Head to the largest festival in the Midwest this winter to enjoy a dazzling winter wonderland, perfect for family travelers. The beloved World of Winter festival returns to Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jan. 6–March 5 for nearly two months of fun.
The festival features beautiful outdoor installations, lively events and tasty food and drinks. The best part? All programming and activities are free to all. At the festival, visitors can explore more than 20 large-scale, interactive and Instagrammable art installations. Other features include more than 50 ice sculptures located within easy walking distance of one another. Installations like House of Cards, a series of 128 light boxes in the form of playing cards shaped into a unique structure, light up the city during the festival.
Kids will love joining some fun events like the Human Hungry Hippos tournament or the Snow Moon Snow snake competition. Adults and kids can also witness the Circus Wonderland, Ice Piano performances and more. The World of Winter Festival offers guests the chance to experience a scavenger hunt, street party, drag show, silent disco, concerts and walking tours.
For food and drink, look no further than the many vendors present at the festival. Visitors can select from a variety of dishes and food trucks, with everything from a food truck rally to a noodle competition.
Only the bravest of family travelers should venture to Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights. Every year, Universal Orlando turns into the spookiest place in Florida, if not in the country. On select nights throughout the season, visitors and locals alike can head to the popular amusement park for frights, scares and thrilling adventures. Explore 10 terrifying haunted houses; five scare zones; live entertainment; and themed attractions, food and merchandise.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
With kids back in school and the grueling temperatures of summer finally behind us, life is starting to get back into the routine of fall. That doesn’t mean, however, that family fun has to stop. Big international trips may not be practical for all family travelers this time of year, but places like South County in Rhode Island offer so many fun things to do for families, a quick trip to this East Coast haven is practically a must.
Take Part in England’s Exmoor Dark Skies Festival Dusk Wildlife Safaris and Children’s Art Competition
Planning a trip to the United Kingdom soon? Time your travel for the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival in Somerset, England, from Oct. 13 to 29. The setting is Exmoor National Park, located within a gorgeous mix of farmland, wild forests, stunning valleys and moorlands in South West England.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Part of a family who just loves a good scare or ghost story? This fall, wherever your travels might take you, chances are you’ll be near an Omni hotel or resort with a history of haunted sightings and other scary happenings. So, why not learn a bit about where you’re staying to make the experience all the more eerie …