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Star Wars at Sea: On A Cruise Line Far, Far Away (in 2018)

Feb 20, 2017
Star Wars at Sea returns to Disney Cruise Line with 15 special Disney Fantasy sailings to the Caribbean from January through April 2018.

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Lots to do in the mountains and farms of Vermont in summer


Balloonfest at Stoweflake Resort in Vermont
The kids have already petted a chicken (and learned they’ll eat cantaloupe, as well as worms) met the baby calves Fiona and Danika and the draft horses Joe and Jim. Certain days of the summer, kids, ages 10 to 15, can become a farm vet for a day... more
Destinations, Families & Groups, Parks & Outdoors, Weekly Column | 1 Comment


DREAM BIG CONTEST: Park City, Utah for Year-Round Family Fun


There's much more to do in Park City, Utah, than just ski. The city offers year-round family fun for all ages and interests. Now you can win a DREAM BIG VACATION to Park City. more
Destinations, Families & Groups, Lodging | 43 Comments


In Virginia, a Tattoo is not what you might think


Cello player at Virginia Arts Festival
Traditionally a tattoo is a ceremonial military performance. The Virginia Arts Festival’s International Tattoo is a huge tribute to this tradition. more
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Half million more of us will vacation this summer


Memorial Day official kicks off summer vacation season and AAA says 34.8 million of us will be traveling—up 500,000 from last year. We’re not letting gas prices keep us home and most of us—almost nine out of 10 holiday travelers—will drive. more
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We have a winner of the Universal Orlando contest


Congratulations to Mary Cummings and her family, winner of our Dream Family Vacation at Universal Orlando Resort contest - more
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The Wild Side of Puerto Rico: Extreme Sports for Exploring Extreme Terrain


‘Snuba’ is not a typo, it’s one of the fastest growing aquatic activities that combines the best of snorkeling and scuba diving and allows you to explore coral reefs in the depths of the tropical seas without getting scuba diving certified. more
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Orlando treats you like a VIP


Who doesn’t want to be treated like a VIP on vacation? We all do, of course, cutting lines, getting pampered, seeing what most tourists don’t. Orlando offers plenty of VIP options for the entire family—assuming you’re willing to pay extra for the privilege, of course. more
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Interacting with the Turtles at SeaWorld Orlando


TurtleTrek the 3D movie at Seaworld Orlando
TurtleTrek is home to adult and juvenile sea turtles, including hawksbill, Kemp’s Ridley, loggerhead and green sea turtles — all of whom, like Grandma, have been deemed nonreleasable by the Florida government. more
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Discovering the beauty of the California Coastal region


Eileen and Reggie pause in the redwood grove
During our five-mile hike, we see plump yellow banana slugs, the tiny Calypso orchid and blooming trillium, a member of the lily family. But the best part is the conversations with my daughter, Reg, who lives across the country from us in San Francisco. I’d forgotten how conducive hiking is to catching up! more
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Farm to table at the historic Ocean House in Rhode Island


Jane Dane, the mom of three, is a modern day Forager. That means it is her full time job to act as the liaison between local farmers and the chefs at the luxe 49-room Ocean House in Watch Hill, RI which is a designated Relais & Chateau property with a focus on farm to table cuisine. more
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