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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Illuminates the Imagination

I have a confession to make. I had never been to Disney’s Animal Kingdom until I stepped through the park gates as dusk approached to check-out their new evening initiatives. I was expecting a pleasant evening of animal viewing and light shows, but was dazzled by lights soaring across riverways, sunset safaris and high-energy. It was so much more than I expected. Over the years, I had...

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St. George Island, A Vintage Florida Family Vacation

Some people call St. George Island, part of the Gulf Coast, "Florida like it used to be" in its golden era. I suppose that would be true if a Florida family vacation in the old days inlcuded sophisticated restaurants, gorgeous beachfront homes at affordable prices and plenty of cool watersports.    But I think what they really mean is that there are...

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Head to the Tropics and Visit Flamingo Gardens This Summer

Inspired by the tropics? Pack-up the kids and plan a trip to Flamingo Gardens, also known as the Botanical Gardens and Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary. Located in the Fort Lauderdale area, the attraction is situated on 60-acres of gardens and...

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Disney Springs Celebrates a New Era of Family Magic

If you haven't been to Downtown Disney for awhile, newly renamed Disney Springs, you're in for a big surprise. The area was once home to Pleasure Island with friendly nightclubs, comedy acts and lounges drawing in adults and parents weary after a day at the theme parks. A New Era for Disney Commerce Today, the area has rapidly transformed into a premiere destination...

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Florida’s Secret: Anna Maria Island

There is a place in Florida that does not have the very best in beaches, the most Caribbean-like climate, the best recreational opportunities or the hottest resorts or nightlife in the State.  So, why is an island peninsula community of 15,000 residents on the Gulf Coast considered by many to be a "best kept secret"?  For those in the know, it is an affordable...

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The Big Schlep: Grandparents’ Tips On Miami, Florida

We hope you'll benefit from what we, a multi-generational family that loves to get together, learned and enjoyed during a recent stay in Miami, Florida. Here are some of our most useful tips, especially handy during the busy holiday season. We think you'll like these budget-friendly activities if you love entertaining (and spoiling) kids and grandkids like we do. The Miami Climate Sunblock,...

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Top 10 Beach Resort Getaways For Family Vacations

Almost everyone's favorite getaway is a family beach vacation, whether it's winter or summer. Here are FTF's winners from a decade of "Top 10 Getaway" awards in the best family beach category. Our Top 10 beach getaways, all past winners of the "Top 10 Getaways" awards in this category, promise location, location, location with excellence in facilities, family activities and childcare....

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Visit the Holy Land Experience in Orlando, Florida

If you are heading towards Orlando, Florida, consider a stop at The Holy Land Experience. This theme park combines live drama, museums, children’s activities, and Holy Land replicated models in a dramatic and exciting way. Step Back into the Holy Land It will take a full day to participate in even some of the many activities. This is an ideal place for a family vacation,...

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Rainy Day Activities in Orlando

Hitting the Orlando theme parks may conjure up images of sunshine and blue skies, but especially in summer, families often encounter an overcast and damp day. You can still enjoy everything from Disney to Universal in the rain, though little and big kids alike may not find it the adventure they were hoping for. If your plans are flexible, venture past the theme parks and find something fun...

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Live Like a Local on Vacation

Going on vacation doesn’t have to resemble living out of a suitcase while your kids run wild. Vacation homes and condos make for a comfortable and relaxing stay, whether you remain in your own home state or travel across the country. We’ve discovered a few...

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