Destinations

Huzzah! Arizona Renaissance Festival Time Means It’s Spring

Huzzah! In Spring, Arizona won’t turn the clocks to daylight savings time. The Phoenix area turns it back 450 years for the Renaissance Festival. Festival time in perfect Arizona spring weather Every February through April, it’s Arizona Renaissance Festival time. The event displaces the Sonoran Desert with an Elizabethan Village. In 2018 it turns 30-years-old. The fair takes place at a 17th century “village” east of Gold Canyon, Arizona. The time warp into the past is about a 45 minute-drive from most major Phoenix-Scottsdale resorts. The festival runs from the second weekend in February through the second weekend in April....

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Best FREE Snorkeling Experience? Castaway Cay!

Is Castaway Cay the best snorkeling experience available? While enjoying our 19th Disney Cruise in February of this year, we decided to try out the new(ish) snorkeling trail on Disney’s own private paradise island, Castway Cay. We’ve tried snorkeling at Castaway Cay on previous Disney Cruises in the old area and it was OK. This newer area, though was a lot of fun! The best part? You can experience this snorkeling “trail” for FREE! Best Snorkeling Experience The Castaway Cay snorkeling experience begins at Gil’s Fins and Boats or Flippers and Floats, depending on which end of the family...

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A local’s guide to family friendly things to do in Raleigh-Durham

Raleigh-Durham (aka “the Triangle”) has a lot of family friendly things to do. This is one of the main reasons we love living here. You can drive 2 hours to the east and your at the beach. Drive 2.5 hours to the west and you’re in the mountains. Growing up in North Carolina, I took for granted all that this area offered. Moving away for a few years after college finally gave me an appreciation for the area. Take a look at some of the family friendly things to do if you’re lucky enough to find yourself in the Triangle of...

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2 Dads Take A Tour of a Brewery

It’s no secret that I enjoy beer, especially a craft beer brewed in town.  Heck I even wrote about it on these posts, 4 Family Friendly Austin Breweries and 7 Restaurants with Beer and a Playscape.  Last week fellow Traveling Dad, Raphael Ocampo was visiting Austin, TX and we decided to take a little field trip.   Check out our video – 2 Dads Take A Tour of a Brewery. 2 Dads Take A Tour of a Brewery Raphael was in town on business and my wife was at home with the kids so it was just the dads doing what...

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4 – Kid Friendly Craft Breweries in Austin

Austin is not only the live music capital of the world but it seems that craft breweries are popping up all over the place!  As a dad and lover of beer I was inclined to do some research. Most of these places are amazing places to drink beer and are kid friendly too!  Check our my list of 4 – Kid Friendly Craft Breweries in Austin, Texas (in no particular order). 4 – Kid Friendly Craft Breweries in Austin Austin Beer Works Austin beer works has one of the largest open area patio of the breweries I visited. It also...

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If I Can Stand Up On a Paddleboard, So Can You

In Life, the Universe and Everything, the third installment of the Douglas Adams Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series, Ford Prefect, a reporter for the aforementioned guide, suggests that there’s a trick to flying. “The knack,” he says, “lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.” This tip was on my mind during my first-ever stand-up paddleboard lesson with YOLO Board Adventures this past November as I stood amongst a gaggle of fellow travel writers on the shore of the fun-to-say Choctawhatchee Bay, nestled within the Florida Panhandle’s Emerald Coast region. I reasoned that if flying is the art...

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Key West: No, You Can’t Really See Cuba From Here

Sarah Palin, in the 2008 presidential campaign was Alaska’s governor. Most people thought she actually said “I can see Russia from my house.” She never said that; it was Tina Fey. The Saturday Night live comedian could have been standing in Key West at the southernmost point in the United States and said: I can see Cuba from here.” Well, she really couldn’t have because it’s 90 miles away and that would be difficult even on one of the key’s beautifully clear days. Southernmost Point is one of the more popular spots to visit in Key West. There’s nothing...

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7 – Restaurants with Beer and a Playscape in Austin, Texas

Traveling to Austin in the near future?  Ever visited Austin, the live music capital of the world? If you are headed this way be sure and check out our list of the 7 – Restaurants with Beer and a Playscape.  I love spending time with the kiddos and I enjoy having an ice cold beer too. Why not be able to have the best of both worlds? Well you can check out the list below: 7 – Restaurants  with Beer and a Playscape in no particular order.  A few are in the Austin metro are and a few are...

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