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Green Mountain Marvel

The fall foliage is ah-may-zing (and the maple sugar is delish), but the best part about a trip to northern Vermont is Smugglers' Notch ( Why? The eight—count 'em—heated pools, four waterslides, aqua basketball, waterfalls, and inflatable trampoline…and that's just the wet stuff! Dry off and check out the camps. Even babies can enjoy a swing with a view at Treasures childcare center. Kids choose from an à la carte menu of activities, including scavenger hunts and costume-making. Chris Epstein, a Philadelphia mom of six, says her kids rush to their favorites every year (sound and stage and adventure games).

Get Out There:  Next up, a llama trek. Tromp through the woods and nosh on baked treats, fresh fruit, and ice cream. Say goodbye to your furry friend, then try a round of disc golf on the nine-hole course. Land as many Frisbees as you can into baskets set on top of poles. It's harder than it sounds!

Fly High: An ArborTrek Zip Line Canopy Tour ( is a primo adventure. Guides usher the kids (and hesitant adults) safely along.