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Family Getaway Tips for Labor Day Weekend

by Wendy Perrin | August 23, 2016

I can’t believe it’s nearly Labor Day Weekend. My kids go back to school soon, as do most kids in the Northeast—though in other places around the country, school has already started. Either way, we all have one last gasp of summer left. Wherever you might be headed with your family this Labor Day weekend to savor it—even if it’s just a day trip to an award-winning aquarium—I’ve got hard-earned advice to save you money and headaches. Over at TripAdvisor, I’ve often shared such family trip tips, and I’ve gathered some for you in the links below. Happy Labor Day weekend!


Georgia Aquarium

Charlie and Doug at the Georgia Aquarium Photograph by Timothy Baker

Tips for Trips to Zoos and Aquariums

If a stellar zoo or aquarium is within your reach this weekend, this advice will help you make the most of your visit, including turning it into a scavenger hunt….


Tips for Trips to Amusement Parks

The cost of spending a day (or two) at these places adds up very quickly: admission, parking, food, souvenirs. Here are ways to keep costs under control, including checking the right social-media feeds for deals and making your child C.F.O. of the family trip.

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Jelly Belly flavors of toothpaste, rotten egg, and skunk spray. Photograph: Timothy Baker

Tips for Family Road Trips

If you’re hitting the road this weekend, avoid traffic jams by taking America’s backroads. Here’s advice for finding quirky roadside attractions, embracing the kitsch, and keeping the kids content without having to stop at any wacky food factories.

What tips and tricks do you use on your own family vacations?

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  1. Melanie

    Some of the so called sanctuaries are dilapidated places whee they throw the abused and mutliated animals only to continue neglecting. There is one in Homestead, South Florida. PETA nor the locals would do anything.

  2. Wanda Plucinski

    I am very sad to see you would promote zoo’s or aquariums. These facilities are no different than Sea World and other institutions for profit, which imprison animals. Travel professionals should encourage people to visit animal sanctuaries instead. Sanctuaries rescue and rehabilitate animals, allowing them to live out the rest of their life free of bondage and pain. An excellent one is located in New York, called, Woodstock Animal Sanctuary. it is run by a truly inspiring couple. There are many such places one can enjoy free of charge or by making an optional donation.

    1. Wendy Perrin Post author

      You make a great point, Wanda, but not every child can afford to get to an animal sanctuary. How many Atlanta school children can go see animals preserved in the wild? But they can get to the Georgia Aquarium, they can develop a love affair with–and respect for–magnificent sea life and other creatures, and they can grow up to advocate for those animals.

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