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The Magic of Orlando

Photo Credit: disneyworld.disney.go.com When someone says “dream vacation”, it’s hard not to picture Disney World or Universal Studios. Considered two of the most popular destinations in the U.S., they are a must-visit for families. One of our Family Travel producers recently had the pleasure of visiting Orlando, Florida, with her family, and is ready to
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Keeping Cool in the Florida Keys

When it comes to planning a family getaway in the Sunshine State there’s no need to wait until winter’s chill sets in. The Florida Keys offer so much for families, you can justify a trip at just about any time of year. Even during the hot summer months, aquatic activities and amazing resort pools promise
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Sandpearl Resort Clearwater: Where to Stay in Clearwater, Florida

If you want to combine Florida’s white sand and crystal clear, blue waters with personalized service and luxurious amenities, the Sandpearl Resort Clearwater is a great place to stay. The resort offers a variety of excursions and adventures, including dolphin encounters, organic food and wine tastings and even tours of the hotel’s impressive art collection.
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Clearwater Beach Restaurants: Cooters

Named for a turtle generally found in the south, Cooters is the perfect place for families visiting Clearwater! The casual atmosphere and kid-friendly food make is a great spot to get an authentic Florida experience (without sacrificing anything for the parents – there are still plenty of other delicious options too!). Their large menu also
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Clearwater Marine Aquarium - you definitely can't miss this family-fun spot in Clearwater, Florida!

Things to Do in Clearwater, Florida

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium opened in 1972 in a former water treatment plant and focuses on rescuing sick and injured marine species. (The large pools are well-suited for rehabilitation efforts!). Their rehabilitation facilities help them care for the animals and eventually release them back into the wild when possible. The Aquarium also prides itself on
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October Selections: Fall Travel Ideas in the United States

As we approach October, our senses seem to reach back to remembrances of lazy, summer days; of lemonade so icy cold the glass would sweat in rivulets; of the sound of children playing in the streets; of being off from work and having had the opportunity to act like a kid again ourselves. And the
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Where to Play in the Florida Keys: Dolphin Connection

Dolphin Connection 61 Hawks Cay Boulevard, Duck Key, FL 888-251-3674 https://www.hawkscay.com/experience/dolphin-connection-florida-keys Hawks Cay’s Dolphin Connection program provided Colleen and the girls with an experience of a lifetime when they met and swam with multiple Atlantic bottlenose dolphins! Swimming and interacting with these unique mammals in their natural marine environment was a great way to learn
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Where to Play in the Florida Keys: Sundiver Snorkeling

Sundiver Snorkeling Tours 102840 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL, 33037 305-451-2220 snorkelingisfun.com Colleen and the crew caught the most beautiful day for snorkeling in the waters of the world famous Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary. Although the Portuguese Man o’ War jellyfish were out that day, everyone braved the dive to see the beautiful shallow,
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Where to Learn in the Florida Keys: Turtle Hospital

Turtle Hospital 2396 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL, 33050 305-743-2552 turtlehospital.org The first stop in the Florida Keys was the Turtle Hospital located in Marathon, Florida. Visiting the hospital made for an educational, yet touching experience. Colleen and the crew were invited to take a guided tour of the hospital facilities and the sea turtle rehabilitation
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Where to Stay in the Florida Keys: Hawks Cay Resort

Hawks Cay Resort 61 Hawks Cay Boulevard, Duck Key, FL 888-395-5539 http://hawkscay.com Hawk’s Cay Resort is a small slice of paradise right in the middle of the Florida Keys. Located on a small island called Duck Key, Hawks Cay is surrounded by aquamarine water that accompanies beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Whether you’re looking to relax
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10 reasons Captiva Island is the ultimate getaway for those who love nature, sun and family fun

When our sons were two and four, my husband and I attempted our first “real” vacation as parents. We planned a few days on Captiva Island, located off Fort Myers on the Gulf Coast of Florida. I was initially nervous about taking such young kids to an unfamiliar area all on our own (previous getaways
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Getting Back to Nature in the Rich Florida Keys

Many people think that because I work for a travel TV show, I’m constantly jetting off to fabulous destinations. Unfortunately, though, my public relations and social media duties for “Family Travel with Colleen Kelly” can be handled while working on a laptop in my kitchen. But recently, while on spring break in the Florida Keys
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