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Welcome to Checking In

Checking In is the place to find everything you’ll need to plan your next family getaway. All brought to you by real families and our family of Team Member travel experts. Make the most of your vacation time by Checking In with us. To see what’s coming up, visit our About page.

Two boys stand in front of a mural that reads,  'Branson Vibes'.

Destination Ideas

What is Branson Like Right Now?

  • Posted September 30, 2021

Wondering what Branson is like right now? Get a feel for the city, things to do and where to stay from Amanda, who recently took a Missouri family vacation there.

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A young boy (right) and a young girl (left) sit in inner tubes while floating down a lazy river.

Resort Visits

Our First Family Vacation at Orange Lake Resort [La Primera Vacación de Nuestra Familia en Orange Lake Resort]

  • Posted September 14, 2021

Follow the Tardio family on their first Orange Lake Resort vacation! ¡Siga a la familia Tardio en sus primeras vacaciones en Orange Lake Resort! (Story in both English & Spanish.)

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Check In With Us

Are you just as obsessed with travel as we are? Find out how to share your great vacation story on this page. And you can always find us on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, too.

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Featured contributor, Brianna Steele (middle), and her two children pose near our pool at South Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Things to Do

Top 12 Things to Do in Myrtle Beach in the Summer

  • Posted May 24, 2021

Check out the 12 best things to do in Myrtle Beach in the summer! Yes, the beach is included, along with many other activities like shows, adventure parks and more.

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Things to Do

What is There to Do in Orlando When it Rains?

  • Posted May 20, 2021

Find out what there is to do in Orlando when it rains. Read 11 fun ways to spend those Florida rainy days, from indoor attractions and activities to shopping and more.

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Special Olympic Athlete, Roan Luallen, plays tennis wearing a blue t-shirt and shorts with a safety mask and sunglasses on the courts of our Orange Lake Resort located in Orlando, Florida.

Resort Visits

Every Family is Special: Roan & Sherryll’s Journey with Tennis, Travel & Special Olympics Florida

  • Posted May 19, 2021

Hear Roan and Sherryll’s tennis journey with Special Olympics Florida, including the most recent State Championships in Orlando, their travels together and more.

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Things to Do

How to Do New Orleans Like a Local: Things to Do & Places to Eat

  • Posted May 18, 2021

Check out 20 of the best things to do in New Orleans and local places to eat — all family-friendly, all amazing and all written by local NOLA mom, Catherine.

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Things to Do

How We Saw Manatees on Our Getaway to Cape Canaveral Beach Resort

  • Posted May 12, 2021

Find out when and where to spot manatees in Florida and near Cape Canaveral Beach Resort, based on one couple’s adventures trying to find them on the Space Coast.

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A mother hods her daughter while overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains.

Things to Do

Top 10 Best Things to Do in Gatlinburg

  • Posted May 10, 2021

Check out the top 10 best things to do in Gatlinburg and in the Smoky Mountains. From coasters and caverns to rapids and more, you’ll find adventure all around.

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Pile of rocks stacked in front of a waterfall at Starved Rock State Park.

Things to Do

5 Best Things to Do Near Sheridan, Illinois

  • Posted May 6, 2021

Check out these 5 best things to do in Sheridan, Illinois, during your Midwest family getaway, including hiking, history, puzzle challenges and more.

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Travel Tips

Best Family Beach Vacation Packing List for Sunny, Sandy Fun [Free, Printable PDF]

  • Posted May 4, 2021

Check off everything on this family beach vacation packing list so you don’t forget a thing on your sunny getaway. It includes lists for the kids, beach and more.

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All of the children pose on the beach.

Things to Do

6 Outdoor Things to Do in Lake Tahoe for Families

  • Posted April 28, 2021

Check out 6 of the best family-friendly, outdoor things to do in Lake Tahoe. You’ll find beaches, parks, snow tubing and more for a fun and active mountain getaway.

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Featured Contributor, Karishma Kittur (top-left), her husband, Rohan (top-right) and two daughters, Myrra (front-left) and Amarra (front-right).

Travel Tips

6 Top Benefits of Hiking with Kids

  • Posted April 26, 2021

Find out 6 of the best benefits of hiking with kids and all the fun things you and your family will learn by venturing out into the great outdoors together.

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Featured Contributor, Ashley Fraboni (right) and Fiancé, Nicholas (left) sit atop a rock a Shenandoah National Park.

Destination Ideas

COVID Vacation Ideas: 13 Fresh & Safety-Friendly Travel Spots

  • Posted April 22, 2021

Explore 13 COVID vacation ideas for fun, fresh-air and outdoor adventures. Get info on each destination, including tips, safety measures and best things to do.

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Featured Contributor, Angelica Kajiwara's husband and three children run pose in front of a 'Rocket Playground' located at the Kennedy Space Center™ Visitor Complex.

Things to Do

6 Best Family-Friendly Things to Do in Cape Canaveral

  • Posted April 20, 2021

Find out what the 6 best family-friendly things to do in Cape Canaveral are, including seeing rocket launches from afar (and real rockets up-close) and more.

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