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44 Inspirational Travel Secrets
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"I'm the best Mum in the world for my kids. take out some lipstick and a mirror Main Index General Put on Some Lipstick I love this advice from Hints and Things in the UK: If all else fails. Postcards and Coasters Best and Cheapest Way to See Europe Most Americans miss this secret. but it's not a secret to most Europeans or travelers from Australia. and you are having a bad time. Photo by: mark sebastian Sherri. There is not a city or sight in Europe that doesn't have a campsite nearby and almost all have cottages to rent as well as places for RV's and tents. Florence & Tuscany are just a few of our many favorites. They are often spectacular resorts perfect for families at very low prices. New Zealand or even Korea and China that we have met. Soul Travelers Photo by: Jeanne . Barcelona. Here you can see DaVinci working on his laptop at our campsite in Bordeaux between the water park and pool that was surrounded by the world's best vineyards and a very short bike ride away from St. Yet. Best Kept Travel Secrets 2010 Tripbase. Venice. and you are having a bad time. I am doing really well and am able to cope with this.com 5 Want to contribute? Join the Charity Project ." Stay calm and smile at your children. we almost never see Americans so this bears repeating. Put on some lippy and give yourself a pep talk in the mirror .If all else fails. . Sometimes the price is as low as $11 a night for total luxury! Jeanne. Dubrovnik. take out some lipstick and a mirror. Emilion.

there is no reason that these familiar objects can't be a part of their camping experience. Plus who doesn't want to save $20 per bag on check-in luggage? . which can make bedtime a challenge when camping with kids. I made a point to show them their luggage. this is still something that you can easily do when camping. I also let them pick out their own outfits. and have them early enough in the evening to not impact bedtime. One area that might deviate heavily from the norm. Camping Blogger Kids Love to Carry Their Own Bags I don't know about your kids. Photo by: Amy Amy. if your children have special pillows or blankets that they are used to. but mine were looking forward to toting their own carry-on luggage even before our trip. The Q Family Adventures Best Kept Travel Secrets 2010 Tripbase. but we have learned that we need to limit these sugary snacks. when camping. there are a lot of unfamiliar new sights and sounds in a campsite at night. Likewise. but after that I put it away (you don't want them to get tired of this new excitement before the trip).The best way to deal with bedtime is to make things as normal as possible Main Index General Keep Familiar Bedtime Rituals Let's face it. Roy. I let them walk around the house a couple times to get used to it. I strongly suggest considering having a carry-on for each kid (probably will work best if your kid is already in school). Photo by: Roy . If you usually read a book to your kids before bedtime.com 6 Want to contribute? Join the Charity Project . The best way to deal with bedtime is to make things as normal as possible. is snacks and this can have a big impact on getting the kids to settle in for the night. Campfire s'mores are a big tradition in our family. It will give them the sense of responsibility and make them feel like a grown up. So if you plan any family trip.

we Photo by: Roy exchange information with the parents and keep an eye on our kids to ensure that they're not breaking any of our camping rules: 1. Photo by: pfly . This is particularly true of holidays. No loud playing. just be sure to check with the other parents first. Once we set up our campsite.. It would be a real drag if the bag the airline lost was the one full of baby's necessities. Camping Blogger Best Kept Travel Secrets 2010 Tripbase. Have Baby Will Travel Choose a Family Campground There is nothing more fun for kids than. a quick stroll or bike ride through the campground always reveals other families with similarly aged kids. Packing a few extra drinks and snacks can keep the playtime going. Whether the kids are playing at our campsite or their friend's site.. Stay out of other campsites.Distribute your baby's things amongst all of your luggage Main Index General Distribute Baby's Things Distribute your baby's things amongst all of your luggage -. 3. Corinne. Stay within eyesight of adult supervision . which are popular destinations for families on a budget who are looking to get away for the weekend.especially if you're headed somewhere that it may be difficult to get the things you need. This is a good tip for all travel parties. when many families plan camping trips in order to take advantage of a three-day weekend. as my dear friend learned the hard way after spending a week in her husband's clothes and a borrowed swimsuit when her "misplaced" bag never turned up. Spread out and then at least you'll have enough to tide you over so you're not having to find a store straight away.other kids! We go camping primarily in state and county parks.com 7 Want to contribute? Join the Charity Project . Roy. 2. which is usually all it takes for new friendships to blossom.

" Don't let a little rain spoil your fun and take a few risks. Have Baby Will Travel Suspend Some of the Rules Suspend some of the rules. get baby used to room temperature bottles and food. A few toys that they love and a couple of new toys will suffice. Try to say "yes" more than you say "no. . . In preparation for your journey and while you're en route. On top of everything else that you're juggling. You only need to be concerned if it's more than than 20mg of sodium per litre.When you travel with kids you MUST prepare some busy travel bags for them Main Index General Kids Don't Need Many Toys to Entertain Themselves When you travel with kids you MUST prepare some busy travel bags for them. Check the sodium level on the brand you purchase (most are absolutely fine). Let your kids go on rides or buy cheap souvenirs. . Z for almost an hour with the safety document. even if it does mean missing the occasional nap. Eat dessert for dinner (we did this very successfully in New York). During our recent air travel. pre-measure your formula mixture so you can just add bottled water you purchase after clearing security. Photo by: Amy Amy. The Q Family Adventures Before Your Trip. He sat there quietly and listened very carefully to the flight attendant during take-off. He loved studying the whole thing. But you don't have to go overboard.com 8 Want to contribute? Join the Charity Project . heating the baby's bottle at the time it needs to be heated is a hassle you can live without. I was able to entertain Mr. Photo by: Mara Mara. Sometimes it's better to use whatever is available from your surroundings to distract them from boredom. The Mother of All Trips Best Kept Travel Secrets 2010 Tripbase. Photo by: Lunchbox Photography Corinne. Get Baby Used to Room Temperature Bottles Before your trip. He then continued to study all the exits and informed me that I had to put the mask on myself first before putting it on him.

though. is a rewarding experience that teaches responsibility and valuable outdoor skills. We would park the car. Sherri. Camping Blogger Best Kept Travel Secrets 2010 Tripbase. Kids are happy to participate if we just give them the chance. . like building a fire or setting up the tent. Airlines usually limit the number of gate passes they will issue to one adult per child traveling. We quickly learned the benefits of involving the kids in all of these activities. Postcards and Coasters Get a Gate Pass A friend or family member (non-ticketed person) can help you get through security when traveling alone with children. the passenger's name and flight information. set up the tent and arranged the rest of the campsite. and the kids would run off and play while we found a spot for the tent. *It's always a good idea to check with TSA & your airline before flying since these days procedures change daily. which has proven to be an enriching experience for all of us.You can now go through security without dumping a full bottle or sippy cup when you declare it at the security checkpoint Main Index General Don't Dump Liquids Out of Baby Bottles at Security You can now go through security without dumping a full bottle or sippy cup when you declare it at the security checkpoint. .com 9 Want to contribute? Join the Charity Project . The ticketing agent will require proper identification. A gate pass holder will be required to show proper identification and their gate pass to enter and go through the security line. Involving kids in traditional adult activities. Photo by: Roy Roy. Postcards and Coasters Encourage Children to Participate in Campsite Activities Our early family camping experiences were probably indicative of how many parents handle the camping experience. and it helps them feel much more involved with the family camping experience. Photo by: tienvijftien . Photo by: Beth Nazario Sherri.

They turned the wheel (a little bit of a work-out was required here). The Q Family Adventures Dress Baby in Layers Dress your baby in layers with built-in feet if possible. aquarium.It's not only a cheap and very affordable souvenir. It's cool to see plants and animals you won't find at home (like a Komodo dragon). Photo by: Amy Amy. .and it's already "fun" keeping track of your own stuff. I learned this the hard way during our last trip when we were all bundled up with hoodies and cardigans -. natural history museum or botanical garden.com 10 Want to contribute? Join the Charity Project . Museum or Botanical Garden If you've got the time -. They pushed the coins in. everyone has to remove their jackets and shoes . It's not only a cheap and very affordable souvenir.consider heading to a local nature attraction like a zoo. never mind fiddling with tiny sweaters and footwear! Use pullover-type sweaters for babies and young 'uns. I was talking about one of the best souvenirs we bought home from our San Diego Trip. Photo by: Emery Co Photo Corinne. and a footie sleeper or jumpsuit to keep tiny toes warm without extra bother. Go Explore Nature Best Kept Travel Secrets 2010 Tripbase. When we're in Vegas. When clearing security. but it also gave the kids a chance to see the whole process of making their own souvenir. they had their own penny to put in their collection. we always check out the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay and the Lion Habitat at MGM Grand. And voila. . They picked the style they wanted.baby included . Photo by: Debi Debi. Aquarium.or if weather makes being outside less than desirable (like Las Vegas in the summer) -. but it also gave the kids a chance to see the whole process of making their own souvenir Main Index General The Best Souvenir is the One They Make Themselves Last week. . Have Baby Will Travel Check Out a Local Zoo.baby included.

trees. plenty of grassy area to run around on. What things do we see and hear that are different from our usual neighborhood walks? What feels.m. Photo by: Lincolnian (Brian) .m. but will add this gem of a park to the list of things to do next time we're in town. just because you're on vacation.m. don't expect them to be good dinner companions at 9 p. The place was amazing complete with a lake. at home.and sometimes much more. we struck gold when meeting some friends and their kids at Central Park (Lake Elizabeth) in Fremont.grass. head for the local trails and take a hike.com 11 Want to contribute? Join the Charity Project .and what they really don't like . . We take walks on most nights at home and doing so while on vacation allows us to play the comparison game. wide open spaces -. Photo by: rolands. The Mother of All Trips Take a Walk It costs nothing. Photo by: Debi Debi. We were sad our visit was so short. takes very little time and is a great way to get a sense of the area. don't expect them to be good dinner companions at 9 p. restrooms and numerous play areas.If you kids can't stay awake past 7 p. at home.m. just because you're on vacation Main Index General Know Thy Children Knowing what your children are passionate about . looks and sounds the same? If you and your kids are especially adventurous (or have the time). Go Explore Nature Best Kept Travel Secrets 2010 Tripbase.lakis Mara. . During our recent Thanksgiving stay in Northern California.will help you make good decisions. Debi. Go Explore Nature Play in a Park The park offers everything a nature lover could want -. And if your kids can't stay awake past 7 p. covered picnic areas.

We boarded our boat . fishing.. and enjoyed four days of gentle drifting.. once.com 12 Want to contribute? Join the Charity Project . watching the river banks glide by Photo by: judepics Main Index Australia Houseboating on the Murray We boarded our boat . Photo by: Don Don. Put it this way: it was a real holiday for everyone principally because the kids did not require entertaining and everyone has to see the Murray. and enjoyed four days of gentle drifting. Kidaddle Know a travel secret about Australia? Become an Author Best Kept Travel Secrets 2010 Tripbase. from the river. .. the Margaylea ... the Margaylea . fishing. watching the river banks glide by....

friendly. Keeps Me Smiling Know a travel secret about Canada? Become an Author Best Kept Travel Secrets 2010 Tripbase. Photo by: by [puamelia] Lorraine . and well suited for family travel Photo by: laszlo-photo Main Index Canada Nova Scotia Nova Scotia is breathtaking. friendly. and well suited for family travel.Nova Scotia is breathtaking. un-crowded.com 13 Want to contribute? Join the Charity Project . un-crowded. Consider putting it on your travel destination wish list! .

This coastline is known for its unique string of beaches. each with their own personality. In all my travels. Flamingo on the Guanacaste side of Costa Rica. Have Kids Still Travel Know a travel secret about Costa Rica? Become an Author Best Kept Travel Secrets 2010 Tripbase. I am still a little mistified by this secret piece of paradise." It took me three tries to finally fiqure out just how to get there. Playa Conchal is truly a "hidden beach. Andrea. It was also some of the bluest water I have ever seen. no sand . If you are not staying at the fancy Paradisus Playa Conchal. I was with the kids by myself on this adventure while my husband stayed back to get some work done.com 14 Want to contribute? Join the Charity Project . but nope. but determined to find this beach! I was a Mom on a Mission! Photo by: Andrea Playa Conchal is made up of millions of crushed shells! I thought for sure there would be sand and just a lot of shells.I kept running my hands and feet through the shells and it was as if I was having an exfoliation treatment at a spa Photo by: Wha'ppen Main Index Costa Rica Playa Conchal We rented a house for three weeks in Playa. I was a little nervous. then the only public entrance is by driving your car down onto another beach and then 4-wheel driving it up a rocky path and praying no one is trying to come down at the same time. I was so glad that I didn't give up and forged ahead to find this hidden gem. Playa Conchal is my favorite beach so far! . So naturally we set out to visit them all. even the most difficult one to get to: Playa Conchal. Needless to say.all shells! I kept running my hands and feet through the shells and it was as if I was having an exfoliation treatment at a spa.

the seaside city south of Tokyo is perfect for families Photo by: thinboyfatter Main Index Japan Tokyo for Families I love the buzzy energy of Tokyo. Make no mistake. but somehow the location near the sea makes it feel more open. Photo by: pohan A New York Times article about exploring Tokyo through its ramen shops mentioned the terrific Ramen Museum in Yokohama. Why Go Family Travel Know a travel secret about Japan? Become an Author Best Kept Travel Secrets 2010 Tripbase. the seaside city south of Tokyo. and it's a perfect destination with pre-teens and teens. so it's crowded. where you can get lots of different kinds of ramen to eat and walk through a sort of living history museum.yay!) and it's surrounded by an amusement park and wide pedestrian seawall. it is Japan.com 15 Want to contribute? Join the Charity Project . Sheila. There's a big mall/hotel highrise called Landmark Tower (with a Pokemon Store . The crowds that older children find exciting are simply overwhelming when you're two feet tall. Super for families! .Yokohama. That's why I like Yokohama. but a bit too mind-blowing for little ones.

com 16 Want to contribute? Join the Charity Project . and that more than paid off in our experience. educational. you want your exotic travel to be safe. . you might think getting food poisoning or bed bugs is part of the fun (we read about such things happening there with lesser outfits). then Les Nomades are the people to pick. Soul Travelers Know a travel secret about Morocco? Become an Author Best Kept Travel Secrets 2010 Tripbase. Jeanne. authentic. but when you travel as a family with a young child. She.We were so impressed with the deep Sahara experience that we think this should be on everyone's bucket list Photo by: Inaam Hamdoune Main Index Morocco Sahara Camel Trek If you want a stunning and authentic experience in the Sahara. Photo by: Jeanne We were so impressed with the deep Sahara experience that we think this should be on everyone's bucket list. who had lived in and knew the area well. I did a LOT of research on this before going. who was simply extraordinary. You couldn't be in better hands than with Alessandra. her Berber husband and their family made this experience one of the highlights of our open-ended world tour and I can't recommend them high enough. including talking to experts. If you are a twenty-something single. unique and without problems.

pies. Don. before repairing to the cafe for nachos. We landed there at 6pm with the kids.com 17 Want to contribute? Join the Charity Project .. In we went and the kids hardly paused long enough to take off their clothes before they were in the toasty warm water. Rotorua Waikite Valley Thermal Pools is a "must do" if you're travelling with the kids between Taupo and Rotorua (10 minutes off the main road and well-marked by signs). So picture it: cold. having been tipped off that the pools stay open until 9pm and the Ponga Tree Cafe in the complex serves fantastic kid's meals. a sit 'n' soak pool. perfect! When we got back to our Photo by: mcaretaker fabulous farm stay.. a garden pool and two private pools. drizzling in that bone chilling wintry way. laundry and kitchen facilities. Using the natural geothermal water (no chemicals added). soup (laksa!) .) ... raining .Waikite Valley Thermal Pools is a "must do" if you're travelling with the kids between Taupo and Rotorua Photo by: PhillipC Main Index New Zealand Waikite Valley Thermal Pools. the kids were asleep before their heads touched the pillows. We soaked ourselves and our aching bones for an hour. Kidaddle Know a travel secret about New Zealand? Become an Author Best Kept Travel Secrets 2010 Tripbase. the complex sports a splash pool. We went there three nights in a row! (By the way: adjoining the pools complex is a small 20-site campground with shower.

and for good reason. is part of the Baleric Islands. The city of Palma is very easy to push a stroller around.com 18 Want to contribute? Join the Charity Project . The most famous building. Mallorca is a great family destination Photo by: Reinante El Pintor de Fuego Main Index Spain Mallorca. cute cafes and some very historic buildings. We rented a car from the hotel so we could drive into Photo by: Andrea the beachside town do do some tourist shopping and found another huge playground swarming with kids! We also drove to the capital city of Mallorca. just off the coast of Spain. Have Kids Still Travel Know a travel secret about Spain? Become an Author Best Kept Travel Secrets 2010 Tripbase. Palma.Unlike the neighboring party island of Ibiza. they have a mascot of sorts and he entertains the children nightly at the Mini Disco! They also have Bufo Kids Club . We stayed at Viva Cala Mesquida in Playa Mesquida. It was a very short and easy walk down to the sand. It is the hippest European vacation destination -. club activities and children's entertainment. Baleric Islands Mallorca. We literally walked around the entire city. In fact a lot of the hotels and resorts cater to families by offering playgrounds. La Seu (the cathedral) is one of Europe's tallest Gothic structures. It is the most charming city with cobblestone streets. . We had a room with a view (most of the apartments are located beachside). It has over 200 Beaches! Unlike the neighboring party island of Ibiza. a drop-off child care service during the day. Andrea. Mallorca is a great family destination. home to the very popular Galactic Super Hero Bufo! Oh yes.

run. but his head was getting knocked around too much. There are activities that take advantage of the calm bay. The Photo by: Andrea two year-old was pretty scared at some points and the bumpy ride was pretty hard for him to handle. beautiful beaches. They were locked securely in car seats.com 19 Want to contribute? Join the Charity Project .not to mention the fresh air and the beautiful scenery! They thought "hiking" was so exciting and they took exploring very seriously. It wasn't the wisest decision we ever made. with most shops and restaurants welcoming pets into their businesses) Another attraction of the Monterey area is that it is best enjoyed in the shoulder seasons.Sedona is the earth's natural playground for kids! Main Index United States Sedona. (Carmel is also the most pet-friendly town I have ever known. So pick the more scenic tours if you have younger kids and save the true outback tours until they're older. on the more rugged tours you should not take a child under the age of four. We went on the most rugged. especially to nearby Carmel. Tripping With Kids Best Kept Travel Secrets 2010 Tripbase. have visited here more than once. however. I highly reccommend the Pink Jeep Tours. Lora. And hold on tight cause it's a bumpy ride! . California Two hours south of San Francisco. such as kayaking. where galleries are practically along every other street. They're worth the price and you see some incredible views! They allow children 18 months and up. and the drive from the Phoenix area takes just a little over an hour. and excellent play areas. diving and whale-watching. It's really a nice little workout for them -. Those with families will find plenty to do: there is a world-renown aquarium. The beauty of the shoreline attracts a large artist community. Have Kids Still Travel Monterey Peninsula. jump and stretch over the rocks. The kids loved to walk. I would say most Californians. Arizona for a year so we took many day trips to Sedona. At those Photo by: Lora times the summer fogs lift and the weather is perfect for outdoor enjoyment. a children's museum. Andrea. . spring and fall. Arizona Sedona is the earth's natural playground for kids! And you can quote me on that. heart pounding tour with a two year-old and a four year-old. We lived in Scottsdale. However. Monterey does not often get selected as a destination by tourists.

Orange County beaches are nothing short of spectacular. Double the Adventure Family-Friendly Hiking. Orange County Beautiful beaches just waiting to be explored: enjoy Orange County as it has been for generations at Crystal Cove State Beach. Orange County Did you know that gray whales are thought to use Dana Point in Orange County as a landmark during their great winter migration from the Bering Sea down to Baja? Hop on board a whale. you are destined to find a piece of Orange County that few tourists ever see. Don't be surprised if you see dolphins and sea lions along the way. . You just have to know where to look. If you would rather do the paddling yourself. Orange County is still wild. Sharlene. a stroll around Newport's Back Bay or explore Saddleback Mountain in search of Holy Jim Falls. This ecological reserve is a bird watcher's paradise and the perfect place for first timers to learn how to paddle.Gray whales are thought to use Dana Point in Orange County as a landmark during their great winter migration from the Bering Sea down to Baja Main Index United States Whale Watching. Orange County Fantastic family-friendly hiking trails: Whether you take a hike in a coastal canyon. Double the Adventure Best Kept Travel Secrets 2010 Tripbase. make it down to the water. Photo by: Sharlene Sharlene.watching cruise in Dana Point Harbor and see one of these mighty beasts for yourself. Either way.com 20 Want to contribute? Join the Charity Project . . rent a kayak and explore Newport Bay. Photo by: Sharlene Sharlene. explore some fantastic tide pools at Little Corona Beach during low tide or have the ultimate Southern California beach day at Huntington. Photo by: marlin harms . Double the Adventure Beautiful Beaches.

These cities (about 25 minutes from each other) are homes to our two favorite NWFL state parks: Florida State Caverns and Falling Waters State Park. . Florida People from this area will laugh when they read this. Know a travel secret about the United States? Become an Author Best Kept Travel Secrets 2010 Tripbase. Two Kids and a Map Photo by: Jennifer you're there. They'll love wandering through the nature trails and cooking dinner under the stars.These two cities (about 25 minutes from each other) are homes to our two favorite NWFL state parks: Florida State Caverns and Falling Waters State Park Main Index United States Marianna and Chipley.com 21 Want to contribute? Join the Charity Project . Why do you have Chipley and Marianna on this list? What is there?! Many people don't realize that these are two real gems. Spend time in Marianna exploring the small caverns and then head to Falling Waters to camp and to see Florida's tallest waterfall (usually just a trickle!) and some of the coolest sinkholes around. My kids were fascinated with the fact that the ground just disappeared! Make sure you grab the Florida Passport and get it stamped while Jennifer. Grab your tent and air mattress and take the kids camping.

One of Crystal River's treasures is the Three Sisters Springs. It is an area of natural beauty offering numerous outdoor activities for families. but mom and dad have to have some! There is a kid's menu. . you might see a manatee or two. head over for the best Cuban sandwich in Florida at "Cravings on the Water. The kids may not like the tangy sauce. The easiest way to see the manatees is to take a guided snorkel tour. They can set you up with all the equipment you need as well as having the benefit of their knowledge on where to best find manatees and the federal and state laws regulating how people can interact with them. when the Gulf of Mexico cools.The easiest way to see the manatees is to take a guided snorkel tour Main Index United States Swim with Manatees at Crystal River. manatees come up the Photo by: SpecialKolin Crystal River to keep warm in the spring fed waters that maintains a constant 70 degrees Fahrenheit or 21 degrees Celsius all year round. go nature watching and see what Citrus County is most known for -.Going to the Florida's Nature Coast isn't about roller coasters and water slides." It's so beautiful with crystal clear waters. It is comprised of a network of more than 30 springs that begins at the northwest end of Kings Bay and travels west for about 6 miles where it enters the Gulf of Mexico. In the winter months.its large population of manatees. Florida Crystal River is a two-hour drive from Orlando or the Tampa Bay Area." I have had quite a few Cuban sandwiches from Key West to Little Havana and up to Northern Florida and haven't had one that is as good as theirs. It reminds me of the movie "Blue Lagoon. kayak. When you are ready for lunch. Active Kids Club Know a travel secret about the United States? Become an Author Best Kept Travel Secrets 2010 Tripbase. If you are lucky. Kari Marie.com 22 Want to contribute? Join the Charity Project . But you have to get there early in the morning for your best chance to see them. You can scuba dive.

A. But I am willing to admit that it's noisy. And crying. Nestled below the street level in between the paths from Main Street U. to Tomorrow land and Fantasyland.com 23 Want to contribute? Join the Charity Project . So. and mama needs a few minutes of peace every now and again. Photo by: Eccentric Scholar Bonus tip: The Plaza Rose Garden is also an excellent place to watch the "Wishes" fireworks show each night at the Magic Kingdom. Bonus tip: the hotel lobby bathrooms are also cleaner. . It's not surprising that this is a favorite place for popping the question at Walt Disney World. I decided to go with what I really know. and you can gaze at the prize-winning roses and take a needed break. So when you find yourself with some time to kill before you need to head to your gate. let's face it. And lost balloons.A. to Tomorrow land and Fantasyland. Orlando International Airport So in thinking about the travel secrets I could share. Leigh. Lobby of the Hyatt Regency. And that's Orlando and Walt Disney World . quieter and less-crowded than those inside the airport itself. Leigh. Yes. without further adieu. wi-fi and a bar where you can get a cup of coffee or a drink. Theme Park Mom Best Kept Travel Secrets 2010 Tripbase. more kid-filled than many other airports in the country because of its proximity to the Most Magical Place on Earth. the Plaza Rose Garden offers a quiet respite from the busy Magic Kingdom Park.Nestled below the street level between the paths from Main Street U. I love it. the Plaza Rose Garden offers a quiet respite from the busy Magic Kingdom Park Main Index United States Plaza Rose Garden in Disney's Magic Kingdom Believe it or not.the vacationland teeming with noisy tourists and screaming children. There are plenty of quiet corners with comfortable seating. here's my secret place to steal a quiet moment in Orlando: the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport. Theme Park Mom . The waterfall at the entrance to Tomorrow land drowns out the noise of the crowds above you.S. there is peace to be found at the base of Cinderella's Castle at Walt Disney World. Orlando's airport is. And that means Photo by: maxim303 more noise.S. head to this hotel lobby on the fourth floor.

Jennifer. The kid's menu offers the chicken nugget staple as well as some fish and shrimp options. They will devour the rice and chicken before my husband and I have even gotten our meal plated! We haven't been in a while.Located on the water. Now it has become a place for a fun family meal. Call ahead of time to make sure! Jennifer. Pensacola with Kids Photo by: stevendepolo . The Fish House) for a date night. the boats pulling in and unloading. we would head to Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse for a date night. The chefs that prepare our meal have always gotten the kids involved in a fun way. Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse. There is lots to look at while you wait for your food: the cars driving across three-mile bridge. Atlas draws a lot of the after-work happy hour and sushi-eating crowd Main Index United States Atlas Oyster Bar. Pensacola Located on the water. I was craving their lettuce wraps and we just wanted a place to show the kids how amazing the sunset can be! You can sit outside so that the kids can chat and play with each other. Atlas draws a lot of the after-work happy hour and sushi-eating crowd. but last time I drove by the restaurant I saw a sign that said kids eat free with an adult meal. One evening. the sun setting. My husband and I will often go to Atlas (or its sister restaurant.com 24 Want to contribute? Join the Charity Project . Best Kept Travel Secrets 2010 Tripbase. and the different birds flying around. The restaurant has so much going on that it is a little noisy so your kids can enjoy themselves without you worrying about who they are bothering. We sit at the hibachi table and the kids love the show. Tokyo is one place where I don't have to worry about paying for a meal and my kids NOT eating it. we headed to Atlas after a photo shoot nearby with four kids. Pensacola with Kids Photo by: Jennifer . Pensacola Before we had kids.

that you have ever had.Learn about the flora and fauna of Hawaii with hands-on. engaging exhibits. Items that are not spicy are labeled clearly! This is one place where my children have been welcomed with open Photo by: lucianvenutian arms. St. Maui I'm a sucker for a good education center. . Kids Go West Best Kept Travel Secrets 2010 Tripbase. Kids (and parents) can get a bit more out of their Hawaiian vacation than boogie boards and shave ice. hot dogs. George Island.and we were going in with five children ranging in ages from infant to seven. I had only had take out or lunch at Jerry's Cajun Cafe both without my kids! We had some friends in town who had previously lived in Pensacola and their number one meal request was dinner at Jerry's Cajun Cafe. On the way up to Iao Valley State Park. Ride into Apalachicola for some of the most amazing seafood. I was a little concerned because in the past the only children I had seen in the restaurant were sleeping in an infant carrier. Pensacola Previously. The waiters and waitresses spoke directly to my children asking if they wanted more to drink or crayons to color with. most people will drive past this place. so of course I loved the Hawaii Nature Center. namely oysters. Jennifer. Let them run up and down the beach and hike through the miles of wetlands and forests that surround the area. At this center. George Island is a fantastic place to take the kids year-round. George Island is a 22 mile barrier island with beaches as white and pristine as you imagine the Gulf Coast of Florida to be. . Two Kids and a Map Hawaii Nature Center. Jerry's Cajun Cafe offers an extensive kid's menu featuring chicken nuggets. Yikes! We even packed lots of hearty snacks because we were worried that we wouldn't be able to find anything suitable on the menu. burgers and seafood. engaging exhibits Main Index United States Jerry's Cajun Café. Surprisingly. Even though it gets chilly in the fall and winter.. sandwiches. They shouldn't.com 25 Want to contribute? Join the Charity Project . they learn about the flora and fauna of Hawaii with hands-on. Photo by: arturodonate Jennifer. .. Photo by: Carolina Carolina. Florida St. Pensacola with Kids St. In season you can purchase a Gambino's King Cake to celebrate Mardi Gras! .

Kids Go West Kahekili Beach Park. A small barrier island in South Jersey. I loved being proven wrong. The snorkeling is also good and it makes the best location for a sunset dinner. . New Jersey It's called "America's Greatest Family Resort. these are all a godsend. picnic tables. but still had the conveniences of a bathroom. Carolina. And by sunset dinner. When you're traveling with young kids." and it lives up to that name without affectation or pretense. I wish I could spend more Sunday afternoons walking in fields of lavender and through bamboo tunnels before sitting down to relax and sip my lavender tea while gazing out over the Pacific Ocean. poi fish to feed. I mean a picnic of take-out food from Maui Tacos. Maui This became one of our favorite beaches in Maui.com 26 Want to contribute? Join the Charity Project .I wish I could spend more Sunday afternoons walking in fields of lavender and through bamboo tunnels before sitting down to relax and sip my lavender tea while gazing out over the Pacific Ocean Main Index United States Upcountry with Kids. We spent a very relaxing Sunday afternoon at the Alii Kula Lavender Farm and the Kula Botanical Garden. and generations of people have made memories that harken back to a simpler time . barbecue pits. . so we drove on to Kahekili Beach Park instead. I had read about the pineapple wineries and the rolling countryside. clean fun. including scavenger hunts. Both places had plenty of activities to keep kids busy. Photo by: Christine Christine. but it didn't sound like kiddie paradise. We loved that this beach was quieter. Photo by: Carolina .when clam shells were perfectly fine for digging in the sand. families sit at the table long after dinner is done. Kids Go West Ocean City. and brownies to eat. Photo by: Carolina Carolina. We gave up trying to find free parking at the more popular Kaanapali Beach nearby. Maui I put off a visit to the up-country region of Maui because I wasn't sure if my son would like it. Miss Expatria Best Kept Travel Secrets 2010 Tripbase. and a parking lot. by default. it's a place where the ice cream truck rings its bell at every beach entrance. your skin smelled like the sea and every morning brought the promise of good.

Another of my favorite gems is the Black Hills of South Dakota Main Index United States Black Hills of South Dakota Closer to home here in the United States.com 27 Want to contribute? Join the Charity Project . I can just imagine curling up with a book in front of the fireplace. the cabins at the Newton Fork Ranch are not! The real thing in a beautiful setting. another of my favorite gems is the Black Hills of South Dakota. Dee. full of whitetail deer and open space to run. The Mickelson Trail runs through the property and was a great hike for the whole family to enjoy more of the beautiful scenery. Know a travel secret about the United States? Become an Author Best Kept Travel Secrets 2010 Tripbase. and though we visited in the summer. they were the perfect place to rest our feet each night. Our children played tag with kids from other cabins while we sat on the porch enjoying a glass of wine. Travel and Travails Photo by: Dee . What a great vacation when you have young kids. While it's kind of a Disneyland touristy kind of place. The cabins are open year-round. There are six cabins ringing a beautiful meadow.

com 28 Want to contribute? Join the Charity Project . Why Go Family Travel Know a travel secret about the United States? Become an Author Best Kept Travel Secrets 2010 Tripbase. . like the Mud Island River Park (including the Mississippi River Museum and a scaled down version of the river that begs for barefoot splashing) plus the Memphis Zoo. We're big music fans in my family. Other kid-friendly places include Mississippi River attractions.it's now part of the acclaimed National Civil Rights Museum. For starters. which was perfectly located downtown and was also attached to a small mall that occupied certain wiggly toddlers when needed. We stayed at the Hampton Inn at Peabody Place. but there's always the Memphis in May festival. Before we arrived I showed my preteen an Elvis documentary (to try to explain the hype) then took her through his home at Graceland. Amenities and lodging are reasonably priced. a children's museum and in season. she's now an Elvis fan and the envy of her friends because she's been to Graceland.The Birthplace of the Blues offers many ways for even young children to learn more about this country's musical history and offerings Main Index United States Memphis. the guys at the door at several venues let the whole family in to listen to live music as long as it was fairly early in the evening. Sheila. Summer is hot and muggy. Believe it or not. King was killed -. and so is good food. but not so sprawling that it wears everyone out. There's also the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Memphis is big enough to have a variety of things to do. Tennessee Get some coupons/discounts from the city's CVB (Convention and Visitor's Bureau) because remember. a CVB's whole job is to ensure a happy visit. and the Birthplace of the Blues offers many ways for even young children to learn more about this country's musical history and offerings. Redbirds minor league baseball at the downtown AutoZone Park. the popular Beale Photo by: Exothermic Street historic district is actually pretty open to kids (I call it a civilized Bourbon Street) and when we visited. Sun Studio (where Elvis and many others were launched) and the Center for Southern Folklore. Boring and weird Mom wins again! Take the kids to see the formerly segregated Lorraine Motel (an important US civil rights landmark) where Dr.

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