Day Trips, Week Long Getaways, Weekend Away

Go To A National Park for Free in 2018

National Parks Fee Free Days | Boston National Historical Park
Boston National Historical Park

Love nature, history, culture, the outdoors? You can find all of that, and more, at the amazing United States National Parks. And you don’t even have to pay to experience the beauty and history of our national parks and sites if you visit on four special days in 2018.

All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone who visits, so mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2018:

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#TravelTuesday Q&A: A Long Weekend in Punta Cana or Bahamas

Punta Cana family travel

Q: Hi Playground! I want to plan an easy getaway to an island for a long weekend — Super Bowl weekend to be exact, and for three nights. We’re thinking about Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic or the Bahamas. Somewhere not crazy far or crazy expensive. Thanks a lot! ~ Heidi

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#TravelTuesday Q&A: Costa Rica for a Spring Break Family Vacation

Costa Rica family vacation | Herradura Bay (Marriott)
Herradura Bay, Costa Rica 

Q: Hi Playground! Do you have any family friendly and affordable hotels and resorts you recommend in Costa Rica? We are hoping to go in March when our kids have 2 weeks off from school for an early Spring Break. Thanks! ~ Kim

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Don’t Miss These Amazing U.S. Cyber Monday Travel Deals for Families

cyber monday travel deals in the United States

Get ready, get set, SHOP! Or more precisely, shop for once-a-year travel deals, bargains, and great getaways. The only caveat: these are one-day only, Cyber Monday Travel Deals for families. Cyber Monday, for the uninitiated, is the first Monday after Thanksgiving, when online retailers roll out holiday specials for everyone who loves to click and save.

Georgette and I have rounded up the best of the best in travel for families across the United States — happy travels!

Related: The WOW $99 Airfare Sale to Europe is Happening Right Now

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California Dreaming, Week Long Getaways

LEGO Fun and More in Carlsbad, California

carlsbad california family travel

We love the southern California charms of San Diego, which comes with an added bonus of being just a short 45 minute drive north to beautiful CarlsbadCarlsbad offers 7 miles of coastline, world-class resorts, shopping, golf, lots of family fun —  including the kid-pleasing LEGOLAND — and really great food.

We spent a few days in this cool California city and, while there is so much more to enjoy on longer visits, here are 3 things you must do in Carlsbad with your family:

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#TravelTuesday Q&A: Caribbean Family Travel Options for Holiday Break

Caribbean Family Travel

Q: Hi Playground! I’d love to book a warm weather, family getaway for Thanksgiving or Christmas; we want easy nonstop flights and beaches, with other activities, too. Normally we’d consider the Caribbean, but is it too soon after Hurricane Irma, Jose, and the current threat Maria? Is it okay to visit the Caribbean now? Thanks ~ AP

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Walt Disney World: What’s New for Families in Summer 2017 and Beyond

Walt Disney World

Making plans to visit Walt Disney World or Orlando this summer or the coming 2017/2018 school year? You’ve come to the right place! I just got back from a whirlwind trip around the “World” and was able to try out all the top new rides, attractions, and shows at Disney that families will want to see this summer and beyond.

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#TravelTuesday Q&A: Oregon or Puerto Rico for a First Big Kid Adventure

puerto rico family travel
Q: Hi Playground! I’m planning a big first airplane trip with my 9-year-old son, departing from the Philadelphia area. Trying to decide between a summer adventure to Portland, Oregon, or an early winter getaway to Puerto Rico. What do you think? ~ Thanks! LK Berry

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