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Best Places Your Kids Should See Before 15 by Priyanka ,  Apr 18, 2013
It took us hours of heated debate, weeks of research, and years of experience to whittle down America's monuments to a definitive list of 15 musts for anyone under 15. Not only are these attractions fun and (shhhh) educational, they're especially magical through the eyes of a child.
Beyond fun and relaxation, vacations also provide opportunities to explore, learn, and grow. While these sights are breathtaking at any age, there's something extra special about seeing them as a child—or just through the eyes of one
Ellis Island Museum, New York City: About 40 percent of Americans are descended from someone who immigrated through this station. Visiting is a powerful experience, thanks to the smartly curated exhibits—and you get a terrific view of the Statue of Liberty on the same ferry ride (ellisisland.org, free guided tours, audio tours $8).
Ground Zero, New York City: The hole in lower Manhattan is sacred ground. The nearby Tribute-WTC Center exhibits crushed firefighter helmets and other recovered items (tributewtc.org, $10, students $5, kids under 12 free).
Niagara Falls, N.Y.: The most powerful falls in North America, with as much as six million cubic feet of water plummeting over the gorge every minute, were awesome when your grandparents honeymooned there and remain awesome today. It's worth crossing into Canada to see them from the other side

Turtle Beach Resort

Gold Coast’s Premier Family Resort
Novotel Twin Waters Resort

Novotel Twin Waters Resort is centrally located on the magnificent Sunshine Coast beachfront, set amidst tropical gardens and surrounding a private saltwater lagoon.  The Resort is a short 90 minute drive from Brisbane.  Alternatively, fly straight into the Sunshine Coast Airport which operates direct flights from Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide and is only minutes from the resort.

The resort’s child-friendly policy means up to two children under the age of 16 years may stay for free when using existing bedding and eat breakfast for free at Nouveau Buffet Restaurant when dining with adults.  You can choose from three styles of accommodation ranging from Resort Rooms to two-bedroom adjoining King Suites, the latter are equipped with kitchenettes and spa baths.

The resort offers a choice of five dining options and two bars to give you a range of choices for dining that best suits your family.

Reward yourself with a round of golf on the championship golf course or a pamper package in the Lagoon Day Spa, while the kids get to make new friends and take pleasure in some fun activities at Busy Bodies Kids' Club.

Enjoy the free activities such as kayaks, water trampolines, kids' bikes and catamarans on the resort lagoon or buckets and spades on the beach for the little ones.  The Activity Central team are also on hand to coordinate a host of daily activities including beach volleyball and pelican feeding.

Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Snowbird, UtahSnowbird Ski and Summer Resort

Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort

Snowbird, Utah

If the sight of snow gets your family excited, grab a pair of skis and head to Snowbird for a wonderful, wintry vacation. The resort rests in Little Cottonwood Canyon, which offers 3,240 feet and 5,000 acres of mountain to explore, and whose proximity to the Great Salt Lake ensures over 500 inches of snow falls annually.

Thirty years after being founded, the resort now features 10 lifts, 85 runs and an uphill capacity of 16,000 people. Beginner skiers, from ages 3 to adult, can learn skiing and snowboarding at the Snowbird Mountain School. Love the outdoors but not a fan of the slopes? The resort offers ice skating, snow tubing, snowshoe tours and luge sleds. Parents can unwind with a stone massage or herbal wrap at the luxurious Cliff Spa, or hit Snowbird's shops, selling everything from ski clothes and boots to Chinese silk rugs.

Hilton Waikoloa VillageHilton Waikoloa Village

Hilton Waikoloa Village

Waikoloa, Hawaii

If your family is looking for an island excursion to get away from it all, the Hilton Waikoloa Village promises endless activity and unprecedented luxury. Parents hoping to find a child-friendly haven can sign their tykes up for Camp Menehune. This day and night camp allows kids to feed koi and swans, hunt for treasure, and explore tidepools Tropical gardens, saltwater lagoons and 2 golf courses are tempting, but the resort's most popular retreat is Dolphin Quest, providing guests with a variety of interactive dolphin programs.

The many activities include Dolphin Training Adventures, a Dolphin Family Program and a Dolphin Twilight Camp for kids. At Waikoloa's 4-acre lagoon, water lovers can schedule kayak trips, snorkel sails and seasonal whale-watch sails. After dark, attend the Legends of the Pacific Luau to experience traditional island dancing and music, as well as a buffet dinner.

Adventure comes alive in Wild Africa Trek, an exciting new experience in Disney's Animal Kingdom, where visitors can have up-close encounters with the park's inhabitants

Grand Canyon and Yellowstone Fall at Yellowstone National Park.

One of the breathtaking sunrise views you can catch at Yellowstone National Park

A geyser errupts, spreading a rainbow on a sunny day at Yellowstone National Park.

One of the gorgeous sunset views of the Grand Canyon you can take in while on a horse-drawn wagon ride.

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