As voted by Trekaroo families, here are the Reviews of the Day from back in the day to today.
We visited the aquarium during spring break. We arrived early and it was not busy at all but as the day went on it definitely got more crowded.
What I didn't love about the aquarium is the odd layout. It is actually housed in 3 different buildings and the way it loops around took us a while to get used to when we were trying to find our way to one of the shows.
What we loved about the aquarium is the many exhibits, talks, demonstrations, and live shows. If you don't rush through at lightening pace, there is a lot to see and enjoy. We checked the schedule (and they also have an app) and tried to do as many of the presentations as we could including the diver feedings, dolphin show, and animal chats. These were all informative as well as entertaining.
The dolphins are always a favorite and there are scheduled shows throughout the day. Be sure to check their app for additional "pop up" show times as well! If you go downstairs, you can observe the dolphins underwater.
Another favorite was the rain forest on the top level. Be sure to look up in the tree line for birds, monkeys, and sloths! We were treated to some active sloths and got a really good view of them.
The location in inner harbor makes it perfect to leave and come back, or grab dinner after your day exploring.
Little Free Library boxes are becoming quite popular in urban areas. The idea behind a Little Free Library is, simply put, book sharing. You can take a book, you can return a book, you can keep the book, you can share the book.
Pediatrics in Brevard (Melbourne office) is the first to open a Little Free Library in Brevard County. They offer books for children ranging from ages 0-16 years. They do not require you to be a patient of the practice to enjoy the Little Free Library. Books are added monthly.
My girls love picking from the choices. Pediatrics in Brevard aims to provide every child in the area with books - so they do not require books to be returned to the office. They simply ask you to share the book with a friend once you're finished with it.
Great concept! Perfect for those with children traveling through who need books for the road!
This is Main Street America. A beautiful and historic collection of fun shops, beach shops, restaurants and more, stroll down this 50-block historic district while you take in the beauty of the 19th century Victorian-style mansions and Victorian cottages. Many hidden gem restaurants to explore and thrift shops to explore. Kids will enjoy eating ice cream from Fernandina's Fudge Shoppe or getting an old fashioned hamburger from Tasty's. If you stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Fernandina Beach, you'll be within walking distance of shops and restaurants too.
And don't forget to take in some Florida history too! Fernandina Beach's original Florida Railroad Station, now the Amelia Island Visitor Center. (The Florida Railroad was the first railroad to connect the east and west coasts of Florida, running from Fernandina to Cedar Key.)
Centre Street is quiet and relaxing in the morning and comes alive during the day and into the night!
The beautiful Ameila Island Beaches are only a short drive away too!
On a Friday afternoon in early April, we took a boat trip out to the Barrier Islands from the dock in Wachapreague right next to the Island House Restaurant. Clearly, the spring season was just beginning; the boat's captain had trouble finding gas and we saw few people out on the water. We saw even fewer people around town. But, when we stepped into the Island House - we noticed several other guests dining. By the time we left, the restaurant was nearly full, and there were people waiting for our parking space.
Obviously, seafood-lovers flock from all over the Eastern Shore to enjoy dinner at the Island House Restaurant in Wachapreague; we saw families with toddlers, several families with young children attending a birthday dinner for a family member, and lots of couples dining at the Island House. There is something here for everyone and people of all ages are welcome.
While I typically shy away from seafood, I knew better than to order a salad and a sandwich at one of the Eastern Shore's premier seafood restaurants. I had been told by our boat captain to order the flounder; I think that's an excellent recommendation. But, instead I ordered the special of the day, the rockfish. It was a large portion served with herbs and bread crumbs, and I enjoyed every bite. I'm starting to re-think my bias against seafood.
The kids weren't as adventurous as I; they ordered cheeseburgers. The cheeseburgers weren't fancy, but the kids happily ate them - so I have no complaints.
We all enjoyed the biscuits/rolls that came out before our dinner. My six year old daughter even asked our waitress for more behind my back. They tasted brown sugary and sweet - maybe they were sweet potato rolls. I'm not quite sure. But, it doesn't matter because they were amazing.
The view at the Island House is simply the best. The large windows look out over the marina and the wetlands; the barrier islands can even be seen in the distance on a clear day.
The staff is friendly, patient and welcoming. This is a great place to introduce children to fresh seafood - if they're willing to give it a try.
Our weekend at the Opryland was memorable and fun for the whole family. The staff was helpful and accomodating and eager to assist us with our stay in Nashville. The hotel is beautiful with so much to see and do. Keep in mind that this place is HUGE so plan to do lots of walking. We had to take our hotel map everywhere we went so that we could find our way back to our room. The restaurants are expensive, but the shops were fun and fairly affordable.