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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Amazon Kindle 2011

Amazon Kindle 2011

At just $79, the fourth-generation Amazon Kindle is hands down the best inexpensive, easy-to-use ebook reader out there. 960 1280

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CPG10 Grid It! Organizer

CPG10 Grid It! Organizer

No more fishing for your phone at the bottom of your backpack or laptop bag -- this versatile organizer will keep you organized and all of your gadgets in place. 960 1280

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WD My Passport Essential

WD My Passport Essential

This best-selling hard drive is compact, sleek and works with both desktop and laptop computers on campus, at home or on the road. 960 1280

Western Digital  

Apple iPad 2012

Apple iPad 2012

It's not the cheapest on the market, but with a stunning new screen, a better camera, a host of educational apps, access to Apple's iTunes U and 4G wireless options, studying will never be the same. 960 1280

Apple  

Livescribe Echo Smartpen

Livescribe Echo Smartpen

A ballpoint pen that saves digital copies of your notes to your computer and captures meetings or lectures with a built-in microphone? It may finally be time to convert to this smartpen. 960 1280

Livescribe   

Orbicule Undercover

Orbicule Undercover

Stolen Mac? The thief doesn't stand a chance if you've installed Orbicule's Undercover. With this software, you can see who is using your Mac, what they're doing and help authorities locate it. 960 1280

Orbicule  

New Potato LiveRider

New Potato LiveRider

If you plan on biking to school or work this fall, the LiveRider is a must. The first on-board computer for cyclists that connects your bike to your iPhone or iPod Touch measures your speed and pedal cadence. Once you download the LiveRider app, iPhones with GPS can provide real-time location and tracking. 960 1280

New Potato Technologies  

Roku HD

Roku HD

Who needs cable if you have a Roku? For only $60, the box can stream Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, Pandora and more directly to your dorm room. 960 1280

Roku  

Logitech Harmony 650

Logitech Harmony 650

A $50 remote may not be high on your shopping list, but it’s worth it. With so much technology in dorm rooms these days, you can control up to 5 devices with just the touch of a button on this universal remote. 960 1280

Logitech  

Clocky Robot Alarm

Clocky Robot Alarm

Not a morning person? Constantly afraid you’ll sleep through an important meeting or test (thanks for nothing, roommate)? Then Clocky could be your savior. But be warned: If you hit the snooze button, it jumps off your night stand and rolls around beeping loudly until you get up and turn it off (take that, roommate). 960 1280

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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