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LEGOLAND California Tips for All Ages from Babies to Adults

From themed rides and LEGO brick building stations to musical fountains and roller coasters, LEGOLAND has something to please everyone. Read on to learn about the best this park has to offer for babies, toddlers, tweens, teens, and grown-ups.

New Orleans on a Budget with Kids

When most people think of New Orleans, they picture beads tossed to a rowdy crowd drinking Hurricanes. Jennifer Close of Two Kids and a Map pictures her kids covered in powdered sugar from their beignets and the smiles on their faces as they dance to the calliope. Find out why Jennifer thinks New Orleans is the perfect destination for a fun, affordable getaway with kids in this Travel Mamas guest blog post.

LEGOLAND Water Park Tips for a Joy-Filled Day

To be an “authentic” traveler, I guess I’m supposed to only like nature-y, educational, culturally enriching, good-for-you stuff. But here’s the thing about water parks…they’re FUN! They induce pure joy for my children, and let’s face it, for me! Joy is good, right?

10 Best Beach Hotels for Kids ~ Recommended by Family Travel Experts

I asked some of the best family travel bloggers to tell us about their all-time favorite family-friendly beach hotels. From where to take a dip with babies and toddlers to the best beach hotel for active families, there’s sure to be something on this list that will appeal to you.

12 Tips for SeaWorld San Diego with Kids

As a California resident, former SeaWorld annual pass holder, and parent of two – I have been to SeaWorld San Diego more times than I can count. I’ve gathered up a list of 10 tips to make the most of visiting this watery amusement/education park when visiting with kids.

Best Hotel Pools in Hawaii for Families

Not only is Hawaii’s landscape beautiful and its people friendly, but also the state is home to numerous incredible hotel pools. We reached out to travel experts to share their picks for the best hotel pools in Hawaii for families and included a couple of our favorites as well. As you can see from reading this list, Hawaii […]

8 Unplugged Road Trip Activities for Kids

How do you survive a multi-week, 3,000-mile road trip that covers two countries and six states? Lots and lots of planning. A bit of luck helps, too. Every year, I take my kids on an extended road trip from Denver, Colorado to my hometown of Calgary in Canada. My husband joins us for part of the […]

17 Scariest Rides at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure ~ Ranked for Families

Disneyland is best known for sweet characters and rides that please kids and kids-at-heart. But there is a more intense side to Disneyland that even the most adventurous thrill seekers can appreciate. The fear factor isn’t just about speed, either. Plundering pirates, pretend poisonous snakes and ghostly ghouls can make rides seem scary to kids. Buckle […]

Vail in Summer ~ 14 Things to Do Off-Season at America’s Biggest Ski Resort

Vail in summer overflows with fantastic off-season activities. While serious ski and boarding bunnies can’t swoosh through snow down the mountains, there’s still plenty of activities get your heart-pumping. Plus, Vail’s Colorado mountain beauty is undeniable year-round. If you’re looking for a gorgeous setting, delicious food and lots of outdoor fun, you need to check out these 14 fantastic […]

5 Incredible Things to Do in Narita, Japan ~ Gateway to the Land of the Rising Sun

If you visit Japan, you’ll likely arrive by plane in Narita. Most visitors scoot off immediately to pursue adventures in Tokyo and beyond. But Narita is worthy of a visit as well, even if only during a long layover or for a day or two before your flight home. Narita is just a 10-minute train ride from […]

San Juan with Kids ~ What You Need to Know Before You Go

Your family vacation will be an epic adventure in exotic-feeling San Juan, Puerto Rico. Just a two-hour flight from the continental United States, it’s a U.S. territory so no passports are needed. A blend of Spanish, Indian and African influences gives it international charm. Easterly trade winds provide a tropical, yet mild climate, with temperatures in the 80s year […]

10 Intriguing Things to Do Near Tokyo

Before I visited Japan, the images in my mind’s eye were mostly of bustling Tokyo. Busy intersections, hurrying business men in suits, neon signs, karaoke bars and Harajuku fashions are certainly an interesting part of modern Japan. But there’s so much more to experience just outside the world’s most populous metropolitan area. Check out these 10 intriguing […]

Swimming with Manatees, Florida’s Gentle Giants

They may not have the strength and grace of killer whales, or the agility and looks of dolphins, but manatees are stealing the show at Homosassa Springs in Citrus County, Florida.

For families who want to enjoy nature at its best, a nature wonderland is hidden behind Orlando’s amusement parks. There is another Florida, a nature-lover’s Florida. Our latest trip took us to the manatees’ home turf, a far cry from a modern-day aquarium. My daughter and I aimed our compass south to Florida’s west central coast line and the Gulf of Mexico, and it is here in Citrus County that we met one of the most formidable aquatic mammals.