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Orlando Theme Parks For The Reluctant Parent

First of all, a disclaimer: I have been putting off for years the increasingly insistent demands of my kids to visit the theme parks in Orlando. They wanted the rides at Universal and Disney World... I feared the crowds. They wanted to get splashed by Shamu the whale at Sea World... I dreaded the summer heat and humidity. They wanted dolphins, Spider Man, Barney, and Body Wars... I wanted some quiet...

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Orlando’s Best Resorts For Reunions

Planning a family reunion in Orlando can be challenging, and picking the best resort hotel or vacation rental to meet your needs can be the toughest part. One has to find a hotel that isn’t too chaotic for grandparents and may  need to be accessible for the mobility impaired. At the same time, the activities that ensure kids will not be bored should not be too childish for...

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Tiny Astronauts Touch Down In Florida

Calling all astronauts-to-be. Take-off for a visit to Florida's Space Coast and see the Kennedy Space Center and much more. If your child prefers Discovery Kids to the Disney Channel and/or dreams of being "The Crocodile Hunter," this may be the place. If when you mention 'rocket,' your child thinks Roger Chaffee instead of Roger Clemens, then you need to stop...

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Arriving in Heaven at Palm Beach, Florida

Think Palm Beach is only for lounging around? There are many Palm Beach County attractions to please the active family year-round and, in summer, this upscale beach town becomes a family bargain. We approached our first trip to the Palm Beaches of Florida a few years ago with some trepidation. At the time, descriptions of Palm Beach sounded rather like a heavenly waiting room...

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12 Ways To Recover From Orlando Themeparks

Within a short drive of Minnie, Winter the Dophin and E.T. are dozens of less-taxing activities than actually taking a family themepark vacation. Some favorites with those who have burned out on Fastpasses and fireworks, all scattered around Central Florida, include the following 12 daylong activities. 1. Orlando Science Center (888/OSC-4FUN) is...

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Turtle Talk at Hawk’s Cay Resort in Marathon, Florida

Hawks Cay, right in the middle of the laid-back Florida Keys, offers plenty of opportunities to create a successful vacation, by offering both the recreational programs you might expect at a family beach resort, and several surprising diversions as well.   When I say a resort is great for families, what I really mean is that the place has enough programs to keep...

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Unofficial Guide Helps You Plan Disney Vacation

Whether it's your first family vacation at Walt Disney World or you’ve been there a dozen times, The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids 2013 offers advice for everyone. This...

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Tampa, Florida – On the Wild Side

Many families associate theme parks and spring training with Tampa in central Florida, but this family loves wild animals and wild artists and there's plenty of them too. Meow...  To be more accurate, ROAR!!!  That isn't Garfield in front of us -- imagine instead Simba from "The Lion King." We are at Big Cat Rescue, a Tampa...

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Tweet It: Fall is the Time to Visit Orlando

Fall is a magical time of year to visit Orlando, central Florida's nexus of heat and crowds during summer. It's the time of year for great hotel values, reduced waiting lines everywhere, fresh museum exhibits, new themepark rides and even fine dining. It's true; as themepark fare has gotten healthier and better, the city has become a foodie mecca!  For...

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Theme Parks Try to Accommodate the Disabled

Physically disabled travelers may be limited in their destination and activity options, but they often laud theme parks for their special accommodations. It’s not just permanently disabled guests who need these services. A kid could break a leg before a long-planned theme park vacation, or a grandparent who becomes overwhelmed by walking great distances could require a wheelchair for a day or...

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