Take Your Family On a Mini-Vacation They’ll Remember Forever. The next time you feel like getting away, take your family on a mini-vacation to show them the beauty of the East Coast. There are so many wonderful places to visit; there’s something for everyone. Take them on a trip through history. Show them where Abraham Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address or take them to one of the many amusement parks just a couple of hours away. It’s so important to spend quality time with your family. There’s no better way to bond with your loved ones than playing card games on a family vacation. Here are some ideas for fun fall getaways your family will never forget.
The town of Mystic exudes New England charm. Visit the Mystic Seaport. Climb on a whaling ship, raise a ship’s sails or simply wander around this extraordinary world of all things maritime. Mystic is home to America’s largest maritime museum, which is comprised of a recreated 19th century seafaring village, exhibit galleries and a shipyard with the most extensive collection of boats in the US. The Mystic Aquarium is another tourist attraction. Journey into the aquatic world where every underwater creature is more amazing than the next. The aquarium offers unforgettable animal encounters, fun interactive experiences and dynamic learning opportunities for people of all ages. Sea lion shows, beluga whales and African penguins make it a special place, while deep-sea exploration exhibits make it one-of-a-kind. There are 33 kosher markets/restaurants around Mystic.
Gettysburg was founded in 1786. Although known primarily for its proximity to the battlefield, the borough of 7,620 residents is also known for its institutions of higher learning. For three days in July of 1863, a battle raged between the Union and Confederate armies in and around Gettysburg. Although the Civil War continued for two years following the battle at Gettysburg, the battle is viewed as the turning point of the war.
Visit the David Wills House, a museum in downtown Gettysburg which tells the story of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The museum features six galleries, including two rooms that have been restored to their 1863 appearance, and the bedroom where Lincoln stayed and prepared the Gettysburg Address.
Fort Ticonderoga, New York
Fort Ticonderoga is a large 18th century fort, built by the French, near the south end of Lake Champlain in upstate New York. Once inside, you’ll become fully immersed in the historical scenery. Explore all of the exciting living history programs Fort Ticonderoga has to offer! Experience 1755, the year a frontier skirmish became an all out war between two empires. For more than a century, the museum at the fort has been recognized for its extensive and encyclopedic collection of historic weapons from the colonial wars and the Revolution.
Lake George, New York
Rent a boat, charter a fishing boat or a yacht, or hop on one of the many Lake George cruise ships. It’s the only way to truly experience the lake! Lake George is home to many fabulous beaches, where you can build a castle with the kids and enjoy the breathtaking views of the beautiful Adirondack mountains. There’s always a spectacular fireworks display. There’s also an exciting Six Flags amusement park in Lake George. You can also join hundreds of Jewish travelers in a most memorable minyan experience. The summertime Lake George Minyan takes place in a white tent.
Part of Lancaster County’s old-fashioned charm and homespun warmth stems from the Amish community. In many ways, Lancaster has become synonymous with Pennsylvania Amish Country. The families, farmers and craftsmen follow a simple way of life that has not adopted the mainstream culture. The Amish who grace Lancaster present a fascinating and authentic horse-and-buggy contrast to the hustle and bustle of the 21st century. Pennsylvania Amish Country is a picturesque landscape that must be witnessed in person to be fully appreciated. There are rolling hills with lush grasses and crops and farms with windmills dotting the horizon.
Hershey Park, Pennsylvania
There are many amusement parks along the East Coast, one of the most famous is Hershey Park, a family theme park situated in Derry Township, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1905 by Milton S. Hershey, the park opened its first roller coaster in 1923. The 1970s brought the first looping roller coaster on the East Coast. In the mid-1980s, the park rapidly expanded. Between 1991 and 2008, the park added eight roller coasters and a water park. As of 2011, the park’s area covers over 110 acres containing over 60 rides and attractions.
Central PA’s Kosher Mart is located inside Hershey Park. It is conveniently located at the front of the park on the left hand side after the steps. It is operated under Star K supervision; all meat is glatt kosher. Sharing the building is a kosher pizza place. Get there before it gets too cold.
Sesame Place, Pennsylvania
Yom may have to wait until it gets warm again. Sesame Place is for younger kids. It’s is where the joy of childhood lives—and swims and slides and splashes! There are both wet and dry rides. Together, parents and children can fly, spin and soar while they share the delight of the whimsical rides. There’s so much to do at Sesame Place! Kids will laugh and learn at the three shows featured throughout the park. Guests of all ages will dance and sing along with some of the world’s best-loved characters in the Neighborhood Street Party Parade.
Six Flags, New Jersey
One of the best known amusement parks in the country, Six Flags Great Adventure has been thrilling visitors for decades. Whether you want to defy gravity, get soaked or just go for a spin, you’ll find what you’re looking for. They’ve divided their rides into three groups: kids rides, family rides and thrill rides. The park is open through the end of October. In the summer, visit Hurricane Harbor, right next door.
Since 1626, when Roger Conant arrived with the first settlers, Salem, Massachusetts has been attracting people from all points of the compass. It may be most widely known as the site of the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692, but this colorful, coastal city has more to offer visitors: a culturally diverse population, a rich maritime heritage, an impressive display of historic architecture and amazing stories that span almost four centuries.
The Witch House, home of Judge Jonathan Corwin, is the only structure still standing in Salem with direct ties to the Witchcraft Trials. As a local magistrate and civic leader, Corwin was called upon to investigate the claims of diabolical activity when a surge of witchcraft accusations arose in Salem and neighboring communities. The Salem Witch Museum presents a dramatic look at the witch trials. Salem is also home to the New England Pirate Museum.