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St. Augustine is one of the most charming and unique cities to visit. With an incredible history and a warm presence, St. Augustine offers so much to visitors. Whether you’re searching for the perfect spot for a getaway for two or a family vacation, the city has incredible shopping, amazing attractions, and ghostly adventures. Our family vacations to Daytona Beach always included at least one stop in the historic city. We visited the sites, shopped in some of the cutest boutiques, and ate at some great little restaurants. Here’s what you need to know about America’s oldest city:
One of my first and still favorite vacation spots is Daytona Beach. Every year Spring Break meant hanging out at the beach, swimming in the pool, and eating some great food. As I got older and became a fan of NASCAR, Daytona Beach meant quality beach time and the night race. Here is what Daytona Beach has to offer families. Sea turtles – From the middle of May until the end of October, the beaches along the area are the breeding grounds for the sea turtle. Sea turtles crawl up into dry sand to lay their eggs, which will hatch two months later. Imagine watching a hundred hatchlings crawl back into the ocean. Families can visit the Marine Science Center to learn more about the turtles and see their seven hospital pools and the turtles they are rehabilitating.
I've been living in Virginia for almost 12 years, yet somehow I feel like I haven't even begun to tap into all that the state has to offer! Of the cities I've visited, one of my favorite places in Virginia is Colonial Williamsburg. More of an educational trip than the typical amusement park outing, and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Virginia, Colonial Williamsburg takes you back in time. The first time we visited, my oldest daughter was only a few months old, so we just took a couple of hours to walk around the historic district, had lunch at a tavern, took some photos, and went back to our hotel. The best part? It was free! This allowed us to see all that Colonial Williamsburg has too offer, without paying the hefty admission.
There aren’t many better ways to spend a vacation than scoring some major deals on clothing, home goods, and accessories. For my family, it was the way we spent part of our annual trip to Maine and New Hampshire at the end of summer. It was our opportunity to pick up a cool new school wardrobe, while saving our parents money. Now I enjoy surfing the racks and shelves for my sons, my husband, myself, and looking for gifts along the way. One of our favorite shopping stops is Freeport, Maine. Located on the shores of Casco Bay and around two hours from Boston, Freeport is the perfect destination for a long weekend or a day stop before heading out to somewhere else.
Introducing our children to the beauty of Mother Nature is one of our biggest aims in planning a vacation. We want our children to love and appreciate the beauty of the ocean, the majesty of the mountains and the incredible wealth that can be found in the natural world around us. Maine has all of this to offer, especially in the incredible Acadia National Park. Acadia National Park, located on Mount Desert Island and some of the surrounding mainland, was once a summer resort for the very wealthy. Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Fords, and Astors all took in the fresh mountain and ocean air during the summers. In 1929, after receiving donations of land from some of these wealthy families, the United State government established the park with 3,500 acres.
My advice for riding the Metro with kids? Plan ahead.
History can make for a wonderful vacation. Sometimes it’s about education and learning about our roots and foundations. Sometimes it’s about enjoying a different era and reveling in the quaint and beautiful. Old Town Alexandria in Virginia offers both of these and more. A walk in Old Town involves brick lined sidewalks, cobblestone streets, and charming homes dating back to the Colonial period. Today, there are stores, gourmet restaurants, and a variety of historic sites to visit. Here are a few highlights from our latest visit.
Summer-in-DC
It's not officially summer yet, but it's hot, hot, hot and the pools have just opened, so, yeah... it's summer. You can cool off and head indoors to a museum, but the city offers SO much more than that!
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Living in the shadow of Washington, DC for several years gave my husband and I the opportunity to visit museums and memorials in our free time. Family visits and open afternoons found us trekking along the Mall, and many visits started or ended with a trip to the National Gallery of Art, a favorite for us both. Open everyday except Christmas and New Year’s, with free admission, the National Gallery makes art in its many forms accessible to all families. Whether you’re interested in sculpture, paintings, or photography, the museum provides an environment to discover and experience art comfortably.