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Best Family Friendly Vacations - United States & Canada

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1Orlando, Florida
Orlando offers opportunities to ricochet through a thrilling itinerary of roller coasters, resorts, dinosaurs and Disney amusements. Fantastic family fun plus shows and rides galore come courtesy of Walt Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando and Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios.
2New York City, New York
New York's many zoos, museums and landmarks make the city a perfect destination for families of all ages. Explore Times Square or take the kids to FAO Schwarz, take a boat ride to the Statue of Liberty or an elevator to the top of the Empire State Building, eat lunch at Carnegie Deli or picnic in Central Park - the choices are endless.
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      New York City
      Though it is not the oldest city in America, no place has more history or culture than New York. One visit can't fit all the highlights: the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Central Park, Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, Natural History Museum and, of course, the moving site of Ground Zero.
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      New York City
      Perhaps the world's top shopping spot, the Big Apple hardly needs an introduction. Fifth Avenue. Madison Avenue. Soho. Times Square. The list of stellar shopping destinations and famous names is almost endless, so pack light and stock up on everything from electronics to vintage clothes while you're there.
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3Chicago, Illinois
One of the best places to go with family in tow, Chicago absolutely teems with attractions. Choose from the fun of touristy Navy Pier and photo ops at the mirrored Cloud Gate sculpture to riding a tandem along the hem of Lake Michigan, the (free) zoo or the wonderful Shedd Aquarium.
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      Chicago
      Amid downtown's gleaming skyscrapers lies Magnificent Mile, the Michigan Avenue strip that's long been Chicago's shopping heart, boasting swanky chain stores and the famous Water Tower Place. Further afield, the Bucktown, Lincoln Park and Wicker Park neighborhoods offer some extraordinary boutiques.
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4Anaheim, California
Anaheim is ideally situated to take advantage of all Orange County's adventures, whether you plan on delving into the delights of Disneyland or basking on the bountiful beaches. Biplanes and hot-air balloons soar over O.C.'s aquariums, museums and restaurants. A visit to Nixon's Birthplace adds another element to family vacations.
5San Diego, California
Beaches, fierce beasts and some serious splashes are just some of the sizzling hot family attractions in San Diego. The home of the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld and LEGOLAND California's slew of more than 50 rides, holidays in San Diego are always hot commodities.
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      San Diego
      Beaches and bays dot the coast of California's second-largest city. Top-rated, family-friendly Coronado Beach is set among turn-of-the-century mansions. Other gorgeous sandy spots include Blacks Beach, where sunbathers go au naturel, and La Jolla Shores, popular for snorkeling and kayaking.
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6Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
With its beautiful beaches and scores of golf courses, popular Myrtle Beach offers plenty of great outdoor activities.  And if the weather doesn't cooperate, there's a great hands-on children's museum, Alligator Adventure and outlet malls that are sure to please.
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      Myrtle Beach
      Myrtle Beach boasts some of the best beaches on America's East Coast, which are distinguished by panoramic views of the Atlantic, calm waters and soft white sand. Ideal for swimming and sunbathing, Myrtle Beach also offers plenty of family attractions, making it perfect for beach-lovers with kids.
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7Washington DC, District of Columbia
D.C. diversity dazzles. Families find an endless variety of attractions to explore, from the buzz of Georgetown and funky Adams Morgans to more than a hundred monuments and museums, including the Smithsonian. And most are free! There's also a vibrant performing arts scene and major league sports excitement, courtesy of the Redskins and the Nationals.
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      Washington DC
      Perhaps the most political city in the world, Washington D.C.'s history has been colored by democracy, debate, scandal and progress. Visitors can relive the highs and lows of American history at the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial, the Smithsonian Institution, Capitol Hill and the White House.
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8Boston, Massachusetts
With its host of revolution-related sites and an eclectic range of attractions, from the Museum of Science to the Museum of Bad Art, Boston is an inspired choice for family vacations. Watery wonder is on offer at New England Aquarium and from a swan boat on Public Garden Lagoon.
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      Boston
      From hot haute couture mecca Newbury Street to the eclectic shops of historic Faneuil Hall Market Place, Beantown has an impressive array of places to shop and splurge. Vast Copley Place teems with shoppers stocking on upscale attire, while couples go antiquing on Beacon Hill's Charles Street.
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      Boston
      "The Athens of America" has an important place in American history. One can explore the city's past and present along the Freedom Trail and at Faneuil Hall, the USS Constitution, the Kennedy Library, Fenway Park, the Public Garden and the Boston Public Library, the first of its kind in the United States.
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9Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Honolulu has more than history and tropical beaches. The entire family can delight in the astounding views from the short hike to Diamond Head crater, splash about in any of the water parks, investigate Hawaiian marine life in nature reserves and aquariums and indulge wonder in the many kid-friendly museums.
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      Honolulu
      History lovers will find much more to Honolulu than the beaches at Waikiki. Visitors should not miss Pearl Harbor and the accompanying USS Arizona Memorial. Those interested in the story of the islands will enjoy the displays of Polynesian artifacts at the Bishop Museum.
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      Honolulu
      Honolulu is the perfect base for enjoying everything Hawaii has to offer. Stroll or sunbathe on white-and beaches, climb a volcanic crater, surf the best waves, hold hands and watch the sun dip below the horizon or enjoy romantic candlelit dining and live entertainment.
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10Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fort Lauderdale calls itself the Venice of Florida, with frontage on the Atlantic Ocean, the New River and the Intracoastal Waterway. Families can journey through the Everglades, salt marshes and savannahs or relax on sunny, sandy beaches. Kids will especially love the Museum of Discovery and Science.
11Maui, Hawaii
Whether on beautiful island beaches or volcanic craters, families will have a hot time enjoying all that Maui has to offer by foot, bike, car, helicopter or submarine. Kids will especially enjoy a Trilogy trip to Lanai, exploring Haleakala crater and visiting Maui Ocean Center's Turtle Lagoon and Hammerhead Harbor.
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      Maui
      The second largest Hawaiian Island, Maui is a tropical paradise. Explore the volcanic zenith of Haleakala, drive the curvy Road to Hana or just cool off at the black-sand beaches of Wai'anapanapa State Park. Stunning sunsets lure you into romantic evenings of beach strolls and candlelit dinners.
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      Maui
      Tropical trade winds cool Maui's thirty miles of glorious black, white and red sand beaches. With a constellation of splendid sandy spots ranging from secluded secrets to bustling beaches with restaurants and board hire, Maui has a beach to suit beachcombers, surfers, picnickers and swimmers.
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12Virginia Beach, Virginia
Boasting the world's longest pleasure beach, a renovated three-mile boardwalk and a plethora of parks--nature and themed--Virginia Beach is a perfect family getaway. You can escape the sun, but not the water; explore Virginia's largest aquarium or Ocean Breeze Water Park.
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      Virginia Beach
      Between a long oceanfront boardwalk and waters that are great for swimming and scuba diving, Virginia Beach offers plenty of opportunities for visitors and locals to stay active. Whether you prefer cycling, running or waterskiing, you won't be disappointed if you're seeking a fun and lively beach experience.
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13Nashville, Tennessee
Great country music may have put Nashville on the map, but other attractions are rapidly taking center stage. The nationally acclaimed zoo features the largest community-built playground in the nation, plus great animal exhibits. And the Adventure Science Center is perfect for all ages.
14Kauai, Hawaii
The least developed of Hawaii's major islands, Kauai offers big fun to young families. Take a boat ride to Fern Grotto, explore the Children's Discovery Museum or go wild at the Makalani Playground and Lydgate Beach Park, wandering a labyrinth, snorkeling or swimming in pools safe enough for your littlest ones.
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      Kauai
      Kauai, known as the Garden Island, has everything you can imagine in a tropical paradise: lush rain forests, long sandy beaches lined with swaying palm trees and warm sea breezes. You can find many activities where the emphasis is on the just the two of you for a romantic getaway treat.
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      Kauai
      With about 50 miles of beaches, Kauai has plenty of shoreline to explore. Swimming is great just about anywhere, but most people prefer the beaches on the north and south coasts, where the white sands stretch on and on and surfers refine their craft.
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15Williamsburg, Virginia
Try the coasters at the 100-acre, 17th-century Europe-themed amusement park Busch Gardens or get a taste of everyday 18th-century life in Colonial Williamsburg. Water Country USA 's park boasts more than 30 rides and attractions plus terrific shopping and live entertainment.
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      Williamsburg
      Most people don't believe in time travel, but a visit to Williamsburg could change that. A living-history museum, Colonial Williamsburg takes visitors back to the Virginia of the 1700s, as do the town's many historic taverns and restaurants and the nearby Jamestown settlement, which dates back even further.
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16Sanibel Island, Florida
Fans of seashell-collecting will rejoice on the beaches of Sanibel Island, where it's possible to find specimens worthy of the local Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum. Rent bikes and explore the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge.
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      Sanibel Island
      Saunter on the shell-speckled sands of tropical barrier island, Sanibel, on Florida's Gulf coast. Quiet, secluded White Beach, with its scurrying sandpipers, offers a respite from the holidaymaking hordes elsewhere, while Turner Beach lures those with their sights on shells or the day’s catch.
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      Sanibel Island
      The wedding wonderland of Sanibel Island lures lovers to its 15 miles of beautiful beaches. Shore strolls and embraces by the lighthouse, as the sun is setting, fill balmy days, while the island's melting pot of restaurants provide memorable menus for romantics.
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17Ocean City, Maryland
From roller coasters to salt-water taffy, the beach community of Ocean City offers endless amounts of friendly family fun. Kids will love the pirate-themed waterslides, go-karts and bumper boats along the three-mile boardwalk. And the laser tag arenas are perfect for that rainy day.
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      Ocean City
      Inviting Atlantic waters, sparkling white sands and the famed three-mile-long Ocean City boardwalk all combine to make the welcoming O.C. a top east coast beach destination. The family-friendly town offers ten miles of sand, kayaking, nature trails, popular fishing piers and amusement arcades.
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18Santa Barbara, California
Santa Barbara's picturesque coast and architecture make a fun backdrop for your family's vacation. Parents and kids enjoy riding the 3.2-mile bike path on bicycles or quadracycles, examining native marine life at the Sea Center, or just exploring the beaches and parks along Cabrillo Boulevard.
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      Santa Barbara
      Santa Barbara's beaches have palm trees, wide shores, world-class surfing and annual beach volleyball tournaments--what's not to love? Families should fire up a grill at Leadbetter Beach, swimmers should take a dip in East Beach's calm waters and couples should share a view of the sunset at Butterfly Beach.
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      Santa Barbara
      Pamper yourself and someone special in Santa Barbara. Give yourselves over to the care of luxurious spas, take a day trip though California's "other" wine country, taste the pleasures of world-class dining by candlelight or treat yourself to unique shopping experiences.
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19Tampa, Florida
Tampa is the town for family entertainment and adventure. Go crazy at Busch Gardens/Adventure Island theme parks, get up close and personal with exotic birds at nearby Sarasota Jungle Gardens or experience science interactively at the Museum of Science and Industry planetarium and IMAX theater.
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      Tampa
      Tampa has everything a beach lover needs for a great vacation. Here you can swim in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico or lounge, play or party on sandy white beaches. Then finish the day with seafood over colorful sunsets and balmy breezes.
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20Daytona Beach, Florida
Dazzling Daytona Beach is home to the International Speedway and is near Kennedy Space Center, so kids of all ages can let their imaginations soar. Sunbathe and swim along 23 miles of sparkling beaches sure to please everyone.
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      Daytona Beach
      With more than 20 miles of dazzling beaches, Daytona Beach attracts beach lovers with its variety of activities. Visit the hard-packed beach that early automotive engineers tested their inventions on, play at the Oceanfront Boardwalk or swim, sail, sunbathe or fish in balmy breezes.
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21Los Angeles, California
The rejuvenated Hollywood Boulevard is sure to keep the family entertained with such historic sights as the Chinese and El Capitan theaters and Hollywood and Highland, the home of Academy Awards, plus visit the kitsch hot dog stand, Tail O' The Pup. Griffith Park offers great Hollywood Sign views.
22Branson, Missouri
Known as "America's Family Destination," Branson entices families with the perfect recipe of big names and big splashes. At 1880s-style Silver Dollar City in the Ozarks, more than 100 craftspeople demonstrate their skills; regular festivals brighten the calendar and rides keep everyone entertained.
23Oahu, Hawaii
There's no end to Oahu's family fun. Commune with dolphins, sea turtles and stingrays at Sea Life Park, ride a submarine to the site of sunken ships and reef structures, cool off on Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park' waterslides or explore 4,000 acres of Kualoa Ranch by ATV, horse, helicopter or kayak.
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      Oahu
      The promise of world-class nightlife and entertainment, opulent hotels and spas, and deserted beaches attracts romantics to Oahu. Horseback ride through the surf, walk barefoot on the sand, sail underneath the stars or stroll through lush tropical foliage while the sun sets on the Pacific.
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      Oahu
      With gorgeous beaches on each of its four shores, it's impossible for a beachgoer not to find something to love here. Oahu offers some of the world's best boogie boarding, bodysurfing and windsurfing. At tamer beaches, snorkeling is also great, and just watching the water from shore is always underrated.
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24Niagara Falls, New York
Niagara Falls delights with scenery and interactive attractions on both sides of the border. Parents can bring their children to the water theme park at MarineLand and to the popular Aquarium of Niagara. But nothing tops the thrills of the roaring, thundering Falls themselves.
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      Niagara Falls
      Romance and Niagara Falls are inextricably entwined, and a plethora of historic and modern hotels provides excellent accommodations. Visitors can add to the thrills of a romantic vacation by getting up close to the thundering might of the falls by jet boat, helicopter or on a Journey Behind the Falls.
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25Key Largo, Florida Keys, Florida
Home to America's only living coral barrier reef, Key Largo is your family's gateway to the Everglades. Explore the surprising life underwater on a glass-bottom boat, experience the "River of Grass" on an eco-tour, take your kids fishing, or play till their heart's content at Harry Harris Park and Beach.
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      Key Largo
      Amid tropical hardwoods and winding creeks, with coral clusters off shore, this northernmost of the Florida Keys feels a world away. Sunset sails, dolphin encounters, strolls through the mangrove wetlands and sumptuous meals for two make Key Largo a deliciously romantic destination.
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      Key Largo
      Key Largo's spectacular Sandspur and Caloosa Beaches are a part of protected area Bahia Honda. This divine duo of sandy beaches, with their coconut palms and year-round warm waters, offer marvelous swimming, snorkeling and kayaking in their calm waters. Sandspur is especially popular with families.
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26Bar Harbor, Maine
The rocky Maine coast offers beach adventures for every member of the family. Bar Harbour has the added advantage of being surrounded by Acadia National Park, which offers daily ranger-guided programs, sailing and more outdoor fun. Get up close and personal with the lobsters at Bar Harbor's Oceanarium and Lobster Hatchery.
27Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
Let your family run wild on the pristine beaches, lava plains and rain forests of Hawaii's Big Island, home of the world's tallest mountain, Mauna Kea. Kids delight in making their own earthquake machine at Volcanoes National Park, swimming with dolphins and rafting along rivers.
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      Island of Hawaii
      This island of leis and tiki deities is synonymous with romance, courtesy of the ocean backdrop and flower-scented breezes. Gaze at stars from white-, black-, green- or red-sand beaches or on a Mauna Kea astronomy trek, heat things up by visiting fiery lava flows or "flightseeing" over the volcano.
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      Island of Hawaii
      Sand on the Big Island's beaches varies from white to black to olive green, colorfully distinguishing them other Hawaiian beaches. With the different colors come different activities--white sands are best for swimming and sunbathing, gray sands for diving and snorkeling, and the green sands for simply marveling.
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28Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Fort Myers Beach has something for every member of the family. Swim, fish, hike or canoe at Lover's Key, take a swamp-buggy tour to view panthers, bison and alligators or join reclusive marine animals for a lunchtime meal at the Ostego Bay Marine Science Center.
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      Fort Myers Beach
      Perched on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River, Fort Myers Beach is a glorious gateway to the Gulf of Mexico. An array of excellent accommodations is on offer for those who want to stay close enough to stroll barefoot together along the sands as they admire the ever-changing hues of the Gulf.
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      Fort Myers Beach
      Located on Florida's Gulf Coast, Fort Myers offers its own great beaches as well as being surrounded by some 100 barrier and coastal islands to explore. The shelling is stupendous, and the nearby Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is inspirational. The Great Calusa Blueway offers 40 miles of canoe and kayak trails.
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29Saint Pete Beach, Florida
For a relaxing and entertaining beach vacation, Saint Pete Beach has a lot to offer young families. Play around at the Pier's Fun Center arcade, test your driving skills on the go-kart track, go dolphin watching or dive into the blue waters, or get involved with the hands-on museum exhibits at Great Explorations.
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      Saint Pete Beach
      For a relaxing and entertaining beach vacation, Saint Pete Beach has a lot to offer sun-worshippers. Go dolphin watching, swim, snorkel or dive into the blue waters, enjoy every variety of water or sunny sport, or just lie back and soak up the sun on sandy Florida beaches.
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      Saint Pete Beach
      Nestled on the tip of a peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, Saint Pete Beach is perfectly situated for romantic strolls and pier dining. Fort De Soto and Caladesi Island are two of the country's best beaches, and Clearwater Beach's sunsets are breathtaking.
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30South Padre Island, Texas
South Padre Island, at the tip of Texas, is a water wonderland for family vacations. Swim, surf, watch dolphins and whales, or go snorkeling on the famous beaches. If you tire of that, you can surf the manmade waves of popular Schlitterbahn Beach Water Park.
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      South Padre Island
      Although South Padre Island is considered the Spring Break Capital of the Southwest, if you avoid those times you'll find plenty to do on 113 miles of beaches, dunes and tidal flats. Treasure hunters thrill at the history buried here, the fishing is great and you can get a great view of it all from Port Isabel Lighthouse.
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      South Padre Island
      The charms of South Padre Island inspire devotion and provide memories for years. The tropical tip of Texas basks by warm Gulf waters, perfect for paddling in or sipping cocktails by. Discover more about dolphins at the Dolphin and Natural Research Center, and more about each other's driving at Ben's Go-Carts.
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31Lake George, New York
This Adirondack getaway has something for the whole family. Lake George offers a tantalizing cacophony of pulse-raising activities, from Dr Morbid's Haunted House and the House of Frankenstein Wax Museum to skydiving, tackling the white waters of the Hudson or soaring above it all in a hot-air balloon.
32Ogunquit, Maine
Families cavort alongside the ocean on Marginal Way, kayak Perkins Cove and trundle on trolley rides through town. Summer theater shows, scenic settings for golf, nearby Kittery's profusion of outlet shops and three miles of white sand add to Ogunquit's quaint appeal.
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      Ogunquit
      Ogunquit's three-mile stretch of beach is one of the longest in Maine, and also one of the least rocky. The water may never warm up, but it's pristine, and this quaint New England town's attractions make it a perfect, picturesque seaside destination.
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33Marco Island, Florida
Families flock to Marco Island for its idyllic weather, array of sun sports and plentiful golf courses. Tour the Ten Thousand Islands by airboat or ecotour, fish for Mangrove Snapper, go shopping and shelling, or admire 200 bird species while kayaking Rookery Bay.
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      Marco Island
      You can enjoy every imaginable water sport and get back to nature at a casual island pace on Marco Island. Swim, canoe, kayak or sail your way around the largest of Florida's Ten Thousand Islands with miles of pristine beaches, nature reserves and protected marshes.
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      Marco Island
      Every kind of romantic will be wooed by picturesque Marco Island, an idyllic spot at the northernmost point of the Thousand Islands. Sumptuous restaurants, gleaming sands and luxurious accommodations make this a deliciously decadent destination for those with romance on their minds. Nights at the Philharmonic, in nearby Naples, add ambience.
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34Pensacola, Florida
Located on the Florida panhandle, Pensacola has a great Gulf of Mexico beach, a terrific zoo and Sam's Fun City and Surf City Water Park. History buffs appreciate Historic Pensacola Village, the Pensacola Historical Museum and Seville Square Historic District as well as two Civil War forts.
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      Pensacola
      Sailing, kayaking and wave running top the activity list for the energetically inclined visiting Pensacola, while the sparkling white sand is perfect for sun baking and sandcastle building. Four species of sea turtle nest in subtropical Pensacola's sand dunes and over 300 species of birds bob in the emerald waters.
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35Cocoa Beach, Florida
Six miles of family fun await on Florida's beautiful Space Coast. Take the easy option and swim, sun, stroll or even watch a space launch from the beach, or up the pace and kayak the Banana River islands, surf-cast for dinner or try some new moves in the skateboard park.
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      Cocoa Beach
      Dolphins frolic in the waves, manatees loll in the canals, and colorful umbrellas confetti the sands of Cocoa Beach. Watching a space launch from Kennedy or Cape Canaveral, or exploring the restaurants and nightlife of cruise ship dock Port Canaveral, adds to the excitement of this barrier island city.
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36Hershey, Pennsylvania
A sweet time is practically guaranteed in Hershey, home of the chocolate empire.  All will delight in the old-fashioned amusement park with its chocolate-making tour, and visitors will have no trouble satisfying their tastes for adventure and sweets.
37Clearwater, Florida
Although Clearwater is renowned for world-class golf courses, it offers plenty for families with small children. Parents and kids both can enjoy gorgeous white-sand beaches, dolphin-watching boat rides, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and nearby Busch Gardens amusement park.
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      Clearwater
      Swimming in the warm blue waters on Clearwater's Gulf Coast is a refreshing pleasure for kids and grown-ups, and the wide shores here provide ample room for playing on the beach, too. Volleyball, parasailing and waterskiing are all great, but relaxing on the sand and sunbathing aren't bad either.
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38St. Petersburg, Florida
The Saint Petersburg area contains one of the top beaches in the country, but there's also plenty of room for culture. Kids of all ages love the pier, with its hands-on children's museum, aquarium and shopping. The Salvador Dali Museum and Florida Holocaust Museum provide more serious diversions.
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      St. Petersburg
      Boasting two of the nation's best beaches, Saint Petersburg has stunning sands, perfect whether you choose to soak up sun at Fort De Soto; swim, shell, fish or snorkel on Caladesi Island; or enjoy Clearwater's Pier 60 and unbeatable sunsets. Busch Gardens, Adventure Island and eight aquariums and zoos are nearby.
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