10 Best Holiday Traditions in New York

Mother and Daughter at Bryant Park Winter Village with the Christmas Tree

It’s no secret that we love New York, but the holiday season brings even more joy to our love affair. Enjoy our top 10 of New York holiday traditions.

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Do You Have What it Takes to Beat the Bomb?

Getting Ready at Beat the Bomb, Brooklyn

We could not pass up an opportunity like this! This team game to diffuse a bomb hit our competitive, game loving family as a challenge. As a bonus, we are always looking for excuses to enjoy Brooklyn.

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The Most Visited Zoo in Europe-Zoo Berlin

famous entry gate to Zoo Berlin, Germany

We love checking out the local zoos when we travel and are pretty tough to impress. The Berlin Zoo is at the top of our list with 20,000 animals, 1300 species and 82 acres (33 hectares) to explore! It is the most visited zoo in Europe.

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Holiday Fun at the Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History, NYC, dinsoaur with a santa hat

I feel like a kid again when I visit the American Museum of Natural History. Curiosity and wonder fill my mind as I navigate towards the dinosaur bones, check my weight on a Giant Red Star, and see a 500 foot blue whale up close. (I am possibly more excited than the children I brought with me, especially during the holidays!)

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Halloween Fun in Sleepy Hollow-the Great Pumpkin Blaze

We could not resist a trip to the infamous Sleepy Hollow at the spookiest time of the year! This event is coined the “tri-state’s biggest, most electrifying fall event” and we would definitely agree. There’s an entire world built around the Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

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Canoeing the Peconic, Long Island’s Longest River

boy smiling as he paddles, canoe, Peconic River, Long Island, New York

Fall is a great time of year to enjoy a leisurely paddle down one of Long Island’s unknown rivers. Yes, you heard me, Long Island has rivers! The Peconic is the longest river on Long Island and it is almost entirely within the Central Long Island Pine Barrens (LI’s largest natural area and its last remaining wilderness).

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Rocky Point Mountain Bike Trail

We ventured out to Rocky Point for some old fashioned mountain biking and we discovered a great trail for families and enthusiasts. This is no adventure for the weak-legged, instant gratification posers or whining quitters. This trail is hardcore!

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