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Kentucky – Kentucky Action Park

Kentucky Action Park Alpine Slide

Kentucky’s Cave Country offers much to do for families wanting to turn their visit to Mammoth Cave National Park into a full week’s vacation. My recipe for a perfect vacation includes at least one activity that is just for fun and Kentucky Action Park offers lots of those. About a dozen, actually. It is now closed for the season, but it isn’t too early to start thinking about next summer’s trips. I really like that they offer different pricing options. If you only have an hour or two, or are interested in just a couple of activities, your best bet […]

Indiana – Holiday World

Mayflower - Holiday World

Do you know the name of the world’s first theme park? Disneyland? Guess again. In 1946, nine years before Disneyland opened, Santa Claus Land opened in Santa Claus, Indiana. In 1984 it was renamed Holiday World when Halloween and Fourth of July sections were added. Since then it’s grown even more with the addition of a Thanksgiving section and a water park. We visited the park on a beautiful September weekend. The water park was already closed for the season, but we got to take advantage of Happy Halloween Weekends, with special fall activities that are not available during the […]

Kentucky – Beech Bend Park & Splash Lagoon

Kentucky Rumbler Beech Bend

When we travel, I like to find the right balance between cultural learning opportunities and purely recreational activities. After a day and half of visiting museums and historic sites, I knew my kids were looking forward to spending the rest of the day at an amusement park. However, we live less than a half hour from a major amusement park and I wasn’t sure how impressed they would be with a smaller park. I shouldn’t have worried. My kids and I had a great time at Beech Bend Park & Splash Lagoon in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Admission to this family […]

Tennessee – Gatlinburg

Dollywood

Today’s guest post is written by Camille Weeks, my 10-year-old daughter. Every year one of my children gets to spend a week getting spoiled by Grandma and Grandpa. When they were younger, they stayed at their house in Wisconsin. As they’ve gotten older, their grandparents have started taking them on trips. This year it was my youngest daughter’s turn. She accompanied her grandparents to Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

One of my favorite places in Gatlinburg was the Guinness World Records Museum. We didn’t get to spend as much time in the museum as we wanted to, but it was still a great […]

Minnesota – The Mall of America

Nickelodeon Universe Mall of America

This guest post was written by Dr. Jessie Voigts. Jessie is the Publisher of Wandering Educators, a travel library for people curious about the world. She also founded the Family Travel Bloggers Association, and the Youth Travel Blogging Mentorship Program. She’s published two books: Bringing the World Home: A Resource Guide to Raising Intercultural Kids, and The Philippines: 100 Travel Tips. You can usually find her family by water – anywhere in the world.

If your kids have heard of it, they are asking to go. And, how can you resist? If you’re headed to Minnesota, make time to […]

New Jersey – Jenkinson’s Boardwalk

Jenkinsons Wave Swinger

This was our first trip to the Jersey Shore. We’d heard a lot about it, but not from the TV show. A few years ago, a family from New Jersey moved in next door to us and our kids became instant friends. One thing they missed about New Jersey was being able to hop in the car and drive to the beach in 20 minutes. They told us about how much fun they had on the boardwalks too. After a couple of years, they moved back to New Jersey, and we promised that we’d get out there to see them […]