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Below is a listing of many attractions that are open during January and February’s winter break. Please call or email in advance of your trip to confirm the list information (prices, hours, location, etc.). Though we tried to be as inclusive as possible, it is impossible to include every attraction within the New York area.
New York CityPass tickets are booklets with discounted tickets to the following listed attractions in New York City. They’re available for purchase online at www.citypass.com/city/ny, or at any of the participating locations for use at the American Museum of Natural History, Empire State Building Observatory, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art and the Cloisters, The Guggenheim Museum, and your choice of a Circle Line sightseeing Cruise or a Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Cruise. During the Winter Special, CityPass is valid from now to March 31. Youth (12-17), $54 ($93.50 value); Adults, $74 ($134 value). For children under 12, it’s cheaper to buy tickets at the individual attractions, but you will have to wait in line to do so. CityPass booklets are also available for Philadelphia and Boston at www.citypass.com.
Bush-Holley Historic Site & Visitor Center
Where: 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob/ Greenwich (off exit 4)
Contact: 203-869-6899; www.hstg.org
Hours: Closed Mondays;
Gallery, Tues.- Sun., Noon-4 pm;
Tours are only on weekends between Noon and 4
Admission: Children under 6, free; Students, $4; Adults, $6; Seniors, $4; Groups of 10 or more must make reservations at a rate of $4 per person
Learn about the history of the Bush-Holley House, from the Colonial-era family that lived there through the art colony that grew there.
Mark Twain’s House
Where: 351 Farmington Avenue at Woodland Street, Hartford (I-84 Ex. 46)
Contact: 860-247-0998; www.marktwainhouse.org
Hours: Museum, Closed Tuesdays; Mon., Weds.-Sat., 9:30 am-5:30 pm; Sun., Noon-5:30 pm;
Historic House, guided tours only; Last tour at 4:30 pm
Admission: Children under 6, free; Children (6-16), $8; Adults, $14; Seniors, $12; Discounts available for groups of 10 or more
The Mark Twain House is a National Historic Landmark, 19-room, Tiffany-decorated Victorian mansion where Mark Twain lived with his family.
New London, CT
Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
Where: 10 North Water Street, Norwalk (I-95 Ex. 14N/15S)
Contact: 203-852-0700; www.maritimeaquarium.org; Group reservations call between 9:30 am-4:30 pm
Hours: Daily, 10 am-5 pm;
IMAX films: Daily, call for schedule.
Admission: Children under 2, free; Children (2-12), $8.50; Adults, $10.50; Seniors, $9.50;
IMAX Admission; Children, $6; Adults, $8.50; Seniors, $7.50; Tickets may be purchased online
Seal feedings take place 3 times a day; Winter Creature Cruises sail Jan. 4 & 18 and Feb. 1 & 15. IMAX Theater features the Grand Canyon Adventure, and Wild Ocean.
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Where: 125 West Bay Road, Amherst
Contact: 413-658-1100; www.carlemuseum.org
Hours: Closed Mondays;
Tues.-Fri., 10 am-4 pm; Sun., Noon-5 pm
Admission: Members, free; Children under 1, free; Youth (1-18), $5; Student with valid ID, $5; Teacher with valid ID, $5; Adults, $7; Seniors (65+), $5; Family (2 Adults & 2 Youths or 1 Adult & 3 Youths), $20
Current exhibitions include Over Rainbows and Down Rabbit Holes: The Art of Children’s Books, Selections from The Art of Eric Carle, through January 25, and Petra Mathers: Lottie’s New Friend. 80/40: Celebrating the Birthdays of Eric Carle and The Very Hungry Caterpillar will be on exhibit starting February 10.
Where: 290 Wood Road., Braintree
Contact: 781-848-2300, www.f1boston.com
Hours: Hours of Operation, Sun., 9 am-10 pm; Mon.-Thur., 9 am-11 pm; Fri.-Sat., 9 am-Midnight;
Racing Hours, Sun., 9 am-10 pm; Mon.-Thur., Noon-10 pm; Fri., Noon-11 pm; Sat., 9 am-11 pm Admission: To race at F1 Boston all drivers must be over 18 and hold a valid driver’s license in order to obtain an F1 Boston Race license. Day License, $10.00; Annual License, $25.00; Competition License, $40.00; Track, $28.00; Reservations recommended
With racing and billiards, F1Boston is a better suited to the older kids. By older kids, we may mean adults.
Sandwich Glass Museum
Where: 129 Main St., Sandwich
Contact: 508-888-0251; www.sandwichglassmuseum.org
Hours: Closed January; Closed Mondays and Tuesdays;
Weds.-Sun., 9:30 am-4 pm
Admission: Children under 6, free; Children (6-14), $1.25; Adults, $5
Collection of 5,000 pieces of antique glass; Recreation of the home of Rebecca Burgess, who acted as navigator on board a clipper ship headed to Chile in the 1850s.
Old Sturbridge Village
Where: 1 Old Strubridge Road, Sturbridge
Contact: 508-347-3362; www.osv.org
Hours: Closed Mondays;
Tues.-Sun., 9:30 am-4 pm
Admission: Children under 3, free; Youths (3-17), $7; Adults, $20; Seniors (65 and older), $18; Military discount available with valid ID; Group rates available by advance reservation
Old Sturbridge Village, staffed with history interpreters, is the largest outdoor museum in the Northeast. Check the Activities & Events page on their website for calendar listings in January and February.
Where: 111 Highway 35 South, Cliffwood (Exit 120, Garden State Pkwy)
Contact: 732-583-4600; www.funtimeamerica.com
Hours: Sun., 10 am-10 pm; Mon.-Weds., Noon-9 pm; Thur., Noon-10 pm; Fri., Noon-11 pm; Sat., 10 am-Midnight
Admission: Free, pay for rides and games individually
Safe family fun, ranging from a Rock Wall to Laser Tag. A Science Center, Video Arcade, and Softplay Castle add to the options. Value Packages available.
Florham Park, NJ
Imagine That !!! Discovery Museum for Children
Where: 4 Vreeland Road, Florham Park
Contact: 973-966-8000; www.imaginethatmuseum.com
Hours: Daily, 10 am-5:30 pm
Admission: Children under 1, free; Children, $9.95; Adults, $7.95; Children must be accompanied by an adult; No strollers allowed
16,000 square foot Interactive Children’s Museum for toddlers to age 8. Over 50 safe hands-on exhibits to explore. Check the Calendar page on their website for Weekend activities.
Jersey City, NJ
Liberty Science Center
Where: Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City
Contact: 201-200-1000; www.lsc.org
Hours: Closed Mondays;
Tues.-Fri., 9 am-4 pm; Sun., 9 am-5 pm
Admission: Children under 2, free;
Exhibits, Junior (2-12), $11.50; Adult (13+), $15.75; Teacher, $5; Senior (62+), $11.50;
IMAX, Junior (6-12), $7; Adult (13+), $9; Teacher, $8; Senior, $7; Combo Tickets vailable;
IMAX Movies are not suitable for children under 6; Group prices available
Exhibits cover topics such as infection, the food chain, fossil fuels, and skyscrapers. Special events are listed on their website on the Public Programming page. Movie listings are on the Theaters page.
The Newark Museum
Where:49 Washington Street, Newark
Contact: 973-596-6550; www.newarkmuseum.org
Hours: Closed Mondays and Tuesdays; Open Monday January 19 and Monday February 16
Weds.-Fri., Noon-5 pm; Sat.-Sun., 10 am-5 pm;
Admission: Museum, Members, free; Children, $6; Students with valid ID, $6; Adults, $9; Seniors with valid ID, $6;
Planetarium, Children under 12, $2; Students with valid ID, $2; Adults, $3; Seniors with valid ID, $2; Discounts available
With a wide variety of exhibits, tours, galleries, and a Junior Museum, there’s plenty to explore. Check the Family Programs Calendar on their website to see what special activities, tours, and shows are featured each day.
Bergen County Zoological Park
Where: Forest Ave, Paramus
Contact: 201-262-3771 ext 10; www.co.bergen.nj.us/parks/parks/zoo.htm
Hours: Daily, 10 am-4:30 pm
The zoo, situated in Van Saun Park, has a wide variety of animals living in recreated natural habitats. The zoo includes a petting area and playground.
New Jersey Children’s Museum
Where: 599 Valley Health Plaza, Paramus
Contact: 201-262-5151; www.njcm.com
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 am-6 pm; Sat.-Sun., 10 am-6 pm
Admission: Children under 1, free; All others, $10 plus tax per person; Group rates are available
Play and learning areas include the Wild West, a Ballet Studio, a Giant Train Set, and a Construction Zone. January 18 is the 12th annual Teddy Bear Weekend Jamboree. See their website for details.
Garden State Exhibit Center, Kids Fun Fair and Traveling Zoo
Where: 50 Atrium Drive, Somerset
Contact: 732-469-4000; www.commerfordzoo.com
Hours: Sun., Jan. 18, 10 am-6 pm
Admission: Children under 12, free; All others $10 per person; Game and ride tickets are $2 each
With games, rides, and animals, this indoor Fair and Zoo are not to be missed!
West Orange, NJ
Where: 560 North Field Ave, West Orange
Contact: 973-731-5800; www.turtlebackzoo.com
Hours: Daily, 10 am-3:30 pm; Park closes half hour after last admission
Admission: Children under 2, free; Children, $3; Adults, $6; Seniors, $3
The zoo features a new endangered species carousel. Group rates are available for groups over 15 people; winter season group rates are $3 per person (pre-paid). Information as well as a map can be found on the website.
Long Island, NY
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