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Albuquerque, NM

Among many other things, the American Southwest is famous for its adventure, its spirit of fun, and its beautiful scenery. Nowhere do all these things come together like on a family vacation in Albuquerque, New Mexico...

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Hawley, PA

When it comes to East Coast family vacations, Hawley, PA, cannot be beat. Located just two hours from the greatest metropolis in the world, New York City, Hawley has small-town charm and slow pace in spades. Hawley is a great spot for a week long family vacation and as a day-trip escape from the craziness of a New York City family vacation. The location of Hawley certainly makes it a wonderful spot for a family vacation; but the wealth of family activities makes it a great family vacation destination all on its own. In Hawley, everything is as cute and charming as a storybook. There are covered bridges; orchards of trees that turn orange and gold; people who will know you by your first name after just one meeting. You will discover on your family vacation that in Hawley, old fashioned values still exist. The surrounding natural beauty of Hawley is impressive as well. There are four distinct seasons in Hawley, all of which present new activities for family vacations. Whether you want to just drive in for the day or spend a week discovering all that Hawley has to offer, your family will love a Hawley family vacation.

Hawley Family Attractions

In Hawley, families reign supreme. Family vacationers find plenty of ways to amuse themselves in Hawley. Of course, part of a Hawley family vacation is taking it easy and enjoying the beautiful scenery together, as a family. However, when you venture out of your family lodging and want to see the sights, there is plenty to do on a Hawley family vacation. Costas Family Fun Amusement Park is a big draw for family vacationers: here, the old and new collide in an explosion of fun. Classics such as bumper boats and mini-golf are favorites with both parents and kids. There is a Hersheys Ice Cream parlor right on sight, which is sure to please the whole family. For another dose of good old fashioned family fun on your Hawley family vacation, then head over to the Wallenpaupack Bowling Center for pizza, soda and bowling—a guaranteed night of family laughter and bonding! The most famous family friendly activity to do on your Hawley family vacation is to take a ride on the Stourbridge Line Rail Excursions. The Stourbridge is a passenger train that takes you from Northeastern Pennsylvania to New York City, and whether you want to ride the whole thing or just a portion, this is a great way to see the Hawley countryside and enjoy the beautiful East Coast scenery on your family vacation.

Hawley Outdoors

On a Hawley family vacation, the outdoors rule! There are over 27 acres of green space within the town of Hawley. Hawley is also most famously home to Lake Wallenpaupack, which brings in family vacationers from all over the country for swimming, kayaking, biking and hiking. Lake Wallenpaupack is an ideal lake for family vacations because of its size: it has 52 miles of shoreline and six recreation areas to explore. For a more rugged family vacation experience, swim and explore Wallenpaupack Creek, which feeds into the lake and is a great natural swimming area. Another popular outdoor activity on a Hawley family vacation is check out the Shuman Point Natural Area, which is one of the last undeveloped areas around Lake Wallenpaupack. Over 300 acres long, Shuman Point Natural Area is perfect for a Hawley family vacation because of the pristine nature and wildlife sightings it offers. Next to Shuman Point is the Beech House Creek Wildlife Refuge, which is home to beaver, mallards, wood ducks, blue heron, hawks and many other species of animals. The protected nature of the refuge makes it a great stop on a Hawley family vacation: here, kids have the opportunity to witness sights that are becoming increasingly rare in the modern world. On a wintertime Hawley family vacation, skiing and snowboarding are popular activities, and for good reason: the ski resorts in and around Hawley are affordable and well varied in their terrain. In particular, Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain offers lessons and terrain for every level of skier. There is even tubing for those who do not want to strap on gear.

Hawley Downtown

The Hawley downtown area is thriving and growing every day. New stores and restaurants are constantly opening their doors and welcoming the local family vacationers. In downtown Hawley, you will find lots to entertain you and your family. The children in the family can spend time in the downtown park while the parents peruse the many galleries and antique shops that make up the shopping culture in Hawley. One great unique stop on your Hawley family vacation is Cut Glass, which is a gallery and shop run by two local crafts-people. The original, interesting designs are definitely worth a look on your Hawley family vacation. The kids will love stopping at Penny Lane Candies and Candles, which is as sweet and unique as its name. Over 500 varieties of candy are available, so expect this to be a favorite stop on your Hawley family vacation. Check out the selection of gag gifts for a fun souvenir of your Hawley family vacation. Another good thing to do on your Hawley family vacation is to attend a performance at the Ritz Company Playhouse, which is located in downtown Hawley and has Broadway style musicals. If your Hawley family vacation takes place during December, there is a free holiday show that is a hit with locals and tourists alike. In the summer, there are programs for children. Another great place to stop in downtown Hawley is the Hawley Cultural and Creative Arts Center, which is a perfect all-in-one-place to understand the artistic culture in Hawley. The center hosts classes in all art disciplines, including one-day classes that are just perfect for family vacations.

Hawley Festivals

It is no surprise that in a town as fun, unique and as surrounded by natural beauty as Hawley, that festivals and special events abound. The Fourth of July is a great time to go to Hawley on a family vacation: the fireworks that explode into a million tiny pieces over the lake are awe-inspiring. The whole town stops on holidays, and kids on a family vacation can swim and eat barbeque to their hearts content. The Chili-Wing Cook Off is an event that is mostly popular with locals, but is such a rocking good time that family vacationers will love it to! Eat chili or eat wings—whatever you prefer, you can bet that there will be plenty of it and that you will leave full and satisfied. The Hawley Harvest Hoedown is another great festival, and is the perfect way to usher in the cooler months on your family vacation—complete with fall foliage and pumpkin carving. And while the winter snow in Hawley may daunt some families from planning a family vacation during this time, the annual Hawley Winterfest might change your mind. Ice skating with your family, hot chocolate and a visit from Santa are all hallmarks of this spirited festival. Hawley is many things: the gateway to the Poconos, home to one of the biggest lakes in Pennsylvania, and a historic, cultured town. All of this makes Hawley a wonderful family vacation destination. No matter how long your family vacation, a little bit of sweet Hawley will always stay with you.


Guest Editor: Carola Valdes

Wife and mother of two little ones, traveling is her family’s favorite pastime (as long as it’s family-friendly and fun).

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The perfect combination of comfort, convenience and value. Centrally located in downtown Boston. Close to Fenway Park, The Museum of Fine Arts, Symphony Hall, and the elegant restaurants and boutique shops of Newbury Street.

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