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Oswego’s attractions include historic boats, a fort and a bookstore

By Eileen Gilligan

If you’re looking for a new spot to take the kids on a summer day trip, consider Oswego, our own port city, just an hour from Syracuse on Lake Ontario.

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A Rochester jaunt offers many possibilities

Story By Eileen Gilligan  | Photos by Michael Davis

Most Central New York parents know about the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester. But the Flower City offers much more for children and parents to explore after a mere 70-minute drive from Syracuse.

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Fossils, gorges, ice cream, etc., mean multiple excursions

By Eileen Gilligan

Waterfalls, hands-on science and homemade ice cream: the perfect ingredients for a true summer vacation daytrip. And it’s all just about an hour away in Ithaca. For some reason, many Central New Yorkers, me included, don’t head to Ithaca often enough to experience all the child-friendly activities available.

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Get your money’s worth with a simple, family-friendly itinerary

By Eileen Gilligan

My first trip to Boston was in the midst of the American Revolution, as far as my seventh-grade social studies class was concerned. My sister had started college there and she led my mother and me along the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile-long path that winds through the city, hitting 16 historic spots. The trail’s brightly colored footsteps and red brick path mark the way on the street and sidewalks, even into cemeteries and churches. Brochures and maps are available online and at visitor centers. I found the trail fun and fascinating, wrote my class paper on it and have loved Boston ever since.

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