New York's varied cultural landscape offers plenty of opportunities for family fun. You can pack up the minivan for a Brady Bunch-style camping trip through the wilderness, visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in quaint Cooperstown, sail down the Hudson River, or take in a Broadway show amid the bright lights of Manhattan's now-family-friendly Times Square.
A good source for family vacation suggestions is the I Love NY website (www.iloveny.com) -- click on "Travel Ideas" and "Family Fun." New York City's official tourism website, NYC & Company (www.nycvisit.com), details restaurants, museums, and tours designed to fascinate kids, plus a list of activities and neighborhoods that even the most blasé teen might enjoy.
Familyhostel (tel. 800/733-9753) takes the whole family, including kids ages 8 to 15, on moderately priced domestic and international learning vacations. Lectures, field trips, and sightseeing are guided by a team of academics.