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This Renaissance-style museum is comprised of 21 galleries showcasing John Ringling’s impressive art collection including sculptures, European antiquities, and world-class masterpieces from esteemed artists such as Peter Paul Rubens. Spend the day roaming the expansive estate to visit the original Circus Museum and Ringling Art Library, then conclude your afternoon with a tour of the opulent Ca’ d’Zan.
Our “Families, Welcome” hotels, are just that: especially welcoming for families. We take care of the basics, so that you can concentrate on the fun! Just like at home, it’s Kids First when they’re staying with us. High quality cots are available in the rooms (prior notice required) and you’ll be able to enjoy our award winning breakfast in the restaurant with the younger members of the family safely strapped into one of our highchairs. Our buffet breakfast is fun for kids too. Our Kid’s corner offers a unique selection of products as well as made to measure tableware and activity books, starring NH Hotel Group’s youngest ambassadors: Nico & Hanna.
Affordable and wholesome Pigeon Forge is adjacent to American’s favorite national park, Great Smoky Mountains. Most known for the Dollywood theme park, Pigeon Forge now also gets rave reviews for its Titanic Museum, an interactive walk through the doomed cruise ship. Teens will like assuming the persona of a historic passenger, only to find out their fate after visiting the eye-popping captain’s bridge.
Provides one year of unlimited admission to the four major parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom), plus free parking and free Photopass downloads (basically it’s equivalent to having Memory Maker). All prices listed include tax.
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Twelve-time winner of “best cruise line in Alaska” from Travel Weekly’s Readers Choice Awards, Princess Cruises recognizes that different ages have different needs. Kids clubs are divided into two age groups: 3-7 and 8-12, while teens 13-17 have their own space at Remix, with DJ workshops and hip-hop dance classes. The whole family can come together for the Klondike Festival (with sled-dog presentations) and the Midnight Sun Party (an all-ages gathering on the top deck under the Midnight Sun). Excursions include visiting a gold mine and watching a lumberjack competition. Princess has even teamed up with the Discovery Channel to present adventures tied to the popular Deadliest Catch franchise.
On June 19, 1998, Disney Regional Entertainment opened its first DisneyQuest, a location-based entertainment venue, at Downtown Disney West Side in Walt Disney World.[36] The first DisneyQuest outside of a resort was opened in Chicago on June 16, 1999, with plans for more locations worldwide.[37]
Family Vacation Ideas with Teenagers: Traveling with teens is a lot of fun when they are interested in attractions around them and getting involved in the activities. The opposite is quite true as well – plan the wrong kind of a vacation and they will be impossible to be around. If you have a sedentary child, vacation may not be the best time to take her river rafting. She may prefer exploring a museum, shopping and people watching at a café. If you have an adventurous young man who loves the outdoors, don’t take him to Europe in August, but instead plan a fun family vacation in the Rocky Mountains, hiking, mountain biking and swimming in mountain lakes.
For families with young children, the Upper West Side bordered by Riverside Park and Central park is an excellent choice, with many playgrounds and scenic paths for strollers in both parks and good public transportation facilities if you need them. The Excelsior is ½ block from Central Park, as is a New York branch of the La Quinta chain. The Hotel Beacon, midway between the parks, has kitchenettes in every room. If the wedding location makes the East Side more convenient, you could consider the Courtyard New York Marriott near Carl Schurz Park on the East River or the boutique Hotel Wales near Central Park. No hotels have dedicated play spaces, but many do offer cribs and high chairs for families. Ask when you book.
Our 1-Day Peak, Regular and Value Tickets must be used by December 31, 2019, but the amount paid for an unused, expired ticket may be applied towards the purchase of a new ticket at the current price, so long as the new ticket purchase price is equal to or greater than the amount paid for the original ticket.
1-day tickets are subject to price tiers: you have to pay a different price depending on the day of the year you are going, and whether it falls in Value, Regular or Peak season. Multi-day (2-day and longer) tickets are not currently subject to price tiers; days on a multi-day ticket can be used on any day of the year. Disney has announced that price tiers are coming for multi-day tickets, but we don’t yet know exactly how that will work.
^ “Form 10-K, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, by the Walt Disney Company for the Fiscal Year Ended September 27, 2014” (PDF). The Walt Disney Company. November 19, 2014. p. 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 17, 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
A must-do excursion is Stingray City, where kids can touch, feed and snorkel with giant wild stingrays. There are a number of tour operators, but we recommend a half-day excursion with Captain Marvin’s. The affordable two- and three-bedroom units at Christopher Columbus Condos have full kitchens, plus access to a large pool and Seven Mile Beach.
Located on a gorgeous beach, the all-inclusive Ocean Coral and Turquesa features free non-stop transfers, an exclusive selection of rooms near the kids pool and beach, and programs for children ages 3-11. 
Your most difficult task will be choosing which of the dozens of family attractions to try, from a wax museum to a world records hall to dinner theaters, roller coasters and even “Goats on the Roof.” Nature will also be luring you to Smoky Mountain trails and overlooks, so no matter how many days you can spend in Pigeon Forge, they will all be full.
Regular Magic Your Way Tickets expire 14 days after their first use. The No Expiration option means the unused days never expire. You can come back and use them any time. If you find one of these in a drawer, it is still good (if the days haven’t all been used).
EPCOT Center is the second park to open at Walt Disney World.  This innovative park reflects the need for world conservation and human responsibility to preserve the planet.  The park features The World Showcase where you can “visit” several countries to sample foods and goods from their part of the world.  The nighttime show Illuminations is just spectacular.
Right on 42nd Street, Five Guys Burgers at 253 West 42nd Street is a good family bet and though it is a familiar chain, the big Dallas BBQ at 241 West 42nd has something for all tastes and good prices. Remember that restaurants around Times Square are really busy around theater time, so dine before 6 or after 7:30 to avoid crowds.
A unique family getaway is a ranch resort vacation, and for families in the East who can’t get out to the ranches in the West, there’s Rocking Horse Ranch. Just 90 minutes north of New York City, the dude ranch is an all-inclusive resort and offers exactly all the fun one would expect on a ranch resort: horseback riding, bonfires and hiking. And with more than 100 rooms to choose from, guests won’t need to rough it. Also included in the price is a kids’ camp. The resort regularly offers great promotions and package deals, too.
The riverfront Nationals Park is a wholesome itinerary option for families who like major league baseball. The neighborhood has several names—including Navy Yard, Ballpark District and Capitol Riverfront—but is easy to reach from any area of the city.
Summer is in full swing in July, but there’s still time to plan a getaway. Family trips are on the agenda for some, and others just want to escape the heat or do something fun and different. We have a few suggestions for travelers who wish for cool weather, including snow in the southern hemisphere ski destination of Chile. If warm breezes, an ocean swim, and a lounge chair in the sand mean summer vacation to you, Hawaii beckons with all that and enticing restaurants too. July in Fiji also offers warmth, luxury, and unrivaled diving and snorkeling.
Located on Pensacola Naval Air Station, the National Naval Aviation Museum is one of the most-visited museums in the state of Florida and Pensacola’s #1 attraction. See more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft, including rare and one-of-a-kind planes like the first to cross the Atlantic Ocean, the first to land at the South Pole, and a World War II-era trainer flown by President George H.W. Bush. Explore more than 350,000 square feet of indoor space, brimming with interactive exhibits, vintage uniforms, historical documents and immersive dioramas that bring the past to life. Take a free guided tour with a retired or active duty airman and hear stirring tales that capture the human element of our shared history.
The project culminates in September with a week of public arts programming developed by Cecilia Alemani, chief curator of the High Line in New York. Then, in October, 4,000 teen athletes from more than 200 countries will flock to the city for the Youth Olympic Games. The southern Villa Soldati neighborhood has seen significant development in anticipation of the events, with new housing, parks, and sports venues that will breathe life into the area well after the Olympians return home. Should you miss out on the world-class athletes, drown your sorrows in a world-class meal. Tegui, an eight-year-old restaurant in trendy Palermo, was recently named one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants — the first time an Argentinean spot has made the list in 15 years. —Sorrel Moseley-Williams
The Florida Association of Museums is the non-profit professional organization for Florida’s museums and museum professionals. The mission of the Association is to represent and address the needs of the museum community, enhancing the ability of museums to serve the public interest. Learn More
Reserve access to select Walt Disney World experiences before you even leave home. Using the My Disney Experience planning page or mobile app, you can select attractions, Character Greetings, shows, and parade viewing areas to skip the long queues for. Plus, there is no extra charge to use FastPass+ service.
Of course, the best hotels for families also understand that it’s not all about the little ones—which is why so many of the properties that made our list offer indulgent spa treatments, gourmet restaurants (like the boozy, for adults-only Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and Tiki Bar at Disney’s Polynesian Resort) and views that will captivate even the most jaded traveler.
With its central location in the Piscataway-Somerset area, the Radisson offers easy access to top regional destinations, including New York City, situated less than an hour away. If you have a free afternoon or evening, check out these local favorites:
Whether you are celebrating your birthday, anniversary, national holiday or just planning a relaxing mini vacation, there are many exceptional romantic getaways to choose from: castles, cabins, rooms with jacuzzis, luxury suites and themed villas. Check into a secluded inn, five star hotel, scenic resort or a romantic cabin and unplug for a few days in a new setting.
The ornate, neo-Gothic structure known as The Singing Tower is a National Historic Florida Landmark. As the central anchor of the property, it has eight levels and stands 205 feet tall. The lush 250-acre garden surrounding it features many points of interest such as an endangered plant garden and a reflection pool offering an awe-inspiring view of the tower. Can’t pay a visit? Check out a this video tour.
Two more hotels opened in 1973 at Walt Disney World: the Golf Resort[22] and the Gold Resort;[CDW 9] Disney’s Village Resort hotel opened in 1974.[citation needed] Disney opened the Buena Vista Club golf club in Lake Buena Vista on November 22, 1974.[CDW0 1]:71 Lake Buena Vista Village, the shopping area, opened on March 22, 1975[CDW0 1] and was renamed Walt Disney World Village in 1977.[23]:280 Celebrity Sports Center, Disney World’s training center, was sold on March 29, 1979.[14]
We are a family of four (2 adults, 2 kids – 13 and 14 year old). We are looking to pay between $140 to $200 a night for a week stay in NYC in October. Shared family room or 2 separate rooms. We like characterful places near to mid-town. Could you recommend maybe 3 to 4 options? We’re looking at Airbnb also but are getting irritated by the huge discrepancy in the reviews. It makes it impossible to know the truth!
Wilderness Adventures: Getting close to nature can be an experience of a lifetime, especially for those of us who spend most of our time working at a desk. There are many cool tours and safaris to go on in the United States that are great for kids and grown-ups alike. See the amazing Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), polar bears, moose and other wildlife on one of the national parks or sign up for a week-long adventure. Find great things to do in the U.S.
Fall wildfires scorched the wine-producing Sonoma Valley. Now it is pouring energy into wooing back visitors. Healdsburg, a pretty town surrounded by vineyards, about an hour north of San Francisco, escaped damage and is open for tourist business. Take one of the Wine Country Walking Tours to sample food and vino in the historic downtown. Or rent a bike to explore wineries, sampling judiciously along the way. Afterward, savor eclectic dining, such as guacamole tacones (with cone-shaped taco shells) washed down with a jalapeño-laced margarita, at Mateo’s Cocina Latina. Or wind down with a soothing Meyer lemon-sage massage in Hotel Healdsburg’s intimate spa.
Firstly, avoid the Hotel Penssylvania. The others are roughly near Times Square or in Chelsea (Holiday Inn and DoubleTree). Times Square is, of course, busy and touristy. Very central and fun but harder to find good restaurants that aren’t overpriced chains (walk to 9th ave for good dining options). The Chelsea area is “quieter”. Not as much going on but great restaurants are easier to find. Times Square is about a 20 minute walk away. Eataly is a few blocks from both hotels and a great family eating destination. Just depends what type of feel you want.
I’m heading to New York City in April (9-13) with my family. My wife, 8 year old son and I are taking the train up to NYC. We have opening day tickets to the Yankees game on the 10th. We also have Statue of Liberty (pedestal only) and Ellis Island scheduled for the 12 April. I still haven’t reserved accommodations yet, but came across your site and found a wealth of info. We prefer to stay in a place with a kitchenette to save money on meals. We plan to eat out, but not every meal. We are also interested in hotels that provide free breakfast if hotels with kitchenettes are too pricey. My wife loves to shop and just walk the city, so we have no specific location in mind. We prefer to be close to good shopping, restaurants, and activities for our son, but not to busy (I.e., Times Square). Are there any new moderately priced locations you can recommend for a family of 3 traveling to NYC in April?
This palatial structure, built in 1988 by Henry Flagler as the Alcazar Hotel, is a sight not to be missed. Outside you’ll wander the impeccable grounds and striking courtyard, then head in to explore the contrasting collection of Otto C. Lightner’s treasures, including everything from 19th century fine art to the more eclectic objections like shrunken heads and human hair.
Tyler Place Resort’s formula for good, old-fashioned family fun features morning and evening children’s programs with afternoons free for families to bike, hike, canoe and sail together. Little ones fish for perch and play dress-up; preschoolers listen to stories and jump on trampolines; and grade-school kids go on nature hikes, participate in gymnastics and put on marionette shows. Tweens take to zip-lines and go on fishing trips while teens add bicycle trips and water skiing. The accommodations, whether in the resort’s Inn rooms or cabins, tend toward basic, but are comfortable. Kids and parents are separated at dinnertime, ensuring parents have time to relax, too.
Alexander Brest Museum and Gallery Jacksonville Duval Northeast Art Part of Jacksonville University, includes changing exhibits of contemporary art, collections of carved ivory, Pre-Columbian artifacts, Steuben glass, Chinese porcelain, Cloisonné, Tiffany glass, and Boehm porcelain
Disneyland Paris, Disney’s second resort complex outside the United States, opened on April 12, 1992, as the Euro Disney Resort. Located in Marne-la-Vallée in the suburbs of Paris, France, it features two theme parks, a golf course, an entertainment complex, and seven Disney resort hotels. It is the only resort out of the United States fully owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company. [72] Its properties sit on 4,940 acres (20.0 km2), listed below, and are divided into parks and shopping centers.
A clownfish-shaped pool, pirate ship, ping-pong hut, trampolines, mocktail bar, lego room, dress-up area, zip line and a water slide from the main building – there’s every chance this is the greatest kids’ club in the world. But we should also mention the on-island chocolatier, telescope-equipped observatory, enlightening eco centre and on-site reef for all ages, too. With all those distractions, us grown-ups will be in the life-affirming spa…
The 1-Day Ticket: Magic Kingdom Park is valid for one admission to Magic Kingdom park on a date that is valid for the ticket type (Peak, Regular or Value). This ticket must be used on or before December 31, 2019 and is not valid at Epcot or Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.

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