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Book your Kids on the Wisconsin Polar Express Train this Year

Nov 23, 2014
November 21st through December 22nd, Wisconsin and Southern Railroads is holding its family getaway holiday package with tickets to the Polar Express Train Ride

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Parks & Outdoors

Kids conquering fears and having fun on a canopy tour in Pennsylvania


Manassas Ogutu overcomes height fear ziplining backwards
We were at Spring Mountain, a modest ski area just outside Philadelphia but a mighty fine adventure place for a canopy tour with four expert guides -- and six high-school scholars more
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Learning Revolutionary War history in Valley Forge PA


Westport ABC scholars with park ranger in Valley Forge PA
On a beautiful fall day, the contrast could not have been more different than what George Washington and his Continental Army found here in Valley Forge during the winter of 1777-78 more
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Discovering the beauty, charm and eco-friendliness of Nicaragua


Melanie on horseback ride on overlook of Morgans Rock
The San Francisco family was inspired to come to Nicaragua by friends who had visited with their kids, they said, and didn’t want to spend all their time on the beach — as gorgeous as it is more
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Enjoying our last night Italy and finding very-hard-to-find bad pizza


Our friend Al Paca at the top of the Monte Baldo Funicular
Now, I’m determined to enjoy our last night in Italy—and it would be hard not to at the Four Seasons Milan -- considered by those in the know as one of Italy’s top city hotels. more
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Riding bikes in the Alps: our Italy adventure moves to Lake Garda


Eileen bike riding in the Alps with Austin Adventures
Yes the Alps. We’re out for our Sunday ride in Italy with my friend Ron van Dijk who directs European Operations for Austin Adventures and has been leading bike trips in Europe for more than 30 years more
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After the wedding, time to explore the Charlottesville VA area


Saturday farmers market in Charlottesville
Correspondent Melissa Miller had time to spend touring the Charlottesville VA area after a spectacular wedding this month. Here is her report. more
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A family visit to New Bedford MA, once America’s whaling capital


Whaling boat in New Bedford
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the largest museum in the country devoted to the story of whaling and the history and seafaring traditions of Massachusetts' south coast region. more
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Monticello is super kid-friendly, just like Thomas Jefferson was


Guide Aurelia Crawford leads a family tour of Monticello
It is only fitting that the home of our third President and the man who wrote the Declaration of Independence is so kid friendly. Jefferson was very fond of his 12 grandchildren, many of whom lived here with him after his retirement more
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A high schooler leaves his comfort zone to help others in Costa Rica


Luis learning to surf
Luis Cruz had never traveled far from home. This summer he got the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica with a group that sponsors community service trips. This is his diary of the trip. more
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What the kids say about 18th Century Williamsburg VA


Kids playing with hoops in Colonian Williamsburg
What’s it like to see 18th Century history unfold in the street of Colonial Williamsburg, VA? We asked some of the “junior interpreters” what they thought. more
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