We have been to light displays before, but I have not seen anything that compares to the light display at Meadowlark Gardens (except maybe Disneyland - but it isn't really fair to compare Meadowlark to Disneyland.)
The trees are wrapped in lights in such an artistic way that both spectacular and unique. But, the trees aren't the only things that are lit up. There are all sorts of animals constructed out of lights: many butterflies, birds, frogs, bugs, rabbits. That makes the light display great for kids who love to count and name the animals that they see.
There is a small show by the lake that is put to music. But, music is not blaring in the background throughout the entire walk - which is nice. It's a good balance.
The path around the gardens is clearly marked with signs and ends at a little fire pit and hut where hot coco and marshmallows can be purchased. It would take a minimum of a half hour to enjoy all the lights. But, if it is a warm night you can linger much longer - we enjoyed ourselves for nearly an hour and half.
There is an indoor visitor center where families can go to warm up. Indoor restrooms are available. The staff seemed particularly welcoming of children.
I can't say enough good this about our experience here.
The La Quinta Inn & Suites in Paducah, Kentucky, was the perfect place for my family and I to recharge after a long day of traveling. My boys, age 9 and 6, loved the ever changing lights located at the front of the building that were calling us into the hotel and I loved the cozy lobby and large rooms.
The light show that was displayed on the front of La Quinta Inn & Suites was not something I was expecting but it did add a fun flair to our hotel stay. My boys were literally in awe. I became amazed as we walked through the front doors of the hotel. I was surprised and delighted by the modern decor which included a stunning chandelier and beautiful cabinetry. As we walked to the front desk a very kind hostess greeted us and instructed us on everything we needed to know during our stay. She even had a little conversation with my boys. I loved that and so did they.
Our room, 414, came complete with 2 queen size beds, a microwave and small refrigerator, a work area and sitting area. It was nice and extremely spacious. The kids were able to play with their games on the couch and on the coffee table while my husband and I got situated and then just relaxed. The decor of the room was modern just like the lobby. It was very nice. The bathroom was large and everything was very clean. Both of our beds were very comfortable and the room was quiet. The hotel is located near the interstate and I didn’t notice the traffic at all during our stay. Oh, and we could connect to the internet without a hitch and the speed was perfect!
La Quinta Inns & Suites in Paducah, Kentucky offers its guests nice amenities including a heated indoor pool, spacious workout room and a nice free breakfast. My boys loved the swimming pool, of course. It was clean, warm and large. They couldn’t get enough swimming time in during our stay. On my way down to breakfast I took a peek at the workout room. It was very large and clean. I was tempted to test out the equipment but a second cup of coffee was calling my name. Breakfast was pleasant as there were many items to choose from including sausage, waffles, fruit, yogurt cereal and much more. They even had honey for your tea or coffee.
We really enjoyed our stay at La Quinta. The guests and staff were extremely friendly and the hotel was warm and inviting. We would definitely stay at La Quinta Inns & Suites in Paducah, Kentucky, when we visit again.
Disclosure: This review is my own and based on a complimentary stay in Paducah, Kentucky courtesy of the Paducah CVB. All opinions are my own.
The Gold Rush Cafe in Paducah, Kentucky, is delicious! It is a small restaurant located on the corner of Broadway Street that is always busy and totally worth the wait!
My family and I visited Gold Rush Cafe for lunch. They both ordered a hamburger and macaroni and cheese and I ordered the BLFGT. Oh, it was delicious! The flavors of the thick bacon, perfectly fried green tomatoes, and the chipotle ranch dressing blended together perfectly! The cafe was super busy and our waiter knew we/our kids were hungry so he offered to bring us some rolls while we waited for our order. These rolls weren’t just any rolls. They were steaming hot and delicious. The banana nut bread jam and cinnamon butter that he thought we should have with the rolls were over the top delicious. Even though we were the “out of towners” our waiter and the restaurant guests made us feel at home by striking up conversations with us and just playing around with our boys. At the end of our meal our waiter handed the bill to my youngest son. My son opened his eyes wide and looked at him and said, “I don’t have any money.” It was hilarious and made for a memorable time at the Gold Rush Cafe in Paducah, Kentucky.
Visit often as their specials are always changing. I can’t wait to go back to try their red velvet waffles!
A great place to stay is La Quinta Inn & Suites Paducah.
Stop by the Paducah Visitor Center and pick up a walking cell phone tour brochure to learn about this area’s unique history.
You and your kids will love visiting the River Discovery Center.
Do you have quilters in the family? Then you will want to spend a few hours at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah.
Disclosure: This review is my own and based on a complimentary stay and attraction visits in Paducah, Kentucky courtesy of the Paducah CVB . All opinions are my own.
The Frick Art and Historical Center is located in Pittsburgh and is a fine lesson in Pittsburgh history including artifacts from one of Pittsburgh's well-known families- The Fricks. The land was purchased in 1882 and the mansion was renamed Clayton. 95 percent of the items in the historical center were personal items of The Fricks including priceless art pieces, furnishings, cars, and clothing.
The Pittsburgh home of Henry Clay Frick, Clayton was purchased in 1882 and was to be the family's home while in town. Lavishly furnished, The Frick Art and Historical Center gives docent led tours and gears them toward the season and historical significance.
During our visit this November, Clayton was already decorated for the holidays and was filled with poinsettias, Christmas decor, and even a Christmas tree. Our docent was very adamant about leaving larger bags, purses, and cameras in the lockers provided near the admission desk, and encouraged us to hang up our coats once we arrived at the start of the tour at Clayton. We were told about daily life for The Fricks, which my 13 year-old daughter loved hearing about, and were shown several rooms that were occupied by The Frick family including family bedrooms. The mansion in absolutely beautiful and the tales of The Frick Family were interesting.
THE FRICK ART MUSEUM
The Frick Art Museum houses the personal art collection of Helen Clay Frick, daughter of Henry Clay Frick. The Art Museum is quaint and filled with mainly 18th Century paintings. During our visit, we were able to view a traveling exhibit and a docent-led tour was going on while we stopped in. My teen daughter loves art museums so it was fun strolling through it, but younger kids may not have the attention span for an art-only museum.
THE CAFE AT THE FRICK
The cafe at The Frick was a definite highlight of our visit. From soups to sandwiches, the menu is not your usual fare, but kids will still love the choices. My daughter loved the Mushroom Ravioli and devoured the entire plate, my husband's Black Eyed Pea Falafel Sandwich was so tasty ( I sneaked a bite!), and my Chicken Gumbo was perfect. We enjoyed mocha Creme Brulee for dessert and it was large enough for two adults to share. The Cafe has its very own pastry chef and offers freshly made desserts every day.
And the Verdict is...?
A step back in time filled with Pittsburgh history! My family has a fun time visiting The Frick Art and Historical Center and I would definitely recommend a visit to families in town. FYI: Clayton may not be suitable for younger children due to the delicate museum artifacts laid out all over, but the large grounds, car museum, and Cafe make for a fun day.
Disclosure: I was hosted by visit Pittsburgh for the purpose of this review. I was not asked to state a particular point of view and, as always, my opinions are my own!
Kanarraville is a short drive outside Cedar City and outside Zion national park. I believe there was a $5 parking fee ( on the honor system). The trail ( loose term) took us about an hour or so round trip, and gets the kids the sense of adventure of the narrows in Zion with much less danger and for less time and cost. The trail leads you down desert canyons, hiking through and across streams, ( delight for kids - so wear clothes that can get really dirty and shoes that can get wet - we all hike in our Keen sandals).
At the end you reach a small slot canyon where the stream goes through, and there is a waterfall, where during the summer you will occasionally find a group of local teens daring each other to stand under the ice cold water.
There is a long " ladder " to the side of the waterfall leading to the top which is a long log with metal bars attached - if you are afraid of heights, or get vertigo, don't do it. If your kids don't follow directions, don't do it either. But if they can follow directions, and you are ok with heights, it can be done safely. I suggest sending the kids up and down with a parent above and a parent below for safety. When you get to the top there is more slot canyon and a little bit more hike.
This was an amazing hike , and one of my boy's favorite hikes on our last trip!