3 NYC Family-Friendly Road Trips

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Three road trips that will have you there before you know it.

Cold Spring, New York: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Don’t miss:
Chow down on brick-oven pizzas at Riverview Restaurant (45 Fair Street; 845-265-4778) before taking the Cold Spring Trolley (Friday-Sunday, from the Visitor’s Center, Main Street) to Boscobel House & Gardens (1601 Route 9d, Garrison; 845-265-3638), a sprawling Federal-style mansion.
Why it sparkles: Boscobel’s Twilight Tours (November 13, 20, 27; 5 & 6 p.m. Adults, $18; children 6-14, $8; under 6, free) are candlelit and led by docents in full 19th-century costume.
Stay the night: Hunker down at Hudson House River Inn (2 Main Street; 845-265-9355), where the Half-Moon Tavern’s irresistible popovers are complemented by the River Room’s stunning views.

Litchfield, Connecticut: 2 hours
Don’t miss:
Drive over the quaint, one-lane West Cornwall covered bridge before heading to The Institute for American Indian Studies (38 Curtis Road, Washington; 860-868-0518), a museum with an Algonkian village and the Children’s Discovery Room, where they can experience Native American life as it was 600 years ago.
Why it’s sweet: Indulge in everything from kid-friendly gummies to mom-pleasing artisanal chocolate at Sweeets (13 East Shore Road, New Preston; 860-868-3388) before a stop at The Silo at Hunt Hill Farm (44 Upland Road, New Milford; 860-355-0300), a wonderful mix of farmland, galleries, and a cooking school.
Stay the night: Make a historic night of it at Tollgate Hill (571 Torrington Road; 860-567-1233), a refurbished schoolhouse turned inn and restaurant.

Lenox, Massachusetts: 3 hours
Don’t miss:
At Hancock Shaker Village (1843 West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield; 413-443-0188) farm animals, weaving on a loom, a round barn tour, and a live beehive are all on offer.
Why it’s inspired: Just up the road, check out the very manageable Williams College Museum of Art (15 Lawrence Hall Drive, suite 2, Williamstown; 413-597-2429). The first Friday of every month, story time in the galleries integrates picture books with the art on the walls.
Stay the night: More than just a place to rest your head, the Cranwell Resort (55 Lee Road; 413-637-1364) is known for golf, swimming, and nature walks on the property.

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Whitney Wees: Hopper’s New York City
Families with kids ages 4 and 5 tour the blockbuster show Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time.
Why: Big-time art in small-people speak.
When: Sat., 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Where: Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Ave., at 75th St. (212-570-3600). Register online at whitney.org. Families, $10.

The Deedle Deedle Dees Family Variety Show
Brooklyn’s finest family band hosts a rock ’n’ roll extravaganza.
Why: Tunes about history (“Underground Railroad”) and science (“Rancher Ants”) are a real education.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.
Where: Knitting Factory Brooklyn, 361 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn (347-529-6696). Tickets online at ticketfly.com. Individual tickets, $10; family pass, $20.

National Dance Institute’s Celebration Team
Enjoy an afternoon of music and movement by 70 of the city’s most talented kids.
Why: They like to move it.
When: Sat., 2 p.m.
Where: Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th St. Tickets at 212-864-5400 or online at symphonyspace.org. Adults, $25; children, $15.

Photo: Courtesy of Hancock Shaker Village

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Hudson House River Inn
2 Main St
Cold Spring, NY 10516
Tollgate Hill
571 Torrington Rd
Litchfield, CT 06759
The Institute for American Indian Studies
38 Curtis Rd
Washington, CT 06793
Riverview Restaurant
45 Fair St
Cold Spring, NY 10516
Boscobel House and Gardens
1601 Rt 9d
Garrison, NY 10524
The Silo at Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Rd
New Milford, CT 06776
Hancock Shaker Village
1843 W Housatonic St
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club
55 Lee Rd
Lenox, MA 01240
Williams College Museum of Art
15 Lawrence Hall Dr
ste 2
Williamstown, MA 01267
13 E Shore Rd
New Preston, CT 06777
Knitting Factory Brooklyn
361 Metropolitan Ave
@ Havemeyer St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
945 Madison Ave
@ 75th St
New York, NY 10021
2537 Broadway
@ 95th St
New York, NY 10025