Browsing Tag: USA Destinations

Cozy Up for Christmas at Hersheypark Camping Resort

When you think of winter and Christmas, camping may not be the first thing that comes to mind. I was skeptical of camping in December until we arrived at Hersheypark Camping Resort during our holiday mini road trip. Christmas at Hersheypark Camping Resort is a fun way to cozy up with the family and enjoy the holiday events at Hersheypark.

Family Fun at Hersheypark in the Dark

Fall is the perfect time to connect as a family as we start the new school year and there are so many family friendly Halloween events to chose from. This year we spent the weekend visiting Hershey, Pa to attend the Hersheypark in the Dark Halloween celebration.

Family Day Out at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure

You know it is a great family friendly destination when your kids say “we want to go again”…before your day is done. On our visit to Hidden Valley Animal Adventure that is what happened. The kids loved it! Nestled among beautiful landscape in Varysburg, New York, you will find Hidden Valley Animal Adventure. A unique and family fun animal experience where you can feed water buffalo and get close with a camel. My family was invited to visit and we were so happy we did. It went beyond my expectations and it is a great place for families.

Characters at Universal Orlando: Everything You Need to Know

Universal Orlando Resort is a great place for thrills and attractions but you can meet a lot of fun characters at Universal Orlando as well. The characters at Universal Orlando are engaging and you can often meet them without a long wait. They have family favorites for young and old. We had a blast meeting all the charcters. If you are planning a visit to Universal Orlando be sure to add character meet and greets into your plans.

Experiencing the Maid of the Mist

Niagara Falls is something everyone should see once in their life. It will take your breath away. Growing up in Buffalo we visited often. It always brings back great childhood memories and I was so excited to take my kids.  Niagara Falls is also home to the Maid of the Mist, which in my opinion everyone should experience at least once. It is a family favorite and should be on your family travel bucket list.

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel: 10 Amazing Reasons to Stay & Play

We were so excited to stay at the LEGOLAND Florida Hotel on our last two visits to Florida. It is about a 45 minute drive from Orlando but we always make the drive because we love the park and the hotel. The minute you pull into the resort you can’t help but be excited. With its bright color exterior and dragon at the entrance the LEGOLAND Florida Resort Hotel is perfect for families.

Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen: A Must for Families Visiting Orlando

When you walk into Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen at Universal Orlando Resort you walk into magic. From the outside, you see the smoke stacks and its steam punk factory look. As you enter the smell of sweets and the staff welcomes you. Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen is restaurant theming at its best.

Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa: A Family Place to Relax and Recharge

The Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa in Orlando, Florida is a family friendly destination that has something for everyone. With its close proximity to world class theme parks and day trips to the coast there is so much to do. It is so important to have a place where the entire family can recharge and relax. My family was so happy to find this at the Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa.

Ultimate 2017 Family Theme Park Bucket List

Every year I am excited for what new attractions will be at my favorite theme parks. This year we are planning a few visits to Orlando, Florida and I wanted to share my 2017 theme park bucket list. Some of these attractions have already opened and others will be opening later this year.

5 Can’t Miss Experiences at Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach

There is a reason we visit Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach every time we visit Myrtle Beach. It is awesome. Evey time we visit we see something new and fun. I love that there are hands on experiences as well as exhibits that will entertain the entire family. When you visit be sure to include these 5 can’t miss experiences at Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach.

Ultimate Family Guide to Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is an amazing family fun destination. It has beautiful beaches, entertainment, and so many mini-golf courses I can’t keep up.  Our first visit was when my daughter was 2.5 months old and we have continued the tradition of our visits as our family has grown. We love visiting Myrtle Beach with our family and the memories our stays have given us are priceless. Read on for my Ultimate Family Guide to Myrtle Beach and start planning an incredible beach vacation.

Best of Pittsburgh for Families

We love doing weekend getaways to connect as a family because they take less planning and can be put together quickly. Pittsburgh, PA is one of our favorite weekend getaways because there are so many things to do in Pittsburgh with kids. They have great indoor and outdoor activities, amusement parks, and zoos and museums. The are so many family things to do in Pittsburgh and that is why we visit year after year.

How My Family of 5 Stays On-Site at Walt Disney World On a Budget

Finding on-site Disney resorts on a budget can be a challenge for larger families. Most think a stay on-site at Walt Disney Resort in Orlando, Florida is out of reach. This may not always be the case. If you do a little research and planning staying on-site at Disney can happen. Here are my 5 best on-site Disney resorts on a budget for families of 5(or more).

Essential Tips for a Family Road Trip

Parents are often surprised that I enjoy taking family road trips with my husband and 3 kids. I do really love them. There is no better way to discover a new destination then driving through a city or town. If you do a little prep and planning the drive can become part of the vacation and are often some of the best parts of the trip. Here are eight of my favorite family road trip tips that have helped me get through 10+ hours in the car with the family and can help you plan a successful family road trip.

7 Magical Reasons to Stay On-Site at Walt Disney World

If you ask people their opinion on staying on-site at Walt Disney World or off-site you will get a dozen different opinions. Some think it is too expensive. Some think it is too much Disney. I think it is the perfect choice for your family if you are spending most of your vacation at the parks. The perks of staying on-site at Walt Disney World are numerous and can fit into any family budget.

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Jedi Training at Walt Disney World: What You Need to Know

On our last visit to Walt Disney World we had the opportunity to participate in the Jedi Training Academy at Disney Hollywood Studios. It is open to all visitors at Disney Hollywood Studios with an admission ticket. This was one of my kids favorite activities from our visit to Disney World and they are still talking about it. If you have a Star Wars fan in the family I highly suggest you add Jedi Training Academy to your must see list. It is a mix of show and interactive experience that your entire family will enjoy!

Weekend Getaway for Families in Corning, New York

Corning, New York is a great place for a weekend getaway for families.  It is a little under a 2 hour drive from Rochester, NY and there are a lot of activities to fill your day and relax with your family.  With two amazing museums and a great shopping and dining district, Corning is a great place to getaway with the family for the weekend.

Visiting Corning Museum of Glass with Kids

Have you ever thought about visiting the Corning Museum of Glass with Kids?  I’ve always wanted to but I wasn’t sure if it was kid friendly.  I had also heard great things about their glass making classes. We decided to give it a try and planned a last minute weekend getaway to Corning, NY. I booked a Sandblasting class and planned on spending the day exploring the museum. Early Saturday morning we surprised the kids with a weekend getaway and some much needed quality family time.

Hersheypark for the Holidays

Hersheypark Christmas Candylane is a MUST DO if you live within 4-6 hours of Hershey, PA. Even if you don’t you should add it to you bucket list!  Hersheypark holidays is a great way to start celebrate with your family. We went in November of 2015 and it was a great way to welcome in the holidays.

Legoland Florida Guide for Your First Visit

The kids(and I!) were so excited to visit LEGOLAND Florida in late February 2016. We are a Lego family. We love building them and watching the movies and shows. When they built LEGOLAND Florida we knew we had to go the next time we were in Orlando. (They are building one in New York and we are so excited!) If you are thinking about visiting LEGOLAND Florida and have kids that love Legos you will have a blast.

Visiting Hershey Chocolate World

Hershey Chocolate World is a visitors center next to Hersheypark in Hershey, PA. Although calling it that is not giving it enough credit. Hershey Chocolate World is a destination in itself. It has a facotry tour, 4D show, trolley tours, and where else can you buy gigantic candy bars! Visiting Hershey Chocolate World is a candy lovers dream and it is fun for families of all ages.

Friday Nights at the Strong Museum of Play

The Strong Museum of Play is an amazing Children’s museum in Rochester, New York that offers interactive exhibits, a butterfly garden, and the Toy Hall of Fame. It boast the largest collection of toys in the world. We have lived in Rochester for six years now and one of our favorite things to do is spend Friday nights at the Strong Museum of Play. Here is my list of Must Do’s when visiting with your family.

Road Trip: Rochester to Myrtle Beach

Our Myrtle Beach road trip was full of many surprises and all the stops we added really made the trip fun and exciting. Planning a trip to Myrtle Beach is easy because myrtle beach has so many attractions for families. We visit for the week relaxing by the pool and at the beach. This year we added a few days to our itinerary and made it a Myrtle Beach road trip.

6 Must-Read Tips to Prepare for Your First Walt Disney World Visit

Planning your first Walt Disney World visit can be overwhelming. There are so many decisions to be made and dates to remember. I actually love the planning part but it takes a lot of research. For me planning a Walt Disney World vacation is part of the fun of going on a Walt Disney World vacation. Even with all the planning there are always some surprises. Combine heat and exhausted family members, and it could be a disaster. Here are my 6 tips to avoid meltdowns and prepare for your first Walt Disney World visit.

Mystery Day: Niagara Falls & Buffalo

It has been a while since we spent time in Buffalo and Niagara Falls so we decided to plan a quick day trip that was packed with lots of stops. There are so many Buffalo, NY and Niagara Falls family activities it was difficult to fit it all in one day. We decided to spend the day seeing the sites and enjoying some great food along the way.

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