Thanks to Bedford Jeep for collaborating on this post. As always, opinions are my own.
Bedford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is located in Bedford Hills, NY and is the premiere dealership in Bedford Hills and recently received the Customer First Award for Excellence for 2018. Their dealers have achieved the highest level of customer experience in the 5 areas of Performance Measures, Process Validation, Employee Survey, Training Certification, and Faculty Certification.
No secret here, I have a lot of family in upstate New York. Growing up, when I mentioned my family was from New York I got a lot of “oh, New York City.” I’m here to say there is a lot outside of the city – and now that I’ve traveled upstate with my kids several times, there’s a lot to do with kids too!
Animal Adventure Park – This for-profit animal park grew in popularity two years ago when April the giraffe was expecting her baby giraffe. In fact, Tajiri was born the day of my daughter’s first birthday party, and I watched it on a live video. We had plans to visit family a few months later, and made sure Animal Adventure Park was part of our visit! My kids loved it, and of course the giraffes were one of our favorite parts.
Hiking – I posted about our trip to Salt Springs State Park when we did that hike a few years ago. It’s such a fun one, and my son had a blast. He was almost 4 when we did that hike, and it wasn’t too strenuous for him. I would love to get my kids back up there soon. Oh, and while this is technically in Pennsylvania, it’s just a few miles over the state line. It’s worth the trip.
Spiedie Festival – If you haven’t had spiedies, you haven’t truly visited upstate New York. Binghamton is home to Spiedie Fest and the hot air balloons take off that weekend. It’s quite a site and very entertaining! If you aren’t around for that weekend, you can still get spiedies at a variety of local restaurants in the area. (Or try to make your own, but that’s a post for another day. Just know that spiedies are pretty awesome.)
Binghamton Zoo (formerly Ross Park Zoo) – This is the fifth oldest zoo in the US and is home to the Ross Park Carousel which was installed in 1920. Binghamton is actually known as the Carousel Capital of the World, which I think is pretty fun.
If you don’t get to hike Salt Springs, the upstate is great for getting outdoors and hiking or fishing – especially as you get closer to fall and the leaves are changing.