rides) and low rates hotels(inns,ATC) . We do not know any small towns,(to search now looks very confusing).We live in New York. Will drive(kids love long drives)-any state us far us the place is kids friendly.
Any advices from N to S very appreciated!
Thanks.
If you are in NY, how about Orchard Beach in NH?
Or Ocean City, MD.

You can go to the web and search for any 'city' or 'beach' travel and tourism. The website will give you details on lodging, activites, etc.

Have fun!
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Old 07-24-2010, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Hi everyone.
I need an advice on vacation with the kids(11 yr ,6yr and 15 mnt-boys). East coast.Planing to go next week for 3-4 days. We are looking for not very crowded getaway with beach( non necessary ocean, can be just lake beach),playgrounds (maybe family owned country park with kids rides) and low rates hotels(inns,ATC) . We do not know any small towns,(to search now looks very confusing).We live in New York. Will drive(kids love long drives)-any state us far us the place is kids friendly.
Any advices from N to S very appreciated!
Thanks.
My assumption is you want to spend as little time as possible getting to the destination so you can spend more time at it. Maybe a state or national park that has cabins or an inn on the grounds and a lake. It might be tough at this time of year with no reservations.

Also, check out Delaware and New Jersey. There is a big ferry (takes cars) from Cape May NJ to Lewes Delaware and you don't have to return the same day. Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, Delaware (beaches, observation tower, 2 lighthouses, surf fishing, old military base is nice) and is right down the same road as the ferry terminal. You could stay in the Cape May area of NJ and take the ferry to Delaware. It goes right by one of the lighthouses. You can research all of the things to do in Cape May.
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Old 08-02-2010, 05:16 PM
 
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Old 08-02-2010, 05:18 PM
 
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You live in New York? Have you ever considered the New York state park system? Catskills? Adirondacks? My goodness. If you don't want to stay in a hotel, you can rent a cabin in a beautiful park for less than a hotel. (Many of them have stoves and porches, interior fireplaces, multiple bedrooms, etc.)

New York State Parks Recreation & Historic Preservation

(It makes me sad when I hear people who live in New York who have no idea what our parks system has to offer... that they'd rather fly off to another state or something...)
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