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Oregon – OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry)

Periscope on USS Blueback

While I love that we’ve been able to visit so many places around the country, there is one negative about this style of travel: you don’t have time to see everything and have to make some tough choices. And that’s just how I felt when we visited Portland, Oregon. The nice people at Travel Oregon and Travel Portland arranged for us to have a pass to visit many of the city’s popular attractions, but there were so many places and so little time! We considered the many options and decided to visit the OMSI, the Oregon Museum of Science and […]

Kentucky – The Historic Railpark & Train Museum

Back of train at Historic Railpark & Train Museum

There’s something that fascinates me about the age of rail travel. Yes, I know, you can still travel by train today, but it just doesn’t look the same. I would love to go back in time to take a train trip, but until someone invents a time machine, museums will have to suffice. The Historic Railpark & Train Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, is housed in a former railroad station that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum includes indoor exhibits as well as a guided tour of the interior of several railroad cars. Train enthusiasts […]

Oregon – High Desert Museum

Fun and games at the 1904 Miller Family Ranch - High Desert Museum

A must-see on any trip to Bend, Oregon, is the High Desert Museum. This is one of those museums that has a little bit of everything, and is perfect for families.

The museum is a combination of a history museum, art museum, zoo, living history museum, and park. That may sound chaotic, but all the exhibits are tied together with a common theme: the High Desert, a region that covers parts of eight states and British Columbia. The museum is both fun and educational. Many thanks to the museum for providing us complimentary admission so that I could research […]

New England – Six Activities for Six States

New England

New England has much to see and now is a good time to talk about some fun things you can do in each state, just in time for the spring when many of the region’s holiday companies will be putting together deals and trips for the upcoming vacation season. This post was provided and sponsored by Holiday Hypermarket.

Image by Ben Ramirez, used under Creative Commons license

So, what can you do in New England? Here are six suggestions for these six glorious states.

Cycling

We all love cycling, and it’s something that we can all do quite easily […]

Kentucky – Kentucky Museum

Duncan Hines Cake Mix exhibit at Kentucky Museum

When you think of great museums, Kentucky is probably not the first state that comes to mind. And yet, I’ve found that Kentucky has some real gems. My most recent find is the Kentucky Museum, on the campus of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. This three-floor museum has a wide variety of exhibits, including several that the kids will enjoy. To make it even more enjoyable for the kids, be sure to borrow a Museum Adventure Pack when you arrive.

It contains a Family Guide booklet with activities for kids and some other items kids can bring home […]

Hawaii – The Big Island with Kids

Hawaii beach

Hawaii is one of our most vacation-friendly states, and it makes a great break for families as much as honeymooners or couples. There’s plenty to keep the kids entertained and you don’t even have to leave the Big Island – meaning fewer flights and more vacation time! This post about Hawaii was provided and sponsored by Lebara.

 

Aside from the obvious adventures, like playing on the beach, here are some activities to try out when the kids have tired of the sun and sea:

 

Hiking

For active families, volcanic, mountainous Hawaii is a dream. On the Big […]

Michigan – Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

Edmund Fitzgerald Bell at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

Situated at Whitefish Point, on the Shipwreck Coast of Lake Superior, is the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. More ships have been wrecked on this coast than anywhere else in the Great Lakes, so it is an appropriate place for the museum.

The museum is on the grounds of the Whitefish Point Light Station, the oldest active light on Lake Superior.

The museum is interesting, but the tone is somber because of the nature of the subject matter. A typical exhibit in the museum consists of the story of a shipwreck along with artifacts recovered from the wreck, and […]

Kentucky – Kentucky Science Center

Kentucky Science Center Arch

You know your kids are going to like a museum when they get hooked on an exhibit before they even enter the building. And that was the case with my kids at the Kentucky Science Center (formerly known as the Louisville Science Center). A giant parabolic mirror greets visitors outside the museum. We’ve visited this museum twice in the last couple years and both times I had a hard time pulling my kids away from the mirror.

Here’s the view looking into the mirror.

The museum has three floors and organizes exhibits by “worlds”–The World We Create, […]

Tennessee – Gatlinburg

Dollywood

Today’s guest post is written by Camille Weeks, my 10-year-old daughter. Every year one of my children gets to spend a week getting spoiled by Grandma and Grandpa. When they were younger, they stayed at their house in Wisconsin. As they’ve gotten older, their grandparents have started taking them on trips. This year it was my youngest daughter’s turn. She accompanied her grandparents to Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

One of my favorite places in Gatlinburg was the Guinness World Records Museum. We didn’t get to spend as much time in the museum as we wanted to, but it was still a great […]

Ohio – Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Dinosaurs Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Sometimes I am ultra-detailed in my vacation planning. After all, if you want to visit all 50 states, you do need to have a plan. But that doesn’t mean that I’m afraid to be spontaneous. I love to travel and when an opportunity presents itself, I usually jump on it. Last summer, my husband had to go on a business trip to Cleveland, which is a four-hour drive from where we live. You know what that means, right? Free hotel! It isn’t often that my husband travels somewhere within driving distance while the kids are out of school. In fact, […]