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Nikko, Authentic Japanese Immersion

If you’re considering a family trip to high-tech Tokyo, a side trip to traditional Nikko should be on your list. This beautiful city with a strong sense of place is far enough off the tourist track to feel like a discovery yet it’s only a 2-hour train ride north of Tokyo. An interactive dive into the Edo period Imagine a theme park where costumed re-enactors are dressed in kimonos...

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My Top 20 Bermuda Attractions

The British isle of Bermuda may be known for its traditional ways, yet there are beautiful pink sand beaches, fitness jaunts, eco-adventures, local culinary treats and a notorious geometric shape to explore. Here are 20 popular and historical family-oriented sightseeing opportunities, listed alphabetically, that locals on the island have recommended. Beaches of Bermuda Bermuda...

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Inca Threads, A Peru Immersion

Andean weavers are widely respected for their handiwork and, in the rural Peruvian highland villages we explored around Cusco, the woven textile tradition remains much as it has for centuries. Time seems to have stood still in most of the Inca heartland. We were astonished to find that many of the traditional ways of life, including the Quechua language and the mode of dress, are still intact. Immersive...

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The Best German Christmas Markets, A European Family Tradition

Traditional German Christmas Markets, also known as Chriskindlesmarkt, are located in a variety of big and small towns throughout Europe, but the tradition is perhaps strongest in Germany. If the wonderful custom of European Christmas Markets has not yet reached your hometown,...

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On Earth’s Edge In Tofino

If you’re looking for an adventurous family vacation immersed in nature, Tofino should be on your list. This small community on the West side of Vancouver Island, in the province of British Columbia, Canada, offers striking scenery, active adventures and a hip atmosphere that should delight even hard-to-please teenagers. It is not easy to reach

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7 Reasons Why Suzhou Is China’s Best Adventure With Kids

If you’re considering a family trip to China, put Suzhou on your must-see list. This traditional city is just far enough off the tourist track to feel like a bona fide discovery, yet its modern infrastructure makes a visit with kids easy. Suzhou is one of China’s loveliest urban locations. Situated on a series of picturesque canals, it has earned the moniker The Venice of...

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Skip Las Vegas and Bring the Kids to See Camels in Virginia City

Time travel to Virginia City, a Nevada town that offers families the chance to experience what life was like in a 19th-century mining “boomtown” -- and see how fast camels can run. Located just a 45-minute drive from the Reno-Tahoe area, you’ll step back in time as you visit historic buildings and old-fashioned saloons. Kids of all ages should enjoy taking a mine...

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Road Trip USA: Leaf Peeking in New England

The beautiful nature, charming towns and friendly faces make Vermont and New Hampshire a perfect choice for a family road trip. Vermont’s small size and sparsley-traveled roads make it super for a family driving trip, and October brings leaf peepers to view nature’s annual display of autumn colors. The northern part of Vermont is remote enough to never truly be crowded. Of course, you'll ...

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Windstar Cruises Perfect for Millennials Cruise

I was recently a passenger on Windstar’s "Gaelic Explorer" cruise from Edinburgh to Dublin, with several other families. The sleek Star Pride doesn't have the nonstop entertainment, ice-skating rinks, zip-lines and a kaleidoscope of activities that other ships do. And yes, the North Sea weather was chilly even in June. Yet the families on board were having a grand time for the entire...

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The Roosevelts in New York and Historic Hyde Park

A 90-minute train ride from Grand Central Station brings you to history-rich Hyde Park, New York, one of the National Park Service monuments celebrating 100 years of service. This is where Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt lived, and a visit here is a great way to get the entire family thinking about the American presidency....

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L.L. Bean Guarantees A Bargain Weekend In Freeport Maine

Fun for all ages, great learning activities, eco-adventures and quality merchandise share the shelves of L.L. Bean in Freeport, Maine. Legendary outdoor outfitter L.L. Bean has had their flagship...

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10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do In Wales

Wales, a small country in the United Kingdom (along with Scotland, England and Northern Ireland), offers a great diversity of surprising experiences. It feels comfortable, safe, and familiar -- yet foreign enough to be exciting for Americans. While everyone speaks English, the ancient Welsh language is experiencing a resurgence. You’ll see bilingual signs everywhere and eavesdrop on plenty of...

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Best Family Activities in Victoria, British Columbia

Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria hits scenic and culinary sweet spots, balancing leisurely outdoor activities like whale watching with cultural offerings such as the Royal BC Museum and farm to fork dining. If you like your cities with plenty of eye-candy, Victoria’s beauty will certainly please. Verdant mountains and the pristine Pacific Ocean...

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Why You’ll Be Charmed By Hilton Head Island

If your family is seeking a classic seaside vacation with a bonus dash of Lowcountry Southern charm, South Carolina’s Hilton Head is a fine choice. Located on a barrier island of the same name, the world-class sand and surf is the big draw, but this upscale community is no one-trick vacation pony. Hilton Head’s variety of recreational options helps make it a top choice for multigenerational...

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Punta Cana’s Boldest New All-Inclusive

Punta Cana is satiated with all-inclusive resorts yet the Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia Don Pablo Collection rises above the pack, delivering an energetic, all-inclusive family beach vacation that takes it up a notch with unbeatable live entertainment. Full disclosure: I’m a native New Yorker and we do everything big. In the Big Apple, one thing we’re not big on is subtlety;...

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Skiing Vermont On A Tight Budget, No Snow

Whether there was snow or no snow, we decided to ski in Vermont over the winter holidays. Now, as a family of four, we ski on a tight budget. This is tough with the high price of lift tickets, especially during the holidays, when no off peak discounts are available. We also want to be able to drive to our destination from our home, for convenience and savings. Heading north of our home in...

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Petit St. Vincent: A Luxurious Digital Detox

In today’s high-tech world, elementary school kids have smart phones and savvy toddlers cruise the worldwide web with ease. Stepping away from the Internet, television and cell phones, even just for a few hours, seems impossible. But in the sparkling Caribbean Sea sits an elegant private island that is as low-tech as they come. If your family is ripe for a digital detox, consider an escape to...

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Weekend Getaway At A Luxurious Los Cabos Hacienda

Los Cabos sits at the southernmost tip of Baja California, offering dramatic vistas of stunning shores and Land’s End. No wonder it’s one of Mexico’s top tourist destinations, with accommodations to suit every style and budget. Visitors are enticed here courtesy of its magnificent natural resources. Thanks to a collective embrace of sustainable practices, Los Cabos has earned numerous...

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A White Water Rafting Adventure In Maine

If your offspring are anything like mine, the thought of limited cell phone coverage is worse than root canal, so I never imagined my college age son would be game to head to a remote corner of Maine for a family whitewater rafting adventure.  Boy, was I ever wrong. Not only did he embrace the adrenaline rush of the rapids, he connected with nature in a deep and hopefully lasting way. An...

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Merida, Mexico: An Authentic Taste of the Yucatan

Charming Merida is the capital of the Yucatan state. Its dreamy town center is bursting with crayon colored buildings and elegant Colonial architecture straight out of a Mexican fairytale. While many south of the border colonial cities are situated at a sweater-friendly high altitude, low-lying Merida is awash with tropical flair. Located only minutes from the sea, its steamy temperatures...

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Relive The Wild West In Virginia City, Nevada

Virginia City, at its peak a bona fide frontier boomtown, is located in Nevada’s starkly beautiful high desert. It is under an hour from Reno and Lake Tahoe and approximately three hours from San Francisco. Although it’s close to modern diversions, a visit here feels like a step back in time. When silver was discovered in the mid-19th century, people from around the globe flocked to Virginia...

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Japan Introduces Sapporo Bullet Train

Japan’s Shinkansen bullet train is one of the country's most recognizable symbols of modern technology. These masterfully engineered high-speed trains link Japan’s major cities in a jiffy, making them a practical way to tour this beautiful country. If you’re a train buff, you are already acquainted with these sleek machines. Until recently, elegant Sapporo, the largest...

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Journey to Myanmar

For some families, vacations are about returning to the same destination year after year. Whether it’s a beloved beach shack, a frosty mountainside ski lodge or a trip to see the world’s favorite mouse, there is comfort and tradition in repetition. For others, vacation equals adventure and blazing new trails. If your family’s idea of a great getaway is exploring the newest off-the-beaten-path...

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A Seaside Resort Escape in Losinj, Croatia

Croatia is a peaceful country of abundant natural beauty. If you’re seeking a European holiday that delivers classic seaside diversions with a smattering of culture, the luxurious Bellevue Resort on the unspoiled island of Losinj should top your list.Losinj first garnered recognition as a vacation spot in the 19th century, when the Austro-Hungarian...

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Expo 2015 Promises Family Fun in Milan, Italy

The latest Universal Exposition, Expo 2015 in Milan, Italy will run until October 31, 2015 with the theme: “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.” Over 140 countries are participating, including 54 with their own self-built national pavilions.Thoughtful reflection is necessary to ensure a sustainable future with safe food and...

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Grenada Family Fun

Grenada is known as "The Spice Island of the Caribbean" and produces one third of the world's best quality nutmeg plus an array of other fragrant spices. Then there's the fruit: bananas, mangoes, coconuts, French cashews, soursop, breadfruit, papaya... all crops that supported the small, 133-square-mile island's economy. In 2004, just as the island's international tourism boom was beginning, Hurricane...

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Grenada Hotels And Restaurants

FTF has spotted some of the top family hotels, resorts and local eateries on the intriguingly quiet, purely green Caribbean Spice Island of Grenada.If you're looking for big resorts with fancy kids clubs and video arcades, this is not your island. Grenada just isn't the place to find extensive, on-property children's programs rivaling those on other Caribbean islands like Jamaica. But while...

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Road Trip USA: An American History Tour Through Pennsylvania

Many families select an American history tour for their road trip with school-age children, and there's nothing more fun than exploring the regions of Philadelphia, Lancaster and Gettysburg together. Summertime means family vacation and for kids, a much-deserved break from classroom learning for several months. A road trip across the U.S. is a great way to introduce...

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Berlin on a Budget: Tons of Teen Cool

Williamsburg, Brooklyn; Silver Lake in Los Angles, and Pacific Northwest cities like Seattle and Portland, all score high on the millennial coolness-scale. But in my own teen offspring’s opinion, these cities don’t hold a candle to Berlin. The capital of Germany is infused with energy, creativity, contrast, and promise. An affordable cost of living encourages young hipsters...

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Capitol Reef, Utah, A Great National Park For Tiny Travelers

The American West is rich in National Parks that offer wide-open spaces, panoramic vistas, hiking trails and a vast menu of family recreational possibilities. What makes Capitol Reef, Utah unique among its competitors is its notable lack of crowds.This is in sharp contrast to some of the more heavily visited National Parks (think...

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Cooperstown, New York For All Ages, All Tastes

Families love Cooperstown, New York -- a tripleheader for grandparents, parents and kids because of its variety of contemporary and historic amusements.There are not many family destinations which pride themselves on a lack of fast food restaurants. Not many towns which can lure young people with promises of showing "America the way it used to be.".Not many villages -- population 2,200 --...

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Baby’s First Vacation At Madison Beach Hotel, Connecticut

The town of Madison, Connecticut, midway between the New York City and Boston shorelines, is blessed with pastoral seascapes and some of the cleanest and least utilized beaches on the Long Island Sound. There is a seasonal resort flavor here but, in truth, it is a destination with year-round getaway potential.Just minutes off the busy I-95, you will find the

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With Kids, Dancers And Horses At Saratoga Springs, New York

Saratoga Springs, nestled between the Catskill and Adirondack Mountain ranges in Upstate New York, has been on the tourist map ever since health conscious visitors first arrived to “take” the salubrious, mineral-rich waters of its natural springs. Today, families will enjoy Saratoga’s all-American charm and pedestrian-friendly downtown, bustling with street life, independently...

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Overnight Out of the City in Tarrytown, New York

As much as I love my urban lifestyle, every so often the hectic pace of New York City gets to my family and I. When the pressure cooker starts to boil over, we seek a quiet respite to treat our over-stimulated selves to some small town fun. On a recent fall weekend, we found loads to do and a friendly, small town environment close to home in Tarrytown, New York. Although Tarrytown...

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Value Vacation Adventures In Kissimmee, Florida

On a recent visit to Central Florida, I stayed in Kissimmee, minutes from Orlando’s famed theme parks yet rich in other family-friendly activities. With both Disney and Universal recently raising the cost of admission, saving on hotels, meals and activities -- easy to do in Kissimmee -- is a priority for many families. And if you want a break from Mickey Mouse and Harry Potter,...

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Doral Arrowwood Resort, Rye Brook, New York

Looking for a weekend getaway close to the New York metropolitan and tri-state area? Check out the Doral Arrowwood for great value and a great time.The Fourth of July was approaching and my family and I had no plans in place. A weekend getaway was what we wanted.  We needed a resort close to our home in New York City, with activities that both my husband, myself and our teen-aged daughter...

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Spruce Point Inn, Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Few towns say summer as quintessentially as Boothbay Harbor, Maine.  It is tailor-made for family vacations -- especially with grandparents and multi-generational groups -- with a picture-perfect harbor brimming with lobster boats, schooners and windjammers. Boothbay Harbor Is as American and...

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A Food And Wine Lovers Family Roadtrip Through Tuscany

A food and wine infused Tuscany holiday is a fantasy shared by many. But when you throw kids into the mix, this dream can quickly turn sour. Do you dream of driving through sun-dappled vineyards and camera-ready hill towns where even a simple meal is a celebration? Do your taste buds long for a leisurely-paced, multi-coursed, wine-enhanced meal?  I know few children who would...

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Chocolate, Coffee, Action! Fun in Torino, Italy

Torino, a small Northern Italian city also known as Turin, is an overlooked gem of a family destination.  It is just far enough off from the Rome - Venice - Florence tourist triangle to feel authentic and undiscovered. It is rich in museums, two of which are particularly suited to families: the Egyptian Museum, whose collection is considered to be one of the...

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Kiss the Cold Sweepstakes Gives You the Chance to Win a Free Florida Getaway

Does the seemingly endless winter have you craving sunshine? Enter the "Kiss The Cold Sweepstakes" and four winning families will head to Florida absolutely free. With its toasty year-round weather, Kissimmee in Central Florida is the perfect place to soak up some rays.It is located only minutes from Orlando’s famed theme parks including Walt Disney World Resort,...

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Top Ten Gulf Coast Activities In Naples And Everglades City, Florida

Our top ten activities in Naples and Everglades City represent the yin and yang of family vacations, so why not embrace variety and enjoy a taste of both cities on Florida's Gulf Coast. Naples is the shining star of the so-called Paradise Coast, a classic upscale resort town with calm Gulf of Mexico waters and clean beaches. Many retirees call Naples home, so grandparents will find...

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The Throwback Charms Of A Big Valley Roadtrip

If you’re looking for a family vacation that combines small town Americana charm, natural wonders, and a multitude of attractions that are tailor-made for kids -- even those with disabilities -- meet the Big Valley, the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Budget-minded vacationers will find memorable attractions, and many moderately priced hotels, eateries and activities...

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My Top Three San Juan Resort Hotels In Condado

Puerto Rico, an easy Caribbean getaway loaded with family appeal, should be on the list for your next tropical vacation. American citizens need no passport to enter this U.S. territory, yet a visit to this island nation feels foreign enough to be exciting.  Just over a bridge from the more expensive capital city of Old San Juan sits an invigorated beachfront community, Condado. ...

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Finding Authentic Mexican Style in Puebla

Puebla is one of Mexico’s postcard-pretty colonial cities,  a compact gem of well-preserved Baroque, Renaissance and Colonial buildings that has earned it the distinction of being named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you’re traveling with kids, they probably won’t bat an eye at this sort of architectural wealth, but there are enough...

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Cleveland, Ohio Rocks The Weekend

Cleveland, Ohio has rock and roll and so much more to entertain your teens on a weekend getaway. If you consider the physical limitations, fickle attention span, shortened daylight hours, and periodic bouts of famine under which most teenagers operate, you'll understand why cities with a compact core of entertainment, dining and nightlife are ideal for a short family break.Cleveland,...

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Biloxi, Mississippi’s Family Beach And Mardi Gras

My first visit to the state of Mississippi brought me to the Gulf Coast for Mardi Gras. Biloxi and the surrounding Gulf Coast towns have an egalitarian spirit that has little in common with the traditional, Southern gothic, Faulkneresque world that I had imagined.  This is not necessarily a bad thing.  The down-home locals have been welcoming tourists since the early...

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Doing Atlantis On A Budget At Comfort Suites Paradise Island

I am delighted to recommend the Comfort Suites Paradise Island hotel, a wallet-conscious way for the family to enjoy an Atlantis family beach vacation without breaking the bank.  My kids had been aching to visit Paradise Island in the Bahamas -- especially Atlantis, undoubtedly a great family resort -- but we knew this family vacation would not come cheap.Sure,...

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Halloween Events at Six Flags Great Adventure Themepark

This year, Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey is serving roast visitors during its annual Fright Fest crawling with ghosts, ghouls, goblins and over 200 zombies. Amid thousands of mums, zombies, evil scarecrows, cornstalks, hay bales, cobwebs and over-sized spiders, you can roam the haunted midways and encounter "Thrills by Day, Fright by Night" entertainment....

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Family Fun In Guanacaste Costa Rica

Guanacaste, on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, is a mix of beautiful beaches, lush rainforest and fascinating fauna. Costa Rica’s rich biodiversity, strong infrastructure and stable political situation make this country a popular destination for families who wish to visit Central America.  This peaceful nation abolished its army permanently in 1949 and even...

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Pies On Parade Tempt Travelers To Maine

Thanks to its Pies on Parade each winter, Rockland, Maine is packed with food-centric folk whose goal is to sample the most marvelous pies possible. Whether you and your kids are serious gourmets or just have a sweet tooth, this event is 100% good, clean family fun.Otherwise, a visit during the dog days of winter to this seaside town doesn’t earn a spot...

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Ann Arbor For A Midwest Weekend Of Student Cool

College towns have a built-in advantage when you’re traveling with teenagers and, with its sky-high cool quotient, Ann Arbor, Michigan is the king of college towns. Home to the University of Michigan, it is hip enough for adolescents with lots of activities geared to tweens, teens and students, yet sophisticated enough for savvy moms and dads. Considering that...

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Inside A Snow Globe With Tiny Travelers

The Canadian Rockies are so striking, they wouldn’t be out of place on the inside of a snow globe, making Banff and Lake Louise popular destinations that draw an international crowd.  Visitors venture here in winter to enjoy sports that the windfall of champagne powder brings.Outdoor enthusiasts will also be well served in Alberta...

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A Volunteer Reading Road Trip at Beaches Turks and Caicos

Once upon a time, the questions my children asked during our family travels were easy.  Are we there yet? How long are we staying? Will there be other kids to play with? These questions were sometimes monotonous, but the answers didn’t require much thought or effort on my part.I recently had the chance to travel with my teenage daughter, Madeleine.  She just completed her first...

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Safer Driving Tips And Tire Savvy

I was recently invited to learn how to be a safer driver at the Cooper Tire Vehicle and Test Center, located outside of San Antonio, Texas.  Cooper Tire is based in Findlay, Ohio, where they have been making quality tires for 100 years. A small group of writer-moms were selected to test drive cars outfitted with Cooper...

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Parent Teen Adventures in Puerto Rico

Once upon a time, the biggest hardship that I faced traveling with my kids was figuring out how to fit the stuffed animals and formula into our luggage allowance. I was rudely awakened when they hit their teen years, and the pre-trip questions started. Would there be Internet at our destination? How long would it take to get there?  Could they bring a friend? And the dreaded ‘do I have to...

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Should Kids and Casinos Mix on Vacation?

Since New York State just approved casino gambling outside of Native American lands, I wanted to explore how this affects travel with kids to New York's resort areas. The Mount Airy Casino Resort, which opened a few years ago in the Poconos, is an example of family resorts turned casinos, and I wondered if would it be a good place to take the kids. After all, the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania...

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San Antonio, Texas Attractions

FTF's favorite family spots in San Antonio include historic sites and armadillos, Mexican cafes and a lively riverfront, all in this southern Texas city. And as a destination, it has much more to offer than a temperate climate to account for its year-round popularity. For more information on the many attractions in the area, contact the San...

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Easter Weekend Bargain in Germany’s Rhine Region

Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia region is perhaps best known for its prosperous business cities, such as Bonn and Dusseldorf. Though industry and big business don’t usually coincide with family attractions, the area is filled with unexpected treasures and bona fide bargains.Lots to do for Visiting Families in North Rhine-WestphaliaThe Rhine River cuts through the region and...

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Big New Family-Friendly Things Happening In Dallas, Texas

When I think Texas, I think big. It is the largest of the lower 48 states, more vast than any European country.  Billboards with bold slogans such as “Everything’s Bigger in Texas” and “Big things happen in Dallas” are ubiquitous.  In spite of its over-sized image, a recent visit to Dallas proved that this city is just the right...

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Win a Trip to Paradise Island with the Picture Yourself in Paradise Contest

Think your family deserves a Bahamas getaway?  Here’s your chance to win a Paradise Island vacation with the "Picture Yourself in Paradise" Facebook contest.  All you need to do is submit a 30 second video explaining why you merit this fabulous tropical getaway.  The grand prize package includes round...

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