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
What: 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
What: 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
What: 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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