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Take the Family to Visit a State Park

Aug 29, 2014
While National Parks are a great vacation destination for families, they are often crowded during the summer months. Consider planning a vacation to a state park this year

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Two days in Provincetown MA and some whale watching


Whale watching boat in Provincetown MA
Had this been the 18th Century, we would have been hunting whales from Provincetown, MA, especially after the whales’ oil and bone more
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Not even for a minute!


heat index
On one of the hottest days of the year so far, the Department of Transportation reminds us that hyperthermia caused by kids being left unsupervised in cars kills at least 27 children every year. That makes it the number one non-crash vehicle-related cause of death for of our nation's kids. more
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Day Two at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter


Guests to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter enjoy Butterbeer
”The wand learns from the wizard and the wizard from the wand," the Wandkeeper tells us, standing behind the counter in the small room that is lined floor to ceiling with shelves packed with wands in all kinds of boxes. more
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Two days at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter


Hogwarts castle towers above Hogsmeade at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
The much anticipated Wizarding World of Harry Potter has just opened and even the most avid fans who planned their trip to Orlando around the new attractions seem unprepared for the crowds. But that doesn't stop the fun. more
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To the Caribbean in Summer


Viceroy Angulla resort
Finally, a Caribbean beach that's everything a Caribbean beach should be - quaint, with hammocks strung from palm trees, crystal-clear water perfect for snorkeling, white sand, a first-rate beach bar and enough water toys to keep the kids happy (banana boat ride anybody?) more
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Lots of great food on Nantucket Island


Eileen and Trooper at Boardinghouse restaurant on Nantucket
Yum! We’re at American Seasons run by husband and wife team Michael LaScola and Orela Murphy-LaScola, who juggle the restaurant with being parents to their toddler. more
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Passengers stranded on plane – not again!


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Another full load of passengers stranded in a hot crowded airplane for four hours yesterday! This isn't supposed to happen... Congress need to close another loophole and you can help... Here's how more
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Nantucket, once the world’s whaling capital


Jetties Beach playground on Nantucket
There is a lot of history we learn on this small island. In fact, the entire island is a historic district designated as a National Historic Landmark and has more buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places than anywhere in Massachusetts, including Boston. more
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A getaway to Nantucket Island


Trooper sniffs around the "Woof Cottage" on Nantucket Island
It’s that perfect beach day… blue skies, warm but not too hot. Colored umbrellas dot the Nantucket beach. Kids play on boogie boards while smaller ones build sand forts until… the two pups discover each other. more
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Good idea, Mrs Obama!


Junior Rangers at the Grand Canyon
With the First Lady’s help, the National Park Service is kicking off a Let’s Move Outside Junior Ranger Program in 20 national parks—all part of Michelle Obama’s nationwide campaign to end childhood obesity more
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