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Apr 27, 2014
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Families flock to aquariums in the fall for fun and learning


The octopus exhibit at the Seattle Aquarium
Fall is a great time to visit an aquarium — and go on a whale watch with your kids, whether you have a day off from school, are enjoying a weekend getaway or a reprieve during a college tour trip. Some aquariums also offer sleepovers and behind-the-scenes tours for marine life aficionados. Aquariums are a place to learn about the creatures who live deep in the sea and along the shore in far-flung destinations more
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Ten ways for families to celebrate fall in the Midwest


Celebrate everything trains at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, Il
I spent a few days in Rockford recently for a travel writers’ conference — Travel Media Showcase -- and it gave me the chance to catch up with folks from across the Midwest. Chatting with them made me realize — once again — how much smaller Midwestern cities and towns have to offer families. more
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Fun for families on the rivers and lakes in Wisconsin’s north woods


Kayaking the Namekogan
I’ve kayaked before, but never with the intention of following a historic route. In early August, I ventured out on a 20 mile kayak trip along the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway in Northwest Wisconsin along the Minnesota border. more
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Fall is a fine time to take the kids and family to see Colorado’s beauty


The Maroon Bells in fall foliage near Aspen
Fall, in fact, we discovered, is a terrific time to gather the grown gang in Colorado. The days are sunny — warm enough for stand-up paddle-boarding and kayaking — and the evenings crisp. There’s plenty to do, whether you want to browse in Aspen’s shops, peruse the Saturday farmer’s market, hike or bike or even attend a film festiva more
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Memories of a special birthday and hotel stay in Rome


With one night to stay in Rome, I didn’t want a hotel that was just a place to sleep. I didn’t want a hotel that was just convenient to the train station. I wanted a hotel that would be part of the experience. That’s why I chose the Grand Hotel de la Minerve that was a few steps from the Pantheon and a short walk to the Forum and Coliseum. more
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Nantucket Island is a great fall getaway destination when the crowds are gone


Kayak family at Jetties Beach on Nantucket Island
Thirty miles off the coast of Massachusetts, Nantucket is as famous for its more than 30 miles of bike trails around the island — you see adults and kids with bikes everywhere — as for its 80 miles of spectacular beaches. more
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Universal Studios Hollywood through the eyes of our veteran 11-year-old correspondent


Ethan and transformers crew
If you go to Universal Studios in Hollywood, do like we did and get a Front of the Line pass, also referred to as a “Gate A” pass. These passes are really cool because they helped us to save time because it lets you skip to the front of the line for anything in the park. With the pass, we also had reserved seating at the shows like WaterWorld (a really cool action-packed stunt show with people on motorboats and JetSki’s. more
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Travel Writers conference showcases the best of the Midwest in autumn


Triceratops on display in Rockford IL
Being in Rockford for a travel writers conference—Travel Media Showcase-- and talking to a lot of people from Midwest cities and States—Peoria and St. Paul, the Quad Cities in Western Illinois and Eastern Iowa, Fort Wayne and Kansas City—made me realize once again how much the Midwest has to offer families. more
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ACES in Aspen: a hidden gem for local and visiting families


Reggie with too cute baby bunny at Rockbottom Ranch ACES near Basalt CO
The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) is celebrating its 45th anniversary and it is a great place to learn more about the spectacular environment here—and the creatures who call it home, whether you visit in summer, fall or winter. more
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Fly fishing near Aspen — it’s about the fishing not the catching


Mel Yemma with guide Trevor Clapper in the Roaring Fork River
“It’s about the experience,” says our guide Trevor Clapper from the Little Nell Adventure Shop, which offers trips that end in Basalt, about 20 miles downriver. Clapper says of everything people want to do in the summer or fall when they come to Aspen—off road jeep tours, guided hiking trips, white river rafting—fly fishing is the most popular. more
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