About the author

Amanda Williams is one of Trekaroo's Travel Experts, specializing in Gear and Midwestern Adventures. She is the proud mama of two boys and writes about her outdoorsy, rural adventures at Field Guide to Parenting Outside. Her family loves to travel, near or far, by boat, plane, foot or car. If they aren't on an outdoor excursion someplace, they are busy reading up on where they will go next! A natural resources professional by training, the children of this mama are obligate outdoorsmen and you'll find the family frequenting the nation's public lands often!
Cow and calf manatee swim near snorkeling child at Crystal River.

Bucket List: Swim with Manatees in the Crystal River in Florida

Families flock to Florida’s gulf coast to swim with manatees in the Crystal River. The Crystal River is teeming with opportunities to learn about nature and marine environments. Plus, it is an accessible adventure for many–if you can snorkel, you can make this happen. So, strap on the fins and grab your GoPro and ease...

The Best Minneapolis Christmas Events for Families in 2019!

If you're willing to brave some real wintry weather in a true wonderland, you'll have many options for outdoor and indoor fun and festive activities. Here are some favorite Christmas Events in the Twin Cities that locals and visitors alike enjoy!

Top 10 Things for Families to do in Minnesota

Minnesota is full of pristine lakes, full-service resorts, historically significant people and places, and lots of wild space.

Packing Tips for Winter Family Holiday Travel

Well, we can't make your Jell-O mold and we won’t help eat that indestructible fruit cake, but we will send you off with some packing tips to help you become a holiday packing guru this year.

A Family Guide to Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Travel and you’ll be surprised by what you find. North Dakota is one of those surprises. The public lands of the plains state aren’t likely on your bucket list for family travel yet. You may not even realize that one of the coolest National Parks in our system is right there, along the banks of...

Top 10 Fun Things to do in Anchorage [with Kids]!

Heading to north to Alaska? Don’t know what to do in Anchorage? Alaskan metropolitan life has never been more fun! Here are our picks for the top 10 fun things to do in Anchorage, with expert advice on some not-to-miss dining, lodging, and day trip ideas. Fun Things to do in Anchorage 10. Alaska Aviation...
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Why We Travel – Unplanned Travel Surprises

Family Vacations don't always go as planned; but for the most part, these special changes to our schedule become the most memorable part of our vacation.
Things to Do in Branson, MO - Titanic Museum

Top 10 Fun Things to do in Branson, MO [with kids]!

But Branson isn't just lively shows and good music, there is really something for everyone in the family here.

Planning an Extended Road trip with Kids

So for those looking to brave the pavement this summer with little ones in tow, here are some tips to make the extended road trip with kids smooth sailing.
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