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About Me & My Family

There are 4 of us and a dog. I'm out numbered because I'm the only girl.
Our Family's Travel Personality
curious, relaxed, simple, independent, energetic, spontaneous, easy_going, artsy, social_butterfly
We Just Got Back From
Barrier Island Sanctuary, Melbourne Beach, FL
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
South Seas Island Resort - Captiva, FL
A Place We'd Love To Visit
New York
Favorite Vacation Memory
Visiting Williamsburg and walking down the street while the drums were playing in the background.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Flying in a plane with my oldest on our way to Tennessee. He was screaming (he was like 2 at the time) and everyone was giving me the evil eye.
Websites I Like:
priceline.com jennventures.com

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January 19 2015
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TUCKAWAY SHORES OCEANFRONT RESO | kids travel, kids activities
TUCKAWAY SHORES OCEANFRONT RESO
1441 S Miramar Ave,
Indialantic, Florida
"The Perfect Beachside Family Resort"
Tuckaway Shores Resort in Indialantic, Florida is the perfect place to enjoy the ocean breezes with your family. Tuckaway is not your typical high rise oceanside resort. It has a homey, comfortable atmosphere with a wonderful staff, large suites and numerous amenities.

A sense of total relaxation will wash over you the moment you exit your car at Tuckaway. Check-In was a breeze thanks to the helpful management and staff at the resort. Jacqui, the property manager, is wonderful! She was the person who checked us in to our 3rd floor room. She explained how the European glass doors opened and closed then told us all about the resort amenities including the Big Green Egg Grill.

Our suite, suite 330, was the perfect size for our family of four. It was a two bedroom suite with a queen size bed and TV in one room and then a pull out bed in the living area. The pull out bed was perfect for my boys ages 9 and 6. The suite also contained a fully stocked kitchenette. When vacationing this is something I always look for as I’m not a fan of constantly eating out. The living area was large with a beautiful and unobstructed view of the ocean thanks to the European glass doors. We kept them open as much as we could and enjoyed the refreshing ocean breezes from the comfort of our rooms. Tuckaway has earned numerous White Gloves Awards for Superior Housekeeping and it shows. Our room was spotless!

The amenities at Tuckaway Shores in Indialantic, Florida are more than what you would expect from a typical oceanside resort. Amenities include an almost secluded beach, heated swimming pool free Wi-Fi, business center, beach toys, complimentary beach chairs and towels, a fish cleaning station and use of the Big Green Egg Grill. In addition to the egg, the resort will provide you with complimentary wood chips, utensils and BBQ sauce. Oh, and they will light the grill for you as well. We really enjoyed cooking on the grill. We purchased some fish from the Indialantic Seafood company along with some spices and grilled it on the Big Green Egg. It was delicious!!

Room rates starts at about $125 before discounts which is a really good deal for a beachside retreat. The Orlando attractions, KSC, the Brevard Zoo and Sebastian Inlet are all just a short ride away from the resort. It really doesn’t get any better than this! I highly recommend Tuckaway Shores for your next family getaway.

Tips:
The Melbourne Beach Market is right up the road. They have a great selection of root bears for the kiddos along with a delicious Italian style deli.
A library with a nice kids area is located just south of the resort.
Ryckman Park is located south of the resort as well. It’s a nice, large park located by the river.
Billie’s is a restaurant on the beach at Spessard Holland Beach North. It’s a great place for burgers. You can get there by taking a brisk southward beach walk from the resort.
Now thru Dec. 15, 2015, receive a twenty (20%) percent discount when using promo Code: “Blog”. The only exceptions or blackout dates are the months of Feb., March and holidays or special events.

Disclosure: This review is my own and based on a complimentary stay at Tuckaway Shores Resort in Indialantic, Florida.
 
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December 21 2014
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Bayfront Mini-Golf | kids travel, kids activities
Bayfront Mini-Golf
111 Avenida Menendez,
Saint Augustine,
Florida 32084
"Mini-Golf Next to the Bay"
This is not your average mini-golf course. Now-a-days mini-golf consists of putting your ball through waterfalls, large animals and maybe a windmill or two. Bayfront is different in that it is you, your put, your ball and the green. It's simple, fun and historic, of course! It is in St. Augustine after all.

Bayfront opened in 1949 and is Florida's oldest mini-golf course. It is located right next to the bay and the Bridge of Lions so you will have a gorgeous view from whichever hole you are playing on. My boys ages 9 and 6 had a great time on this course. My oldest started a game with his friends and just took off. My youngest putted a few rounds and then had a fantastic time washing his ball. I liked that the course was large enough to keep the kiddos entertained but contained enough for me to sit back and relax for a bit.

The cost to golf is $4.50 for adults, $3.50 for kids ages 6-11 and $1 for Red Train Patrons.

You and your family will have a great, relaxing time putting at Bayfront Golf in St. Augustine, FL .

Tips:
When visiting during November - January make time to experience Ripley's Red Train Nights of Lights.
Grab a cup of coffee from Kookaburra Coffee. It's right up the street.
During the day take a step back into history at the Colonial Quarter.
Visit simplystaugustine.com for the insider's scoop on everything St. Augustine.

 
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December 21 2014
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Colonial Quarter | kids travel, kids activities
Colonial Quarter
33 St. George Street,
Saint Augustine,
Florida 32084
"Great Way to Immerse Yourself in History"
I have been to St. Augustine, FL several times and had not noticed the Colonial Quarter. Well, my friend over at SimplyStAugustine.com invited myself and kids for a tour and I'm so glad she did. This hidden gem is a gold mine! There is so much to explore and experience during your tour of the 16th -18th Centuries tour.

Our guide showed and told us about the replica he was making of a 16th century boat that the Spanish used to travel to St. Augustine. He talked about life on the boat and the hardships the passengers went through during their boat ride. Next, we hopped over to the 17th century and experienced the life of a blacksmith and learned how to shoot a musket. Yes, he showed us two real muskets. My boys ages 9 and 6 got a kick out of that! After getting our fill of the guns we walked through a replica of a fort soldier's home and a leather work shop from the 18th century. It was pretty fascinating. We were all amazed by the small living quarters. Finally, we were all in awe of the 18th century British print shop. We couldn't believe how much work and effort went into printing back then. Our tour guide was great. He filled our minds with so much information and allowed the kiddos to touch and experience what life was like so many centuries ago. The tour was fantastic!

After our tour the kids enjoyed digging for fossils in the artifacts area and climbing the watch tower. I really enjoyed climbing the watch tower. There is a nice view of the fort from the tower that you won't want to miss!

The Colonial Quarter in St. Augustine, Florida is a great place to just visit and is also a great place to bring your child's history lessons to life! I highly recommend immersing yourself in history by touring the Colonial Quarter.

Tips:
Enjoy lunch at the Taberna Del Caballo. When purchasing tickets for the Colonial Quarter ask how you can receive 10% off of lunch.
When visiting during November - January make time to experience Ripley's Red Train Nights of Lights.
Grab a cup of coffee from Kookaburra Coffee.
 
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December 21 2014
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Ripley's Red Train Nights of Lights | kids travel, kids activities
Ripley's Red Train Nights of Lights
19 San Marco Avenue,
Saint Augustine,
Florida 32084
"Saint Augustine Christmas Tradition"
Ripley's Believe It or Not in St. Augustine, Florida is the place for you, your family and friends to gather this and every Christmas season. You will make memories that will be remembered for years to come during this fun and unique experience.

We enjoyed the Ripley's Red Train Nights of Lights tour on a Friday night. There were a lot of people who came out to have fun but because trains were constantly coming and going we didn't have to wait in line at all. In fact, we just hopped on board the train with our magic viewing glasses and away we went. St. Augustine is a beautiful city but, at night when it's all decked out in Christmas lights, it is magical! We would not have been able to see all of the lights had we not taken the Red Train Tour. Our driver was so fun. He had us singing, waving and shouting merry Christmas to everyone we passed. The magic viewing glasses added a unique twist to our experience. I'm not going to tell you what happens when you put them on because, well, it's magic!

The fun didn't end with our tour. The red train dropped us off at Ripley's Believe It or Not in St. Augustine right in front of a chocolate fountain!! There were marshmallows on sticks waiting for us to grab, dip in chocolate and enjoy. Oh and did we enjoy! Next, we ran into one of Santa's elves who was making some amazing balloon creations. He wasn't just making dog's and swords, he made aliens, spider-men and more! As he was making the creations he asked the children what they could do to be good, for Santa and just in general. He was fantastic! They received a character lesson and entertainment all in one. There was also a "snow" machine, Santa Claus, Christmas movies, and Polynesian Fire Dancers. Have I mentioned how amazing this night was?

Ripley's Nights of Lights runs from November 23rd - January 5th. We went during one of the special dates. The dates and special events are as follows:

November 28th-29th
Holiday movies, Santa, balloon twisters, chocolate marshmallow bar and VIP tours.

December 4 - December 21
Thursday Nights
Polynesian Fire Dancer at 7 and 7:45pm
Holiday movies, Santa, balloon twisters, chocolate marshmallow bar and special VIP tours.
Friday & Saturday Nights
Polynesian Fire Dancers at 7:30 & 8:30pm
Holiday movies, Santa, balloon twisters, Chocolate marshmallow bar and special VIP tours.

Everything is included with your ticket and all tours include free magic viewing glasses. If you'd like to purchase a VIP ticket you can and this ticket will allow you to reserve a time to ride.

You really can't beat the price.
Regular Tickets are $9 for adults and $4 for kids.
VIP Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for kids
Combo tickets that include the Nights of Light Tour, 1 Day of Red Train and Mini Golf is $29.99 for adults and $15 for kids.

My boys ages 9 and 6 had a blast. Our friends, who invited us to this event, had kids ages 15 and under and everyone had so much fun!

Tips:
Buy tickets online to avoid lines.
Grab a cup of coffee from Kookaburra Coffee. It's delicious.
During the day take a step back into history at the Colonial Quarter.
Visit simplystaugustine.com for the insider's scoop on everything St. Augustine.
 
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November 30 2014
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Viera Regional Park
2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way,
Viera,
Florida 32940
"Run Off That Energy"
This is a great park for the kids to run off some energy. The park is perfect for the younger and older kids. There are sidewalks all around so mom can get in some exercise as well.
Viera Regional Park has a lot of open green space for running, walking, flying kites or for playing soccer.
There are also a few geocaches waiting to be found!
Have fun!