American Dream is the ultimate mix of shopping and fun experiences under one roof. Newly opened are the LEGOLAND Discovery Center, an indoor LEGO haven with an interactive ride and mini-NJ landmarks, SEA LIFE Aquarium, an underwater NYC with walk-thru tunnels, sharks and stingrays and TiLT museum, an interactive 3D art museum from Tracy Lee Stum. Other attractions include Big SNOW, a year-round indoor ski/snowboard park, DreamWorks Water Park, North America’s largest indoor water park and Nickelodeon Universe, a family-friendly indoor theme park along with two mini-golf courses, a mirror maze and an ice skating rink. Shopping standouts include JWoww’s new Heavenly Flower, trendy Primark or IT’SUGAR, which is a Willy Wonka fantasy come to life.
This scenic resort is a popular family destination in the Poconos that has year-round fun, from skiing and the indoor water park Aquatopia in the winter, to the outdoor Camelbeach Waterpark in the summer, along with a host of zip lines, Segway tours, an awesome mountain coaster and a TreeTop Adventures course. This summer, the resort is launching a unique Sunbowl Tubing experience where the winter snow tubing park is transformed for summer fun. You’ll be able to hop in a tube, ride to the top of the mountain and slide down the lanes on water. Also new is the Adventure Zone area, which has a Euro Bungee experience and climbing wall, and Ultimate Terrain Vehicle guided tours of the mountain. Stay a day or two at the resort so you have time to explore it all.
Crystal Springs Resort
This stunning resort in Vernon is a great choice for your family getaway or your own restorative self-care vacation. Choose from one of two hotels, the Grand Cascades Lodge or Minerals Hotel, with indoor and outdoor pools, including the Biosphere Pool Complex, which will make you feel like you’ve landed on a tropical island and the Vista 180° Pool Complex, which boasts stellar mountain views. Dine at one of the beautiful on-site restaurants, or tour the wine cellar. Make time for treatments at one of two day spas, Elements and Reflections, where you can pamper yourself with a variety of massages, scrubs and facials. Go outdoors to try hiking, horseback riding, goat yoga or golfing. If the kids want more action, take them to nearby Mountain Creek for a host of adventures, including zip lines, mountain bike courses and more.
LEGOLAND New York Resort
The much-anticipated LEGOLAND New York Resort is now open for visitors. So far, six of the seven lands are open to guests. With loads of rides, NINJAGO fun and a cool castle, this theme park won’t disappoint. The signature MINILAND, which features replicas of New York destinations, is a must. Kids can get their license at the LEGO City’s Jr. Driving School and don’t forget to take a factory tour. The new LEGOLAND is located in Goshen, NY and is a doable day trip. In the near future, you’ll be able to stay over at the LEGOLAND Hotel which will have themed rooms.
New York City
Broadway isn’t reopening until September, but the city is ready for business and full of fun. The Harry Potter flagship store just opened in the Flatiron district. This magical shop is home to the world’s largest HP and Fantastic Beasts collection and authentic props, 10,000 wands, unique photos ops and a Butterbeer Bar. Also open is the Immersive Van Gogh exhibit, which showcases oversized versions of the artist’s paintings projected on the walls so you can experience “The Starry Night” in a whole new way. And one of our favorite places to soak up history is the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum complex. Recently reopened, visitors can explore the submarine Growler, the Space Shuttle Pavilion and more.