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International Travel - Portugal

Portugal is only a four hour flight from the Boston airport, so it's easy to bring the family
along to Europe.

There's the
Lisbon zoo, with dolphin shows and lion feeding or for a better view of the
animals you can ride the cable car. Also in Lisbon there's the
Pavilion of Knowledge
so kids can check out "scientific advancements," and then the favorite will undoubtedly
be the
Lisbon Oceanarium. It's one of the largest in the world. Kids love the huge
windows on the massive tanks so they can see the sharks!

In Sintra our suggestion is to visit the museum where families can learn about dinosaurs
and see the natural monument of dinosaur footprints. There's also about an hour away
the "
Portugal dos Pequenitos" miniature attraction park – with  little houses for the kids
to explore.

You can also travel by plane to
Porto Santo Island off of Madeira... miles of  sand
where the children can run around, swim, or rent a bike or an off-roader.


Submitted by:  Anyonymous                                  Date:  12/29/2010
international travel

Family Adventure - Red Rock Canyon

Hiking
Red Rock Canyon - Las Vegas, Nevada

We are an active family and love to travel, so finding somewhere that is suitable for kids
(ages 8 and 11), as well as fun for us adults is always a bit of a challenge. We recently
started making a trip to
Las Vegas once a year because beyond the casinos, there is
lots to do! We LOVE
Red Rock Canyon!They have maps with tons of different trails of
all kinds of levels of ability. We found a company called Vegas Getaways that rents out
private vacation homes with pools, so the kids love to swim, and have a whole house to
hang out in. They even rented us a house that was 5 minutes from
Red Rock Canyon,
which was great. The vacation home is perfect for us with the kids because we are not all
cramped into a hotel room, and we can stay right up the street from out favorite spot!

                                                                        
Submitted by:  Virginia Josephs                           Date:  02/16/2011

Husband and Wife Getaway - Lake Hugo

family road trip vacation
cabin rentals
My wife and I just returned from a relaxing getaway. We were looking for a place where we
could rent a lake cabin that was pretty close to Dallas, where we could just relax and
enjoy some time together.

We found
Lake Hugo State Park to be just what we were looking for. It's a little over 100
miles northeast of Dallas and sits on a nice wooded area along the shore of Lake Hugo. It
is not uncommon to see eagles at the park. In fact, the last morning that we were there I
walked down past cabin 26 near the picnic pavilion, and saw a beautiful Golden Eagle in
the top of one of the trees. The marina rents pontoon boats if you want to enjoy the lake
or you can rent a bike and pedal around exploring the park. There are hiking trails in the
park, but if it has rained recently they may be muddy. They were while we were there so
we checked out the
"Elephant Walk" walking trail in Hugo, Oklahoma and had a nice
walk and tried out some of the workout stations along the way.

If you enjoy a good steak or barbecue, then its well worth the short drive up to Antlers to
eat at  
Able's Western Bar B Que. It has a great atmosphere, the food is wonderful and
the prices are very reasonable.

We rented a nice
resort cabin with a huge deck overlooking the lake. It had a living room
with a fireplace and sleeper sofa, two bedrooms, a nice sized bathroom, along with a
kitchen and dining area. It was equipped with TV and satellite and had great views of the
lake. It was just right for the two of us and a great place to hang out and relax when we
weren't out doing things. Below are some pictures.
                                                                            
Submitted by:  Rich Herman                                  Date:  03/02/2011
lake view from cabin deck
cabin fireplace
Lake Hugo resort cabin
cabin interior
cabin deck

Family Fun - Kissimmee, Florida

Summer Bay Resort - Kissimmee, Florida

This resort sits behind the Disney property and you are only 2 miles from Disney.  On
property is a lake with water toys, 6 different pools, two with pool side bar/grill, sports
equipment and free family activities all day.  We have spent years without leaving the
resort; our kids have enjoyed it for over 8 years.
                                                                      
Submitted by:  Chris Zeuli                                      Date:  02/28/2012
family road trip vacation

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma

family road trip vacation
Hiking
Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge - Northwest of Lawton, Oklahoma

The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is located about 25 miles to the northwest of
Lawton, Oklahoma. It is a great location for a short vacation or getaway. We visited during
spring break and had a great time hiking and exploring the area. The wildlife refuge has
some great mountain scenery, camping, wildlife viewing and over 15 miles of hiking trails.
We enjoyed
hiking the Elk Mountain Trail, and the Tower Trail. Buffalo, Elk, and Texas
longhorns are plentiful along with large colonies of darling prairie dogs. Be sure and take
the drive up to the top of Mount Scott. It has a large parking area on the top of it and offers
great views of Medicine Park and nearby lakes.

During our trip we rented a
cabin near Meers that worked out great for our family. While
visiting the area be sure and visit the
Meers Store and Restaurant for one of their famous
burgers. Medicine Park is a unique little town, just outside the wildlife refuge, that has many
cobblestone buildings and a nice riverwalk and nearby lakes. The
Old Plantation
Restaurant has good food and a nice historic atmosphere if you are looking for a place to
grab a bite to eat. We would like to visit the area again sometime to do some more hiking.
Late fall when the leaves are all changing would probably be a great time to visit.
                                                                            
Submitted by:  Rich Herman                                   Date:  07/14/2012
buffalo
Texas longhorns
prairie dogs
Mount Sheridan
cabin
cabin rentals

Father and Son Getaway - Cedar Falls Cabins

Cedar Falls Cabins - Just north of Turner Falls in Davis, Oklahoma

If you are looking for a great location for a father and son getaway, then Cedar Falls
Cabins in Davis Oklahoma is a great choice. It is located about halfway between Dallas and
Oklahoma City about a mile off  I-35. There are five different cabins here, which are
scattered along a gravel road in a rocky, hilly and wooded area. Honey Creek flows right
behind these and most of the cabins have a nice porch overlooking the creek. We stayed in
Cabin #1, which had mostly a stone exterior with some logs and the interior was logs with the
cement/mud look in between them. The size was just right for us, as the main room is an
open floor plan that has a queen size bed, fireplace and serves as the living, dining and
kitchen area. Upstairs is a small sleeping loft with a queen size bed.

Outside the cabin there is a nice fire pit and picnic area, and a short trail down to the creek
to go hiking or try your hand at fishing. The cabins are located just north of the entrance to
Turner Falls Park if you want to hike, swim, explore The Castle, or check out some caves.
The Arbuckle Wilderness is also close by and there are plenty of places to eat, golf, or shop
in nearby Ardmore, Davis or Sulphur.

Below are a few pictures of the cabin and crystal clear Honey Creek, which flows below the
cabins.
                                                                          
Submitted by:  Rich Herman                                   Date:  11/19/2012
Front view of Cabin #1
Cabin #1 - Queen bed in main room
Cabin #1 Fireplace
Cabin #1 - Dining and Kitchenette
Cabin #1 - Living and Kitchenette
Cabin #1 - picnic area and fire pit
Creek trail below cabin #1
Crystal clear Honey Creek
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