Ultimate Family Travel

Pack up the family because Travel Channel is counting down the best family adventures, from a $100 tangle with alligators to a $57,000 Titanic voyage.



As the temperature rises in the Caribbean during the summer, airfare and hotel rates to places like St. John drop. 960 1280


Between May and December, Maho Bay Camps on St. John is a bargain for families. 960 1280


The beauty of a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, vacation: a week at a budget-friendly hotel for under $1,000. 960 1280


Family deals at the Myrtle Beach Sea Mist include admission to the resort's own water park. 960 1280


In the afternoon at Medomak Camp in Rockland, Maine, everyone heads to the lake. 960 1280


Swimming, sculling, sailing and, of course, kayaking are among the most popular activities at Medomak Camp. 960 1280


The Ace Adventure Center in Oak Hill, West Virginia boasts a prime location on the New River Gorge National River. 960 1280


At the Ace, you can carve some family-bonding time into the summer with wild outdoor adventures for one set price. 960 1280


Shake up your summer routine with an urban getaway to Boston. 960 1280


With no slush and snow underfoot, it's a great time for a stroll along Boston's Freedom Trail. 960 1280


A member of Brazil's Xikrin nation holds his adorable baby during the Indigenous Nations' Games in Pagagominas, Brazil. Some 600 Brazilian Indians from 29 ethnic groups will compete in sporting events including tug-of-war, spear-throwing, blowgun and soccer. 960 1280


A baby sits in a basket while her mother buys tickets at a bus station in the Sichuan Province of Chengdu, China. During the traffic peak of the Chinese Lunar New Year, millions of migrant workers and students return to their hometowns. Chinese travelers will make an unprecedented 1.97 billion journeys by bus, train, plane or ship during the busy traffic period. 960 1280

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Sometimes travel can be a bit overwhelming, even for the youngest of humans. 960 1280

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Bhutanese voters stand in a queue to cast their ballot outside a polling station in Thimpu. These were the first parliamentary elections ever held in the isolated Himalayan kingdom's history. 960 1280

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A child dressed in a carnival costume stands in a pram decorated as a basket during a special Pram Parade in the centre of Kiev. Up to 20 families with their children took part in the event. 960 1280

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One-year-old Ren Yaoyao plays at an ancient gate inside the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China. The Temple of Heaven is a popular recreational spot among locals and a favorite destination among tourists in China's capital. 960 1280

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A youngster arrives at the Emirates Airlines check-in area for first and business class passengers. 960 1280

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A woman carries a child as she walks along the main road to Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. 960 1280


A boy eats ice cream on a 32-degree Celsius day on the first weekend of the summer school holidays in Kriens, Switzerland. 960 1280

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Three-month-old Kiyomi Happe sits on top of a leaf of the Victoria Amazonica at the Rotterdam Blijdorp Zoo. Children could be photographed on top of the leaf, under the condition that they do not weigh more than 33 lbs. The Victoria Amazonica blossoms over 2 nights producing flowers that are white on the first night and then turn pinkish-red by the second night. Its leaf could have a diameter of up to 2 1/2 meters. 960 1280

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A Bolivian woman and her child stand with other presidential supporters in La Paz, Bolivia. Judging from the big yawn, they've been standing awhile. 960 1280

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A mother carries her baby to board a train at the Wuchang Railway Station in Wuhan of Hubei Province, China. 960 1280

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All aboard! Something outside of their train window has certainly caught the attention of this father and son. 960 1280


With the best seat in the house, this little guy awaits the appearance of Pope Benedict XVI to celebrate Mass at Yankee Stadium in New York. 960 1280

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A local woman rides her bike with her child in a basket around the Wetland area in Dongtan. Dongtan Eco City is planned to be built on Chong Ming Island southeast of Shanghai. 960 1280

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Travel around the world without leaving Orlando in EPCOT Center's World Showcase. You can also take a ride through the future as imagined decades ago in the famous golf-ball shaped dome, Spaceship Earth. 960 1280

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Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom

The purported happiest place on Earth, Disney's Magic Kingdom is sure to entertain the kids - whether with one of their parades or classic rides like Space Mountain. 960 1280

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Holy Land Experience

Holy Land Experience

Orlando's Holy Land Experience is surely a unique Florida attraction: visitors can have the Last Supper with Jesus and disciples (actors, of course). 960 1280

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Universal Studios Orlando

Universal Studios Orlando

Universal Studios Orlando, next door to its roller-coaster-laden cousin, Islands of Adventure, is a must for movie fans. Where else can you experience an attack from Jaws, save New York from aliens along with the Men in Black, or hang out with Beetlejuice? 960 1280

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Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom features more than 500 acres of grounds where animals can roam freely. Guests can roam in open safari vehicles, watching out for giraffes, hippos, lions, and more. 960 1280

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Islands of Adventure

Islands of Adventure

Universal's Islands of Adventure is the go-to place for those with a need for speed. Thrill seekers will especially enjoy Dr. Doom's Fearfall and the Incredible Hulk Coaster. 960 1280

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Of course, the newest and most popular attraction at Universal's Islands of Adventure is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Fans will be treated to plenty of performances, a dragon-themed roller coaster, and even (non-alcoholic) butterbeer. 960 1280

Universal Orlando Resort  

Silver Springs

Silver Springs

The glass bottom boats at Silver Springs allow you to get up close and personal with local wildlife, like alligators, turtles, and if you're lucky, a manatee or two. 960 1280

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See all your favorite aquatic animals in one place ' SeaWorld Orlando. See interactive shows with killer whales and experience thrilling roller coasters and water rides. 960 1280


Located in Orlando and partnered with SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive getaway where visitors get up-close and personal with the park's animals. Take a day or 2 to swim with dolphins, experience an underwater tropical reef and visit Explorer's Aviary to see and hear tropical birds from all over the world. 960 1280

Discovery Cove  

Spend the day at one of the biggest water parks in Florida. Wet `n' Wild has over 30 acres of slides, flumes, surfing and more. Founded by Sea World creator George Millay in 1977, the park was honored by Aquatics International as being the first true water park in America. 960 1280

Wet 'n' Wild  

Also in Daytona, NASCAR fans can enjoy the Daytona International Speedway All Access Tour. Here, fans photograph the 2010 Daytona 500 winning car. 960 1280

Daytona International Speedway  

About a 2-hour drive from downtown Orlando, Tampa Bay is home to Bush Gardens. Featured here is SheiKra, a roller coaster with "floorless" cars giving the riders a unique view at 70 mph. 960 1280

Busch Gardens  

A boy plays in the fountain in the Rocket Garden at the John F. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, just outside of Cape Canaveral, FL. Visitors can stand under the massive rockets that first put NASA astronauts into space and much more. If you spend an entire day at the Kennedy Space Center and there happens to be a night launch, stick around ' it's a must-see. 960 1280

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Florida's Everglades are known to many as the place to see alligators and ride airboats. This National Park is home to thousands of species of birds, reptiles, mammals and, best of all, beautiful Florida sunsets. 960 1280


The southern-most tip of the US main land, the Florida Keys are known for beautiful beaches, boating, fishing, Key Lime Pie and Margaritaville. The Keys were also the onetime home to Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemmingway. Pictured here is Mallory Square, the center of Key West's historic waterfront. 960 1280


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