Judy Antell, TravelingMom with Pets

Judy Antell, TravelingMom with Pets

Judy Antell is the Free in 50 States editor of TravelingMom. Judy lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with her husband, three daughters, yellow lab, and tiger cat. Karat, the dog is always eager to hop in the car and road trip. Karat especially loves to hike and search for scraps outside artisanal bakeries. Read Judy's blog.

Washington D.C. on the Fly: Spontaneous Day Trips from the Capital City

Have you ever had to change travel plans last minute? TravelingMom Judy Antell was in Washington DC recently and had to totally rearrange her itinerary. But there are so many things to do in DC that the trip was still a success. And a Washington DC day trip works for visitors and residents. Undrinkable water. A murder. Unbearable heat. Sounds like a vacation gone awry, in some remote location off most tourists’ radar. But no, my husband and I were in Washington, DC, for one last weekend before our middle daughter left the city for good. Or bad. Yet, with...

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Should You Visit Times Square with Kids? Yes! Here’s Why

Wonder what Times Square is really like – up close and personal? Local resident and Vegetarian TravelingMom Judy Antell says the family-friendly area is safe and loaded with kid-friendly attractions. Read her account to learn why Times Square is the place to be in NYC – for the entire family! My college student daughter and I recently spent the night at the new Embassy Suites by Hilton New York Midtown and found plenty of attractions in the Times Square area to fill our time. This central location is a couple of blocks from the Empire State Building, Bryant Park, the...

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Running at Disney: How to stay fit at Disney World

Some visitors to Walt Disney World complain of tired feet and long walks. But Vegetarian TravelingMom Judy Antell doesn’t rest her weary feet. She laces up her running shoes and hits the pavement for more. If fitness travel is your jam, read these tips on running at Disney. And use the packing list to plan your next trip. Disney World is not all tiaras and Star Wars. It is often tiaras and Star Wars and runners. But runDisney is not my thing. The crowds, costumes, early start times and expensive entry fees…and have I mentioned the crazy early start...

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Yes You Can! Hamptons Traffic Hack

After years of sitting in beach bound traffic, TravelingMom Judy Antell discovered the ultimate Hamptons traffic hack: stay in Quogue, Hampton Bays, or Westhampton Beach. These towns offer access to the same gorgeous beaches, but they are 20 or so miles from where the traffic really accrues. And with a bicycle, you can go tour around and pedal past all the cars. Ever since the rise of Waze, the back roads of the Hamptons, New York City’s premiere beach retreat, have been exposed. But there are still ways to avoid the soul-crushing traffic that overwhelms many surf seekers. We...

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11 FREE Things to do in Philadelphia

Philadelphia may be a small city by some standards, but it is rich in history and art and has a growing foodie culture. For a family, the walkable city is the perfect size and Philadelphia free attractions abound. Vegetarian TravelingMom Judy Antell loves to explore the free fun in Philly, from the area around Independence Hall to Franklin Square and beyond.   What is free in Pennsylvania? Head to the biggest city, Philadelphia Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania and was a centerpiece of early American history. The social and geographical center of America’s original 13 colonies, Philadelphia...

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The St. Louis Gateway Arch Got a Makeover – What You Need to Know Before You Go

One of the key things to do in St. Louis is see the Gateway Arch. But if you live in St. Louis, as Vegetarian TravelingMom Judy Antell did for college and graduate school, you go to the St. Louis Gateway Arch once and that’s it. The arch now deserves a second or third look, as it received a makeover, with a revitalized entry and a brand new museum underneath. The area also has a new name. The Gateway Arch National Park, previously the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, reopens July 3, 2018. Riding to the top of the St. Louis...

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Dog friendly DC: Exploring the Capital with a Canine

When Vegetarian TravelingMom Judy Antell would bring her young children to Washington, DC, they had to balance museum going with running around. Now that her kids are older and she brings the dog, she has to do the same thing, plus add finding a dog friendly hotel. Read on to learn how it can be done. Washington, DC has many family friendly destinations, but did you know it is also dog friendly? We spent a few days in the capital, dog in tow. Our hotel, Canopy by Hilton, welcomed dogs. And families. Instead of a manager, the hotel has...

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Essential Travel: A Weekender’s Guide to Brooklyn, NY

Seen all the sights in Manhattan? Discover Brooklyn. Vegetarian TravelingMom Judy Antell moved to the borough in graduate school and never left. After raising three daughters here, she is a huge champion of Brooklyn. And she holds out hope that she can one day introduce grandchildren to its delights. Spend a weekend in Brooklyn. Or a lifetime. Many tourists only see Brooklyn from its iconic bridge, walking over from Manhattan and then returning. But Brooklyn, larger than Manhattan and filled with museums, restaurants, parks and beaches, deserves its own trip. Here are some highlights for a weekend in Brooklyn....

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Gateway to Fun: 17 Fun FREE Things to Do in St. Louis

As a college student in St. Louis, MO, many years ago, Vegetarian TravelingMom Judy Antell took advantage of free fun around the city. The Anheuser-Busch Brewery topped the list. On a recent trip, she discovered even more free things to do in St. Louis. One of the most exciting is the new museum under the Gateway Arch, opening July 3. Returning to a place where you used to live can be jarring. I spent five years in St. Louis, Missouri, in college and graduate school, but hadn’t been back since my 10th college reunion. Let’s just say it was...

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Saint Paul for Families: 5 Best Activities

Saint Paul MN, aka ‘the other twin city’ has many free family activities. But if you want to spend some money, Saint Paul has you covered, too. After visiting Minneapolis several times, Vegetarian TravelingMom Judy Antell had a chance to explore Saint Paul. Here are five of the best activities for families. On previous trips to the Twin Cities, I only went to Minneapolis. But I felt bad about neglecting Saint Paul and spent a recent long weekend exploring the city. While the city is smaller, there are many things to do in St. Paul MN. While downtown attractions...

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