Spencer Beach on the Big Island. Photo © Bree Kessler.

Visiting Hawaii’s Big Island with Kids

When along came baby for author and Hawaii travel expert Bree Kessler, so too did a deeper understanding about what makes for a fun, stress-free outing for everyone. Here’s what she’s learned about beach-going, hiking, dining out, and where to stay on the Big Island with kids in tow.

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The Burning of Zozobra

Every fall a raucous chant fills the air in Santa Fe’s Fort Marcy Park: “Burn him! Burn him! Burn him!” It’s not a witch hunt, but the ritual torching of Zozobra, a 50-foot-tall marionette with long, grasping arms, glowering eyes, and a moaning voice.

Glasswing butterfly, Monteverde Butterfly Garden. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Family Fun in Costa Rica

Combining educational options with fun keeps children (and parents) enthralled. From snakes and sloths and crocodiles to river safaris and air tram rides through the forest and above volcanoes, these ideas focus on outdoor adventure & learning while experiencing nature.

From the amazing collection of Pacific seashells to the planetarium, Bishop Museum explores Hawaii’s culture through many different disciplines.

Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii

The premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific and the largest museum in the state, Bishop Museum explores Hawaii’s culture through many different disciplines. Kids will especially enjoy the Science Adventure Center.

Kids meeting a flock of laying hens in a green field.

Kid-Friendly Activities in the Hudson River Valley

Young travelers find many opportunities for entertainment and recreation in the Hudson River Valley, from hiking and swimming to apple and berry picking to tours of historic homes and museums. Here are a few family-friendly destinations.

With dramatic landscapes and wildlife-watching opportunities, Waterton's Bison Paddock keeps all ages entertained.

Glacier National Park Kid-Friendly Trip Ideas

The trick with kids in Glacier is to be prepared on hikes and adventures. From hikes to fishing trips to horseback riding and a whole lot more, here are some great kid-friendly trip ideas in Glacier National Park, along with advice for making the trip that much easier.

A Swainson's Toucan poses for a picture at the Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo.

Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo in Greater Hilo

Not many travelers can visit a zoo in such a unique setting, where the animals virtually live in paradise. The Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo is small, delightful, and home to both endemic and introduced species. A visit will take a full day; here’s helpful trip planning information and tips.