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Travel With Kids Without Breaking A Sweat: Fodor’s Launches New Line of Children’s Guidebooks

Our sons at the Bean, Millenium Park, Chicago. Photo by Tonia Pringle

Our sons at the Bean, Millenium Park, Chicago. Photo by eJourna, all rights reserved.

As travelers with kids, we know that sometimes seeing a city we're visiting through the eyes of our children gives traveling a whole new perspective. We see things in a different light, experience the history of places and things more innocently, and in general do things and visit places that we might have missed had we been on our own.

The trick when traveling with kids is, of course, knowing what sorts of things are kid-friendly. How many times have you found yourself staying at a hotel geared for business travelers, with no kid friendly amenities? How many times have you found yourself going from restaurant to restaurant trying to locate one that won't frown on children, or who actually serve kid-friendly fare? And how many times have you arrived at an attraction only to discover your children don't meet the recommended age limit?

To help travelers with children, Fodor’s Travel recently announced Fodor’s Family, a new series of guidebooks for exploring America’s most iconic cities with kids.

Fodor’s Family guides include the best kid-friendly sights for visitors to see and do, while continuing to offer reviews of all the restaurants, hotels, shops, performing arts, entertainment venues and outdoor activities of a standard guidebook that would pack appeal for families on the move.

Each city’s guide is researched and written by a parent and long-time resident, infusing the guides with local insight and ensuring that every detail is up-to-date. In addition, the richly-detailed maps and recommendation-packed lists and charts that appear in Fodor’s long-trusted flagship Gold Guides permeate the Fodor’s Family books. These dual characteristics give parents and kids quick and easy ways to make the most of their time. Among other family-friendly features:

• Parently Practicalities: Sights and activities come with age-appropriateness ranges, kids admission prices, family-friendly hotel amenities, and transportation and packing tips.

• Neighborhood Top 5 Lists: The best spots for kids by area come with neighborhood charts to help locate family essentials like snack spots, ice cream places, bathrooms and playgrounds.

• Treasure Maps: Each city includes a themed map allowing kids to find the film locations of some of their favorite movies, or statues of the famous men on our currency…or more!

• Family Fun: A separate chapter lays out games for fun on the go and for distraction while waiting in lines or in the car plus smart travel tips specific to families.

The first guides available from the new Fodor’s Family line include New York, Boston, San Francisco, and Washington DC  all in a small, portable trim size to remain hassle-free while on the move! More guides are promised in the future.

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