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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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