Where are some cool places you've visited with your kids?

Katherine - posted on 07/05/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Just up north to Oscoda, but it's beautiful up there!

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Minna - posted on 07/17/2012

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We've done beaches, cross country road trips, national parks etc. but our favorite was Holiday World in Santa Clause, Indiana

. It's great for younger kids,and I love it too! I'd recommend it for families with kids 3-16 years old [although some of the bigger kids may want more coasters-they have 3 world- class wooden ones and an awesome water park.]. Clean, laid back and super friendly, they have free pop/water stations and free sunscreen. Lines are quite short [except for some water rides] and there's no aggressive merchandising like at Disney. There's some easy cheap games for the little ones to win and the food is not too expensive .

The concept is hokey , but strangely charming.

September - posted on 07/10/2012

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Our son's first vacation was to Florida to visit family when he was 1, we had a blast! We did tons of fun stuff. We went to Wakulla Springs, which is one of my most favorite places and went on the jungle cruise, we went to the beach, and we went out on the river fishing with my Dad and ate lots of wonderful southern food. We've also been to Oregon several times and stayed at my Grandparents condo at the Inn of the Seventh Mountain and explored Mt. Bachelor, always a blast as well. We also explore Washington a lot, which is where we live. We've done lots of overnights at cabins, hotels and also camp a lot during the summer. We plan to go back to Florida again this fall and will visit Disney World. I'm really looking forward to that!

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Yellowstone! We just got back. Nothing like being right in the middle of a herd of Bison. Thankfully in a car. My 2.5 daughter was squealing with joy at all of the animals. She was afraid of the geysers and pools though.

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Oh, how could I forget Mackinac Island! That's not too far for you Katherine, I'm sure you've been there too. We stayed at the Grand Hotel the first time, but I've since learned it is MUCH less expensive, and just as fun and convenient, to stay in Mackinac City and take the ferry across to the island. We did a Carriage Tour, rented bikes to ride out to Arch Rock, and just strolled the streets. The Butterfly thing was really cool, and J got a kick out of the

We didn't visit, but there is also a water park in Mackinac City. We did visit the shipwreck museum about an hour out from Mackinac City. J was 6 at the time, and he really liked that too.

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Mammoth Caves in KY was awesome for J (at 7 years old). We camped and did several of the guided tours--be careful though, the cost of tours add up fast, most are $20/person, but they are WELL worth it! Also, there are very few restaurants to pick from--2 at the park, and a few fast food joints about 20 minutes away--I recommend bringing a grill and some steaks, burgers, etc. This location is also best suited for a Fall or Spring weekend, as there is no pool or stream to cool off in, and the cave is 58F at all times, so if you go mid summer when temps are in the upper 90's, you will freeze in the cave or overheat when you come out.

Chattanooga is fun too--we toured Rock City, Ruby Falls, rode the Incline Railroad, and explored Raccoon Caverns. We also went Ziplining and Whitewater rafting about an hour outside Chattanooga, which cut up the drive a little. Again, we camped, but downtown Chattanooga (about 10 minutes from camp) had a variety of food and cute shops as well. Our campsite also had a pool and a jump pillow for J to burn some energy while we relaxed with a bottle of white.

My FAVORITE place so far was Great Wolf Lodge. I have never had an easier vacation. Once we got there, we never left the hotel. No need to lug out big bags of towels, sunscreen (unless you use the outdoor park), toys, etc--everything is there! The one near us also has 4 good places to eat, and the spa was better than I expected. They have a nightly free story time and tons of other activities.

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