Staten Island Yankees are a minor-league baseball affiliate of the New York Yankees.
Admittedly, the standard of baseball is not as high as the NY Yankees or NY Mets, but they have a super ballpark.
Take the free Staten Island ferry from lower Manhattan, giving you a perfect view of the Statue of Liberty. 30 minutes later you arrive at Staten Island, right beside the ballpark. From your seat in the ballpark there are fantastic views to Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.
The most expensive ticket is $13, while a draught beer is $5. A community atmosphere IS New York City.
Richmond County Ballpark, Staten Island. www.siyanks.com
When travelling with small children you are entitled to a free porter service at both eurostar stations.
Just ask. This service normally costs £10. I didn't know until someone pointed it out to me as I had so much luggage I had to ask for help.
Visit the Parc Floral de Paris, great for everyone - the most amazing play equipment for children, great cafe with amazing food especially the desserts, classical music at weekends.
Even better, it's free in the winter, and one Euro in the summer - a bargain for 70p!
Northwood is a beautiful Victorian house right on the beach front of St Annes with the most stunning views across the sea.
There are two fantastically modern, ensuite B&B rooms decorated with style and a great deal of thought for comfort and practicality. Far from the traditional and rather basic ideas of the average B&B room, the rooms at Northwood could easily rival deluxe bedrooms at many a top-end hotel with carefully chosen themes, colours, soft furnishings and art work.
The owners of Northwood are incredibly friendly and make sure you feel totally catered for and will go out of their way to see that you have access to all that the surrounding area offers.
The owners are also very child-friendly and being parents themselves, they were amazing in helping out with any child-related items we had forgotten to bring. It's the only B&B I've ever stayed in that manages to remain sleek, elegant and stylish whilst catering so wonderfully to children.
Northwood is ideally situated for the beach, the pier, shops in St Annes Square, the trendy restaurant scene in Lytham, traditional seaside fun in Blackpool and it's ideal for golfers who wish to take advantage of Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club. I really couldn't fault it. If you're looking for a comfortably modern and stylish place to stay with a relaxing, friendly atmosphere then I can't recommend Northwood highly enough. It's certainly the best B&B I've stayed in and will be returning there in the very near future.
24 North Promenade
St Annes On Sea
Forget the mega cash cow that is the Yankees (Manyoo of baseball) as a Mets game helps you get under the skin of US culture and out into New York proper where the locals live and play.
Don't expect a footy crowd atmosphere but do soak up the family-orientated game that combines Mexican waves with drinking overpriced Bud and eating as much saturated fat as you can in three hours. Over 50k in Shea Stadium and even then it didn't seem full. What a great experience!
Get your cap and t-shirt, along with your tickets from the club shop on 42nd St near 6th Ave. Paid about 30 quid for two tickets but they start from only $9 (yes, $9!) depending on where you want to sit.
Brand new stadium being built next door opening in the next couple of years so you better be quick to get a sense of the history of Shea.
Take the 7 subway all the way from either Times Sq/42nd or Grand Central. The express misses out some of the local stops. The return is very simple as they run lots of trains so there's not much jostling to get a train.
Interesting alternative would be the ferry from South Street Seaport. Think it's only about $20 return.
Shea Stadium, Queens.
Take the '7' subway line from Manhattan
We've just come back from a very sunny holiday in Estepona. Had a difficult time on the beach with our eight month old son, as he was very hot and starting to burn where the suncream rubbed off.
We found a great Spanish-in-English site selling these baby-sized pop-up tent shade things. Great for his nap too. They sent it to us the next day and didn't charge shipping. Was only about 25 euros too.
I grew up in Warwick and the three best things about it were (indeed I think still are) the pizzas at Piccolinos, the Castle and the best local park ever, St Nicholas's.
Avon Guest House is a lovely bed and breakfast 5 minutes' walk away from all three, making it perfect for families. Run by a lovely couple who are really welcoming and knowledgable about all the local attractions and the sights to be found a short bus/train/car ride away (Stratford-Upon-Avon, The Cotswolds).
It's chintz-free and more like a hotel than a standard B&B. I had one of the best nights' sleep on a super comfy bed and woke up to the smell of bacon frying downstairs - heaven. They also do the most perfect scrambled eggs (apart from my boyfriend's!)
Although Paris is not the most toddler-friendly city, there are a few tricks that make life a lot easier when travelling with a young child.
One tip is if you're travelling to Paris via Eurostar - if you have a small child you can jump the taxi queue at Gard du Nord. People with infants can go straight to the front of the line.
If you're travelling with children and you're looking to kill a few hours before departing from Gare du Nord, visit the Parc de la Villette.
There are some fantastic adventure playgrounds that will keep kids of all ages amused for hours. It's fully secured allowing you time to relax before leaving Paris.
With any luck, the kids will tire themselves out too, making for an easier journey home!
An unassuming hostel, up the side of a hill, near Dunmanway in Co. Cork
Quiet and peaceful, you can camp, stay in an old gypsy caravan, sleep in the dorm, or take the family room with private bathroom.
A beautiful little place on the shore of the lake and away from all the tourists! It's one of the first Maori settlements, so really historic and has lovely little baches to stay in among the most amazing native bush.
There's loads to do, swimming, fishing, hiking etc. Ideal for families but it's quiet enough to get lost in the beauty of it all, so ideal for friends to just stay and chill out like we did.
There are natural hot pools close by and the mountain is also a short drive away for skiing. It's a great place to stay on the way to somewhere else as it's in the middle of the North Island. We stayed in a little bach for only £40 a night and it slept 8! Keep away from the big towns I say, and get back to nature!
Stunningly beautiful beach with sand as soft as dust and as golden as any postcard you've seen or any dream you've ever had.
The surfing's great, the beach is safe for kids, there's an island you can walk to at low tide with its own private beach and marine eco-system. It is paradise on Earth.
On the south-east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, North Island.
Walking distance from the city centre, Hietaranta is sheltered by the city, with perfectly clean water and is so shallow as to be very child friendly.
A must see in the summer and also in the winter when the sea freezes (supposedly). We spent a great afternoon there in mid August with only about 30 other people. A real highlight.
Hiekkarannantie, 00100 Helsinki
Great to visit there is something for everyone Disneyland for the kids and the Moulin Rouge for adults.
If you are on a tight budget there are still lots of things to do get a good guide book and DIY touring round Paris - have also found things to do for free via the internet ie free concerts in parks and churches all over the city.
Pick up an entertainment weekly for details.
The Ste Chapelle church on Ile de la Cite is an absolute must to visit.
Quite impressive downstairs, but the stained glass windows upstairs are incredible. Make sure you pick up an information sheet and look at some of the detail on the windows which all represent different books in the Bible.
It kept our party ranging in age from 12 to 50 occupied for the best part of an hour. Well worth the small entrance fee and much more interesting than Notre Dame just down the road.
If taking kids to Paris you don't have to pay a fortune for a hotel.
We've stayed in campsites both within and outside the city, they are loaded with things to do for children after a day taking in the sights and these days caravans and even tents have facilities that more than match most hotels and a lot more besides.
This is a great introduction to one of Africa's most glamourous animals. They pose like supermodels and the wardens are extremely knowledgeable. On top of all that, you get to feed the giraffe at their head height which is a breathtaking experience.
Giraffe Centre, Karen, Nairobi
We had a great time in Holland on the family bike tour.
After a rocky start - we missed our flights out of Stansted by five minutes - we contacted the tour direct and arranged to meet them at their 2nd point on the itinerary, Hoorn.
Caught a later flight out of Stansted to Amsterdam, then a train straight from the Airport to Hoorn, taxi to the docks and then wandered about until we spotted lots of people on bikes coming off a boat.
The tour was well planned with no hiccups. It was very leisurely and even at four months pregnant and a four-year-old we managed to cycle the distances easily. We encountered a few rain soaked rides, some strong head winds but also some lovely sunshine.
We cycled through farm land, forests, canals, opening bridges, crossed on ferries, opened lochs, each day bringing a new challenge and scenery.
Our son Oscar loved his tandem bike and he had many people turning heads to see them ride.
The food on board the Amsterdam barge was of a fantastic quality and the hospitality was very generous.
The holiday was organised by UK company 2 Wheel Treks.
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