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The Heart of the Florida Panhandle

We love to discover kid-friendly resorts that keep up with our ever-changing needs as parents, which is why Florida’s Hilton Sandestin Beach & Spa Resort gets a big thumbs up. While attending the TMS Family Travel Summit South Walton to hear new research about millennial family travelers, we could see how this hotel catered...

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Universal Orlando Resort, Florida

Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida has been thrilling theme park goers for over 25 years. And for summer 2017, there are three massive theme parks, all with their own distinct personality. Universal Studios is where movie magic comes to life with attractions based on blockbusters from Universal Studios. Mythical beasts, super heroes and villains come together to make up...

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Step Back in Time to Old Florida at Coconut Grove

If you ventured south of downtown Miami just a century ago, you would have found a wilderness instead of skyscrapers, beachside homes and boutiques. Miami was once a Dating back to 1919, Coconut Grove is the oldest established neighborhood in Miami. Its origins actually date back to 1873, but 1919 is when it incorporated under the name “Coconut...

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Wellness and Relaxation Come Naturally at Amelia Island Plantation

At the TMS Family Travel conference held on Amelia Island, I experienced how one man’s passion for the culinary arts can convey an aura of wellness over an entire resort. That passion belongs to executive chef Daven Wardynski, who has led the culinary team at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort since October...

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Giddyup for Upscale, Cowboy Living at Westgate River Ranch Rodeo

Westgate River Ranch Rodeo will change everything you thought you knew about Florida and its amusement park haven around Orlando and Winter Haven. The upscale ranch beckons family travelers looking for a more upscale experience than the usual camping and cabin grounds with livestock...

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Legoland Florida Resort: Is the Hotel or Beach Retreat Better?

When we opened up the door to the LEGOLAND Florida Hotel room, I knew whoever had designed it must have had children of their own. The first thing you saw was a cubby area with a wall decorated to look like a castle, then a television and bunk beds. A special card with a LEGO character on the front let my daughter know the room was...

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9 Questions to Ask Before Planning a Theme Park Vacation

Should you really be schlepping that baby to Disney World for a family themepark vacation? Parents inevitably reach a stage in their lives when they ask themselves: why are we planning a trip to a theme park? Is it for us, for the kids, for the grandparents, or to tell the neighbors? We just met an Atlanta dad who drove a van with 11 relatives and his own kids (four of them,...

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Universal Orlando Reveals New Water Park, Volcano Bay

On May 25th, 2017, Florida’s Universal Orlando will be unveiling its latest attraction, a water park called Volcano Bay. This immersive theme park will be the third in the Universal Orlando complex. Universal Creative, the same team behind the Islands of Adventure park, traveled through the South Pacific for inspiration...

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The Latest News on Disney Price Increases

On its opening day in 1955, Disneyland opened its doors to families willing to pay just $1 for adults and $0.50 for children to create their first magical memories and recreate storybook fun. It's easy to get nostalgic about the good old days where you just needed loose change to get into Disney....

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Spend Three-Days in Florida’s State Parks

Give me 72 hours and I'll show you a side of Florida you never imagined. Planning a Florida family vacation usually involves rushing from theme park to theme park to hop on the latest ride and pose in front of a selfie-worthy attraction. The other Florida family favorite is full of sunny beaches and sailing across the waters on a first cruise with kids clubs galore. But there's a softer side to...

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