We’re only a couple of weeks away from the kids being out of school and officially kicking off their summer break. For parents all over Buffalo, the thought of finding something to do with the kids so you’re not constantly hearing “I’m boooored!” can make them break out into a cold sweat. How can you keep the kids from parking in front of the TV and playing video games all summer without losing your sanity? We get it, it can be stressful... but don’t panic! All over New York state, there are fun places that everyone (meaning you AND the kids) will love. The best part? They're only a car ride away - and some are even in our own backyard! So before the kids are off the bus for the summer, here are some fun family road trips you can plan that will guarantee that both you and the kids will have a blast this summer.

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Strong National Museum of Play

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About an hour down the thruway in Rochester, The Strong Museum is a must-go for families who love to have fun. The museum is filled with interactive toys, games, and displays that your kids will go nuts for. You, on the other hand, will geek out over their massive video game collection and archive of vintage toys from your childhood. Plus, you can check out the latest inductees of The National Toy Hall Of Fame - American Girl dolls, anyone?

The National Baseball Hall Of Fame

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If your kids are a little older and don’t mind a longer car ride, the National Baseball Hall Of Fame about three and a half hours away is perfect for a family of sports freaks. A fun weekend to go would be the weekend of the 2022 Induction Ceremony for David Ortiz in July, but be forewarned that it will definitely be the most crowded that Cooperstown gets all year. 

Lake George

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More of an outdoorsy family? Lake George is a perfect place to take the kids who don’t mind getting a little dirty. With tons of places to hike, bike, kayak, and swim, Lake George is a popular summer stop here in New York. Be sure to make time to hop on their legendary Minne Ha Ha steamboat to enjoy the warm summer breeze and gorgeous lake views. 

New York City

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Cue the Frank Sinatra… New York is back, baby! Now that covid restrictions are starting to loosen up, New York City is a great spot that has something for everyone. Catch a Broadway show, gasp in awe at the massive dinosaur bones at the Natural History Museum, climb the Statue of Liberty… the ideas are endless!

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