I've now been to my share of children's museums. This one has an incredible lay-out. It's a huge warehouse so parents can almost see end-to-end, a huge plus for toddler/preschoolers.
The areas were engaging. No joke, my three-year-old played with an air pressure game for an hour. We also liked the treehouse/pirate ship/reading nook, the cafe, and the Wild West area. This museum has a huge craft section in the middle of the room with lots of fun supplies.
As someone mentioned it is a cell-phone free zone. I used mine to take a couple of photos and that was it. Luckily, museums make for happy kids.
Also, at $6 per person, I thought it was a great value!
This property is one of my favorite stops in downtown San Diego. To be honest I have sought refuge in the lobby during a particularity difficult day wandering Comic-Con! I have had a great stay here with my family as well! The newly renovated hotel is amazing and the kids love the "novelty" of walking around town. (Hazards of a suburban existence)
I love that the lobby is always beautiful, someone is always there to open the door, and refreshing water greets you immediately! Check in is easy and the elevators are not light years from the lobby :)
The rooms are a great sizes for the Gaslamp area and you can comfortably sleep a family of 4 in the room. We loved the cheetah print bath robes and yoga mats in the closet. I really enjoyed the pool, the kids were able to swim comfortably and it was perfect for wading.
We had the opportunity to dine at the restaurant on site: Jsix The chef, Anthony Sinsay has created a great menu. We enjoyed the breakfast menu and I highly recommend the fresh juices and the Cheesy Grits were amazing!!
I could only dream that California would one day put as much work and care into their state parks as Georgia does. And Unicoi State Park is one of the best! It surrounds a lovely lake, has easily accessible and doable hikes for kids and adults, various ways to spend the night (from tent camping to lodging and cool things in-between), and all in all is a peaceful getaway with the nearby German town of Helen.
The lodge is clean and sufficient. When we were there the hot water was nonexistent but I doubt that is frequent. Outside our room was a fireplace and sitting area we used to wind down each night. Also at the lodge is a chance to zipline, that my sister and her son took advantage of.
The camping sites are well maintained and plenty big for tents and enough room for trailers. Newly added decks with tables is a great addition. The bathrooms are clean and WARM. The visitor's center has an outdoor play structure and an outdoor fire to warm guests.
We walked the 2 mile trail around the lake as a family and enjoyed some wood trails as well.
I would have loved to look into the barrel cabins (a unique style lodging) but they had all been reserved.
All in all, Unicoi State Park is a not miss when in Georgia!