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Kentucky – Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

Shaker Village Gardens 2

We’ve been to many historical villages and living history museums over the years, but I think that the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill has been our favorite. Calling their village “pleasant” was accurate, but perhaps also showed the Shakers’ tendency toward humility. A feeling of serenity permeates the village.

The Shakers first came to America in 1774 and settled in New England. In fact, there is still an active Shaker community living in Sabbathday Lake, Maine. The Shakers practice communal living, celibacy, and worship that involves dancing and shaking, which is how they got their nickname. The Shakers established […]

New Jersey – Jenkinson’s Aquarium

Jenkinson's Aquarium petting a stingray

We had the opportunity to visit Jenkinson’s Aquarium on our visit to Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, last summer. Despite having been told it was a must-see, I had rather low expectations. After all, we had just visited the National Aquarium in Baltimore a few days earlier, so the bar was set high. How could Jenkinson’s live up to that? I’m happy to say we were very pleasantly surprised and would easily recommend a visit to Jenkinson’s.

My son said he thought Jenkinson’s Aquarium was like the major aquariums he’d been to, except shrunk down. There were many different kinds […]

Alabama – Alligator Alley

Holding a cute cuddly alligator

When we travel, I try to find unique experiences that you can’t find in other locations. Alligator Alley, in Summerdale, Alabama, certainly fits the bill. You can’t go feed and hold alligators just anywhere. Summerdale, Alabama isn’t exactly a major metropolis, but it is within easy driving distance of Gulf Shores (about 30 minutes), Mobile (45 minutes), or Pensacola (< 1 hour) if you are vacationing in any of those places.

We visited Alligator Alley during the winter, which is not an ideal time. Alligators are less active when the temperature is cold. And it was rather cold that day. […]