Accommodations

Los Cabos: Part 2 – For the Adults!

A family friendly destination; stunning mountains; an amazing, crystal blue ocean; and 350 days of sun per year! Now that traveling is opening up, are you itching to take not only a family trip but also a real girls’ trip (or guys’ trip) just to hang out and have a little fun? Well, I recently […]

Inside the Hilton Paris Opera in France

Oh, la la! Paris is known as the city of love. A city that is one of my personal favorites. One can agree that you can always find and experience something new with every visit to the “City of Love.” My memorable experiences always start at the Hilton Paris Opera, which is an unforgettable experience […]

The Lodge at Ashford Castle

From ages 0-99, anyone can take a trip back in time with all the perks of modern-day amenities: A real castle with over 350 acres of pristine landscape, including one of Ireland’s largest bodies of water, The Lodge at Ashford Castle is something out of a storybook. The 64 beautiful suites come with private balconies […]

Relax & Unwind in Szczawnica, Poland

Photo Credits: Megan Kudla A historical landmark, as well as a relaxing spa destination, The Modrzewie Park Hotel and Pieniny Spa Resort in the town of Szczawnica, Poland, was built in 1938 by owner Adam Stadnicki. It resides in the midst of a larch forest, and the famous villa was originally dedicated to Stadnicki’s daughter. […]

Sundara Spa: Quality Time Together Close to Home

There were only five of us on our afternoon hike amid the pines on a winding trail adjacent to a hilly golf course – me and my husband, a mother and her teenage daughter, and our knowledgeable guide. As our guide pointed out local flora and fauna, we learned the daughter was on her way […]

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 […]

Glamping in the Missouri Ozarks

If you’re like Colleen Kelly, there’s nothing more enlightening than experiencing this world’s natural beauty. There’s hardly a better feeling than waking up in a warm, cozy bed, brewing up a pot of coffee, and drinking it outside in the crisp fall air as you take in the sights and sounds of nature all around […]

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 […]

Glamping is Calling My Name!

Enjoy the great outdoors without sacrificing comfort and convenience You might not guess it by looking at me, but I was a Campfire Girl when I was little. I cherish my great memories of camping, singing songs around the fire and roasting hotdogs with my scout leader. Back then, I didn’t think twice about snoozing […]

Top 4 Chicago Hotels with Delicious Hot Breakfasts

Our Top 4 Chicago Hotels with Delicious Hot Breakfasts When you’re on vacation, most of the time you find yourself rushing out of your hotel in the morning, ready to take on the day, even if it means skipping breakfast. The “Hilton Breakfast Alliance” is on a mission to transform breakfast, taking it from a […]

Mawamba Lodge in Costa Rica for the Perfect Family Adventure

Mawamba Lodge is an eco lodge located minutes from Tortuguero National Park in the northeast corner of Costa Rica on the Caribbean coast. Tortuguero is a remote national park that can only be accessed by boat or plane since the park and village is situated on a network of canals. One would think that due to its […]

Seeking Out Traditional Aruban Food

  This article was written by David Hammond.

A Portland, Oregon Family Vacation: Stop and Smell the Roses!

Looking for a unique location for your next family vacation? Then pack your bags for a trip to Portland, Oregon! Known as the “City of Roses” for its ideal climate to grow roses, this eco-friendly city is an ideal place to travel with your family. My sister, Catie Keogh, and I recently returned from a […]

Cleveland: A Rockin’ Family Destination

Looking for a rockin’ good time for your next family destination? Look no further than Cleveland! Located on the Southern shore of Lake Erie, Cleveland is Ohio’s second largest city. Once known primarily for its manufacturing and industry, Cleveland has reinvented itself as a great family destination. From sports lovers to music lovers, this city […]

A Family Weekend Getaway at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois

A weekend getaway from the big city may not be as far away as you think. Located an hour outside of Chicago is St. Charles, Illinois, a picturesque river town with a plethora of restaurants, eclectic shops, and a lively nightlife scene. The city is also home to the historic and charming Pheasant Run Resort. […]

Where to Stay in Irvine and Dana Point

Irvine Marriott The Irvine Marriott is a great place to stay if you want to be right in the center of all the action. The newly renovated hotel is just minutes from incredible Southern California beaches, amazing shopping at Irvine Spectrum and South Coast Plaza, Disneyland and top rated golf courses. With 496 rooms that […]

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. […]

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 […]

Maswik Food Court & Other Grand Canyon Places to Eat

With all the trekking and sightseeing you’ll be doing in Grand Canyon National Park, you better believe you’ll need to plan some places to refuel into your itinerary! Check out a list of our favorite spots, including Maswik Food Court and more! Maswik Food Court Maswik Food Court is the perfect dining option for families and/or […]

Grand Canyon Hotels South Rim: Where to Stay

With all the activity you’ll no-doubt encounter at the Grand Canyon, you’ll need to find a reliable place to stay! Below is a list of Grand Canyon Hotels, South Rim – some of our favorite spots to consider while planning your trip to the Grand Canyon. Bright Angel Lodge Bright Angel Lodge was designed by […]

Mendocino County Hotels: The Baechtel Creek Inn

Looking for the best Mendocino County hotels? Look no further! The Baechtel Creek Inn is the perfect spot to stay in Mendocino county. The hotel is just a short drive to the majestic California redwoods, the Mendocino coast and many of the wineries California is so well-known for! The inn is perched on a quaint […]

Best Places to Eat in Irvine and Dana Point

Dining in Irvine Have you ever felt overwhelmed thinking about mealtime during a family vacation and thought there was no way the whole family could find something they love? You won’t have to worry about that at the Diamond Jamboree Irvine! The food center is representative of the unique Southern California community and brings many […]

Hotels in Buena Park, CA: Where to Stay

Since Orange County is such a hub for entertainment, they have created an extensive collection of accommodations in order to give everyone a great place to stay, regardless of preference, budget, or location. Here are some of our favorite hotels in Buena Park in Orange County! Courtyard Anaheim Buena Park The Courtyard Anaheim Buena Park […]

Fun Places to Eat in Buena Park

With all there is to do in Orange County, it’s important to remember to take a break and enjoy some of the delicious food offered! With so much variety it will be easy to find a destination to suit the whole family – here are some of our favorite fun places to eat in Buena […]

Stay in Tucson, Arizona: The White Stallion Ranch

Home to a warm, desert climate, a bustling metro area and a major university, and plenty of cultural attractions and opportunities for activity, Tucson is an ideal family-friendly destination in the great southwest region of the USA. Looking for a relaxing place to stay in Tucson, Arizona? White Stallion Ranch is just the place! At […]

Visit Málaga, Spain: A Perfect Mix of Family-Friendly Adventure & Relaxation

Traveling to Europe with younger children can be challenging, no matter how well adjusted or behaved your pint-sized explorers are. It becomes especially challenging when the destination you’re visiting is a bustling city filled with historical sites and museums. This is one reason Málaga, Spain, the country’s fifth-most populated city, is worth a closer look. […]

Discovering a Reconstructed San Diego and Why You Need to Visit

The very first time I learned of the city of San Diego, I was at a raucous party in Kansas City. I was only 18 years old at the time and was coming home from my first adventure out west. Two buddies and I had stuffed ourselves into an old Dodge Swinger (manual 3-speed on […]

‘When You Are Old’ in Xichang, China

Written at the close of last year’s “Spring Festival”, the Year of the Rooster; and released today, celebrating the first day of this year’s Chinese New Year…. The Year of the Dog   “When you are old and gray and full of sleep And nodding by the fire, take down this book…..” – W.B. Yeats, Irish poet […]

Dining and Dancing in Palm Springs

Known for its starry nights and warm desert breezes, Palm Springs, California elicits from many a traveler the desire to just dance. It is as if something wells up from your inner reaches in a primal need to express yourself under the palms. And if dancing in the open air under the shadow of Mount […]

The Massanutten Resort

  Positioned in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, Massanutten Resort is the ultimate resort destination on the East Coast. At 6,000 acres, the property features mountainous views, two golf courses, an indoor/outdoor waterpark, and much more.     Whether your family prefers laid back or action-packed days, Massanutten Resort’s countless on-site activities make for […]

Home for the Holidays at The Ridge Hotel in Lake Geneva

Whether you’re looking for a holiday getaway, or a post-Christmas vacation, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is just a short drive away from the Chicagoland area. Although known as a hotspot for tourists in the summer, Lake Geneva has a few winter secrets you may not know about. One of their best kept secrets is The Ridge […]

Nashville, Tennessee – The Heart of Music City

Photo Credit: Flickr It’s no surprise that Nashville, Tennessee is known far and wide as Music City. With its renowned museums, bustling downtown, vibrant culture, authentic southern cuisine, and, of course, the music, it’s hard to find anything not to love about this city. One of our producers recently had the pleasure of experiencing Nashville […]

Experiencing Chicago: “Stay Alfred” Style

When planning a vacation, the first question that often comes to mind is, “Where are we going to stay?” Of course, the most obvious answer is a hotel. Unfortunately, hotels can be expensive, not ideal for long stays, and can feel cramped when traveling with a family. The good news? There are some excellent family-style […]

Diving into the Harbor at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

Located just fifteen minutes from Washington, D.C., the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center is an ideal place to stay during your D.C. trip. You’ll get the immersion and atmosphere of our nation’s capitol, without being overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of the city, making it a great hotel for families, couples, or friends […]

Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu

Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu 2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815 (808) 949-4321 www.hiltonhawaiianvillage.com   While at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, Colleen and the girls were able to experience different water sports at Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon. Surfing, paddle boarding, and paddle boats are among the activities that the resort offers on the beach. […]

Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort

Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort 2169 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815 (808) 923-3111 www.outriggerreef-onthebeach.com One of the greatest things a resort can provide is activities for families to do at the hotel. Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort offers daily cultural activities that guests can participate in. At the resort, Colleen and the crew had the […]

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 […]

Keep Warm and Stay Inn

If you think the only time to experience a Chicago getaway is when it’s warm, think again. One of our producers recently had the pleasure of experiencing The Loews Hotel Chicago. Thanks to their cozy amenities and hottest packages, you’ll discover that staying in is just as much of a vacation as going out! With […]

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 […]

Let Your Getaway Take Flight at Galena’s Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa

There’s nothing quite like a weekend escape from the city, taking in the fresh air, the open skies and the peace and quiet. At the Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa in scenic Galena, IL, just three hours outside of Chicago, you can experience all of these joys and so much more. One of our “Family […]

Experience Chicago in style at Fairmont Millennium Park

Looking for a luxurious and exciting city getaway? Look no further than the Fairmont Millennium Park Luxury Hotel in downtown Chicago. A “Family Travel with Colleen Kelly” producer recently enjoyed a stay at this classic city hotel and found that guests are treated like royalty by the welcoming and attentive staff. She was amazed by […]

Family bonding in Lake Geneva: thrilling zip line adventure, lakeside luxury and a touch of nostalgia

My family and I recently had the opportunity to get out of our comfort zone in a 100-acre forest surrounding Lake Geneva, Wisconsin – and I mean WAY out of our comfort zone, as in racing across a 1,200-foot zip line suspended 65 feet above the ground at speeds of up to 45 miles per […]

Plunge Into 11 Of Our Favorite Hotel Pools in the U.S.

America’s hotels have been stepping up their pool game to ensure vacationers have the most epic travel experiences. For guests who are looking to spend a day lounging poolside  – whether traveling as a family, as a couple, solo or with friend – there’s a special pool to meet every need. To help with your trip planning, we […]

Six Spas that Take an Unconventional Approach to Rejuvenation

From chocolate wraps to salt caves, these treatments are not your average spa fare. Now that spring break is behind us, it’s the perfect time to plan an adult getaway.

Can You Get Cozy in an Ice Hotel? Sure You Can!

Have an unforgettable winter adventure in a frozen hotel As the snowflakes start falling and winter boredom sets in, consider ditching the typical ski resort and book a stay at an ice hotel for the most epic winter vacation yet. Each year, architects and artists sculpt thousands of tons of snow and ice to build […]

Can you get cozy in an ice hotel? Yes you can!

As the snowflakes start falling and winter boredom sets in, consider ditching the typical ski resort and book a stay at an ice hotel for the most epic winter vacation yet. Each year, architects and artists sculpt thousands of tons of snow and ice to build these hotels.

If you don’t stay at a Disney resort, it could cost you

Something people ask me all the time is: “If I’ve have never stayed at a Disney Resort, what am I missing out on?”. The answer is that there are many benefits to staying on property, and there are so many varied resorts that you’re likely to find one that meets your budget and interests. The […]

Room like a Chicagoan

When researching hotels that are family friendly, we were surprised at the long list of kid pleasing amenities at the Four Seasons. First of all, there is an ice cream cart that can come to your room and offer ALL the fixins!

Places to Stay in Holland, Michigan

Haworth Inn & Conference Center OUR EXPERIENCE WHILE ON SET The Haworth Inn is one of the loveliest hotels and it was VERY busy not only with families visiting the town, but also those checking out Hope College, which is located right in Holland.  My family had the opportunity to stay at The Haworth Inn […]

Restaurants Recommended by Real Moms in San Antonio

Big Lou’s Pizza – 2048 South W.W. White, San Antonio 78222, 210-337-0707 If you want your kid’s tummy full, look no further, this restaurant is home to some of the biggest pizza pies in the country! Measuring at a whopping 62-inches making the pizza…5 feet, 2 inches in diameter equaling 3,019 square inches! Your eyes […]

Holland Restaurants: Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant

Our Experience While on Set My husband Greg LOVES good food and my kids are little foodies as well so we were in culinary heaven at Boatwerks.  The food preparation and presentation was extraordinary and every dish tasted even better than it looked, and it looked AMAZING.  The best part of the experience was dining […]

Day 4: Family Travel CK in Ireland – Ashford Castle

Ashford Castle is located in Cong, County Mayo.  It is situated a short distance from the center of the town where the film The Quiet Man starring John Wayne was filmed.  And while the town of Cong is definitely worth the visit, there will be plenty of activities at the castle to keep you very busy. The most amazing […]

RED WHITE AND BLUE – The Grand Hotel of Mackinac Island

How often do we imagine how nice it would be to “go back in time”? This is THAT experience along with bursting red geraniums, straight- back white rocker chairs, and the calming blue waters of Lake Huron. Introduce the ambiance of perfectly delightful room settings, sumptuous meals, impeccable service and you are describing the Grand Hotel on […]

Wisconsin Travel: A Weekend at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa

For over forty years, the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa has remained quite the gem of Southeastern Wisconsin. It boasts an ideal location for Chicago and Milwaukee residents alike- just far enough to “get away from it all,” yet still within a comfortable hour or two’s drive. Back in its heyday of the late 1960s, it was the home […]

Cruising

Set Sail to Jamaica & Cozumel with MSC Cruises

Thinking of taking a vacation but can’t decide on where to go? Then why not take a cruise? By taking a cruise, you can travel to different locations, all while getting to enjoy the luxury and amenities that the ship has to offer. We stowed away on a Caribbean cruise from MSC Cruises and were […]

Five Ways to Ensure a Successful Cruise with Tweens and Teens

One of the best things about cruising is that there are activities, entertainment and food to please every age and interest — from the babies to the grandparents. I’m finding this to be more true than ever now that my girls are entering the tween and teen years.

Hitting the High Seas? Tips for Getting Your Cruise Off to a Great Start

Colleen loves cruising! She has enjoyed several Carnival cruises, and she recently partnered with Carnival to host a series of family travel videos that help users experience the ease and adventure of cruising. Check them out here. Are you thinking about taking your family members on their first cruise? If so, good for you! As […]

Destinations

Broadway Delights: The New York City Stage

Rising up out of the subway and stepping foot on to the pavement of the Manhattan streets is a kind of otherworldly experience that’s specific to New York. If you’re an avid traveler, you know. Each passerby has a purpose and every tourist’s eyes sparkle under the big city billboards which famously dominate the Times […]

The Underground World of Mallorca’s Drach Caves

The limestone Drach Caves, one of Mallorca’s main tourist attractions, is an opportunity to see one of the world’s longest underground lakes, as well as natural stalactite formations, and enjoy a classical music concert performed by musicians on illuminated rowboats. The beauty of Mallorca goes far beneath the surface—in Porto Christo, you can deep-dive into […]

Los Cabos: Part 2 – For the Adults!

A family friendly destination; stunning mountains; an amazing, crystal blue ocean; and 350 days of sun per year! Now that traveling is opening up, are you itching to take not only a family trip but also a real girls’ trip (or guys’ trip) just to hang out and have a little fun? Well, I recently […]

Los Cabos: Part 1 – For the Kids!

Ready for a spring break fit for the whole family? Whether you have kids, teens, or young adults that you are bringing along for a vacation, Los Cabos is a perfect getaway to warm beaches and accommodating resorts! Cabo San Lucas is a city that resides on the tip of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico. […]

Mardi Gras in Lafayette: A Weekend of Revelry for the Whole Family

If there is ever a time to laissez les bons temps rouler, or “let the good times roll,” it’s Mardi Gras weekend in Louisiana. Mardi Gras in America dates back to 1699, when French-Canadian explorer Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville arrived in Louisiana. Surely, you’ll find King Cakes and parades wherever you go; however, each region […]

Welcome to Cajun Country: Introducing Lafayette

When I say Louisiana, you say…? Did you automatically think “New Orleans”? New Orleans may be a globally known hub for Louisiana culture, but if you travel approximately 3 hours west, you’ll hit the city of Lafayette, bursting with Creole and Cajun music, dance, and history. It is known as “The Hub City” of the […]

Beginner’s Guide to London

Whether you’ve been to London before, or it’s your first time across the pond, this city has so much to offer travelers. London is easy to get to from most major cities in the US, as there are many nonstop flights available, and it’s a great first international trip for English speakers. However, we understand, [...]

Historic Ireland – Dublin & County Monaghan

Dublin always seems to be at the top of everyone’s list when it comes to traveling to the Republic of Ireland. As it should! Not only are there a million things to do in this city, but Dublin Airport is one of the airports you can arrive in when traveling with Aer Lingus, the official airline […]

Belfast…and Beyond!

When Americans plan a trip to the island of Ireland, sometimes forgotten is carving out the time to journey upward to Northern Ireland. Not only does the northern coast dazzle with incredible natural landscapes along the water, but the city of Belfast continues to welcome tourists into its open arms.  Arriving via Aer Lingus, the […]

Top 12 Ways to Get Inspired in Santa Fe

Cover image photography credits: David Marlow. Image provided by the Inn of Five Graces. New Mexico’s capital city will take your breath away, and not just due to its high elevation. Located at 7,199 feet above sea level, Santa Fe is the highest capital city in the United States and it’s the second oldest city […]

Dzień Dobry From Kraków!

Photography credits: Tommy Rhyan Hooves on cobblestone, echos of accordions, and waves of laughter greet you as you arrive in Old Town: It is Rynek Główny, the Main Square in Kraków, Poland. It is the center of the city, the place to be. It is also the largest medieval square in Europe. When you arrive […]

Into the Polish Highlands – The Beauty of Zakopane

Photography credits: Tommy Rhyan Zakopane, a resort town known for its location right beneath the majestic Tatra Mountains, is the ski destination, often known as the “winter capital of Poland.” It is also a place of rich highlander culture and history that continues to thrive today. During our time in Poland, after a few days […]

Road Trip to Petoskey

After a long winter of being inside the home, you might just be in need of a family getaway… Look no further than the quaint area of Petoskey! This bustling northern Michigan town is located right on the edges of Lake Michigan, where the air is crisp and the vast waters beg to be sailed […]

5 Countries with the Most Beautiful Beaches to Visit This Summer

Who doesn’t love the beach? The swift, blowing winds take the tension and worry away from you. The luring sunrises and sunsets present elegant and mesmerizing scenes. Beaches are probably the most visited places during the summer in many countries. Many families visit the beach to enjoy the summer holidays. The children play for hours […]

Taking a Staycation in Ireland? 4 Things to Do

The luscious natural landscapes and the warm cozy nights in quaint little pubs that Ireland has to offer make it a great place to live. Why bother blowing your budget on a package holiday overseas when you can explore the many places nearby that you may not have had a chance to visit in a […]

At Play in Amsterdam and Bruges

Like many large cities, Amsterdam has plenty of things to see and do that are geared towards families. Spend a few days exploring, throw in a long weekend in Belgium’s nearby Bruges, and you’ve got the makings for a great family vacation.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

VIBRANT BEAUTY PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO SEASON 6 PREVIEW on Family Travel with Colleen Kelly PUERTO VALLERTA, MEXICO Join the family on this unforgettable getaway as they go on an adventurous ATV ride through the stunning terrain of Mexico, go on a taco tour to explore the delicious local cuisine, and visit Puerto Vallarta’s famous Botanical [...]

Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas

PARADISE IN THE BAHAMAS THE ATLANTIS RESORT SEASON 6 PREVIEW WELCOME TO ATLANTIS Join Colleen, her daughter and niece, as they learn about the wonders of marine life through Atlantis’ marine life in Nassau, Bahamas. They’ll learn how to cook the local cuisine, assist in a genuine sea turtle rescue and release, be educated on [...]

Cannery Row, California

UNIQUELY STUNNING CANNERY ROW, CALIFORNIA EPISODE PREVIEW: Season 6 on Family Travel with Colleen Kelly CANNERY ROW, CALIFORNIA From a vast culinary scene with sustainable seafood to stunning ocean views and a unique history, Cannery Row in Monterey, California is a family destination with plenty to do for all ages. The family will explore Monterey’s [...]

Ireland Girls’ Getaway

FUN, SCENIC & HISTORIC IRELAND EPISODE PREVIEW: Season 6 on Family Travel with Colleen Kelly Girls' Getaway to IRELAND During their time in Ireland, Colleen and her sister get competitive at clay shooting, learn how to harvest mussels in a stunning fjord, take a scenic bike ride around the city of Westport, listen and dance [...]

Family Traveling in Ireland

FUN, SCENIC & HISTORIC IRELAND EPISODE PREVIEW: Season 6 on Family Travel with Colleen Kelly The Wild Atlantic Way in IRELAND Joined by her daughter Shea and niece Keelin, Colleen embarks on a journey through Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, where the family takes on some brand new adventures. They zipline through the Delphi Forest, meet [...]

Off Season in the Mountains: Colorado during the Fall

Looking to escape to Colorado with the family during the off-season? Grand Lake offers many fun and awe-inspiring adventures for the family! Check them out.

5 Things to Do In Sierra Vista

My family and I just returned from a trip to Sierra Vista and I’m here to tell you about 5 things you’re going to want to do in this fun, historic and beautiful place! 

10 Reasons Your Family Won’t Forget a Trip to Tenerife

Tenerife is a beautiful Spanish island with lots to explore! Here are some tips on how to make your next family trip to the Canary Islands unforgettable.

5 Underrated Attractions in Florida

Thinking about heading down to Florida for a family vacation? There are always the obvious: Disney World and popular Florida Beaches. but how about some of the lesser-known attractions? Here are five of our favorite underrated Florida attractions to add to your next sunny vacation 1. Tallahassee Museum Tree-To-Tree Adventure – Tallahassee, FL If you […]

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 […]

61 National Parks: Classifications, Tips, and Cool Facts

There are presently 61 U.S. National Parks. 20 of them are a stone’s throw away from civilization, 33 are remote or borderline remote, and 8 Parks are very remote. Those near civilization include Acadia, Mount Rainier, Redwood, Rocky Mountain, Badlands, Great Smoky Mountains, Joshua Tree, Hawaii Volcanoes, Haleakala, Zion, Saguaro, Cuyahoga Valley, Mesa Verde, Arches, […]

Glamping in the Missouri Ozarks

If you’re like Colleen Kelly, there’s nothing more enlightening than experiencing this world’s natural beauty. There’s hardly a better feeling than waking up in a warm, cozy bed, brewing up a pot of coffee, and drinking it outside in the crisp fall air as you take in the sights and sounds of nature all around […]

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 […]

9 Amazing Things To Do On Your Family Vacation To Iceland

Iceland is one of the most beautiful places in the world, with many natural wonders that are sure to thrill all visitors. When planning your next trip, consider making Iceland your preferred destination. 

9 Vacation Activities Your Teens Will Love

Planning a family trip can be difficult, especially when considering activities for your teenagers. Teens are often caught in the middle while on vacation. They feel too old to play with the younger kids, but too young to do the more adult activities. If you’re ever short on ideas on how to make your vacation […]

Top 7 for la Famille à Paris

Paris, the city of light, has so much to offer all age groups. The city has something for everyone. Whether it be exploring the millions of parks, cafes, canals, museums, or just walking through the city itself, there are so many highlights. One of our writers, Lena Mobin, who currently lives in Paris has found […]

It’s Tough to Say “Ta-Ta” to Scenic Lake Tahoe

Are you looking for the perfect girlfriend getaway? Reno-Tahoe is your next stop! Colleen Kelly and I had an amazing time enjoying all that this beautiful area has to offer, especially the vast freshwater lake that is nestled in the Sierra Mountain Range on the border between California and Nevada. Lake Tahoe and the surrounding […]

A Stroll Through Shenzhen

For most, a trip to mainland China means visiting the environs of Shanghai or Beijing with perhaps a tour to The Great Wall, or Shaanxi Province and the Emperor’s terra-cotta warriors. But for those who prefer a more local experience without sacrificing fine cuisine and luxurious digs, I would recommend a stroll through Shenzhen. Located […]

12 Reasons You’ll Have the Perfect Day in CocoCay

Perfect Day at CocoCay recently launched as an epic beach day experience totally worthy of putting on your must-do family vacation list. CocoCay, a private island in the Bahamas that you can only visit via Royal Caribbean cruise ship, underwent a $250 million dollar transformation that includes endless ways for your family to bag thrills […]

Seeking Out Traditional Aruban Food

  This article was written by David Hammond.

A Portland, Oregon Family Vacation: Stop and Smell the Roses!

Looking for a unique location for your next family vacation? Then pack your bags for a trip to Portland, Oregon! Known as the “City of Roses” for its ideal climate to grow roses, this eco-friendly city is an ideal place to travel with your family. My sister, Catie Keogh, and I recently returned from a […]

Cleveland: A Rockin’ Family Destination

Looking for a rockin’ good time for your next family destination? Look no further than Cleveland! Located on the Southern shore of Lake Erie, Cleveland is Ohio’s second largest city. Once known primarily for its manufacturing and industry, Cleveland has reinvented itself as a great family destination. From sports lovers to music lovers, this city […]

A Unique Ski Vacation in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

A Unique Ski Vacation in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin If you live in the midwest, you may not think you’re within driving distance to a ski resort. But you may not be as far from a snow-covered paradise as you’d think! In Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, just a short hour and a half drive from Chicago, is […]

Wondrous Whale Watching in Mexico

Wondrous Whale Watching in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – The whale, big as a locomotive, surged out of the water, streaming foam, airborne and spinning as though for the sheer joy of it, before gracefully slicing back under the waves. We watched silently, jaws agape, never having been so close to such a huge, fast-moving creature. […]

4 National Parks To Visit this Winter

4 National Parks To Visit this Winter There are 4 National Parks you will want to visit in the USA this winter season. Often overlooked, Death Valley Park in California / Nevada is in my Top 10 list. Death Valley in winter is most pleasant, though crowded with baby-boom retirees. The vistas are unimaginable. Whether you lodge or […]

Vienna: A Fascinating Holiday Destination for All the Family

Sponsored Post It is that time of the year again when people start thinking about holidays, and spending some quality time together as a family. If you usually spend the holidays away, have you thought about travelling to Vienna? With its captivating modern elegance and rich history, Vienna is a fascinating destination for families. In […]

Meet Me in Missouri

Winding roads, crisp, autumn leaves, and a cool breeze beneath the warm sun; this is Missouri in the fall. While many may head out east to see beautiful fall foliage, you don’t have to leave the Midwest to experience some spectacular fall colors. One of our producers recently took a trip to central-eastern Missouri, about […]

An Ohio Road Trip: Sandusky, Put-in-Bay and Port Clinton

You hopefully just joined us on the first part of our Ohio road trip: Thrills, Chills and Sandhills: HalloWeekends at Cedar Point. Now, we’re going to share with you another, more relaxing type of Lake Erie Shores & Islands vacation. We’ll explore Sandusky and take a ride on a vintage merry-go-round, hop on a ferry […]

Chickasaw Country Family Friendly Things to Do

Chickasaw Country is a great place to learn about other cultures and expand your horizons. This is easy to do with all of the fun, family friendly activities offered. Here are a few of our favorite activities from our trip! The Chickasaw Cultural Center The Chickasaw Cultural Center offers many activities and hands-on exhibits to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Best Places to Eat in Irvine and Dana Point

Dining in Irvine Have you ever felt overwhelmed thinking about mealtime during a family vacation and thought there was no way the whole family could find something they love? You won’t have to worry about that at the Diamond Jamboree Irvine! The food center is representative of the unique Southern California community and brings many […]

Irvine and Dana Point: Family-Friendly Things to Do

Irvine and Dana Point, California both have a ton of beautiful green spaces and cultural attractions and eateries that are ideal for the whole family! Check out some of our favorite family-friendly things to do in Irvine and Dana Point! Captain Dave’s Eco-Friendly Whale Watching Safari – Dana Point If you want to get up […]

Thrills, Chills and Sandhills: Cedar Point HalloWeekends

Calling all thrill-seekers, explorers, site-seers, and anyone looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of their busy lives; we’re ready to take you on a road trip through north-central Ohio that you won’t forget. One of our producers recently visited this Midwest gem, and we can’t wait to share it with you in […]

Fun Places to Eat in Buena Park

With all there is to do in Orange County, it’s important to remember to take a break and enjoy some of the delicious food offered! With so much variety it will be easy to find a destination to suit the whole family – here are some of our favorite fun places to eat in Buena […]

Things To Do In Buena Park

Orange County is home to lots of family friendly excursions. From exploring the towns to thrill seeking rides, Orange County has something for the whole family to enjoy! Here are a few of our favorite things to do in Buena Park in Orange County. Buena Park Located about 20 miles southeast of Los Angeles, Buena […]

Grand Canyon National Park Things to Do

While the beautiful Grand Canyon National Park is home to some of the most stunning natural landscapes in the west, there is much more to do than hike! Check out a roundup of some of our favorite activities below, from train rides and Navajo cultural demonstrations to lake activities and more! Grand Canyon Railway The […]

Where to Eat: Restaurants in Chickasaw Country

A big part of the culture in Chickasaw Country is the food. While we were only in Chickasaw Country for a short time, we were able to sample some of the great cuisine on our trip. You can do the same by visiting some of the spots listed below! Aaimpa Café If you’re hungry, look […]

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 […]

Visit Sichuan: A Magical Place in the Heart of Mainland China

Located in south central China, the Sichuan Province is completely surrounded with natural beauty. To its west lie the Hengduan Mountains that connect to the Tibetan Plateau; the Qinling Range is situated northeast; and the Yunnan Province Mountains are to the south. Then there’s the Sichuan Basin as well as distributary channels of the Yangtze […]

Visiting Katmai National Park: Adventure, Bears & Beauty, Oh My!

Of all the national parks in the park system, few bring out as many questions as does Katmai National Park. American Samoa may draw out the jungle explorer in us to wonder of logistics and flight or ship docking times. And the same could be said of Gates of the Arctic and Kobuk Valley, though […]

Learn & Play: Things to Do in Tucson, Arizona

As a top family-friendly destination in the USA, it makes sense that Tucson, Arizona has a ton of places to learn new things, get active and play! From top-notch museums to hiking trails and more, you’ll definitely find something for everyone. Here are a few of our favorite things to do in Tucson, Arizona! Arizona-Sonora […]

Best Places to Eat in Tucson, Arizona

Hungry in Arizona? Why the long face?! Enjoying the local flavors of the southwest is an absolutely must for anyone who vacations in the area. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite food spots to grab a bite – here are some of the best places to eat in Tucson, Arizona!    […]

Visit Fort Wayne, Indiana: A Big City in a Small Town

If you think you have to venture very far from Chicago to explore a new city, think again. Fort Wayne, Indiana, is filled with unique attractions, restaurants and fun, affordable family activities. The second largest city in Indiana (right behind Indianapolis), Fort Wayne has plenty to offer its visitors, without the the overwhelming hustle and bustle […]

Visit Málaga, Spain: A Perfect Mix of Family-Friendly Adventure & Relaxation

Traveling to Europe with younger children can be challenging, no matter how well adjusted or behaved your pint-sized explorers are. It becomes especially challenging when the destination you’re visiting is a bustling city filled with historical sites and museums. This is one reason Málaga, Spain, the country’s fifth-most populated city, is worth a closer look. […]

Discovering a Reconstructed San Diego and Why You Need to Visit

The very first time I learned of the city of San Diego, I was at a raucous party in Kansas City. I was only 18 years old at the time and was coming home from my first adventure out west. Two buddies and I had stuffed ourselves into an old Dodge Swinger (manual 3-speed on […]

‘When You Are Old’ in Xichang, China

Written at the close of last year’s “Spring Festival”, the Year of the Rooster; and released today, celebrating the first day of this year’s Chinese New Year…. The Year of the Dog   “When you are old and gray and full of sleep And nodding by the fire, take down this book…..” – W.B. Yeats, Irish poet […]

If You Really Want to be Enchanted

There is a feeling of beguilement that wells up in one’s heart when the name “New Mexico” is mentioned in conversation. There is a pulling at the five senses. It is as if all the art, cuisine, hot-air balloons, and Georgia O’Keefe rounded pink mountains are magnetizing you with their call. There is a sense […]

Dining and Dancing in Palm Springs

Known for its starry nights and warm desert breezes, Palm Springs, California elicits from many a traveler the desire to just dance. It is as if something wells up from your inner reaches in a primal need to express yourself under the palms. And if dancing in the open air under the shadow of Mount […]

Luray Caverns and the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum

Luray Caverns   A visit to Luray Caverns in the town of Luray will leave your family in awe. This breathtaking landmark is the most popular and largest cavern destination in Eastern America. With over 4 million years under its belt and so much to discover, the caverns make for a great educational outing on […]

Home for the Holidays at The Ridge Hotel in Lake Geneva

Whether you’re looking for a holiday getaway, or a post-Christmas vacation, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is just a short drive away from the Chicagoland area. Although known as a hotspot for tourists in the summer, Lake Geneva has a few winter secrets you may not know about. One of their best kept secrets is The Ridge […]

Nashville, Tennessee – The Heart of Music City

Photo Credit: Flickr It’s no surprise that Nashville, Tennessee is known far and wide as Music City. With its renowned museums, bustling downtown, vibrant culture, authentic southern cuisine, and, of course, the music, it’s hard to find anything not to love about this city. One of our producers recently had the pleasure of experiencing Nashville […]

Tripping Over Hong Kong

When planning a trip to Hong Kong, or as the native Chinese prefer to say…”HK”, one may be overwhelmed by all the delightful sights to see and all the dozens of things to do there. One may even find one self tripping over all the possibilities. For those of us who would prefer a more […]

Experiencing Chicago: “Stay Alfred” Style

When planning a vacation, the first question that often comes to mind is, “Where are we going to stay?” Of course, the most obvious answer is a hotel. Unfortunately, hotels can be expensive, not ideal for long stays, and can feel cramped when traveling with a family. The good news? There are some excellent family-style […]

Six Last-Minute Summer Road Trips from Chicago

There comes a time in everyone’s life where they look at the calendar and instantly think, “Where has the summer gone?!”. After months of dreaming about beaches, lazy days, and family vacations, it seems that summer goes by faster each year. But here’s the good news: It’s not over yet! There’s still time to pack […]

Lincoln lore and so much more in Springfield, IL

“Family Travel” writer Amy Aquino lives in Chicago with her husband and three children. She loves taking family road trips to both new and familiar destinations. Walking in Abraham Lincoln’s footsteps in Springfield, IL, had been on our family travel bucket list since our three kids were little. Time was ticking, so we hopped in […]

Kualoa Ranch

Kualoa Ranch 49-560 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744 (808) 237-7321 kualoa.com   Kualoa Ranch is the place to be if your family is looking for activities that showcase Hawaii’s natural beauty, while also learning about its rich cultural heritage. Colleen and her girls, Dunovan and Shea, were joined by Colleen’s sister Catie and her niece […]

Polynesian Cultural Center

Polynesian Cultural Center 55-370 Kamehameha Hwy, Laie, HI 96762 (808) 293-3333 polynesia.com Coming to Hawaii, Colleen and the crew were thrilled to learn all about Polynesian culture and traditions. The Polynesian Cultural Center is a destination that every family should go to to soak up the island village life, and have hands-on learning experiences with […]

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, […]

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 […]

6 Tips For Traveling On The Day Before Thanksgiving

Holidays are nothing without the hustle and bustle of getting your family from one place to another. The day before Thanksgiving is no exception as it’s one of the busiest travel days of the year. According to the auto club AAA, 48.7 million Americans are predicted to travel this Thanksgiving, with a majority of them […]

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 […]

Let Your Getaway Take Flight at Galena’s Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa

There’s nothing quite like a weekend escape from the city, taking in the fresh air, the open skies and the peace and quiet. At the Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa in scenic Galena, IL, just three hours outside of Chicago, you can experience all of these joys and so much more. One of our “Family […]

11 Extraordinary Museums That Take Fun and Culture to a Whole New Level

Whether you’re traveling with toddlers or teens, or anyone in between, exploring a museum can be a great way to combine fun with learning while on vacation. And if you visit a museum that goes above and beyond in engaging and inspiring its patrons, your kids will have such a wonderful time they’ll be blissfully […]

Five Favorite Cities for Last-Minute Spring Break Fun

Spring break is just around the corner! Those of you who haven’t made plans might start to feel regret as your friends jet off to their fabulous vacations — and document the journey on social media. Is it too late for you to save spring break? Believe it or not, the answer is NO! Many […]

Seven College Towns That are Worth More Than Just a College Visit

Many college towns have much more to offer than cheap dining establishments, Greek row and professional pep squads. They can also be wonderful destinations for families who are looking for a fun-filled mini vacation. We looked at some of America’s best college towns and narrowed down the list to seven of our favorites for weekend […]

Five Favorite Cities For Last-minute Spring Break Fun

Spring break is just around the corner. Or for some families, it’s already arrived. Those of you who haven’t made plans might be starting to feel regret as your friends jet off to their fabulous vacations — and document the journey on social media. Is it too late for you to save spring break?

Soak Up Some Sun and Family Fun in Sarasota

Just like her daughter Colleen, Kay Keogh likes to find great hotels and activities while on the road and share them with families. Here is her report on the Sarasota area, located on the southwest coast of Florida. Photos courtesy of Visit Sarasota County My daughter assigns me the task of scouting for her show! […]

Rosemont, IL… Solution For Your Winter Blues

‘Family Travel’ Sales Director Recalls her Memorable Weekend at this Exciting Chicago-Area Destination As the winter grew colder, darker and more depressing, the “Family Travel with Colleen Kelly” team decided to attend the Travel & Adventure Show in January to see some sunny destinations and find fun things to do with the family. To really […]

Soak up some sun and family fun in Sarasota

Just like her daughter Colleen, Kay Keogh likes to find great hotels and activities while on the road and share them with families. Here is her report on the Sarasota area, located on the southwest coast of Florida.

Memories – Old and New – at The Abbey in Lake Geneva

Colleen’s mom reminisces about special times with family at lakeside retreat  My husband and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 16, 2015. Because 50 is a very special anniversary, we decided to revisit the places that held cherished spots in our hearts. We honeymooned at The Abbey Resort in Fontana, Wisconsin. Over the years, […]

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Travel Film Productions team members share travel tips and best memories of their 2014 summer vacations

The Biggest and Best Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

Cinco De Mayo is an exciting and colorful celebration, though a bit of confusion surrounds the holiday. What exactly are we celebrating on May 5? Typically thought of as Mexican Independence Day, the holiday is actually a celebration of the Battle of Puebla, a battle that expelled France out of Mexico. In fact, Cinco De […]

My Top 5 places to Take a Walk in the Park

Enjoy a day out with your family! This year, March 30th is “Take a walk in the Park” Day.  I figured this would be a great time to tell you about some of my favorite parks around the U.S. where you can take your family out for for a mini-vacation. NEW YORK CITY CENTRAL PARK […]

5 Hot Spots Presidents Would Write Home About

It’s February and that means we will be celebrating Valentines day, Black History Month, and of course Presidents Day. This year presidents weekend falls on Monday the 17th. To make the most out of your presidents weekend we here at Family Travel have come up with 5 great destinations you won’t want to miss! SPRINGFIELD, […]

Top 5 Locations to Connect to Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you’ve been thinking of taking the Family on a weekend get-a-way for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, then look no further. Family Travel has gathered it’s top 5 suggestions for celebrating the man behind the day. ATLANTA, GA Atlanta has been dubbed the “new south”. Home to the 1996 Olympics, Coca Cola, and Doctor […]

The Best Eats in Holland

My husband Greg LOVES good food and my kids are little foodies as well so we were in culinary heaven at Boatwerks. The food preparation and presentation was extraordinary and every dish tasted even better than it looked, and it looked AMAZING.

One Fish, Two Fish, Big Red, Blue Lake!

Holland State Park OUR EXPERIENCE WHILE ON SET My husband Greg loves to fish and it was so much fun to watch him teach the girls how to put the bait on a hook and try fishing for the first time. My daughter Shea was so brave!  Those nightcrawlers didn’t bother her one little bit […]

Adventures in downtown Holland

Downtown Holland Street Fest OUR EXPERIENCE WHILE ON SET During the summer months, from June through August, Holland’s downtown area is THE spot to be on Thursday nights.  Families came out in droves to enjoy jugglers, musicians, and many other street performers.  About four blocks are set aside for the performances and cars are not […]

Relaxing in Santa Clara, California

I recently spoke at the Travel and Adventure Show in Santa Clara, California. Santa Clara sits in the heart of Silicon Valley and is home to many companies such as Intel, NVIDIA and Agilent Technologies. Bustling during the week with business people, Santa Clara hotels and restaurants are humming with activity. On the weekend, however, I found […]

Family Travel in Ireland: Westport House

Westport House Just a short drive from Westport city center is Westport House, a privately owned home with historic roots.  The owners of Westport House are descendants of the legendary Pirate Queen, Grace O’Malley. You can find a statue of the Pirate Queen in the gardens of the home.  Visitors can tour inside the home and can view […]

Family Travel in Ireland: Rockfleet Castle

In doing our research on the Westport area, we learned that Grace O’Malley, otherwise known as the Pirate Queen, held a prominent place in history in the area. The O’Malleys were one of the seafaring families on the west coast. They had many castles built in order to oversee their territory. It was said that […]

Family Travel in Ireland: The Greenway

The Greenway is a scenic pathway for biking, running and strolling near Clew Bay in County Mayo. The Greenway is built on top of an old railway track that ran along the water from Westport to Achill. If you are looking for good place to get some exercise with an extraordinary view, check out the […]

Family Travel in Ireland: The Gathering

Tourism Ireland is welcoming people from around the world to Ireland for 2013!  The Gathering is an invitation for people to come to the Emerald Isle and discover their roots. Families all around Ireland are organizing huge gatherings. People are making plans through email and Facebook to round up everyone from the Maguires to the Callahans […]

Day 5: Family Travel CK in Ireland – Wineport Lodge to Dublin

Our time in the countryside came to an end.  We had so much fun with all of the Kelly side of the family in the Westport area.  Ashford Castle was such a treat!  To experience the life of a princess was magical.  For the end of our trip, we headed back to Dublin to check […]

Day 4: Family Travel CK in Ireland – Ashford Castle

Ashford Castle is located in Cong, County Mayo.  It is situated a short distance from the center of the town where the film The Quiet Man starring John Wayne was filmed.  And while the town of Cong is definitely worth the visit, there will be plenty of activities at the castle to keep you very busy. The most amazing […]

Day 3: Family Travel CK in Ireland – Westport

Westport is just beautiful and we were able to check out three local spots including a farm, a horse stable at the base of Croagh Patrick Mountain and Rockfleet Castle, which once belonged to Grace O’Malley the Pirate Queen. Greenway Farm provides fresh produce for local restaurants. The farmer/owner from Greenway Farm with his geese. Rockfleet is […]

Day 2: Family Travel CK in Ireland – Westport

We had such a lovely day in Westport. We started with sipping tea and dodging the rain.  Luckily it cleared up in the afternoon to get in a bike ride on the beautiful Greenway and then a roll down a hill in a zorb!  The night ended with Matt Molloy at his famous pub, a pint of Guinness in hand! […]

Newport, Ireland & Family Travel CK

As soon as we arrived in Ireland, we went straight to Newport, County Mayo.  It is the home of my ancestors and a place where we have many family members and friends.  They all gathered together to welcome our whole crew and make us feel at home.  Everywhere we turned, we were met with pure […]

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Benihana – Celebrating their 55th Anniversary and Reasons we Crave it year after year!

If you are traveling to Chicago, or are fortunate to live in this beautiful city, there’s a hot spot celebrating their 55th Anniversary in the restaurant industry. Benihana Chicago offers great food, entertainment and fun located along the Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago. Benihana Chicago, located in the iconic John Hancock building, features a sushi bar, cocktail […]

Learn & Play: Things to Do in Tucson, Arizona

As a top family-friendly destination in the USA, it makes sense that Tucson, Arizona has a ton of places to learn new things, get active and play! From top-notch museums to hiking trails and more, you’ll definitely find something for everyone. Here are a few of our favorite things to do in Tucson, Arizona! Arizona-Sonora […]

Stay in Tucson, Arizona: The White Stallion Ranch

Home to a warm, desert climate, a bustling metro area and a major university, and plenty of cultural attractions and opportunities for activity, Tucson is an ideal family-friendly destination in the great southwest region of the USA. Looking for a relaxing place to stay in Tucson, Arizona? White Stallion Ranch is just the place! At […]

Visit Fort Wayne, Indiana: A Big City in a Small Town

If you think you have to venture very far from Chicago to explore a new city, think again. Fort Wayne, Indiana, is filled with unique attractions, restaurants and fun, affordable family activities. The second largest city in Indiana (right behind Indianapolis), Fort Wayne has plenty to offer its visitors, without the the overwhelming hustle and bustle […]

Visit Málaga, Spain: A Perfect Mix of Family-Friendly Adventure & Relaxation

Traveling to Europe with younger children can be challenging, no matter how well adjusted or behaved your pint-sized explorers are. It becomes especially challenging when the destination you’re visiting is a bustling city filled with historical sites and museums. This is one reason Málaga, Spain, the country’s fifth-most populated city, is worth a closer look. […]

Discovering a Reconstructed San Diego and Why You Need to Visit

The very first time I learned of the city of San Diego, I was at a raucous party in Kansas City. I was only 18 years old at the time and was coming home from my first adventure out west. Two buddies and I had stuffed ourselves into an old Dodge Swinger (manual 3-speed on […]

‘When You Are Old’ in Xichang, China

Written at the close of last year’s “Spring Festival”, the Year of the Rooster; and released today, celebrating the first day of this year’s Chinese New Year…. The Year of the Dog   “When you are old and gray and full of sleep And nodding by the fire, take down this book…..” – W.B. Yeats, Irish poet […]

If You Really Want to be Enchanted

There is a feeling of beguilement that wells up in one’s heart when the name “New Mexico” is mentioned in conversation. There is a pulling at the five senses. It is as if all the art, cuisine, hot-air balloons, and Georgia O’Keefe rounded pink mountains are magnetizing you with their call. There is a sense […]

Baby Myths: Separating Fake News from Fact in Newborn Care

Newborn care advice evolves over the years, and while there’s no shortage of baby books and websites, there are still myths and misinformation out there about caring for little ones. Here are our Top 5 baby care myths and their corresponding facts to help new parents:   MYTH: Putting rice cereal in baby’s bottle helps […]

Dining and Dancing in Palm Springs

Known for its starry nights and warm desert breezes, Palm Springs, California elicits from many a traveler the desire to just dance. It is as if something wells up from your inner reaches in a primal need to express yourself under the palms. And if dancing in the open air under the shadow of Mount […]

Home for the Holidays at The Ridge Hotel in Lake Geneva

Whether you’re looking for a holiday getaway, or a post-Christmas vacation, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is just a short drive away from the Chicagoland area. Although known as a hotspot for tourists in the summer, Lake Geneva has a few winter secrets you may not know about. One of their best kept secrets is The Ridge […]

Nashville, Tennessee – The Heart of Music City

Photo Credit: Flickr It’s no surprise that Nashville, Tennessee is known far and wide as Music City. With its renowned museums, bustling downtown, vibrant culture, authentic southern cuisine, and, of course, the music, it’s hard to find anything not to love about this city. One of our producers recently had the pleasure of experiencing Nashville […]

13 Tips for Traveling with Your Pet

Tips from Emmy Award Winning Celebrity Veterinarian Dr. Jeff Werber More and more people’s travel plans include their four legged family members. Although boarding your pet is always an option, and there are many boarding facilities that rival upscale hotel accommodations, the fact is, for many of us pets are family and we wouldn’t enjoy […]

Travel Chat: Author Liliane Opsomer

In Celebrity Travel Chat with Colleen Kelly, Colleen interviews fellow travel experts and celebrities about their areas of expertise and their own personal passion for exploring the world. Name: Liliane Opsomer, author of “The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids 2018” Occupation: Guidebook writer and blogger Passion: I am passionate about travel, fairies, […]

How to Make the Most of Your Staycation

If you’re looking for a great way to spend some time with your family in the comfort of your own home, consider taking a staycation. You’ll not only save money, but you’ll be able to connect with your loved ones on a new level, and have fun doing so! We’re going to give you some […]

Experiencing Chicago: “Stay Alfred” Style

When planning a vacation, the first question that often comes to mind is, “Where are we going to stay?” Of course, the most obvious answer is a hotel. Unfortunately, hotels can be expensive, not ideal for long stays, and can feel cramped when traveling with a family. The good news? There are some excellent family-style […]

10 Last-Minute Labor Day Travel Tips

Labor Day is nearly upon us. It’s estimated that around 35 million people will be traveling for this long weekend holiday. TurnKey Vacation Rentals has put together some tips for last minute Labor Day travel. 1. Get a tune up  If you’re traveling by car, it’s important to make sure your car has the necessary […]

Keep Warm and Stay Inn

If you think the only time to experience a Chicago getaway is when it’s warm, think again. One of our producers recently had the pleasure of experiencing The Loews Hotel Chicago. Thanks to their cozy amenities and hottest packages, you’ll discover that staying in is just as much of a vacation as going out! With […]

6 Tips For Traveling On The Day Before Thanksgiving

Holidays are nothing without the hustle and bustle of getting your family from one place to another. The day before Thanksgiving is no exception as it’s one of the busiest travel days of the year. According to the auto club AAA, 48.7 million Americans are predicted to travel this Thanksgiving, with a majority of them […]

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 […]

Let Your Getaway Take Flight at Galena’s Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa

There’s nothing quite like a weekend escape from the city, taking in the fresh air, the open skies and the peace and quiet. At the Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa in scenic Galena, IL, just three hours outside of Chicago, you can experience all of these joys and so much more. One of our “Family […]

11 Extraordinary Museums That Take Fun and Culture to a Whole New Level

Whether you’re traveling with toddlers or teens, or anyone in between, exploring a museum can be a great way to combine fun with learning while on vacation. And if you visit a museum that goes above and beyond in engaging and inspiring its patrons, your kids will have such a wonderful time they’ll be blissfully […]

Family bonding in Lake Geneva: thrilling zip line adventure, lakeside luxury and a touch of nostalgia

My family and I recently had the opportunity to get out of our comfort zone in a 100-acre forest surrounding Lake Geneva, Wisconsin – and I mean WAY out of our comfort zone, as in racing across a 1,200-foot zip line suspended 65 feet above the ground at speeds of up to 45 miles per […]

10 Tips for Keeping Your Sanity While Fishing with Kids

Summer is a perfect time to take your family fishing! Here are some of our favorite tips for keeping the kids happy on a fishing trip, while easing stress for the adults.

Five Independence Day Firework Displays That Will Blow Your Mind

Fourth of July is around the corner, and every child and parent knows the best part of this celebration is the fireworks! Here are five of our favorite cities to visit for a memorable fireworks show.

Incorporate a Lighthouse Into Your Fall Road Trip

Fall is a favorite time of year for taking road trips, as families head out to see the vibrant scenery of the season. There’s so much to see on a well planned road trip, including lighthouses. Yes, lighthouses! When you’re on the road, they can be beautiful and interesting stops along the way. There are […]

Five Tricks for Getting the Most Out of Your Museum Outing with the Kids

1. Tools of the trade: One of my favorite tips for taking kids to a museum includes a special tool you can pack in your purse! Check it out in my FamilyFun video tip: 2. Teacher’s toolbox: Many museum websites have a resource section for teachers, so I like to peek at what is offered […]

Five Hotel Tips for a Flawless Family Vacation

When we’re shooting episodes for “Family Travel with Colleen Kelly,” we end up staying in A LOT of hotels, and they are surprisingly all very different! I’ve developed a few tricks that I keep up my sleeve to help me find just the right hotel each time I travel.

Dive into National Aquarium Month with our Six Favorite Aquariums

June is the month for celebrating our beautiful oceans and the wide range of creatures that inhabit it. It’s National Aquarium Month, and June 8 is also World Oceans Day, a day for ocean celebration and action. In honor of these events, we’re going to share with you six of our favorite aquariums.

Food

Top 4 Chicago Hotels with Delicious Hot Breakfasts

Our Top 4 Chicago Hotels with Delicious Hot Breakfasts When you’re on vacation, most of the time you find yourself rushing out of your hotel in the morning, ready to take on the day, even if it means skipping breakfast. The “Hilton Breakfast Alliance” is on a mission to transform breakfast, taking it from a […]

Benihana – Celebrating their 55th Anniversary and Reasons we Crave it year after year!

If you are traveling to Chicago, or are fortunate to live in this beautiful city, there’s a hot spot celebrating their 55th Anniversary in the restaurant industry. Benihana Chicago offers great food, entertainment and fun located along the Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago. Benihana Chicago, located in the iconic John Hancock building, features a sushi bar, cocktail […]

Maswik Food Court & Other Grand Canyon Places to Eat

With all the trekking and sightseeing you’ll be doing in Grand Canyon National Park, you better believe you’ll need to plan some places to refuel into your itinerary! Check out a list of our favorite spots, including Maswik Food Court and more! Maswik Food Court Maswik Food Court is the perfect dining option for families and/or […]

Best Places to Eat in Irvine and Dana Point

Dining in Irvine Have you ever felt overwhelmed thinking about mealtime during a family vacation and thought there was no way the whole family could find something they love? You won’t have to worry about that at the Diamond Jamboree Irvine! The food center is representative of the unique Southern California community and brings many […]

Fun Places to Eat in Buena Park

With all there is to do in Orange County, it’s important to remember to take a break and enjoy some of the delicious food offered! With so much variety it will be easy to find a destination to suit the whole family – here are some of our favorite fun places to eat in Buena […]

Best Places to Eat in Tucson, Arizona

Hungry in Arizona? Why the long face?! Enjoying the local flavors of the southwest is an absolutely must for anyone who vacations in the area. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite food spots to grab a bite – here are some of the best places to eat in Tucson, Arizona!    […]

Discovering a Reconstructed San Diego and Why You Need to Visit

The very first time I learned of the city of San Diego, I was at a raucous party in Kansas City. I was only 18 years old at the time and was coming home from my first adventure out west. Two buddies and I had stuffed ourselves into an old Dodge Swinger (manual 3-speed on […]

‘When You Are Old’ in Xichang, China

Written at the close of last year’s “Spring Festival”, the Year of the Rooster; and released today, celebrating the first day of this year’s Chinese New Year…. The Year of the Dog   “When you are old and gray and full of sleep And nodding by the fire, take down this book…..” – W.B. Yeats, Irish poet […]

Dining and Dancing in Palm Springs

Known for its starry nights and warm desert breezes, Palm Springs, California elicits from many a traveler the desire to just dance. It is as if something wells up from your inner reaches in a primal need to express yourself under the palms. And if dancing in the open air under the shadow of Mount […]

Local Chop & Grill House

  Local Chop & Grill House, located in Harrisonburg, Virginia, serves some of the most quality locally sourced fruits, vegetables, and meats in the Shenandoah Valley. This cozy steakhouse is a favorite among locals and visitors who are looking to treat themselves to a fresh steak or a unique cocktail.     Colleen was able […]

Home for the Holidays at The Ridge Hotel in Lake Geneva

Whether you’re looking for a holiday getaway, or a post-Christmas vacation, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is just a short drive away from the Chicagoland area. Although known as a hotspot for tourists in the summer, Lake Geneva has a few winter secrets you may not know about. One of their best kept secrets is The Ridge […]

Nashville, Tennessee – The Heart of Music City

Photo Credit: Flickr It’s no surprise that Nashville, Tennessee is known far and wide as Music City. With its renowned museums, bustling downtown, vibrant culture, authentic southern cuisine, and, of course, the music, it’s hard to find anything not to love about this city. One of our producers recently had the pleasure of experiencing Nashville […]

Tripping Over Hong Kong

When planning a trip to Hong Kong, or as the native Chinese prefer to say…”HK”, one may be overwhelmed by all the delightful sights to see and all the dozens of things to do there. One may even find one self tripping over all the possibilities. For those of us who would prefer a more […]

How to Make the Most of Your Staycation

If you’re looking for a great way to spend some time with your family in the comfort of your own home, consider taking a staycation. You’ll not only save money, but you’ll be able to connect with your loved ones on a new level, and have fun doing so! We’re going to give you some […]

Seven Dishes to Expand the Palate of Your Picky Eater

Appeasing the picky eater is a challenge almost every parent has had to face at some point or another. Whether it’s a battle of the broccoli, or another culinary conflict, getting your child to try new foods can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Experts have noted that one of the best ways […]

Matsumoto’s Shave Ice

Matsumoto’s Shave Ice 66-087 Kamehameha Hwy #605, Haleiwa, HI 96712 (808) 637-4827 If you’re looking for a sweeter option in the North Shore, Shave Ice at Matsumoto’s is a definite go-to. Matsumoto’s was established in 1951 when owners Mamoru and Helen opened their own grocery store, which later transformed into the shave ice shop. The […]

Macky’s Shrimp Truck

Macky’s Shrimp Truck 66-632 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712 (808) 780-1071   Macky’s shrimp truck is tucked away on the roadside in North Shore and is one of Oahu’s treasures. The truck features five shrimp plates and one fruit tray with fresh grapes, bananas, oranges, and mango. The crew got there just in time for […]

Hank’s Haute Dogs

Hank’s Haute Dogs 324 Coral St, Honolulu, HI 96813 (808) 532-4265 hankshautedogs.com   Hank Adaniya, the owner and founder of Hank’s Haute Dogs, is a Chicago native, and we sure couldn’t pass up a good Chicago hot dog on this trip! It also happens to be their most popular item on the menu, and boy […]

Beyond the Hotdog: Get Adventurous at the Ballpark with our Five Favorite Menu Items

Major League Baseball stadiums have really stepped up their food game. There’s still about a month left of regular season baseball, so head out to cheer on your local team and get adventurous with your dining choices! Here are five of our favorite offerings.

We All Scream for Our Six Favorite Ice Cream Shops

Nothing screams summer more than ice cream. But if you’re looking for another excuse to indulge in the creamy treat, July is National Ice Cream Month!

Tea Time at the Drake Hotel and Holiday Cheer at the Spice House

The holidays are the perfect time for family traditions both new and old. One tradition that my family has enjoyed for many years is tea at the Drake Hotel.

There’s no crying at Disney! Save the day with food from home

Does Disney allow guests to bring their own snacks through the gate? You bet! This can be especially helpful to know if you are traveling with little children or picky eaters, or if you are on a budget. So don’t hesitate to pack a bag of fruit snacks, PB and J, crackers, juice pouches and […]

Like a Kid in a Candy Store- Literally!

Holland Peanut Store OUR EXPERIENCE WHILE ON SET Just picture every kind of candy that you can imagine all in one spot.  And when I am talking candy, I mean candy that your grandpa used to give you when you were little as well as the favorites that your kids love nowadays.  Now, add in […]

The Best Eats in Holland

My husband Greg LOVES good food and my kids are little foodies as well so we were in culinary heaven at Boatwerks. The food preparation and presentation was extraordinary and every dish tasted even better than it looked, and it looked AMAZING.

Restaurants Recommended by Real Moms in San Antonio

Big Lou’s Pizza – 2048 South W.W. White, San Antonio 78222, 210-337-0707 If you want your kid’s tummy full, look no further, this restaurant is home to some of the biggest pizza pies in the country! Measuring at a whopping 62-inches making the pizza…5 feet, 2 inches in diameter equaling 3,019 square inches! Your eyes […]

Food for Flight! Family Travel Snacks & Flight Tips

Packing a few snacks for the ride can help everyone get through the journey a little bit easier. Let’s face it, hungry kids can get pretty cranky! The same holds true for parents and grandparents so make sure you pack a few snacks for the adults as well. Of course you can purchase food and snacks at […]

Healthy Dining on a Family Vacation…Is it Possible?

Trying to make healthy dining choices on the road can be a challenge. Why is it that people tend to snack a lot while they are driving long distances in the car?  Is it boredom?  Is it really hunger?  Whatever the reason, we always snack more on the long hauls from home.  Here are a couple tips […]

High-Tech Travel

5 Great Reasons to Choose Traveler’s Choice

Sponsored Post With a show called “Family Travel with Colleen Kelly” and another called “Trip Sisters”, it’s pretty clear that we do a lot of traveling. And what’s the one thing you simply can’t travel without? Luggage, of course! When you travel as much as we do, you learn pretty quickly that the quality and […]

Family Friendly Travel Gadgets for 2017

Living in a world of constant change is both inspiring and exciting. We are always looking into the latest and greatest innovations in tech and figuring out how we can incorporate them into our travels. Tech lovers, this one’s for you! Check out some of our can’t miss, favorite travel gadgets that we think you […]

Holiday Travel Essentials for Babies, Toddlers, and Children

Managing children in transit doesn’t have to be a complete nightmare. If you’re considering braving your first holiday trip with your little ones, fear no more! With the right travel essentials and a positive mindset, you’ll be a family travel guru in no time. Check out our list of essential travel products to help make […]

Hit the Road with our 10 Must-Have Travel Apps

From cross-country road trips to staycations in the city, your getaway will run more smoothly with a little help from some of the latest and greatest high-tech tools. We’re talking about smart phone apps that can assist you with the planning process and help you make the most of your vacation once you’ve arrived. Here […]

Family Travel Must-Have Bags for Packing

Packing for a family vacation is always a challenge. Ziploc Bag Tip Ziploc bags come in various sizes and are handy for packing clothing, toiletries and snacks. When I start the packing process, I follow a list, which helps me avoid forgetting to pack something. I keep the list on my computer and print a […]

Holiday Travel

Vienna: A Fascinating Holiday Destination for All the Family

Sponsored Post It is that time of the year again when people start thinking about holidays, and spending some quality time together as a family. If you usually spend the holidays away, have you thought about travelling to Vienna? With its captivating modern elegance and rich history, Vienna is a fascinating destination for families. In […]

Thrills, Chills and Sandhills: Cedar Point HalloWeekends

Calling all thrill-seekers, explorers, site-seers, and anyone looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of their busy lives; we’re ready to take you on a road trip through north-central Ohio that you won’t forget. One of our producers recently visited this Midwest gem, and we can’t wait to share it with you in […]

How to Keep Your Home Safe While Away

Homeowners tend to worry when they leave on long trips, but there are many things that they can do to protect their property when they go away. Contributor Kris Lindahl shares tips on how to keep your home safe while away – whether you’re leaving for a quick weekend getaway or many months.   Put Your Mail […]

‘When You Are Old’ in Xichang, China

Written at the close of last year’s “Spring Festival”, the Year of the Rooster; and released today, celebrating the first day of this year’s Chinese New Year…. The Year of the Dog   “When you are old and gray and full of sleep And nodding by the fire, take down this book…..” – W.B. Yeats, Irish poet […]

Home for the Holidays at The Ridge Hotel in Lake Geneva

Whether you’re looking for a holiday getaway, or a post-Christmas vacation, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is just a short drive away from the Chicagoland area. Although known as a hotspot for tourists in the summer, Lake Geneva has a few winter secrets you may not know about. One of their best kept secrets is The Ridge […]

13 Tips for Traveling with Your Pet

Tips from Emmy Award Winning Celebrity Veterinarian Dr. Jeff Werber More and more people’s travel plans include their four legged family members. Although boarding your pet is always an option, and there are many boarding facilities that rival upscale hotel accommodations, the fact is, for many of us pets are family and we wouldn’t enjoy […]

How to Make the Most of Your Staycation

If you’re looking for a great way to spend some time with your family in the comfort of your own home, consider taking a staycation. You’ll not only save money, but you’ll be able to connect with your loved ones on a new level, and have fun doing so! We’re going to give you some […]

10 Last-Minute Labor Day Travel Tips

Labor Day is nearly upon us. It’s estimated that around 35 million people will be traveling for this long weekend holiday. TurnKey Vacation Rentals has put together some tips for last minute Labor Day travel. 1. Get a tune up  If you’re traveling by car, it’s important to make sure your car has the necessary […]

7 Packing Tips for a Better Vacation

Whether you choose to travel by bus, car, ship, or plane, the hassle of packing is unavoidable. Before you begin to stress about your luggage, check out our packing tips for a better vacation. 1. Don’t over pack!  Unless you are traveling somewhere with no commercial shopping, there is no need to bring every piece […]

Keep Warm and Stay Inn

If you think the only time to experience a Chicago getaway is when it’s warm, think again. One of our producers recently had the pleasure of experiencing The Loews Hotel Chicago. Thanks to their cozy amenities and hottest packages, you’ll discover that staying in is just as much of a vacation as going out! With […]

Family Friendly Travel Gadgets for 2017

Living in a world of constant change is both inspiring and exciting. We are always looking into the latest and greatest innovations in tech and figuring out how we can incorporate them into our travels. Tech lovers, this one’s for you! Check out some of our can’t miss, favorite travel gadgets that we think you […]

Holiday Travel Essentials for Babies, Toddlers, and Children

Managing children in transit doesn’t have to be a complete nightmare. If you’re considering braving your first holiday trip with your little ones, fear no more! With the right travel essentials and a positive mindset, you’ll be a family travel guru in no time. Check out our list of essential travel products to help make […]

6 Tips For Traveling On The Day Before Thanksgiving

Holidays are nothing without the hustle and bustle of getting your family from one place to another. The day before Thanksgiving is no exception as it’s one of the busiest travel days of the year. According to the auto club AAA, 48.7 million Americans are predicted to travel this Thanksgiving, with a majority of them […]

Five of the Best Destinations for Romancing Your Valentine

Whether you lie on a beach or see the sights, these unforgettable destinations will rekindle the romance Whether it’s a resort or rustic cabin, the city or the boonies, five stars or under the stars, it’s time for a getaway – minus the kids. Taking a weekend trip might be just what you need to […]

Ready for Some Chills and Thrills at a Haunted Hotel?

Families have many ways of getting into the Halloween spirit. Some like to keep it cute and cuddly, while others can’t get enough of the ghosts and gore. If you fall into the latter category, spending the night in a haunted hotel might just be the kind of adventure you’re looking for.

The Biggest and Best Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

Cinco De Mayo is an exciting and colorful celebration, though a bit of confusion surrounds the holiday. What exactly are we celebrating on May 5? Typically thought of as Mexican Independence Day, the holiday is actually a celebration of the Battle of Puebla, a battle that expelled France out of Mexico. In fact, Cinco De […]

Nature/ Wildlife Family Travel – Jenny Kustra-Quinn

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 […]

Family bonding in Lake Geneva: thrilling zip line adventure, lakeside luxury and a touch of nostalgia

My family and I recently had the opportunity to get out of our comfort zone in a 100-acre forest surrounding Lake Geneva, Wisconsin – and I mean WAY out of our comfort zone, as in racing across a 1,200-foot zip line suspended 65 feet above the ground at speeds of up to 45 miles per […]

A ‘Country Club in the Woods’ in Picturesque Kohler, Wisconsin

In Kohler, Wisconsin, you can explore a trail that meanders through a lush forest and alongside the Sheboygan River – either on horseback or on foot – then enjoy a gourmet dinner in a candle-lit log cabin nestled in the woods. That’s my idea of a perfect day. If you agree, you must make the […]

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 […]

Product Reviews

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 […]

Family bonding in Lake Geneva: thrilling zip line adventure, lakeside luxury and a touch of nostalgia

My family and I recently had the opportunity to get out of our comfort zone in a 100-acre forest surrounding Lake Geneva, Wisconsin – and I mean WAY out of our comfort zone, as in racing across a 1,200-foot zip line suspended 65 feet above the ground at speeds of up to 45 miles per […]

A ‘Country Club in the Woods’ in Picturesque Kohler, Wisconsin

In Kohler, Wisconsin, you can explore a trail that meanders through a lush forest and alongside the Sheboygan River – either on horseback or on foot – then enjoy a gourmet dinner in a candle-lit log cabin nestled in the woods. That’s my idea of a perfect day. If you agree, you must make the […]

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 […]

Travel Talk with Colleen Kelly

Travel Chat: Author Liliane Opsomer

In Celebrity Travel Chat with Colleen Kelly, Colleen interviews fellow travel experts and celebrities about their areas of expertise and their own personal passion for exploring the world. Name: Liliane Opsomer, author of “The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids 2018” Occupation: Guidebook writer and blogger Passion: I am passionate about travel, fairies, […]

Travel Chat: CEO Dan Mahar

In Celebrity Travel Chat with Colleen Kelly, Colleen interviews fellow travel experts and celebrities about their areas of expertise and their own personal passion for exploring the world. Some of Dan Mahar’s best memories are learning to waltz with his daughter at a palace in Vienna, encountering a bear in the Grand Tetons National Park, […]

Travel Chat: AARP’s Stephanie Miles

In Celebrity Travel Chat with Colleen Kelly, Colleen interviews fellow travel experts and celebrities about their areas of expertise and their own personal passion for exploring the world. Stephanie Miles is all about travel, whether as part of her job or in her personal life. She is AARP’s vice president of member value, products and […]

Travel Tips

Taking a Staycation in Ireland? 4 Things to Do

The luscious natural landscapes and the warm cozy nights in quaint little pubs that Ireland has to offer make it a great place to live. Why bother blowing your budget on a package holiday overseas when you can explore the many places nearby that you may not have had a chance to visit in a […]

5 Travel Tips for Immunocompromised Travelers During the Coronavirus Pandemic

COVID-19 has been a trying time for most of us, but particularly for people who are immunocompromised. Dealing with a weakened immune system means that you are more likely than most to not only catch the virus, and learning to navigate health precautions while traveling can be a big obstacle. As travel comes back on […]

Key Toddler Essentials for a Fuss-Free Journey

For new parents, travelling can be a challenge, whether it’s a road trip or a short-haul flight. If they’re young, Colleen Kelly recommends limiting your travel time to 4-6 hours or taking frequent breaks. However, adding a few key essentials to your shopping list can make your next journey stress-free. It’s all about packing smart […]

Saving on Your Extravagant Weekend Staycavation – Social Distancing Edition

Pandemic news can be emotionally-distressing and hard to escape, especially while limited travel is advised. To help with that challenge, here are five of our favorite websites to help with “Staycavations” – especially during times of social distancing.

Top Five Trendy Must-Haves for Traveling Parents

We all know that traveling with little ones can be even more stressful than a day where you find you are out of coffee before you have a big meeting, but these five items will help lessen the stress by making traveling easier and more enjoyable.

Flying with Infants or Toddlers

It’s never too late to book a flight and travel to a foreign land with your family. The process of packing for your young one can be time consuming, since there are many aspects to consider. Before you completely freak out, here are some tips for a happy and stress-free flight.  1) Choose the right […]

5 Secrets to a Fun, Frugal Family Vacation

What’s the secret to ensuring you have an enjoyable, stress-free family vacation without going over budget? Don’t plan your next family vacation without these helpful tips!

3 Simple Ways You Can Afford a Fun Vacation with a Limited Budget

Looking for a way to travel on a budget? Check out our three tips for getting a bang for your buck when planning your next vacation!

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 […]

5 Tips When Applying for Passports with Your Family

Make the long process of getting their passports just a little easier. International travel with children is a challenge, but getting their passports shouldn’t be. Here are our five tips to make this process go a little more smoothly. 1. Be Prepared and Have Everything Together There is a lot of paperwork that goes into […]

9 Amazing Things To Do On Your Family Vacation To Iceland

Iceland is one of the most beautiful places in the world, with many natural wonders that are sure to thrill all visitors. When planning your next trip, consider making Iceland your preferred destination. 

7 Rules When Road-Tripping with a Baby

Does traveling with a baby seem too tough for you to handle? Check out our seven rules to make road-tripping with babies a success!

9 Vacation Activities Your Teens Will Love

Planning a family trip can be difficult, especially when considering activities for your teenagers. Teens are often caught in the middle while on vacation. They feel too old to play with the younger kids, but too young to do the more adult activities. If you’re ever short on ideas on how to make your vacation […]

Talking to Children About Being Judgmental: Judgmental Flower

As I travel throughout the U.S. and abroad almost weekly, I have the opportunity to do a lot of people watching. I am proud to say that the majority of the people that I have encountered and observed appear to be good, respectful, kind people. I am very concerned however that in the future that […]

Tips for an Amazing Family Adventure in Muskegon, Michigan

Three hours from Chicago resides the hidden gem of Muskegon, Michigan. Located on Michigan’s west coast, this lakeside city is an ideal spot for your next family vacation. With plenty of dining, marine experiences, museums and, of course, Michigan’s largest theme park and water park, you and your family will find plenty of activities to […]

How to Keep Your Home Safe While Away

Homeowners tend to worry when they leave on long trips, but there are many things that they can do to protect their property when they go away. Contributor Kris Lindahl shares tips on how to keep your home safe while away – whether you’re leaving for a quick weekend getaway or many months.   Put Your Mail […]

Nashville, Tennessee – The Heart of Music City

Photo Credit: Flickr It’s no surprise that Nashville, Tennessee is known far and wide as Music City. With its renowned museums, bustling downtown, vibrant culture, authentic southern cuisine, and, of course, the music, it’s hard to find anything not to love about this city. One of our producers recently had the pleasure of experiencing Nashville […]

13 Tips for Traveling with Your Pet

Tips from Emmy Award Winning Celebrity Veterinarian Dr. Jeff Werber More and more people’s travel plans include their four legged family members. Although boarding your pet is always an option, and there are many boarding facilities that rival upscale hotel accommodations, the fact is, for many of us pets are family and we wouldn’t enjoy […]

How to Make the Most of Your Staycation

If you’re looking for a great way to spend some time with your family in the comfort of your own home, consider taking a staycation. You’ll not only save money, but you’ll be able to connect with your loved ones on a new level, and have fun doing so! We’re going to give you some […]

10 Last-Minute Labor Day Travel Tips

Labor Day is nearly upon us. It’s estimated that around 35 million people will be traveling for this long weekend holiday. TurnKey Vacation Rentals has put together some tips for last minute Labor Day travel. 1. Get a tune up  If you’re traveling by car, it’s important to make sure your car has the necessary […]

7 Packing Tips for a Better Vacation

Whether you choose to travel by bus, car, ship, or plane, the hassle of packing is unavoidable. Before you begin to stress about your luggage, check out our packing tips for a better vacation. 1. Don’t over pack!  Unless you are traveling somewhere with no commercial shopping, there is no need to bring every piece […]

8 Ways to Make Air Travel with Kids Easier

by Jennifer Kelly Geddes courtesy of fisherprice.com What’s scarier than snakes on a plane? You got it-being the parent of the kid who’s screaming her head off. But some advance planning can help the fun begin before you even reach Grandma’s. Here, travel experts reveal how they make family vacations easier for everyone. 1. Book a […]

8 Expert Travel Hacking Tips for 2017

by Brian Robson, courtesy of thesimpledollar.com “Travel hacking” is when you work within the rules of airlines, hotels, and travel credit cards to earn rewards such as points and miles to put toward free travel. Despite its name, travel hacking is simple (and legal), and lots of people do it every day to save money and see […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Family Friendly Travel Gadgets for 2017

Living in a world of constant change is both inspiring and exciting. We are always looking into the latest and greatest innovations in tech and figuring out how we can incorporate them into our travels. Tech lovers, this one’s for you! Check out some of our can’t miss, favorite travel gadgets that we think you […]

Holiday Travel Essentials for Babies, Toddlers, and Children

Managing children in transit doesn’t have to be a complete nightmare. If you’re considering braving your first holiday trip with your little ones, fear no more! With the right travel essentials and a positive mindset, you’ll be a family travel guru in no time. Check out our list of essential travel products to help make […]

6 Tips For Traveling On The Day Before Thanksgiving

Holidays are nothing without the hustle and bustle of getting your family from one place to another. The day before Thanksgiving is no exception as it’s one of the busiest travel days of the year. According to the auto club AAA, 48.7 million Americans are predicted to travel this Thanksgiving, with a majority of them […]

6 Tips for Staying Healthy and Refreshed While Flying, so you can hit the ground running

One of the struggles that comes with air travel is staying healthy and not letting a long flight bring you down. Airplanes harbor a lot of germs, and many of us have found ourselves catching a bug soon after we get off the plane, or just feeling run down and “yucky.” But there are a […]

14 Tips for Traveling With Tweens and Teens

Colleen was featured in makeitbetter.net’s 14 Tips for Traveling With Tweens and Teens. Check it out here

Five Must-Haves for Your Road Trip

Planning a family road trip? Here are our five suggestions for making the kids happy, keeping your car clean and maintaining your sanity!

10 Tips for Keeping Your Sanity While Fishing with Kids

Summer is a perfect time to take your family fishing! Here are some of our favorite tips for keeping the kids happy on a fishing trip, while easing stress for the adults.

Don’t Let Your Vacation Sabotage Your Healthy Habits

Want to keep your resolutions while on the road? Plan ahead, and find a hotel that caters to the health conscious Vacation is a time to unwind, rejuvenate, celebrate, see new places and try new things. But it also can be a time to forget New Year’s resolutions and replace your good, healthy habits with […]

Hitting the High Seas? Tips for Getting Your Cruise Off to a Great Start

Colleen loves cruising! She has enjoyed several Carnival cruises, and she recently partnered with Carnival to host a series of family travel videos that help users experience the ease and adventure of cruising. Check them out here. Are you thinking about taking your family members on their first cruise? If so, good for you! As […]

Five Hotel Tips for a Flawless Family Vacation

When we’re shooting episodes for “Family Travel with Colleen Kelly,” we end up staying in A LOT of hotels, and they are surprisingly all very different! I’ve developed a few tricks that I keep up my sleeve to help me find just the right hotel each time I travel.

Turn Your Tax Refund Into Family Memories

April showers bring May flowers. Or…April’s tax refund brings family fun! A (somewhat) unexpected check in the mail presents a great opportunity to quickly plan a vacation and surprise your family. Or if last-minute travel is not your thing, you can apply the extra cash to a bigger trip later in the year. Either way, […]

My Packing Rules

Save Space! Traveling by plane, train, or car there is always limited amounts of space, especially when traveling with a family! After (many) packing mishaps occurring during my travels, packing is now made a bit easier with just a few rules of what, and how to pack for a family vacation: 1. Use Air Space […]

Blow through the Windy City on these Tours

The weather was perfect, but we wished we had brought light jackets with us…it was chilly out on the water! There were a lot of tourists on the boat that night and they were snapping pictures of us while we were filming.

6 Ways To Make A Local Museum Or Kids Place Fresh Again

  1. Let one of the kids lead with questions. Natasha offered a great tip during the last #FamTravel Twitter Party. She lets one of her kids lead with questions, which is a fun way to create a new experience every visit. It opens the door to an exciting adventure and allows kids to act on […]

Airfare Pricing: Getting Bang For Your Buck Every Flight

We all know how much airfare pricing fluctuates. It can be frustrating while planning your family vacation. One day we see the deal of our dreams and next we see it fading away. We all want cheap flights, but it’s hard to know where to find them and when to buy. There is an upside to the […]

Food for Flight! Family Travel Snacks & Flight Tips

Packing a few snacks for the ride can help everyone get through the journey a little bit easier. Let’s face it, hungry kids can get pretty cranky! The same holds true for parents and grandparents so make sure you pack a few snacks for the adults as well. Of course you can purchase food and snacks at […]

Safe Vacations for the Allergic Traveler

Traveling for the first time with your child who has a mild to severe allergy can be very stressful.  It racks your nerves as you check, and recheck all the things you need to pack, and all the precautions you need to take.  But have you done enough?  Did you forget something major?  Consider these […]

Vacations Open Doors to Higher Education

My business partner and the Executive Producer of Family Travel CK, Tricia Fusilero, and her family recently took a trip to the East Coast for a family reunion. On her way she checked out a few colleges with her son who is going to be a sophomore in high school. Here is her take on sneaking […]

Healthy Dining on a Family Vacation…Is it Possible?

Trying to make healthy dining choices on the road can be a challenge. Why is it that people tend to snack a lot while they are driving long distances in the car?  Is it boredom?  Is it really hunger?  Whatever the reason, we always snack more on the long hauls from home.  Here are a couple tips […]

The 4 Most Important Things To Learn In Another Language

When you really need to get something across, you might not have the time to thumb through your phrasebook if you did indeed bring it with you. If you’re anything like me, you might not even be able to find it in the bottom of your backpack! Consider spending some time before you leave on […]

A Family In Flight: 7 Tips For the Air

Delta Airlines blogger Jerry Fletcher recently offered up some great travel tips I thought I’d piggyback onto his advice to help make a great list even better!   Jerry suggests that you bring an extra set of clothes in the carry-on bag for the kids. What about the parents?! You never know when a diaper will leak […]

Games For Kids On The Road

“Are we there yet?” These are the dreaded words that come with the road trip territory – so let’s get creative when it comes to passing time in the car. When the kids are done reading, done fidgeting, and all their gadgets have lost power, I like to pull some old favorites out of my bag […]

Colleen Kelly’s Top 5 Purse Packers

I tend to carry a pretty big purse and sometimes even have a small purse inside of that!  I never leave home without having the following things in my bag…you wouldn’t necessarily think to bring all of these along, but you certainly should especially before hitting the road on a family vacation. A Little Sewing […]

10 Quick & Easy Ways to Go Green

Freeze your gym membership: for the summer months and get outside. Take your kids biking, hiking, running, kayaking, swimming, and share with them the beauty of the outdoors! Close your blinds on hot days: and open them on cooler, sunny days. Reduces the amount of energy you exhaust from air conditioning and heat. Walk or bike to […]

5 Family Vacation Preparations You Never Thought Of

As your family prepares to leave town, the basics are usually covered: the right clothes are packed, passports are in hand, emergency cash is tucked away, and the like. But doing just a little bit more will go a long way toward ensuring a smooth trip for your family. Check out my checklist below! 5 Family Vacation […]

Walt Disney World – Jody Clair

11 HIDDEN GEMS THAT WILL MAKE YOUR DISNEY VACATION MORE MAGICAL AND MEMORABLE

Visiting Walt Disney World can be overwhelming. You want to experience the classics, of course, but I also recommend incorporating these hidden gems into your day.

Dining at Disney…should you buy a plan?

When you’re vacationing at Walt Disney World, you have seemingly endless options for food, beverages and dining themes. Choosing what and where to eat can be the hardest part of your trip, especially when you’re trying to please family members with different tastes.

Disney Moderate Resorts: Stay and Play in Unique Accommodations close to the Action

With spring break approaching fast, are you thinking about making your kids’ Disney dreams come true? If so, this is the time to start planning, especially if you want to stay on property at one of the popular Disney World resorts.

The holidays have hit Walt Disney World!

There’s a winter wonderland of lights, holiday scents are in the air, and amazing special activities are abundant! Yep! It must be the holidays at Walt Disney World — when the parks and resorts are transformed to be more magical than ever.

Disney Value resorts: more memories for less cash

If you’re planning a trip to Disney World but think you can’t afford to stay on property, think again. Resorts in the Value category offer many creative amenities for a much lower price.

Heading to Disney? Consider leaving the kids at home!

Whether you’re looking for relaxation or adventure, an adults-only weekend at Disney could be just what you need.

Disney Deluxe Resorts: Add Some Luxury And Extra Magic To Your Disney Vacation

Disney’s Deluxe Resorts and Villas can take your vacation to a whole new level, by adding a touch of luxury and even more Disney magic. You’ll notice the difference right when you walk through the door. From award-winning dining experiences to extraordinary park views to beautiful, sprawling grounds, these resorts have it all!  

Exciting and Convenient Disney Resorts

Which resort is best for your family? There are so many exciting resorts to choose from when you travel to Disney World. In a previous blog, I told you about many of the benefits of staying on property. Once you decide to do this, how do you determine which resort is right for your family? […]

Character Dining at Disney: Worth it?

Finding the right meal options at Disney parks Character meals at Disney World can be expensive, and people ask me all the time if the experience is worth the money. I say yes! But knowing how the process works and what you get out of a character meal will help you decide for yourself. First, […]

There’s no crying at Disney! Save the day with food from home

Does Disney allow guests to bring their own snacks through the gate? You bet! This can be especially helpful to know if you are traveling with little children or picky eaters, or if you are on a budget. So don’t hesitate to pack a bag of fruit snacks, PB and J, crackers, juice pouches and […]

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