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Dayton Family Vacation Ideas – Airplanes, Stargazing, and SunWatch.

Only in Ohio’s bucolic Miami Valley is it possible to canoe on an ancient river, relive the days of early settlers, and be thrilled by Wilbur and Orville Wright’s dream of flight. Go stargazing; participate in science and an ancient Indian village. [Read More]

Southeast US Best Places to Vacation with Dinosaurs and Kids.

To add extra value to any family vacation with young children one of the easiest things to do is find a dinosaurs or two. Maybe you can’t recreate Dinotopia but you can enjoy imagining together. [Read More]

Nashville, Family Vacation Ideas - Music, Adventure Tower and a Waterpark.

Known by many as "Music City USA”, the city offers much more for families. Go for the music and mix up the activities. From art and nature to live music and multicultural events, the vacation choices are one-of-a-kind and the stuff for building memories. Ride the BlueMax at the Science Center; go on a “Critter Encounter” at the zoo or visit the new Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum. [Read More]

San Antonio Family Vacation Ideas - Parks, Music, and The Alamo.

The city is really a vacation playground for families. From beautiful Brackenridge Park with the Witte Museum and the San Antonio Zoo to the lively city center with the energizing River Walk and the historic Alamo, the city is spunky and fun. [Read More]

Alexandria, Free or Almost Free Family Vacation Fun.

Located on Potomac River just outside of Washington, D.C., offers families bikes trails, scavenger hunts, street festivals, and living history all for free or almost free, making it easy to have fun and stay on budget. [Read More]

St. Augustine, Florida Family Vacations with History, Beaches, and a Schooner.

From ghost walks along cobblestone streets in St. Augustine to riding bikes on the beach, visiting the Fountain of Youth and kayaking the Matanzas River, the menu for fun is extensive. [Read More]

Val Jalbert, A Place for Living History and Making Family Vacation Memories.

Biking back in time to the turn of the 20th century, we arrived at the Historical Village of Val-Jabert in the early afternoon, following an invigorating bike ride from Roberval with Veloroute. [Read More]

Niagara Falls. Family Vacation Ideas - Skylon Tower, Parrots, and Maid of the Mist.

For at least sixty years I have wanted to see the falls that connect Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. Last July I made it to the Canadian side of the falls and enjoyed seeing it from all angles while listening to my grand daughters exclaim with amazement…"Look Gramma, look!" [Read More]

Baton Rouge, Family Vacation Ideas – Bayou Adventures, Zulu Patrol, and Meeting a Baby Giraffe.

Imagine a family vacation spot with sunshine and Southern hospitality, Zydeco, Blues and Cajun music plus cafe au lait, and etouffe. A spot where having fun is easy and days include spotting alligators, counting turtles, living history, water rides and sky watching; nights include music, theatre, delicious menus and maybe a fais do do. [Read More]

Renting a Cottage in Cornwall.

Looking at the map placed deliberately on the dinning room table it seemed simple enough to plan a trip for three generations. We decided to go to Cornwall and to rent a quaint "country" cottage. [Read More]

Santa Clara, Family Vacation Ideas – A Mystery House, Tech Space, and Snoopy.

San Francisco’s South Bay area is a family friendly, easy paced area where families can share time without long lines and schedules. [Read More]

Sauguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Exploring the Fjord and Meeting Black Bears - Real Time Family Vacation Experiences.

The Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec is a family vacation destination with a multitude of unique, remarkable, and memorable experiences. There are so many activity choices the biggest problem is deciding what to do first. [Read More]

San Jose, California Family Vacation Ideas with NASA, Raging Waters, and STEAM.

San Francisco’s South Bay area is the ideal spot to share fun and learning. From lively festivals and events to inspirational theater and live music, the area is loaded with ways to share fun with kids. [Read More]

Richmond, Free or Almost Free Family Vacation Fun in Virginia.

Step back in time and introduce your children to Colonial Virginia. Meet Patrick Henry, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson and feel the tension in the air as actors discuss the Revolutionary War. [Read More]

Free or Almost Free Family Vacation Fun in Southern West Virginia.

It’s not just college kids looking for free stuff anymore. For all of us attempting to create a family vacation on a budget it is useful to know where to find free or almost free family fun. [Read More]

Boone Winter Family Vacations with Snow Tubing, Ice Skating, and Skiing Lessons.

The High Country area of North Carolina offers families many ways to enjoy time in the snow including tubing, sledding, skiing, boarding, and skating. Perhaps the best is snow tubing – family fun with no prior skills needed. [Read More]

Oakland Family Vacation Ideas with Stargazing, Zoo Safaris, and an Asian Connection.

For families looking for an easy- paced, affordable, urban adventure Oakland delivers one-of-a-kind Northern California experiences – fresh, lively and rewarding. [Read More]

Costa Rica Vacations Include Volcanoes, Waterfalls, and Rafting.

The Arenal area on the western side of Costa Rica is ideal for earth-friendly family adventures because it offers dozens of ways to share family fun, interact with Mother Nature, and create screen-free, green memories. [Read More]

Saguenay Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec Winter Family Vacation Fun with Snowmobiling, Skating, and Snow Tubing.

Imagine a secret snowy getaway with oodles of family activities meant to be shared with kids. Part of the mix deep powdery snow, toasty warm chalets, ice fishing, ice skating, après-ski fun and scrumptious food, and dog-sledding adventures. [Read More]

St. Lucia: Soufrière South, Family Vacation Ideas - Beaches, Volcano Walks, and Ziplining.

Off-the-beaten-path, delightfully green and relatively unspoiled, St. Lucia is safe, friendly and delightfully Caribbean - ideal for a family getaway. [Read More]


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