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Tampa, Florida, United States

About Me & My Family
I'm a mother
4 Kids 0-8 years old boys and girls

My name is Marisa Langford. We are a big family that loves to explore! We have 4 kids and are always on the hunt for our next adventure! My kids are so eager to try new things, see new places and I love to share what I have learned with others. Having 4 kids makes me think about so many details before, during and after our travels. I am a seasoned traveler and hope that my travel genes get passed along to my children!
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, relaxed, simple, energetic, spontaneous, easy_going, social_butterfly
We Just Got Back From
New York City
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Anywhere on the beach in Florida
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Hawaii
Favorite Vacation Memory
We traveled to Rosemary Beach with our ENTIRE family! It was relaxing, fun, beautiful and it was because we made the most of being together. I think that making the most of being where you are with good people make for the best memories!
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
We were headed to Disney with our kids and it was a first time for one of the little ones. She was so excited to see Mickey that she jumped up in excitement yelled and Mickey came over to say "hi". I went to snap the picture and my camera died. I had the same picture with everyone else and I missed it. I have it in memory, but learned my lesson about extra batteries!
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November 28 2014
1 family found this helpful
Don CeSar Beach Resort & Spa | kids travel, kids activities
Don CeSar Beach Resort & Spa
3400 Gulf Blvd.,
St Pete Beach, Florida
"Families are in heaven!"
The moment you cross the bridge onto St.Pete beach, your eyes immediately are fixated upon the gorgeous pink palace that sits right on the Gulf of Mexico. It is a stunning sight to see and a more fabulous place to stay and play while on a vacation to one of America's best beaches.

The Don Cesar itself has a rich history of being renown as a playground for the rich and famous during the Jazz age with the likes of Al Capone, F.Scott Fitzgerald, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lou Gerig staying and playing here at the Pink Palace that opened in 1928. A sudden death to the owner left the hotel in a quagmire and was sold to the US Army for $450,000 in 1942-1945 where it was used as a hospital and then left vacant until 1967. The graffitied hotel was bought by two Holiday Inn franchise owners who began renovations and additions over the course of the next 30 years.
Now a member of the Historic Hotels of America, the Loews Don Cesar is iconic and considered a luxury family hotel on one of America's best beach, St.Pete Beach.

The hotel rooms are spacious and relaxing with views of the water and sunshine! We loved staying in an ocean view suite as after the kids went down for bed, we found ourselves relaxing on the balcony enjoying the sounds of the waves crashing ashore.

Once we checked in, we began to explore all the amenities of the hotel. I was very impressed with all they offered for kids! From pool side games and an outdoor game room (complete with ping pong, air hockey, fuzeball, life size checkers and chess) to the children's shaded sand beach complete with toys for everyone, we planned on camping out next to the one of two pools most days to soak up the sun and relax! Both pools are family friendly. One is a flat four foot depth and the other is much deeper, but both are open to families. The Camp Cesar staff came out hourly with games and refreshing smoothies for the kids! Pool toys are first come first serve. Plenty of chairs and shade to relax by the pool, which does sit right on the beach!

And being right on the beach also gave us the opportunity to rent their beach chairs and an umbrella (at a discounted guest rate) on the beach without the hassle of us lugging everything but the kitchen sink to set up for an afternoon. With games like corn hole, as well as a beach volleyball net, my kids didn't tire of finding something new to play!

Insider Tip: We were able to stay longer at the pool than we typically stay because of the games, shade and set up of the amenities near the beach and pool! You can order food and drinks by the pool or from your beachside cabana from the BeachComber Grill and Bar. Load up on the sunscreen and plan to stay awhile!

With live music and poolside waiters and the Beach Comber Grill and Bar there was no reason the leave the pool! The kids will be occupied and can change scenery all while you watch their every move.

Kids (and parents) can also take advantage of Camp Cesar offered daily. Must be between the ages of 4-12. As a guest, you get 3 free hours per day from 2 sessions (a perfect way to enjoy the spa!) Staying Friday night?! For $50 per child, they can hang by the pool with other kids for a 'Flick N' Float' plus dinner! The camp staff has plenty of fun activities and will take great care of the kids as she told us "they are on vacation too!"

There are wonderful places to eat without ever having to leave the hotel. Dinner at the Sea Porch Grill was a wonderful way to celebrate our vacation. The food was excellent, the views magnificent and the kids (and grown ups) left very full and happy! Insiders Tip: If you have little wiggly kids, sitting outside is great because there is an open place for them to run and you to sit and watch!

And what beach vacation isn't complete with ice cream! Don't go far and save room for a cone, shake or malt from Uncle Andy's Ice Cream Shop, just around the corner from the pool!

St.Pete Beach is a perfect place to take a classic Florida beach vacation! The Loews DonCesar is conveniently located near so much to do with kids! Visit the cute town of Pass-a-Grille just up the road (a local favorite) and hop on the Shell Key Shuttle to head out for a boat ride. Have dinner at the Hurricane and watch the sunset from the rooftop deck! Drive to downtown St.Pete and catch a Tampa Bay Rays Game or visit the Dali Museum and see the Chihully art collection! Or take an afternoon and head to see Winter the famous movie star dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium! They too have a water/ boat your that will take you out on the intercostal waters to One Tree Island! St.Johns Pass is just north of the Loews DonCesar and us a fun place to walk around, grab a fresh seafood dinner, take beautiful pictures and do some gift shopping!
 
 
November 28 2014
0 families found this helpful
Loews Don CeSar Hotel | kids travel, kids activities
Loews Don CeSar Hotel
3400 Gulf Blvd,
Saint Petersburg, Florida
"Families are in heaven!"
The moment you cross the bridge onto St.Pete beach, your eyes immediately are fixated upon the gorgeous pink palace that sits right on the Gulf of Mexico. It is a stunning sight to see and a more fabulous place to stay and play while on a vacation to one of America's best beaches.

The Don Cesar itself has a rich history of being renown as a playground for the rich and famous during the Jazz age with the likes of Al Capone, F.Scott Fitzgerald, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lou Gerig staying and playing here at the Pink Palace that opened in 1928. A sudden death to the owner left the hotel in a quagmire and was sold to the US Army for $450,000 in 1942-1945 where it was used as a hospital and then left vacant until 1967. The graffitied hotel was bought by two Holiday Inn franchise owners who began renovations and additions over the course of the next 30 years.
Now a member of the Historic Hotels of America, the Loews Don Cesar is iconic and considered a luxury family hotel on one of America's best beach, St.Pete Beach.

The hotel rooms are spacious and relaxing with views of the water and sunshine! We loved staying in an ocean view suite as after the kids went down for bed, we found ourselves relaxing on the balcony enjoying the sounds of the waves crashing ashore.

Once we checked in, we began to explore all the amenities of the hotel. I was very impressed with all they offered for kids! From pool side games and an outdoor game room (complete with ping pong, air hockey, fuzeball, life size checkers and chess) to the children's shaded sand beach complete with toys for everyone, we planned on camping out next to the one of two pools most days to soak up the sun and relax! Both pools are family friendly. One is a flat four foot depth and the other is much deeper, but both are open to families. The Camp Cesar staff came out hourly with games and refreshing smoothies for the kids! Pool toys are first come first serve. Plenty of chairs and shade to relax by the pool, which does sit right on the beach!

And being right on the beach also gave us the opportunity to rent their beach chairs and an umbrella (at a discounted guest rate) on the beach without the hassle of us lugging everything but the kitchen sink to set up for an afternoon. With games like corn hole, as well as a beach volleyball net, my kids didn't tire of finding something new to play!

Insider Tip: We were able to stay longer at the pool than we typically stay because of the games, shade and set up of the amenities near the beach and pool! You can order food and drinks by the pool or from your beachside cabana from the BeachComber Grill and Bar. Load up on the sunscreen and plan to stay awhile!

With live music and poolside waiters and the Beach Comber Grill and Bar there was no reason the leave the pool! The kids will be occupied and can change scenery all while you watch their every move.

Kids (and parents) can also take advantage of Camp Cesar offered daily. Must be between the ages of 4-12. As a guest, you get 3 free hours per day from 2 sessions (a perfect way to enjoy the spa!) Staying Friday night?! For $50 per child, they can hang by the pool with other kids for a 'Flick N' Float' plus dinner! The camp staff has plenty of fun activities and will take great care of the kids as she told us "they are on vacation too!"

There are wonderful places to eat without ever having to leave the hotel. Dinner at the Sea Porch Grill was a wonderful way to celebrate our vacation. The food was excellent, the views magnificent and the kids (and grown ups) left very full and happy! Insiders Tip: If you have little wiggly kids, sitting outside is great because there is an open place for them to run and you to sit and watch!

And what beach vacation isn't complete with ice cream! Don't go far and save room for a cone, shake or malt from Uncle Andy's Ice Cream Shop, just around the corner from the pool!

St.Pete Beach is a perfect place to take a classic Florida beach vacation! The Loews DonCesar is conveniently located near so much to do with kids! Visit the cute town of Pass-a-Grille just up the road (a local favorite) and hop on the Shell Key Shuttle to head out for a boat ride. Have dinner at the Hurricane and watch the sunset from the rooftop deck! Drive to downtown St.Pete and catch a Tampa Bay Rays Game or visit the Dali Museum and see the Chihully art collection! Or take an afternoon and head to see Winter the famous movie star dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium! They too have a water/ boat your that will take you out on the intercostal waters to One Tree Island! St.Johns Pass is just north of the Loews DonCesar and us a fun place to walk around, grab a fresh seafood dinner, take beautiful pictures and do some gift shopping!
 
 
November 28 2014
1 family found this helpful
Ice Palace at International Plaza
2223 N. West Shore Blvd.,
Tampa,
Florida 33607
"Best Place to See Santa in Tampa Bay"
International Plaza and Bay Street are known for having the one of the best shopping experiences in Tampa a Bay. Now adding Santa visits to that mix makes it definitely rise to no. 1 in my book!

Each year, THE place to go in Tampa to see Santa is the Ice Palace at International Plaza. There are a few reasons why I have always chose this location:

1. Best Santa. Most authentic and super friendly. He is even up on the latest trends (he knows how the Elf works!) Great Santa all around!
2. Convenient. Located just off of the Veterans, it's easy to get to from wherever you are in Tampa.
3. Best Waiting. Chances are, if you go to visit on a weekend, you'll end up waiting. BUT, with the way they have set up the "line" you'd never know you were waiting. Once inside the Ice Palace, there are games and interactive things to do every few feet. There is snowing in a globe, interactive computers and even lots of fake snow to play with!
4. Lots of photo ops! So many places to photograph the kids and even the whole family in a winter wonderland setting! You'll love to take some super cute pictures while you are waiting for the big picture with Santa!
5. Themes! Each year it is themed in a different theme (Ice Age, Polar Express, Frozen) and the interactive games go along with the theme. Kids are also given a take away that is themed gift (notebook, activity book) right after they see Santa.
6. Lots of great places to eat and shop to make a day when seeing Santa! Lots to do at International Plaza! Great restaurants, shops, a really great play area too!

 
 
November 28 2014
0 families found this helpful
California Pizza Kitchen
2223 N. W. Shore Blvd.,
Tampa,
Florida 33607
"Great place for great food!"
The best place to have a wonderful healthy meal with kids at International Plaza is California Pizza Kitchen. Newly renovated, this restaurant is accessible without having to walk through the mall as well. A new healthy kids menu with (NO FRENCH FRIES) kid-sized pizzas, grilled chicken, fruit and broccoli, has me wanting to come here should we decide to eat out while shopping.

Their adult food menu has expanded to include food that I would cook at home. I love to eat real food and that's what I'm finding on their new menu. They even have a garden of herbs growing in the front of house. If your having a cocktail, you'll love The Roots. Try it. Promise you'll enjoy it, as well as your whole experience. And of course, their
pizzas are to die for!!!!
 
 
November 20 2014
0 families found this helpful
Now Snowing at Celebration, Florida
Celebration Avenue,
Celebration,
Florida
"A Snowy Holiday in Florida!"
Visit Celebration and you will definitely feel like you are in a snowy holiday, just like "up north!" It might not be able to snow (for real) in Florida, but at Celebration, it will be snowing every night through December. Visit the town square, where the streets are closed and there is holiday cheer all around! There is beautiful Christmas tree, a synthetic ice skating rink, carolers, and most importantly...SNOW! It will snow 3 times each night, so get your cameras ready! Ice skating is on a synetic rink and skates are real. See Santa in one of the shops or stay for lunch or dinner as you enjoy a day inside a storybook Main Street town. Snow is free to enjoy, ice skating is additional. Check the website for details on when there are special events happening over the weekend leading up to Christmas.