Showing posts with label travel with kids. Show all posts
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Sunday, March 25, 2018

The NYC Traveler: Make Mine (Hersheypark) Chocolate

TOP REASONS TO VISIT HERSHEYPARK 
(Besides a chance to buy all the candy you want)

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Get the latest information about visiting Hershey Park during the pandemic:


1. The one-price admission: ride the rides, get wet, see the zoo, all for one price. And, if you choose not to get wet, come after sunset (or during the off season). The price is cheaper when the water park closes. (But, on those heat wave days that can hit Pennsylvania, you're gonna wanna get wet.)



2. The Boardwalk at Hersheypark: hands down, for the price, the most convenient water park fun ever! Smack dab in the middle of the park, there's no way you're not going to want to go there. If you're not into slides, just stand under the giant bucket and wait for it. The factory whistle blast will alert you to either get out of the way or make haste for a waterfall of instant coolness. Chill at the wave pool or take a slow, lazy ride on the Intercoastal Waterway. The Boardwalk is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.



3. It's a park for roller coaster fans. And, as per its website, you will want to ride the two water "roller" coasters: Breakers Edge, the first HydroMagnetic Coaster with Flying Saucer turns (Hershey's 14th coaster) and and Whitecap Racer, the longest mat coaster. Take a peek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=qS4aLR0zEu8.




4. Despite the amount of roller coasters, it's a family park. Milton Hershey created its predecessor as leisure park for his employees. This theme is retained in the amount of rides families can do together. Measure the kiddies at the entrance, you'll see which candy they measure up to, amusingly named for Hershey's brand of candies, like Kisses and Jolly Ranchers. Look for these icons throughout the park so that you know who can ride what.

5. ZooAmerica is open year round. Normally included as part of admission to the theme park, you can also pay a reduced price when the theme park is closed for the season, or if you just want to go to the zoo.

6. The off-season fun: Springtime in the Park (weekends in April and May), In the Dark (Halloween fun weekends in October and early November) and Christmas Candylane and Sweet Lights (weekends in November and all through December). 


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Monday, July 3, 2017

5 More Things to Do in Universal Orlando Resort


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5 More Things to do in Universal Orlando Resort™


The Harry Potter Attractions are a good reason to visit Universal Orlando Resort, but here are 5 more:

1. Stay on property. Cabana Bay, with a retro theme, is their economy hotel, but all of their hotels are fun and provide transportation and/or walkways directly to the parks.

Cabana Bay, Universal Resort (editorial use only)


2. Ride the roller coasters. Get your courage up for Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit™ and the Revenge of the Mummy™(Studios side) or The Incredible Hulk Coaster™,  and the Flight of the Hippogriff™ (Islands of Adventure). Or get on my new favorite: Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Ride.


The Hulk™, in all its scary glory (editorial use only)

3. See a part of America's past on the Islands of Adventure side. An unfortunate casualty of the decline of newspapers is the syndicated comic strips. But you can feel like it's the Sunday comics all over again as you stroll through Toon Lagoon™and get re-acquainted or introduce yourself to characters from the printed page. Shop and dine yourself silly in saturated color.  


Toon Lagoon™ in Islands of Adventure


4. Ride the simulator rides often and enjoy the technology: must-do rides are The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man® (Islands of Adventure) and TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D, on the Studios side (in addition to the Harry Potter rides we featured in Part 1). Check out the newer attractions: Skull Island: Reign of Kong™ (Islands of Adventure) and Fast and Furious - Supercharged™. 


Spiderman® in 3D (editorial use only)

5. Get into as much water as you want. If you were a fan of Wet and Wild, know that Universal bought the Orlando location and closed it December 2016. The new Volcano Bay (a separate park) opened in 2017 and combined with the rides on the Islands of Adventure™ side, you're guaranteed to get wet and cool. Splash into Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls®, Popeye and Bluto's-Bilge Rat Barges® and Jurassic Park River Adventure. Plus, the kids can cool off in Fieval's Playland™ on the Studios side.


Jurassic Park splash-down (editorial use only)


Bonus Tip: the app has improved, but still not top notch. But the Virtual Line feature for the Jimmy Fallon experience rocks.


(Did I forget CityWalk? No, stay tuned!)
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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Kids, Travel & You: Part 4 - Road Trips


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5 Tips for Road Trips with Kids




1. Start young... If kids begin to travel when they are young, by the time they are tweens, they'll be experts. Next time you're at the airport, observe around you. You'll know instantly which ones travel a lot and which ones don't. 



2...or wait. If you know your children well, you may want to save the really long road trips until they are tweens. In the meantime, take day trips (staycations, excursions, etc.). Prep the kids for journeys that will take over an hour. Have snacks and activities ready. Also, plan the route for restroom stops.





3. Oxymoron: plan to be spontaneous and take your time and stay on schedule. How? Have a loose agenda but don't be afraid to switch it up. Include some of electronics and toys. Sometimes those billboards on the interstate that announce sightseeing attractions pay off. Take a short detour and then get back on schedule.




4. Always book lodging with a pool. Your nerves will thank you. Know your children's ending point and plan to be at your hotel 2 hours before their bedtime.




5. It's OK to suspend some rules to have fun. And it's OK to keep some. Stick to bedtime rules if you're going to be on the road the next day. Let them stay up a hour later if you're staying put. 





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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Cycling and Traveling: Things to do

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On the Road With Your Bicycles



Copyright Marcia Crayton

(Note: this blog entry is about traveling with your bicycles. Some people go from city to city or state to state by bicycle. We haven't done that...yet!)

You've probably seen travelers hauling anything and everything to enhance their vacation. What I see most often are bicycles. There's nothing like having your own bicycle with you, if possible. I've brought mine from Maine to Florida, literally up and down I-95. 

So, if you're new to cycling or if you're new to traveling with your bicycles, here's what you may need to know:


Traveling with your bicycles. Copyright Marcia Crayton


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1. Consider your travel lifestyle when you purchase a bike. Also, consider where you go the most: off-road (gravel), road, mountain and even on sand. Be mindful of the weight of your bicycle, you may have to haul it up stairs. Know how to maintain and make minor repairs: the chain, rust-proofing, changing a tire. 

Hitch Bike Rack

2. Protect your vehicle. Get the bike rack that's best for your car that you can afford. The bike racks that attach to car trunks can be complicated and may damage your paint if you're not careful. If it goes into a hitch, you should be able to lock your rack to your car. Consider racks that swing down (to access the trunk area) or swing away (the entire assembly, bikes and all, can swing like a door) so that you can load and unload the car without taking the bikes off.  Make sure you lock your bikes to each other and to the rack.


Sightseeing with your bicycle. Copyright Marcia Crayton

3. Remember that it rains on the road. Your bikes will get wet. Covers are hard to find and hard to attach. They don't always stay on.


Remember to lock your bicycles. Copyright Marcia Crayton

4. Logistics: Consider your lodging and if you can bring your bikes in or if they will stay on your vehicle the entire trip. This means you're hauling them everywhere: to eat, shop and sightsee. Investigate parking. Some parking garages are tight. (If you have cargo on top, you have to be able to have clearance or be able to remove the cargo, not always easy or practical).



Map out your trip. Copyright Marcia Crayton

5. Stop at the visitors center and get information for bike routes and trails. Also, there are apps that will give directions by bicycle. Cycling on vacation is sightseeing on wheels.  Don't forget your clothing, helmets, gloves, lights, bells and any bags or gear, backpack beach chairs, saddlebags, etc.

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So, mount up, and enjoy!


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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Andiamo in Italia! (Let's Go to Italy): 5 Things to Consider

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5 Things To Consider Before Visiting Italy



Amalfi Coast, Italy



DAVID MICHELANGELO TUSCANY ITALY
Punta Carena, Capri, Italy

1. What Region?

If you can stay for at least a month, then by all means, plan to visit the entire country on a non-stop tour. But if you can only stay a few days or a week, then limit your visit to one region. You will be able to actually enjoy it without feeling rushed. Try the Amalfi Coast; Florence and the surrounding Tuscany region or Milan and the nearby Lake Como area. Of course, there's always Rome (with a day trip to Naples) or Venice!

2. How to Get There?

The answer seems like a no brainer until you realize that even if you are coming from overseas, you have a couple of options: you can fly or you can sail on a cruise. If you are already on the continent, fly, take the train or rent a car and drive. Driving internationally should be investigated first but imagine, a road trip in Europe! There are also cruises within Europe.

3. Where to Stay?

There are so many options nowadays: hotels, apartment rentals, vacation rentals through owners or your own vacation ownership (timeshare). Use a map website and figure out how close you will be to public transportation and attractions. Use reviews wisely: some people often will give a negative review for a minor reason. Also, check the date of a review. Our choice: an apartment rental near public transportation.

4. What to Do?

Each region in Italy is known for more than art, wine and food although those good places to start. There are ancient ruins, mansions and castles, gardens, zoos as well as museums, wineries. There are also small, charming towns to explore as well as plazas and tiny streets filled with great people.

5. Traveling with Kids

Italy is very kid friendly. In nice weather, the plazas are full of street fairs, entertainers and all the gelato you can afford. Florence (Firenze, in Italian) has a marvelous Leonardo da Vinci Museum with full sized models of his inventions that you can play with. In Venice, what could be more fun than exploring all of the back streets mixed in with canals? 


VENICE GONDOLA ITALY TOUR



Trevi Fountain, Rome

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