For Yankees spring training ticket information, 813-879-2244.
WHERE TO STAY: For sports fans, Legends Field packages at the Quorum Hotel-Tampa include accommodations for up to four in a room. a disposable camera, baseball autograph kit, and a buffet breakfast for two. Call 877-478-6786, www.QuorumTampa.com. Near Busch Gardens, Holiday Inn Express offers packages that include accommodations and theme park tickets, 813-910-7171. Or take a shopping package at the Renaissance Tampa, which is within the immense International Plaza shopping and dining complex, www.renaissancetampa.com.
STAYING IN-STATE Visitors are welcome at the Starkey Ranch, a working cattle ranch between Zephyr Hills and New Port Richey. Take a journey through time back to 1899. Go to www.flatwoodsadventures.com, 877-734-9453.
LEARN AS YOU GO The Travel with Kids series, which also has DVD guides to the Yucatan, Kaui, Maui & Molokai and Oahu, now offers a DVD guide to Hawaii, The Big Island. The 42-minute show helps with pre-planning and you'll want to take it along to view and review while you're here. www.TravelWithKidsDVDs.com.
Added at Shenandoah (Virginia) Caverns for 2007 are new, family-friendly exhibits. See famous parade floats, Main Street of Yesteryear and The Yellow Barn depicting historic farm life. Access is easier than in most cave attractions because the caverns have elevators. Call 888-4CAVERN, www.shenandoahcaverns.com.
The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village near Detroit has one of the most awesome collections of Americana ever assembled including JFK's limousine and the chair where Lincoln was sitting when he was shot. To plan a summer visit (you'll need two or three days there) go to www.thehenryford.org.
FAR-FLUNG FUN Laura Howard of Deerfield Beach specializes in family eco-travel to Belize, with a focus on Lamanai, the third Mayan archaeological site. Learn more about her tours at www.beyondtouring.com, 866-393-2731 or 954-415-2897.
Vacation in a hacienda with plenty of fun for the whole family on a 1700-acre seaside ranch in Costa Rica. Go horseback riding, swim, hike with naturalists, play soccer, bicycle and fish at Cabo Velas, 800-225-4255 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There's still time to ski Vermont before the snow melts. The free "2007 Ski & Maple Map & Guide" lists the state's ski centers and also shows the nearest sugarhouses to each ski area. Call 800-837-6668.
Found all over the country from the Poconos and Niagara Falls to Washington State, Great Wolf Lodges and Blue Harbor Resorts offer a unique family vacation. Accommodations resemble a Northwoods cabin that sleeps up to eight and each resort has a whizbang indoor water park with wave pool and slides. The entire resort is under the same roof. Go to www.greatwolf.com, 800-905-9653.
Getting there: Nonstop air service to San Juan flies from both Fort Lauderdale and Miami.
For more information: Marriot San Juan Resort & Stellaris Casino, 888-236-2427 or www.marriott.com. A room with two double beds costs $330 a night in high season. September and October rates are from $206.
During the winter, some airlines (try American or Continental) have direct service to the nearby town of Gunnison via Houston or Dallas. There is a convenient shuttle bus to Crested Butte from Gunnison. The trip takes approximately 40 minutes. You can also fly into Denver and make a connection via United Express directly to Gunnison. Some may prefer to rent a car in Denver and drive down to Crested Butte. The trip can between 4 1/2 and 5 1/2 hours. Scenery is magnificent, but wintertime roads and weather conditions are factors when making the decision to drive.