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Welcome to Family First Adventures!

My family and I love to travel. Wonderful adventures create memories and experiences that families treasure far beyond the actual event. The adventures don't have to be expensive or extravagant, but for success it's best if the adventures are well planned and thoughtful. Hence, I offer this blog as a starting point for your family adventures today and in the future. Enjoy!



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Who: People of all ages
What: Beach, dining, theater, walking. . . .
Where: Ogunquit, Maine
Why: Perfect getaway in a location that has wonderful walkability
When: Anytime of year, but best in spring, summer, and fall
How: An easy drive from any northeast location or from Logan Airport

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