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Amusement Parks of Southern California

Please see my rating system (1 to 10, with 10 being the highest).  I rated these theme parks in 2003.    A major reason southern California is packed with tourists and residents is because of the number of amusement parks that are in the area. Starting at the southern end, near to San Diego, is the very unique Legoland Carlsbad....

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Teens Love New York: 4 Friends Discover What’s Hot, What’s Not

The city that never sleeps is the perfect place for teens to visit. In August 2001, my sister and I and our friends, Angela and Regan, took the opportunity to check out some of the different places that would be fun to go.  What we saw then, remains fun for teens now.  Day One: Wax and Glam We started with Madame...

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Splish Splash

Splish Splash is a family water park in Riverhead, New York. Riverhead is in eastern Long Island within an hours drive of the beaches known as the Hamptons. My grandparents live near there so it's fun to visit them because we get to go for the day. Splish Splash was voted one of the top five water parks in the U.S. by the Travel Channel. In 2003, when I went, it was also voted the number...

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Haunted Weekend In Pennsylvania

In October 2004, my father promised me we would go on a haunted weekend. One Friday after school, after driving about two hours from New York in the dark on a winding and foggy road, we got to the Woodloch Pines hotel. It was about midnight.    I was tired and wanted to go to sleep but my parents wanted to go on the “Haunted Hayride.” Thinking that it would be some stupid...

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Disney World: Rating the Rides 1-10

At MGM Studios in Disney World there is a new ride called The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. This ride was really very scary. Once you get inside what looks like an old abandoned hotel, you go into a library where people dressed as hotel bell caps put on a three- minute video from the old "Twilight Zone" TV show. Then you enter a giant elevator where...

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Big Muskie Bucket, Ohio

This summer I learned there are many exciting, educational things to see in Ohio. I found something in my own “backyard” in Southeastern Ohio, The Big Muskie Bucket.  Big Muskie was the largest ever walking dragline, and the biggest machine that ever moved on land. I was speechless when I stood inside it. I felt like an ant!  Big Muskie was built because of the demand...

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Roscoe Village, Ohio

On July 21, my family and I went to Roscoe Village. Roscoe Village is a restored town in Coshocton, Ohio. It is an historic town that has informational shops such as the blacksmith, pottery, weaving, printing, and much more. We arrived to see the "Civil War Re-enactment" take place. The program displayed the soldiers' uniforms and what the colors represented, such as red bands meant wounded....

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Rhode Island, The Freedom of Sailing

As a kid, my life is very controlled. At home I always have to do chores before going anywhere. Empty the dishwasher, vacuum the floor, weed the garden, make my bed – the list goes on and on. Things are even worse at school. There every minute of the day is planned for me. Teachers are always telling me when it is time to read a book, write a paper, or do some math. They even tell me when...

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Teens at Snowmass/Aspen: Colorado Skiing with a Girlfriend

Although Snowmass and Aspen are only about 20 minutes apart by car, they are two very different places to visit. Snowmass is more family friendly and Aspen is more geared towards adults. As a 17-year-old, I was somewhere in the middle. Resorts have been continually trying to create ‘teen programs’ to make the teenage years easier on the parents. However, they forget that these...

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Winter Vacation in Vail, Colorado

Upon returning to Vail in 2004 for the first time since I was little, the first thing I noticed was the lack of snowboarders. Snowboarding is becoming more and more popular, especially among teens, so at many ski resorts you often find the adults on skis, and the kids and teens on snowboards. Although this varies, I was surprised to see just how many people my age (I’m 17) were skiing. As...

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