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Summer trips with the children can be fun if you go to the right spots

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Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013 2:45 pm

If you’re looking to get out of town with the kids this summer, here are a few place where they will have fun and so will mom and dad.

Learn horticulture while you ride

Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park — formerly Bonfante Gardens — has been a theme park that educates guests on horticulture for more than a decade. The park features more than 40 rides, attractions, educational exhibits and majestic gardens.

Gilroy Gardens is located on Hecker Pass Highway (State Route 152), 3 miles west of Highway 101 in Gilroy. For admission prices and more details, visit www.gilroygardens.org.

Build, destroy, imagine, repeat

Have a kid who likes to build and destroy? Then Legoland near San Diego is likely a place you want to pencil in to your summer fun schedule. Legoland has more than 60 rides, shows and attractions, as well as a water park and aquarium. For information, visit california.legoland.com.

Those towering redwoods

The redwood forest may not have a giant dinosaur made of Legos or a human-sized spiders, but it does have the tallest trees on Earth, which is pretty amazing, even to a child. Redwood National and State Parks is located in northernmost coastal California — about 325 miles north of San Francisco. Redwood National and State Parks is generally oriented along the north-south Highway 101 highway corridor between Crescent City and Orick. Numerous other roads and highways (including scenic drives) provide access to areas throughout the parks. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/redw/index.htm.

In the land of fairies and tales

For more than 50 years, Fairytale Town in Sacramento has been a children’s hangout that offers 25 playsets based on nursery rhymes and fairytales. There are a friendly flock of farm animals, two performing arts stages and several gardens. For information, visit www.fairytaletown.org.

Let them rage

When the kids decide they only want to hang out in the kitchen with you because it’s so hot outside, Raging Waters will be one answer for you. The Sacramento water park rides and slides for the big kids, kiddie slides for the tots and cabanas for mom and dad. For more information, visit www.rwsac.com.

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