Trip Advisor was our BFF on this trip. How DID people plan things without iPhones? We were anxious to see pretty things and looked up "family friendly hikes." Someone suggested the hike to Phelps Lake. At its base is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Center, which is really cool architecturally, and a great place to rest after hiking.
This was an easy hike, definitely enough to make you feel a little out of breath, but not crazy tired. It's mostly wooded, and you pass small waterfalls and streams along your hike.
After about a couple of miles, you walk up to this view!
It was a moment for me, as a parent, to hear my kids get so excited to see such beauty. They were in awe, and so was I.
Clear, shallow, cold water that turned into a pretty blue/green color. It beckoned to the boys. They were loving it.
The way down was much easier.
But still, Nathan needs lots of breaks ;)
Asher outside the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Center.