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Three Days Exploring Pennsylvania Dutch Country with Kids

Jul
13

With picturesque town names like Bird-in-Hand and Paradise, a charming getaway in Pennsylvania Dutch Country is a step back in time that also feels like a visit to a foreign country.  Often known as Amish country, the neatly manicured farms and bucolic hills welcome visitors to explore a simpler lifestyle and a wealth of family friendly attractions.   With so much to explore, it's easy to fill three days and more.

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Boston With Kids

Jul
08

There’s a Veggie Tales song in which a long list of things never done concludes loudly with “I’ve never been to Boston in the fall!”  What a shame, poor veggies, they should hop on a grocery truck right away and get off at the Haymarket in downtown Boston!  Apparently, it’s THE place to see and be seen for Veggies in the Boston area, show up any Friday or Saturday to wander through the maze of stalls overflowing with everything from tomatoes and apples to Halal meat and you’ll see what I mean!  Boston is one of those American “must see” places that should be on every parent’s list before their kids grow up!  It is chock full of history and brimming with fun, all year ‘round… but fall is my absolute favorite!

The problem you’ll have in Boston isn’t what to see, it’s what NOT to see!  

Carousel at Quincy Market
The famous duckling statues in Boston Garden
Swan boats, Boston Garden
USS Constitution
Mike's Pastry
Quincy Market Inside
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Crystal Cove State Park Beach

Jun
30

During our recent California trip, we visited Crystal Cove State Park Beach. It's located on the coast between Corona del Mar and Crescent Bay. Parking is available for $15 for an all-day pass. We picked a parking area at random and the started the descent down the trail. We underestimated how long the walk would be from the parking area down to the shore. It took us a good twenty minutes to trek from the car down the steep path all the way to the beach area. The beach was gorgeous, but I don’t recommend it if you have little bitty kids with you or lots of stuff to carry. We ended up at the El Moro Beach area.

kids walking down the path to crystal cove
kids walking to crystal cove beach
kids splashing in the ocean
kids exploring tide pools
girl at the beach
kids exploring tide pools at crystal cove state park beach
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Disney's California Adventure

Jun
30

Going to Disneyland is every kid's dream. Disney has two parks in Southern California, located right next to each other. One is Disneyland and the other is Disney California Adventure Park. Single day park tickets are $92 for adults and $86 for kids. If you purchase the park hopper tickets ($137 for adults and $131 for kids), you are able to visit both parks on the same day. Multiple day passes are also available and the per-day price decreases dramatically the more days you add to your ticket. 

kids with Mater's tractor
family riding Mickey's Fun Wheel
mom and daughter on Mickey's Fun Wheel Disney California Adventure
girl at California Adventure
boy riding Silly Symphony Swings at Disneyland
Mickey's Fun Wheel
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Crescent Bay Beach

Jun
30

We were very fortunate on our most recent trip to Southern California to be able to visit several different beaches in the area and each one of them was very unique. One particular Sunday, we met some friends at Crescent Bay Beach for a picnic dinner. Crescent Bay is considered part of Laguna Beach and is located just South of Crystal Cove State Park, accessible directly from the Pacific Coast Highway.

girls playing in the pacific ocean
family splashing in the waves at crescent bay beach
girl at the beach
boy in the ocean at crescent bay beach
mom and daughter sitting on the beach
kids sitting on the beach with their mom
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Bolsa Chica Beach

Jun
30

One of the things we love about going to the beach is having a bonfire. We've visited many beaches in Southern California, but the only one we've ever been to that has fire pits is Bolsa Chica Beach.

Bolsa Chica Beach is considered to be a part of Huntington Beach and is located South of Seal Beach and North of Huntington Beach. Parking is located right on the beach, accessible directly off of Pacific Coast Highway and costs $15 per car (prices vary for motorhomes and other vehicles) for all day parking. The beach is open from 6 am until 10 pm daily and camping is available in motorhomes and campers only (no tent camping allowed).

girls standing on the beach
sisters running in the sand at the beach in southern california
kids splashing in the waves of the pacific ocean
roasting marshmallows on the fire at the beach
boy splashing in the waves of the pacific ocean
bonfire at bolsa chica beach huntington beach california
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Corona del Mar

Jun
27

Corona del Mar is one of my favorite beaches. It’s kind of like a little cove and is surrounded by cliffs on both sides. The cliffs block most of the wind, so it feels so much warmer down there. Corona del Mar is considered to be part of Newport Beach, but it's on the South side, just North of Laguna Beach.

palm trees at corona del mar
boy searching tidepools
daddy and daughter playing in the pacific ocean
kid looking at sea life in corona del mar tidepools
girl looking at sea anemone
kids walking on tidepools
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Seal Beach California

Jun
27

Seal Beach is one of our favorite places in Southern California. While that's party true because our kids' great grandparents live there, it's also the beach that just feels like home to us when we visit. Our kids swear up and down that the water is warmer at Seal Beach than any other beach in Southern California, but I'm not entirely convinced that's true.

boy splashing in the waves at seal beach
girl with her boogie board
kids playing in the ocean
girl at the beach
mom and daughter in the pacific ocean
boy in a towel at seal beach california
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Three Days in Atlanta: The Capital of the South

Jun
15

As the birthplace of Gone with the Wind and the Civil Rights Movement, Atlanta is known as the “Capital of the South".  A mix of urban attractions and southern hospitality also makes a great family friendly destination.  Planning three days, or longer, in the city is as easy as (peach) pie.  Here’s how.

The World of Coca-Cola
Tasting Stations at the World Of Coca-Cola
Eagle Ray and Whale Shark at Georgia Aquarium
Touch Tank at the Georgia Aquarium
Omni Hotel at CNN Tower
Stone Mountain Relief Carving
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Visiting the Stockyards in Fort Worth, TX

Jun
04

Maybe the days of the Wild West are long gone, but there is still a place where you can still catch the spirit of rambling plains and rugged cowboys.   The Historic Stockyards were established in 1876 with the arrival of the railroad in Fort Worth, and by 1907 over 1 million cattle were sold here every year. Today, the Stockyards are the only remaining stockyard in the country and are a great place for family fun.

Fort Worth Stockyards
Fort Worth Stockyards
Longhorn at the Fort Worth Stockyards
Cattle Drive Fort Worth Stockyards
Cattlepen Maze
Cowboy
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