The region has tons of beaches, water sports, hiking, amusement parks, bike paths and outdoor activities. For the more cerebral child, there is a range of museums and music venues. From the traditional culture of Amish country to everything-new New York City, your kids will be in constant wonder.

Best Regions for Kids

  • The Jersey Shore

Miles of beaches and boardwalk, fun food and snacks, and, of course, amusement parks.

  • Long Island

More sun and sand, where you can learn to surf, boogieboard or even climb a lighthouse.

  • New York City

Get lost in the Big Apple's museums, stroll through iconic Central Park and take in a baseball game in the Bronx or Queens.

  • Pennsylvania Dutch Country

Take your family back a century to observe a different way of life, and don't forget to try the yummy pretzels and shoofly pie.

  • Pine Barrens

Camp among the pitch pine paths and canoe the mazy rivers of New Jersey's quietest place, and find some delicious pies along the roadside.

Children's Highlights

Amusement Parks & Rides

Hikes

  • Cranberry Bog, Long Island An easy one-mile loop around a historic bog, where you'll probably see turtles, frogs, and birds.
  • Cheesequake State Park, NJ Take the Red Trail for a somewhat up-and-down but easy walk around a beautiful lake.
  • Batsto Village, NJ The Blue Trail is short and gives you a taste of the pine forest, and it edges lovely Batsto Lake.
  • Orient Beach State Park, Long Island The Roy Latham Maritime Trail, just outside the parking lot, is a ½-mile loop on an easy wood-chip path with educational signs designed for children.

Best Eats

Planning

For all-round information and advice, check out Lonely Planet’s Travel with Children.

  • Clothing Temps can spike in winter and plunge in summer. Come prepared.
  • Electronics Make sure you have charging cables for all your devices.
  • Strollers Not allowed on public buses in NYC unless folded.
  • Beaches Good tips to be found at Traveling Mom (www.travelingmom.com).
  • Babysitters Contact the Baby Sitters’ Guild (www.babysittersguild.com).
  • Resources Check out Time Out New York Kids (www.timeout.com/new-york-kids) and Mommy Poppins (www.mommypoppins.com).