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Follow The North Star Opens at Conner Prairie in Indiana

Nov 30, 2015
Follow The North Star, at Conner Prairie in Fishers, Indiana plays out as an intense, living drama where guests become actors on a 200-acre stage, running from slave hunters and working together to navigate the Underground Railroad to freedom.

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Ireland’s Ashford Castle – beloved by American families

Ashford Castle
We are at Ireland’s School of Falconry—the oldest in the country—at Ashford Castle that dates back to 1228 on the shores of Lough Corrib, the largest lake in Ireland, and the River Cong, which is reputed to have the best salmon and trout fishing in Europe. more
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Touring London with a local journalist – curry anyone?

Lunch served at Tayab restaurant
Will Hide, a London journalist, jokes that locals say Chicken tikka masala should be Britain’s national dish. Indian food—especially “takeaway” is so popular. Vacations, of course, are a great time to try new cuisines and when in London, that means Indian food (actually mostly Bangladeshi). more
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Fans and their families love the Harry Potter Studio tour near London

The Hogwarts Express at the Harry Potter Studio Tour
The Warner Brothers Studio Tour where the Harry Potter films were made outside of London draws 6,000 visitors a day but is well worth the effort for families with Hogwarts fans. more
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Hotel VIP Lounges – great for families on extended vacations

VIP Lounge at JW Marriott Grosvenor House
It’s not that I need to be treated like a VIP. I just want to de-stress experience as much as possible—especially with kids. That means not having to wait to be served breakfast or a snack or paying through the nose for food the kids won’t eat. more
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Tea with Charlie at a hip but kid-friendly London hotel

Cocktail Charlie teapot at One Aldwych
In Britain these days, one young local explained, tea “is for a special occasion—like a birthday. Maybe it’s going to see your first West End Play—say Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. more
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Souvenir shopping rule #1: don’t buy something you can buy at home

Regent Street in London
Sure London has lots of sites to see but there is something to be said for spending a morning wandering along with local families. Come on a Sunday in July when Regent Street is closed to pedestrians. more
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Lake Tahoe On a Budget: The Beach Retreat & Lodge

Hammock awaits visitor to Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe is one of the largest alpine lakes in the world, with a full menu of recreational options to match its grand size. Combine the cobalt blue water with miles of pristine nature trails and you’ve got a perfect match for lovers of the great outdoors. more
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A whirlwind trip to the parks and great memories to take home

Headed Home
The whirlwind parks tour continues at Universal Studios Hollywood and Knott's Berry Farm. Heading home with an armful of souvenirs, Hannah says: "I had such a great time with my dad and will always remember this trip with him." more
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A father-daughter trip to the parks and beaches of Southern California

Hannah and Mike at Disneyland
Ten-year-old Hannah Sitzman is a serious and competitive gymnast who only gets one week off her training a year. So she and her Dad Mike made the most of every day on a whirlwind visit to the parks and beaches around Los Angeles recently. more
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Obsessed with Frozen; never too old for princesses in Orlando

Storytime with the Frozen Princesses
It was no surprise that she was mesmerized –along with every other child in the place at the Frozen Sing-a-long at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios. In fact, the show, which reprises the story of Anna and Elsa complete with music and special effects, is so popular that it is moving to a larger theater. more
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