Babies Around the World

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Maine

Maine

The coast of Maine was one of your favorite summer spots. Reader Kim Bernard said the things she loves about Pemaquid Point, Maine were "camping and falling asleep to the sound of the waves, eating lobster at Shaw's and hanging out at the beach or the lighthouse during the day. Heaven...." 960 1280

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Hawaii

Hawaii

Hawaii was another one of your top summer destinations. Reader Keschan Taylor described her favorite Hawaii haunt, Oahu: "it's like stepping in to a different culture every time you step out the door." 960 1280

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Disneyworld

Disneyworld

The happiest place on Earth, Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida, was another top pick. 960 1280

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Riviera Maya

Riviera Maya

You also loved the Riviera Maya, home to some of the most beautiful resorts on the Caribbean coast of Mexico. 960 1280

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Destin, Florida

Destin, Florida

One of your favorite spots has bounced back from tragedy: About a year after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico left the beaches of Destin, Florida, deserted, the area has seen a return of vacationgoers. 960 1280

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Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is home to both beautiful beaches and stellar golf resorts, like Punta Cana (pictured). 960 1280

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Key West

Key West

The southernmost point in the continental US, Key West was another one of your favorites. Here, wreck divers visit the Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. 960 1280

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San Diego

San Diego

Whether you're visiting the famous zoo or looking for year-round balmy weather, San Diego is the perfect summer getaway. 960 1280

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Alaska

Alaska

Many of you prefer to spend your summers in the misty cool and spectacular landscapes of Alaska. 960 1280

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Colorado Rockies

Colorado Rockies

Many others love to spend summers in the Colorado Rockies. Reader Dale Underwood Bremner's favorite activities include "fly fishing for trout on the Frying Pan River, hiking to the Maroon Bells, horseback riding through beautiful meadows and a jeep ride to Marble to see a rock quarry. Just add gorgeous scenery and enjoy your summer." 960 1280

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Ireland

Ireland

The Emerald Isle is a great choice for a summer getaway for those who'd like to travel to near (but foreign) shores. Pictured here, people make their way across one of the bridges over the famous river Liffey in Dublin. 960 1280

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

What keeps you going back to Yellowstone National Park, summer after summer? According to reader Lori J. Thorne, it's the "Gorgeous scenery and gorgeous wild animals!" 960 1280

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Outer Banks

Outer Banks

The Outer Banks in North Carolina are the perfect location for a family beach getaway. Surfboard not included. 960 1280

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Chicago

Chicago

For a great city trip, what about Chicago? Reader April Wright is a fan. "Wrigley Field, Taste of Chicago, a helicopter tour of downtown, a cruise on the lake and fireworks at the Navy Pier... Chicago seems to have it all," she said. 960 1280

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Goliath (Six Flags Great America - Gurnee, IL)

Goliath (Six Flags Great America - Gurnee, IL)

Following up Silver Dollar City's opening of Outlaw Run in 2013, Rocky Mountain Construction is building yet another world record-breaking, wooden roller coaster for Six Flags Great America. Goliath will be the world’s fastest, tallest and steepest wooden roller coaster, plunging 180 feet at 85 degrees and traveling at 72 mph. 960 1280

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Banshee (Kings Island - Mason, OH)

Banshee (Kings Island - Mason, OH)

At just over 4,124 feet long, Banshee will be the world’s longest inverted roller coaster. Riders will hit 7 inversions, where the track will turn adrenaline junkies upside-down and then right-side up. This ride will reach top speeds of 68 mph. 960 1280

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Helix (Gothenburg, Sweden)

Helix (Gothenburg, Sweden)

Right in the heart of Gothenburg, Sweden, Liseberg amusement park will open the multi-launched roller coaster Helix in 2014. Riders will travel more than 4,530 feet of track and 7 different inversions. Mack Rides developed this coaster and built Blue Fire, featured on Insane Coaster Wars Season 2. 960 1280

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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (Magic Kingdom - Orlando, FL)

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (Magic Kingdom - Orlando, FL)

A new breed of family thrills opens at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in 2014. The masterminds behind this homage to the 1937 flick Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will offer a new element never before seen at any Disney park. The mine cars on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will swing and rock back and forth as the cars navigate the track to simulate being in a real mine shaft. 960 1280

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Kentucky Kingdom Reopening (Louisville, KY)

Kentucky Kingdom Reopening (Louisville, KY)

After several attempts to revive Louisville's Kentucky Kingdom, Ed Hart, the former operator of the amusement park, and a group of investors will reopen Kentucky Kingdom in 2014. A $7 million steel roller coaster and expanded Hurricane Bay waterpark will be added to the remodeled tourist attraction. 960 1280

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Falcon's Fury (Busch Gardens - Tampa Bay, FL)

Falcon's Fury (Busch Gardens - Tampa Bay, FL)

It might just be the most terrifying drop tower ever created! Falcon’s Fury will lift riders 300 feet into the air, tilt them 90 degrees, and give them a clear view of the ground before dropping them at 60 mph. This ride is going to be absolutely insane! 960 1280

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FireChaser Express (Dollywood - Pigeon Forge, TN)

FireChaser Express (Dollywood - Pigeon Forge, TN)

Dollywood’s tagline for this family-friendly coaster is "Heroes come in all sizes!” FireChaser Express climbs nearly 80 feet and launches riders back and forth. With a height restriction of 39 inches, this thrill ride is where the entire family can scream together. 960 1280

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Medusa Steel Coaster (Six Flags - Mexico City)

Medusa Steel Coaster (Six Flags - Mexico City)

With the success of Iron Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in 2013, Rocky Mountain Construction will work its magic again, transforming the wooden coaster Medusa at Six Flags Mexico. The remodeled coaster, Medusa Steel Coaster, will be one of the tallest, fastest hybrid roller coasters in the world, showcasing elements like an inverted first drop -- a feature never seen on any hybrid coaster. 960 1280

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Ratatouille (Disneyland Paris)

Ratatouille (Disneyland Paris)

Like Pooh's Hunny Hunt at Tokyo Disneyland and Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland, Ratatouille is a newer breed of ride, using modern trackless vehicle technology. You won't see any track on the ground, and the maneuvers this ride is capable of doing are unbelievable! If this attraction turns out anything like “Pooh” or “Manor,” Disneyland Paris Resort will have its own popular ride for Disney fans! 960 1280

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Flug der Dämonen (Heide Park - Soltau, Germany)

Flug der Dämonen (Heide Park - Soltau, Germany)

This new coaster is sure to become one of Europe's best steel coasters in 2014. Built in the Transsilvanien-themed section of Heide Park, Flug der Dämonen is expected to be one of the most impressive wing coasters built to date. Similar to X-Flight featured on Insane Coaster Wars Season 2, the ride has passengers sit on the outside of the track, while the train barrels through some impressive twists and turns. 960 1280

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Universal Studios - Osaka, Japan)

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Universal Studios - Osaka, Japan)

Universal is keeping the details about this amusement park attraction quiet, but rumors are that a new theme park will open in Japan similar to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure in Orlando, including Hogwarts Castle and the Forbidden Journey. 960 1280

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley (Universal Studios - Orlando)

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley (Universal Studios - Orlando)

In what could be the most expansive theme park attraction ever, the new Harry Potter expansion will link Hogwarts at Islands of Adventure to Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida via the Hogwarts Express. The new development will feature an attraction with a Gringotts Bank theme, accompanied by new shops, restaurants and nearly everything any Harry Potter fan would want in a multi-destination theme park experience. 960 1280

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Zumanjaro - Drop of Doom (Six Flags Great Adventure - Jackson, NJ)

Zumanjaro - Drop of Doom (Six Flags Great Adventure - Jackson, NJ)

Don’t hop on this ride if you have a weak stomach. When Zumanjaro opens this year, it will be the world's tallest drop tower at a record-breaking 415 feet. Built on the side of the world's tallest roller coaster, Kingda Ka, this new ride has riders pause at the top for a few seconds before plummeting to the ground at 90 mph. 960 1280

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Cinecitta World (Rome)

Cinecitta World (Rome)

A fascinating new $700 million theme park is rising just outside of Rome. Cinecitta World will be a beautifully detailed park featuring roller coasters, thrill rides, family rides and movie sets based on the 3,000 movies and television shows that have been produced by Italy's Cinecitta Studios to date. 960 1280

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Even the youngest family members can set off on a family-friendly hike at a local park. 960 1280

  

Fill up a bushel of crunchy, ripe apples perfect for apple pie or homemade applesauce. 960 1280

  

Pick the best pumpkin in the patch for decorating and pumpkin-carving. 960 1280

  

State fairs continue on into the fall. You can also head to a local amusement park for one more spin on the Ferris wheel. 960 1280

  

Check out family programs at local museums for a day of culture and fun. 960 1280

  

Cool museum exhibits expose kids to culture, art, history and science outside of the classroom. 960 1280

  

Head to the nearest zoo for an animal adventure in the great outdoors. 960 1280

  

An African safari may be out of the budget, but you can get close to extra-large animals at a local zoo. 960 1280

  

Don't pack away that swimsuit yet. Visit an indoor water park or hotel pool for wet and wild fun. 960 1280

  


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