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Family Fun At Busch Gardens Williamsburg

What started out in 1969 as a 3,000-acre tract of land for a brewery on the James River in Virginia is now home to what some consider the most beautiful theme park in America, Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Here, you’ll not only be awed by the metal creatures of epic proportions and dizzying contortions,...

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The 10 Best Themeparks For Family Vacations

At almost any time of year, family planners can count on a theme park to shift the annual vacation into high gear. Whether you’re planning a long vacation or just a day trip, a themepark is the perfect destination for family bonding no matter the age of your children. In “America's Most Popular Family...

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All American Thanksgiving Celebrations

A Thanksgiving recipe for fun: FTF's A-Z guide to local events marking the settlers' gratitude, from traditional eats to marathons. Thanksgiving, the quintessential American holiday, was first celebrated in 1621 by the pilgrim settlers to show thanks for the bountiful harvest that would see them through the long winter. Throughout the years, we have continued the tradition by enjoying feasts...

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Adventures In Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

If you're looking to explore fun landmarks by hiking and biking, we recommend Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, a lesser-visited park that is surrounded by a couple of delightful natural sites. The 200,000-acre wooded paradise is in the Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountain range between Pennsylvania and Georgia. Families...

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Alexandria, Virginia’s Winter Attractions

Not as "big city" as the nation's capital, the historic town of Alexandria, Virginia celebrates Scottish traditions and more each winter in a festival that all family members will really enjoy. Founded in 1749 and is listed on the National Register of Historical Places, Alexandria is steeped in history and is nationally recognized for its abundance of 18th- and 19th-century architecture. The numerous...

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Appreciating Democracy At America’s Birthplace

The “Historic Triangle” of Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown is an energetic, living classroom, the place where the United States became a democracy. This genteel corner of Virginia is ideal for a mini family road trip because it also boasts theme parks, golf, boating and craft breweries. However, families...

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Virginia Beach, Virginia Hotels And Resorts

Summer planning? Editors' reviews of some great hotels for the whole family at Virginia Beach, one of America's most popular yet affordable beach resorts. Whether your family is looking for a simple motel with a standard bedroom, a fancy hotel that has housed Presidents, or a luxury resort with a family feel, Virginia Beach has it all. The oceanfront boardwalk has been cleaned up and the...

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Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia Hotels And Resorts

For a colonial multi-generational getaway, select from one of Colonial Williamsburg's official hotels or review other Williamsburg area family-friendly lodging in the Historic Triangle of southern Virginia.  Although there are numerous hotels and motels in Williamsburg to accommodate the more than 500,000 annual visitors, there are six official Colonial Williamsburg properties with special...

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A Culinary Revolution in Colonial Virginia

There was a time not long ago when a family visit to Colonial Williamsburg meant living a, shall we say…  dated lifestyle.  Many parents, especially those with tweens and teens who bore easily, pushed off a visit to Virginia’s Historic Triangle until their empty nester years. That’s no longer necessary. Thanks to the surge in gastronomic tourism (71% of travelers...

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Colonial Winter In Williamsburg, Virginia

An enriching holiday experience that families will cherish for years can be found in Colonial Williamsburg and the Historic Triangle of Virginia. Since 1934, this 301-acre historic area has put on its holiday finery from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. Besides visiting historic buildings, encountering “People of the Past,” discussing current events of...

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