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Celebrate Earth Day at National Wildlife Refuges

Apr 21, 2014
Celebrate Earth Day (April 22) with a family trip to your local wildlife refuge. Many refuges around the country are hosting special events to mark the occasion, such as an afternoon of boat tours, fishing lessons for kids, and butterfly viewing at Trinity River Wildlife Refuge in Texas.

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Get out there and have some fun! See family friendly events happening all over the nation in our Calendar of Events.

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Can you blame them?


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So how does it feel that your kids are better traveled than you ever were? According to a new Family Travel Survey from TripAdvisor , 75 per cent of travelers’ children have visited more than six states, compared to just 37% of their parents by the same age more
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Being a Princess for a Day at Disney World


Makeover time at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Disney World
I forgot my tiara and kept misplacing my wand. After all, it's not easy being a modern-day Disney princess. You need to keep that tiara firmly on your head; you need to be kind to everyone -- even annoying younger siblings. more
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Welcome Harry!


Harry Potter
Finally! And just in time for summer vacations--June 18 to be exact--Universal Orlando says that the much-anticipated Wizarding World of Harry Potter will open. more
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Thanks JetBlue!


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Since it started as a low-fare carrier at Kennedy International Airport a decade ago, JetBlue has called itself “New York’s hometown airline.” However, it almost decamped to Orlando. Thanks for staying Jet Blue! more
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Pass it forward


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This week, Disney announced that although it is only March, they have already given out the million free tickets promised to those who participated in the "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day" in partnership with the Hands On Network and designed to encourage families to give back to their communities through volunteer service. more
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TO BERMUDA


The Fairmont Hotel, Hamilton, Bermuda
The iconic pink Fairmont Hamilton Princess with spectacular gardens that overlook the water and well-stocked Koi ponds is THE place for a traditional English Tea in the oh-so-British-feeling Bermuda. more
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Opting for luxe beyond the parks of Orlando


Waldorf Astoria Orlando
AAH... I’m in the midst of possibly the best massage I’ve ever had at Orlando Grand Lakes Ritz Carlton Spa—thanks to the feet of the massage therapist, who happens to be a former paratrooper, he tells me! more
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In and around Disney’s Grand Floridian


Disney treehouse
So how would a princess ask for a piece of cake? The half dozen or so princesses in training, their tiaras on their heads are listening attentively. “Ahem, Madame Chef, May I have a piece of cake,” Rose Petal (who apparently was a rose in the palace garden and then magically became a princess so she could be Aurora’s friend) instructs them more
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Back to Disney World with the princesses


Disney Princess breakfast
It’s hard work being a princess. You need to know how to curtsey and wave. You need to be kind to everyone—even annoying younger siblings. You need to wear fancy dresses and tiaras. more
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To a Place American Families Haven’t Yet Discovered


The spectacular Atacama pools are a welcome sight after a three-hour trek
In a desert oasis beside a roaring river, the handsome young Chilean reaches for my hand to help me over the rocks. He smiles. "Gracias," I say. It's not a dream. The long-haired, 29-year-old Chileano is Max Vera, our guide on a challenging uphill hike along the canyon floor. We scramble over rocks strewn along a sandy trail, large "fox tails" and cacti that are 12 feet high with needles so sharp that local Indian women use them to sew and knit. We're in the Atacama Desert in South America, walking along the River Puritama. Our goal: seven pools of hot springs. more
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