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7 Best Things To Do On Catalina Island With Kids

7 Best Things To Do On Catalina Island With Kids

  A day on Catalina Island feels like a Mediterranean getaway sans the jetlag. Catalina Island has been a resort destination for over 125 years and continues to draw in people looking for some fun in the sun. I visited with my family as a ...

How to Hit 42 Roller Coasters in One Weekend!

How to Hit 42 Roller Coasters in One Weekend!

  "I have an idea for a long weekend trip," said my husband. "Let's get our "coaster count" up." My husband and I are proud members of the Great Ohio Coaster Club, you see, and he takes his "coaster count" very seriously.  If you're a ...

4 Best Things To Do In (& around) Cabo San Lucas for Families

4 Best Things To Do In (& around) Cabo San Lucas for Families

  Stuck with a reputation for being easy, Cabo San Lucas attracts party-goers worldwide to enjoy its raucous atmosphere. But Cabo San Lucas is also easy for families who want an adventurous, affordable vacation. With a backdrop of jagged

Best Museums in Nashville For Kids

Best Museums in Nashville For Kids

  Want to know where in Nashville you can create music, make stop-motion movies, or learn how to weave? The city's family-friendly museums offer all these options and are one of the best things to do in Nashville for kids. With art, ...

Best Secluded Beaches on the East Coast

Best Secluded Beaches on the East Coast

  There's nothing like a beach vacation. Warm sand, cool waves, ocean sounds, it's exactly what we all need after a year of crazy. But if you'd still like to avoid crowds (and really, who doesn't?) There are a few beaches that are close ...

7 Best US Road Trip Attractions & Why You Should Stop

7 Best US Road Trip Attractions & Why You Should Stop

  On our family vacations, we've found a key to making family road trips more fun. Traveling with kids on a road trip means stopping for food, snacks, and bathroom breaks frequently. Instead of stressing about getting to your ...

Best Things To Do In Kennywood for Families!

Best Things To Do In Kennywood for Families!

  "I'm writing about Kennywood" I told my husband, "what do you think I should title the article?" "You shouldn't write about it" he said, "tell your editor you can't write about it. The lines are pretty short right now, I don't want ...

Can't Miss Things to Do in Atlanta With Kids

Can't Miss Things to Do in Atlanta With Kids

  Historic, bustling, full of life, the city of Atlanta has a flavor all its own. Known to adults for its hip music scene and powerhouse film industry, there are also pint-sized versions of both plus plenty of things to do in Atlanta ...

Best Family Fun in The Outer Banks

Best Family Fun in The Outer Banks

  "There's a lot of pirates in that area like historically" was my husband's reaction to my announcement that we were taking a trip to the Outer Banks. "We should visit a pirate ship while we are there."    While we didn't ...

5 Perfect Places for Last Minute Family Spring Break Trips

5 Perfect Places for Last Minute Family Spring Break Trips

  2021 is the year of last-minute travel! I've had lots of my clients at my travel agency tell me they weren't going to travel for spring break this year, then changed their mind at the last minute. And who can blame them after the ...

Why Chattanooga, TN, Is the Best City to Visit with Kids

Why Chattanooga, TN, Is the Best City to Visit with Kids

  When we need a weekend of fun or want to escape busy Nashville and play tourist in another city, there's one place that always comes to mind: Chattanooga. Chattanooga embodies the quirkiness of Austin with the peaceful atmosphere of a ...

A Weekend at Ohio's Kalahari Indoor Waterpark

A Weekend at Ohio's Kalahari Indoor Waterpark

  When you think of "Ohio" and "winter," you think "relaxing by the pool," right? Nice, warm, sunny days? No? Well I didn't either until last year.        My dad runs an extremely busy outdoor-centered ...

The Best Things to Do in St. Louis with Kids

The Best Things to Do in St. Louis with Kids

  On one memorable family vacation, our kids loved a certain destination so much that they asked if we could move there. Was it Disneyland? England? The beach? Nope. It was St. Louis, Missouri (They were joking...I think.). There are ...

Paradise Road: A Family Mountain Escape

Paradise Road: A Family Mountain Escape

  There is no reception in Paradise or on most of Paradise road rather. Because of that, Paradise Road is a great place for a tech-free Los Angeles family weekend getaway or day trip. Or, ditch the kids and take a romantic retreat away ...

Best Places to Eat in Ohio With Kids

Best Places to Eat in Ohio With Kids

  Ohio, in the foodie world, is best known for its Chocolate Peanut Butter candies called Buckeyes. These are named after the state nut - which is poisonous, by the way. We do, however, have a lot more food to offer!  If you're ...

A Guide to Family Friendly Columbus

A Guide to Family Friendly Columbus

  Columbus, Ohio is home to so much more than Jack Hanna's Award-Winning Zoo and Ohio State Football. Fun things to do in Columbus, OH include food, festivals and even a boozy river!    Columbus lies in the center of Ohio. ...

Best Things to Do In Pittsburgh With Kids

Best Things to Do In Pittsburgh With Kids

It's not just steel that steals the show in Pittsburgh. Large sandwiches, roller coasters, riverboats, and museums share the spotlight in the city that built America! Pittsburgh is full of fun activities for kids and teens, even those that are ...

The Best Things To Do At Dollywood

The Best Things To Do At Dollywood

  I love a good amusement park. I consider myself something of a guru. But, until recently, I had never been to Dollywood theme park. So, when my husband found himself with vacation time to blow, we packed up our car and headed for ...

How to Plan the Ultimate Washington D.C. Trip with Kids

How to Plan the Ultimate Washington D.C. Trip with Kids

  With free attractions and some of the world's top museums, visiting Washington, D.C. with kids is one of the best vacations for a family. But somehow, on our last trip, despite all the benefits of this kid-friendly vacation spot, our ...

The Seven Things You Must Do On Your Family Trip To Zurich

The Seven Things You Must Do On Your Family Trip To Zurich

As a kid, my dad traveled a lot for work, catching flights to far flung destinations like Japan, Germany, and Italy.  I thought it sounded so glamorous.  I remember asking him once what his favorite city in the world was.  Zurich, he said.  And ...

A Walk In The Redwoods: Family Activities at the Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort

A Walk In The Redwoods: Family Activities at the Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort

  When I heard the news, a wave of relief so great washed over me, I felt the unexpected strain of tears, bits of moisture managing to squeeze through. Until that moment, I hadn't realized our family camping trip to Santa Cruz Redwoods ...

Our First RV Trip: A Beachy Way of Life – Review: Pismo Coast Village RV Resort

Our First RV Trip: A Beachy Way of Life – Review: Pismo Coast Village RV Resort

It's the dividing line between youth and age. It was about 63 degrees at the beach where we camped at a nearby Pismo Beach RV park. A sharp wind made me wish I could retract my head into my body like a turtle. At the same time, my boys, 10 and ...

7 Fun Things to Do on Nantucket Island for the Whole Family

7 Fun Things to Do on Nantucket Island for the Whole Family

  A tiny island twenty miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Nantucket, Massachusetts is an old school throwback to a simpler way of life.  There are no chain restaurants.  No Starbucks.  No stoplights.  The speed limit never breaks 45 miles ...

7 Essential Stops on a Family Summer Texas Road Trip

7 Essential Stops on a Family Summer Texas Road Trip

As a young couple, my husband and I would power through long drives to see family in Texas. During our road trips, we made a game out of stopping as little as possible, pushing ourselves to the limits of our gas tank. And then something ...

Woodward Park City: Extreme Family Travel

Woodward Park City: Extreme Family Travel

  It's a side-effect of parenting. Once your kids get close to 10 years old, you are suddenly the least cool person they know. No matter what you were before becoming their mother or father, you are now the voice of Charlie Brown's ...

Three Fun Days In Vail With Adventurous Kids

Three Fun Days In Vail With Adventurous Kids

  It was only because we used snowboarding as the hook.      But it was the promise of a family trip to a ski resort in the Colorado Rocky Mountains that enticed the college boy to travel with us to Vail, Colorado

5 Best Places to See Wildlife in Florida

5 Best Places to See Wildlife in Florida

  When my husband told me at the beginning of November that he had vacation days to use or lose come January, that's all I needed to start planning a fun couples trip.  Since we live in New England, Florida seemed like the best place to ...

Grand Velas Riviera Maya: An Luxury All-Inclusive for Families

Grand Velas Riviera Maya: An Luxury All-Inclusive for Families

  No, he wasn't a real genie but the way our personal concierge tried to anticipate our needs as he welcomed us into the Grand Velas Riviera Maya Resort in Playa del Carmen, made us feel like he was. The five-diamond, all-inclusive ...

Escape to Kauai With Family

Escape to Kauai With Family

Only, upon arrival at our Airbnb, our family discovered there was no key left inside the mailbox as promised by the landlord. Learn how our crazy solutions created the adventures that bind us.

No Spoilers! What to Expect from Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

No Spoilers! What to Expect from Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

The time has come, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is finally open at Disneyland. See what the experience was like, what to expect, and whether our expectations were met in this no spoilers guide.

Attraction Review: Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

Attraction Review: Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

Universal Orlando's perfectly named new coaster is definitely both magical and an adventure. When the Wizarding World of Harry Potter first opened in 2010 at Universal's Islands of Adventure Park, a visit to Universal Orlando Resort immediately

Adventures by Disney: A Behind The Scenes Disneyland Tour

Adventures by Disney: A Behind The Scenes Disneyland Tour

    I love Disneyland, so when my son and I were invited to experience the 4-day Adventures by Disney: Disneyland Resort and Southern California Escape, several behind-the-scenes Disneyland tours plus a Disneyland family vacation

Hop On – Hop Off Bus Tours: An Affordable Way to Travel with Kids

Hop On – Hop Off Bus Tours: An Affordable Way to Travel with Kids

I've spent a good deal of time on the top of a double-decker bus – and not just in London where that sort of thing is expected. In quite a few different cities, double-decker bus tours have allowed my family to see the sights, get around town, ...

A Magical Family Adventure in India

A Magical Family Adventure in India

  Although some may think of India as a crowded and noisy destination, it doesn't have to be. Many travelers don't realize that India has many quiet regions that offer opportunities to experience Indian culture at a slower, more ...

The ABC's of Food Tours with Teens

The ABC's of Food Tours with Teens

Whenever my sons and I travel to a new city, we always take a food tour (at this point, we've taken at least ten). It initially started because we wanted to try a famous food from a specific area, like beignets in New Orleans, BBQ in Austin, or ...

Walking the Streets of NYC: 2 Tours with Kids & Teens

Walking the Streets of NYC: 2 Tours with Kids & Teens

New York City is a walking city. Now, the idea of a "walking city" may seem strange to anyone from L.A. because we have a reputation of never walking anywhere. Ever. But one of the coolest things about New York is that there are so many amazing ...

Cruising San Francisco Bay with Teens on a Kayak Tour

Cruising San Francisco Bay with Teens on a Kayak Tour

  San Francisco's nickname is The City by the Bay, so when I traveled to San Francisco last December with my two teenaged sons, we decided it would be fun to see the city from the bay. So, we decided to take a kayak ...

Visiting 3 Presidential Houses with Kids

Visiting 3 Presidential Houses with Kids

  Visiting the home of our current president in Washington, D.C. is not as simple as showing up and knocking on the door. The advanced planning necessary (which includes contacting a member of Congress in advance and passing a ...

A Spooky Adventure in Baltimore: Walking the Poe Trail with Teens

A Spooky Adventure in Baltimore: Walking the Poe Trail with Teens

Many people consider Edgar Allan Poe to be the creator of the modern horror, mystery, and science fiction short story.   Because of that, most students read at least one Poe story in middle or high school, and even reluctant readers admit he's ...

4 Spots in Philadelphia To Make History Cool With Teens

4 Spots in Philadelphia To Make History Cool With Teens

  Thanks to Lin Manuel Miranda and his Broadway smash hit "Hamilton," U.S. History has never been cooler, so now is the perfect time to hip-hop on the bandwagon and take teens (and pre-teens) to Philadelphia to see "the room[s] where it ...