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Making Textbooks Come to Life With Family Vacation Critic’s Fall Weekend Family Getaways

Pennington, NJ – September 14, 2011 – Just because school is back in session, families don’t need to pack their adventures away until next summer. Family Vacation Critic(R) — the new family travel site from the publishers of Cruise Critic(R) — has selected eight great fall destinations and paired them with fantastic family hotel packages, to combine school work and family fun, within a few hours’ drive from home.

“If you want to take one last road trip before the winter weather hits, take a look at your child’s school schedule for inspiration,” recommends Lissa Poirot, editor of Family Vacation Critic. “Identify subjects with which your child struggles and plan a field trip that will help to get them enthused. Check local hotels for money-saving deals and discounted attraction tickets.”

Eight fall family escapes that bring lessons to life:

SUBJECT: EARTH SCIENCE – GEOLOGY
Lackawanna Coal Mine, Lackawanna County, PA
Take a ride 300 feet below the earth in a coal car to explore a once-active coal mine, originally opened in 1860, while learning about the life of a coal miner.
HOTEL: Great Wolf Lodge
FAMILY DEAL: Fall into Savings Package or Novemburr Savings Package – Packages include accommodations; four water park passes to use the entire stay; daily Wolf Walk, Great Clock Tower Shows, nightly Story Time in the Grand Lobby; and daily activities in the Cub Club. Rates start at $239.99.

SUBJECT: BIOLOGY – MARINE LIFE
Mystic Aquarium Mystic, CT
Come face-to-face with beluga whales, penguins, jellyfish, and sea lions which regale guests with their antics at regular shows.
HOTEL: Mohegan Sun
FAMILY DEAL: Fins and Family Package – Package includes an overnight stay for a family of four, a family four-pack of tickets to Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Explorations, two $10 vouchers to Kids Quest and Cyber Quest, and breakfast for two adults and two children at Sunburst Buffet. Rates start at $308 per package, per night.

SUBJECT: HISTORY – NATIVE AMERICANS AND PILGRIMS
Plimouth Plantation – Plymouth, MA
Families travel back in time with tours of the Mayflower II, strolls around a Pilgrim village, traditional foods from the time period, and costumed interpreters.
HOTEL: Cape Codder Resort & Spa
FAMILY DEAL: Family Vacation Package – Package includes two nights for a family of four, up to $40 meal allowance, admission to the resort’s spectacular Indoor Wave Pool and heated outdoor pool. Rates start at $166 per night.

SUBJECT: DRAMA – MUSICAL THEATRE
Behind the Emerald Curtain New York, NY
Take an exclusive tour of the Behind the Emerald Curtain Museum and end the visit with a Q & A session with cast members to learn more about Wicked and show business in general.
HOTEL: Affinia Dumont
FAMILY DEAL: My Family Getaways! Package – Package includes Affinia Hotels backpack with Frommer’s New York guidebook for kids, a deck of 52 city adventure cards, kid’s digital camera and pouch, a scrapbook with city stickers, and access to a “Fun-For-Family” chest to use during the stay. Rates start at $369.

SUBJECT: PHYS. ED. – BASEBALL
Fenway Park – Boston, MA
Tour the historic Fenway Park with a 50-minute walking tour of the ballpark, led by an official Fenway Park Tour guide.
HOTEL: Hotel Commonwealth
FAMILY DEAL: Fenway Family Fun Package – Package includes family accommodations for two adults and two children in a Fenway Room overlooking the ballpark, four tickets for a behind the scenes tour of Fenway Park, Red Sox-inspired baseball amenity, board game and family-friendly DVD selection with complimentary popcorn, and access to the hotel’s Family Concierge. Rates start at $319.

SUBJECT: HISTORY – FOUNDING FATHERS
Freedom Trail – Boston, MA
Travel along a 2.5-mile brick path to visit some 16 of Boston’s most important sites, including the Paul Revere House and the U.S.S. Constitution.
HOTEL: Omni Parker House
FAMILY DEAL: Freedom Trail Package – Package includes one night’s accommodation, full breakfast buffet, a costumed guided walk, Omni Kids Backpack, Kids Guide to the Freedom Trail and milk and cookies. Rates start at $172.20 per night.

SUBJECT: AMERICAN LITERATURE – THE GREAT GATSBY
Newport Mansions – Newport, RI
Get a behind-the-scenes look at how the country’s elite spent their summers in the 20th century. See what life was like for a Vanderbilt child at The Breakers and step foot into the famed Rosecliff mansion, seen in the film The Great Gatsby.
HOTEL: Newport Marriott
FAMILY DEAL: Family Fun Package – Package includes a deluxe king or double room, one complimentary in-room movie, one large cheese pizza delivered to the room, and breakfast for two adults and children age 12 and under in Fathoms Restaurant. Rates start at $175.

For more information on any of the destinations, deals and hotels mentioned above, visit www.familyvacationcritic.com. Family Vacation Critic features reviews of family-friendly resorts and hotels, as well as family travel deals and destination guides for planning kid-friendly vacations. The site also provides a forum for swapping tips on all aspects of traveling with kids.

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