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Great November Getaways for NJ Teachers’ Convention School Break

Getaways for NJ Teachers' Convention | mid-hudson valley family travel

Guess what New Jersey parents? Your kids are about to have a 4-day weekend! November 9 – 12 is the NJEA Convention, aka the NJ Teachers’ Convention, when all public schools are closed while teachers attend a professional development conference in Atlantic City. Why not take advantage of the break and plan a getaway with the family?

The good news is that the crowds are usually thin, and prices low, for this long weekend in many destinations since only New Jersey public schools have off. (Which is not to say there are no crowds. At Disney World these November dates are called “New Jersey Week,” and the theme parks — and flights to Orlando, and actually Florida in general — are packed! And if you ask your kids, they’d probably like to avoid seeing their teachers in Atlantic City….)

Ready to take a break? Here are some great getaway options for NJ Teachers’ Convention School Break:

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Water Parks, Weekend Away

Family Water Fun at Camelback Resort’s Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark

Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark at Camelback Resort Lodge | family travel

Hold on to your inner tube, things are about to get exciting! Thirteen thrilling water slides, seven pools, a huge indoor/outdoor hot tub, a lazy river, cool wave pool, and a balmy year-round 84°­ temperature are just some of the epic adventures you’ll find at Aquatopia, a 125,000-square-foot indoor waterpark at Camelback Lodge in the Poconos.

My husband and I took our Gilmore Girls (who are now 9 and 12) for an overnight trip to Camelback Lodge to say goodbye to summer with a splash. We checked out all the sleek slide and pool action and all had a blast! Here’s the inside scoop on why Aquatopia is now one of our new favorite family indoor getaways:

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Lions, and Elephants, and Water Slides, Oh My! The Inside Scoop on Kalahari Water Park


Kalahari Water Park

Picture this: You’re going on a safari, but instead of searching out wild animals, you’re exploring 100,000 square feet of indoor waterpark to discover the fastest, wettest, wildest water slides in the Tri-State area. If this sounds like your idea of a great family adventure, you’re not alone. I’ve been to Africa multiple times, but I received more questions about my trip to Kalahari Water Park in the Poconos than I ever have about my overseas trips; everyone wants the inside scoop on getting wet.

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