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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 (smuggs.com). 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 (arbortrek.com) is a primo adventure. Guides usher the kids (and hesitant adults) safely along.

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