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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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?
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, isn’t just a place to learn about history; it’s a place to be inspired by history. Kid friendly? Not only is it appropriate for kids, it was designed with kids in mind. When it first opened in 1929, only schoolchildren could visit. Four years later it opened to the general public. Henry Ford was passionate about teaching kids about the past and present so that they could take the present to the future. The museum holds a wide range of diverse historic artifacts, but all are tied together by an overall theme of […]
We get inspiration for our travels from a variety of sources, but the Barringer Meteor Crater marks the first time we’ve picked a vacation destination based on a video game. As we were driving out west for our Southwest Road Trip (Trip #5 from my e-book, How To Visit All 50 States in 12 Trips), my son asked me if I’d ever heard of the Barringer Meteor Crater and if I knew where it was. He had heard about it while playing Civilization V with a friend. I hadn’t heard of it, so I pulled out my trusty smartphone and […]
Many of my friends who have seen my pictures of Great Sand Dunes National Park have the same reaction: “Really?! That’s in Colorado?! Where?”
It’s in south central Colorado. We stopped at Great Sand Dunes for a few hours on our way from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park. Combined with several hours of driving on both ends, that adds up to a full day. Before you head to the park, plan to stop at the Great Sand Dunes Oasis or in the town of Alamosa where you can rent a sand sled and a sandboard from Kristi […]