A castle is a great place to time-travel
Andy and Mel horsing around on the ice rink at Mohonk Mountain House

A castle is a great place to time-travel

After 9/11, families who didn’t want to venture far from home discovered Mohonk—just 90 miles from NYC. The owners hope in this economy that will happen again but I think they will need to rethink their price structure for families with young kids -- just as I think all resorts should right now.

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Debunking Thanksgiving myths at Plimouth Plantation
Corn was a valuable commodity in Plimouth Plantation.

Debunking Thanksgiving myths at Plimouth Plantation

There's no better place than Plimouth Plantation in Plymouth Massachusetts on a sunny fall day to debunk the myths of that first Thanksgiving and learn more about the adults and kids who lived here then. Just in November, some 70,000 people from around the world visit, some staying to dine with the Pilgrims. (Book early. The dinners, especially the traditional Thanksgiving Day feast, often sell out far in advance.)

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TO ORLANDO ON THE CHEAP
Quality slime-time courtesy of Nickelodeon

TO ORLANDO ON THE CHEAP

It's bad enough to say no to the kids all the time at home, much less on vacation. (No, you can't have that $40 sweatshirt. No you can't order that $20 steak...) Vacation, after all, is when we all want to indulge the kids and ourselves. But with the economy the way it is, I think we're all going to be saying no more often, until we figure out better ways to stretch those vacation bucks.

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Family adventures on the river
According to Hughes River Expeditions in Idaho, families now account for 60 percent of their business.

Family adventures on the river

Welcome to the vacation world of family river rafting. You can go for a day, three days or longer on the Green River in Utah, which is mild enough for a 5-year-old or on others where outfitters suggest kids should be at least 12, in order to handle the rapids. Lewis, Kerr and Dr. Jacobsen give rave reviews to the trips down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

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Hitting the slopes this winter without busting the budget
Fun on the slopes at Big Sky in Montana

Hitting the slopes this winter without busting the budget

Eleven-year-old Nate Gourd, an avid snowboarder from Manchester, Vt., couldn't agree more. "You feel like you're flying when you come down the mountain," he says, adding that kids "definitely should wear helmets." Meet Vermont's vice presidents of fun. Bridget -- who says she's always waiting at the bottom of the mountain for her "slowpoke" family

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