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May 15 2015
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Clearwater Marine Aquarium
249 Windward Passage,
"Immerse Yourself in the Dolphin Tale Movies"
Visiting the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida was such a treat for my boys, ages 9 and 7. They loved the Dolphin Tale movies so having the opportunity to meet Winter and Hope in real life was an amazing experience.
The aquarium is home to several animals and fun, educational exhibits. A few of our favorite exhibits were Winter Zone, Stingray Beach and Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure.
Winter Zone is the place to be if you want to meet the famous Winter and Hope. You will have the opportunity to watch the dolphins swim around during your entire visit, but, hang out around this zone if you would like to watch one of Winter’s therapy sessions. When asked about the therapy schedule we were told that it changes all that time to keep Winter from getting into a “rut”. They did make an announcement before starting so when you visit be sure to listen for that. Watching her train is pretty amazing and one of the main events that sets this aquarium apart from others. There are two viewing areas. You can watch Winter from the Winter Zone or walk down the stairs to Shipwreck Alley where you will receive an underwater showing. Both are amazing! Seeing an animal, a dolphin, swimming with a prosthetic is just awe-inspiring.
Stingray Beach was another favorite for my boys. At this animal encounter we were able to pet the stingray while having all of our questions answered by the helpful and kind aquarium staff. Visitors can also feed the stingray and learn from a presentation during scheduled times. There is just something about having the opportunity to get wet while petting sea creatures that excites children!
Included with your aquarium ticket is a tour of Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure. A free trolley is available for those who would like to get an insider's experience of the movie. There were many exhibits displaying and explaining the props that were used during filming. The hurricane exhibit was one that I enjoyed the most. It was not a hurricane machine. You actually walk through parts of the set used during the hurricane scene in Dolphin Tale. I’ve got to say it was pretty amazing! In fact, we walked through it twice.
When visiting Clearwater, Florida you and your family should definitely make the time to visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. There you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the Dolphin Tale movies and create a deeper understanding for both yourself and children of what goes into rescuing and keeping our sea animals safe.
Disclosure: This review is my own and based on a complimentary visit to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater, Florida.
May 15 2015
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Sand Glo Villas
19316 Gulf Blvd.,
Indian Shores, Florida
"Your Beachside Home Away From Home"
Sand Glo Villas located in Indian Shores, Florida is your beachside home away from home with a beautifully serene view and vibe. This beachside gated community consists of 6 villas, each of which have nice sized kitchens,spacious floor plans and friendly neighbors.
Check-in was super relaxed and easy. Sand Glo Villas does not have a check-in office so when we arrived we just gave Kat a call, she let us know which room was ours, that it was ready for us and that we could go on up!
My family of four, which includes my two boys ages 7 and 9, enjoyed a stay in the two Bedroom Gulf Front Villa (#6). It was a large villa with plenty of room for us to spread out, relax and enjoy the unobstructed view of the Gulf of Mexico. The villa included two bedrooms, two full sized bathrooms, a nice sized kitchen, dining and living area and a nice sized deck. The kitchen was stocked with everything we needed during our stay, except for food, of course. Laminate and tile flooring was installed throughout which made cleaning up after the kid’s sandy feet a breeze. A table and chairs on the back deck provided us with the perfect spot to enjoy a cup of coffee and the arrival of new day. Because we were literally right on the beach the boys were able to go outside and play in the sugary white sand while my husband and I tidied things up a bit before enjoying the beach ourselves. Our bedroom overlooked the Gulf so the loveseat located right next to our windows made for a relaxing place to say goodbye to the sun and settle in for the evening.
Sand Glo Villas have several amenities for you to enjoy during your stay. First of all there is the beach. It just doesn’t get any better than that. Then there is the free kayak, beach towels, chairs, umbrellas and beach toys that guests are welcome to use at their leisure. There are cookies on Mondays and breakfast on Sundays. A washer and dryer are available for use for about $1.25 a load. There is an outside shower, a swing and grill. Fishing from the beach is a must so when you are ready to cook your catch the outdoor grill comes in handy!
Villa rates starts at about $125. Oh, and Sand Glo is pet friendly so if you want to bring Fido you can with prior approval and a $50 pet fee. You and your family really could just spend all day at the beach fishing, shelling, birding or just chilling but if you would like to visit a few attractions then there are plenty for you to see. Just check Sand Glo’s website for all the details and fun things to do. Everyone is treated like family at Sand Glo it is the perfect place for you and your kiddos to unwind, connect and just enjoy each other’s company.
Sand Glo Villas is a member of the Superior Small Lodging Association which means you can be assured of high standards of cleanliness, amenities and service.
Redington Shores Bait & Tackle is a great place to get your bait. They know what’s biting and where the good fishing spots are for the time of day you will be fishing.
Indian Shores Coffee Company is just a few steps from Sand Glo. They serve up some great coffee and fun!
Publix is a great place for you to stock up on your food for the week.
Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf is a fun and unique course located within walking distance of the villas. You can feed alligators in between your swings!
Disclosure: This review is my own and based on a complimentary stay at Sand Glo Villas in Indian Shores, Florida.
May 14 2015
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Ebb Tide Waterfront Resort
621 Bay Esplanade,
"Slow Down and Enjoy the Florida Life"
Stepping into Ebb Tide Waterfront Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida is like stepping back in time to when life was slower and conversations between neighbors flowed like the ocean’s tide. The sparkling blue water of the resort pool and the deep blue waters of Mandalay Bay will greet you and your family as you enter the lobby. Books, couches and lounging chairs are sprinkled throughout the lobby and pool deck. Fishermen and their wives may occupy a few chairs while laughing and sharing a few drinks during your stay.
Checking in to Ebb Tide was effortless during my visit. Marysia greeted myself and my family, walked us up to our suite, told us everything we needed to know about the property, shared a few insider tips about the city and then let us know that she was just a phone call away.
Our suite was extremely large. We enjoyed the Manatee 2 - Waterfront Two Bedroom/Two Bathroom Unit on the Second Floor. It was about 1,000 sf and the perfect size for my family of 4 which includes two boys, ages 9 and 7. The outside walls of the living area contained windows all around so we had a great view of the bay and the pool below. Both bedrooms had several windows which allowed for more great views of the bay. The kitchen and eating area were huge and fully equipped. I loved it and so did the kiddos!
The resort offered several amenities. One of our favorites was the fishing dock. The boys and my husband spent several hours catching fish from it. There were holders for your fishing poles, chairs, lights and a cleaning station for your fish. The pool was nice as it was raised up a bit so that you could watch the bay while lounging poolside. Pool toys and beach toys were available for guests to use as well. An assortment of books were available in the lobby as was a washer and dryer.
The beach is located just a few blocks from the resort so if you prefer spending your days at the beach then that is totally doable!
Ebb Tide Resort is a quiet, relaxed community that you and your family are sure to enjoy. It’s location is perfect as you are close to the hustle and bustle of downtown Clearwater Beach as well as the quiet outskirts. So, you have the option to experience both depending on your mood.
Ebb Tide Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida is a member of the Superior Small Lodging Association which means you can be assured of high standards of cleanliness, amenities and service.
Pick up the Florida Info. Guide & Where to Dine magazine as it contains coupons, some unique information about the city and games you and your family can enjoy while in Clearwater Beach.
The Clearwater Aquarium is right up the road. Be sure to visit Winter and Hope during your stay.
At dusk vendors sell their wares at Pier60. It’s a neat experience that you’re sure to enjoy.
Disclosure: This review is my own and based on a complimentary stay at Ebb Tide Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida.
May 07 2015
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Hella Restaurant and Bakery
785 Dodecanese Blvd,
"Delicious Greek Baked Goods and Coffees"
During a quick trip to the sponge docks in Tarpon Springs, Florida we decided to enjoy a Greek snack at Hella's. There were so many delicious treats to choose from and loud Greek conversations surrounding us at the bakery. My boys enjoyed chocolate desserts while hubs and I ordered Greek coffee and a dipple. It was a yummy and fun experience.
January 19 2015
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TUCKAWAY SHORES OCEANFRONT RESORT
1441 S Miramar Ave,
"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.
Tuckaway Shores is a member of the Superior Small Lodging Association which means you can be assured of high standards of cleanliness, amenities and service.
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.