Where to Take the Kids in September

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Outer Banks
••• Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in North Carolina's Outer Banks. Diane Cook and Len Jenshel / Getty Images

As the kids head back to school and summer draws slowly to a close, many places are heading into a glorious season with milder temperatures and fewer crowds. These destinations make fabulous getaways in early fall.

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    Best Labor Day Weekends with Kids

    USA, California, Laguna Beach, Family with three children (6-7, 10-11, 14-15) running on beach
    ••• A family on California's Laguna Beach. Erik Isakson / Getty Images

    As the unofficial end to summer, Labor Day weekend falls after many kids have already returned to school and yet it offers one last opportunity to end the season on a high note. Here are fantastic places where you can get away in end-of-summer style. 

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    Why September is the Best Month to Visit Orlando

    Cinderella's Castle at Disneyworld
    ••• Cinderella's Castle at Disneyworld. Testa Images / Getty Images

    Looking for the perfect time to visit Orlando? You'd be hard pressed to beat September, a month when hotel rates are at their lowest of the year and crowds have thinned with the back-to-school season. 

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    Narcisse Snake Dens in Manitoba, Canada

    Narcisse Snake Dens in Manitoba, Canada
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    Is your kid fascinated with snakes? Plan a bucket-list trip to the Narcisse Snake Dens in Manitoba, Canada, where you'll find the world's largest concentration of harmless garter snakes. In early September, the snakes return to their dens before spending the winter in the limestone bedrock fissures below the frozen ground.

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    Fall Getaways Designed for the Preschool Crowd

    Beaches Sesame Street
    ••• Beaches Resort

    For families with preschoolers, the back-to-school season is perhaps the very best time of year to grab a getaway at a top family resort, as prices tumble and the focus shifts to younger kids. Here’s a sampling of destinations that make fall a special time for preschoolers by offering activities and events especially for the under-5 crowd.

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    Franconia notch state park during fall
    ••• Franconia Notch State Park. Praveen P.N / Getty Images

    Cooling temperatures mean it's time to pack the car and grab the kids for a weekend road trip to view fall foliage. From sea to shining sea, here are road trips that offer the colorful vistas that come but for a few short weeks a year.

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    Medieval Fun at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

    Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire
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    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.

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    What is the Best Time to Visit Disneyland?

    Disneyland Paradise
    ••• Paul Hiffmeyer/Walt Disney Parks

    While Southern California weather beckons year-round, three fall months deliver at Disneyland when it comes to low prices, low crowds, and mild temperatures. September kicks off the best season to visit Disneyland.

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    10 Ways to Get Spooked in Philly this Halloween Season

    Eastern State Penitentiary
    ••• Eastern State Penitentiary. J. Smith/Visit Philadelphia

    While rumors persist year-round of real ghosts and goblins inhabiting some of Philadelphia’s most historic sites, Halloween definitely dials up the spooky factor in the City of Brotherly Love. Here 10 ways to get spooked in Philly this Halloween season, which begins in September.

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    Fab Fall Packages in Traverse City

    Traverse City Tourism
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    Looking for an affordable fall getaway in the Midwest? You'd be hard pressed to beat Traverse City, in Michigan's "True North," which TripAdvisor.com named as one of America’s Top 10 Fall Foliage Destinations. Families have an extra reason to visit from September through mid-December thanks to a city-wide fall promotion. 

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    The Count's Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place

    Sesame Place
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    Do your kids want a Halloween that's fun and not frightening? Sesame Place celebrates Halloween with its annual Count's Halloween Spooktacular event, offering mazes, hayrides, and fun costume events.

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    Affordable Fall Getaways at Ohio State Park Lodges

    Ohio State Parks
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    Looking for an affordable Midwestern fall weekend getaway? Ohio State Park Lodges are offering fall packages with savings up to 30 percent on stays in September and October.

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    What is the Best Time to Visit Disney World?

    Mickey & Minnie at Disney Parks
    ••• Matt Stroshane/Walt Disney Parks

    Many people would argue that there is no bad time to visit Disney World. But when you look at crowds, weather and prices, two months stand out as particularly ideal times to visit this mega popular family destination.

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    Caribbean Cruise Fares Drop in the Fall

    Mangens Bay, St. Thomas
    ••• Mangens Bay, St. Thomas. Courtesy of 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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    The Outer Banks with Kids

    Cape Hatteras Lighthouse at Sunset
    ••• Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Zach Frailey / Getty Images

    The 200-mile string of barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina known as the Outer Banks—and commonly known the OBX—is a popular family destination renowned for its temperate climate and wide expanse of open beachfront.

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    Laguna Beach with Kids

    Kayaking in Laguna Beach
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    Known for its mild year-round climate and artist community, the seaside resort town of Laguna Beach beckons families to enjoy its scenic beaches and kid-friendly attractions.