Shannon Entin, Roadschooling TravelingMom

Shannon Entin, Roadschooling TravelingMom

Shannon Entin is a New Jersey-based family travel writer who grew up under the impression that the highest form of family fun was driving aimlessly to get to anywhere. Today, Shannon takes her own family on extended driving adventures, criss-crossing America from the Jersey Shore to San Francisco Bay, Niagara Falls to Gulf Shores, Alabama, and more, always ready to veer off the interstate to investigate a quirky attraction, sample a local delicacy, or try a new adventure. Homeschooling her two kids along the way, she chronicles her adventures and roadschooling experiences at 100 Routes Across America.


Four Fun, Educational Family Road Trips

  If the idea of visiting another amusement park or sitting on a beach doesn’t motivate you to make family vacation plans, consider a good, old-fashioned road trip. Here are four family road trips that will not cost you a lot of money, and will inspire learning and love of the outdoors – something we all want for our kids! Four Fun, Educational Family Road Trips Family road trips are a fantastic way to experience new places and learn along the way. With the open road in front of you and time built into your itinerary to explore some...

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Christmas Light Displays at Hershey Sweet Lights Drive-Thru in Hershey PA

There’s nothing like a festive array of twinkling Christmas light displays to get you in the holiday spirit. And when you combine the 600 illuminated, animated light shows at Hershey Sweet Lights with a town like Hershey, Pennsylvania, it adds up to a winning weekend getaway. The Sweetest Christmas Light Displays Hershey calls itself the sweetest place on earth with good reason. As soon as we turned onto Chocolate Avenue, we rolled down our windows to breathe in the smell of chocolate that permeates the town. Hershey Sweet Lights drive-through Christmas light displays are just a couple minutes drive...

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Best Ski Resort For Your Skiing Personality

Finding the best ski resort to sync up with your personality is important. Every mountain has its own vibe and you need to know if you’re a poma lift kind of skier or a gondola kind of skier Here’s a personality test to help you decide where to take your next ski vacation. Best Ski Resort For Your Personality Type Every ski resort has its own vibe. It might be luxury, laid-back, or family-friendly. Every skier has his or her own vibe, too. Maybe you like to have everything taken care of for you. Carry your skis, ma’am? Maybe...

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THE GLOW: Experience Amazing Jack O’Lanterns in NJ

Fall is in the air and with it comes one of the brightest events in New Jersey – THE GLOW: A Jack O’ Lantern Experience. My daughter and I visited this glowing gallery of jack o’lanterns joy last weekend at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport. Showcasing more than 5,000 illuminated, hand-carved jack o’lanterns, THE GLOW brings to life a spectacular Halloween pumpkin wonderland. THE GLOW Brings Halloween to Life On weekends in October, you can be dazzled by the magic of THE GLOW, an enchanting and unforgettable walk-through event featuring more than 5,000 hand-carved, illuminated Jack O’Lanterns displayed in...

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New In-App Universal Orlando Ticket Purchase and Redemption

Have you ever headed to Universal Orlando bright and early with really excited children, only to wait in an insanely long, slow line at a Universal Orlando ticket or Will Call window? Well starting today, you can purchase and redeem your tickets right in The Official Universal Orlando Resort App. But is that enough in today’s technology-driven society? When It’s All About the App For locals, or those buying tickets last-minute, the in-app purchase can be a time-saver. Once you purchase your Universal Orlando tickets within the app, simply head to the gate with your phone, navigate to “My Tickets”...

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Hammondsport, NY: Adventures in the Finger Lakes

Hammondsport, NY is a charming lake town on the southern shores of Keuka Lake in Upstate New York. Part of the southern Finger Lakes region, Hammondsport offers the perfect combination of family adventure and relaxation. Where to Stay in the Finger Lakes: Hammondsport, NY Keuka Lakeside Inn is a charming property right on the southern shore of Keuka Lake. The recently renovated rooms are clean and comfortable and include a mini-fridge, free wi-fi, and television. Owner Ron personifies the friendly, small-town vibe of the area. He explains that visitors are very loyal to the Inn, coming back year after...

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Don’t Get Frozen Out: How Early to Book a Disney Vacation

There’s never a wrong time to book a magical Disney vacation, right? Not so fast! There are some key time frames you need to know to help you make the most of your visit. Knowing when to book your resort, dining, and fast passes will ensure you are not “frozen” out of any must-see experiences! Booking Your Disney Vacation: Timing is Important TravelingMom reader Sharon asks, “How early is too early to book Disney?” First, let’s look at accommodation options, since that’s the first thing you’ll want to pin down. Generally, booking a Disney resort property six to seven months in...

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Getting a Medal from Mickey: How runDisney Inspires Healthy Living

Think you can’t run a half marathon? Mickey Mouse says you can! Since 1994, when the Walt Disney World Marathon was launched, runDisney has been inspiring people of all ages and abilities to set – and achieve – serious health and fitness goals. And this is especially true for women – those Moms out there who want to channel their fitness motivation into a magical family vacation at the Happiest Place on Earth! runDisney Inspires New Runners Runner’s World magazine calls runDisney events the perfect races for new runners because there’s less pressure, no qualifying time required and runners...

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Kid-Friendly Chicago Restaurants and Must-See Museums

Chicago is a popular family vacation destination, and our TravelingMoms have the scoop on the best kid-friendly Chicago restaurants and the must-see museums. From Eataly to the Field Museum, here is your guide to eating and learning in the Windy City. Kid-Friendly Chicago Restaurants Chicago,Illinois, a popular family vacation destination, has so many places to eat and museums to visit, it’s challenging to narrow down the choices and determine which are the most kid-friendly. But our TravelingMoms have been there! In this “Ask a TMOM” post, we uncover the best, kid-friendly Chicago restaurants and the must-see museums. TravelingMom reader...

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Where the Walking Dead Will be Heading Next

Get ready, the dead are coming. To Universal Hollywood, that is! Beginning in Summer 2016, you’ll be able to get a taste of what post-zombie-apocalypse life might be like. The new permanent attractions at Universal Studios Hollywood will bring to life the most popular cable TV show in history – AMC’s The Walking Dead. Walk Among the Walking Dead at Universal Hollywood The zombie-themed walk-through attraction was announced by Chris Hardwick during his talk show, The Talking Dead. According to Hardwick, the attraction will be an entirely new structure that will mix live performers with animatronics and special effects to create one of...

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