Destination Brief: Visiting FDR’s Hyde Park With Kids

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After watching the Ken Burns documentary, The Roosevelts on PBS next week, please join our special #MOMtravelchat Twitter Party at Noon on September 19 to learn about visiting Hyde Park and other presidential libraries (and win tickets to visit 3!).

In the mean time, here is the scoop on Hyde Park based on a press tour I took this past spring.

By Eileen Gunn

Destination: Franklin Roosevelt’s Home and Presidential Library in Hyde Park, …

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5 Essentials to Pack For a Family Trip to Paris

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By Eileen P. Gunn

We finished out our summer with a 2-week home swap in Paris with 6yo Tiny Traveler. We covered a lot of ground. And while lots of guides will tell you what to do. I thought it would be helpful to offer some tips on what to pack. Here five essentials we were glad to have with us.

1. This Is Paris. This classic M. Sasek book introduces major landmarks with …

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5 Can’t Miss Activities In Hong Kong with Kids

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By Leslie Harvey

Hong Kong is the perfect destination for families looking to take their first trip outside the United States.  Hong Kong has all the attractions of an exotic international vacation, but also all of the familiar comforts of major a major city. English is widely spoken, the streets are safe, and the city has reliable, clean public transit ranging from subways to double decker buses to ferries. Despite its Western conveniences, Hong Kong …

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Local Tip: The 5 Best Things To With Kids Around Monterey

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By Leslie Harvey

We love spending time on the Monterey Peninsula with our kids. We regularly make the drive 2 1/2 hours south from San Francisco. Here are our top picks for a weekend in Monterey and its neighboring towns.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

The highlight of every family vacation we take here is the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Located right on famous Cannery Row (which is worth a stroll, though it can be quite touristy) it …

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The Top 5 Family Activities in Rochester, NY

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By Adrienne Veglia Mazeau

I was doubtful about all the hype i’d heard about Rochester, NY. Then I visited* with my family for a long weekend! Rochester is very affordable, filled with cultural gems, and home to one of the best children’s museums in the country, the National Museum of Play.  Don’t let the lake-effect snow reports scare you off in winter–though summer is an even better time to visit. Here are the top places …

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12 Must-Do Activities For Kids in the Finger Lakes

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By Eileen P. Gunn

The Finger Lakes region of New York offers an ideal combination of museums, outdoor activities, and yummy local food, wine and beer. For a family that enjoys hitting a museum in the morning and hiking in the afternoon—with lunch at a microbrewery in between—it’s the perfect destination. We recommend a week to thoroughly explore the region’s several towns and lakes. Here’s some of what we managed to do in five days:…

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Ten Museums to Please Kids and Parents

Come on, get happy! Baltimore is full of family friendly activities.

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By Monika Bialokur

My ideal museum visit is an amazing learning experience for both my kids and me. Whether we are taking in a gigantic model of a blue whale at New York’s Museum of Natural History or a supersonic jet at the Smithsonian, I love a museum’s ability to capture my kids’ imaginations.  And compared with theme parks or amusement parks, family-friendly museums tend to be a good bargain, something I doubly appreciate as …

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Local Tip: 4 Outdoor Family Activities in Victoria

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By Nevin Thompson

Returning home from Canada after a decade overseas, my active, outdoorsy family had to choose a place to live.  We wanted a place with no snow in the winter (yes, in Canada) and no rain in the summer and on the Pacific coast no less. The answer was Victoria, on the southern tip of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, just north of Washington State’s majestic Olympic Mountains. It has pretty much the …

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May MOMtravelchat: The Best of Florida for Families

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The FamiliesGo! editors

We had another lively #MOMtravelchat on Twitter last night.  Visit Florida was on-hand to give advice on choosing the perfect weekend getaway, beach vacation or road trip in the sunshine state.

We gave away a two-night stay in a suite at Hawks Cay Resort  in the Florida Keys and tickets for two adults on the Key West Express passenger ferry from Fort Myers to Key West. We also gave a great …

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Central Florida: 3 Aquarium Getaways For Families

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By kelly stilwell

Raising kids in Florida has been a blast for us. As huge animal lovers, we’ve really enjoyed having access to some of the best aquariums in the country. In fact, you can visit all three of the aquariums listed below in three days if you plan right! Even if you aren’t that ambitious, sometimes a nice relaxing beach vacation with a visit to an amazing marine aquarium or two can be the …

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Yes, You Can Take Kids to the Galapagos: Here’s How

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By Mary Curry

My kids, 5 and 7 declared the Galapagos Islands were “better than heaven probably” and “the best place ever. I’ve taken them to nearly a dozen countries and have done some downright crazy things to try and relive my backpacking days post-kids. For example, traveling alone across Europe, 8 months pregnant, with a 20-month-old. I know, what was I thinking?

So relatively speaking, the Galapagos vacation was easy. I’ve never had so …

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Our Favorite Family Activities in Bermuda

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By Eileen Gunn

Bermuda is a terrifically easy to place to relax with kids (yes, I said the elusive “R” word). scenic beaches, pretty gardens, great seafood and gentle weather help. The island is pricey, especially dining and hotels, so we arrived via cruise ship both times we visited. By spending our shore time exploring the beaches and using easy public transit we managed to keep our costs reasonable.

Here’s how we spent our time.…

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April MOMtravelChat: Our Moms’ Top Florida Favorites

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From the FamiliesGo! Editors

We had a special guest, VisitFlorida, for our April #MOMTravelchat Twitter party. So many of our party goers live in or love to visit Florida, we had a lively exchange of favorite Sunshine state destinations with kids.

We also talked about travel and technology and gave away travel tech prizes from Karma and Little Pim.

Here’s what you missed:

What’s New At Florida Theme Parks

VisitFlorida gave us the scoop …

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The Best Things to Do in Sri Lanka With a Toddler

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By Anuja De Silva

Sri Lanka, that tiny island nation that emerged from civil war in 2009, might seem like an exotic destination for family travel, but more and more parents are discovering it as a worthwhile and easy place to visit with kids.

What makes it truly special—and easy for families is that it offers a wealth of diverse cultural and natural attractions—world-class beaches, rain forests, tea estates and ancient cities—in a country about …

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All You Need to Know About Disney’s Free FastPass+

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By Natalie Reinhart

Heading to Disney World this spring? Here are tips on avoiding lines that I thought both first-timers and Disney veterans will find handy.  Most important: Big changes are in store for Disney’s free and incredibly handy FastPass service.

The Big News

Disney is getting ride of the old FASTPASS, where any visitor to the resort’s theme parks could arrange to show up at a popular ride at an appointed time, usually later …

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