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Old 02-13-2013, 09:39 PM   #16
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rockchick - it's funny you say atlantis, bahamas...dh just mentioned that he would like to go there so I will have to look into that.
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:00 PM   #17
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My kids used to love the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area. They enjoyed Dollywood but really liked the caves in Chattanooga and the Lost Sea.
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:41 AM   #18
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There are literally thousands of places to go that aren't WDW.
this is true....wdw is a (lovely) theme park,there's an entire world out there to visit.....
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:11 AM   #19
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We went to Williamsburg last summer and had a great vacation with our kids (then ages 7 and 1). We rented a timeshare unit so had a kitchen and separate bedrooms. Busch Gardens was great, and we also went to Water Country. DD is a huge history buff and really enjoyed Colonial Williamsburg. We also stopped at Mount Vernon on our way down to VA, and we all liked that.

Have you thought about Boston? I'm biased because I live here, but there is lots for families to do in the area. There's the whole Freedom Trail, the Aquarium, and the Children's Museum. Within driving distance are the beaches of Cape Cod as well as Cape Ann. Newport and the mansions also make a good day trip while you're in the area.

We've also had many, many great trips to Amish Country in Pennsylvania. Love the farms, buggy rides, Strasburg Railroad, etc. Great amusement parks nearby, too (Hershey, Dutch Wonderland, Knoebels). Also, Gettysburg is close for a dose of history and the chance to tour Pres Eisenhower's house. Philadelphia is an hour or so away, with Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and Betsy Ross's house. There's major league baseball with the Phillies in Philadelphia, as well as the Lancaster Barnstormers minor league team right in Lancaster. A fun family night.

Over spring break, we're going to the Berkshires in western Massachusetts. Cute villages, museums, nature walks. Striking distance to Cooperstown and FDR's house in Hyde Park, NY for day trips.

DD8 is clamoring to go Washington, DC. I think she'd love it but our 2yo isn't ready, so we're going to save that one for a couple of years.

This summer we'll be traveling to Prince Edward Island and renting a cottage. On the drive up, we'll stop at the Bay of Fundy for a couple of days to walk on the ocean floor, and then the rest of the trip will be spent enjoying the beaches, lighthouses, fresh seafood, and the land of Anne of Green Gables. On the way back we may stop at Campobello to tour FDR's summer home (I have a thing for presidential houses).

Have a great trip! When I'm planning, I always try to remind myself that the goal is to come up with 10 pleasant days. They don't need to be full or exciting; we just need to have time together that everyone can enjoy.

Editing to add: We've also done the all inclusive thing in Punta Cana a couple of times and the kids have had a blast! We didn't even bother with excursions; there was tons to do at the resorts and we loved just hanging out together on the beach making sand castles and swimming in the beautiful, clear, warm water.

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Your question is so open ended that it's pretty hard to answer. However, if you are interested in the east coast, I suggest considering Boston. Tons of fun things to do for all ages and it's easy to get around using the T (subway system).
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:59 AM   #21
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we are trying to decide our vacation as well....hard to choose!
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:21 PM   #22
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Philadelphia PA - the Franklin Institute
another vote for Boston
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another vote for Williamsburg VA
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Saudi Arabia has some beautiful ancient ruins if you're family enjoys historical buildings


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Old 02-15-2013, 07:33 PM   #24
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Hmmmm, might want to check the state department website before traveling out of country.

Would love to see the pyramids in Egypt but not wanting to get killed is more important to me.
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:10 PM   #25
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trinchick- what timeshare did you rent from? I''m thinking Williamsburg area is where we may end up going if we don't go back to WDW.
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:30 PM   #26
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We spent a few days in Chattanooga last year and enjoyed it. The aquarium there was fantastic! My kids also enjoyed the children's museum. We did Rock City, Ruby Falls and the Incline Railway, too. I'm sure we could have spent more time in the area, but had tacked the trip onto a visit to my in-laws, so we worked with what we had.
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We like the Florida Keys We rent a house (from VRBO) on Big Pine Key and then just have short drives to Key West, Sombrero Beach, Dolphin Center, etc. Great deep sea fishing, sea food eating, nature, cute shops...all and all a great time!
I like the island feel without actually leaving the US. Plus I am not a big city person so I enjoy that everything is really small and easy to navigate (Key West being a bit more difficult).
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:27 PM   #28
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trinchick- what timeshare did you rent from? I''m thinking Williamsburg area is where we may end up going if we don't go back to WDW.
If you go with Williamsburg and want to take a 60-90 minute drive depending on destination and traffic:

Virginia Beach Happenings

Norfolk Happenings

Virginia Zoo in Norfolk

Children's Museum of Virginia in Portsmouth

Norfolk Tides Baseball

Virginia Aquarium in Virginia Beach
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If you go with Williamsburg and want to take a 60-90 minute drive depending on destination and traffic:

Virginia Beach Happenings

Norfolk Happenings

Virginia Zoo in Norfolk

Children's Museum of Virginia in Portsmouth

Norfolk Tides Baseball
There is also a science museum in VA Beach that my kids love. There are big aquarium exhibits, a touch tank, nature walk, etc.
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We love Williamsburg. When our kids were younger, we'd do the history part for the first few days and then we'd go to Busch Gardens which is a beautiful theme park for a day. Then we'd take them to the water park. After Williamsburg, we'd go to Washington DC and tour the museums, Ford's Theater, etc. One of their favorites was the Spy Museum.
We've been 3 or 4 times and could go back every year.
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