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Chicago’s Biggest Book Fair Is Back July 23-26

Jul 9, 2015
The Newberry Book Fair on July 23-26, Chicago’s biggest annual used book binge, has something for every reader.

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American families discover the values and benefits of ecotourism in Nicaragua


Horseback riding on the beach at Morgans Rock
At Morgan's Rock, one family visits a local school to donate supplies the day before Thanksgiving, while others visit the farm for a look at the cows, chickens and ducks and a breakfast feast of fresh eggs, gallo pinto and hand-made tortillas. more
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At Morgan’s Rock in Nicaragua, far from your typical family beach resort


Suspension bridge between lobby and casitas at Morgans Rock
Morgan’s Rock in southwest Nicaragua is about as far from a typical beach resort as you can get, from waking up to the howler monkeys to activities that include jungle walks, horseback riding on the beach and zip lining nearby. more
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Eileen tours the Bahamas and meets the locals


Abaco Beach Resort Bahamas Buddy Program
Eileen tours the Bahamas with locals guiding the way. Three videos. more
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San Diego’s “Kids Free Month” draws the family travelers


Kids stay eat and play free at Paradise Point Resort San Diego
This month, kids can get into SeaWorld free in San Diego, Calif. Kids can also get into LEGOLAND, the San Diego Zoo, more than 30 San Diego museums and even ride free on Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner (typically one child with each adult paid admission). That’s no small thing more
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Nantucket Island is a great fall getaway destination when the crowds are gone


Kayak family at Jetties Beach on Nantucket Island
Thirty miles off the coast of Massachusetts, Nantucket is as famous for its more than 30 miles of bike trails around the island — you see adults and kids with bikes everywhere — as for its 80 miles of spectacular beaches. more
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An old-fashioned family getaway in Maine


Enesi Domi and Captain Hebert show off his catch
Maine is the kind of place for an old-fashioned family vacation with the chance to learn something new, whether you’re going fishing, stand-up paddle-boarding for the first time or maybe learning how to catch — and eat a lobster. more
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Water sports, bike riding and bringing home the lobsters in Maine


Andy (L) and Enesi (R) learning the basic of standup paddleboarding in Kennebunkport ME
Food, of course, is a big part of vacation and that’s certainly the case in Maine famous for its no-frills lobster “shacks” where you can get lobster rolls—lobster salad sandwiches typically served on a hot dog bun to restaurants in Portland, about 20 miles from here, known for serving food that have just come from local farms. more
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Teaching a kid to fish with a “Wicked Tuna” star in Kennebunkport ME


Enesi with his first fish caught ever off Kennebunkport ME
“Sometimes the girls have more patience,” acknowledges Capt Bruce Hebert, known for his stint on the National Geographic Channel's Wicked Tuna reality show but here in Kennebunkport for his Libreti Rose II fishing charters that cater to families and is named for his wife and three daughters—Lisa, Brie, Tiara and Rose. more
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Visiting kids should not leave the Bahamas without meeting the local kids


Abaco Beach Resort Bahamas Buddy Program
Wherever you go this summer, encourage your kids to chat up local kids, join a pick-up soccer game in a city park or play in a playground or on the beach. They’ll go home with an entirely different perspective. I met these Bahamian kids at the Abaco Beach Resort where they’ve signed on to be Bahamas Buddies more
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Three days in the Kennebunks (ME) over the Fourth of July holiday


Kids revving up for the fireworks on Colony Beach in Kennebunkport ME
It’s July 4th night and everyone is in vacation mode after a long day on the beach with teens setting off sparklers, parents nursing a beer or a glass of wine and everyone, for the moment, feeling all is well in the world, especially here in Maine where locals have been welcoming vacationers for generations—including the Bush family. more
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