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Tuckaway Shores Resort
Indialantic By the Sea, Florida

Tuckaway Shores Resort - Authentic, Old Style, and Definitely a Superior Small Lodging

Jacqui McPhillips wanted to purchase a small hotel but only if it was something very special. When she walked onto the beach at Tuckaway Shores Resort in Indialantic By the Sea, Florida, she knew she'd found it. Just minutes from the touristy, high-traffic areas just to the north, McPhillips found Tuckaway Shores Resort sitting right on an unbelievably secluded and tranquil beach perfect for travelers looking for a return to a simpler time and a more personal lodging experience. <more>

Discover NW Florida - Our Pensacola Area Favorites

Pensacola, Florida

When people talk about Florida, they often talk about South Florida’s culture, the Southwest Gulf Coast’s beaches, Central Florida’s theme parks, the state’s five cruise ship ports, the legendary Space Coast or the various sports venues but there is a special part of Florida that may very well be its best keep secret – Pensacola and the Northwest Florida Panhandle.

It is a place of incredible natural beauty, modern amenities, historical heritage, culture and wonderful southern charm. <more> 

Blue Man Group
Family Friendly Fun in Orlando, Florida

Looking for a fun, family-friendly experience in Orlando? Blue Man Group may just be the show you’re looking for! You and your family will enjoy experiencing the mystery, the humor and the euphoria that is Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando Resort and you will be mesmerized by the indescribable celebration of art, technology and music that Blue Man Group uniquely presents throughout the one hour and forty-five minute show.

B2 Hotel
Miami, Florida

Downtown Miami, Florida is world-famous for its' unique style - a blend of urban chic, accessibility, creativity, great food and world-class entertainment. Who wouldn't want to be right in the heart of it all? You can! The B2 Hotel puts you right there. Their motto even says it, "The B2 - we’re in the center of it all…you should b2!"
Palm Beach Hibiscus B&B
West Palm Beach, Florida

Question: What happens when you place a beautiful and historic bed and breakfast right in the center of one of Florida's most popular shopping, entertainment and restaurant districts? Answer: You get the delightful Palm Beach Hibiscus Bed & Breakfast in trendy West Palm Beach, Florida. If you are looking for a beautiful and historic bed and breakfast right in the center of one of Florida's most popular shopping, entertainment and restaurant districts, we highly recommend the Palm Beach Hibiscus. <more>  

Chatham Gables Inn
Chatham, Massachusetts

Cape Cod, Massachusetts is a special place. It has a rich history, a unique place in the struggle for equality and some of the most beautiful scenery to be found anywhere on the Atlantic Coast. When staying on the Cape, your accommodations should be equally special. Located in Chatham right at the elbow of Cape Cod, the Chatham Gables Inn is a prime example of all-that-is-right with Cape Cod. It is a historic structure. It is beautifully restored and maintained. And, its' owners are two of the most welcoming people we've ever met. Their goal - to help their guests "relearn what it means to relax." <more>  

Cirque du Soleil La Nouba
Orlando, Florida

Orlando, Florida offers a vast array of shows and entertainment in every theme imaginable but only one show successfully brings the most creative elements from the deepest parts of your imagination to life. That show is Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba at Downtown Disney in Orlando, Florida.

Captain David Kelly House
Centerville, Massachusetts

Captain David Kelly House - where every breakfast is an event! Located just three miles from historic and scenic Hyannis, MA and the John F. Kennedy Museum, the Captain David Kelly House is a wonderfully unique find for any Cape Cod traveler. This beautifully maintained Greek Revival home is one of the most joy-filled accommodations we have experienced anywhere with owners who strive to make every guest’s stay memorable and every breakfast an event!

Land's End Inn
Provincetown, Massachusetts

Stepping through the door of Land's End Inn in Provincetown, Massachusetts is like stepping into another world. At first, it is hard to believe your eyes. The delightful blend of gorgeous antiques, eclectic art, global memorabilia, crackling fires in the wall-sized stone fireplace, comfortable seating and stunning bay views makes Land's End Inn one of the most unique and cherished properties that we have ever had the pleasure of enjoying anywhere in the world.

Old Manse Inn
Brewster Massachusetts

Cape Cod, Massachusetts is a world-famous travel destination known for its history, natural beauty, popular beaches, elite clientele and equality. If you are seeking the perfect hub for your own Cape Cod adventure, there is no better choice than the Old Manse Inn in Brewster, MA. This historic compound is a fantastic destination in itself. <more>   

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
Delray Beach, Florida, USA

There is an oasis of tranquility and serenity just minutes from the hectic 70 mile per hour speeds of Florida's I-95 and the crowded streets South Florida's many shopping and business districts.

Even Florida natives have driven by without noticing this historical landmark but for those who do stop, they discover one of South Florida's gems - the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. <more>  

St. Simons Island - Artsy, Classy and All About Friends and Family
St. Simons Island, Georgia

One of the most delightful aspects of travel is the discovery of something wonderfully unexpected. St. Simon's Island is one of those unexpected wonders for us.

While many of the beach towns along the Atlantic Coast are known to be either stuffy, commercial or touristy, St. Simon's Island has positively evolved into a special place that is somehow artsy, classy and all about friends and family. <more>  

Hammock Beach Resort - The perfect place for your next luxurious family getaway, golf escape or business gathering
Palm Coast, Florida

Located on the beautifully unspoiled beaches of Florida’s Palm Coast, Hammock Beach Resort is a unique treasure – a luxury resort that offers fine dining, an ocean-inspired spa, multiple swimming pools, waterfalls, a lazy river, a three-story waterslide, eight hydro-clay tennis courts, a marina and two world class golf courses designed by legends Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson!

2014 Delray Beach Open by The Venetian Las Vegas
Delray Beach, Florida

If you love pro tennis, you have just got to plan a trip to Delray Beach, Florida in February. One of the best things about The 2014 Delray Beach Open by The Venetian is that it is such an intimate venue.

On some of the courts, you will find yourself just feet from the very players you have watched on television with tennis balls zooming by at speeds of more than 100 mph.

Our St. Marys, Georgia Top Ten
St. Marys, Georgia

St. Marys, Georgia has been called America's second oldest city. St. Marys is also the Gateway to the Cumberland Island National Seashore. Staying in St. Marys is like stepping back in time to a kinder and more peaceful era where neighbors and visitors alike are greeted with a genuine smile and a friendly wave.

If you are looking for a vacation destination with an old-Georgia feel, amazing history and beautiful scenery, St. Marys, Georgia is the place. We have visited St. Marys several times. To help you with your vacation planning, we have organized Our St. Marys, Georgia Top Ten.”

Charlotte Harbor Highlights
Charlotte County, Florida

Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands in Charlotte County, Florida is one of Florida's best-kept-secrets for a reason - it offers something for everyone but does it in a very non-touristy way. There is something very special about this place. It is definitely a vacation destination that deserves a visit or two or three! <more>   

Casa Marina Hotel
Jacksonville Beach, Florida

Jacksonville's historic hotel with beautiful design and stunning views.

Though there are many hotels to choose from on Florida’s famous east coast, there are select few that offer something truly unique and, among those few, there are just a couple with the incredibly rare blend of important history, beautiful design and stunning ocean views. The Casa Marina Hotel in Jacksonville Beach, Florida is one of those rare finds. <more>

The Hilton Orlando
Orlando’s Family Friendly Luxury Hotel

The 1417 room Hilton Orlando resort has only been open since 2009 but it has already won Hilton's coveted Connie Award for excellence three times! Not only is it the winner of impressive awards and located right in the heart of Orlando's tourism district, the Hilton Orlando was designed to be the perfect family vacation resort. <more>  

Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge
Orlando, Florida

What happens when you combine one of the classiest golfers ever to pick up a club and one of the most prestigious golf courses in the country? Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge is what happens - and it should definitely be on the Bucket List of any golfer visiting the Orlando area. If you want to play golf on one of the most prestigious courses in the country, walk the same grounds as some of the best golfers in the history of the game, and enjoy amazing dining and family-friendly amenities, we highly recommend Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Florida.

The Inn on 5th
Naples, Florida

The city of Naples, on Florida's aptly named Paradise Coast, is known for its' sophisticated elegance. The world-famous Fifth Avenue is located right in the heart of Naples' most trendy neighborhood and The Inn on 5th is the most prominent boutique hotel there.

White Cap Beach Condos
Fort Myers Beach, Florida, USA

If you are looking for luxury accommodations at one of the world's most famous beaches, the White Cap Beach Condos may be just what you're searching for. With state-of-the-art plasma TVs, kitchens that are a chef’s dream, modern decor with a warm friendly feel, fresh new linens in every room, a private swimming pool, a beautiful beach view and 2 or 3 bedroom options, the White Cap Beach Condos are that rare combination - luxury and an amazingly fair price.

Dining In Provincetown – An Eclectic, Artistic & Delicious Experience
Provincetown, Massachusetts

Located at the tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the delightful seaside village of Provincetown has been a haven for those seeking freedom, diversity and beauty for 400 years.  It should be no surprise that this historic magnet for creativity and expression offers an eclectic choice of dining options for every taste and budget.

The Golden Apple Dinner Theater
Sarasota, Florida, USA

The Golden Apple Dinner Theater in Sarasota, Florida, USA is one of the best Broadway-style dinner shows we have seen anywhere in Florida. The Golden Apple Dinner Theatre opened its doors on December 11, 1971 and has produced more than 300 plays and musicals including five original plays. One of their original plays went to Broadway! They are THAT good! It's no wonder that they are often referred to as "Broadway on the Suncoast!"

The Delray Beach International Tennis
 Delray Beach, Florida

One of the best pro tennis events in Florida just got better! The three highest ranked American men and the world's most successful  doubles team of all-time will be playing in the annual Delray Beach International Tennis Championships from February 22 to March 3, 2013.

If that wasn't enough incentive to go to beautiful Delray Beach, the ATP Champion's Tour will also be on-site allowing you the chance to sit courtside as some of the greatest tennis players of all time compete again.  <more> 

MSC Musica
Mediterranean Cruise

C - the Mediterranean Shipping Company - prides itself on its international vibe. It has good reason to do so, MSC is the most  popular cruise line in Italy, South Africa and Brazil. As always, MSC Cruises offered a unique cruise experience with its trademark Italian flair. <more> 

Cirque du Soleil - La Nouba
Orlando, Florida

Trying to describe the artistry of Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba is like tryng to describe the beauty of an ocean sunset - calling it "amazing" would be an understatement. From its permanent home in Orlando, Florida in the Downtown Disney complex, La Nouba is a fascinating mixture of art, music, acrobatics, dance, costume and choreography that has left over seven million audience members shaking their heads in awe and disbelief again and again.

This is how Cirque du Soleil describes it. “La Nouba is memory, individual and universal. It beckons to us, challenges us to uncover passions we thought we'd lost long ago. La Nouba is an unforgettable journey through our universe.”

Tower Tours - Yosemite In A Day Tour
San Francisco, California

Tower Tours in San Francisco, California offers a variety of excellent sightseeing experiences for tourists. What many people probably don't know is that Tower Tours also offers a fantastic day-trip tour to the "Crown Jewel" of the National Park system - Yosemite National Park!

Just a three hour, comfortable bus ride from Tower Tours offices in San Francisco, Yosemite offers spectacular 1000 foot waterfalls, towering granite cliffs, and deep alpine lakes.  In 1912, Scottish American conservationist John Muir published  a book on Yosemite, Muir called Yosemite, “by far the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted  to enter." <more>

Nassau, Bahamas - Easy Walking Tour
Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas is one of the most visited islands in the world for several very good reasons - 1) a rich history 2) upscale resorts like Atlantis 3) a distinctively colonial look and feel and 4) plenty of opportunities for food, drink, shopping and fun-filled activities.

After many trips to Nassau, we have put together an Easy Walking Tour for you to enjoy. While it doesn't cover every attraction on Nassau, it will give you the opportunity to take a leisurely stroll at your own pace and see some easy-to-access sights within one to three hours depending on your walking pace. We chose a casual stroll with many stops along the way for sightseeing, photography opportunities, shopping and refreshments. <more>

Godfrey Tours
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

The island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands is known around the world for some of the most beautiful beaches and bays anywhere on the planet. Godfrey Tours in Charlotte Amalie offers a great way to see some of the island's best views comfortably and affordably.
We asked Godfrey Renal, owner and operator of Godfrey Tours why his tours are unique. “What makes us special? Our goal is always the complete satisfaction of our customers. We have been doing this for seventeen years and we have many repeat customers who come back again and again because they have enjoyed our tours so very much.” <more>


Niagara Falls

More than just a honeymoon staple, the new Niagara Falls experience is a must-see mix of natural wonders, high-tech
multi-sensory entertainment, thrill rides, casinos and dinner theaters.

 Niagara Falls is one of those places we could return to year after year...and we have. The constant, mesmerizing, and thunderous roar of nearly 750,000 gallons of water per second speeding over the edge and falling over 170 feet to the boulders below is exhilarating and awe inspiring. 12 to 25 million visitors a year agree!

Twenty percent of the world's fresh water flows over these magnificent American and Canadian Falls. The American Falls' Goat Island is the oldest state park in the USA. <more>

Family Travelers Magazine - Product Reviews

Let us help you find the best travel, business and personal products on the market. Our Product Reviews page will only list reviews of products and services that we have actually sampled and tested for you.<more>

Alabama Road Trips!
Alabama, USA

Sweet Home Alabama! The Alabama Tourism Department has published a list of Alabama Road Trips! The list focuses on driving itineraries that travelers can experience over two or three days. "We wanted to make it easier for travelers to plan their trip so we came up with 100 itineraries. There's something for everyone," said tourism director Lee Sentell. "If you're planning a trip to the beach, we have an itinerary for that, or a trip to experience the small towns of Alabama, we've got that too." <more>

Anchorage 2013 Events!
Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage Tourism has published a list of the top events for 2013! From team snowball fights to beer fests and marathons to military ceremonies, 2013 holds exciting events in Anchorage, Alaska.

Whether you visit Anchorage during the long days of summer or come to enjoy the winter wonderland, visitors are sure to find an event that appeals to them in the year ahead.
MSC Poesia
Transatlantic Cruise

MSC Cruise Lines, which boasts that it is "the leading cruise company in the Mediterranean, South Africa and Brazil," offers something unique in the cruise market - a truly Italian / European cruise experience. Everything from the decor to the service to the menu has been designed "Italian style." Cruising on MSC Cruise Lines is a unique cultural experience and international adventure that you will not find on other lines and their children-cruise-free policy is very family-friendly.
Legoland Florida
2013 Calendar of Events

Legoland Florida kicks off the year with a full line-up of action-packed fun for 2013 with special events specifically geared towards families with children age 2 to 12. From LEGO® Friends Weekend to Kids’ New Year’s Eve, guests will want to return again and again to enjoy a full year of LEGOLAND® Florida’s special events and more than 50 rides, shows and attractions. All events are included with regular park admission. Families will also enjoy more hours of interactive family-fun with extended daily operating hours for 2013, 9:30am — 6:00pm. Operating hours are extended even further for certain special events.

Calendar of Events

Orlando, Florida is the top tourist destination on the planet with year round arts and music festivals, professional and amateur sporting events of every kind, concert series, parades, antiques shows, film showcases, rodeos and some of the best theme and adventure parks anywhere. Check the VisitOrlando calendar of events to make the most of your dream vacation. <more> 

San Diego
Family Travel Guide

With 70 miles of beaches, world-class attractions like the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld, and year-around mild temperatures, it's no wonder San Diego consistently ranks among the top destinations for family vacations. From budget-conscious hotels and dining options in regions like Mission Bay and Mission Valley, to the ultimate San Diego family vacation in iconic destinations like Coronado and La Jolla, there are plenty of vacation package options. Plus, many San Diego hotels and resorts offer special childrens programs for kids of all ages. From crafts, puzzles and games for younger kids to X-Box 360®, air hockey and sports lessons for teenagers, all activities are age-appropriate and some are complimentary.  The San Diego Tourism Authority even has a page of family travel itineraries, tips and specials! <more> 

Legoland Florida
Free Annual Pass For Teachers

Florida Teachers, Explore LEGOLAND® Florida With Your Free Standard Annual Pass. LEGOLAND® Florida is offering Florida teachers for grades K-12 one year of free admission with a Standard Annual Pass. To receive your free Standard Adult Annual Pass: bring your most recent paystub, Florida photo ID and valid professional or temporary FDOE teaching certificate to the Ticketing windows at the entrance to LEGOLAND® Florida. You must be present to receive your Annual Pass ID, as your photo is included on the ID card. You can get your Annual Pass on your first visit to the park by bringing your proof of eligibility to the ticketing windows. <more> 

Florida Space Coast 2013 Launch Schedule

Florida’s Space Coast is home to some of the most exciting space exploration history the United States has ever seen. Millions of people have traveled from around the world to witness those rare brief moments of powerful technology and human ingenuity combining to drive thousands of pounds of spacecraft up off the launch pad, beyond the pull of gravity and out into space. In the history of our planet, it is a thrill that relatively few have been fortunate enough to experience. <more>

Huntington Hotel & Nob Hill Spa
San Francisco, California

San Francisco’s Nob Hill is historically where the society’s most elite come to stay and play. For nearly 100 years, The Huntington Hotel and Nob Hill Spa has earned a reputation for successfully catering to that special clientele.

If you are looking for luxury accommodations in San Francisco, look no further – The Huntington Hotel and Nob Hill Spa have nearly a century’s worth of experience pampering guests in one of the most elite and scenic areas of the city. <more> 

The Shell Factory and Nature Park
Ft. Myers, Florida

The Shell Factory and Nature Park in Fort Myers, Florida celebrates 75 years as Southwest Florida’s number one tourist destination! Located right off of Tamiami Trail, the Shell Factory is an easy stop for any traveler wanting a unique experience.

With places to eat, shop, play and relax, the Shell Factory is a great place to take the family because there is something for everyone. The many attractions both indoors and outdoors will provide you and your family hours of fun! <more> 

Boca Grande
Boca Grande, Florida

On the island of Gasparilla rests the historic village of Boca Grande, located at the southern end of the Cape Haze Peninsula on Florida’s Southwest Coast. Along this island seven miles of powdery white sand stretches alongside the beautiful emerald-colored Gulf water.
Events include The “World’s Richest” Tarpon Tournament, Boca Grande Fall Festival, Christmas Walk, Boca Grande Spring Fair & Bike Parade and the Boca Grande Art Alliance Spring Show, to name a few.

Families of all ages will enjoy a relaxing vacation on the quiet island of Boca Grande where powdery white sand and emerald waters welcome all who stop by! <more>

Koreshan State Historic Site / Koreshan Unity Settlement
Estero, Florida

With recorded history dating back to 1513, Florida is filled with an astounding variety of historical sites from natives, settlers, conquerors and religious groups seeking to establish their own piece of heaven on earth.

The Koreshan State Historic Site / Koreshan Unity Settlement between Fort Myers and Naples is a unique site that offers visitors a glimpse into a part of Florida’s history that not many know about. It all began in 1894 when an unusual man named Cyrus Reed Teed brought his followers to Estero to build New Jerusalem for his newly invented faith, Koreshanity  <more> 

Jungle Adventures Nature Animal Park
Christmas, Florida

See “real Florida…as real as it gets!” at Jungle Adventures Nature Animal Park in Christmas, Florida (just northeast of Orlando, southwest of Daytona or west of the Space Coast.) The park is a short drive from any of the above family vacation hotspots and it is well worth the drive!

At Jungle Adventures Nature Animal Park, your family will be able to see Florida’s wildlife up close and personal. Take a picture with the Park’s famous 200 foot long roadside wonder - Swampy, the World’s Largest Alligator! Experience live guided wildlife encounters and see rare Florida panthers, black bears, gray wolves, white-tailed deer, tropical birds, reptiles and mammals. <more> 

The Goodbread House Inn Bed & Breakfast
St. Mary's, Georgia

There is something special about the Goodbread House Inn Bed & Breakfast in St. Mary's, Georgia. You feel it as soon as you stand at the white picket fence surrounding the green lawn that leads up to the 150 year old home. The porch swing - swaying gently in the breeze - seems to beckon you in for a relaxing visit. The white window frames on the light-blue face of the house remind you of the synchronicity of white clouds floating lazily through a beautiful blue sky on a Summer day. A quaint sign invites you in with the words, “Enter as strangers. Leave as friends.” This is a special place - you can just feel it. <more>

Jacksonville Beach, Florida

It is always a delight when you find an upscale and trendy restaurant in an unexpected place. About 20 minutes from downtown Jacksonville, Fla., a new restaurant named Zeta is making a name for itself in Jacksonville Beach. If you like music, oversized tapas plates and a variety of creative cocktails, this is a place you've just got to try. <more>



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