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Cat in the Hat costumes at Mardi Gras in New Orleans
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Our 15 Favorite Mardi Gras Celebrations Outside New Orleans

Here's our top 15 places for party-lovers and Catholics everywhere for Mardi Gras celebrations, Carnival festivities and other pre-Lenten festivals. A traditional period of celebration that begins on 12th Night in January, and culminates on Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday (also called Shrove Tuesday), it's always celebrated 47 days before Easter to mark the first...

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Grand Turk beach with Carnival Sunrise ship in the background.
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Cruise With Kids Vacations And Family-Friendly Ships

Today you see families cruise with kids in the Caribbean, Europe, Alaska and far-flung destinations like the Galapagos Islands. Given that the industry’s trade organization, CLIA, projects a whopping 32 million cruise passengers worldwide in 2020, you can count on kids being seen and heard everywhere.

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large goolet yacht outside walls of Dubrovnik in Adriatic Sea.
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The Best Places to Sail in Croatia

Croatia is one of the best places to sail whose popularity seems to be only growing, especially among yacht lovers. Due to the short distances sailing between islands, a rich cultural heritage, well preserved natural beauty and more than 1,200 islands, many people recognize...

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VR Room and Sandbox Maker Studio at Zaha Hadid Apartments in New York.
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20 New and Familiar Trends in Family Travel

Looking back on a year of climate crises and social turmoil, it is surprising that many of the family travel trends noted in the past continue to play out. Family, this huge segment of the leisure market, keeps getting bigger. There’s still an upswing in multigenerational travel including trips just for grandparents and grandchildren and families continue to focus more on...

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Family outside barn at C Lazy U Ranch in winter
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The Best Family Getaways to Light Your Winter

Don’t let shorter days get you down when the best family getaways and family vacation deals can really light up your winter. The shoulder season travel weeks between the holidays and spring break are a great time to plan an affordable vacation with the kids, whether it’s exploring quieter beaches, a family ski or snowboard vacation at one of North America’s top mountain...

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A 400-pound Peeps chick rings in the new year in Bethlehem, PA.
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Celebrate First Night On New Years

Archaeologists believe the Babylonians were the first civilization to celebrate "First Night" or the New Year, with an 11-day holiday tied to the vernal (spring) equinox starting with a first-night festivity. Sometime during the Roman era, New Year's was set as January 1st, a custom that was adopted in the Middle Ages by many Western countries. For millions who equate New Year's...

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Winter Village shops and rink at Bryant Park, New York
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Christmas In New York City – The Best Holiday Attractions

Grab the kids and get into the holiday spirit by experiencing all that Christmas in New York City has to offer during the November to January winter holidays when most family activities are free.

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Kids eating cotton candy at Christmas Market
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12 Top German Christmas Markets, A European Family Tradition

Traditional German Christmas Markets, also known as Chriskindlesmarkt, are located in a variety of big and small towns throughout Europe, but the tradition is perhaps strongest in Germany.

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The 2019 Winter Market at Munich Airport
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Munich Airport, Unexpected Palace of Family Fun

If there's one airport in Europe to get stuck in, make it MUC in Munich, Germany, then follow this Munich Airport activities guide and discover its many surprising attractions and amenities. The sleekly modern Munich Airport (MUC), voted the #1 in Europe in the 2019 World Airport Awards survey, is more than a European hub. Hundreds of foreign carriers and 45 million annual passengers...

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Snowflake Lane at the Bellevue Collection, Bellevue, Washington
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Top Holiday Lights Celebrations Across America

We love the festive season, when bright holiday lights, Christmas decorations, menorahs, colorfully wrapped gifts and imaginative retail displays illuminate cities and towns around the world, regardless of whether there is sun or snow outside. For many, ’tis the season to spend time with family, bake and decorate (see our 

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