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7 Things Local Families Love About Chicago

By Kirsten Maxwell At least once a year my family books a hotel room in downtown Chicago—just a few minutes from home—and we enjoy a staycation. Seeing the city through the eyes of a visitor is one of my favorite ways to spend a weekend. We’ll ride on the hop-on-hop-off …

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WTI: 6 Ways To See NYC Like a Local Family

By Eileen Gunn New York, like most major cities, has tourist attractions you really do have to the first time you come. But once you’ve completed that to-do list it’s nice to get away from tourist central and see a city the way the locals do. Here are some of …

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A Fun Family Weekend in McKinney TX

By Jessica Bowers Big things are happening in McKinney, TX, known as the fastest growing city in the US and named the #1 best place to live by Money Magazine. Just 30 minutes from Dallas, McKinney has managed to maintain its tourist-friendly small-town feel while still offering big-town amenities. All …

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Why This Parent Really Likes Disney World

By Eileen Gunn Soon after Tiny Traveler was born Richard and I realized – to our dismay – that traveling with a child meant that sooner or later we would have to go to Disney World. We made the inevitable and dreaded trip when she was nearly five. And like …

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WTI: Are You More Boston or More New York?

By Eileen Gunn As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a lifelong New Yorker. Like many New Yorkers, I love going to Boston for a weekend. I like its smaller scale and walkability, its seafood, North End Italian food, great local beer, and all that American history (plus, the Children’s Museum is stellar). …

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How To Do a Nordic Cruise With Preschoolers

By Jackie Toops Forget everything you know about cruising. Exchange sandy beaches, tropical drinks and flip-flops with fjords, Nordic legends and parkas. That’s exactly what our family enjoyed on our recent cruise through the North Sea. As a military family stationed in Germany, we have the unique opportunity to visit …

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Sampling Charleston With a Child Along

By Eileen Gunn There are places that you visit with a long list of things to do and see. And then there are places you visit because you like the vibe and you’re happy to mostly wander around and soak up the place. Charleston is the latter type of city …

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WTI: Our Favorite Lake Placid Family Dining Spots

By Eileen Gunn One of the things that brings us back to Lake Placid year after year is that the town has a lot of dining for its small size and much of it is very enjoyable. There is plenty of standard ski-town fare–pizza, pasta, steaks and burgers–but quite a …

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10 Ideas for Historical Destinations With Kids

  By Eileen Gunn Who says kids can’t spend some time learning new things over the summer?  Weekend visits to these historical destinations can make history more real, colorful and relatable than the textbooks they’ve been reading all year. They probably won’t even mind that they’re learning—though we’ve include ideas for …

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4 National Wildlife Refuges To Visit With Kids

Here’s a way to get more out of your next visit to a national park: Pair it with a side trip to a nearby national wildlife refuge. The US Fish & Wildlife Service says these lower-profile protected areas provide great opportunities to learn about protected land, animals and habitats.  They …

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