This Fall, San Diego may just be the cheapest place in America to take the family on vacation. San Diego turns into a utopia for family vacations during the month of October with their Kids Eat, Stay and Play For Free promotion. With each paying adult, during the month of October, a child gets to vacation for next to nothing. What more encouragement do you need to plan a great family getaway to this popular seaside city?
Celebrating the last week of summer vacation, off we went to Great Wolf Lodge in Fitchburg, Ma with great expectations of a fun time at this new water-park resort. While we don’t often post negative reviews, I feel we need to warn you that Great Wolf Lodge Massachusetts falls short of the Great Wolf reputation in the rest of the country. Let’s begin at the beginning, the registration lines were wrapped around the entrance and it had to have taken at least hour wait for the check-in process.
There’s a new trend on golf courses around the USA and it doesn’t come with high fees or expensive equipment. In fact, you probably have everything you’ll need to play FootGolf already at home. FootGolf is attracting attention as an ideal activity for families to get out in the sunshine and play together, and makes a great activity while on a family vacation. What is FootGolf, you ask? Take a soccer ball and strategically kick it around a beautiful 18 hole golf course into specially designed 21 inch cups cut into the rough of the course. Simple and fun!
Unlock The Mysteries of the Land of the Inca with Your Family – It’s a Journey You Will Always Remember.
The high plains of Peru and Ecuador are rich both culturally and ecologically, and travelling there with your children is probably easier than you may think. It’s important to make a solid plan for the journey, and arrange activities and transportation ahead of time, but the result will be an unforgettable adventure for your family.
America is dotted with great RV and Camping Parks that attract adventurers all summer long, but they are not all created equal. Before you load up your RV, camper van or family SUV, take the time to check out the very best of resort camping parks across the country.
Summer brings out the best of Maine and the new Inns-Along-The-Coast association of coastal inns makes it easy to go in search of Lobsters, Lighthouses and Blueberry Pie!
With inns in Kennebunkport, Rockland and Bar Harbor, (a 2 hour drive from each other) it’s a simple task to plan a great one week getaway. Best of all, InnsAlongTheCoast has crafted itinerary suggestions for Food Lovers, Outdoor Adventurers and Art and Culture enthusiasts.
America’s Most Out-There Pit Stops to Liven Up Your Summer Road Trip
Summer is the time of year when millions of American families leave their worries behind and answer the call of the open road. It’s time to break out the coolers, tune up the car, and throw in your duffel bags. While most road trips have an ultimate destination in mind, there’s plenty of adventure to be had between point A and B. Here’s a list of some of the most bizarre pit stops and roadside attractions you just have to fit into this year’s summer road trip.
“Hey mister…will you take a picture of me and my family?”, will make a grand resurgence at Disney properties beginning on Tuesday, June 30th when a ban begins on selfie sticks in Disney parks.
Citing growing safety concerns with the increasing number of selfie sticks in use at the parks and on amusements rides, Disney has decided to ban these handy photo tools entirely.
I’ve just spent an hour reading the new National Geographic Kids Almanc for 2016, and it almost makes me want to be a kid again! Every parent with elementary school-aged kids should pick this wonderfully entertaining book up for those irritating “I’m bored” moments. Even better, take this bright and entertaining almanac along on a road trip or to summer camp for hours of fun flipping through colorful pages – way better than watching Shrek for the 15th time!
Don’t Miss Canada’s Most Awe-Inspiring Scenic Locations
Canada is the second largest country in the world, second only to Russia. So as you might imagine, it is full of beautiful landscapes and unique sites that travellers love to explore. And even though it is tops for wonderful landscapes, it is 37th in the world for population, so you’re not likely to encounter large crowds while sightseeing. Whether you are Canadian, or are just planning a visit to this vast country, below is a list of places that you absolutely should not miss.
Where To See The World’s Most Dramatic Cherry Blossom and Spring Tulip Festivals
This year more than most, everyone is desperate for a glimpse of spring to help them forget what a disgusting winter 2015 has been. All across the world cherry trees are in bud and ready to burst with pink perfusion to create lacy canapes dancing on spring breezes. Likewise, fat garden bulbs are sending their shoots toward the sunshine and soon gardens will sprout with spring tulips painting the landscape in impossibly bright colors. Oh yes, we need a dose of beautiful spring flowers right now! Here’s our master list of the best Cherry Blossom and Tulip Festivals across the globe.
Looking for a great experience with your kids to do indoors this winter? A must see is Discover The Dinosaurs a traveling exhibit and entertainment event that is visiting cities across the United States.
Discover The Dinosaurs is a large exhibit that encompasses 8-10 elaborate scenes of dinosaurs from different periods of prehistoric times. These dinosaurs move, have sound, and you and your kids will be amazed at what you see. The experience starts with a scavenger hunt that adds to the learning experience. Once you are finished viewing all of the dinosaurs, take a try at digging up some dinosaur fossils.
Winter 2015 has to be one for the record books with huge snow storms and frigid temperatures whipping across the country. But it’s not all bad news. Remember the thrill you had as a kid when you could run out in the snow and play? Now with winter school vacation just days away, there’s a new attraction that is sure to light up smiles on every face, old and young!
Ice Castles have sprung up across America thanks to a very imaginative Utah-based visionary.
Discover the story behind the historic Three Stories at the Saybrook Point Inn.
This stately Victorian Italianate was originally built in 1892 by William Vars, a train engineer who brought visitors from Hartford to vacation on the Connecticut shore. The home fell into dilapidation when owned years later by Marie Clark. Stephen Tagilatela would walk past the grand house every day and watch the house crumble. Wanting to restore the home and maintain the history, Stephen purchased the house and renovations began on The Stories.
Chicago has no shortage of things to do in all seasons, from the Adler Planetarium to the Willis Tower Skydeck to the new Maggie Daley Park, visitors to Chicago can enjoy a wide variety of activities indoors and out. And this vibrant city is always improving and adding new experiences. Here are some of the newest and most popular attractions for winter fun in Chicago:
Know anyone who’s a diehard “Frozen” fan? True fans of the movie can now vacation like Elsa and Anna thanks to this list of cozy cabins and charming castles inspired by the kingdom of Arendelle, courtesy of HomeAway.com – the world’s largest vacation rental site. Is your vacation fund melting faster than a snowman in the Sahara? Not to worry – with rates starting at just $60/night, there’s a destination for almost any budget. So enjoy these enchanting vacation rentals all inspired by the Disney movie, Frozen.
Visiting Gingerbread Lane at the New York Hall of Science is a sweet treat!
The New York Hall of Science (www.nysci.org) is one of three locations hosting the Guinness World Record-holding Gingerbread Village with the theme of “Tale of Three Cities” this year. New York Hall of Science is located in Flushing, NY at the Flushing Meadow Park. The elaborate custom crafted gingerbread city is being shown at New York Hall of Science in Queens, The Algonquin Hotel Times Square, Manhattan, and The New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge.
Excitement is building in anticipation of the children’s film, Paddington, due to be released in the U.S. in mid-December and late November in the UK. The movie features the adventures of lovable bear, Paddington Brown, a storybook bear who has been entertaining young children (in book form) for over 50 years. London (Paddington’s hometown) is pulling out all the stops to honor the nation’s most beloved bear. 50 specially outfitted Paddington Bear statues will dot the city, appearing in strategic spots where Paddington encountered his most memorable adventures. Families will be able to follow specially designed Paddington Trails to follow the lovable bear all over the city.
There are of course the many famous beaches along the east coast; their beauty attracting people from all over. But I’m not exactly a beach person; my natural refuge is ideally surrounded by an endless variety of vegetation instead of sand and water. To my surprise, North Carolina has no shortage of incredible state parks. I’ve made it a task to visit every state park within NC, so here’s a look at the remarkable landscapes they offer:
This year why not let someone else do the driving while you sit back and relax with nothing to disturb your leaf-peeping revelry. We’ve pulled together a guide to America’s favorite rail journeys that travel past the country’s most stunning fall foliage vistas. Whether you have one day to spare or a week, here are the best train routes for doing some serious leaf peeping.
From New England, to the Blue Ridge Mountains and the narrow gauge rails of the west, there’s spectacular foliage scenery all along the way.