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St. Augustine, Florida: 25 Best Things to Do with Kids

Florida has its “Emerald Coast,” its "Space Coast," its “Treasure Coast,” and even its “Forgotten Coast.” But unless you spend time in its northernmost section, you might be unaware of its “Historic Coast,” home of the haven of St. Augustine.

About an hour south of Jacksonville, whose sizable airport services most major carriers, sits America’s oldest city. St. Augustine, founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers, is one of but a handful of American cities to have the flags of five nations fly above its buildings at one time or another. (Bonus points if you can name the countries: Answer below.)

To visit the city’s charming cobblestone streets and seemingly ancient architecture is to be reminded of Florida’s multicultural history. Of course, these days visitors are better welcomed than the 17th-century pirates who sailed in for plunder; these days, St. Augustine opens its doors to all types of boaters, pilots, campers, cyclists, and even the occasional camping and RV vacationers.

Best Apple Picking Orchards near Washington, DC for Kids

As the leaves turn so too do the thoughts of DC families towards apple picking. This favorite fall tradition is a must for kids and grown-ups alike and often go far beyond just plucking ripe apples from the tree. Many of these orchards host autumnal activities of all kinds, from corn mazes to music festivals and everything in between. 

There are several pick-your-own apple orchards and farms within easy driving distance of the nation's capital. But remember: Farm conditions and apple availability change through the season, so be sure and call or check the website before your visit to any of the spots listed below.

Weekend Fun for DC Kids: Music, Movies, Festivals August 24-25, 2019

Music, movies, and festivals are the name of the game this weekend for DC families. As the summer unofficially winds down, many of the free, outdoor movies and concerts do so as well, but it’s not over yet! From well-loved musical numbers to fascinating nature films, this weekend has something for everyone. And don’t forget about the 17th Street Festival in DC on Saturday - it’s a kid favorite!

Looking for more ideas? Read on and then be sure to check out our events calendar

These Hotel Pools Will Wow the Kids on a Family Vacation

When you have kids, finding a hotel with an awesome swimming pool is usually right at the top of the vacation-planning list. After a long day of activity, you can kick back and watch them splash around at the hotel pool. On a rainy day, hotels with indoor swimming pools will be a saving grace. While most kids will be satisfied with any hole that contains water, impress them with something unique to make that next family vacation one that they won't soon forget.

Here are some of our favorite U.S. hotels with pools sure to satisfy the whole family. We've included both outdoor hotel pools, indoor options, and even those hotels that let you swim in the pool without staying there overnight. The options run from a Las Vegas hotel pool to a Texas-shaped rooftop pool in Houston to a day-pass-friendly NYC hotel pool.

For more vacation ideas on where to stay, check out our Hotels & Resorts Guide.

Weekend Fun for DC Kids: Festivals, Nature, Summer Movies August 17-18, 2019

While the unofficial end of summer is just a few weeks away, there’s still so much to do: Festivals to head to, bucket list items to check off, pools to swim in, concerts and movies in the park to attend. So this weekend, DC families have plenty of (almost) end-of-summer fun to choose from. 

Check out our list of top picks for this August weekend and then take a peek at our events calendar for more ideas.

Iceland with Kids: 10 Things You Will Want To Do on a Family Trip

Iceland has become the place everyone talks about. It's dramatic. It's beautiful. It's rugged, unspoiled, totally different, and the perfect stop between North America and Europe. In fact, it's where the two continents actually meet (cue photo op)! But without amusement parks, warm weather, or any kind of branded entertainment, will it hold your kids' attention? The answer is heck yeah—tell the kids you're bringing them to the Land of the Midnight Sun, and check out as many as you can of the 10 extra-special Icelandic highlights below.

Weekend Fun for DC Kids: Science, Festivals, Nature August 10-11, 2019

The weekend is almost upon us, and DC has plenty in store for families looking to spend some quality time together, especially those in the nature and science loving crowd. From astronomy to nature walks to geocaching, our events calendar on Saturday and Sunday is brimming with activities and events geared towards the natural world.

Want to take advantage of the bustling summer festival season instead? We’ve got you covered too with agricultural fairs and cultural festivals.

Check out our top picks for weekend fun, and then head to our events calendar for more ideas.

11 Top Hotels with Outdoor Water Parks for Families with Kids

Kids generally love the perks of staying at hotels but add on a water park and that regular family getaway suddenly hits thrilling new heights. Think of all the family fun: lazy rivers right outside the door, a room nearby for naptime, instant ways to cool down, and no time wasted stuck in traffic to the local pool or beach.

We've rounded up 11 top U.S. hotels and resorts with water parks where families can chill out and cool off at the same time. Find great places to stay (and play) in Florida, Texas, California, and the East Coast.

Weekend Fun for DC Kids: Festivals, Music Concerts, Nature August 3-4, 2019

This first weekend in August is sizzling with fun for DC families. Take advantage of the festivals that are lined up for Saturday and Sunday, listen to live music, or get out and explore nature

There are also plenty of opportunities for storytime, morning music times, and interactive theater

Read on for our favorite weekend picks. Looking for more ideas? Then head on over to our events calendar!

Virginia Beach with Kids: 25 Things to do on a Family Vacation

Virginia Beach is a perennial favorite getaway for East Coast families and travelers, beloved for its sandy oceanfront and 3-mile-long boardwalk. The beach and Atlantic surf have kept kids entertained for ages.

The length of the beach translates into always being able to find a spot for your towel and beach umbrella, even at the height of summer, and the decidedly G-rated atmosphere in Virginia's largest city, including a ‘no cursing on the beach’ rule, means there's plenty of family-friendly activities and spirit. Take the kids bike riding, for a round of mini golf, or to the aquarium. 

With hotels that accommodate a range of budgets, no-frills eateries, and free entertainment, Virginia Beach is a top pick for families craving a beach vacation. Colonial Williamsburg is also nearby, or you can add-on a visit to Washington, DC with the kids or another Virginia city, such as Richmond. Here’s what to do, where to eat, and where to stay in Virginia Beach.

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