Feeding some friendly goats in Greenport, Long Island.

Family Travel in New York State

It doesn’t get the same kind of billing as mega entertainment parks like Disney or natural wonderlands like the Grand Canyon, but New York State is the proud home to many sights that are ideal for traveling with kids. Here are a few family-friendly places around the state that are great for a quick getaway.

View of some of the paved trails and public areas along the waterfront in Cumberland Park.

Get Outside: Visit Nashville’s Parks

Nashville’s Metro Parks department oversees 12,000 acres of open space, including dog parks, swimming pools, tennis courts, walking trails, disc golf courses, and spray parks. Discover more about the city’s best parks.

A sign in big block letters rimmed with unlit neon placed in the upper span of the bridge to Granville island.

Shopping on Vancouver’s Granville Island

Interested in the arts? Enjoy browsing through unique market stalls? You’ll find all this and more on bustling Granville Island. Here are several suggestions and helpful links for shopping in this waterfront district.

Spectators watch as two dolphins leap synchronized out of the water.

Water Parks and Swimming with Dolphins in Cancún

Depending on your comfort and price range, you can interact with dolphins with a simple “fin shake” or enroll in a “trainer for a day” program. Read more to find out where you can swim with dolphins in Cancún, as well as where to cool off in a classic water park.

Scenic view taken beside jutting rocks of the surrounding area including midtown Phoenix.

Phoenix Day Hike: Mohave Trail 200

If you want a climb to a view but don’t want to get hung up by the crowds on the Piestewa Summit Trail, Mohave could be your baby. This super-speedy hike is the perfect option when you’re short on time and don’t mind the huffing and puffing that comes with its quick elevation climb.