Destinations

Best Water Park in Orlando?

What’s the best water park in Orlando? My friends often ask, “What water park is the best one to visit in Orlando?” We live a couple hours north of Orlando, so we have a lot of friends that drive down for the day to hit one of the water parks. Until recently, I would have said SeaWorld’s Aquatica. Great family water park. Lots to do. Unique rides (you can slide THROUGH a dolphin tank!). Recently, though, I visited Universal’s new water park, Volcano Bay (for the record, I was not paid to visit the park. Was not there on...

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Best Disney Value Resort: Pop Century

What is the best Disney Value Resort?     Our family averages about 30 stays in Disney World resorts, every year. With this kind of experience, we get a lot of people asking, “what’s the best Disney Value Resort?” Occasionally, we’ll get the “what’s the best Disney moderate resort?” Value definitely wins the prize for most often asked, though. With new, more modern renovations taking place, Pop Century definitely wins Best Disney Value Resort. Of the Disney Value Resort options, Pop Century always held a top spot, for us. Now, it’s set itself apart, even more. Best Disney Value...

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JW Marriott Mexico City Sante Fe

Last week I spent 3 days at the JW Marriott Mexico City – a normal business trip & easy flight from where I live in South Florida. The only difference was that it happened during my daughter’s 3rd birthday! These are the tradeoffs business travelers have to make & luckily I have a very understanding family. Thankfully there is WhatsApp nowadays, so I could with her “Happy Birthday” in the morning & talk with her about her day at bedtime. But this post isn’t about virtual parenting, it’s about the great hotel I stayed in – the JW Marriott Mexico City Sante Fe. JW...

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Create New Traditions with Local Holiday Travel This Year

Holiday travel is not what it once was. According to a recent Traveling Mom poll, many of us are no longer piling into the car or boarding a plane to gather at grandma’s house with the whole family. Americans are enjoying new options in how they spend their precious Holiday vacation time these days. A mere 24% host major holidays at their own home while 17% are jetting off to meet up with family at a vacation destination. And like my own family, 26% choose local holiday travel or head out on their own vacation to relax. Here’s a...

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Spotlight on Buena Park for California Fun

Nestled in Orange County, California, right next to Anaheim, is the city of Buena Park. Home to fun attractions such as Knott’s Berry Farm, Medieval Times and Pirate’s Dinner Adventure, Buena Park definitely needs to be on your list if you’re heading to Southern California for a family getaway. Let’s explore! Starting off at Rock and Brews Our Buena Park adventure began with a stop into Rock and Brews, the restaurant that features amazing rock and roll paraphernalia, a fantastic beer selection and a great family friendly food menu. The Rock and Brews concept was conceived over a casual...

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Multi-Family Disney Vacation Planning

http://travelingdad.com/podcast-player/6312/multi-family-disney-vacation-planning.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 38:00 Planning a Disneyland trip for two families If you’re reading this post, you’re either thinking about going to Disney for the first time, or you can’t wait to go back and bring along your family and friends with you!  The more people we get to fall in love with Disney, the more reasons we’ve got to go back again and again!  In this podcast, we’re talking about family planning.  Not the kind of family planning discussed in middle school….the kind where you’re going to Disney, and so are your...

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Venture to Vero Beach: Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa Review

Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa is a serene beach gem tucked in the Atlantic coast of Florida, also known as the Treasure Coast. If you like quiet coastal towns with quirky shops and restaurants, then start making plans. I recently went on a trip with the family and found the accommodations to be quite ideal for traveling with the kids. We stayed in a two bedroom with plenty of space between us and the kids, in fact a bathroom separated the rooms so we had some quiet time when they woke up. Nearby, you’ll find the likes of...

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Oregon Coast “Camping” In A Beverly Beach Yurt

Looking for a perfect weekend getaway on the Oregon coast? If you desire to stay in a more camping-style accommodation rather than a hotel, you should check out a yurt – our family’s favorite yurt destination is at Beverly Beach State Park, on Oregon’s central coast. About Beverly Beach State Park Beverly Beach is located just 5 miles north of Newport, Oregon and has a beautiful 3-mile wide beach to enjoy, ample forested hiking opportunities, amazing trees and mountain scenery and even a fun playground if your kids desire to use it. Being a larger state park, Beverly Beach...

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Take a Hike! Lessons Learned Hiking to Delicate Arch

Take a hike! Any hike! Just get outside and do it! Delicate Arch Hike: The Story 5 years ago, our family took an 8,600 mile road trip around the US. 23 states. 11 National Parks. Memories that will last a lifetime. One memory that stuck with me over the years was Delicate Arch. We arrived at Arches National Park after a four and a half hour drive from Bryce Canyon. It was 115 degrees outside and Arches appeared to be mostly a driving park. Our kids were 6 and 8 at the time. They were a bit cranky with...

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