Review of the Day Archive

As voted by Trekaroo families, here are the Reviews of the Day from back in the day to today.

April 22 2014
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"So much fun for Anne fans!!"

I taught both of my daughters to be Anne of Green Gables fans from a very young age so this has always been one of our favourite places to visit when vacationing in Cavendish, PEI.

A visit to Green Gables Heritage Place begins in the Visitor Centre with an audio-visual introduction to author Lucy Maud Montgomery, the Anne of Green Gables character and the Heritage Place site. There is also an exhibit to browse about LM Montgomery, Green Gables and PEI National Park.

After leaving the Visitor's Centre there are several other activities available. We generally tour the home first. There are Parks Canada guides inside who can answer questions about the restored home and the artefacts in it which are authentic to the period. My girls know the stories inside out so even when they were young they enjoyed looking around and recognizing items from the stories in the rooms.

Don't forget to pose for photos with Green Gables in the background. We always do this at the back of the house after completing the tour - it's a much prettier photo!

Once you have finished exploring the home, there are also two trails for easy hiking - The Haunted Wood Trail and Balsam Hollow Trails. Both are pleasant walks in a woodland setting.

There are farm outbuildings to tour as well and generally there are also demonstrations of farm activities taking place. There are always special events at Green Gables Heritage Place during the summer months so be sure to check the schedule when you arrive to see what is happening.

Children aged 6-11 will have fun participating in the Parks Canada Xplorers program. They will receive an activity booklet with fun activities to complete which will help give them a better understanding of the site.

There's a cafe on-site serving snacks and light lunches that can be enjoyed in the picnic area. Be sure to leave time for browsing the gift shop which has a wide selection of "Anne" and PEI souvenirs.

If there are Anne of Green Gables fans in the family then this is a must-see and even if there aren't then it's worth a stop to learn more about the character that attracts so many tourists to Prince Edward Island.

Review of the Day: April 22 2014
About:
Green Gables Heritage Place
8619 Route 6,
Cavendish,
Prince Edward Island
April 20 2014
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"Celebrate SeaWorld's 50th Anniversary!"

SeaWorld opened its gates in March 1964 – 50 years ago! So to celebrate this momentous occasion, they have a few special surprises that are sure to make a splash with guests visiting over the next 18 months.    

My family of five with kids ages 5, 9, and 13 got a chance to check out the 50th Anniversary celebration at SeaWorld San Diego. We had a fabulous time watching all of the animal performances, checking out the exhibits, and getting our hands wet at the new Explorer’s Reef exhibit which greeted us at the main gate.  

Explorer’s Reef Exhibit

The new Explorer’s Reef exhibit invites kids of all ages to admire and touch little underwater sea critters including brown-banded and white-spotted bamboo sharks, cleaner fish, and horseshoe crabs. My 5 year old was pretty proud of herself after touching a shark, and my 9 year old thought it was pretty cool to see the cleaner fish give her a custom manicure as the “cleaned” dead skin from her fingers. My 13 year old soon discovered the strange shark egg exhibit which allows guests to look inside a live shark egg – we saw baby sharks wiggle around in their protective egg!

Sea of Surprises

If you happen to visit SeaWorld during the 18-month 50 year Anniversary celebration, be on the lookout for a Sea of Surprises.  We found brightly dressed members of the Sea Squad interviewing guests then surprising them with prizes such as behind the scenes tours, and more.  We also discovered impromptu entertainment lining the pathways as well as unique art exhibits featuring recycled materials.

Shows

As a little girl, one of my favorite family vacation memories was watching Shamu perform and splash the crowd so  I hoped that my kids would enjoy the shows as much as I did when I was a kid. My family spent the entire day at SeaWorld just to make sure we could see every show offered offered. We were thoroughly entertained, I found it difficult to decide which show was my favorite. So I asked my kids what their favorite show was, and why.  My 5 year old loved the pets show, exclaiming, “The doggies were so cute”!  My 9 year old loved the Sea Lion show, stating, “Sea Lions are so smart”! My 13 year old loved the Shamu show because he loved seeing the crowd get super-soaked!  

Tips

• If your vacation is flexible, opt for a weekday visit.  We visited on a Tuesday, and still felt like the park was crowded.
• Visit the Explorer’s Reef touch pools later in the day.  We found that families were stopping there on their way in to the park during the morning and as such, the touch pools were quite crowded.  
• Bring rain gear if you plan on sitting in the splash zones during the shows.
• Don’t wear a hat if riding the Manta – unfortunately we learned this the hard way. But we also discovered that Lost and Found does pick up lost hats located under rids after hours!
• Food, drinks, and coolers are not allowed inside the park, and security does search baggage. Consider bringing an empty water bottle to fill up at the water fountains in order to keep everyone hydrated.
• Consider purchasing a refillable souvenir bottle and refills will only cost 99 cents. Stay hydrated and treat the kiddos to a souvenir at the same time!
• There are dining options throughout the park with prices that are fairly reasonable compared to other amusement parks.  
• If you want to see all of the shows, create a schedule that allows for plenty of time to get from one show to the next as seats fill up quickly.
• Wear comfortable shoes – there is lots to see and it requires plenty of walking to see the entire park.
• Consider staying late – the crowds start to thin out and you may be able to travel alone through the shark tunnel!

Bottom Line

Visiting SeaWorld was the highlight of my family’s San Diego vacation.  We loved the shows, we loved the rides, and we loved the exhibits. Celebrating 50 years with SeaWorld was just icing on the cake!

Disclaimer: Although I received complimentary tickets, my reviews are always my own opinions and are not influenced by resort staff or its affiliates.

Review of the Day: April 21 2014
About:
SeaWorld San Diego
Sea World Drive,
San Diego,
California 92109
April 13 2014
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"Beach Heaven"

My husband's family has owned a house on Fripp Island resort for 30+ years and we have just started taking our own kids to this magical destination. What is wrong with us??  

We spent four nights/five days basking in the quiet community that is Fripp Island resort.  While we had three bedroom house, you can rent just about any size space you desire.   The huge benefit of renting a home while on vacation is the ease of "living" while you are away.  We traveled with another family which brought our crew to a total of 4 adults and 5 kids (ages 2-8).  But we never once worried about getting a table at a restaurant, being properly dressed or that our kids were bothering the other diners…because we ate at the house.   In addition, we had a washer and dryer that saved us loads of space in our bags.  

But let's talk Fripp!  This is a private island which in my mind screams Safety for the children!  We were comfortable with the older kids riding their bikes around the neighborhood or up and down the beach alone.  It gave them a sense of freedom while also giving the adults a certain peace of mind.  

Did I mention that this is a private island? Oh, yes - I did.  Well, you have no idea what privacy is like until you are here. Hoenstly, I don't know why it isn't flooded with celebrities.  The beach stretches for miles so the closest beach blanket is a hike.  At the height of spring break, we weren't bothered with a screaming child (except our own), a rogue ball (except the one from my son) or any other beach pollution that you might endure at the northern beaches.  It was amazing.  

We spent our days literally playing:  paddle board, riding bikes, digging holes, playing in the surf, watching for dolphins, shelling…and so much more.  At low tide, we all walked to the sand bar in search of new treasures.  We found sand dollars, starfish, crabs, jelly fish, many types of birds all to the sheer enjoyment of the kids and adults alike.  

While we never made it off the beach during the day, Fripp is filled with more activities like golf, tennis, deer watching, alligator watching, turtle hatching (in season).  In fact, there is so much to do here, we could come back year after year and not quite get to it all.  The only problem is, we never seem to get off the beach!

Review of the Day: April 19 2014
About:
Fripp Island Resort
2119 Sea Island Parkway,
Saint Helena Island,
South Carolina 29920
April 14 2014
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"Greatest shell shop"

I remember loving this shop as a young girl, and then I took my boyfriend (now husband) to the shop to show him what I loved as a girl. This past week, we went together and it was just as we remembered it from 20 years before. It still is my favorite shop in Morro Bay.

It was fun to take our kids here because we had been searching together for shells on the beach. Now the beautiful shells were everywhere! My little girl took pictures of them all with my camera and she loved the "roses" made out of shells. They each picked out a shell from the "inexpensive bins" which offered lots of varieties for around $1 each.

It's a large story and fabulous to wander the aisles to see the collections. Most of the expensive pieces are behind glass but it is still wise to keep kids close so they don't break something you may have to pay for!

Review of the Day: April 18 2014
About:
The Shell Shop
590 Embarcadero,
Morro Bay,
California
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December 23 2010
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"We won't do this again..."

This is a one time "must see/do" activity for us- unfortunately after my hubbie and I went- our boys couldn't wait to go dig for diamonds. I admit the fantasy is better than the reality- but, we made SURE the boys were aware of the reality. It's hot during Summer, even in Spring. If it rains they say you have better luck finding diamonds- it hailed on hubbie & I and all we got was wet. It's in a plowed field- if you look at any farm, stand in the middle of that with the sun blazing on you digging- that's what you are doing. A pick axe comes in handier than shovels. Sand buckets are as useful as paying for the rentals- because in the heat you tire from carrying dirt to sift. Don't expect to find much- while they post bits about finds & often folks do, in 2 trips sifting through mud, muck, hail & rain- all we found was that the little kids water park was a great escape for the boys! It would be useful if they used those shades you often see in the desert areas, to protect folks- but, instead you will be crowded up like cattle at the trough panning through your dirt to fish out rocks of all sorts. Interesting- but, short lived.

Review of the Day: April 17 2014
About:
Crater of Diamonds State Park
209 State Park Road,
Murfreesboro,
Arkansas 71958