There’s no better way to liven up your travel experience than to partake in local festivities, or get a feel for the vibrant artistic culture of a place. Travel offers the opportunity to relax and enjoy live music, dance, or theater, wander through museums and galleries or just sit back and watch a movie in a historic downtown movie theater.
Entertainers and artists abound in towns and cities around the world, and most are delighted to share their work with fresh audiences. Film festivals, folk dances, circuses, lively music at Irish pubs, jazz quartets in quaint cafes, or even a stop during an evening stroll to watch a street performer could leave you and the kids inspired.
On your next family vacation, test your fear and keep your cool on thrilling new coasters and giant water slides across the country.
Add to your Buenos Aires list of musts with these recommendations for wine, dine, arts and entertainment favorites.
Learn about art programs for adults, children and artists with special needs that stretch the creative mind at this arts center in Snowmass Village.
Take the kids to this sprawling city in the South packed with amusement parks, historic sites and the world’s largest aquarium.
Discover the fascinating burial practices of two ancient civilizations at these popular exhibits.
From its children’s museums to its expansive parks and playgrounds, Austin welcomes kids with open arms.
See what makes Austin the live music capital of the world by experiencing the city’s famed nightlife scene.
This creative Texas capital lets the good times roll with its dazzling arts community, famous live music scene, Tex-Mex cuisine and celebrity bat residents.
From famous bats and junk art to museums and performing arts, this popular city offers an eclectic mix of sightseeing adventures.
Read our expert’s overview to the best that the islands have to offer for a Bahamas vacation sure to please everyone.
Need more cowbell? This flamboyant Bahamian gala celebrates freedom with all the bells, whistles, costumed parades, music and dance it can muster.
Our local expert in Barcelona shares her favorites for Gaudí architecture, Catalan cuisine, chic fashion, hot hotels and cool modern art.
From baseball to hockey, the marathon to a regatta, get insider tips on how to catch a piece of the sporting action, both pro and college, on your next visit to Beantown.
Our local expert shares her tips to help you plan your vacation to Beantown and discover its many wonderful historic neighborhoods.
Spend time without spending a lot of money to get to know Boston with these free (or nearly free) things to do and see.
This popular spot in Missouri’s Ozark Mountains has added glitz and glam over the years yet remains a great place for old-fashioned fun.
Tens of thousands of twinkling lights and a plethora of festive shows make Branson a top destination for the holidays.
Branson’s shows offer spectacular entertainment and non-stop fun for the whole family.
Similar to Renaissance fairs, Celtic festivals are an entertaining way for the family to spend the weekend and learn about other cultures.
The Second City serves up first-class sights, entertainment, shopping and, of course, hearty food.
Enjoy Philly’s myriad college campuses while taking in some historican sights, terrific art and a requisite cheesesteak.
Get familiar with colleges and activities in favorite Seattle neighborhoods.
Explore the diverse neighborhoods of D.C. during your college visit.
Check out these museums, The Queen City of the plains has plenty to offers great day adventures for both indoor and outdoor enthusiasts.
Fans of James Joyce and other Irish writers can keep themselves busy exploring Dublin’s many literary attractions and pub crawls.
Historical landmarks, world-class museums, incomparable pubs and abundant shopping are just a few of the draws in this capital city.
Once a Spring Break mecca, Fort Lauderdale has evolved into a family-friendly city with an overwhelming possibility for adventure.
From the Colonial East to the Wild West, step back in time at some famous—and not-so-famous—destinations.
Do as Agent 007 would and drive an Aston Martin, skydive sans parachute and sip Vesper martinis at London’s Dukes Hotel.
Australia’s third largest city has a waterfront teeming with shops, restaurants, a kid-friendly beach and a children’s art center.
From NASCAR racing to golf getaways and one extravagant Scotland adventure, check out these Father’s Day travel specials.
Keep your kids active, engaged and begging to go back to Italy with these 10 ways for the entire family to experience the country.
Explore deep space and meet astronauts at this popular science center near Orlando, Florida.
Experience the Las Vegas high life without the crowds, with a peaceful lakeside retreat.
Visit Buddha’s birthplace to observe—or partake in—holy rituals and one raucous celebration in honor of third-century religious figure, Gautama.
Check out these St. Patrick’s Day parades and celebrations around the world to show your love for the Irish.
Celebrate your birthday girl’s Sweet 16 on a mini-vacation with family and friends.
Start the holiday season with these fun top family activities including concerts for the kids, a train ride with Santa and chocolate-making demonstrations.
These marvelous museums help us understand our built environment—and its past, present and future.
Check out some of these spooky but fun fright fests taking place this Halloween season.
Take a fall foliage driving tour, then see the Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze at harvest festivals in Westchester County.
Lincoln bicentennial exhibitions, events and activities honoring the 16th President of the United States.
Read why this gorgeous mountain destination with an acclaimed arts community is considered one of the best small towns in the west.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway turns 100 this year. Celebrate by visiting Indianapolis and checking out the race this month or these other cool sites in town.
Explore this kid-friendly La Jolla art collection sprinkled throughout the University of California, San Diego campus, featuring a 180-ton teddy bear and a Stonehenge-like installation.
Shoot the moon on your Las Vegas getaway with free attractions that won’t make you run out of luck—or money.
A practical travel guide by our local expert to a historic city with modern verve.
Discover a wealth of theater opportunities for children on your next London family vacation.
Just because Los Angeles is virtually synonymous with filthy rich celebrities, doesn’t mean you need to cash out to enjoy some of the cities fabulous attractions.
From pirate ship sailings to glass blowing to volunteer opportunities, there are plenty of off-beach family activities for Cabo vacationers.
Book lovers will enjoy Melbourne’s strong literary history, myriad independent bookstores, and related festivals and events.
Australia’s second-largest city boasts arts festivals, eclectic ethnic cuisine, exotic wildlife and easy, walkable streets to explore it all.
Whales, wine, redwoods, art—all come together blissfully in this picturesque Northern California community.
Dig into the heart of this city via its art and history museums and popular markets.
This city’s vibrant nightlife scene ranges from chic rooftop bars to cool underground jazz clubs, all of which stay open very, very late.
Mexico City is quite possibly the most overlooked tourist destination in the world. But it shouldn’t be. Find out why.
See why Miami continues to be a popular tropical playground, with gorgeous beaches, culinary hotspots, historic landmarks and plenty of attractions for kids and adults alike.
Do more than shop on your Twin Cities vacation. Check out these other Minneapolis and St. Paul top attractions.
Italy’s southern city offers an eclectic array of contemporary galleries and modern museums sure to impress art aficionados.
Naples is a diamond-in-the-rough, offering stunning landscapes, historical monuments and a burgeoning art scene.
Let the good times roll year-round in the Big Easy, home to Mardi Gras and an endless list of fun festivals.
Let the good times roll in the Crescent City, where joy is found in luscious cuisine, brass bands and year-round celebration.
Surrender to the magic and celebration of New Orleans music and dance until you drop.
Families heading to Chicago or Winnipeg in June should look into a special taste of Chicago for kids and the 26th anniversary of Winnipeg’s annual Kidsfest.
From musical performances to historic memorials, there are plenty of things to do on Oahu without spending a dime.
Learn about Hawaii and explore Oahu’s natural wonders on these affordable kid-friendly excursions.
A trip to Oahu isn't the same without a taste of kalua pig and some Hawaiian cultural entertainment.
The Spanish city Valencia builds hundreds of huge, whimsical statues each March for its Las Fallas festival—then torches all but one in a single night.
Discover this tiny Mediterranean island nation, which offers legendary history, luxurious hotels and beautiful beaches.
Enjoy a serene respite in this former resort village for a break from the nearby theme parks, with a farmer’s market, the Morse Museum Tiffany collection, luxury boutiques and sidewalk cafés.
A one-time escape for film’s finest, this town still offers a connecton to the big screen—and its stars. Take a break from fun in the sun and enjoy the latest in cinema or a trip back to Hollywood’s heyday.
From snow in the desert to one of the best skate parks in California, this adult sanctuary also offers fun attractions for kids.
Check out these top Palm Springs attractions in this wonderfully warm destination, from golf to architecture to Hollywood history.
Pack your picnic basket, and enjoy a warm summer day or evening in Parisian style.
The French capital lives up to its hype, with world-class museums, restaurants, shopping and historical sites. Check out our local expert’s recommended favorites.
Keep everyone from tots to teens entertained in the City of Brotherly Love.
Celebrating Québec City’s 400th anniversary with 10 months of festivals, art exhibits and street performances—this is one party you won’t want to miss.
Sharpen your Cupid’s arrow and take your sweetheart to one of these annual love events held around the world.
Celebrate Texas-style at this city’s biggest annual party and learn how to score tickets and which of the multiple flashy parades and decadent food booths shouldn’t be missed.
Centuries of art and culture are on display at these San Antonio museums.
Explore this Southwestern city beyond the famous Alamo. Don’t miss the San Antonio River Walk, its Tex-Mex culture, the Fiesta festival and more.
This Southern California destination remains a family favorite, but cool new hotels and restaurants make it an appealing playground for adults too.
Visit historical attractions and museums, shop like mad and go hiking in the United States’ oldest capital city.
This Florida beach community offers both affordable and luxury accommodations, beautiful beaches, family attractions and quality cultural venues.
Savannah’s remarkably well-preserved historical buildings and celebrated contemporary arts scene offer an elegant feast for the eyes.
Learn about this fine U.S. colonial city’s beautiful historical sites as well as its cutting-edge contemporary attractions.
To escape the city, locals and tourists alike head to this manmade resort area for beach fun, dining and Singapore family attractions.
Singapore is an ideal entry point to Asia, with its mix of cultures and cuisines, historic sites and modern attractions.
Tips for how to navigate the Windy City when traveling with a disabled child.
Use this guide to plan your Washington, D.C., family trip with your special needs child.
The best jazz festival in the Caribbean brings headliners from jazz, pop, R&B and world music to the island paradise.
A patchwork of colonial history, this Eastern Caribbean island offers a variety of activities, attractions and cuisines stemming from French, British and African influence.
From climbing Harbour Bridge to riding the waves at Bondi Beach, don’t miss these top family attractions if exploring Sydney with kids.
Neighboring cities Tampa and St. Petersburg provide excellent beaches and family attractions as well as art and culture for those traveling without little ones.
Visit Tampa’s Latin quarter for a taste of Cuban cuisine, entertainment and history.
Immerse yourself in everything chocolate in Hershey, Pa, from a chocolate fondue wrap to chocolate martinis to a chocolate museum. There are new rides at Hersheypark too.
This week’s deals are for a Branson hotel, free Florida kids camp and golf, a music festival in Aruba, and family retreat discounts for Utah or South Africa.
This week’s discounts are at San Francisco hotels, a free night’s stay in Santorini, a museum package in New York and passes to North Carolina attractions.
This week’s discounts are for Florence and Venice hotels, a last-minute deal in Lake Las Vegas, and family discounts in the Bahamas and Barbados.
Check out deals for art and family packages in New York, an African tour in Kenya, spa credits at Ritz-Carlton and affordable Tahiti for families.
It’s been four centuries since this Dutch explorer discovered the Hudson River. Check out the events slated for the year-long celebrations throughout New York State.
This week’s deals include Québec hotel and museum discounts, grandparents package in New Orleans, reduced admission to San Diego attractions, and special summer rates for a Florida beach and golf resort.
From the ‘Anne of Green Gables’ centennial celebration to shellfish festivals, Canada’s smallest province offers a wealth of activities for vacationing families.
A fire that destroyed several Universal Studios sets won’t hinder theme park visitors.
Put some spark into your vacation with a visit to Providence’s famous annual art event.
Enjoy sweet eats, fine dining and movie marathons at three Traverse City, Michigan festivals. Plus the chance to see Madonna.
The theater scene in the D.C. Metro area is vibrant and ready to entertain children of all ages.
Our nation’s capital offers a year-round slew of special events, guaranteed to give you and the kids a fun lesson in history and culture.
Enjoy nature at its finest along with cultural amenities you might not expect in a national park.
Two great books for two distinct audiences: family travelers and those looking for off-the-beaten-path exploration.
This kid-specific Seattle guidebook offers a comprehensive overview of the city’s attractions with an eye to children’s entertainment and education.
Two Washington guidebooks highlight capital attractions in an interactive format for kids.