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    Legoland Hotel a perfect stay for kids

    Legoland Hotel — the hotel that bricks built If spending your day surrounded by LEGOs isn’t enough, you can lay your head at the hotel that bricks built—but don’t worry, your pillow won’t be made of plastic. Opened in 2015, the Legoland Hotel is steps from the park entrance and boasts 152 rooms, all of which have king-size beds in

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    Seuss Landing — Great fun for young children

    Seuss Landing is a 10-acre themed area based on the author’s famous books at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Buildings and attractions replicate a whimsical, brightly colored cartoon style with exaggerated features and rounded lines. The odd-shaped facades were carved from Styrofoam and sprayed with concrete, and the impossibly bent palm trees were salvaged from Hurricane Andrew, resulting in a land without a single straight line

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    Smithsonian Castle and Information Center

    The story of the grand, red-sandstone Smithsonian Institution Building starts with the story of James Smithson, founding patron of the Smithsonian Institute. Smithson was an English chemist and mineralogist who came from wealthy parents and had no children of his own. A clause in Smithson’s will gifted all of his wealth to the government of the United States, a country that he never visited, to

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    Cosmopolitan Hotel

    The Cosmopolitan exudes energy and an offbeat hipness, making it truly an indie hotel. Positioned at the northeast corner of the CityCenter complex, the dual-tower hotel is a 2,995-suite high-rise with a full casino, 14 restaurants, three pools, a showroom, day and night clubs, a spa, a retail arcade, two fitness centers, tennis courts, three floors of meeting space, and subterranean parking. Glittering is…

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    Cold weather Disney Cruise

    When most people hear the word “cruise,” they think beaches, bikinis, and fruity drinks decorated with paper umbrellas. Disney Cruise Line (DCL) does offer many wonderful itineraries that suit that description to a T. While I’m always up for a tropical voyage, I must confess that I prefer the Disney Cruise Lines sailings to cold weather destinations. Here are five reasons why I’ll choose…