Karon Warren

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Karon Warren covers travel, weddings and lifestyle for print and online publications including ThisGirlTravels.com, FamilyVacationCritic.com, AllThingsLifestyle.net, eHow.com Travel, LoriAllen.tv, Sunday News and Kentucky Doc, among others. She loves discovering new destinations as well as uncovering new aspects to familiar locales. When she's not traveling, Karon tries to keep up with her busy children - ages 4 and 8 - as well as spend time with her husband in their North Georgia home. You can follow Karon on Twitter at twitter.com/karonwarren and twitter.com/allthgslifestyl and AllThingsLifestyle.net.
This Small Town Is the Christmas Capital of Texas
December 17, 2017
With a population of approximately 52,000 people, you may assume that Grapevine, Texas, hosts a charming, small-town holiday celebration each year. And you'd be right. The city's holiday events do have an intimacy and warmth to them that you only find in small towns. But, as they say, everything's bigger in Texas, and the holidays are not exempt in Grapevine.
Florida 2017: The Best Kid-Friendly Beachfront Condo Rentals in Florida
October 13, 2017
Everybody loves a day at the beach, and with Florida's 1,800 miles of coastline, you can choose from numerous Sunshine State beachfront locations to enjoy fun in the sun. Many of Florida's beachfront condo resorts make the perfect destination for a family vacation, as well. With oceanside swimming pools, kid-friendly activities, onsite restaurants and, of course, quick beach access, you can choose among these resorts for the ideal location to spend quality family time together.
Romantic Things to Do in Lake Charles, LA
August 24, 2017
When date night rolls around for mom and dad, they want to make the most of it. In Lake Charles, LA, there are plenty of romantic opportunities available, from fine dining to spa pampering to just relaxing in the great outdoors. Decide which fits your mood and make plans to do it today.
Free Things to Do in Florida: The Sunshine State Offers Plenty of Family-Friendly Fun for Free
August 24, 2017
Many families head to Florida for two reasons: theme parks and beaches. And while these are worthwhile destinations, they not only can take a toll on the family budget, but they also represent just a small fraction of attractions this state has to offer. There are so many more sights and attractions where families can enjoy time together, plus, many of those offerings don't cost a dime. So the next time you're heading to Florida, check out these free things to do.
Things to Do in St. Augustine with Kids: Create Some Family History in the Country's Oldest City
August 24, 2017
Founded in 1565, St. Augustine wears its "oldest city in the United States" name with pride. And why not, given the many historic sights and attractions located here? Families not only can enjoy time discovering St. Augustine together, but also learn a good deal of American history in the process. And for parents, that's a true win-win.
Things to Do in Alabama for Kids: A Guide to Family-Friendly Spots in the "Heart of Dixie"
August 24, 2017
Sometimes overlooked as a family vacation destination, Alabama actually contains many sights, attractions and activities for all ages. From relaxing at the beach to delving into history or even exploring space, families can enjoy a vacation to remember.
Free Things to Do in Charlotte, NC
August 24, 2017
Charlotte, NC, is the quintessential metropolitan destination, with art, culture, culinary delights, sports and entertainment around every corner. The best part for visitors, though, is that many of these offerings are available for free, so they can experience them without breaking the bank. Plus, many have family-specific offerings that are great for kids.
Free Things to Do in Branson, MO: This Midwest Town is More than Musical Theater
August 24, 2017
Branson continues to maintain a strong reputation for live shows and entertainment, but there is much more to do in this Missouri city. Attractions focused on nature, history, sightseeing, food and more are sure to be fun for the entire family, and many offer free admission. When planning your itinerary, start with these five free sights.
Free Things to Do in Shreveport: Art and Nature Reign in "Louisiana's Other Side"
August 24, 2017
In Louisiana's northwest corner, Shreveport and neighboring Bossier City provide plenty of opportunities for families to experience the great outdoors and enjoy some art along the way. Best of all, many free attractions allow family vacation dollars to go an extra mile. And who doesn't want the vacation and the budget to last as long as possible?
Things to Do in New Orleans With Kids: Family-friendly Options Abound in The Big Easy
August 24, 2017
When most people think of New Orleans, they picture wild Mardi Gras parades on Bourbon Street and crazy parties in the French Quarter. But the Crescent City is so much more than these two popular locales, and families can enjoy it all.
Romantic Getaways in Gatlinburg, Tennessee: Love Abounds in This Bustling Mountain City
August 24, 2017
At the door to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, TN, is well-known as a thriving vacation destination. Gatlinburg always ranks especially high as a family-favorite getaway. But when the kids are spending a few days with the grandparents, off at sleep-away camp or enjoying a sleepover with friends, Gatlinburg serves as a wonderful romantic retreat as well. Here are five ways to enjoy time alone for two.
Things to Do in Gatlinburg for Kids: Five Family-Friendly Attractions for Kids of all Ages
August 24, 2017
Located in Western Tennessee, Gatlinburg continues to be a popular destination for families looking for a vacation that accommodates all ages and interests, from enjoying nature to competing at mini-golf to taking in eclectic museums. In addition, this mountain locale features sites, attractions and activities for every budget.
Things to Do in Pigeon Forge with Kids: This Tennessee City Is Packed With Family Entertainment
August 24, 2017
From amusement parks to mini-golf and go-karts to ropes courses and museums, Pigeon Forge, TN, contains more than enough family entertainment to fill a vacation itinerary. In fact, there's so much to do, it would be impossible to do it all during just one visit. Of course, that means a return trip will be necessary, so no one misses out on their favorite activities.
A Girls' Weekend Vacation in Florida
August 1, 2017
When it comes to dealing with life's stress, nothing could be more relaxing than a vacation in Florida. Make it a vacation with your best girlfriends, and you have a recipe for laughter and fun. Plus, Florida offers such a variety of getaways - think beach, spa, shopping, outdoor recreation - that planning a weekend vacation that satisfies everyone in the group couldn't be easier.
What Airports Are Near Daytona, Florida?
August 1, 2017
Known as the home of "The World's Most Famous Beach," Daytona Beach, Fla., attracts many visitors throughout the year, especially when the temperatures are warm and the sunshine is raining down. And, thanks to a nearby airport, traveling to Daytona Beach couldn't be easier. Even for those who cannot fly directly to Daytona Beach, there are nearby options that put visitors within a two-hour drive of fun in the sun.
How to Get Discount Tickets for Disney World
August 1, 2017
More than 20 million visitors - with and without kids - go to Disney World in Florida each year. And each year, tickets for Disney World get more expensive, so it's not surprising that park-goers search for ways to purchase discounted tickets. And, while discounts aren't always super generous, they can be found.
What Airlines Fly Out of Rockford, Illinois?
August 1, 2017
Located 68 miles northwest of Chicago, Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) offers Illinois residents and visitors an alternative to the busier airports found in nearby Chicago. With two airlines transporting passengers to both domestic and international destinations, this smaller airport delivers the same top air service without the hustle and bustle found elsewhere.
Hotels for Kids in Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg
August 1, 2017
Right outside the gates of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg in Tennessee are natural family vacation destinations. In addition to the national park, there are more than enough family-friendly activities to keep you and your kids busy all year round. When planning your next family getaway, consider staying at one of these hotels for kids in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. They're sure to please both kids and parents.
Free Things to Do in Daytona Beach: Family Vacations Go Beyond the Beach
July 28, 2017
A popular destination, families annually flock to Daytona Beach, "The World's Most Famous Beach," to enjoy fun in the sun. And although a beach vacation is always a winner with the whole family, Daytona Beach is so much more than just a beach town. Arts, history, culture, nature - these are just the beginning of the other attractions available in this Florida city.
Free Things to Do in Central Florida: Affordable Family Fun Abounds in the Sunshine State
July 28, 2017
Most people think only of theme parks when planning a visit to Central Florida, but this region offers so much more. From natural attractions to history to parks, this area overflows with family- and budget-friendly entertainment.
Romantic Getaways in Mississippi: Find Romance at These Destinations Around the Magnolia State
July 28, 2017
Throughout Mississippi, couples who find themselves with some kid-free days will discover a variety of locales that make perfect romantic getaways. This state contains everything from beach resorts and historic B&Bs to boutique hotels and rustic cabins, plus a good bit in between. So decide what part of the state you want to explore, and then head to one of these five destinations for a memorable and romantic escape.
Things to Do With Kids in Jacksonville, Florida: Family Fun Reigns in This North Florida City
July 27, 2017
From the beach to downtown and everywhere in between, Jacksonville, Florida, offers families the best combination of entertainment. Activities range from building sand castles and hitting the hiking trails to studying art or taking in a major sporting event. Of course, trying to decide what to do could occupy an entire vacation, so, to get you started, check out these sights and attractions around Jacksonville.
Exploring Universal's Islands of Adventure
April 21, 2014
The last time I visited Orlando's theme parks, there was no Universal Studios. At all. Now, there are two parks: Universal Studios (the original) and Islands of Adventure. During our recent visit we only had one day to visit Universal, so my husband and I had to decide which park would be a good fit for our kids, ages 4 and 8. Since they were not familiar with most of the movies highlighted at Universal Studios, we opted for Islands of Adventure. As it turns out, our choice was perfect for our family.
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