Luminocity is a wondrous light display that comes to nyc at christmas time.
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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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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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42 Things To Do With Kids on 7 Caribbean Islands

At some point in late January I always get tired of my LL Bean down coat and Ugg boots and New York’s gray days. I tell Rich that we need …

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Ask FamiliesGo! Any Ideas For Affordable U.S. Beach Vacations?

Question:Where Can We Find An Affordable Beach Vacation in the U.S.? I want to take my twins to the beach for the first time, but I’m very restricted on budget. …

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St. Louis's city museum is a top childrens museum because of its whimsical play spaces made from reused materials.
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Time To Play: 11 Amazing Children’s Museums

Nearly every city has a children’s museum. They can save parents’ sanity when it’s too cold, too hot or too rainy to take your energy-filled kids outside. The Brooklyn Children’s …

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5 Surprising Winter Family Vacation Ideas

It’s so easy to hunker down at home after the Christmas holidays pass, avoiding the winter weather and dreaming of your distant summer vacation. But don’t do it! Get out …

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The woodstock inn in vermont offers guests a new england christmas with lots of locally cut trees, evergreen swags and lights.
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10 Hotels That Deck The Halls For Christmas

Updated November 2020 December is the time to deck those halls, trim those trees and make lots and lots of gingerbread. Or you can just book a stay at a …

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Couples need a babymoon for some valuable togetherness
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10 Amazing Babymoon Destinations

Updated February 2020 Yes, a child changes your life in a big way, especially in the first few years. So getting a last chance to spend quality time as a …

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Tips for finding vacations to match your family's travel style
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10 Vacation Ideas For 5 Family Travel Styles

Where should I go on vacation? It’s the question people love to ask travel writers. And our answer is always, “Well, what do you like? Every family has its own …

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The shrimp and grits festival is fun for kids and adults in coastal georgoa
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Totally Fun Kid-Friendly U.S. Festivals

Updated April 2020 In need of some fresh travel ideas for the coming year? Lots of cities and towns have festivals to attract people in their low season or feature …

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15 hotels and destinations for parents who need a couples weekend
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15 Romantic Hotels For Couples

Updated February 2019 One of these days tween traveler is going to leave the nest. She’ll head off to college and Rich and I will once again be pair rather …

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Breakfast with giraffes in kenya should be on every child's bucket list
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15 Ideas To Add To A Family Vacation Wish List

What will next year’s family vacation be for you? Another week at the beach? A first trip to Disney? Heading home to the family? How about something more exotic? Family …

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Pumpkin nights celebrates halloween with jack o'lanterns and lights in 4 u. S. Cities
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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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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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Hilton hawaiian village waikiki beach resort has some good summer deals for families
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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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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
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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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13 U.S. Slopes Where Kids Ski Free

Found a place where kids ski free, read these tips for a fun family ski trip. Unless you’re lucky enough to live near a good mountain, ski vacations are expensive. …

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Fall foliage is a great reason to plan a fall family weekend getaway
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8 Top Places To See Fall Foliage With Kids

Updated August 2020 Fall is a great time of year to for quick weekend getaways. It’s cool, but not cold, places tend to be less crowded. In many parts of …

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South haven is great for a kalamazoo staycation
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9 Fun Staycation Day Trips From 12 Cities

Updated March 2020 My family doesn’t put its traveling shoes in storage when our travel budget shrinks or the odd pandemic prevents us from taking our usual vacation. Instead, we …

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Spring flowers in washington, dc
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The Top Destinations For Spring Flowers Shows

Been to a flower show lately? Nothing heralds Spring like seeing lots of your favorite favorite spring flowers. Daffodils, tulips, lilacs, cherry blossoms, magnolias or even late spring  roses help us …

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The elephant nature park in thailand is more than a zoo
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12 Amazing Zoos Around the World

Updated January 2020 One of the most fun evenings I’ve ever had while traveling was a visit to the Singapore night zoo (this was pre-kids and probably says as much …

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Animal kingdom is one heck of a zoo
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12 Must-Visit Zoos In The U.S. and Canada

Updated March 2020. Zoos are one of the most reliable crowd-pleasers of family travel. Adults like them. Kids like them. Both toddlers and teens can learn something new and find …

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Splash in the waves with your kids withour paying more as a single mom
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5 Vacations For Single-Parent Families

Updated May 2019 Few words are bigger bummers when you travel than “single supplement.” But when you’re traveling as a single parent it isn’t just about the supplement, it’s also …

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Parent getaways rekindle the romance
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10 Romantic Getaways By Real Parents

Our first kid-free parent getaway so far was to Montreal for my 40th birthday. My memories are filled with what we were able to do without a child tagging along. …

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Kids near two kid-friendly museums in flushing meadow park, nyc
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Top Kid-Friendly Museums in the U.S. & Canada

My ideal kid-friendly museums provide 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 …

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Historic places: fort castillo in st. Augustine
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10 Top Historical Places To Visit In The U.S.

Read about side trips from U.S. national parks. Who says kids can’t spend some time learning new things over the summer?  Weekend visits to these historical places can make history more …

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4 U.S. Wildlife Refuges Your Family Will Love

Here’s a way to get get outdoors with your kids this summer: Visit a National Wildlife Refuge. Every state has them, and many are near a national park. The US Fish …

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Farm stays can provide comfortable and active vacations for families
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Easy Weekend Getaways: 7 Amazing Farm Stays

Annual day trips to the apple orchard weren’t quite satisfying my family’s appetite for a taste of country life any more. We wanted scenery for more than a few hours, plus …

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A great beach for kids depends on their ages and your tastes.
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The Best Family Beach For Every Age Kid

Read About Florida’s Best Family Beach.  Beaches are the no-brainer vacation destinations if you’re traveling with kids. Most children love playing in the water and sand. There are a variety …

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