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Dscn2726

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27 July 2009

Icon_superoo_orangeSuperoo '12, '13, '14

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About Me & My Family

We are a family of 5. We love to travel and to see new things. We look for a educational experience in everything we do and my we do a lot. Our kids are so used to being on the go that they have tremendous stamina. We try to plan 2 large trips every year and supplement them with weekend get-aways, staycations and a day jaunt now and again. Our kids are always wondering what the next spot will be.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, energetic
We Just Got Back From
USVI ST. John
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Rhode Island beaches
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Africa
Favorite Vacation Memory
Watching the kids lug their car seats through the airport on their first plane ride.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Two of my kids got lost at a campground in Yellowstone. My 9 year old son took his 6 year old sister on a walk to the restroom 4 sites down and couldn't find their way back. We ended up reporting them missing at the camp check in and then the search began. I was afraid of them being abducted, but also of the Grizzlies which were out in full force that summer due to the late melt. It was the worst 45 minutes of our lives. A fellow camper overheard my husband relay the story to the camp personnel and she recognized them as she returned to her site 7 loops away from ours. The ranger was called and returned them safely to us. The employees were great and it was a happy ending to a potential disaster.
Websites I Like:
hotwire, tripadvisor, Trekaroo

New Kid-friendly Attractions in New England 2012

Stop into one of these locations for a new look at an old friend.

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1000 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, Rhode Island

Comment:
Two new attractions. Hasbro's Big Backyard opens June 4th. There will be a nature swap area for kids to trade specimens they have found aided by naturalists and a point system. This new attraction encourages kids to get outside and explore. There is also an innovative water park and accessible tree-house.

reviewed on: August 21 2009

"informative docents"
We have been several times to the RWPZ. The kids like the elephants, giraffes and the snow leopards. We are looking forward to the return of the polar bears. On our last visit there were several very informative docents that really caught the attention of our 7 years olds. There is also a great marsh walk where you can see turtles, fish adn frog in the "wild". The kids always enjoy this part. They also often have special exhibits.

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55 Coogan Blvd.
Mystic, Connecticut

Comment:
Birds of the Outback return. Here you can enter an enclosure to feed birds from Australia. The aquarium also recently opened Titanic 12,450 feet below reviewing the ship, the voyage the forces of nature and the loss of the ship.

reviewed on: January 07 2010

"Great day trip for CT residents"
We have 3 animal lovers in our family and they love to spend the day at the aquarium. We have been members here for a couple of years, and for a family of 5 or greater if you visit 2 or more times it pays for itself. It is a smaller aquarium, but there is much to see both indoors and out. Indoors there is a touching pool which all the kids love. You can pick up crabs, starfish, clams etc...and there is always a docent on hand to answer questions.Additionally indoors is the only show the aquarium has regarding sea lion training. In a semi-outside covered spot is a ray feeding area. For a $2.00 fee you can feed cow nosed rays (stingers removed). Our kids would spend all day doing this if we let them. Outside you can see rescued seals(a pet project of the aquarium), penguins, beluga whales, sea lions and seals. Seasonally for the past 2 years there has been a Birds of the Outback exhibit where you can feed free flying parakeets and related birds. We parents are not too keen on this one as the birds are easily spooked, seem to never be hungry and of course always seem to be looking for a clean head of hair to do there business on. The kids really enjoy it however and it becomes a test of wills to see if we can get them out of there or if they will get a bird to land on their food stick before we shoo them out!!! There is also a fantastic display about underwater exploration and a 3d movie ride. Our kids (ages 5,8,8) ask to go here all the time and expect to go during our annual shore vacation as it is close to where we stay.

The aquarium has recently added some new, not to be missed attractions including a Sponge Bob 4-D movie with thrills and aromas!!! Kids will get a kick out of this. They have also added Titanic 12,450 under the direction of Dr. Robert Ballard the discoverer of the Titanic wreck. This is an interactive exhibit that really expands on the previous offerings. There are replicas of relics from the deep, a seek and find technology game and hands on exhibitions for the smallest of explorers. The aquarium is never the same place twice!!!!

Okemo

77 Okemo Ridge Road
Ludlow, Vermont

Comment:
Okemo adds a zipline tour to it's Adventure zone as well as an AMp energy bag designed like those of the hollywood stuntmen and slacklining which was featured at this years superbowl half-time show.


Bromley

3984 Vermont Route 11
Peru, Vermont

Comment:
Bromley opens a new aerial adventure park on July 2012. This will include zip lines, canopy tours and a challenge course.


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2132 Middlebury Road
Middlebury, Connecticut

Comment:
This over 100 year old amusement park adds a new coaster the "Wooden Warrior" modeled after historic coasters but with all the modern updates.

reviewed on: January 07 2010

"Old fashioned Family Fun"
This park is a throw back to older non gargantuan theme parks. We live close by so this is an easy day trip diversion for us. The kids like to go on the rides, but also enjoy the small water park area, beach and paddle boat rides. This park in one I went to as a kid and not much has really changed in the last 40 years, but it is a neat,clean day trip diversion.

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Route 159, 1623 Main Street
Agawam, Massachusetts

Comment:
Goliath, a coaster not for the faint of heart opens May 25th 2012 for the season. This ride features a 20 foot free fall and 102 foot vertical loop going both forward and backward. Must be 54 inches to ride.