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We Are Summer

It’s prime time for travel, especially for families with kids who are on summer break from school. The sun, the beach, the pleasant evenings — there’s nothing better. Experience amazing destinations that offer thrills, grills, surf and sand all summer long.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

"El Arco" -- @lilych19 960 1280

  

Lagos, Portugal

Lagos, Portugal

"I just want to go back #lagos #beach #portugal" -- @berger_king3 960 1280

  

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

"Beach life. dromana/gunnamatta/safetybeach/mccrae" -- @_factorygirl 960 1280

  

St. John, US Virgin Islands

St. John, US Virgin Islands

"#ww #receptionsite #stjohn #destinationwedding #islandstyleweddings" -- @islandstyleweddings 960 1280

  

Miami Beach, Miami, FL

Miami Beach, Miami, FL

"#sitetours #gimmethatcookie #hilton #sunnyisles #miami #hotels #workflow" -- @j_wusinich 960 1280

  

Tybee Island, GA

Tybee Island, GA

"Bird watching #tybeeisland #tybeesunset #visitsavannah #savannahbeach #savannahgeorgia #exploregeorgia #georgiaonmymind #cocos #backriver #eastcoast #pelicans #birds #boats #dusk #ilovetybee #tybeelove #lwynnephoto" -- @lwynne 960 1280

  

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

"#beachgang #sunset #nopantsdance" -- @eatthespider 960 1280

  

Menorca, Balearic Islands

Menorca, Balearic Islands

"how i missed you Menorca! #beach #sun #paradise #picoftheday #travels #blue #holidays #menorca" -- @lipstickvoice 960 1280

  

The Maldives

The Maldives

"Maldives 2012." -- @mbeatrizleitao 960 1280

  

Big Sur, CA

Big Sur, CA

"Bixby Bridge #california #highwayon" -- @fredrikafrojdh 960 1280

  

Waikiki, Honolulu, Oahu, HI

Waikiki, Honolulu, Oahu, HI

"Waikiki beach helicopter ride #travel #beach #view #paradise" -- @hale_nani_villa 960 1280

  

Baker Beach, San Francisco, CA

Baker Beach, San Francisco, CA

"#bakerbeach #sanfrancisco #beach #goldengatebridge #bridge #twilight #clouds #cloudporn #reflection #nature #landscape #california" -- @bobaumgartner 960 1280

  

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Australia

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Australia

"Enjoying the #naturalbeauty of #whitehavenbeach on our #whitsundaycruise #lovethewhitsundays #whitsundayisland #sand #sea #sun #seeaustralia #thisisqueensland" -- @thelittlejess 960 1280

  

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

"Cabo San Lucas Mexico" -- @ccnashphotography 960 1280

  

Big Sur, CA

Big Sur, CA

"The Big Sur in Cali on a road trip down the PCH in 2012. #BigSur #California #travel" -- @jtrovato_ontheroad 960 1280

  

Lanikai Beach, Oahu, HI

Lanikai Beach, Oahu, HI

"My beautiful mother in a moment of zen. Happy Birthday little flower. Xo" -- @marinaleclair 960 1280

  

Oahu, HI

Oahu, HI

"Last night was one of the hardest nights I've had in a long time emotionally ... Caring for a young 19 year old with cancer who's even more enthusiastic about life and it's endless possibilities than I am made me realized whatever my troubles are it's just a small hump in the road. This beautiful life shouldn't be wasted on being sad about something you cannot change but being happy and appreciative of what you've got and how you can use that to help others who are much less fortunate. That little boy gave me so much more than what I could have given him last night." -- @nhamaste 960 1280

  

Maui, HI

Maui, HI

"I miss Hawaii #ilovehawaii #islands #roadtohana #cliffjumping #ocean #water #blueskies #blue #memories #amazing #maui #hawaii #usa #waves #takemeback #beach #bikini #iphone5" -- @missamy6 960 1280

  

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

"A little slice of #heaven. #borabora" -- @tiffaneyw 960 1280

  

Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA

Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA

"Look right.." -- @pgsilver 960 1280

  

Laguna Beach, CA

Laguna Beach, CA

"Have been going to Laguna since I was a little kid and the views still amaze me. Always beautiful! #orangecounty #laguna #lagunabeach" -- @paulajohns 960 1280

  

Cornwall, UK

Cornwall, UK

"#cornwall #cornwalluk #cliffs #ilovecornwall #sea #surf #travel #coastalpath #beach #beauty #england #uk #europe #travel" -- @jamiemacm1978 960 1280

  

Saint Martin

Saint Martin

"One of my favorite beaches in the world. #mahobay #stmaarten Can't wait to discover Spain's Canary Islands this weekend! #tcbeachweek" -- @ericaconnolly91 960 1280

  

Dana Point, CA

Dana Point, CA

"Saturday swoop down the coast. Amazing!" -- @mydanapoint 960 1280

  

Nungwi, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Nungwi, Zanzibar, Tanzania

"My beautiful view poolside and ocean front at Essque Zalu Zanzibar." -- @hautetravelgirl 960 1280

  

Eden Rock, St. Barts

Eden Rock, St. Barts

"Just chilling at Eden Rock." -- @jbrochu 960 1280

  

Tobacco Bay, St. George, Bermuda

Tobacco Bay, St. George, Bermuda

"No filter needed #nofilter #tobaccobay #saintgeorges #ocean #sea #adventure #travel #trip #bermuda #beach" -- @petit_chat_photos 960 1280

  

Lagos, Portugal

Lagos, Portugal

"#Lagos #Portugal #beautiful #beach" -- @allicyn1 960 1280

  

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San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo

A cuddly polar beach takes the plunge at the San Diego Zoo.  More than 3,700 animals call the famed zoo in San Diego's Balboa Park their home.  With 99 acres as their lair, they've got plenty of terrain in which to spread out ... and splash. 960 1280

San Diego Zoo Global  

Wildwood Discovery Park

Wildwood Discovery Park

The long tufts on this furry cat’s ears are a definite standout at Wildwood Discovery Park. Located in northeast Kent, England, the 40-acre park is home to over 200 species of animals, including this captivating Eurasian lynx, indigenous to the British Isles. 960 1280

Wildwood Discovery Park  

London Zoo

London Zoo

Reach out and touch a penguin. In 2011, the London Zoo, known as “the world’s oldest zoo,” unveiled a penguin beach exhibit, topped by this large underwater pool. Now the zoo boasts a new title : Home of England’s biggest penguin pool. 960 1280

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Central Park Zoo

Central Park Zoo

These adorable snow leopards make their home at NYC’s Central Park Zoo. Only 6.5 acres, the zoo is small in size but big on star attractions: More than 150 species of wildlife from around the world can be found here, from mammals and birds, to reptiles and amphibians.    960 1280

Julie Larsen Maher (c) WCS  

Bronx Zoo

Bronx Zoo

While in New York, don’t forget the Bronx Zoo, either. Make sure to bring your walking shoes; the 265-acre zoo is the world’s largest metropolitan zoo, home to some 6,000 animals, representing 650 species.
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Julie Larsen Maher (c) WCS  

Melbourne Zoo

Melbourne Zoo

Head to the Land Down Under to catch a glimpse of this ring-tailed lemur. The Madagascar native, with a striking black-and-white tail, joins more than 5,120 animals who call the Melbourne Zoo home. Find the 55-acre wildlife wonderland in the center of Victoria’s capital city.  960 1280

Karen Rawady, Melbourne Zoo  

Zoo Berlin

Zoo Berlin

The Berlin Zoo is the oldest zoo in all of Germany. Opened in 1844, the grounds are home to an incredible collection of wildlife: 20,500 animals, representing 1,500 species, are housed here, making it the most comprehensive collection of wildlife in the world. Not surprisingly, the zoo is Europe’s most visited.  960 1280

Zoo Berlin  

Dallas Zoo

Dallas Zoo

What’s a penguin doing in Dallas? If he’s an African penguin, he won’t mind the weather. In all, the Dallas Zoo houses more than 2,000 animals, across 406 species. Find the zoo just 3 miles from downtown Dallas, and block of the day to explore its 106-acre grounds.  960 1280

  

Philadelphia Zoo

Philadelphia Zoo

City kids love the Philadelphia Zoo. The zoo -- the oldest in the United States -- boasts something sure to delight visitors old and young: a children’s zoo and family education center. Kids and adults alike can pet miniature horses, sheep and goats.   960 1280

Philadelphia Zoo  

Sao Paulo Zoo

Sao Paulo Zoo

When in Brazil, check out the country’s largest zoo. Located just south of Sao Paulo, the Sao Paulo Zoo spans 204 acres and is home to more than  3,200 animals. The zoo opened in June 1958; in the decades since, it’s focused on preserving Brazil’s endangered species, such as lion marmosets, Neotropical felines and miniature blue macaws.  960 1280

Deni Williams, flickr   

The Singapore Zoo

The Singapore Zoo

Join in the family fun and feed the elephants at the Singapore Zoo. Billed the “World’s Best Rainforest Zoo,” the grounds rest in a heavily forested nature reserve. Inside, visitors can see exhibits like "Elephants at Work and Play.” We’re betting snacks from visitors are part of the “play.” 960 1280

Wildlife Reserves Singapore  

Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo

Want to see the UK’s only giant pandas? Hop aboard for a tour at the Edinburgh Zoo. Opened in 1913, the zoo features many unique attractions. In addition to 2 pandas on loan from China, Scotland’s Edinburgh Zoo is the only zoo in Britain to house koalas. The zoo was also the first in the world to house and to breed penguins. Today, visitors can see Gentoo, rockhopper and king penguins. 960 1280

Edinburgh Blog, flickr  

St. Louis Zoo

St. Louis Zoo

Located in Forest Park, the St. Louis Zoo features animal attractions like Sea Lion Sound, the Insectarium, Big Cat Country and Bear Bluffs. See black rhinos and sun bears at River’s Edge; red pandas and gorillas in The Wild; meerkats and tree kangaroos at Discovery Corner; amphibians and reptiles at Historic Hill; or stingrays and sea lions at Lakeside Crossing. The Zooline Railroad, Children’s Zoo and “Ice Age: awn of the Dinosaurs” 4-D Motion Simulator are few other must-see attractions at this zoo located in St. Louis, MO. 960 1280

Saint Louis Zoo / Ray Meibaum  

Toronto Zoo

Toronto Zoo

Home to more than 5,000 animals representing over 450 species, the Toronto Zoo is the largest zoo in Canada. The 710-acre zoo is divided into 7 regions: Indo-Malaya, Africa, Americas, Tundra Trek, Australasia, Eurasia and the Canadian Domain. We recommend heading to the zoo’s Africa region to see hippopotamuses, hyenas, sable antelopes, olive baboons and the world’s largest indoor gorilla exhibit. 960 1280

Toronto Zoo  

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

Ranked “World’s #1 Zoo” in 2014 by TripAdvisor, Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium features the largest cat complex in North America; “Kingdoms of the Night,” the world’s largest nocturnal exhibit and indoor swamp; Lied Jungle, the world’s largest indoor rainforests; and the Desert Dome, the world’s largest indoor desert and world’s largest glazed geodesic dome (larger than Montreal’s Biosphere or Epcot’s Spaceship Earth). 960 1280

Mr. Nixter  

Beijing Zoo

Beijing Zoo

Located in China’s Xicheng District, the Beijing Zoois one of oldest zoos in China and it has one of the largest animal collections in the country, which includes the Giant Panda, golden-nosed monkey, South China Tiger, white-lipped deer and Tibetan gazelle. Home to 14,500 animals, the 220-acre zoo is a center for zoological research that studies and breeds rare animals from various continents. Visitors should also check out the zoo’s classical Chinese gardens with flower beds, stretches of meadows, small streams, rivers, lotus pools and pavilions. 960 1280

Reuters / Carlos Gutierrez  

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