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July 26, 2015 – 7:13 pm

We pulled into Kelly’s Brighton Marina at 7:20 on a Thursday morning. A marina with camping and RV sites, Kelly’s is a popular one-stop-shop destination for anyone interested in fishing or crabbing in the protected …

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Oregon Coast: Rockaway Beach

July 18, 2015 – 2:23 pm
Kites on Beach

Situated fifty two miles south of Astoria, Oregon, Highway 101 runs through downtown Rockaway Beach. A lovely little seaside village perhaps best known for it’s annual Kite Festival, Rockaway Beach has lots to offer families.To …

Hiking the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

June 29, 2015 – 3:31 pm
View from Platform

Continuing our exploration of the Oregon Coast, this past weekend’s road trip brought us to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, a 40-mile stretch of sand dunes located to the north of Reedsport and the south …

Michigan’s Heritage Park at Hilt’s Landing

June 22, 2015 – 7:46 pm
View Finder

Open to the public on June 6, we visited Michigan’s Heritage Park at Hilt’s Landing earlier this week.
Affiliated with the Lakeshore Museum Center, the newest historic site has been under construction for some time. A …

Albany Carousel, Albany, Oregon

June 11, 2015 – 11:35 am
unicorn

Located at 503 1st Avenue on the Western edge of downtown historic Albany, Oregon is the Historic Carousel & Museum—a building scheduled to be demolished in about three years. And when this happens, the Albany …

NuLu is New Louisville

June 8, 2015 – 1:00 pm
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On one end of the East Market District known as New Louisville, two giant outdoor chalk boards welcome visitors to the eclectic shopping and dining district simply known as NuLu.
A community art project, people of …

Kansas City Neighborhoods: Where the Locals Call Home

June 1, 2015 – 8:32 am
Westside Neighborhood

Raise your hand if you’ve ever looked at a map and thought, “Why the heck would anyone go to Kansas City? Looks like it’s in…Kansas and Missouri? City of Fountains? What?” Aligning myself as a …

Family Vacation in Washington, DC

May 31, 2015 – 5:10 pm
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Henning

With free or cheap admission to countless museums and attractions packed in tight throughout the greater Washington, DC area, it’s no surprise that America’s capitol city is a popular vacation destination. Walkable and bikeable, visitors …

Unique Attractions in Indianapolis, Indiana

May 28, 2014 – 9:19 am
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If you’re crossing through the Crossroads of America this summer and looking for something unique to do with your family, consider these two attractions in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Terra Cotta Warriors: The Emperors Army
Currently on display at …

Making The Most Of Spring Break In Breck

March 20, 2013 – 5:15 am
Dog sledding in Breckenridge, Colorado

If you happen to be heading to Breckenridge, Colo., for spring break in the next couple weeks, color me jealous. While my family spent a fantastic week there in early February, we were a few …

Smuggler’s Notch Resort in Vermont: Don’t Ski? Don’t Worry!

March 9, 2013 – 6:22 am
Art class at Smuggler's Notch

Almost exactly a year ago, I shared with you our family’s first trip to Smuggler’s Notch Resort in Vermont. We enjoyed ourselves so much last year, that we returned again this year. And to double-up …

Family Vacation in Dubuque, Iowa

September 17, 2012 – 7:19 pm
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Built on the Mississippi River and right up the bluff, Dubuque, Iowa is progressive in addition to beautiful. Renovating the Port of Dubuque as well as the historic downtown, great vision has transformed the city …

National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium

September 12, 2012 – 7:04 pm
River Ride

An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, the Midwest has a hidden gem in the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. Visiting the museum on a family …

Family Vacation in Kohler, Wisconsin

September 4, 2012 – 6:20 pm
Shower

Shifting the paradigm that The American Club—the Midwest’s only Forbes Five-Star Resort—is exclusively for couples, golfers and girlfriends, the Kohler Company has launched a new program just for kids. Kohler Kidz, that is.
Launched in the …

Halifax Area Attractions: An Itinerary to See it All

August 22, 2012 – 7:51 pm
Mud Flats at the Bay of Fundy

Our family had one week to see all of the attractions around Halifax, Nova Scotia — and still get some relaxing time too! We actually feel we succeeded in this goal, so I thought I …

Guest Post: Niagara Falls Family Vacation

August 6, 2012 – 7:27 pm
Water Park at Martin's Fantasy Island

Today’s guest post is compliments of Gemma Callahan. Gemma is a stay-at-home mom of three kids ages 11, 10, and 8. Current resident of Madison, Wisconsin (yea!), Gemma has called New Orleans, Chicago, Philadelphia, and …

Road Trip Itinerary: Asheville to Nashville

August 3, 2012 – 4:57 am
World's Largest Treehouse

While you could make it from Asheville, NC to Nashville, TN in four to five hours on the Interstate, taking the scenic route offers opportunities for unique stops that make a memorable family road trip.
When …

Summer Vacation: Kansas City With The Family

July 5, 2012 – 7:27 pm
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Kansas City. Best known as the “city of fountains,” this Midwestern Missouri destination may be one of the best-kept secrets in the family travel industry. Bursting with culture, entertainment, museums, sporting venues, and enough independent …

Park Place: Road Trip Oasis in Leawood, Kansas

June 28, 2012 – 7:35 pm
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Perhaps an unconventional vacation destination for a road trip, Park Place shopping district in Leawood, Kansas (greater Kansas City) is a “something for everyone” type detour. Located near 117th and Nall, Park Place is a …

Free, Kid-Friendly Museum in Boulder, Colorado

June 25, 2012 – 9:00 pm
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Perched above Boulder, Colorado, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) offers a free museum and convenient hiking trails for both visitors and area residents. Conveniently off the beaten path, NCAR offers the conveniences of …

Cincinnati in Spring: Butterfly Show at the Krohn Conservatory

May 20, 2012 – 6:54 pm
Teen with butterflies

Butterfly lovers should plan a yearly migration to Cincinnati to see the annual Butterfly Show at Krohn Conservatory.  Every year features a new theme; often the themes showcase butterflies from a particular country.  2012’s show …