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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.

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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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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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Things to Do

LEGOLAND Florida: 2 Kids Rank & Review Their Theme Park Day!

  • Posted October 14, 2021

Explore what LEGOLAND Florida is like as 2 kids rank and review their favorite attractions at this awesome theme park.

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Things to Do

Halloween Horror Nights: Your Guide to Frightful Fun at Universal Orlando This Year

  • Posted September 28, 2021

Get this year’s guide to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando and find out how to have a scary-good time with Tom’s haunted house reviews and tips.

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Things to Do

7 Fun Things to Do in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

  • Posted September 22, 2021

Check out these 7 fun things to do in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin! From farm mazes to lake cruises, Rob’s sharing his family’s favorite activities in this Midwest town.

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Things to Do

7 Chicago Museums You NEED to Visit

  • Posted September 20, 2021

Put these 7 Chicago museums at the top of your must-see list while you’re in the Windy City. You’ll dive into sea life, astronomy, art, history and more.

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Things to Do

5 Best Things to Do at Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg

  • Posted September 16, 2021

Dive into the 5 best things to do at Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg, Tennessee! Niccole is sharing her family’s top favorite must-see underwater wonders.

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Things to Do

The Perfect One-Day Itinerary for Helen, Georgia

  • Posted August 25, 2021

Plan out your time in Helen, Georgia, with this one-day itinerary! Ashley’s sharing the best things to do from her day trip, including tubing, hiking and more.

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Things to Do

6+ Fun & Free Things to Do in Orlando

  • Posted August 19, 2021

Discover 6+ free things to do in Orlando that are heavy on the fun and easy on the wallet, from exploring new areas to soaking up the sun and plenty more.

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Things to Do

6 Ways to Find Fun in The Berkshires with Your Kids

  • Posted August 17, 2021

Find out 6 ways to have family fun in The Berkshires with kids, as one mom describes her family vacation in South Lee and local activities for all abilities.

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Things to Do

A Taste of Our Top Favorites from Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

  • Posted August 9, 2021

Discover everything we loved about this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, including our favorite foods, drinks, entertainment, merch and more.

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Things to Do

Your Guide to Outdoor Family Fun at Villages Resort in Flint, Texas

  • Posted August 5, 2021

Check out Felicia’s guide to family fun at Villages Resort in Flint, Texas. You’ll get the best outdoorsy things to do, where to eat, tips and more.

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Things to Do

6 Best Things to Do in Branson, Missouri, Recommended by a Local

  • Posted August 3, 2021

Check out the 6 best things to do in Branson, Missouri — all recommended by a local of 32+ years. You’ll find foodie spots, outdoor adventures and lots of family fun.

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Things to Do

2021 Orlando Theme Park Guide

  • Posted August 2, 2021

Check out this Orlando theme park guide to learn about the new safety measures you should expect next time you hit up some rides.

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