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Taking the Kids: Sampling Orlando's changing restaurant scene during Magical Dining Month

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Forget the latest theme park attractions. How about a farm tour or cooking lesson on your next trip to Orlando?

OK, maybe not, though Grande Lakes Orlando, home to the Ritz-Carlton and the JW Marriott, does both and JW Marriott Executive Chef Jadan Sheive points to the popularity of the resort's new ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Trying falconry, the ancient sport of kings

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Hello, Autumn! No, not the season, though we are less than a month away from my favorite season, but Autumn the beautiful, slightly over two pounds Harris Hawk, who lands on my gloved arm. She's actually named Fomhar (Gaelic for autumn).

We are at Ireland’s School of Falconry -- the oldest in the country ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Enjoying a Windstar cruise

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I can't stop thinking about Beverly Unger. I met the spry 91-year-old grandmother from Victoria, Canada, a few weeks ago. She was cruising with her 17-year-old grandson in Ireland and Britain, touring historic sites, picturesque ports, churches and more, navigating tenders in bumpy seas. I hope I've got half her stamina when I'm her age!

"When ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Taking a big bite out of the Big Apple

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New York, of course, is always tops on tweens and teens lists of wanna-go places. In fact, according to NYC tourism officials, a record-breaking 17.2 million family visitors with kids under 18 visited New York last year.

If you have a few days before school starts, it turns out August is a good time. Sure it may be hot, but with business ...Read more

Taking the Kids: A world-famous golf resort, now family friendly

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Got your seatbelt on? Not only is your 10-year-old in the driver's seat, but she'll navigate through water-filled ditches, turning to avoid trees on an exceedingly bumpy dirt track, even up a steep stone path.

Gulp! Turns out, she'll probably navigate the course better than you behind the wheel of the amphibious argocat (eight wheels). "Kids ...Read more

Taking the Kids: See where Harry Potter came to the big screen

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The Woods family had flown 24 hours to London from Australia, but they weren't planning to ride the famous London Eye, see a West End play or even check out the Crown Jewels.

In fact, they'd come for just one reason -- the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London -- ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Taking all the time off you deserve

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Are you a job martyr? Not the perky one who volunteers to do all the vacation chores -- the cooking, the cleaning up while everyone else goes to the beach. I'm talking about the one who doesn't make it to the beach at all, the one who either considers themselves too valuable to take time off or too scared they'll return to find their boss ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Taking all the time off you deserve

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Are you a job martyr? Not the perky one who volunteers to do all the vacation chores -- the cooking, the cleaning up while everyone else goes to the beach. I'm talking about the one who doesn't make it to the beach at all, the one who either considers themselves too valuable to take time off or too scared they'll return to find their boss ...Read more

Taking the Kids: A new Orlando resort that does more for families

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The theme park tickets have been long bought. You've survived the long flight to Orlando and are at a hotel five minutes away from Disney World, yet the kids on their first visit here aren't clamoring to hit the theme parks.

They want to stay right where they are because they're having way too much fun at the expansive Explorer Island pool-...Read more

Taking the Kids: Ten-plus ideas for summer adventures in ski country

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Time for a bike ride? Not so fast! Not if you are going to try mountain-biking, says Rick Sokoloff, the mountain bike program director at Smugglers’ Notch Resort in Vermont and co-founder of the Stowe Mountain Bike Club.

It's a lot different to bike on a ...Read more

Taking the Kids: To Half Moon Bay

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We're walking past groves of soaring redwood "families," some with their innards carved out as the result of forest fires.

But we're not in a crowded national park. In fact, we've pretty much got the hiking trail to ourselves in Butano State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains, midway between Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay and only a little more ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Twenty-one ways to show your love on summer vacation!

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Let's hear it for dads! Grandpas, too! Sure moms may do a lot of the vacation heavy lifting -- planning (and worrying) that all will go well and everyone will have a fun time. But even if moms are the chief planners, as research suggests, dads do plenty of heaving lifting too -- starting with the suitcases and duffels. They're the ones playing ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Ten fabulous Caribbean summer deals

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Psst! Looking for a summer beach bargain? You know, somewhere with white sand beaches, clear blue water and plenty of activities to keep everyone happy -- paddle-boarding, giant sand castle building, boogie-boarding and snorkeling. Let's not forget kayaking.

Sure it's high season in places like Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the Outer Banks of North ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Visiting Universal Orlando as it celebrates its 25th year

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Gavrie Watkins is in vacation heaven. A huge Harry Potter fan, the 11-year-old joyfully traversed the cobblestone paths of Diagon Alley, Universal Studios' year-old addition to its "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" experience. Diagon Alley now is connected via the Hogwarts Express to Hogsmeade, which is located next door at Universal's homeandleisure/travel/takingthekids/s-1665192">Read more

Taking the Kids: Off the tourist track in Mexico

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Got the binoculars? Make it a contest to see how many different species of birds the kids can count. On a good day, you might see 120, says our naturalist guide Francisco Nombre, who just happens to hold Mexico's 2015 title for "The Big Day," seeing the most different species in a 24-hour period.

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Taking the Kids: Why families love all-inclusives, even when they didn't think they would

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New Yorker Angela Manna's family typically wouldn't choose an all-inclusive resort, but suddenly she's seen the light.

"It's great," she acknowledged. "Everything is so effortless." Her family, including a 9-year-old and an 11-year-old, were relaxing at the beachfront Now Amber resort in Puerto ...Read more

Taking the Kids: A Mother's Day gift guaranteed to please

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No Mother's Day candy, please! Honestly, do you know a mom who isn't trying to shed a few pounds? (Me included!)

This Mother's Day, give the moms in your life something they will really appreciate. My friend, Nancy Schretter, managing editor of Family Travel Network...Read more

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