Destinations

Day Trip: Science Mill in Johnson City, Texas

While grandma was in town for the weekend we decided to take a little day trip out to Johnson City, Texas. Not only is Johnson City is the home of Lyndon B Johnson but it is also home to the Science Mill. The Science Mill is a family destination offering a fun, interactive learning environment for all ages. Johnson City, is located about 70 miles Southwest of Austin, Texas.  Just a short drive to an awesome interactive museum. Grandma, the kids, mom and dad, hopped in the truck and headed south to Johnson City. Museums can be boring for kids but...

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Disney D23 Expo Recap! Minds = Blown

http://travelingdad.com/podcast-player/5889/disney-d23-expo-recap-roundup.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 1:04:46Episode Summary We’re sorry, but as hard as we tried, we could not keep this podcast under an hour.  There was just TOO MUCH NEWS!  The hype was well deserved, and many of the rumors from the past few months turned out to be true.  D23 Expo 2017 blew us away.  EPCOT is getting two new rides; Magic Kingdom is getting a new ride and a new theater; Toy Story Land got an opening date;  Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge got a flyover showing so many details;  D23, you sexy Expo,...

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Ski Dubai: 5 Things to Know Before You Go

Ski Dubai offers plenty of indoor fun for the entire family, year-round. Located in the heart of Dubai, the Mall of the Emirates is an ultra-chic shopping mall with stores you can expect to find along Beverly Hill’s Rodeo Drive such as Salvatore Ferragamo, Burberry and Cartier to name a few. The ever expanding universe that is Dubai doesn’t escape your mind here, as mini-mockups of skyscrapers with all their luxurious amenities dot the walk ways, with aggressive sales reps donned in Gucci shoes compete for your attention to glimpse the upcoming property. In a not-so-tucked corner of the mall,...

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Disney Springs – Top 5 Dad Approved Stops and Shops

http://travelingdad.com/podcast-player/5871/disney-springs-top-5-dad-approved-stops-shops.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 47:11 Summary of General Nonsense Disney Springs, formerly Downtown Disney, and before that, formerly Disney Village Marketplace, and before that, was originally named Walt Disney World Village.  PHEW!  This place has more name changes than Prince, or John Cougar Mellencamp, or John Mellencamp, or John Cougar.  Who can keep track?!  What used to be a small gem (or tourist trap as Vader once called it) has turned into a major shopping and dining area befitting of Disney’s standards.  This podcast will feature the usual shenanigans, and 30 plus minutes of...

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Having Fun in Central Texas | 4 Places to Have Fun With the Family

Whenever I think about traveling and experiencing new things I always think about traveling long distances and finding new things.  The only thing is there is so much to do close to home. Living in Austin, Texas there are so many suburbs that have fun things to do.  Last Saturday we had a day outing and visited some cool places in the Central Texas Area. 4 Places to Have Fun in Central Texas IKEA – If you loathe going to IKEA, just think about this way. Its a free place for kids to walk and walk and walk and...

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Visit Charleston’s Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Take a step back in time and explore the history and beauty of the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Located just 10 miles from downtown Charleston, the Magnolia Plantation is a must do adventure in the South Carolina Low Country. The acres of lush, winding garden paths are perfect for a romantic stroll or letting kids burn off some energy. Wildlife and an abundance of flowers blend seamlessly into the surrounding landscape. The Thomas and Ann Drayton traveled from Barbados to establish the 390 acre plantation in what was then the British Charles Towne colony in 1676. Over the years...

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Summer in Seattle: Part 2 – Where the locals go

In part 1, I outlined the best touristy places to go to in Seattle (some are well known, others slightly less so). Now, I want to highlight the areas that locals love and you will too! Ballard, Capitol Hill and West Seattle top the list of trendy neighborhoods that combine great food, fun nightlife and lots of people watching. Conveniently enough, the neighborhoods are north, east, and south of downtown (don’t go west, you’ll fall into the water). Here are some of the top choices for each neighborhood: Ballard Ballard Avenue is the major street for bars and restaurants...

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5 Best Things to Do While Solo At Walt Disney World

Every so often a person gets the chance to travel alone. Most recently I traveled to Walt Disney World for a preview of Pandora: World of Avatar.  You can read all about the Traveling Dad experience, THE TRAVELING DAD GUIDE TO PANDORA: THE WORLD OF AVATAR. While I was there enjoying Pandora, I had a few hours to myself and was able to see Disney from a whole different perspective. 5 Best Things to Do While Solo At Walt Disney World Enjoy the parks leisurely – there is something to be said about not having to stick to a nap...

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Discover the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Located in Michigan’s Northwestern Lower Peninsula, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore provides an amazing variety of activities for all ages. Voted a top destination by media outlets, such as Good Morning America and USA Today, Sleeping Bear encompasses 71,1999 acres and 35 miles of pristine Lake Michigan shoreline. North and South Manitou islands are also included within the park borders and accessible by ferries from the town of Leland. The park is well known for its beautiful sand dunes, but also contains historic village and farms as well as 21 inland lakes and forested areas. Visitors can spend anywhere...

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Disney’s EPCOT Park: More Than Just Great Rides

http://travelingdad.com/podcast-player/5794/disney-epcot-park-podcast.mp3Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 59:07 What are we rambling about this week? You are in for a treat this week our faithful listeners.  You can find a truckload of content out there about EPCOT Center at Walt Disney World, but none quite like this.  Listen to the podcast this week to find out why Vader’s wife needed to find him special shampoo; why Mufasa needs to research better for his podcast preparation; what’s going on in the Disney parks current events; and most importantly, we’ll actually talk about EPCOT. We’ll talk your ears off...

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