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Featured Family Friendly Property: Renaissance Mayflower
Educational Classes & Tours
Destination: New York, New York
Destination: Chicago, Illinois
Destination: Santa Cruz, California
Travel Tips for Families On The Go
Family Recommendations
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Featured Family Friendly Property
Renaissance Mayflower
ftg11235As the largest luxury hotel in Washington DC, the Renaissance Mayflower, an acclaimed Washington DC hotel, is situated in the near the White House, the National Mall and the Smithsonian.

This historic DC hotel boasts a state-of-the-art fitness center, a 35,000 sq ft event space available for banquets or meetings, and a restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine. Personal services such as babysitting, concierge and business services are also available. 
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Educational Classes & Tours

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 During your family getaway, get the kids enrolled in an educational program or class offered by a family-friendly hotel property. Get them excited about learning something new. Here are family-friendly hotels offering private lessons, children programs and tours:
Tucson, AZ
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Chittenden, VT
New York, New York
New YorkNew York City can be a pretty overwhelming family vacation. There is so much to see and do that family vacationers can never hope to see it all. The trick to an enjoyable New York City family vacation is to make an itinerary for each day and to plan to return again. There are simply are too many family friendly activities to do in New York City. But there are several activities that every family vacation to New York City should include, whether it is your first visit to New York City or your tenth. 
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Chicago, Illinois
Chicago ILFor family vacations, Chicago is one of the premier destinations in the United States. Culturally rich and brimming with modern excitement and activities, Chicago is ideal for a fun family friendly vacation. Chicago is elegant, while at the same time remains firmly Midwestern in its approach to hospitality: family vacationers in particular find that the city of Chicago is amenable to providing family specific amusements. The diversity of activities that family vacationers will find in Chicago is due to a variety of factors: as the main transportation hub for the United States, various cultures have made their imprint on this city.
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Santa Cruz, California
Santa Cruz CASanta Cruz is often valued for its location; tucked between the north and central coast of California, Santa Cruz has a mild climate, miles of sandy beaches, and a coastal redwood system that is hauntingly beautiful. But Santa Cruz offers family vacationers much more than just an ideal location, Santa Cruz is a family vacation paradise! From old fashioned carnival games to surf lessons, a Santa Cruz family vacation combines a love for modern amusements with the best of the outdoors.
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Travel Tips for Families On The Go
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- Traveling with Teens -
No doubt about it, once kids pass into those teenage years, coming up with family travel ideas requires more thought, and perhaps a change of venue. Perhaps the best place to start when planning a family vacation with older kids is a round table discussion about what everybody would like to do. Sure, it's hard to come up with a consensus, but deciding whether you want to head to the mountains, relax on the beach, or conquer the museums of DC is essential. Once you've decided on the type of trip you want, here some rules to keep in mind when traveling with your teen:

  • Give them some space both physically by selecting accommodations that offer more than just one room, and mentally too by not planning a super-tight touring schedule.
  • Get them involved right from the start in planning the trip. Your teen may find reading guide books a new and exciting experience, and calling state and local departments of tourism and chambers of commerce will help them sharpen up their telephone skills.
  • Go where the teens are. Kids like the company of their peers.
  • Night life - Try to pick an area or resort that has something going on in the evening. Avoid super quiet communities where they roll up the sidewalks at 5 p.m., and your loud youngsters will stick out like a sore thumb.
  • Set a budget for incidental spending and stick with it.
  • If they pack it, they schlep it. If the burden really looks too great, have them try a pre-trip around the block. They may not even make it past the front door.
  • Allow your young people some free time to pursue their own interests and give everyone a breather from in-your-pocket living. One idea that works well is occasional dinners apart. Go to that nice quiet restaurant you've been longing to try, and give them $7 to $10 each to go check out the local pizza, etc., setting a rendezvous time for everybody.
  • Make them your trip chronicler/photographer/navigator. They will enjoy the responsibility and hopefully will produce a wonderful album immortalizing your family vacation.
  • Enjoy! The teen years go very fast. Pretty soon they may not want to vacation with you. So minimize the little irritations and maximize the pleasure for everybody. 
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This summer, I have tackled a big hurtle any family-oriented traveler must face: how to choose a kid friendly vacation that is fun, relaxing, and memorable not only for your kids, but for yourself as well. I was lucky enough to get the chance to take a cruise around the Galapagos this summer with my teenage daughter, which was the trip of a lifetime for us both. We traveled aboard the Good Ship Eric, which is an Ecoventura cruise ship, and spent a week island hopping to my hearts content.

The crew aboard the Eric was wonderful, and even gave some advice about family travel! Our guides mentioned that keeping in mind the age-appropriateness of your destination is important, and I completely agree. A trip to the Galapagos - where the complexities of evolution and nature can be puzzling even for adults - might go above younger kids' heads.

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