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Many of the trips on this site would be great choices for some kids, depending on age and interest, but on this page, we’ve identified the trips that are either specially designed for kids and families, or activities that consistently get great reviews from kids across the board.

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Family-Friendly Trips: The Bucket List


The movie set for the Von Trapp house

The Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg

Our guide is not a big fan of the suspension of disbelief. "So this is where Maria was singing in the mountains," he tells us. We are up high in the Alps of St. Gilgen, above Salzburg, and the tour bus has been alive with the sounds of the The Sound of ...
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A traditional dhow sails by Chumbe Island

Snorkeling Chumbe Island Coral Park, Zanzibar

You know that feeling when a destination has been hyped up, and you get there, and you're feeling a bit underwhelmed? Arriving at the tiny spit of land that makes up Chumbe Island, I don't at first see  the soaring air-filled main lodge or the cozy bungalows, both of which ...
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Phang Na Bay feature

Thailand’s Phang Nga Bay by Speedboat

The limestone juts straight up into the sky, precipitous as a Manhattan skyscraper and just as tall. If you want a mental image, think of James Bond and "The Man with the Golden Gun."  That cliff you remember, the one that soars out of the sea? That's just one of ...
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An elephant family at Addo

On Safari in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

We have been riding around for an hour, it seems, and so far we have seen very little. A few zebras. A handful of antelopes. But no elephants, and the elephants are what we are here for. And when you're heart is set on elephants, a few antelopes just don't ...
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cloud forest

Ziplining in Costa Rica

I am standing on a platform about 60 feet above the ground, getting ready to swing through the Costa Rican rainforest like a Central American Tarzan. Or a scientist. The zipline is at the five-star Bourinquen Resort, an eco-resort in Guanacaste, which offers not only ziplining, but also combination ziplining-horseback riding ...
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bathng the elephants

Mahout for a Day: Learning to Care for and Ride Elephants in Thailand

DoDo is my responsibility for the day. A big responsibility, four tons of it. He stands seven feet tall, and measures a good ten feet long. "He is a champion elephant, this one," says Teerapat Trungpakan (Pat, for short),  owner of  Patara elephant farm, located just over an hour's drive from Chiang ...
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