Yorktown has a great riverside beach for families
PLACES TO GOUSA EastUSA Theme Parks & Disney Resorts

8 Fantastic Family Things To Do In Williamsburg, VA

Whether you are heading to Williamsburg VA for a weekend or a week here are my best tips for exploring the living history museums with kids and taking fun breaks from the historical stuff, plus restaurant ideas and a great family hotel.

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A farm, brewery and vineyard with picnic tables and stunning views of the valley outside of lexington, va, an ideal weekend destination from washington, dc
PLACES TO GOTravel Ideas & ListsUSA East

18 Fun Family Weekend Getaways From Washington, DC

One of the great things about Washington, DC is that it’s an easy drive to a lot of great kid-friendly weekend getaways.  Within a few hours you can be on the …

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A soda "jerk" at brooklyn farmacy serves up an old-fashioned shake in a restored drug store.
PLACES TO GOUSA East

The Best Shops & Cafés For Delicious NYC Desserts

New Yorkers live to eat. With all the walking we do, we can indulge in sweet treats now and again, and when I’m exploring the city with my tween we …

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The stowe recreation path crosses bridges and offers field and mountain views.
PLACES TO GOUSA East

Plan This Easy Summer Getaway To Stowe, VT

After 16 months of being “stuck together” in full or partial covid quarantines, Rich, Tween Traveler and I took a vacation. We went to Stowe, Vermont for five days. We …

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Parents want to enjoy safe and healthy family travel this summer
PLACES TO GOTravel Ideas & Lists

3 Ideas For A Safe Family Vacation This Summer

You are probably looking forward to a family vacaton this summer. Getting out of the house, having a change of scenery, enjoying quality time with your family rather than just …

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A girl jumps along boulders on the coast of acadia national park
PLACES TO GOUSA EastUSA Outdoor Adventures

Here’s How To Explore Acadia National Park With Kids

We spent two summers in a row visiting Acadia National Park, off of the northern coast of Maine. We never go anywhere two years in a row, much less a destination …

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Ideas for cool gifts for the dads in your life this fathers day: a scavenger hunt, a bike ride in a vineyard, a cocktail class
PLACES TO GOStaycations

Best Gifts for Dad on Fathers Day: Cool Experiences

Coming up with gift ideas for the dads in our lives is really hard, isn’t it? My husband in particular seems to know how to read my mind and sometime …

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4 hands with friendship bracelets come together the way a blended family does on a familymoon
Couple TimeThings To Know

10 Tips for Fun & Memorable Familymoon

Bring your kids along on your honeymoon to make it a familymoon? It sounds like a lost episode of the Brady Bunch.  But 17% of men and 18% of women marry …

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Opus 40 is a artful and bucolic stop on any hudson valley or catskills weekend
PLACES TO GOTravel Ideas & ListsUSA East

10 Awesome Weekend Getaways from NYC

Where can we go for an easy, quick, cheap, active, romantic, family, summer, winter or fall weekend getaway from New York City?  This is the question I get asked more than …

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Long island's east end is full of pretty, rugged beaches like this one in jamesport
PLACES TO GOUSA East

28 Things To Do In The Hamptons With Kids & Tweens

We only visit the Hamptons in the off season. We can’t imagine dealing with the crowds, traffic and party scene that typifies this string of beach towns during the summer. …

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Sidney seawalk
CanadaPLACES TO GO

Weekend Break From Vancouver: Seaside Sidney, BC

Vancouver City doesn’t lack for easy weekend destinations. But I do think that my adopted town of Sidney by the Sea is a bit of a hidden gem. My young …

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A busker juggles outside of pike place market in seattle
PLACES TO GO

Seattle Weekend Getaway: 15 of the Best Things To Do With Kids

The last leg on our epic Pacific-Northwest summer road trip was Seattle, where we have long-time friends. Partly because we have good friends it was our third visit to the …

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A girl checks out her pixelated image that moves with her at landmark near fenway park, boston
PLACES TO GO

Things To See, Eat & Do On A Boston Weekend With Kids

It’s easy to like Boston, especially with kids along.  The city’s neighborhoods are compact and easy explore. There are a lot of things to do outside in both summer and …

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Luminocity is a wondrous light display that comes to nyc at christmas time.
PLACES TO GOStaycationsTravel Ideas & Lists

Fun, Secret Christmas Things To Do In 15 Cities

One of the few bright spots in the past 10 months is that families have been spending more time exploring —and newly appreciating — their hometown, their nearest city, their …

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Turks and caicos beaches
PLACES TO GOCaribbean

Plan An Easy Turks & Caicos Vacation With Kids

You’ve heard about the turquoise waters and the powdery sand of Turks and Caicos. They really are the reasons you go. And if you are traveling with kids what more do …

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A toddler interacts with a cambodian woman
PLACES TO GOAsia

Our Guide: Siem Reap & Angkor With Kids

We began to relax over our decision to visit Siem Reap, Cambodia with a 2YO the first time our hotel bellhop lifted our son onto his shoulders for a ride, …

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A plaza and the long walkway from it to el morro, in old san juan
PLACES TO GOCaribbean

Puerto Rico With Kids: Our Guide To Hotels, Food & Fun

Puerto Rico is a no-brainer for a family beach getaway. It’s a reasonable, often direct, flight from the East Coast, you don’t need a passport and you can use American …

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The view of skytower on mohonk mountain from the backyard of mountain meadow b&b
PLACES TO GOCouple TimeUSA East

Fun Couple Getaway to Upstate New York

I’ve spent a lot of time exploring the east side of the Hudson River, but haven’t spent a lot of time on the west side since I was a kid. …

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Our familiesgo! Father and daughter petting a horse at the farmers' museum in cooperstown.
PLACES TO GOUSA East

Easy Family Getaway To Cooperstown

Cooperstown, New York, is home to the Baseball Hall of Fame. But the museum brings enough people to town every year to support hotels, restaurants, breweries and a fair number of …

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A view of the mountains around olympic national park from the sunrise trail on hurricane ridge
PLACES TO GOUSA Outdoor AdventuresUSA West

Why We Love Olympic National Park

Almost all my photos of Olympic National Park are of Tween Traveler climbing on things. Olympic is an enormous park. It has alpine and rain forests, lakes, streams, mountains and …

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Seneca lake, the largest of the finger lakes
PLACES TO GOUSA East

12 Awesome Finger Lakes Activities With Kids

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 …

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The hiking trails at petroglyphs national monument in alburquerque
PLACES TO GOUSA West

Exploring Albuquerque With A Tween

Albuquerque was both the first and last stop on a spring break New Mexico road trip that also included Taos and Santa Fe. It’s a flat and sprawling southwestern city …

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White sand, green surf and beach chairs in a line on the beach at gulf shores
PLACES TO GOUSA East

Take Your Kids To Gulf Shores, AL

Alabama is not the first place I think of for a family beach getaway. In my mind U.S. beaches are on the Atlantic or Pacific coasts, period. But after five …

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Summer barbecues can be awesome, even if you aren't away from home this year.
Staycations

Summer Grilling With A Global Flavors

Around this time every May, I get a press release from AAA predicting how many cars will hit the road for Memorial Day weekend. This year of course, a lot …

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The shire was built in new zealand. Visit it by watching the lotr movies.
Staycations

Movies & Shows That Take You Away

Some movies transport you to a different place for two hours. When you’re done watching, you look up and are surprised to find yourself in a local movie theater —or …

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Pictures and recipes from some of the 20 books in a roundup of cookbooks that can help your family discover new foods and world cultures.
Staycations

Around the World With 20 Cookbooks

One of our favorite ways to conjure memories of a favorite vacation is to make some of the foods we discovered away from home, ideally with ingredients we’ve brought back. …

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Share a dragon with a wizard at the lark toy store carousel
PLACES TO GOStaycationsTravel Ideas & Lists

14 U.S. Carousels You Have To Ride

With summer coming and everyone needing to get outdoors as soon as possible, I thought I would pay tribute that to amusement park classic, the carousel. It’s a ride that …

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Bread recipes from across the world that are easy to make with kids
Staycations

Bake These World Breads With Kids

Everybody wants to bake bread these days. As our Covid semi-quarantine rounds on a full year we all crave things that are unique and a bit of a treat. And …

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A woman reading a book by the water. Books can take you away from home when you can't get away.
THINGS TO TAKEStaycations

30 Books To Inspire Your Next Vacation

Books have both inspired and informed a lot of my travels. And they’ve taken me places I haven’t been and might never go. I’ve gained as much insight into people …

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The msc divina relies on glitz for its ambience, like this dining room with gold detail.
PLACES TO GO

All You Need To Know about The MSC Divina For Families

I had a bit of treat when I got to spend a day aboard the *MSC Divina, which stopped in New York City on its way from Miami to Rome. …

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