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Road Trip from NJ to Montreal in Summer with Children

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Road Trip from NJ to Montreal in Summer with Children

We are planning on taking a Road trip from NY/NJ to Montreal with our children, ages 10-14. Trip would be ~ 5.5 days with ~ 4 days in Montreal

Our thought was to go from

1) After work- NJ/NY to Saratoga Springs (Sleep in Saratoga Springs)

2) Next Day- Saratoga Springs to Burlington Vermont/Lake Champlain

3) Burlington Vermont/Lake Champlain to Montreal

Stay in Montreal for ~ 4 days

1) Leave Montreal in am maybe stopping by Lake George

2) (possible) Lake George to NY/NJ

Any thoughts as to itinerary and what to do in Montreal? The trip is NJ/NY t- Montreal and back, but we enjoy road trips and thought the stops along the way would be nice

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1. Re: Road Trip from NJ to Montreal in Summer with Children

Hi and welcome to the forum

I like your stops on your road trip--Saratoga Springs, Burlington, and Lake George are all great places. Perhaps a swing through Lake Placid on the return?

Also, just 24 miles east of Burlington on I-89 is Waterbury, VT, home of the Ben & Jerry's ice cream factory. It may be an interesting (and tasty) diversion for the kids.

You may want to post a note in the Montreal Forum for specific ideas as to what to see and do there (last time I was there was 1972, so I'm of little use in that regard).

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2. Re: Road Trip from NJ to Montreal in Summer with Children

Ben and Jerry's idea is great. Thank you

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It will be a pretty easy drive. Some other spots nearby: West Point, cool buildings in govt area of Albany ("egg on legs"), Vermont Country Store in Manchester, Vermont Teddy Bear Factory (not as cool now that BuildaBear is ubiquitous) and Fort Ticonderoga.

Lake George isn't all that fun for a day visitor with no boat, but Great Escape amusement park is nearby.

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Spent a fair share of time in VT..but not sure how far off the actual route you want to go. You are hugging the NY/VT border the whole time, so areas in the central park of the state, or even northern are taken out, like Stowe and such. However, Stowe is probably only an hour from Burlington, even though it is not summer time, still a nice place to look at etc.

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Le Festin du Gouverneur, Montreal, might be an event you can check out. It's been years since I went but it might be still operational. It's an evening of dining as it was in the 1700 and 1800 hundreds, and all the singing and dancing that went with that time. You did need reservations as seating is limited. Google it and you should be able to find out details.

You might want to spend time in Old Montreal for the architecture etc. also you might check out St. Joseph's Oratory. It's a beautiful church where many people have claimed to be healed of diseases and sickness. Lots of crutches etc. there as is the heart of St. Joseph in a case.

Another spot to visit is the botanical gardens.

Depending on when you go, Montreal has lots of events for your enjoyment such as a Jazz fest. You might want to do more googling for their event calendar. You won't get bored in Montreal, though the kids might present a small challenge to keep them occupied. Then again, depending on your kids, they may like as the events though not necessarily "kid" events. Good luck and enjoy!

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I am thinking of a similar trip in July of this year. Does anyone have a realistic estimate of how long it will take me to get from Princeton NJ up to Montreal? I get varying estimates between 6 1/2 to 10 hours. I have a 6 year old son and this will be the farthest we have traveled with him and want to know if it is realistic to try this drive in one shot.

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7. Re: Road Trip from NJ to Montreal in Summer with Children

Hi William,

Yes it is doable to drive it one-shot.

I live in Montreal and drove down to Ocean City, NJ last summer with a stop for lunch at Saratoga Spring. I left at 8am and arrived around 3-4 PM.

There is a lot to see and experiment in Montreal with or wihtout kids. Only one advice : once you parked your car at your hotel, leave it there! A lot of construction is planned this summer.

Few must-sees :

- Old Montreal / Old Port

- Food : Restaurants / bagel / smoked meat / poutine

- Commercial area (heart is St-Catherine street and Peel intersection)

- Place des Festival (always a free festival running there during summer)

- Parc du Mont-Royal (huge urban park - it's a mountain - in center of the town)

- Olympic Stadium area (Biodome, Botanical Garden, Insectarium...)

- Marché Jean-Talon (biggest open-air food market in North America - a must for foodies)

- Parc Jean-Drapeau (an island with a 6-Flag park, the F1 Grand Prix circuit, parks, an old fort and the Casino. The heart of the 1967 world Expo)

- McGill University campus

- Mont-Royal street (the cool/hipster street)

- Creacent street (terraces, pubs, restaurant)

- St-Denis street (terraces, pubs, restaurants - more French speaking area than Crescent which is more English-speaking)

Enjoy! Montreal is one of the greatest cities in the world when it's summer time :)

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8. Re: Road Trip from NJ to Montreal in Summer with Children

With a six year old, get up very early (even 4am if you can stand it) and drive to the Albany area before he wakes up. Stop for breakfast, then drive again until a lunch break around noon. Fort Ticonderoga area, maybe? Anyway, take time to see some things, eat, and run around for two or three hours. Then back in the car for the final leg.

We enjoy listening to radio shows for kids or audiobooks rather than plugging them into videos. It is more fun for everyone. Willie Nelson's "On The Road Again" gives you a sing along theme for the day when you get back on the road each time.

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