Where to Take the Kids in August

Put off the back-to-school blues just a little while longer and plan a kid-pleasing summer getaway. These destinations are absolutely ideal for an August escape.

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    Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

    In Pennsylvania's Lancaster County, the historic 35-acre Mount Hope Estate & Winery is transported back to the 16th century for the 13-weekend Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, which holds its 36th season in 2016.

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    Montage Deer Valley

    Grab your chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers and get ready for National S'mores Day on August 10th. While you can certainly make s'mores over any campfire, some resorts elevate s'more-making to a yummy art form by providing firepits, ingredients, skewers and a beautiful setting under the stars. 

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    Perseid Meteor Shower, Hawaii
    Pu`ukohola Heiau during the Perseid Meteor Shower, August 2012. Ethan Tweedie/National Park Service

    Every August, stargazers delight at the Perseid Meteor Shower. Here's how to give your family a front-row ticket to summer's greatest light show.

     

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    America's Best Beach Vacations with Kids

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    Flickr Creative Commons/Don DeBold

    Does your family need a dose of vitamin sea? Here's a coast-to-coast guide to America's best family beach destinations.

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    Tyler Place Family Resort

    It's a myth that you need to go to the Caribbean or Mexico to find a fantastic all-inclusive resort. Click through this slideshow for wonderful, kid-friendly resorts right here in the US where taking advantage of all-inclusive pricing does not require a passport.

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    America's Best Water Parks

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    Silver Dollar City

    Whether you prefer to float down a lazy river, splash in a wave pool, or zoom down water slides and speed coasters, there's a water park where your family can cool off in style. Here are state-by-state guides to water parks in every US region.

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    Tanque Verde Ranch

    Kids stay free at Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson between mid M and early September. All-inclusive pricing includes lodging, three meals a day, horseback trail rides and lessons, fishing, guided hikes, nature walks, and a supervised children's program for ages 4-11.

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    Called "America's best idea" by the historian Wallace Stegner, our national park system offers families a wonderfully affordable way to visit our most cherished and beautiful landscapes, view wildlife in their natural habitat, learn about geological and cultural history, and appreciate the great outdoors. 

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    Mangens Bay, St. Thomas. Carnival Cruise Lines

    One big advantage of taking a Caribbean cruise during hurricane season is that prices tend to drop, often to their lowest point in the whole year—and particularly in the fall from late August to early December. My recommendation is to take advantage of the lower prices but follow these tips.

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    Where to Find Restaurant Weeks This Summer

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    Orlando Bite 30

    This summer many popular destinations are running a promotion known as restaurant week that can be a real boon for a family eating out three meals a day. Participating restaurants offer prix-fixe lunches and dinners for less—sometimes much less—than the usual prices. Some restaurant weeks hold to the name, lasting just a week, while others last a few weeks.