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Larry Croucher

Harker Heights, Texas

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We like to take at least one family vacation each year. Of course, the classic theme parks, such as Disney, are fun. We also love to be outdoors, especially going to visit National Parks. Our favorite is Yellowstone. Europe is a great place to visit. Our favorite town in London. Hard to go these days with the young kids.

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San Antonio Zoo

3903 N Saint Marys St, San Antonio, Texas

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Visited: November 2013 | Submitted: Dec 1, 2013 | I traveled with tots (0-2), little kids (3-5) and tweens (9-12)

Nice zoo in San Antonio

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The San Antonio zoo was a pleasant experience with lots of animals to see. When we visited, there was some construction going on, so you can expect new exhibits some time in 2014. The location of the zoo is nice. It is right next to a large park that has a train you can ride on. The zoo itself is standard. There are not alot of interactive exhibits, but the animals vary in all types. We are big fans of zoo's and this one rates in the middle of the pack for us, but definitely worth the trip for the family. We went right after Thanksgiving, so there ere several Christmas activities. One of the best was the visit with Santa Claus. he was located inside the butterfly garden and it was a cool experience waiting in line to see Santa with lots of butterflies surrounding you.

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Plan on spending 4-5 hours in the zoo.

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Six Flags Fiesta Texas

17000 I-10 West, San Antonio, Texas

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Visited: August 2013 | Submitted: Aug 6, 2013 | I traveled with tots (0-2), little kids (3-5) and tweens (9-12)

Great amusement park...with awesome water park included

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We took our three kids to Six Flags Fiesta for our oldest daughters birthday and had a great time. Six Flags Fiesta has so much to do. the rides are all spectacular and the park is very well kept. An added bonus is the water park that is included in the admission price. The water park has a lot to offer as well, to include several slides and a great lazy river. We went during the first weekend in august and unfortunately the temperature was over 100 degrees. That was not good for the kids, especially the 1 year old, but there are plenty of places to get out of the sun for a bit and plenty of water rides to keep you cool. Overall, one of the best amusement parks we have been too and we would love to go again... just when it is a little cooler outside.

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Avoid the heat during August! also, be prepared for high food prices.

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Residence Inn University Fort Worth

1701 South University Drive, Fort Worth, Texas

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KID-FRIENDLY AMENITIES

  • Sleeper sofa
  • Can accommodate large families
  • Smoke-free property
  • Pet friendly
  • On-site restaurant(s)
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Microwave in room
  • Kitchenette or kitchen in room
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Outdoor pool


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Visited: July 2013 | Submitted: Jul 18, 2013 | I traveled with tots (0-2), little kids (3-5) and tweens (9-12)

Great location, wonderful staff

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When we decided to visit Fort Worth for a few days, we wanted a hotel that was close to the sites. This was the perfect location. We love Marriott Residence Inn hotels anyway, so it worked out great. It is located just a mile from the Fort Worth Zoo, about walking distance, and is close to the highway and plenty of shopping and dining locations. The hotel is a little older than most, but is in good condition. The staff was wonderful. They made our visit great and were especially nice to our children. The great thing about Residence Inn is the nice free big breakfast and the managers socials in the evening. Overall, a great choice for few nights in Fort Worth.

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Take advantage of the managers social in the evening for a free dinner.

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Fort Worth Zoo

1989 Colonial Pkwy, Fort Worth, Texas

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Visited: July 2013 | Submitted: Jul 18, 2013 | I traveled with tots (0-2), little kids (3-5) and tweens (9-12)

One of our favorite zoos

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Our family loves zoo's. When we decided to visit Fort Worth for a few days, this was first on our agenda. We were not disappointed. The Fort Worth zoo is one of the nation's highest rated zoo's and it is easy to see why. we spent almost 6 hours there, on a day that was not that crowded. To begin with, there are alot of animals to see and the layout of the zoo is nice. What makes it great is that there are plenty of shade trees, which is nice in Texas, especially during the summer. Our kids favorite part was the parrot aviary, where they could feed parrots. the zoo also included an area known Texas town", which included some old buildings and a petting area. Overall, a great zoo and a great value. A must see in Fort Worth.

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National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame

1720 Gendy St, Fort Worth, Texas

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Visited: July 2013 | Submitted: Jul 18, 2013 | I traveled with tots (0-2), little kids (3-5) and tweens (9-12)

Fun museum for the girls...but a bit pricey

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The girls were very excited to visit the National Cowgirl Museum in Fort Worth, TX. We arrived right when they opened at 10 am and were the only ones there. The museum is nice, but not very big. Surprisingly, it was a bit expensive. It is $36 for two adults and two kids, and I am not sure it is worth the price. It is two stories and highlights the stories of cowgirls throughout our nations history. The first floor had a short 8 minute movie and an art exhibit. The second floor had exhibits on past inductees. We wish it had more interactive things to do. The two interactive places were both not working when we visited. Our oldest daughter enjoyed the museum, but wanted to see more. We were there for about an hour. The staff was friendly and overall we liked it...just wish there was more to see.

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Be prepared to pay a high price.

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Overland Park, Ks

Anywhere, Overland Park, Kansas

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Visited: November 2011 | Submitted: Jan 22, 2013 | I traveled with tots (0-2) and big kids (6-8)

Nice mall with a big carousel

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Overland Park Kansas is the site of one of the biggest malls in the area, the Overland Park mall. It is an above average mall and there are lots of good shops and activities for the kids. For those with daughters this mall has one of the American Girl stores which is a favorite of our 10 year old daughter. That alone would make this mall a worthwhile trip. They also have a double decker carousel that the kids can buy tickets for. Shops are located on two levels, with all the regular stores you would expect in a mall. Specifically for the kids, they have a Disney store and a very big Barnes and Nobles. Overall, this is a very nice mall and offers great shopping for the entire family.

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American Girl store is great for the girls

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Zona Rosa

8640 N Dixson Ave., Kansas City, Missouri

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Visited: December 2011 | Submitted: Jan 22, 2013 | I traveled with tots (0-2) and tweens (9-12)

Nice outside mall in Kansas City

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Zona Rosa is an outdoor shopping center in Kansas City, Missouri with numerous stores and restaurants. It is not an outlet mall, just a regular mall with normal stores. it is located just a few miles from the Kansas City airport and about 15 minutes from downtown Kansas City. Because it is an outdoor mall, it is very important to check the weather before you spend some time. Not much there that is specifically for the kids outside some nice ice cream shops and normal kid related clothing stores. They sometimes have entertainment outside one of the restaurants, called Bravo, which is an Italian eatery. There website will provide a calender of events if you are looking for something to do with the kids.

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Check the weather before going.

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Santa Ana Zoo

1801 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana, California

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Visited: February 2008 | Submitted: Jan 21, 2013 | I traveled with little kids (3-5)

Very small zoo in Santa Ana

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The last time we visited southern California, we visited Disneyland and worked our way down to San Diego. We are huge zoo fans, so we looked for some local zoos near Anaheim that we could visit. We found the Santa Ana zoo and decided to give it a try. To begin with, there was hardly anyone there, just a few others besides our family. Secondly, it is a very small zoo. There is not too much to see, so you can be done with your visit in just about an hour, maybe two if you took your time. here is a short train ride near the kids area and the kids will enjoy. However if you are big fans of zoos, do not have big expectations if you decide to take the family to the Santa Ana zoo.

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Legends Outlets Kansas City

1843 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, Missouri

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Visited: November 2011 | Submitted: Jan 21, 2013 | I traveled with tots (0-2) and tweens (9-12)

Averag size outdoor mall outside of Kansas City

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When we were stationed at Fort Leavenworth Kansas in the United States Army, the nearest shopping area to us was Legends outlet in Kansas City, about 30 minutes from our home on base. It is a standard outdoor shopping mall and is located next to the Kansas Speedway, which hosts NASCAR races during the season. They have a very nice movie theater and all the shops and restaurants you would expect for an outdoor outlet mall. It is also next to a Great Wolf Lodge, so if you are staying there, you have options for food and shopping. Our daughters favorite places include Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and a frozen custard shop called Sheridan's. Very yummy ice cream. Overall, an average mall.

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nothing above average here.

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TownePlace Suites Saint George

251 South 1470 East, Saint George, Utah

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Visited: June 2008 | Submitted: Jan 21, 2013 | I traveled with little kids (3-5)

Nice Marriott in St George Utah

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St George, Utah is the nearest big town when traveling to Zion National Park. The park is about 45-60 minutes from st George. If you are visiting the park, but want to stay close to a town, then St George is your best bet. There are several options for hotels in the area. We are Marriott fans, so we decided to stay at the TownePlace Suites in St George. It turned out to be a good experience for the family. It is conveniently located off of the interstate and is close proximity to all the shopping and dining that you need. The rooms are comfortable as well. The biggest hit for our family was the pool. They have a very nice pool, with a waterfall that the kids will enjoy. It gets real hot in St George in the summer, so a pool is a must if you are staying there.

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Great pool here.

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