Destinations

Best First Time Rides for Kids Under 48 Inches at the Magic Kingdom

Everyone remembers their first time. Do you remember your first time? I sure do. I was 15. Oh, it was glorious. Round, beautiful, and glowing in the sun. It was my first time riding any ride at Disney World and I was getting ready to go inside the giant golf ball known as Spaceship Earth. Wait, what did you think I was talking about? The first time we ride a ride at Disney World sticks with you for life. It’s a seminal experience that one never forgets. Especially, when that ride takes place in Disney World’s iconic theme park,...

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Colorful Wynwood Walls Will Wow You

Wynwood – Miami, Fla. Every big city has a neighborhood with a dotted past. A neighborhood that is going through a resurgence, typically led by artist, which eventually becomes gentrified and prices out those trendsetters. In Miami, one neighborhood that’s ultra chic and trendy is Wynwood. Wynwood, just north of Downtown Miami, near the Brickell area, is certainly not completely gentrified yet. There are many characteristics, and characters, to remind of that if you step a few streets out of the main drag in any direction. Homeless shelters and those in those who call the streets their home greet...

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Playing Hooky At A Baseball Game

Being a father of three, some times when we travel one or more of the kids don’t get enough individualized attention.  Every so often I like to make sure and spend some time one-on-one with each child.  Me and my youngest boy Matteo spent some time at the Round Rock Express baseball game together, just me and him. My youngest and I decided to play a little hooky and visit our local minor league baseball team The Round Rock Express. We said, who needs responsibilities and headed north of Austin to Round Rock, Texas. The Round Rock Express are a Triple...

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3 BBQ Institutions in Lockhart, TX

You know us Texans love BBQ.  If you haven’t heard of Lockhart, TX it is the Barbecue Capital of Texas.  A road trip to Lockhart, TX is a must for any real Texan or visitor to Central Texas.  Just 35 miles Southeast of Austin, Texas you will find an unassuming town of 13,000 residents and home to some of the best BBQ ever. BBQ Institutions in Lockhart, TX The misses and I had a day off on Good Friday, so we decided to take a little road trip to Lockhart. Kruez Market The first thing you need to know is...

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How To Spend A Weekend In Denver With Kids

Thanks to a late start from Kansas City, then stops in Topeka to see the outstanding Brown v. Board of Education site, and in Manhattan to peruse the Kansas State University bookstore (what can I say, my youngest daughter loves purple and cats), we didn’t even get the thrill of a daytime Rocky Mountain approach to Denver. And then came the rain. So much rain. It was a rough nine-hour driving day that didn’t end until we tossed our keys to the valet just before midnight. Thankfully, Hilton’s mobile check-in had us on our way up to a top...

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Jekyll Island is the Perfect Stress-Free Family Beach Getaway

Looking for a family beach vacation without all the clutter of popular resort towns? On Jekyll Island you’ll find pristine beaches and plenty of activities in a more laid back setting. Located on Georgia’s Atlantic coast, this lesser known piece of the Golden Isles is within easy reach of the I-95 corridor. The peaceful natural setting and variety of activities have made this one of my favorite destinations. In the late 1800s, Jekyll Island was an exclusive resort for the wealthy. Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, and Morgans built large homes, mere ‘cottages’ to them, in addition to the Jekyll Island Club...

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NEW! Jimmy Fallon Ride Opens at Universal Orlando Resort!

  The all new Jimmy Fallon ride at Universal Studios Florida celebrated it’s grand opening, yesterday with several celebrities joining Jimmy Fallon, including Duane “The Rock” Johnson and Pit Bull to commemorate Jimmy’s new ride. “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” is the newest ride at Universal Studios in Orlando.  This ride is a high speed attraction around New York City.  You will face Jimmy Fallon and some other fun characters from NBC’s “The Tonight Show” as you zoom around Manhattan, subways, and even over skyscrapers.  It sounds like such an amazing ride…right?  I know a lot of people...

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5 Reasons to Visit Austin Beerworks Brewery

Two Traveling Dads Walk Into a Bar A recent work trip took me back to my old stomping ground of Austin, Tex. I reached out to fellow TDAD Josh Rodriguez, as no trip to Austin is complete without sharing a beer with this gentleman (and scholar!). Upon my arrival at Austin Bergstrom Airport, I texted him asking of his whereabouts and his reply was, “Austin Beerworks.” Visit Austin Beerworks Brewery? That wasn’t on my list for my quick two day jaunt into the liberal heartbeat of Texas. GPS input and 20 minutes later, I parked and pulled up to...

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Traveling With A Food-Allergic Kid to Salzburg

In my first post I talked about the challenges of dealing with my son’s food allergies, both during my family’s long-haul flight to Munich and once we reached the city. Turns out the train ride from Munich to Salzburg would prove to be an even bigger challenge. Why? Traveling short distances is in some ways more challenging with food-allergic kids. On our long-haul flight to Munich we were able to check  our bags, so we were relieved of that burden. But on the train to Salzburg we had to carry all our baggage (in addition to keeping track of our son). Aside from...

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