May 28, 2017

Spring Break: More Wild Animals at Lion Country Safari

It’s hard to believe we’re flying home tomorrow morning. Worse, we’re flying home to an unseasonably low 51 degrees, and that’s the expected high for the day. So on our last day here in South Florida we gave the kids the choice to either go to the beach or go on a driving safari to see wild animals at Lion […]

Spring Break: Birds, Bears, and Yes, Mayan Ruins, at the Palm Beach Zoo

After tennis lessons this morning, we showered up and headed north to the Palm Beach Zoo. It was a cute zoo, somewhere between a petting zoo (goats, sheep) and a full-scale zoo (elephants, monkeys). While the Palm Beach Zoo had none of these animals, we did get pretty close to several alligators, a jaguar, black bears and some river otters. […]

Spring Break: Combing the Beach for Shells + Trash

At last, we finally got to check off one of the stops on my planned itinerary: the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton. We headed over late in the afternoon for a family program called Boca Beachcombing, which included a 30-minute show-and-tell session led by a staff member on shells and marine life, followed by a short drive to […]

Spring Break: A Botanical Garden + Free Admission for You

I’ll be honest, the world headquarters of the American Orchid Society in Delray Beach was not at the top of my list of places to take my kids while on our spring break vacation in South Florida. Our original plan was to visit The Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens today, but it would have helped to double-check whether or not […]

5 Ways to Maximize Your Family Vacation Before You Pack Your Suitcase

It’s our second day here in sunny (and very humid) South Florida. I’m sitting alone poolside at my in-law’s house. Everyone else has gone to the beach. We had planned to take the two big girls to Everglades Holiday Park using a two-for-one Groupon deal I picked up a few days ago. Then I found out it was an hour […]

3 Tips to Get Off the Beaten Path with Kids

It’s Thursday, and yes, this little red suitcase has been packed and sitting next to my bedroom door since Tuesday. To say my 6 year old, Kate, is excited for our trip to Florida on Saturday is an understatement. She’s been talking about this trip to see Nana and Pop for weeks. Now Kate and 3 year old Molly ask […]

Top 5 Great U.S. Destinations for Families to Discover

TripAdvisor came out with a survey yesterday awarding two cities in my home state of Virginia – Williamsburg and Virginia Beach – as the top-two “Great U.S. Destinations to Discover.” Now I love this list of cities because they aren’t typical family vacation destinations, like Orlando (Walt Disney World) or Los Angeles, but these are great places with history and […]