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Top Summer Vacation Ideas


For most families, summer is the best chance to take an extended vacation with the kids. Here are fun summer getaways to consider:

1. Summer Vacation on the Cheap

Parents with daughter having fun on beach
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 Want to plan a budget-friendly summer vacation? Whether your family loves national parks or plush resorts, road trips or cruises, theme parks or quiet beaches—here are tried-and-tested tips for keeping costs down.

2. Best Beach Vacations in the Southeast

Island Outfitters

Looking for a place with sunshine, sand, and surf? These are some of the best beach getaways in the sunny Southeast.

3. America's Best All-Inclusive Resorts for Families

Tyler Place Family Resort
It's a myth that you need to go to the Caribbean or Mexico to find a fantastic all-inclusive resort. Click through this slideshow for wonderful, kid-friendly resorts right here in the US where taking advantage of all-inclusive pricing does not require a passport.

4. Coming Soon to Disney World

Walt Disney Company

At twice the size of Manhattan, Walt Disney World encompasses four theme parks, 24 resorts, two waterparks, five golf courses, as well as dining and entertainment galore. Best of all, there's always something new to look forward to.

5. National Park Vacations with Kids

National Park Service

Called "America's best idea" by the historian Wallace Stegner, our national park system offers families a wonderfully affordable way to visit our most cherished and beautiful landscapes, view wildlife in their natural habitat, learn about geological and cultural history, and appreciate the great outdoors

6. Coolest New Water Park Attractions of 2014


Just in time for summer vacation 2014, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), has released the latest new attractions—from entirely new water parks to one-of-a-kind water slides and interactive spray pads.

7. Best New Theme Park Attractions for Little Kids

Story Land

Adrenaline-pumping thrill rides may get all the buzz in the theme park biz, but there's also a lot of tamer fun to be had for families with little kids. The good news is that theme parks are launching a lot of fun new attractions for the younger set this summer.

8. The Best Cruise Lines for Families

Disney Fantasy cruise ship. Photo courtesy of Disney Cruise Line.
Photo courtesy of Disney Cruise Line.

These days, nearly every cruise line welcomes families and offers activity programming for children, yet only a select few truly go above and beyond to meet the needs of cruising families. To choose a cruise line that’s right for your family, realize that cruise lines have distinctive personalities, just like families—some are boisterous and loud, some active and sporty, others more elegant and reserved.

9. Top Vacations with Babies and Toddlers

Tyler Place Family Resort

Many hotels and resorts say they welcome babies and toddlers, but few truly give young families the support they need to relax on vacation. Here's the cream of the crop in vacation providers that get it right.

10. Best Family-Friendly Golf Resorts

Pinehurst Resort

The best family golf resorts don't just give lip service to being kid-friendly; they offer special kid tees, super instruction for junior golfers, and plenty of opportunities for families to play together.

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