Quiz: Summertime Family Traditions

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4 Min Quiz

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Family reunion, amusement park or outdoor barbecue? Take this quiz to see how much you know about summertime traditions that make great family memories.

When is the best time to start organizing a family reunion?

Start about a year ahead of time to secure your date and place, and to collect addresses.

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What can you do if attendance at your family reunion is dwindling?

From time to time, it's good to revitalize the reunion and get the younger folks involved.

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How much should you and the family eat before entering an amusement park?

Eat enough to minimize food costs inside, but not too much or you'll regret it on the rides.

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What is the "theme" of the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in California?

This is a little bit of a trick question: Gilroy, Calif. may be the Garlic Capital of the World, but the park celebrates horticulture as a whole.

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What state is home to the Carowinds amusement park?

Sorry, this is another trick question: Carowinds straddles the N.C.-S.C. line, near Charlotte, N.C.

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What's the best time to go to an amusement park?

Start early and go on a weekday to avoid long lines.

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When's the best time to hit the amusement park souvenir shops?

Buy souvenirs on the way out so the kids won't change their minds and you don't have to carry packages for hours.

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Walking on a dark beach in August, you see falling stars everywhere. What are you likely witnessing?

A dark beach can be a great place to see the Perseid meteor showers.

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What's the point of gathering family health information at your reunion?

A family health history can help in both prevention and planning.

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If it's good surf you want, which beach area is NOT for you?

The Cape Hatteras area has many good surfing spots, but the Gulf coasts are usually pretty tame.

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Which U.S. beach is often rated the best in the world?

Kailua Beach on Oahu consistently gets high rankings in surveys of best beaches.

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In July, where are you likely to find the warmest ocean water temperatures?

The waters off San Diego and Newport will be 10 or more degrees cooler than the temperatures off Myrtle Beach which average about 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius).

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Isle Royale National Park has great scuba diving and secluded beaches. Where is it?

Isle Royale is in Michigan, in Lake Superior. Be careful, though -- the water is always cold!

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What famous person spent a lot of time at North Carolina's Ocracoke Island?

Edward Teach, a.k.a. the infamous pirate Blackbeard, hung out around Ocracoke until he was captured in 1718.

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What is the Grand Circle?

The Grand Circle, with many parks and monuments linked by scenic byways, makes a great road trip.

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In what U.S. region is the Grand Circle?

The Grand Circle is in parts of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada.

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On a family summer road trip, what's the main goal?

On a vacation road trip, the emphasis should be on sharing a good time.

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What is a staycation?

Staycations are a great way to unwind without all the stress of traveling far from home.

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Why do lightning bugs flash their lights?

Lightning bugs, which are becoming more rare, flash to attract mates.

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On a picnic, which fruit is most likely to make you sick?

Melons, unlike most fruits, aren't acidic, so bacteria from the rind can grow easily if not refrigerated.

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