National harbor has great views and lots of family activities
PLACES TO GOUSA East

A Fun Family Weekend At National Harbor

It’s a challenge for a city or region to develop a new tourist zone from the ground up. It’s even more unusual to develop one that is interesting enough to …

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Pumpkin nights celebrates halloween with jack o'lanterns and lights in 4 u. S. Cities
PLACES TO GOTravel Ideas & Lists

10 Must-Do Halloween Events For Tweens

Updated October 2020 It can be tricky to find great Halloween activities for tweens and young teens. They’re over face painting and Halloween crafts but really haunted mansions and hayrides …

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You might see turtles while snorkeling on the great barrier reef
Everywhere ElsePLACES TO GO

Great Barrier Reef: How To Take Kids

Like many families, visiting the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia was high on our family’s bucket list. We hear so much about the bleaching of coral reefs that we …

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Do you prefer snow or sun in your family winter vacation? We have ideas for both.
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3 Family Winter Break Ideas: Sun, Snow & City

The Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks are supposed to be a time for getting together with friends and family. But with the stress of cooking, shopping, getting yet another sweater from …

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Woodloch pines has a beautiful outdoor pool and lake
Places To StayUSA East

How Is A Weekend at Woodloch Pines?

The Hotel: Woodloch Pines Resort Where: Hawley, Eastern Pennsylvania The Location: *Woodloch Pines is an all-inclusive resort that sits on the rural edge of the Poconos.  Rather than one large hotel, the …

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Tweens love taking surfing lessons on tamarindo beach in costa rica
Latin AmericaPLACES TO GO

Take Your Tween to Action-Filled Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a small country packed with opportunities for a fun and action-filled family vacation. You can easily find things to do with young kids and teens. But I …

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Biking toward the ocean near kennebunk beach, maine
Things To KnowStaycations

How To Travel With Bicycles & Kids

Updated July 2021 with new trail rides. I love bicycle riding. From the moment we began teaching Tiny Traveler to ride a two-wheeler I have been dreaming of family cycling …

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A man takes in the gettysburg battlefield from seminary ridge.
PLACES TO GOUSA East

Gettysburg: The Best Things To Do With Kids

Updated February 2020. A lot of people use Gettysburg as a stopover en route to other Pennsylvania destinations, like Pittsburgh or Hershey and Lancaster. And this is a shame because …

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A square in flagstaff has artful benches, skaters and shops
PLACES TO GOUSA West

5 Things To Do With Kids in Flagstaff

Updated June 2020 Have you ever had a vacation where you booked a quick stop in a place, arrived, realized you really like it and wish you’d allowed more time? …

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The atrium at the national building museum hosts special exhibits
PLACES TO GOUSA East

10 Unique Washington, D.C. Family Activities

The Top attractions in Washington, D.C. are well documented: the zoo, the monuments, the capitol, the museum with Dorothy’s ruby slippers. But let’s face it, the heat and huge crowds keep …

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PLACES TO GOUSA East

Midtown NYC: 10 Things To Do With Kids

If you’re planning to visit NYC on a family vacation you’ll quickly learn that Midtown East is not known for being the neighborhood that’s most cool (that’s Brooklyn), glamorous (SoHo), …

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Blue man group is a fun theater event for kids 7 and older.
PLACES TO GOUSA East

Should You Take Kids to See Blue Man Group?

The *Blue Man Group first started banging on paint-laden drums in 1991 and it now has permanent shows in five US cities and Berlin, plus a touring version of the …

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PLACES TO GOUSA Outdoor AdventuresUSA West

4 Family Adventures in Page, AZ

We had never heard of Page, Arizona before planning our recent trip to the Southwest. It turns out Page is a good size town planted strategically between Zion, Mesa Verde and …

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Havana holds both charm and challenges for families who travel there on vacation
CaribbeanPLACES TO GO

6 Tips Taking Kids To Havana, Cuba

*As of June 2019 the current U.S. administration has stopped virtually all travel to Cuba. Another post we have mentions some tour groups that are still managing to travel there …

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Latin AmericaPLACES TO GO

Take Your Teens To A Costa Rica Adventure Park

costa Rica is absolutely gorgeous and known for its active adventures for families. My two teenagers were happy to plunge into it all and I did my best to keep up …

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Taconic distillery in millbrook, ny makes small-batch bourbon and craft cocktails
PLACES TO GOCouple TimeUSA East

Enjoy A Hudson Valley Couple’s Weekend

Updated February 2020 Tiny Traveler headed off on a group camping trip recently, leaving Rich and I with 48 hours of treasured grown-up time. We were overdue for a couples …

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Hilton hawaiian village waikiki beach resort has some good summer deals for families
Places To StayTravel Ideas & Lists

8 Great Summer Hotel Deals for Families

Note: This post will be updated for summer 2021. With so much uncertainty around travel this summer, few hotels are updating their packages. Summer is the ideal time for a …

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The blue lagoon is fun for all ages
Couple TimeEuropePLACES TO GO

Try Iceland For A Babymoon

I was about 34 weeks pregnant when I visited *Reykjavic, Iceland. Some of my friends thought I was a little nuts. But I saw it as my last, last hurrah …

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Zion national park is a fun and easy national park for visiting with kids
PLACES TO GOUSA Outdoor AdventuresUSA West

A Great Family Trip To Zion Park

We went to Zion National Park without knowing anything about it other than that everyone who has been says it’s stunning. Well, it is stunning, in a variety of ways. …

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Vail is a great ski town to visit in summer thanks to all of its family friendly activities, great dining and good lodging options for families
PLACES TO GOTravel Ideas & Lists

5 Ski Towns To Visit With Kids in Summer

Ski towns can make great summer destinations for families. Don’t necessarily count on off-season discounts. But crowds can be a little smaller and more dispersed. These towns offer a good …

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The rim trail is an easy and interesting walk with kids during a visit to the grand canyon
PLACES TO GOUSA Outdoor AdventuresUSA West

Tips For A Grand Canyon Trip With Kids

Updated August 2021 As my family walked toward the first scenic overlook we came to at Grand Canyon National Park, I was more interesting in seeing 9YO Tiny Traveler’s reaction …

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Pack right for your next cruise.
Cruise VacationsPLANNING TOOLS

Family Cruise Vacation Packing List

Updated February 2020 Planning a Cruise?CruiseDirect allows you to compare prices, ships and itineraris across major cruiseship lines.Read More: 12 Questions to ask before booking a cruise.• 10 tips for …

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You can find a range of maple sugar products in montreal
PLACES TO GOCanada

7 Foods You Must Eat With Kids in Montreal

We always do a lot of walking when we’re in Montreal, partly because we tend to do a lot of eating in Montreal. There is nothing like a Canadian winter …

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The montreal in lumiere light festival runs for a month and is a fun winter activity for families
PLACES TO GOCanada

An Easy, Fun Montreal Winter Weekend With Kids

Montreal is not a pretty city in the winter — what city is? But look beyond its grey building exteriors and slushy streets and it’s a really fun city. It’s …

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Imagination is a nyc playground downtown.
PLACES TO GO

Top NYC Playgrounds Near Tourist Attractions

New York City has more awesome playgrounds these days than a parent can keep track of. Lucky for visitors, several of these NYC playgrounds are located in or near attractions …

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Campfire fun at lake placid in winter
PLACES TO GOUSA EastUSA Ski Vacations

Winter In Lake Placid With Kids

Lake Placid, NY is one of our favorite winter wonderlands. We’ve traveled there for a few winter breaks and even Christmas. As long as you pack clothes that will keep …

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A pickled pig sandwich in lake placid
PLACES TO GOUSA EastUSA Ski Vacations

12 Great Kid-Friendly Lake Placid Restaurants

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 …

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The sonoma balloon festival is ver family friendly
PLACES TO GOUSA West

How To Take Kids To Sonoma Wine Country

Californians take Sonoma Valley’s wine country for granted for romantic sojourns and girlfriend getaways. But it’s also one of my favorite family destinations. It’s one of those places where it’s …

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Fresh coconut is a great kids treat in costa rica
PLACES TO GOLatin America

Here’s How To Explore Costa Rica With Kids

Until now, family travel for us has been relaxing and relatively non-adventurous. But as our kids age out of the toddler stage (4 and 6 years), I wanted to shake …

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Club med punta cana offers an upscale ill-inclusive experience in the nearby dominican republic. It's known for its great kids clubs
Places To StayCaribbean

We Review Club Med Punta Cana

The Hotel: Club Med Punta Cana Where: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic The Vibe The Dominican Republic is a popular resort destination because of its relatively short flights from the U.S. …

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