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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

An Intro to...10 Things to do on Governors Island, NYC

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TOP 10 THINGS TO DO ON 
GOVERNORS ISLAND, NYC

Governors Island seems like a well-kept secret known only by locals New Yorkers who live in Lower Manhattan or Brooklyn. Every summer, the ferries start again and the island opens up for fun and relaxation. 





How to Get There:
There are two ways to get on the island: Battery Maritime Building in Manhattan, 10 South Street between Broad and Whitehall (1 train to South Ferry, 4 or 5 to Bowling Green, R to Whitehall St. or M9, M15 bus) and from Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park Greenway and Atlantic Avenue (2, 3, 4, 5 trains to Borough Hall, R train to Court Street or the B63 bus. 





There's a small fee for the ferry and bikes will cost a tiny bit extra (worth it). Before you go off and have fun, immediately check the timetable for the ferry back. Although you may want to stay until the end, know that the lines can get longer the later you stay. 

You'll land at Soissons Landing (what is a Soissons?), Pier 102 or Yankee Pier (from Brooklyn).

Stuff to Know:

Once there, you can opt to walk, bicycle or jog the loop of the island and see the sights. The one main road will take you all around and there are paths that cut across to other sections. 

There's been many upgrades in the last few years and some construction is still on-going. 



What to Do:


1. Get Some Wheels or Bring Your Own...














2. Peek into the Past: 


Fort Jay: 



Castle Williams: 




Nolan Park: 


 Colonels Row:









3. Take a Hike...Up the Hills:





4. See Some Art: local artists showcase their work in the historic buildings in Nolan Park or Colonels Row.





5. Take a Snooze...There's actually a Hammock Grove.



Buy a folding blanket here





6. Grab a Snack: there are food trucks on Liggett Terrace and ice cream and other vendors throughout the island.




7. See a Lighthouse? Well, really a light station.




8. Enjoy the skylines of Manhattan and Brooklyn:




9. Check out the events: concerts, festivals, etc.





10. Integrate into the Environment... 




For more info: Governors Islandhttps://govisland.com/. The map.



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Monday, July 3, 2017

5 More Things to Do in Universal Orlando Resort

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5 More Things to do in Universal Orlando Resort™

See Part 1
The Harry Potter Attractions are a good reason to visit Universal Orlando Resort, but here are 5 more

1. Stay on property. Disney is not the only theme park that has on-site lodging and they are adding more. Some of them are comparatively pricier (Cabana Bay is their economy hotel). But they're all fun and provide transportation and/or walkways directly to the parks.

Cabana Bay, Universal Resort (editorial use only)


2. Ride the roller coasters, but know that Dragon Challenge™ is possibly living its last and evil days. Get your courage up for Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit™ and the Revenge of the Mummy™(Studios side) or The Incredible Hulk Coaster™,  or Flight of the Hippogriff™ (Islands of Adventure).


The Hulk™, in all its scary glory (editorial use only)

3. See a part of America's past on the Islands of Adventure side. An unfortunate casualty of the decline of newspapers is the syndicated comic strips. But you can feel like it's the Sunday comics all over again as you stroll through Toon Lagoon™and get re-acquainted or introduce yourself to characters from the printed page. Shop and dine yourself silly in saturated color.  


Toon Lagoon™ in Islands of Adventure


4. Ride the simulator rides often and enjoy the technology: my must-do rides every time are The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man® (Islands of Adventure) and TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D, on the Studios side (in addition to the Harry Potter rides we featured in Part 1). 


Spiderman® in 3D (editorial use only)


5. Get into as much water as you want. If you were a fan of Wet and Wild, know that Universal bought the Orlando location and closed it December 2016. The new Volcano Bay (a separate park) opened in 2017 and combined with the rides on the Islands of Adventure™ side, you're guaranteed to get wet and cool. Splash into Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls®, Popeye and Bluto's-Bilge Rat Barges® and Jurassic Park River Adventure. Plus, the kids can cool off in Fieval's Playland™ on the Studios side.


Jurassic Park splash-down (editorial use only)


Bonus Tip: the app has improved, but still not top notch. But the Virtual Line feature for the Jimmy Fallon experience rocks.


(Did I forget CityWalk? No, stay tuned!)


Sunday, July 2, 2017

Kids, Travel & You: Part 4 - Road Trips

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DAVID MICHELANGELO TUSCANY ITALY


Check out the other articles in the series: Part 1 - Planning, Part 2 - Traveling with ages 18-21, Part 3 -Basic Activities in Europe


5 Tips for Road Trips with Kids




1. Start young... If kids begin to travel when they are young, by the time they are tweens, they'll be experts. Next time you're at the airport, observe around you. You'll know instantly which ones travel a lot and which ones don't. 



2...Or wait. However, if you know your children well, you may want to save the really long road trips until they are tweens. In the meantime, take day trips (staycations, excursions, etc.). Prep the kids for journeys that will take over an hour. Have snacks and activities ready. Also, plan the route for restroom stops.





3. Oxymoron: plan to be spontaneous and take your time and stay on schedule. How? Have a loose agenda but don't be afraid to switch it up. Include some of the electronics and toys. Sometimes those billboards on the interstate pay off. 




4. Always book lodging with a pool. Your nerves will thank you. Know your children's ending point and plan to be at your hotel 2 hours before their bedtime.




5. It's OK to suspend some rules to have fun. And it's OK to keep some. Stick to bedtime rules if you're going to be on the road the next day. Let them stay up a hour later if you're staying put.