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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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Michigan’s Heritage Park at Hilt’s Landing

June 22, 2015 – 7:46 pm
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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
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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 …

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
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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 …

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
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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 …

Austin, Texas on a Budget: Free and Cheap Family Attractions

April 23, 2012 – 4:28 pm
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The cost of getting to Texas from Wisconsin was expensive. Lucky for us, we were able to fill our Austin itinerary with low-cost (but fun) things to do once we got there. Here’s what we …

10 Great Summertime Stops Along I-95

April 12, 2012 – 12:46 pm
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Guest post by Barbara Barnes, author of the new book, “What’s Great About I-95: Maine to Florida“.

Getting ready for summer vacation? Make the journey as enjoyable as the destination. I-95 travelers are in for a …

Eagle Watching in Decorah, Iowa

April 9, 2012 – 7:56 pm
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Nestled among the coulees and deep river valleys of Northeast Iowa, the sleepy town of Decorah is an idyllic place. Home to Luther College, Decorah is heavy on Norwegians, wooden trolls, and a progressive way …

5 Things To Do In New Jersey That Aren’t On The Shore

March 30, 2012 – 6:13 pm
Grounds For Sculpture family fun

Many people think New Jersey is all traffic, suburbs, and “The Shore.” Well, I’m here to tell you about some fantastic activities my family has enjoyed in New Jersey’s “Great Northwest.”
1. Grounds for Sculpture: This amazing …

Herkimer, NY: A Gem in the Adirondack Foothills

March 12, 2012 – 7:00 am
Erie Canal Lock 18

Nestled in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains is the town of Herkimer, N.Y., home to the Herkimer Diamond Mines and award-winning KOA campground, as well as Lock 18 of the Erie Canal. Whether you …

Eat, Play, Stay in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

March 4, 2012 – 10:58 am
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Fond du Lac, home to 45,000 Wisconsinites hunkered down along the southern edge of the great Lake Winnebago. A lovely four-season vacation destination, Fond du Lac offers plenty of options for families looking to get …