Wild Center Connects People and Nature

Wild Center - The PInes

When the Wild Center opened near Lake Placid, New York in 2006 it was hailed as “the place to go” by the The Boston Globe. A crowd of more than 5000–the largest Adirondacks gathering since the 1980 Olympics–attended the opening celebrations. By the time that I arrived with my family in 2011, the Wild Center …

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Biltmore Photo Tour

Biltmore - front exterior photo. | Asheville, NC

Touring Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, New York, I was surprised to hear that it was built by one of the more frugal of William Vanderbilt’s eight sons. That assertion becomes a lot more clear if you happen to visit the house his youngest son built in Asheville, North Carolina–Biltmore, the largest home in the …

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The Roosevelt Story In Hyde Park, New York

FDR Home - History Speaks Tour - costumed interpreters: Butler, Cook, Maid, and Secret Service Agent

In a time when American presidents struggle to hold on to approval ratings into a second term, it’s hard to imagine a politician with lasting power. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the only American president elected to more than two terms, holding office for a dozen years over four terms. Discover the secret of his popularity at …

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Storming the Castle on the Bannerman Island Tour

Exterior shot of Bannerman Castle on Pollepel Island in the Hudson River.

Starting this week, it will be a little easier to visit the mysterious castle ruins seen from train windows on the Hudson lines. On May 4th, Bannerman Castle Trust will officially debut the new-to-them RV Estuary Steward, a 40′ by 12.5′ boat donated by the Esopus Meadows Lighthouse. I had a chance to check out …

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Do You Have What It Takes to Score White House Egg Roll Tickets?

easter egg roll

On Easter Monday this April 1, 2013, the hottest ticket in the Northeast will be for the annual White House Egg Roll in Washington, D.C. when more than 30,000 people will swarm the presidential lawns in search of fun games, the Easter Bunny, and the coveted wooden Easter egg. What most folks don’t realize is that …

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Tips for a Family-Friendly Tour of the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth

Kimbell Museum - Family viewing Delacroix's Selim and Zulleika - a tragedy about a harem girl and a pirate inspired by Lord Byron's romantic poetry.

Waiting in line at LaGuardia Airport, I met a group of high school students heading home to Fort Worth, Texas after a fine arts tour of New York City. Which was somewhat ironic since I had just returned from a whirlwind tour of the City of Cowboys and Culture, home to some of the nation’s …

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