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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Hiking in a Local Park

Hiking in a Local Park

There’s no better way to see America than through the eyes of our national and state parks. Even the youngest family members can set off on a family-friendly hike at a local park.
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Pumkpin Picking Perfection

Pumkpin Picking Perfection

You know fall is in full swing when Halloween season comes around. Head to a local pumpkin patch to pick out a winner, perfect for decorating and carving. 960 1280

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State Fairs and Amusement Parks

State Fairs and Amusement Parks

The season for state fairs continues well into fall. Grab the kids and head out to a fairground near you for family fun. You can also head to a nearby amusement park for one more spin on the Ferris wheel. 960 1280

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Museum Madness

Museum Madness

Check out family programs at local museums for a day of culture and fun. Cool exhibits expose kids to culture, art, history and science outside of the classroom. 960 1280

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Sports, Sports and More Sports

Sports, Sports and More Sports

As they say, "the family that plays together, stays together." Set up a day of family yard games or head to a local stadium to take in one of your hometown’s professional sports teams. 960 1280

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Apple Picking Adventure

Apple Picking Adventure

Bring the family together with an apple-picking excursion at a local orchard. Fill up a bushel of crunchy, ripe apples perfect for apple pie or homemade applesauce. 960 1280

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Animal Adventure at the Zoo

Animal Adventure at the Zoo

Head to the nearest zoo for an amazing animal adventure. An African safari may be out of the budget (and out of your zip code), but you can get close to extra-large animals at a local zoo. 960 1280

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Camping Under the Stars

Camping Under the Stars

Enjoy a night in the great outdoors, camping under the stars in your own backyard or a local park. But if you can’t escape the light pollution of the city, head to a local planetarium or observatory to get a glimpse at the universe. 960 1280

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Wet and Wild Water Play

Wet and Wild Water Play

Don’t pack away that swimsuit just yet, there is still more splashing and fun to be had. Visit an indoor water park or hotel pool for some wet and wild adventures. 960 1280

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Marriott's Aruba Surf Club

Marriott's Aruba Surf Club

There are few hotels this nice on Aruba, with immaculate rooms, a large beach with water sports and a modern fitness center. And the Surf Club has family-style figured out: ping pong tables by the pool, a Nintendo Wii lounge for teens and a Lazy River -- a long, slow-flowing pool that carries rafters from one side of the property to the other.

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Marriott International, Inc.  

Majestic Elegance Punta Cana

Majestic Elegance Punta Cana

Opened in late 2008, the 600-room Majestic is newer, cleaner, and more modern than most all-inclusives on the island. Its giant pool, soft-sand beach, great beds, nightly entertainment, and fun kids’ club make it a popular choice among families on spring break.

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Oyster  

Argonaut Hotel

Argonaut Hotel

This nautical-themed hotel is whimsical yet elegant, with well-kept guest rooms, a restaurant that serves delicious fare and a free nightly wine reception. The hotel sits along Fisherman's Wharf, the city's family-friendly stretch of waterfront with a trolley-car terminus, the ferry to Alcatraz and plenty of shops and restaurants.

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Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group  

Atlantis Paradise Island Resort

Atlantis Paradise Island Resort

Brimming with activities for kids and teens, Atlantis is a true Caribbean playground. The resort has 11 spectacular pools (including several kids' pools), a 141-acre water park, a speedway for racing remote-control cars, a rock-climbing wall and a marine habitat with sharks, stingrays and dolphins -- and that's just the beginning.

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Atlantis, Kerzner  

Dreams Punta Cana Resort

Dreams Punta Cana Resort

A megaresort with uniquely attentive service, Dreams Punta Cana will appeal to kids and adults alike: The Explorers' club offers a full schedule of activities for young children (like nature tours), and teens will love organized sporting events and the teen disco at night. A huge pool and a name-brand liquor for adults' is a really great deal.

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AM Resorts  

Hilton Hawaiian Village

Hilton Hawaiian Village

The largest resort in Hawaii, the amenity-packed Hilton Hawaiian Village has more to offer families than any other property in Hawaii: 5 pools; tons of animals on the grounds, including parrots and penguins; and calm, coral-reef-protected waters at the beach. Thanks to the Penguin Club, which plans field trips and activities for kids, you can relax sans kiddies.

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Hilton Worldwide  

Hotel Casa Del Mar

Hotel Casa Del Mar

One of Los Angeles' only hotels directly on the sand, the beautiful Casa del Mar is home to spacious, luxurious guest rooms, a classy pool overlooking the ocean and an excellent spa, gym, and seafood restaurant. If that isn't enough, the amusement-filled Santa Monica pier is just a 15-minute walk away, and a 22-mile bike path passes by the hotel.

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The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd.  

Loews Miami Beach Hotel

Loews Miami Beach Hotel

In a central part of South Beach and directly on the beach, the extravagant Loews boasts one of the area's biggest, best pools and a popular sushi spot as well as six other restaurants and lounges. Families will love it here: Enthusiastic counselors host beach tours and Nintendo Wii competitions at the Kids Camp, the Toy Library loans out beach shovels, and the hotel can even send DVDs and PlayStation games up to your room.

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Lowes Hotels Resorts  

Rose Hall Resort and Spa

Rose Hall Resort and Spa

One of Jamaica's best hotels, Rose Hall's modern features, professional service and huge on-site water park make this relaxed, beachside golf resort popular with families. The waterslides, waterfalls and swinging bridges of the Sugar Mill Falls water park are bound to be a hit with the kids, but a high-tech gym, a quality spa and 6 tennis courts make Rose Hall popular with parents, too.

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Hilton Worldwide  

Trump International Beach Resort

Trump International Beach Resort

The centerpiece of this beachside hotel may be its grotto-style pool, but the accommodating, genuine service truly adds to a stay here. And families will feel right at home: The large, family-size rooms all have kitchenettes, and many suites also include washer/dryers. Plus, unlike at other Miami hotels, the Kids Club at the Trump is free. Fees apply for meals and some art projects.

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Trump International Beach Resort  

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

Amazon.com  

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

Cocoonbags.com  

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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