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4 Surprisingly Relaxing Family Vacations

Amusement Parks or Theme Parks

When you think of a trip to an amusement park, do you only think of long ride lines, scorching hot summers, and overpriced tickets? If you plan a little smarter, you can avoid of all those: choose an off-season time to visit without the crowds (and the heat); watch for deals on entrance fees and hotel stays; and research smaller parks that offer just as many thrills without the big-name branding. Once you’re there, plan to spend more than one day so that you don’t have to rush through the attractions: You can return to your favorite coasters when the lines are shorter, check out a stage show after lunch, and even head back to the hotel in the afternoon for a few hours of swimming (or napping) before hitting up the park at night.