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St. Petersburg FL resorts offer special deal for Dolphin Tale 2 premier

Sep 1, 2014
With the premiere of "Dolphin Tale 2" coming up on Sept. 12, TradeWinds in St. Petersburg FL - is celebrating with "Dolphin Tale 2 Getaway" - a three-night package beginning at $632

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A visit to the Marine Mammal Center, where they rescue creatures large and small


Elephant seal pup recuperating at the Marine Mammal Center near San Francisco
This is a wonderful place to visit. (Full disclosure—my daughter Reggie is working as an AmeriCorps volunteer here this year). There’s no charge and the work they do is amazing. The windswept day we visited, there were 25 patients (yes this is a full hospital with vets who do detailed blood work, x-rays, ultra sounds and keep copious records that have made this Center respected for the research it has done) more
Backyard Vacations, Destinations, Families & Groups, Parks & Outdoors, Travel Diary, Travel Topics, Volunteer & Service | 1 Comment


National Parks are the perfect spots to focus on health and activity


The Grand Canyon from the West Rim
National Park Week is coming up April 16-24 (admission is free!). This year's focus, Healthy Parks, Healthy People, highlights the connection between human and environmental health and the vital role America's national parks play in both. more
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Learning to make sense of history in Pompeii (and Times Square)


Mt Vesuvius looming over Pompeii
We’ve chosen well for our two 14-year-old traveling companions and ourselves. Not only do we hike up to the crater but we’re also treated to lunch and wine tasting (the teens too) at the Cantina del Vesuvia where the grapes on the vines look too perfect to be real. We eat on a covered patio overlooking the vineyards and feast on local foods — salami, cheese, bread and olive oil and the most delicious pasta made with fresh tomatoes grown here at the vineyard. We go for a stroll in the vineyard with owner Maurizio Russo and can’t resist purchasing some of the excellent wine and olive oil. more
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San Francisco and environs — a foodie’s paradise


Some of the critters handmade of sourdough at Boudin Bakery in San Francisco
I don’t think there is anything you might want to try that you can’t find in San Francisco. Last night, we sample a restaurant on the Embarcadero, about a block from the restored Ferry Building home to the bustling farmers market selling and explaining their local goods more
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Tinkering at the Exploratorium in San Francisco


Learning how they build exhibits at San Francisco Exploratorium
I’m at San Francisco’s Exploratorium (www.exploratorium.edu ) which, when it opened in 1969, served as the prototype for museums becoming places for an interactive experience. That continues today as the museum staff work on what the museum will be when it moves to its new digs on Piers 15 and 17 on the Embarcadero in 2013 more
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Six days learning sustainability in San Francisco and Monterey


Whimsical art at the Diva Hotel in San Francisco
Ready to play dress up? If you stay in a kids’ suite at the Hotel Diva (www.hoteldiva.com) on Union Square, your little princess can do just that with sparkly shoes, a pink boa, jewelry and a drawer full of “gowns.” If you have a prince, he can play Wii among other things. Whimsical wall art suggests “Keep calm and eat a cupcake” Or “Keep Calm and Rock On.” more
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At the Marine Mammal Center near San Francisco, little miracles happen every day


Rescued elephant seal pups at play at Marine Mammal Center near San Francisco
The 45 member staff and 800-plus volunteers here are responsible for rescuing some 800 animals a year—elephant seals, sea lions, harbor seals and the occasional whale or dolphin. People who spot a stranded or sick animal call (415-289-7325) and the staff mobilizes for a rescue. The center is responsible for 600 miles of Coast all the way from Mendocino south to San Luis Obispo, and since 1975 has rescued over 13,000 marine mammals more
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Travel insurance can save your vacation when trouble strikes


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/uploadedImages/images_upload/2011_Q1_Uploaded_Images/Travel insurance can save your trip.jpgI hate to tell you this wasn’t the first time I found myself in the ER on a vacation where travel insurance more than paid for itself in out-of-pocket expenses. You might think travel insurance is for those taking a cruise or an exotic vacation, but according to the U.S. Travel Insurance Association, a growing number of families agree with me more
Getting There, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | 1 Comment


Best Educational Trips for Kids on CNBC


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CNBC created a slideshow of Best Educational Trips for Kids, assembled with input from Eileen Ogintz of Taking the Kids. more
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Looking For Those Unique Moments in Orlando (As Long as You Can Afford Them!)


Lunch with an an astronaut at the Kennedy Space Center
For those heading to Orlando this spring break — and millions of parents and kids do (www.visitorlando.com) — there is an ever-growing array of unique VIP adventures to help you get away from the crowds and, hopefully, up the memory quotient. Some are inexpensive, requiring just a little advance planning, but others can cost big bucks, not including park admission, of course. more
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