5 New York State trips your fam­ily will love:

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on­sider com­bin­ing your visit to the vi­brant con­crete jun­gle, where dreams are made, with a trip up­state. New York State stretches for hun­dreds of kilo­me­tres north and west to the bor­der with Canada and, within its vil­lages, cities and Na­tional Parks you’ll find fam­ily-friendly mu­se­ums, Hal­loween leg­ends, all-Amer­i­can fes­ti­vals and the grand­est wa­ter­works of them all, Niagara Falls.

1 The Strong

Named the #1 mu­seum for fam­i­lies in the US, this fab­u­lous 280,000sq ft ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tion in Rochester, New York, is re­ally many mu­se­ums un­der one not-for­profit um­brella. There’s the

Na­tional Mu­seum of Play, the Na­tional Toy Hall of Fame

and a di­vi­sion de­voted en­tirely to the his­tory of elec­tronic games. You’ll find a work­ing carousel, a 1950s diner and a but­ter­fly gar­den filled with hun­dreds of ex­otic flap­ping crea­tures.

Younger chil­dren (and let’s be hon­est, many adults) will love the kid­size replica Weg­man’s su­per­mar­ket, where they can play at be­ing cashier, deli man­ager, trol­ley col­lec­tor or cus­tomer in a ‘store’ full of replica ce­real boxes, milk car­tons, fruit, meat and more.

2 Hal­loween Ghouls

Head to New York City at the end of Oc­to­ber each year for guar­an­teed Hal­loween fun (and su­gar!). If you re­ally want to scare your­self silly, plan a side trip to Tar­ry­town. Just 30 min­utes by ex­press train from Grand Cen­tral sta­tion, the Hud­son Val­ley town is home to Sleepy Hol­low and the spooky leg­end of the head­less horse­man. The com­mu­nity gets right be­hind the Hal­loween scarefest, with ceme­tery tours, cos­tume pa­rades and Blaze, one of the big­gest jack-

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