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Kentucky – Christmas at the Galt House – A Christmas Carol

Giant Scrooge

Last year I visited Christmas at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky, for the first time. I was so impressed that I wrote an epic post about it. This year they made a significant update to the KaLightoscope exhibit, so when they invited me back for a media preview, I jumped at the chance to see the changes. They invested over $2 million to completely redo the luminaries with a new theme. Now KaLightoscope tells the story of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. An interesting point to note here is that Charles Dickens once stayed at the Galt House. […]

50 Travel Gift Ideas for Families

50 Travel Gift Ideas for Families

The holiday season is almost here. That means it’s time for Santa’s elves to start working overtime. Whether you’re looking for ideas for gifts to buy or suggestions to give to relatives, I’ve got you covered. I compiled a list of 50 items that would be helpful for traveling families. The list includes big items (luggage) as well small items appropriate for stocking stuffers (deck of cards). It includes items to use to plan your next vacation (travel guidebooks), items to use on your vacation (travel power strip), and items to capture your vacation memories (photo frames).

Some of the […]

Kentucky – Dinosaur World

Dinosaur Walk at Dinosaur World

It’s Just For Fun week here at Travel 50 States with Kids, and Dinosaur World in Cave City, Kentucky, definitely packs in the fun, but the truth is that they sneak some education into your visit too. I won’t tell your kids if you don’t.

The main attraction at Dinosaur World is the Dinosaur Walk, with 150 life-size dinosaur statues displayed along a walk through the woods.

Signs along the way state facts about each type of dinosaur.

We saw dinosaur types that were familiar to me, like the long-neck Brachiosaurus.

And we saw several types […]

Kentucky – Kentucky Action Park

Kentucky Action Park Alpine Slide

Kentucky’s Cave Country offers much to do for families wanting to turn their visit to Mammoth Cave National Park into a full week’s vacation. My recipe for a perfect vacation includes at least one activity that is just for fun and Kentucky Action Park offers lots of those. About a dozen, actually. It is now closed for the season, but it isn’t too early to start thinking about next summer’s trips. I really like that they offer different pricing options. If you only have an hour or two, or are interested in just a couple of activities, your best bet […]

California – MY Museum

MY Museum Medical play area

MY Museum is the Monterey County Youth Museum. This small museum is perfect for kids ages 7 and under. Although my kids were quite a bit older, we decided to check it out for my readers who have younger children.

There’s a special play area just for the wee little ones.

Several themed play areas offer many opportunities for pretend play. Do you have an aspiring golfer?

Or maybe a paramedic or doctor?

Or maybe a future firefighter?

Kids can learn about the farm-to-table movement by harvesting some vegetables, cooking them up, then serving them […]

Missouri – National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial

WWI Museum plane

When most people think of war memorials, they think of Washington, D.C., because that’s where most of the national war memorials are. But World War I is an exception. Its memorial is located in Kansas City, Missouri, and unlike the memorials in D.C., it is not part of the National Park System or federal government. The citizens of Kansas City raised over $2.5 million in just 10 days 1919 to build the memorial. The tower was completed in 1926 and the museum was added later. In 2004, Congress designated it the nation’s official WWI museum. Since 2014 marks 100 years […]

Utah – Canyonlands National Park

Gorgeous Canyonlands

I had wanted to go to Utah for a very long time. The pictures I had seen were amazing. Technically, we could have crossed Utah off our list just by going to the Four Corners Monument, but that wasn’t good enough for me. I wanted to see the amazing rock formations I had seen in pictures, so after Four Corners, we headed to Canyonlands National Park. Even the drive to the park was fascinating. If you use my itinerary from my ebook, you’ll follow this route too. Here’s a little of what you see along the way.

Gorgeous, isn’t it?

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Kentucky – Cecil L. Gorley Naturalist Trail

Hints of fall color on Cecil Gorley Trail

Located at the geographic center of Kentucky is the small city of Lebanon, nicknamed the Heart of Kentucky. My kids and I traveled to this cute town recently for a weekend. We explored the annual Marion County Country Ham Days festival on the first day of our visit. The next day provided an opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the area. We headed to nearby Fagan Branch Lake.

The lake is actually a reservoir that was constructed in 1992 by the Lebanon Water Works, primarily as a source of water for the community, but it has also become […]

Kentucky – Old Bardstown Village and Museum Row

Water wheel - Old Bardstown Village

History buffs will want to make sure their trip to Bardstown, Kentucky, includes plenty of time to explore all the history contained in a collection of museums known as Museum Row. Your admission fee gives you entrance into all five venues and tickets are valid for two consecutive days so that you don’t have to rush through them. Unfortunately, I didn’t follow my own advice and we didn’t have enough time to go to all of them, but we enjoyed the two that we visited.

 

Old Bardstown Village

This village is a reproduction of a typical frontier village in […]

New Mexico – El Rancho de las Golondrinas

Kitchen - El Rancho de las Golondrinas

El Rancho de las Golondrinas is a living history museum near Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Spanish name translates to The Ranch of the Swallows. The authentic ranch dates back to the early 1700’s when it was a stop on El Camino Real, the trading route from Mexico City to Santa Fe. Today it is a fascinating place to learn about the southwest in both Spanish Colonial and Territorial New Mexico time periods.

The ranch sits on 200 acres about 15 miles southwest of Santa Fe. Many of the buildings are original to the property and others have been […]