Weekend & Short Break

Coastal Virginia has untold pleasures in store for those who care to savor them while enjoying the region's beauty and each other. I come from a family of water lovers. We used to live in California within range of the Pacific Ocean, which we would visit and pay tribute to regularly. Now that we...

Bringing the number of indoor waterpark resorts to a full dozen, Great Wolf Lodge New England opened in June 2014, catering to Massachusetts, Connecticut and northern families. In keeping with tradition, they’ve brought a huge water play zone plus Northwoods log construction, bears and wolves to...

From playing on the "SC" Boardwalk in summer to apple picking in the fall, family vacations south of San Francisco happen in seaside, surfing-crazed Santa Cruz. When most people think of excursions from San Francisco, their compass points north toward the wine valleys of Napa, the rocky coast north...

If your kids want to meet a Wookie or a Jedi, why not plan an Orlando family vacation to Disney’s Hollywood Studios this spring for the annual Star Wars Weekends. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for an expanded five week period (from May 16 to June 15), Walt Disney World's movie-themed park...

Philadelphia, Greek for “city of brotherly love,” really is perfect for a city-focused family getaway with kids of any age. Running the gamut from stirring American history sites, to arts and culture geared to every member of the family, to outdoor spaces waiting to be explored, “Philly” will leave...

Since New York State just approved casino gambling outside of Native American lands, I wanted to explore how this affects travel with kids to New York's resort areas. The Mount Airy Casino Resort, which opened a few years ago in the Poconos, is an example of family resorts turned casinos, and I...

Check out two different beach scenes: Island Beach and Seaside Heights, minutes from each other on the real Jersey Shore, for a family beach vacation getaway in southern New Jersey. Forget what you may have seen on the popular MTV series, "Jersey Shore." There are two wonderful family beaches on...

As much as I love my urban lifestyle, every so often the hectic pace of New York City gets to my family and I. When the pressure cooker starts to boil over, we seek a quiet respite to treat our over-stimulated selves to some small town fun. On a recent fall weekend, we found loads to do and a...

Indoor amusement parks are great for family fun no matter the weather, but a large part of their appeal is the thrill of enjoying outdoor fun indoors. In the dead of Northern winters, or in the soaring summer temperatures of the Southwest, families can enjoy the roller coasters, log flumes and much...

Not far from the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires -- with its historical and religious venues, sightseeing and museums, not to mention tango lessons -- is La Bamba de Areco, a rural getaway where visitors can relax and enjoy Argentina's countryside.  Family vacationers ages 12 and up looking for a...

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