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Ziplining Louisiana Style with Gators & Friends

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Shelly Rivoli

Founder, Editor, & Chief Adventure Officer at Family Travel 411 and Travels with Baby
Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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Ziplining over alligator-infested waters wasn’t the first thing I envisioned when I heard about a family-friendly “exotic petting zoo” located just outside of Shreveport, Louisiana. Nor was it anything I’d expected to do when packing my bags for the annual conference of the North American Travel Journalists Association, held just 10 minutes away. But when invited to harness up and … Continue reading Ziplining Louisiana Style with Gators & Friends

Jurassic Pilgrimage: Visiting Dinosaur National Monument with Kids

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Founder, Editor, & Chief Adventure Officer at Family Travel 411 and Travels with Baby
Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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You can talk about dinosaurs, digs, and paleontology until the Camarasaurus come home, but mere conversations will never compare with the experience of visiting Dinosaur National Monument with your children. The first thing you should know if want to visit Dinosaur National Monument on your family road trip is this: your GPS will not lead you … Continue reading Jurassic Pilgrimage: Visiting Dinosaur National Monument with Kids

On Safari in Sonoma: Our Tour of Safari West Wildlife Preserve

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Shelly Rivoli

Founder, Editor, & Chief Adventure Officer at Family Travel 411 and Travels with Baby
Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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The first question any child of three years or seventy-five will likely ask is, “Who gets to ride on the top?” Indeed, everyone in our group of ten safari goers would have liked a turn to enjoy the view from the top deck of the jeep (especially when we happened upon certain curious and, later, potentially deadly … Continue reading On Safari in Sonoma: Our Tour of Safari West Wildlife Preserve

One Night in the African Tent Camp: My Review of Safari West

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Shelly Rivoli

Founder, Editor, & Chief Adventure Officer at Family Travel 411 and Travels with Baby
Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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Review of Safari West Wildlife Preserve and African Tent Camp, Santa Rosa, California  That the wood floor was polished to a higher luster than ours at home was the first sign there would be no roughing it in this particular tent. A king-size bed was the second. And the presence of a private bathroom with … Continue reading One Night in the African Tent Camp: My Review of Safari West