September 21, 2014

Top 10 Family-Friendly Oktoberfest Celebrations


Oktoberfest officially kicks off in Munich on Saturday (9/20), but if you have no plans to travel to Germany, but still want to take in German music, dancing, foods and games, here are 10 family-friendly Oktoberfest celebrations across the U.S. that are worth a visit: 1. Oktoberfest Chicago. Hosted by St. Alphonsus Church, head to Oktoberfest Chicago for bratwurst, traditional […]

6 Things to Do with Kids in San Juan, Puerto Rico

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If you’ve ever taken a cruise to the Caribbean, there’s a pretty good chance you stopped in Puerto Rico. A major port of call, many of the cruise lines stop in San Juan to let passengers explore this colorful city. In fact, the island has seen a 135% increase in visits by cruise ship passengers in the last two years. So, […]

6 Ways to Enjoy Fort Sumter with Kids (Charleston)

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You’ll find no shortage of historic architecture, vibrant southern cuisine and fabulous water views in Charleston, SC, but no trip to this delightful city would be complete without reliving a major turning point in our country’s history at Fort Sumter National Monument on nearby Sullivan’s Island. Built after the War of 1812 as a line of defense for the city […]

Caribbean Travel: 5 Fall Family Getaways


The kids are back in school and, if you’re like me, you’re thinking about just one more quick family vacation. The Caribbean has long been a favorite of mine and fortunately there are great deals to be found on tropical getaways and many islands to visit that are outside the hurricane belt. Take a look at five Caribbean hot spots […]

15 Things to Do with Kids in Williamsburg

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As a final getaway before the school bell rang, I took my kids to the Williamsburg, Virginia area for a couple of days of sightseeing around town and splashing it up at Kingsmill Resort. It’s been ages since I’d been to the area – known as America’s Historic Triangle, which also includes Jamestown and Yorktown – and I was excited […]

6 Must-Do’s at Busch Gardens Tampa

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I recently spent the day at Busch Gardens in Tampa, FL with my daughter, Clare. It was our first time exploring Busch Gardens and honestly I was surprised by how much there is to do and learn at this theme park. More than roller coasters and water rides (though the park does have both), the park offers numerous opportunities to […]

Presidential Libraries: 13 Ways to Rediscover 13 Presidents

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Don’t let the word “library” mislead you. While there are thousands of papers and personal records of our presidents to read, as well as spaces for scholarly research, there are just as many opportunities to explore, touch, see, listen and learn about American history at each of the 13 presidential libraries located across the United States. Franklin D. Roosevelt was […]

5 Learning Adventures to Have at the Beach


There’s still time for families to enjoy those last trips to the beach before the end of the summer. Between spending countless hours building sand castles, splashing in the waves and collecting seashells, there are so many activities for making memories. On a road trip to see the beaches of Naples and Sarasota, two of my girls and I set […]