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Old 08-12-2012, 08:13 PM
 
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Happily, my 11 and 13 year old chose NJ/NY for a quick vacation over Orlando. I have found several reasonably priced hotels in Rochelle Park. Is this a decent (safe) area with two small children and is it a decent location for exploring NJ and venturing into NY?
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Old 08-12-2012, 08:37 PM
 
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Yes and yes. You can grab a bus into NYC from the very nearby Garden State Plaza mall or grab a train in some nearby towns. The area is fine. Congrats to your kids for making a wise decision!
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:17 AM
 
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TY for the prompt reply. We will do Manhattan and related sites, Coney Island, Zoo, etc. We are from Michigan and I think this will be a great trip for them. Any recc's for things to see or do? I am extremely pleased with their decision to visit your area.
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Randolph, NJ
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Some great possibilities for kids that age:

Liberty Science Center in Jersey City
Ellis Island Tour and Statue of Liberty
If you have car access, a day trip to the Shore; Point Pleasant is one of the more northerly beaches with a fun boardwalk with games/rides.
Intrepid sea/air/space museum
Cruise around the Hudson on thel slow Circle Line or they have fun speed boats that the kids would love.
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:38 AM
 
Location: somewhere in the swamps of Jersey
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Everyone seems to enjoy the Statue of Liberty, too. Welcome to the Garden State! Enjoy your stay.
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Old 08-13-2012, 11:55 AM
 
Location: East Rutherford, NJ
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If they're burger fans, take them to White Manna in Hackensack for the best sliders they'll ever have!
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Old 08-13-2012, 09:34 PM
 
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Thanks to all for taking your time to reply, we will be there a week and will try all suggestions
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Old 08-14-2012, 01:26 PM
 
Location: East Rutherford, NJ
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Also in Hackensack that they may enjoy is the USS Ling (a WWII US submarine) at the New Jersey Naval Museum.

The New Jersey Naval Museum Hompage

Grab a bite to eat at Heritage Diner afterwards.
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Old 08-14-2012, 03:03 PM
 
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You may want to try hotels on Paterson Plank Road in East Rutherford. Closer to city and frequent bus service.
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