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.

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EPCOT

EPCOT

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

SeaWorld  

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

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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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Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, VA

Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, VA

Soaring high on Apollo's Chariot at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA.
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Sea World Parks & Entertainment  

Six Flags Great America, Chicago, IL

Six Flags Great America, Chicago, IL

Passengers fly on Superman: Ultimate Flight at Six Flags Great America in Chicago, IL.
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Six Flags Great America & Hurricane Harbor  

Kings Island, Mason, OH

Kings Island, Mason, OH

Riders prepare to be flung about by The Diamondback at Kings Island in Ohio. 960 1280

Kings Island  

Dutch Wonderland, Lancaster, PA

Dutch Wonderland, Lancaster, PA

Kids enjoy the Leaping Frogs ride at Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, PA. 960 1280

Dutch Wonderland  

Hersheypark, Hershey, PA

Hersheypark, Hershey, PA

The Great Bear at Hersheypark in Pennsylvania whips riders upside down. 960 1280

courtesy Hersheypark  

Sesame Place, Langhorne, PA

Sesame Place, Langhorne, PA

Kids will enjoy meeting Elmo and other Sesame Street characters at Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA. 960 1280

Sea World Parks & Entertainment  

Cedar Point, Sandusky, OH

Cedar Point, Sandusky, OH

The Millennium Force celebrates its 10th birthday in 2010 at Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH.  960 1280

Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio  

Knoebels Amusement Park, Elysburg, PA

Knoebels Amusement Park, Elysburg, PA

The Looper at Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, PA, turns humans into hamsters. 960 1280

Knoebels Amusement Resort  

Knotts Berry Farm, Buena Park, CA

Knotts Berry Farm, Buena Park, CA

The Silver Bullet at Knotts Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA, churns stomachs. 960 1280

Knotts Berry Farm  

LEGOLAND, Carlsbad, CA

LEGOLAND, Carlsbad, CA

San Francisco, as reimagined in LEGO at LEGOLAND in Carlsbad, CA.
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LEGOLAND California Resort  

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