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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. […]

Vermont – Billings Farm & Museum

Vermont

On a vacation to New England several years ago, we visited Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock, Vermont. As its name suggests, Billings is an operational farm as well as a museum of Vermont’s rural and farm heritage. My kids were rather young at the time and I thought they would really enjoy interacting with farm animals. Billings has lots of them–Jersey dairy cows, sheep, horses, oxen, and chickens.

We started our visit by viewing a 30-minute film called A Place in the Land. It was nominated for an Academy Award (Best Documentary Short) and gives an overview of the […]