There’s so much to do at Walt Disney World that you can’t do it all in one day. But you can make the most of your time by scheduling FastPass+ tickets for popular attractions to skip the long lines. Any guest with a park ticket can reserve free passes online or inside the park at FastPass+ kiosks. And if you book early enough, you can even select specific times you’d like to go to each ride. Your passes are loaded on a MagicBand so if you don't have one, the free ticket bracelet can be mailed to you before your trip. Insider Tip: You only get three passes a day but you can book a bonus pass with the free My Disney Experience app. Use our recommendations for each park and save precious park time with your family.
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A favorite beach for many on Oahu, Kailua Beach Park boasts turquoise blue waters, plenty of free parking and lots of family-friendly water activities, like kayaking and boogie boarding. Kids will love watching the kite surfers, maybe even more than a trip to Island Snow for shave ice. Kalapawai Market is located at the park entrance, so pick up some deli sandwiches for an afternoon picnic on the beach.
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Most New Englanders who summer on Cape Cod frequent the wave-ridden ocean-side beaches that line Cape Cod National Seashore. For a quieter experience, however, take the family to the calmer beaches along Cape Cod Bay, and be sure to bring a trowel to dig for crabs that burrow in the sand. Some of the least populous beaches on the east side of the "elbow" are in and around Eastham; First Encounter Beach, for instance, is popular among locals. Though the crabs that can be found here (they're called rock, or peekytoe, crabs) aren't necessarily meaty, kids and grownups alike love the process of looking for breathing holes and digging for treasure.
Life abounds in the pools left behind by the retreating tides at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in Moss Beach, CA. Here, in the cracks and crevasses of the rocky shore, beachcombers can find everything from colorful sea anemones to skittish hermit crabs, prickly sea urchins and tiny shrimp. On certain days, the area also is climbing with California sea lions, many of which bob their heads above the water's surface like periscopes. Families can explore the tidepools independently, or they can take a guided interpretive hike led by local rangers and docents. While the area has tidal pools year-round, the pools are most accessible on days with the lowest tides of the year.
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Parents of young children (6 and under) often complain that family programs are too sophisticated for their tots. At Yosemite, however, the "Wee Wild Ones" was designed with these toddlers in mind. In spring, the free, 45-minute program is held during the day in front of the great fireplace at the historic Ahwahnee Hotel. In summer, the program precedes evening events at Yosemite Lodge, the Falls Amphitheater and the Curry Village Amphitheater. Classes themselves include a lot of singing. Also on the agenda: reading books, playing games and making crafts--all of which pertains to animals native to the park (such as hawks, bears and big horn sheep). All participating children must be accompanied by an adult; no pre-registration is required.
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