Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Hiker standing on edge Gertrude’s Nose, Minnewaska Preserve, New York

New York State Parks keep amazing us with their abundant waterfalls, mountains, hiking, and gorgeous scenic views! On our quest to explore more of the state’s natural wonders, we planned a visit to Minnewaska State Park Preserve in the Hudson Valley– New York’s largest state preserve at 22,000 acres! Our spring visit was full of rushing waters, icy rocks, snowy foot paths, and a frozen lake. Our summer visit was a motivating exploration of the trails that led us to the highest scenic overlooks.

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Marineland, FL

boy and bottlenose dolphin doing flipper handshake, Marineland, Florida

This oceanfront playground promotes the preservation and protection of marine life through programs in their oceanarium with bottlenose dolphins. Our family had the privilege of spending an afternoon here and we made an “ocean of memories.”

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Hickory Run State Park, PA

Boy on a climbed tree in the boulder field at Hickory Run State Park, Pennsylvania

Hickory Run State Park hosts a variety of outdoor activities, but when we heard “Boulder Field,” we could not resist a trip. This 15,990 acre park, located in the western foothills of the Pocono Mountains, boasts a National Natural Landmark unlike any we had seen before.

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10 Outdoor Adventures to Love New York

Two tier waterfall, Kaaterskill Falls, Catskill Mountains, New York

It’s no secret that our family has a special place in our hearts for New York, but what’s not to love? Here’s our list of some great adventures that get you out, get you moving, and speak to your soul! We’ve included something from each region of the state to keep your adventuring going strong. If you thought New York was just the hustle and bustle of city life, then you’re in for a surprise.

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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Guard at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a bucket-list worthy adventure that fosters a deep connection to the formality and honor of a soldier’s life. I hope it has made an impression on my children to appreciate and respect the cost of war and service.

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Peacock Island-Pfaueninsel, Germany

Peacock running in the garden labyrinth at Pfaueninsel, Peacock Island, Germany

Germany is an incredible destination with so many wondrous things to experience like Pfaueninsel, aka Peacock Island. It’s full of romance, beauty, and history. If you’re planning a trip to the area, this is a terrific way to spend at least half a day.

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Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve, Georgia

Large vernal pool on top Arabia Mountain, Georgia

Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve is an ecological bucket list item. You can visit any time of year and find new and interesting plants taking their turn on the granite. Our family really enjoyed visiting and exploring the preserve with its refreshingly different ambience.

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Cradle of Aviation Museum

Did you know that Long Island played a huge part in aviation history? So big in fact that, it is known as “The Cradle of Aviation.” Our family had a terrific visit to the museum—something for every age group.

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Brooklyn Bridge

Looking up at the top of the Brooklyn Bridge through the support cables

This iconic bridge is a landmark, a symbol, and a piece of history. This is a bridge that you add “walking across it” to your bucket list. To top it off, the destinations at either end are filled with culture and entertainment. We made a real conscientious effort to fill this bucket list item and […]

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Acadia National Park

Two people top of rocky headland, Acadia National Park, Maine

We made a plan to see the first sunrise in the country at Acadia National Park, the easternmost part of the east coast, on Black Friday. Our family pledged to spend this day outside enjoying nature to its fullest extent instead of engaging in the riotous act of shopping.

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