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Missouri – Crown Center

Funky vibe at Hallmark Kaleidoscope

It would be hard to find a family who hasn’t been touched by Hallmark Cards in some way. I mean, who hasn’t ever received or sent a Hallmark card, watched a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, or colored with a Crayola crayon (one of Hallmark’s subsidiaries)? So, it probably doesn’t come as a surprise that this family owned company has developed the area surrounding their corporate headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, into a family friendly travel destination. Crown Center is an 85-acre complex with hotels, restaurants, theaters, shops, and attractions.

I’ve had the opportunity to visit Crown Center three times: […]

Pennsylvania – Hershey’s Chocolate World

World's Largest Chocolate Bar

While planning our trip to the Mid-Atlantic region last year, we considered both Hershey and Gettysburg as possible stops in Pennsylvania to break up the drive home from the Jersey shore. Gettysburg won. But as we were driving across Pennsylvania in a downpour, I started contemplating how miserable it might be trying to tour a battlefield in the rain. (I hadn’t realized how extensive the indoor exhibits were at that time.) Then, suddenly, I saw an exit for Hershey and made a split-second decision to change the itinerary and add a stop at Hershey’s Chocolate World after all.

Although the […]

DC – Money Factory (a.k.a. Bureau of Engraving and Printing)

Courtesy of Bureau of Printing and Engraving

As we were planning our DC vacation, I read descriptions of various attractions to my family and they rated each attraction on a scale of 1 to 10. My kids’ first impression when I mentioned the Bureau of Printing and Engraving was, “Boring!”  Then, when I read the description and explained that this was the factory where they print money, they were suddenly a lot more interested.

First things first, let’s talk about getting tickets, which are free, by the way. If you want to visit during the non-peak season (September – February), no tickets are required. From March through […]

Ohio – American Sign Museum

Light bulb signs

Cincinnati has some very unique museums and the American Sign Museum is one of them. I’ll admit that this one is a little more near and dear to my heart than most museums. My father is a retired sign painter and I grew up around signs. The first time I visited the sign museum was with my father and our tour was geared toward sign professionals. On my most recent visit, I went with my book co-author and our kids (plus or minus a few). The American Sign Museum recently celebrated its grand re-opening in a new location, in the […]

Kentucky – Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

Slugger Museum - World's Largest Bat

Driving down Main Street in Louisville, Kentucky, it would be pretty hard to miss the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. Outside the museum is the world’s largest baseball bat.

Standing at 120 feet tall and weighing 68,000 lbs., this giant bat is a scaled replica of Babe Ruth’s bat. As you can tell from my picture, it’s so big that I couldn’t even fit the top of it in the picture. It’s made of steel, but painted to look like wood.

Inside you can view the museum exhibits and take a tour of the factory. You’ll received a […]