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Buffalo Magazine: Travel

Eleven years ago, former Buffalonian Doug Hopkins and his family lived a comfortable, accomplished cookie-cutter life in Connecticut. Doug was a lawyer for the Environmental Defense Fund and co-founder of their Oceans Program.  His wife, Kyle, was an actress and singer, but focused on raising their daughters, Eliza and Abigail. Doug was passionate about his job, but alw…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

For many Western New York families, the much-needed respite following a brutal winter means a trip to central Florida. With direct flights from Buffalo to Orlando and days of fun to be had at major theme parks, what’s not to love? For many families, it’s the cost: the average week with Mickey and the princesses will set you back $5,000 for a family of four. But there is…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

After the final blaze of glory from the fireworks, lasers and 200,000 shimmering white lights draped over Cinderella’s Castle, the dazzled holiday crowd at Walt Disney World slowly begins to exit. As they stroll down Main Street, U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom, the sounds of Manheim Steamroller’s pumped-up holiday tunes fill the air. The stores are decorated with wreaths, …

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

A trip to New York City can procure a list of varied reactions: excitement, anxiety, joy at the idea of basking in the bright lights of a city that never sleeps, tears, general nausea, lightheaded wonder — and that’s only from booking a hotel in midtown Manhattan. Such an incredibly massive city presents an equally massive scale of options — so many, in fact, that any sens…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

You know the reaction a Buffalonian gets when he confesses he’s never seen Niagara Falls? Longtime Finger Lakes residents might get the same look for never having strolled the streets of Skaneateles, an upscale central New York spot renowned for its natural beauty, eclectic shops and impressive 1800s architecture. Living only an hour from this Onondaga County village at…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

When the summer hits, many Western New York families head for the highways. But a road trip is not as simple as it sounds, and there is some planning to do for successful — and safe — travel. From making sure you have your car prepared in the unlikely event of a roadside emergency, to keeping the kids occupied and staving off the “I’m boreds," we’ve got you covered. Here a…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

While there’s something to be said for umbrella-drinks-on-the-beach vacations — and the mental break that comes with them — there are also getaways that expand your mind instead of emptying it. You can spend a week (or a whole summer) exploring some of life’s most important questions just 90 minutes south of Buffalo at The Chautauqua Institution, a 750-acre lake community …

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

Looking for a novel way to spend a night in Toronto? Many of the city’s top family attractions offer sleepover options you (and the kids) won’t soon forget. Sleep with the fishes Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada offers an overnight adventure called “Sleep with Sharks,” where families can spread their sleeping bags out in a 315-foot-long acrylic tunnel under the Dangerous Lago…