End Your Summer With A Splash: 4 Family-Friendly Water Resorts

Summer is coming to a close and kids are heading back to school. But vacation season doesn’t have to end! Below we profile four family-friendly water resorts across the country great for one last summer-fun experience before getting into full-on school mode. These resorts are also a perfect destination any time of the year. Below we profile two scenic resorts in Florida and an Arizonan resort perfect for big families which all boast great weather year-round, as well as an indoor water resort located in New Jersey!

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Dad’s Guide to Staying Close to the Family While on the Road

Dads Guide to Staying Close to the Family While on the Road

Unfortunately, some of us have to pack our suitcases up often for our jobs– and as much as we don’t like leaving our families, knowing that a week here, or a month there is just what we signed up to do.  Obligation overtakes heartache, and we grab our sick-packs, neck rolls and toothbrushes to board our airline of choice to rack up our frequent flier miles, and off we go across the globe.

Up until the last ten years, if you traveled for work, you were a slave to the hotel room’s phones, lobby pay phones, post cards, and snail mail to stay in touch.  And even if you were able to get in touch with a loved one… time was limited because there was actually a time where we paid long distances fees to talk from state to state.  Any veteran military spouse can tell you technology has come a very long way from what it used to be.

The truth is technology is so unbelievable today that a lonesome traveler doesn’t have to suffer the hotel-room-blues anymore.  Speaking from our own experiences, here are some tips to staying close to your family while you’re gone.

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Family Fun at Penn’s Cave, Centre Hall, Pa

If you’re visiting the beautiful state of Pennsylvania, we think a trip to the centrally-located Penn’s Cave deserves to be on your family’s to-do list. The Historic Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park is located near State College and offers a breathtaking boat tour through the country’s only all-water cavern. Kids will also enjoy the miner’s maze, gemstone panning, and wildlife tour. Adults and older children won’t want to miss the opportunity to take an off-road mountain tour by Jeep that takes you from “the cave rock to the mountain top”. Read on for more about these attractions and a glimpse of the beautiful cavern.

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The Perfect Babymoon to the Southwest

The Perfect Babymoon to the Southwest

Are you hoping and dreaming for a little time away before the baby comes? A Babymoon, of sorts, to reconnect with your partner and celebrate your love and connection as a couple, before becoming a family? If you’re in the market for a posh location in the Southwest, where tradition meets luxury, look no further than the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado.

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Fun for Families: Philadelphia Flower Show

 

If you’re traveling to Philadelphia in the Springtime or even live in the area but have never attended, the Annual Philadelphia Flower Show is a can’t-miss event for adults and children alike. The event is the largest indoor flower show in the world. But to assume it’s just a collection of bouquets and floral arrangements could not be more wrong. Instead, within the 33 acres of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, you’ll find elaborate displays, artwork, competitions, live entertainment, symposia, food, wine tastings, workshops, exhibits, artisan shops, and more. Read about this annual event below, check out some highlights from past years, and be sure to catch the show in 2015!

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How to Take Me Time on Mother’s Day

Taking Me Time on Mothers Day

With Mother’s Day coming up, husbands all over the United States are scrambling for ideas and asking their wives what they would like for their special day. The art of pleasing a woman is difficult. Gifting doesn’t come easily to men, in general. You could always refer them to a Mother’s Day Gift Guide, like the one our editors put together this year, or….

Or you can get selfish. For once in your motherhood career, you can say “I deserve this!

And by this ,we mean the one thing no mother ever gets enough of – ME TIME! Time to relax and recharge, time to get away, recenter or to just have fun.

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Castle Hotel: A Playground For Adults

Castle Hotel, a playground for adults
Continuing our series of posts on where to lodge while visiting Orlando, we would like to bring to you a slightly different hotel- one that is perfect for a little adult getaway. Whether you’re escaping to have a babymoon and hit the coasters, taking an anniversary trip with your loved one, or going to Orlando for a convention, the newly redesigned, re-opened Castle Hotel is a perfect place to stay that brings the whimsy of childhood into the adult atmosphere.

This post is part of our series on hotels in Orlando area. You can read more about Orlando in our extensive Orlando Travel Guide for Families.

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Sea World with Renaissance Orlando

Renaissance Sea World, A Resort for Sea Lovers

 This post is part of our series on hotels in Orlando area. You can read more about Orlando in our extensive Orlando Travel Guide for Families.

Do you have a sea animal lover on your hands? Is your child obssesed with dolphins, sharks and whales? Then you should certainly take him to Sea World, Discovery Cove and Aquatica in Orlando and to make a trip even more special, stay at a nearby Renaissance Sea World to get special perks, tours and front-of-the-line access.

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Home Away From Home at Grande Vista, Orlando

Home away from Home at Grande Vista, Orlando (2)
We are about to let you in on a secret! One that will allow you to save money and stay in comfort, and decide on a resort for your next trip to Orlando. Three words: Marriott Vacation Club. Here’s two more words: Grande Vista. Imagine an expansive resort with all the amenities, one and two bedroom villas  and rates under $160 for most of the year, plus reward points that can be redeemed for future vacations! Yes, it’s a reality! Read on!

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Resort Living at Reunion, Orlando

Resort Living at Reunion, Orlando

What family doesn’t love Orlando with its kid friendly activities, world class parks all in one place, outlet malls and warm weather year round? But how do you pick from literally hundreds of resorts, hotels, and motels to ensure that your vacation is fun, relaxing, and fits your budget? Here are some of our favorite resorts in Orlando- from the most luxurious to the most affordable.

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