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About Me & My Family

We are a family of 5. We love to travel and to see new things. We look for a educational experience in everything we do and my we do a lot. Our kids are so used to being on the go that they have tremendous stamina. We try to plan 2 large trips every year and supplement them with weekend get-aways, staycations and a day jaunt now and again. Our kids are always wondering what the next spot will be.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, energetic
We Just Got Back From
Malibu Dude Ranch Poconoes, PA
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Rhode Island beaches
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Favorite Vacation Memory
Watching the kids lug their car seats through the airport on their first plane ride.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Two of my kids got lost at a campground in Yellowstone. My 9 year old son took his 6 year old sister on a walk to the restroom 4 sites down and couldn't find their way back. We ended up reporting them missing at the camp check in and then the search began. I was afraid of them being abducted, but also of the Grizzlies which were out in full force that summer due to the late melt. It was the worst 45 minutes of our lives. A fellow camper overheard my husband relay the story to the camp personnel and she recognized them as she returned to her site 7 loops away from ours. The ranger was called and returned them safely to us. The employees were great and it was a happy ending to a potential disaster.
Websites I Like:
hotwire, tripadvisor, Trekaroo

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294 Reviews

August 03 2015
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Statue of Liberty | kids travel, kids activities
Statue of Liberty
Liberty Island,
New York (Manhattan),
New York
"Lovely Lady Liberty!"
The Statue of Liberty is a must see when visiting New York. Our kids were so excited to finally be visiting after visiting New York many times and seeing the statue from the air when flying from the area. We could never quite get the logistics of a visit off the ground.

We awoke early one hot summer day to finally make the trip on the ferry; the only way to visit the island where the statue is located. We took the subway downtown after a few missteps with the subway system as the trains were not actually running to schedule. It is important to plan an alternate route when riding the subway on a weekend since train routes can change without notice. Taking public transportation eases parking issues at Battery Park.

The subway drops riders right at Battery Park where the ferry launch is stationed. We followed the crowds to the National Park service building where tickets can be purchased. We were able to head right to the line as we purchased our tickets in advance on line. I highly recommend doing just that. You will be provided a ticket with a boarding time which happens after completing the security check.

Security is ‘airport’ like. This is a National Treasure and is guarded as such. Passengers and bags are screened similar to airport screening. A certain family member with us had his pocket knife and Leatherman confiscated as he was unaware of this policy, but at least he made it through!

We chose to complete the free audio walking tour of Liberty Island. Each member of our groups was given a speaker with semi-complicated directions for use. Younger kids might have some difficulty with the operation of the speaker but they do have separate children’s and adults audio tours for maximizing interest. Our family was rapt though out the entire presentation. What started out as a bit of a disappointment for them turned into a great day. My daughter and my husband were set on entering Lady Liberty as they had read about. Tickets for entering the statue sell out 3 months in advance. Keep this in mind when planning your trip.

After we had listened to the entire presentation and taken a sufficient amount of pictures we were ready to depart for the rest of our adventure, of course not before heading to the gift shop!
I highly recommend making this trip with school aged children.

Tickets for the cruise take visitors to both Ellis Island and the Statue for one fee, but you do not have to complete both. The ferry is run by Statue Cruises; a park concession.

Statue Cruises also leave from Liberty State Park in New Jersey.

Cruises can be cancelled due to severe weather.

Many people only go to the Statue or start with the Statue as it is the first stop for the ferry. Go to Ellis Island first, especially if you have a morning cruise to avoid the crowds!

There is no set departure time away from The Statue. You simply get into line for the return ferry/Ellis Island ferry when you are finished touring.

We spent a full day seeing the sights of Ellis Island and Lady Liberty. There are refreshment and lunch kiosks located on both islands.

If you are planning on entering the statue plan VERY far in advance. Options include Pedestal or Crown tickets. They do not sell these tickets at the kiosk.

We had a 10AM departure time from our online printed tickets, but were late due to a subway snafu. This was not an issue and we simply boarded the next ferry. I am not sure if it always works this way however.

You may want to be aware that armed SWAT team guards roam the grounds of the Stature. Some kids may love this idea but others may wonder why the army man has a big gun strapped to his chest! You may want to prepare that child.
July 07 2015
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The Blue | kids travel, kids activities
The Blue
501 East Camino Real,
Boca Raton,
Florida 33432
"Family Friendly Upscale Dining"
The Blue is a fine dining enclave located 27 stories up in the Tower at the Boca Resort. The restaurant specializes is modern cuisine with a flair for fresh seafood and organic options.

The view from 27 stories up is fantastic. We could see to the bottom of the bay in some cases and watched the boats as they motored in foe the day. The tables and seating are strategically placed near the large windows so neck craning is not needed. We were there for the beginning of sunset which created a sparkling effect on the windows of the houses 27 stories below.
We sampled some tasty appetizers of devilled eggs, shrimp cocktail and an unbelievable large portion of mussels. Fresh Maine lobster is the big draw as is a magnificent seafood tower. In addition to seafood there are also chicken and beef dishes for the non-seafood farers.

This fine dining establishment does not preclude families. While I might not take a head strong toddler; children older than 5 can definitely enjoy the meal and not detract from Mom and Dad’s enjoyment either. Tables are large enough and well spread so as to not infringe on your neighbor. If you are concerned about this issue I would suggest an early seating time.

We were unfortunately too full for dessert. I am positive it would have been memorable!

Disclosure: My family and I were provided complimentary meals at The Blue. I was not required to provide a specific review and all opinions are my own.
Note: Only guests of the Boca Resort may dine at resort restaurants.
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July 07 2015
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Beaches Restaurant | kids travel, kids activities
Beaches Restaurant
900 S Ocean Blvd,
Boca Raton,
Florida 33432
"Beachside Dining"
Beaches was close to my favorite restaurant at the Boca Resort. I may have been swayed by the gorgeous scenery of the sandy beach and the pool. It may have been the tropical slushies or even the quick service. Whatever the reason we thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Beaches.

It was fantastic to take a seat under an umbrella with views of the Atlantic surf in the distance. Children younger than mine played about on the lawn in their swimsuits as they waited for their meals which came served in sand buckets for later use on the beach. This was definitely a kid friendly spot.

We chose from a menu of wraps, burgers, salads and fries and were happy with the selection. However the big winner was the Caribbean slushy with pineapple and mango. I was transported!

Meals can also be served poolside should you wish to not leave your spot for lunch but we thought a change of venue was in order. Patrons can also choose to sit under the protected bar area with a few tables.

Disclosure: My family and I were provided complimentary meals at Beaches but I was not required to write any specific review. All opinions are my own.
Note: Restaurants at the Boca Resort are only open to guests.
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July 07 2015
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Shaka | kids travel, kids activities
501 East Camino Real,
Boca Raton,
Florida 33432
"Poolside dining"
Shaka is the California Beach style poolside restaurant located at the Tower Pool at the Boca Resort. We had a tasty lunch poolside at this outdoor eatery.

Tables surround one side of the pool but also are located under a protected area near the bar if you are looking to escape the pool for a bit.

Pool attendants roam the chair area and will also provide your meal to you directly at your chair should you NEVER wish to move.

Food consists of guacamole and chips, tacos and burgers. I had the Mahi Mahi tacos with mango salsa and they were the best I had eaten in a long time. The kids were served large burgers and had difficulty eating them even after all of their pool and Flowerider (surf simulator) exercise. They each ordered some ice cream which unfortunately came somewhat melted due to the heat, but they ate it anyway!

It was definitely a treat to eat by the pool. It provided a true relaxing experience and really makes you feel like you are on vacation. When we were done we simply went back to our cozy, sun drenched chairs.

Disclosure: My family and I were provided complimentary meals at Shaka. I was not required to detail any specific review and all opinions are my own.
Note: Only guests of the Boca Resort may dine at resort restaurants.
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July 07 2015
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Palm Court | kids travel, kids activities
Palm Court
501 East Camino Real,
Boca Raton,
Florida 33432
"Great Breakfast Buffet"
The Palm Court is located in the atrium of the Boca Resort. At first glance you wouldn’t even know that the Palm Court is a restaurant. The seating consists of plush couches and chairs surrounding small tables. This provides a lounge like feeling. At night the area is actually used as a lounge, but during the day the area is transformed to a serve guest’s breakfast, or lite snacks.
The atrium area is also actually a walk through for other area of the resort including the pool and dock sections. Although this may be considered obtrusive for some, it is a very large, open and airy space, but if it truly an issue sit to the left upon entrance.
Each day there is a buffet breakfast served at the Palm Court. Guests are able to choose from either a grand continental breakfast or full buffet breakfast with pancakes, eggs and more. The fruit and cereal were plenty for me. There is a special emphasis placed on healthy offerings and there were several fresh green juices to choose from as well as honey and cheese.
We were pleased with our choice of the continental breakfast. There was so much to choose from that we actually didn’t need the full’ treatment”. We were ready to take on the day at the beach!

Disclosure: We were provided a complimentary breakfast at the Palm Court. I was not asked to provide a specific review and all opinions are my own.
Note: Only guests of the Boca Resort may dine at resort restaurants.
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