Museums Of The US To Visit For Women’s History Month

We are well into the month of March now. As at least some of you may know, March is Women’s History Month in the United States. It is the time when we honor the women who have contributed to or shaped the US and the world at large one way or another. So, I would like to take the opportunity to suggest a few museums of the US that you can check out to celebrate women.

National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

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The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is located on Gendy Street in Fort Worth, Texas. You may have heard about the cowboys, but have you heard about the cowgirls too? This is the museum where you can go and learn about them. This museum honors women who have contributed to or shaped the American West.

There are currently 238 women who are inducted into the hall of fame at this museum for the significant impact that they had on the American West. They come from a wide range of disciplines such as writers, artists, business women, ranchers, and rodeo cowgirls. Here are a few women I would like to note.

Sacagawea was a woman from the Lemhi Shoshone tribe who helped to guide the Lewis and Clark Expedition in their exploration of the previously uncharted American West in the early 19th century. Another woman to note is Georgia O’Keeffe. She was a renowned painter who lived much of her life in the western US state of New Mexico. She was known for her inspiring paintings of New Mexico landscapes.

Sandra Day O’Connor grew up on a large cattle ranch in the western state of Arizona who would go on to become the first woman to be appointed as a justice in the US Supreme Court. These are just a few women being honored in the hall of fame at this museum. In addition to the hall of fame, there are a few exhibits you can check out at the museum.

This includes a brand new exhibit called Kit Moncrief Galleries and It’s Never Just a Horse. This exhibit explores the special bonds formed between the horses, women, and the West. The admission rates for the museum are $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, military members, and first responders, and $6 for children aged 4 to 12. Admission is free for those aged under 4.

Hotel Suggestion: Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Worth Downtown

This hotel is located on Commerce Street in downtown Fort Worth. There is complimentary breakfast available at the hotel. If you are looking to dine out, a few options include The Capital Grille, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, and Bob’s Steak & Chop House. If you are looking to order alcoholic drinks, you can do so at the hotel’s lobby bar. There is an indoor heated swimming pool available to use.

There is also a fitness center available if you are looking for a workout. If you are looking to relax by the fire, you can go to the hotel’s outdoor fire pit. Some rooms and suites will offer breathtaking views of downtown Fort Worth. All of the hotel’s rooms will have WiFi, coffee makers, and mini refrigerators while the suites will also offer microwaves and wet bars.

The average rate for a standard room range from $146 to $331. You can go here to explore your booking options and/or check out some photos.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

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The National Museum of Women in the Arts is located on New York Avenue NW in Washington, DC, the capital of the US. This museum celebrates women’s achievements in the visual, performing, and literary arts. This is the only major museum in the world for this purpose. This museum is home to a collection of more than 4,500 paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and decorative arts.

The collection spans multiple time periods from the 16th century to the present. There are nearly one thousand women artists represented at this museum. Among the historic women represented include Mary Cassatt, Lavinia Fontana, Clara Peeters, and Elisabeth Louise Vigee-Lebrun.

As for the modern and contemporary women represented at the museum, a few of them include Magdalena Abakanowicz, Chakaia Booker, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, and Joana Vasconcelos. There are four exhibits currently on display at the museum. They are Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico, Delita Martin: Calling Down the Spirits, New York Ave Sculpture Project, and Linda Nochlin: The Maverick She.

The admission prices for this museum are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Admission is free for youth aged 18 and under. You can buy your passes by going here.

Hotel Suggestion: Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

This hotel is located on New Jersey Avenue NW in Washington, DC just a short walk north of the US Capitol. Article One – American Grill is the hotel’s onsite restaurant. The hotel’s onsite bar is called Article One Lounge. There is an indoor swimming pool on the hotels rooftop. Connected to the pool is the outdoor sundeck that offers breathtaking views of Washington, DC’s bustling streets.

StayFit is the name of the hotel’s fitness center. All of the hotel’s rooms and suites have contemporary decor. Many of them will offer breathtaking views of the city’s vibrant streets. All of the rooms and suites at the hotel will have WiFi, coffee makers, and mini refrigerators. All of the suites will have separate bedrooms and dining/living areas. At least one type of suite will offer full service kitchens.

The average rate for a standard room range from $191 to $713. You can head here to browse your booking options and/or view some photos.

National Women’s Hall of Fame

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The National Women’s Hall of Fame is located on Canal Street in Seneca Falls, New York which is located in New York State’s scenic Finger Lakes region. The hall of fame at this museum inducts women who have made significant contributions toward the social, economic, and cultural aspects of society in the US and the world at large.

Inductions into the hall of fame at the museum happen every odd-numbered year. The names of the women being inducted into the hall of fame are announced in the spring, usually in March which is Women’s History Month. The induction ceremonies will then happen during the fall of the same year.

A few of the women inducted into the hall of fame in 2019, the most recent year, are Gloria Allred, Angela Davis, and Sarah Deer. During your time at the museum, you can read biographies of women and learn about what makes each of their achievements so significant as far as efforts to improve society in the US and the world is concerned.

There are currently 276 women inducted into the hall of fame. The pricing for admission to the National Women’s Hall of Fame is currently listed as “TBD”. There is also a gift shop located onsite at the museum.

Hotel Suggestion: Hampton Inn Seneca Falls

This hotel is located on Balsley Road in Seneca Falls. There is complimentary breakfast available at the hotel. Should you get hungry, a few nearby restaurants include Penny’s Place, Woodys Bar & Grill, and Connie’s Diner. There is an indoor heated swimming pool at the hotel. A fitness center is also available for you to use.

All of the hotel’s rooms and suites offer WiFi, coffee/tea makers, microwaves, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room range from $103 to $281. You can go here to explore your booking options and/or browse some photos.

These are the museums of the US you will want to check out to honor women. All of these museums showcase women who have contributed to or shaped the country and the world in some form. Women’s History Month would be the ideal time to honor women by visiting these museums.

What are your thoughts? Are you planning on visiting any of these women-related museums? Feel free to leave a comment here.

New Attractions At Disney World

Disney World is a group of theme and water parks located in Orlando in the southwestern suburb of Lake Buena Vista. They are renowned around the world for their magical offerings. Even though Disney World opened to the public in 1971, it continually undergoes expansion in order to bring new magical offerings in addition to the ones that already exist there.

So, even if you have previously been to Disney World, it may be that you missed out on the new attractions at Disney World, especially those that opened during the past few years. If you are planning a visit to Disney World soon, you will want to make sure to check out these new offerings.

Pandora – The World of Avatar

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Pandora – The World of Avatar is located within the theme park of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It was built in 2017 and is based on the movie, Avatar. This attraction is home to Disney World’s take on the fictional moon planet of Pandora from the Avatar movie. The unique features of Pandora that you can see at this attraction include floating mountains, alien wildlife, and bioluminescent plants.

There are two major attractions within the Pandora attraction that you will want to experience. The first one is Avatar Flight of Passage. This is basically a 3D flying simulator where you can ride on the back of a Pandora flying creature called a mountain banshee. Once you hop on one of these mountain banshees, you will feel like you are flying throughout the breathtaking landscapes of Pandora.

It is considered a rite of passage within the fictional Na’vi tribe of Pandora for each of its hunters to bond with his/her own mountain banshee once he/she has reached a certain age. The second major attraction within the Pandora attraction is called Na’vi River Journey. This is where you can go for a boat ride through the Kasvapan River of Pandora. You will travel through caves and bioluminescent rainforest.

Along the way, you will observe and hear the exotic plants and creatures on both sides of the river as well as overhead. You will also join the Na’vi Shaman of Songs who will sing a song in the Na’vi language to demonstrate her deep connection to the life force of Pandora. There are also two performances at Pandora that you may want to check out. The first one is Swotu Waya Na’vi Drum Ceremony.

This recreates the Na’vi tradition of performing a drum ceremony in a circle. The second performance is Pandora Utility Suite. This is where a Pandoran conservation scientist, dressed in a mech suit, interacts with guests and educates them about Pandora. A few Pandora themed restaurants and shops are available onsite including Satu’li Canteen, Pongu Pongu, and Windtraders.

Toy Story Land

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Toy Story Land is located within the Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. This attraction was built in 2018 and is based on the Toy Story movie series. There are some things I would like to mention. The first thing is the Character meet & greets where you can meet and interact with Toy Story characters including Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep, and Jessie.

You can find Buzz Lightyear near the Toy Story marquee, Sheriff Woody and Bo Peep outside of Toy Story Mania!, and Jessie outside of Alien Swirling Saucers. Then there is the Green Army Men Boot Camp. This is where you can go and participate in a variety of boot camp drills, games, and chants with Green Army Men.

Green Army Men also provide drum performances, using a variety of drums, as the Green Army Men Corps. Another thing to note is Alien Swirling Saucers. This is where you ride in a vehicle driven by one of Buzz’s little green aliens. As you ride around a toy playset of outer space in one of those vehicles, you will get whipped around.

This vehicle ride attraction is themed after the playset that the character, Andy, won at Pizza Planet in one of the Toy Story movies. These are just some things that you should check out at Toy Story Land. There are also two Toy Story inspired restaurants located onsite at Toy Story Land.

The first one, Woody’s Lunch Box, is already open. The second restaurant, Woody’s Roundup Rodeo BBQ, is set to open sometime this year.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

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The newest attraction at Disney World is Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. This attraction is located within the Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. Galaxy’s Edge was built last year and is based on the Star Wars movie series. The setting of Galaxy’s Edge is the village called Black Spire Outpost which is located on the wild frontier planet of Baluu. There are two major attractions at Galaxy’s Edge to note.

The first one is Star Wars: Millennium Falcon – Smugglers Run. Here, you will ride in a 6-seat motion simulator designed to resemble the iconic Millennium Falcom from the Star Wars movie series. You will be going on a smuggling mission during this ride. Each guest on this ride will be assigned a crew role for the smuggling mission.

The characters Hondo Ohnaka and Chewbacca will make an appearance during your smuggling mission. The smuggling mission is set between Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The second major attraction is Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. This attraction will draw you right into the middle of a major conflict between the Resistance and the First Order.

This is done by having four interworking ride systems in combination with Audio-Animatronics, practical sets, projection mapping, and screen-based media. This is one of the most complex and advanced attractions ever designed by Disney.

If you are looking for the iconic blue or green milk as seen in Star Wars, you can buy them at The Milk Stand. If you would like to create and buy your own custom lightsaber, head over to Savi’s Workshop.

You can go to Mubo’s Droid Depot to create and buy your own custom droid. There are multiple other Star Wars themed restaurants and shops onsite at Galaxy’s Edge such as Oga’s Cartina, Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, and First Order Cargo.

These are the new attractions at Disney World that have opened during the past few years. So, you will want to make sure to check them out as soon as you pay a visit to Disney World. You can buy a Standard Theme Park Ticket for $104. That will allow you to visit one theme park within a day.

But, if you are planning on visiting multiple theme parks over multiple days, you will want to go with the 4-day Magic Ticket for $84.69 per day (or $338.77 per ticket). This will give you one theme park per day, allowing you to visit all four theme parks over four days. Either way, you can buy your Disney World tickets here.

If you are looking for additional attractions to go along with Disney World, you may want to check out this post as it walks through some places in Orlando that don’t have anything to do with theme and water parks at all. Also worth noting is that if you drive south for a little over six hours, you will reach Key West which is famous for being the southernmost city in the continental United States.

The Hotels

If you are looking for a place to stay overnight at as soon as you visit Disney World, I have you covered here. Here are the two hotels I would suggest you to book with. Both of these hotels are located in Lake Buena Vista southwest of Orlando, so that you can be close to Disney World.

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

This resort hotel is located on Broadway in Orlando. This gorgeous resort hotel is inspired by historic Saratoga Springs, New York during the late 19th century. The resort hotel is designed in the Victorian architectural style. The resort hotel is split into multiple sections. They are The Springs, The Carousel, The Paddock, Congress Park, and The Grandstand. There are two main swimming pools at the resort hotel.

The first main pool is High Rock Spring Pool. This pool is home to gushing waterfalls. It is gorgeously decorated with rocks, boulders, and babbling brooks. It has a 128 foot long waterslide that is built into the rocks.

Also, if you find yourself hungry for a little something to eat, there is a poolside place called On the Rocks Pool Bar. The second main pool is The Paddock Pool. This pool has a 146 foot long waterslide that flows down to the pool from the water tower.

During your time at this pool, you can buy something to eat from The Paddock Grill. In addition to these two main pools, there are three smaller, leisure pools throughout the resort hotel. Along with the pools are multiple hot tubs. There are jogging trails, basketball and tennis courts, and a fitness center available onsite to use. Golfers should check out Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course, located onsite.

Those looking for a place to play games can head to Win, Place or Show Arcade and the Community Hall. Campfires and outdoors movie nights are also onsite activities worth considering. If you are looking for a restaurant to dine at and/or a bar for an alcoholic drink, there are multiple options.

The Turf Club Bar & Grill, The Artist’s Palette, and The Paddock Grill are a few options. Senses – A Disney Spa is the place where you can go for massages or other spa treatments at the resort hotel.

There are a few categories of accommodation options. They are Studios, Villas, and Treehouse Villas. There are a wide range of options for which breathtaking views you would like to have, depending on which accommodation option you choose to sleep in. Studios will offer mini refrigerators and microwaves.

Villas and Treehouse Villas will offer full kitchens, living and dining rooms, and separate bedrooms. WiFi will be available in all the accommodation options. The average rate for a standard room range from $358 to $1,178. You can head here to explore your booking options and/or view some photos.

Holiday Inn Orlando – Disney Springs Area

This hotel is located on Hotel Plaza Boulevard in Orlando. There is an onsite restaurant located at the hotel known as Palm Breezes Restaurant. If you are looking for an onsite bar to have an alcoholic drink, you can head to Palm Breezes Bar & Lounge. There is an outdoor heated swimming pool and hot tub onsite. There is a fitness center available for you to use 24 hours per day.

All of the hotel rooms are designed in contemporary decor with refreshing earth tones. There is WiFi, mini refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee makers in every hotel room. The average rate for a standard room range from $153 to $294. You can go here to book your stay and/or check out some photos.

What are your thoughts? Are you looking to check out the new attractions as soon as you visit Disney World? Feel free to leave a comment here.

What To Do In Miami, Florida For The Super Bowl

The 2020 Super Bowl is almost upon us. The legendary big game in the National Football League will happen on Sunday, February 2nd, 2020. The Super Bowl itself will be played at Hard Rock Stadium which is located on Don Shula Drive in the Miami suburb of Miami Gardens. Hard Rock Stadium can normally seat around 64,767 people during football games.

That could increase if temporary seating is added specifically for the big game. So, if you are out of luck for attending the Super Bowl game itself, there is no need to worry. There will be a few major events happening in Miami that you can attend to celebrate the Super Bowl. So, if you are a football fan looking for what to do in Miami, Florida to celebrate the big game, these events are for you.

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Super Bowl LIVE

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Super Bowl LIVE will happen from January 25th through February 1st, 2020 at Bayfront Park which is a peaceful waterfront park in Miami’s downtown area. This is basically an outdoors fan fest that is free to the public. In the Amphitheater section, there will be evening concerts happening. The evening concerts will be headlined by JPerry, Walshy Fire Miami Orchestra, and Nu Deco Ensemble.

The Huddle Down Community Stage will be where you can check out bands, specialty musicians, dance teams, and visual arts performances. These will be done by local artists, schools, and youth performers from the local area. These performances will take cues from the local area’s culture and diversity.

The Road to the 11th section will walk you through the history of each of the ten Super Bowls that Miami had hosted in the past. It is also here that you can take a photo of yourself with larger-than-life footballs showcasing the teams and their final scores for each of the previous ten Super Bowls. The Tailgate Town section is what it sounds like. This is where the tailgate party takes place.

The tailgate party will include food from celebrated chefs, tailgating concessions, decorative seating, and a variety of games to play. On the culinary stage in Tailgate Town, there will be live cooking demonstrations by celebrated chefs and celebrity guests from the NFL. There will be a variety of water shows happening during this event.

The water shows will include stunts and tricks performed on jet skis, flyboards, and water jetpacks in Biscayne Bay. The team performing the stunts and tricks is led by renowned pro freestyler, Chirs Anyzeski. If you are looking to learn about the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee’s environmental initiative called Ocean to Everglades, you can head over to the Environmental Village section.

On Friday and Saturday nights during the event, there will be evening parades involving 100 performers in two parade groups, Caribbean Carnival and Latin Parade. There will also be epic fireworks lighting the nightly sky on Friday and Saturday nights during the event. If you are interested in this event, you can register here.

Super Bowl Experience

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Super Bowl Experience will happen from January 25th through February 1st, 2020 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach which is located just east of Miami on a barrier island. This event is the NFL’s take on an interactive theme park. There will be youth football clinics where children will have an opportunity to sharpen their football skills.

NFL players will be participating in autograph sessions with fans. So, this will be your chance to have something signed by a NFL player. There will be a section where you can compete in a 40-yard dash and vertical jump against NFL players shown on LED screens. There will be a Super Bowl Memorabilia Show which will showcase 53 Super Bowl rings.

You can view live broadcasts from the NFL Network at the event. There will be opportunities during the event to take a photo with the famous Vince Lombardi trophy. There will be plenty of other games and activities to immerse yourself in the world of the NFL such as EA Sports Madden NFL 20 Crucial Catch QB Scramble and Bridgestone Two Minute Drill.

If you are in search of compelling NFL items to buy, you will be able to do so at the NFL Shop which will be located onsite during the event. In order to have exclusive access to certain activities and games along with a chance to win prizes, you will want to register for NFL OnePass or download the NFL OnePass app on your smartphone or tablet.

One day tickets to the event is priced at $20 per adult for the first three days of the event and $40 per adult for the last three days. Multi-day tickets are also available for $50 per person. If you would like priority access to certain attractions within the event, you can buy multi-day tickets with priority access for $60 per person. Regardless of which ticket you decide to buy, you can do so here.

Taste of the NFL 2020

Taste of the NFL 2020 takes place on February 1st, 2020 at The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood which is a suburb located north of Miami. This is the event where you can feast on the different foods created by some of America’s most noted chefs. There will be over 32 of the chefs during the event. Each one of the chefs will come from a city that has a NFL team.

They will each cook up their own signature dish which will in turn be available in food stations around the event. There will be over 35 NFL players, hall of famers, and legends at the event. You will be given an opportunity to hang out among them and obtain a photo and autography from them. Jeff Bridges, Alyssa Milano, and Bobby Flay will be the celebrity ambassadors for this event.

The ticket price for this event will be $700 per person plus fees. Proceeds from the ticket sales for this event will go to the food banks in each of the 32 NFL cities. You can buy the ticket here.

These are the events that you should go to if you are a NFL devout looking for what to do in Miami, Florida to soak in the excitement of the Super Bowl. Miami is a popular destination for hosting the Super Bowl. In fact, Miami is tied with New Orleans for hosting the most Super Bowls, having already hosted ten of them.

The Hotels

If you are heading to Miami to participate in these Super Bowl events, you may be in search for a hotel to stay overnight at. I am here to lend you a helping hand. Here are the two hotels I would suggest you book your stay at.

Aloft Miami Airport

This hotel is located on NW 36th Street just northwest of Miami International Airport. There is a snack bar at the hotel if you are looking for a little something to eat. If you are hungry for a meal, a few nearby options include El Pollo Inka Miami, Miyako Doral Japanese Restaurant, and Denny’s. There is an onsite bar called W XYZ Bar with pool tables at the hotel.

The onsite bar also leads into the patio where ping pong tables and an outdoor swimming pool can be found. There is also a fitness center available at the hotel. All of the hotel’s rooms will have at least WiFi, coffee makers, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room range from $110 to $259. Feel free to head here to explore your booking options and/or view some photos.

Cambria Hotel Miami Airport – Blue Lagoon

This hotel is located on NW 7th Street across State Highway 836 from Miami International Airport. This hotel sits on the shore of scenic Lake Mahar. There is an onsite restaurant called Social Circle at the hotel. The hotel’s patio and swimming pool are located outdoors and offers sweeping views of Lake Mahar. A fitness center is also available 24 hours per day.

All of the hotel’s suites offers WiFi, coffee makers, mini refrigerators, and microwaves. Certain suites at the hotel will also offer sweeping views of Lake Mahar. The average rate for a standard room range from $135 to $422. If you are interested, you can go here to check out some booking options and/or photos.

What are your thoughts? Are you excited about these Super Bowl events? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Things To Do In Montpelier, Vermont, America’s Smallest State Capital

Montpelier is a beautiful small town located in the US state of Vermont which is one of the tiniest states by land area. Montpelier has an estimated population of just 7,436 as of the 2018 census. That gives Montpelier the distinction of being the smallest state capital in the United States. Montpelier has been nicknamed “America’s Small Town Capital”.

Interstate 89, US Highway 2, and State Highway 12 are the highways that pass through Montpelier. An Amtrak train station is also located in the town of Berlin, just outside of Montpelier. The scenic Winooski River makes it way through Montpelier. Montpelier may be a small town, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to do there. Here are the things to do in Montpelier, Vermont.

Vermont State House

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Perhaps the most stately of the attractions in Montpelier is the Vermont State House. This beautiful state capitol is located on State Street in Montpelier. The Vermont State House is one of the oldest and best preserved state capitols in the United States. The state capitol was built in 1833. The scenic wooded hills serve as a backdrop for the state capitol.

The state capitol’s outdoor area is also gorgeously landscaped. The state capitol is built in the Greek Revival architectural style. A defining feature of the state capitol is the gold leaf dome which is easily visible as one approaches Montpelier. During the warmer months, the state capitol will host concerts and other performances. The lawn can also be used to sit on, eat, and play sports.

Also, if you happen to visit the state capitol on February 14th, you may notice that the columns and the lawn are decorated with red paper hearts. That is done by the Valentine Phantom.

Vermont History Museum

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The Vermont History Museum is located on State Street in Montpelier neighboring the Vermont State House. This is a museum where you can learn about the history of Vermont. The museum includes a collection of over 20,000 artifacts. These include fine arts, crafts, household goods, clothing, agricultural tools, and industrial products from all periods of Vermont’s history.

The museum’s signature exhibit is called Freedom and Unity: One Ideal, Many Stories. A gallery known as Local History Gallery is also at the museum. There is also a mid-20th century mural known as Salute to Vermont created by artist Paul Sample. There is an onsite store at the museum as well.

The admission prices are $7 for adults, $20 for families, $5 for students, seniors, and children. These aged 5 and under get free admission to the museum.

Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks

Morse Farm is located on County Road in Montpelier. It is basically a hybrid farm and museum where you can watch and learn how maple is produced. This attraction has been own and run by eight generation of the Morse maple producing family. Burr Morse currently owns and runs Morse Farm. Morse Farm consists of two buildings. The first building is The Woodshed Theatre.

This building is a unique structure that is made with walls of sugar wood. Inside The Woodshed Theatre, you can sit on the maple stump seats, check out the artifacts, and watch a video showing the process of maple production narrated by Burr’s father, Harry I. Morse Sr. The second building is known as the Sugarhouse.

While at the Sugarhouse, Burr gives a live presentation about how maple is produced and used. You can also sample a variety of food using the maple ingredient. These include maple syrup, jams, jellies, and more. There is also a onsite shop where you can buy crafts and gifts. The admission to Morse Farm is free.

Bragg Farm Sugar House & Gift Shop

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Bragg Farm is located on State Highway 14 South in Montpelier. It is another one of the maple farm and museum hybrid attractions that you can visit. Bragg Farm has been owned and in operation by eight generations of the Bragg family of maple producers. Doug Bragg is the current owner and maple producer of Bragg Farm.

During your time at Bragg Farm, you can observe and learn about the process of maple production. You can also head into the nearby wood in order to check out the two thousand buckets that are hung there. You can also sample maple foods such as creemees, shakes, and sundaes. There is also an onsite store known as Maple Ice Cream Parlor and Gift Shop, at Bragg Farm.

Also, if you are an animal lover, you can observe and pet animals including goats and rabbits at Bragg Farm. The admission to Bragg Farm is free.

These are the things to do in Montpelier, Vermont. Even though Montpelier is a small town of just under 8,000, its status as a state capital brings with it a few places to go to.

Hotels To Stay At

If you are hungering for a place to lay your head overnight during your stay in Montpelier, I am here to help you with this. Here are the two hotels that you should stay at.

Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center

This hotel is located on State Street in downtown Montpelier. There is an onsite restaurant called J. Morgan Steakhouse and Lounge at the hotel. There is also a fitness center at the hotel for you to use if you are looking for opportunities to workout. The signature rooms at this hotel are called Vermont Dulexe Queens.

These rooms were just recently renovated. They are furnished with white maple furniture that are hand-made in Vermont. These rooms also feature local Vermont artwork. All of the hotel’s rooms and suites come with WiFi, mini refrigerators, and Keurig coffee makers. The average rate for a standard room range from $153 to $206. You can go here to explore your booking options and/or view some photos.

Comfort Inn and Suites at Maplewood

This hotel is located on Paine Turnpike North in Montpelier. This hotel offers complimentary breakfast. A restaurant is also located onsite as well. There is also a walking/jogging trail located onsite at the hotel. You can also make use of the hotel’s fitness center which is open 24 hours a day.

All of the hotel’s rooms and suites come with WiFi, mini refrigerators, microwaves, and Keurig coffee makers. The average rate for a standard room at this hotel range from $130 to $180. You can head here to book your stay and/or check out some photos.

So, what are your thoughts? Are you looking to visit the smallest state capital in the United States? Feel free to post a comment below.

Things To Do In Annapolis, Maryland, The Closest State Capital To Washington, DC

Annapolis is a charming city located on the shore of the breathtaking Chesapeake Bay in the US state of Maryland. It is the capital of the state of Maryland. There are a total of 50 states in the United States today, meaning that there are 50 state capitals.

Out of the 50 state capitals, Annapolis is the closest state capital to the nation’s capital, being only around 32 miles away. Here are some things to do in Annapolis, Maryland, Washington DC’s closest state capital.

Maryland State House

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The Maryland State House is located on State Circle in Annapolis. The Maryland State House is the state capitol building. So, the building houses the Maryland state legislature as well as the offices of the governor and lieutenant governor. This is the oldest state capitol that is still in use today.

In fact, construction of the state capitol began in 1772, although it wasn’t completed until 1797 due to the American Revolutionary War. The beautiful state capitol is of the brick Georgian architectural style. The state capitol has a wooden dome. This is the largest wooden dome in the US to be built without nails. The building is surrounded by beautiful landscaping in a circle.

The state capitol was also used by the US Congress when Annapolis was a temporary capital of the United States from November 1783 to August 1784. It was there that the US Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris that formally ended the American Revolutionary War. The state capitol was also used for the US District Court for the District of Maryland during the first decade of the court’s existence from 1789 to 1799.

US Naval Academy

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The US Naval Academy is located on Blake Road in Annapolis. The academy sits on what was once home to Fort Severn. It is one of the five US service academies. This academy is primarily used to educate the brave men and women in order to be used in various roles in the navy and marine branches of the US military. There are public tours available for visitors to tour the beautiful campus.

During your tour of the academy, you will be given an opportunity to visit and learn about some of the most notable places within the academy. These include, but are not limited to, Bancroft Hall, Main Chapel, Parade Ground, Tecumseh Court, the Wright Flyer in Dahlgren Hall, and Foremast of the USS Maine. The tours will start at the Armel – Leftwich Visitor Center.

The price for the tour is about $30 per person and comes with a free souvenir postcard book. You can make a reservation to tour the US Naval Academy here. There is also an onsite gift shop at the academy where you can buy souvenirs.

Downtown Annapolis

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Downtown Annapolis is brimming with 17th and 18th century charm. The downtown area sits on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and the Severn River. Annapolis’ downtown is home to some of the finest 17th and 18th century buildings in the country, many of which are open to the public.

The downtown area is lined with old brick sidewalks like these on Main Street from St. Anne’s Parish to the Chesapeake Bay shore and the streets surrounding the Maryland State House. There are many compelling restaurants to choose from. One restaurant that is worth mentioning is Dock Street Bar & Grill. This is a restaurant that is known to serve the famed crab cakes of which Annapolis is renowned for.

These crab cakes are sourced from the Chesapeake Bay. The historic building that houses Dock Street Bar & Grill, once housed the city jail. Restaurants in the downtown area are usually found on Dock Street, Main Street, and Market Space. There are also many charming shops to check out in the downtown area.

During your time downtown, you can also head over to the City Dock section facing the Chesapeake Bay. You can relax on the seawall and watch the sailboat races as they head towards the harbor. Annapolis is nicknamed “America’s Sailing Capital” for a reason. If you prefer to, you can check out the regular boats as they cruise along Annapolis’ famous Ego Alley.

These are some things to do in Annapolis, Maryland which is Washington, DC’s closest state capital. Annapolis itself was under consideration to be made the permanent capital of the United States when the nation declared its independence.

But, it was ultimately decided to build a whole new city about 32 miles to the west in order to serve as the national capital. That all new city would come to be known today as Washington, DC.

If you are interested in exploring Annapolis as a part of a guided tour, you may want to consider booking the Small-Group Explore the Heart of Annapolis Tour. This guided tour is provided by Urban Adventures. The price will be $29 per person for the guided tour.

Hotels To Stay At

If you are looking for a hotel to stay overnight at in this charming state capital, I have got you covered here. Here are the two hotels that I would suggest you to book with.

The Westin Annapolis

This hotel is located on Westgate Circle in downtown Annapolis. This hotel offers breakfast, but there is a fee of $15 or $20 in order to access it. There is an onsite restaurant at this hotel called Azure. There is an indoor heated lap swimming pool at the hotel. There is also a fitness center at the hotel that you can use 24 hours per day.

Some hotel rooms and suites will offer a scenic view of downtown Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay. All of the hotel’s rooms and suites offer WiFi and coffee makers. There is also a fireplace in the rooms and suites at this hotel.

The average rate for a standard room at this hotel range from $168 to $496. You can go here to explore your booking options and/or check out some photos. Be aware that you may also pay fees to access certain amenities like breakfast and WiFi.

Historic Inns of Annapolis

This hotel is located on State Circle in downtown Annapolis, just across from the Maryland State House. This hotel is technically divided into three sub-hotels across three historic brick buildings. The first sub-hotel is the Maryland Inn which was popular with statesmen, governors, and colonial and revolutionary war persona during the 18th and 19th centuries.

The second sub-hotel is the Governor Calvert House. This sub-hotel dates back to 1695 when it was the home to a prominent local family until the American Revolution. This includes Maryland’s colonial governor, Benedict Leonard Calvert who once lived and worked there from 1727 to 1731.

Today, this sub-hotel is popular with state legislators, given the fact that it is across the street from the Maryland State House. The third sub-hotel is the Robert Johnson House. This sub-hotel was once home to the Johnson family who were prominent city and state government officials from 1770 to 1880. The overall hotel has a 18th century feel to it with its decor and antique furnishings.

There is no onsite restaurants at this hotel. So, whenever you get hungry, there is obviously plenty of restaurants nearby. A few examples include Harry Browne’s Restaurant, Galway Bay, and Osteria 177. There is an onsite bar called Drummer’s Lot Pub at the hotel. There is a complimentary coffee service available at this hotel. The hotel also has a 24-hour fitness center available for you to use.

Some of the hotel rooms and suites have fireplaces in them. As I mentioned in this section of the post, this hotel has an overall 18th century feel to it. This applies to all of the rooms and suites. There is also WiFi available in all the rooms and suites. The average rate for a standard room range from $97 to $181. You can head here to book a night and/or view some photos.

What are your thoughts? Has

Williamsburg, VA Attractions – A Blend Of History And Modern

Williamsburg is a history bluff’s paradise. The city is located in the southeastern part of the US state of Virginia in an area known as The Hampton Roads which includes Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Williamsburg is the home to historic attractions: Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown. These three historic attractions form what is known as the Historic Triangle.

As well as being home to these historic attractions, Williamsburg is also home to the modern attractions of Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. So, there is something compelling here whether you are seeking out history, theme and water park adventure, or both. Here are the Williamsburg, VA attractions to go to.

Jamestown

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Jamestown is located on the northwest bank of the James River in the southwestern area of Williamsburg. It was the first permanent English settlement in what would later become the United States. It was established in May of 1607 in the colony of Virginia by the Virginia Company of London. Jamestown was named for King James I of England.

The quest to establish the Jamestown settlement was led by Captain John Smith. As the settlement was low on food, James Smith trained the settlers to farm for food to help sustain and grow the settlement. He famously warned that those who won’t work, won’t eat. During the 17th century, Jamestown served as the capital of the colony of Virginia.

Jamestown, today, is a living history museum. During your visit to Jamestown, you can check out ruins and replicas of a variety of buildings that were there during the 17th century when Jamestown was a settlement. These include James Fort, Jamestown Church, the Statehouse, the Ambler Mansion, the rowhouse, and the Governor Harvey House.

A recreation of the Powhatan Indian Village is also worth checking out. There are replicas of the original three settlers ships to check out. They are the Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery. You can also check out indoor and outdoor galleries. a statue of Captain John Smith is also located at Jamestown.

You can buy a 7 day pass which will not only include admission to Jamestown, but also to the American Revolution Museum which I will discuss soon in this post. The prices for that are $27.50 for adults and $13.50 for youth aged 6 to 12. The pass is free for those who are aged under 6. You can buy your passes by going here.

Yorktown

Yorktown is located to the east of Williamsburg. Yorktown is most famous for being the very last battle of the American Revolutionary War in which the United States fought for independence from Britain. That battle ended in 1781 which is technically a few years after the US had already declared its independence from Britain in 1776.

American Revolution Museum

At this museum, you can learn about the American Revolutionary War and the founding of the United States. There are galleries that include artifacts, immersive environments, interactive exhibits, and films. One feature worth noting is the Siege of Yorktown in which you are surrounded by a 180-degree screen and special effects designed to immerse you into the Battle of Yorktown.

Just outside the museum is a recreated encampment where you can enlist into the US Continental Army to learn about the life of a solider during the American Revolutionary War including demonstrations on medical treatment, camp life, and cooking. You can also watch the firings of musket and artillery.

You can also explore a 18th century farm in order to learn about what life on the farm was like for a family during the American Revolution. You can even perform a variety of chores around the house and farm.

Colonial Williamsburg

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Colonial Williamsburg is located in the downtown area of Williamsburg. Colonial Williamsburg can best be described as a living, breathing 18th century city. This is meant to make you feel like you are actually in the 18th century, well before the United States became a country. This is the period when Williamsburg served as the capital of the colony of Virginia.

This is where the ideals that define what the United States is as a country began to take form in the 18th century. During your time in Colonial Williamsburg, you will encounter people who dress, work, and speak just like people did back in the 18th century. You will see horse-drawn carriages traveling down the streets of Colonial Williamsburg.

There are several hundred buildings that have been restored or recreated to resemble what buildings in Williamsburg looked like in the 18th century. A few of these buildings include the Raleigh Tavern, the Governor’s Palace, the George Wythe House, and the Capitol. You can get a multi-day ticket for about $55 per adult and $30 per person aged between 6 and 12. You can buy your tickets here.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

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Busch Gardens Williamsburg is located on Busch Gardens Boulevard in Williamsburg. This is one of only two Busch Gardens theme parks found in the United States. This theme park has an overall European theme. The theme park is divided into 10 sections, known as hamlets. Each hamlet is inspired by a European-style village. Each hamlet has its own unique architecture, food, shops, and music.

Banbury Cross (England), San Marco (Italy), and Rhinefeld (Rhineland Germany) are a few of the hamlets that make up Busch Gardens Williamsburg. There are around nine thrilling roller coasters to check out, including Griffon, Alpengeist, and Apollo’s Chariot. The theme park has two modes of transportation. They are the steam locomotive trains and sky rides.

Each of the transportation modes connects a few of the hamlets with each other. The one-day ticket price between March 15th and November 1st, 2020 is $89 per person. You can buy your tickets to Busch Gardens Williamsburg here.

Water Country USA

Water Country USA is located on Water Country Parkway in Williamsburg. This is the largest water park in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US. There are countless water slides available at this water park. A few of them worth noting include Aquazoid, Big Daddy Falls, and the newest water slide called Cutback Water Coaster which just opened last year.

There are two lazy rivers at this water park. The first is Hubba Hubba Highway. This lazy river is locate on the east side of the water park. This lazy river is about 1,500 feet long and is packed with numerous splash features for you to wet yourself in. The second lazy river is called Rambling River. This river is about 736 feet long, making this lazy river much shorter than Hubba Hubba Highway.

This lazy river winds its way around the Rock’n’Roll Island. The wave pool at this water park is called Surfer’s Bay. This is the largest wave pool in the state of Virginia at 23.000 square feet. The wave pool has a maximum depth of 8 feet. The waves happen every 10 minutes and reaches a height of 4 feet. The waves last for 8 minutes each time.

The one-day ticket price between May 16th and September 13th, 2020 is $63 per person. You can go here to buy your tickets for this water park.

These are the Williamsburg, VA attractions that any history bluffs and theme and water park seekers will desire to visit. Williamsburg has the best of both the history and modern worlds.

The Hotels

Are you craving for a hotel to unwind overnight at? I have got your back. Here are the two hotels that you should book a stay with.

Best Western Historic Area Inn

This hotel is located on Bypass Road in Williamsburg. This hotel offers complimentary breakfast. A few restaurants nearby include Le Yaca French Restaurant, Sal’s by Victor, and Aberdeen Barn. There is an indoor heated swimming pool and a hot tub. There is also a fitness center available at the hotel.

All of the hotel’s rooms comes with microwaves, mini refrigerators, and WiFi. The average rate for a standard room range from $69 to $148. You can go here to explore your booking options and/or view some photos.

Hampton Inn by Hilton Williamsburg – Central

This hotel is located on Bypass Road in Williamsburg. Complimentary breakfast is offered at this hotel. If you are looking for nearby restaurants to feed your own stomach, a few options include Bistro 515, Rocco’s Smokehouse Grill, and A Chef’s Kitchen. This hotel has two swimming pools. One is indoors and another is outdoors.

There is also a hot tub at the hotel for you to soak yourself into. A fitness center is available for your workout needs. All of the hotel’s rooms comes with WiFi and coffee makers. The hotel’s suites also comes with mini refrigerators and microwaves too. The average rate for a standard room range from $78 to $168. You can head here to book your stay and/or check out some photos.

What are your thoughts? Did you find anything interesting? Feel free to leave a comment here.

What Fun Things To Do In Key West, The Southernmost City In The Continental US

Somewhere in the US state of Florida is a charming island city. It is called Key West. It lies at the end of a long chain of islands that is known as the Florida Keys. It is the southernmost city in the continental United States. It may appear on paper that Key West is close to Miami, especially when looking at a zoomed out map. However, Key West is further away than people may realize.

In fact, if one were to drive from Miami to Key West, that will take around 3 and a half hours to reach Key West via US Highway 1. But, the trip to Key West is very much worth it. Key West is serenely surrounded by two large bodies of water. They are the Gulf of Mexico to the northwest and the Atlantic Ocean to the south and east. Below are my suggestions for what fun things to do in Key West during your next visit.

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Southernmost Point Monument

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This is arguably the most iconic place in Key West. This is the location that has been specifically marked as the southernmost point in the continent United States. It is right here where Key West is famously only about 90 miles away from Cuba. The monument itself is a painted concrete buoy with markers on it.

This monument is about 18 feet above sea level. It is located on the corner of South and Whitehead streets on the city’s Atlantic waterfront. The monument was originally marked by a simple small sign before it was eventually upgraded to the iconic monument that it is today.

Snorkeling

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One of the things that set Key West apart from many other destinations in America is that you can go snorkeling. Snorkeling is basically when you go underwater in the sea to explore stunning coral reefs. With snorkeling, you can stay underwater for an extended time without having to return to the surface to catch a breath. During your time underwater, you can observe many colorful fishes living and swimming in the coral reefs.

Snorkeling in Key West is done through companies that provide snorkeling services. You will arrive to the snorkeling area via a catamaran ship.

Half-Day Cruise with Kayaking and Snorkeling

One snorkeling activity that I would suggest you book for is Half-Day Cruise with Kayaking and Snorkeling. This will be done by Danger Charters. In addition to snorkeling underwater, you will be able to ride around in a kayak. Professional guides will be on hand. There will also be light snacks provided along with soft and alcoholic drinks. You will be provided with snorkeling gear to wear for snorkeling.

The admission price starts at $86 per person for this activity. You can go here to buy your passes.

Key West Full-Day Power Adventure: Sailing & Watersports Package

If you are in search of an activity that includes much more than just snorkeling, this is a great activity for you. In addition to snorkeling, you will be given three hours of free time to choose which water-related activities you want to do. The options are jet skiing, parasailing, kayaking, and paddle boarding off of a floating barge. There will be professional guides to help you with learning how to snorkel underwater.

There will be continental breakfast, buffet lunch, and afternoon snacks for you to enjoy. There will also be soft and alcoholic drinks available. You will also be provided with equipment needed for snorkeling, kayaking, and parasailing. The admission price for this activity is around $149 per person. Sebago Key West is the company covering this activity. You can get your tickets here.

Harry S. Truman Little White House

This museum was once used as a winter home for Harry S. Truman who was the President of the United States from April 1945 to January 1953. This beautiful house was nicknamed the Winter White House because it was used during his presidency as a winter home whenever he was on a winter break from the White House.

This house includes the original furnishings and memorabilia that were there during the days of the former US president. Other US presidents such as Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Bill Clinton were also known to have used this house during their visit to Key West. During you visit, you can learn about the presidency and life of Harry S. Truman.

This museum is also surrounded by the gorgeous botanical garden. That is also open for you to tour. There is also a gift shop onsite. The admission prices for this museum are $20.27 for adults and $9.68 for children aged 4 to 12. Free admission is granted to these aged under 4. You can go here to get your tickets.

The Beaches

Key West wouldn’t be what it is without scenic beaches in which to enjoy the sun, sand, and water. Here are a couple beaches I would suggest you head out to.

South Beach (Key West)

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This beach is located at the south end of Duval Street facing the Atlantic Ocean. This is the southernmost beach in the continental United States. This beach is only a short walk to the Southernmost Point Monument. It is also only a short walk south of the heart of Key West on Duval Street where there are plenty of dining and shopping options.

The water itself is warm, shallow, and blue. This is also where the famous writer and playwright, Tennessee Williams, used to take a daily swim.

Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park Beach

This beach is located on Howard England Way on the Gulf of Mexico shore of Key West. If you are into both beach and history at the same time, then this historic beach is for you. This is where a civil war-era fort once stood. There are still parts of the fort at this beach today as a reminder of the history. There is also a picnic area available to use at the beach.

The beach also has a more natural surrounding. So, if you prefer a more secluded beach, this is a beach for you.

These are some suggestions for what fun things to do in Key West during your upcoming visit. Key West is a rewarding destination once you reach the scenic island city at the end of US Highway 1.

The Hotel

Let me guess, you want a hotel to stay overnight at. Did I guess right? If so, great! Here is one especially nice hotel that I would suggest you to stay at.

Oceans Edge Key West Hotel & Marina

This is currently the newest hotel in Key West. The hotel is located on Peninsular Ave in Key West. This hotel has a Key West-style conch architecture style which combines Caribbean and Victorian influences. The hotel property has a dense tropical flora which includes palm fronds, coconuts, key limes, and orchids. There is an onsite restaurant called Yellowfin Bar & Kitchen.

As the name of this hotel indicates, there is a full service marina at this hotel. There are a whopping 6 saltwater swimming pools at this hotel. In order to reflect the Florida Keys feel, all of the hotel rooms and suites are designed with bright, crispy decor and furnishings. All of the hotel rooms and suites comes with gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean.

At a minimum, you can look forward to WiFi, mini refrigerators, and microwaves. The average rate for a standard room at this hotel range from $221 to $819. You can explore your booking options and/or view some photos by going here.

So, what are you thoughts? Have you dreamt of visiting a place like Key West? Feel free to leave a comment

What Fun Things To Do In Orlando Beyond The Theme and Water Parks

Orlando is a world class destination that is very deserving of your valuable time. But, people often associate Orlando with the theme and water parks, especially these from Walt Disney World and its rival, Universal Studios. And that makes sense, seeing that their theme and water parks offers some of the most memorable experiences that anyone can have. There is no doubt about that.

But, is there more to Orlando than just the theme and water parks? The answer to this is a resounding yes. There is in fact more to Orlando than just the theme and water parks. Here are some compelling ideas for what fun things to do in Orlando. These can be done in addition to any theme and water parks that you may be planning on visiting.

ICON Park

ICON Park is a bustling entertainment district located in the southwestern part of Orlando on International Drive. This district is home to a wide variety of restaurants to choose from. These restaurants serve different cuisine ranging from Mexican to French to Japanese depending on which restaurant you choose to dine at. There are a variety of shops selling unique gifts and stylish vacation threads.

Best of all, ICON Park is home to a few notable attractions.

The Wheel

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This ferris wheel is really hard to miss. In fact, this is the tallest ferris wheel in the East Coast region of the United States at about 400 feet high. That is equal to about 40 floors of a skyscraper. You will be housed in a clear capsule that will take about 23 minutes to circle its way around the ferris wheel. During your time on the ferris wheel, you will get stunning views including as far as downtown Orlando.

The prices of admission for the ferris wheel ride are $27.99 for adults and $22.99 for children aged 3 to 12. Free admission is granted to these aged under 3. You can buy your admission passes here.

SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology

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SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology is a unique museum that you will want to keep on your radar. This museum is located under The Wheel which I just mentioned right above. You will learn about the skeletons of various animals at this museum. There are over 500 skeletons of the animals that were once alive. A few of the exhibits that are at the museum include African Safari, Marsupials, and Florida Wildlife.

The admission prices to this museum are $10 for adults and $8 for youth aged 3 to 11. Those aged under 3 get free admission. With admission to this museum, you will get complimentary scavenger hunts that anyone of all ages can participate in.

Madame Tussauds Orlando

Madame Tussauds is a one-of-a-kind wax museum that is rooted in pop culture. At this museum, you will find waxworks of various characters and celebrities in different poses. This is designed to make you feel immersed into pop culture ranging from movies to sports to history/leaders.

You will come across waxworks of Aquaman commanding the sea, Shaquille O’Neal doing his famous slam dunk, and Martin Luther King Jr. spearheading the American civil rights movement. These are just a few examples of the many waxworks you will explore at this museum. Admission to this museum is $39.95 per person and will also include a ride on The Wheel. You can buy the tickets here.

SEA LIFE Aquarium

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Here at this aquarium, you will feel like you are underwater. There are over 5,000 sea creatures for you to meet during your time at this aquarium. These include, but is not limited to, sharks, seahorses, octopuses, and rays. SEA Life Aquarium is divided into breathtaking sea habitats. A few of them include Shoaling Ring, Ocean Caves, and Stingrays Cove.

All of the sea habitats are connect by the aquarium’s 360-degree Ocean Tunnel. This tunnel will offer you full fledged views of the depths of the ocean where you can watch the sea creatures swimming all around you. You will also be able to touch certain sea creatures, including the starfishes, at the Coastal Rockpool sea habitat.

The admission price is $39.95 per person for the aquarium. This pass will also get you a ride on The Wheel. You can order the passes by going here.

Disney Springs

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Disney Springs is located in the southwestern section of Orlando on Buena Vista Drive. Despite the fact that Disney Springs is a part of Walt Disney World, it is not a theme or water park. Disney Springs is a unique, fictional town that was meticulously designed by Walt Disney World itself. Disney Springs draws inspiration from charming coastal towns in Florida like St. Augustine and Coral Gables.

Disney Springs is divided into four area. Each of these areas offers a unique flavor. The areas are The Marketplace, The Landing, Town Center, and West Side.

The Marketplace

The Marketplace is an area built in the American Craftsman architectural style of the 1930’s. There are many restaurants and shops located here. One such restaurant is the T-Rex Cafe which is a dinosaur themed restaurant. T-Rex Cafe houses animatronic dinosaurs. The Rainforest Cafe is another restaurant located in this area. This is a rainforest themed restaurant.

One store you should check out in The Marketplace area is the Lego Store. This is where you can find all kinds of stuff made with Legos.

The Landing

The Landing is Disney Spring’s waterfront area on the shore of Lake Buena Vista. Overall, this area has a nautical feel to it. There are numerous restaurants, bars, and shops in this area. One restaurant is Paddlefish. This restaurant is located inside a paddle steamer riverboat that was once known as the Empress Lilly.

Another restaurant of note is The Boathouse. The Boathouse is home to a collection of vintage boats and amphicars. You can view these during your time there.

Town Center

Town Center is considered the downtown area of Disney Springs. This area is beautifully designed in the Spanish Revival architectural style from the 1920’s. This is where the artificial springs is located. This is where Disney Springs got its name from. Stores are the focus here in this area, but you can also find some restaurant options too as well.

West Side

West Side is the exposition center area of Disney Springs. This area has a modern and bright color theme to it. Entertainment is the focus here in this area. One exciting entertainment option is Splitsville Luxury Lanes. This is where you can go bowling. In addition to the bowling lanes, Splitsville Luxury Lanes also offers live entertainment, billiards, indoor and outdoor dining, and more.

These are some compelling ideas for what fun things to do in Orlando that are outside of theme and water parks. You can visit these attractions in addition to whatever theme and water parks you may be planning on visiting during your time in Orlando.

Hotels to Stay At

Are you seeking a hotel to stay at during your Orlando visit? No problem, I am more than happy to help you out with this. My goal with the hotels is to locate you close to all of these attractions I mentioned so that you don’t have to travel too far to reach them.

Holiday Inn Orlando – Disney Springs Area

This hotel is located on Hotel Plaza Blvd in Lake Buena Vista. This hotel has two onsite restaurants. These are called Palm Breezes and Grab & Go. There is also a outdoor heated swimming pool and hot tub at this hotel. If you are looking to exercise, there is a fitness center available 24 hours per day for you to use.

There is also a shuttle service from this hotel to Disney Springs. If you are planning a visit to any of Walt Disney World’s theme and water parks, you can reach them via shuttle from this hotel also. The hotel rooms here are designed with contemporary decor in refreshing earth tones. WiFi, mini refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee makers are all available in all the hotel rooms.

The average rate for a standard room at this hotel range from $138 to $345. You can go here to explore your booking options and/or view some photos.

Avanti International Resort

This resort hotel is located on International Drive in Orlando. There are three onsite restaurants at this hotel for you to dine at whenever you get hungry. These three restaurants are Lobby Barista, the Cafe & Marketplace, and the Avanti Pool Bar & Grille. Depending on which theme and water parks, if any, you are planning on visiting, you can ride a shuttle there from this hotel.

The shuttles travels from this hotel to all the Universal Studios theme and water parks along with Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park. There is a beautiful outdoor swimming pool with a waterfall and fountains. Along with the swimming pool, there is a hot tub. This hotel also has a fitness center for you to workout at. Beach volleyball and a full arcade game room are the other amenities at this hotel.

All of the hotel rooms and suites offer WiFi, coffee makers, mini refrigerators, and microwaves. The hotel suites comes with a nice view of the pool area for you to enjoy. The average rate for a standard room range from $84 to $163. You can book your stay and/or view the photos by going here.

So, what are your thoughts? Are you planning a visit to any of the attractions mentioned here, during your visit to Orlando? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Where To View The Northern Lights In America

Seeing the northern lights grace the nightly sky is a real treat to behold. The northern lights is basically the appearance of natural lights of a color or colors that shows up in the sky at night. These are known as auroras. If you are dreaming of seeing the northern lights, you are probably wondering about where to view the northern lights. Good question as I have got you covered right here.

The United States isn’t as well known for the northern lights as Canada, Norway, or Iceland. But there are places in the United States where you can go to view the northern lights. As a general rule, the further north you go, the better chance you have of seeing the northern lights. For the most part, the time of the year with the best chances of an appearance by the northern lights is during the winter.

In order to get the best views of the northern lights, you will want the sky to be clear of clouds and be free of what you would call light pollution which is more common in towns and cities, especially larger ones. So, with all of this in mind, here are the best places where you can get the best possible views of the northern lights.

Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska

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The Denali National Park is located in the interior of the U.S. state of Alaska approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes drive southwest of Fairbanks via State Highway 3. The national park is home to Denali which is the highest peak in the U.S. at 20,310 feet high. The national park is renowned for its wide open spaces, breathtaking mountain vistas, and plenty of wildlife.

All of this combined with the northern lights makes for a stunning scenery at night. The best chances for seeing the northern lights here is during the fall season. I would recommend that you find a spot somewhere on Otto Lake at the northeast corner of the national park for viewing the northern lights as it will reflect on the lake too as well.

Suggested Hotel: Denali Lakeview Inn

This hotel is located on State Highway 3 about 10 miles north of the road entrance to the Denali National Park on the shore of Otto Lake. The hotel offers complimentary breakfast. There are a few restaurants, stores, and gas stations located a few miles away in the small town of Healy.

The rooms at this hotel are individually decorated and they each have their own compelling names such as Denali Floral and High Cloud. Many of them offer personal decks with views of Otto Lake, Mt. Healy, and Mt. Dora. Some rooms offers recliner chairs and dining tables. All of the rooms are equipped with kitchens/kitchenettes. There is WiFi in every room at this hotel.

The average rate for a standard room at this hotel range from $153 to $257. You can go here to book a stay and/or view some photos.

Idaho Panhandle National Forests, Idaho

The Idaho Panhandle National Forests is located in the entirety of the scenic Idaho Panhandle region of the U.S. state of Idaho. Coeur d’Alene is the main city in this area. I would suggest that you specifically head to Priest Lake to view the northern lights. Priest Lake is approximately two hours drive north of Coeur d’Alene via State Highway 57.

Viewing the northern lights at Priest Lake also offers breathtaking views of the reflected lake and the forested mountain ranges. The best chances of you seeing the northern lights here will happen during the winter.

Suggested Hotel: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sandpoint North

This hotel is located on U.S. Highway 95 in Ponderay, about one and a half hour drive southeast from Priest Lake via State Highway 57 and U.S. Highway 2. There is an indoor heated swimming pool and a hot tub at the hotel. A 24-hour fitness center is also available at this hotel. The hotel also offers complimentary breakfast.

Even though there is no onsite restaurants at the hotel, there are plenty of restaurants nearby, including Sweet Lou’s Restaurant and Bar and Fiesta Bonita. All of the hotel rooms offer WiFi, microwaves, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room range from $98 to $141.

Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge, Maine

The Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge is located in the northernmost corner of the U.S. state of Maine on the U.S. border with Canada. It is about one hour and 23 minutes north of the town of Houlton via U.S. Highway 1 and U.S. Highway 1A. The national wildlife refuge is renowned for its mixture of wetlands, grasslands, and forests.

The best position I would suggest you take up for viewing the northern lights would be along the south shore of Butterfield Brook Pond. This will also allow for breathtaking views of the reflected pond along with the forests and grasslands. The best chances to view the northern lights is in the winter.

Suggested Hotel: Ivey’s Motor Lodge

This hotel is located at the interchange of U.S. Highway 1 and Interstate 95 in Houlton. This hotel offers complimentary breakfast. There is an onsite bar at this hotel. While there are no onsite restaurants at this hotel at the moment, plenty of restaurants await your hungry stomach nearby, including O’Kelley’s Irish Pub, Pizza Hut, and Tim Hortons.

It is also worth noting that charging stations are available at this hotel for these of you who have electric cars. All of the hotel’s rooms and suites offer WiFi, microwaves, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room at the hotel range from $77 to $120. Head here if you would like to explore your booking options and/or view some photos.

Superior National Forest, Minnesota

The Superior National Forest is located in the northeastern portion of the U.S. state of Minnesota just northeast of the city of Duluth. the national forest is a scenic forest area that is home to the highest waterfall in the state, at 120 feet high, called High Falls. The national forest is also home to Minnesota’s highest point, Eagle Mountain at 2,301 feet high.

For viewing the northern lights, I suggest that you to head over to the Oberg Mountain which overlooks Lake Superior. That will offer a jaw-dropping views of the northern lights that will also reflect on Lake Superior. Winter is the best time of the year to view the northern lights as this is when it is the most likely to appear in the night sky.

Suggested Hotel: East Bay Suites

This hotel is located on Wisconsin Street in Grand Marais overlooking Lake Superior. At this hotel, you will have access to the beach on Lake Superior which will also include fire pits seasonally. In the Stones Throw gathering room at the hotel, there is a fireplace as well as a variety of other features such as board games, popcorn and hot chocolate bar (Friday and Saturday night), and live music (Friday night).

The hotel also has a gift shop onsite as well. There is unfortunately no swimming pool or fitness center onsite at the hotel. But, you will get a free pass to the nearby YMCA where you can use its swimming pool and fitness center. While the hotel itself doesn’t have any restaurants onsite, you can find plenty of restaurants within a few minutes walk from the hotel such as Blue Water Cafe, Gun Flint Tavern, and Sven & Ole’s.

Many of the suites at the hotel offers a full kitchen, an electric fireplace, a living room, a dining room, either a patio or a balcony. and breathtaking views of Lake Superior. All of the suites at the hotel have WiFi. The average rate for a standard room range from $103 to $238. You can go here to book your stay and/or view the photos.

Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan

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Keweenaw Peninsula is located in the Upper Peninsula region of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is the northernmost point of Michigan. The Keweenaw Peninsula is renowned for its rugged, forested natural beauty that juts into Lake Superior. I would suggest that you head to the northernmost point of the peninsula to the small, quaint lakeshore town of Copper Harbor at the northern end of U.S. Highway 41.

Once you arrive in Copper Harbor, head up to the narrow Hunter’s Point Park. There, you can soak in the beauty of the northern lights that reflects itself on Lake Superior. Winter is the best time of the year to catch the northern lights there.

Suggested Hotel: AmericInn by Wyndham Calumet

This hotel is located on South Sixth Street in Calumet which is about 45 minutes drive southwest of Copper Harbor via U.S. Highway 41. This hotel offers complimentary breakfast. A few of the nearby restaurants include Michigan House Cafe and Brewpub, Toni’s Country Kitchen, and Cafe Rosetta. This hotel offers an indoor saltwater swimming pool, a hot tub, and a sauna.

All of the hotel’s rooms offers mini refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers and WiFi. The average rate for a standard room at this hotel range from $111 to $713. You can book a stay and/or check out some photos by going here.

These are the best places where you can go and see the northern lights. So, if you are wondering about where to view the northern lights, these places will get you in the best position to see it. What are your thoughts? Have you ever dreamt of seeing the northern lights? Feel free to leave a comment here.

The Best Places To Go During the Winter of 2019/2020 To Escape the Cold

The winter season is approaching fast. Even though the winter season doesn’t technically start until December 21st, it is already feeling like winter in certain areas of the United States. Even though we usually associate winter with cold and snowy weather, not every area in the United States normally gets cold and snowy during the winter.

A winter wonderland certainly has its charms. For one, you could be bundling up and walking around in the deep snow. How about attempting to make a snowman with all these snow powders? Or maybe you are dreaming of Santa Claus sneaking in with a present for you? But what if you want to escape all that winter weather? Then here are the best places to go during the winter of 2019/2020 to get away from the cold.

Orlando, Florida

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Orlando is a world class destination for family fun. That is thanks in a big part to the many theme and water parks found in the Orlando area. Better yet, all of these theme parks are open all year round, including during the winter. That gives you the opportunity to forget about all that cold and snowy weather this winter season.

Orlando is also home to the lovely palm trees, something you won’t find in areas that normally get cold in the winter. Subjects of Mickey and Minnie will definitely want to check out the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World theme park. The signature feature at the Magic Kingdom is Cinderella Castle. Cinderella Castle is the first thing that comes into view when you enter the Magic Kingdom.

During your time at the Magic Kingdom, you will have an opportunity to have a meet and greet with Mickey and Minnie. You can even take a picture with them. There are six sections, also known as “lands”, at the Magic Kingdom such as Main Street U.S.A., Liberty Square, and Tomorrowland. The sections circle Cinderella Castle. So, you will always have a view of the castle regardless of which section you are in.

The price for a one day, one park ticket for Walt Disney World currently starts at $125 per adult. You can buy the ticket by going here. Harry Potter fans and wizardry enthusiasts will want to feast their eyes on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter section at the Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure theme parks.

The most notable attraction in the Harry Potter section is the Hogwarts Castle where the fictional Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is located. Hogsmeade Village and Diagon Alley are among the other major attractions located in the Harry Potter section.

Because the Harry Potter section is divided into two halves spanning two theme parks, you will need a ticket that grants you access to both of these theme parks. So, with that in mind, I recommend that you buy the Universal Orlando 3 Park Ticket which currently starts at $259.99. Head here if you would like to purchase the ticket.

That will grant you access to these two theme parks where the Harry Potter section is located plus the brand new Volcano Bay water park and the Universal CityWalk attraction. It bears noting though this ticket is only available to residents of the U.S. and Canada. You can shuttle between the two halves of the Harry Potter section via the Hogwarts Express.

The average low and high temperatures during the coldest month of January in Orlando are 49 F and 71 F respectively.

Hotel Suggestion: Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is located on Cayman Way in Lake Buena Vista, southwest of Orlando. This is a unique resort hotel that is designed to immerse you into being on a Caribbean island. This resort hotel is divided into six sections, also known as “villages”. White-sand beaches, backed up by swaying palm trees, are common throughout the resort hotel.

Oh, and yes you can swim in any of these Caribbean-like waters, even in January. There are a variety of features and activities meant to embrace the Caribbean spirt, including colonial forts, bustling markets, splashy florals, and swaying hammocks. There are plenty of in-house restaurants at this resort hotel, all of them inspired by the Caribbean.

The recreational options here range from swimming to outdoor movie nights to campfires to jogging on a trail. All of the rooms here are themed to make you feel like a pirate including ship-shaped beds and hidden treasures. WiFi is available in all of the rooms.

The average rate for a standard room at this resort hotel ranges from $246 to $470. You can go here to explore your booking options and/or view the photos.

Scottsdale, Arizona

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Scottsdale is a beautiful city located in the sun-kissed Sonoran Desert of the U.S. state of Arizona. The city is located to the east of Phoenix, the state capital of Arizona. Scottsdale is renowned for its many days of sunny skies and beautiful desert landscapes. One place to check out is the bustling downtown Scottsdale, formally known as Old Town.

Art lovers will appreciate the many art galleries in Old Town that they can check out. If you are looking to do a ton of shopping, look no further than the upscale Scottsdale Fashion Square which is the largest shopping destination in the southwestern United States. If you are seeking delicious food, Old Town is populated by chef-led restaurants.

For these of you who want a night out on the town, there are plenty of bars and nightclubs in Old Town, especially in its entertainment district. In addition, there are two museums in Old Town worth checking out. They are Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

The average low and high temperatures in the coldest month of January in Scottsdale are 39 F and 69 F respectively.

Hotel Suggestion: The Phoenician, A Luxury Collection Resort

Scottsdale is noted for its numerous world class resort hotels. One such resort hotel is The Phoenician. This resort hotel is located on East Camelback Road at the base of the breathtaking Camelback Mountains in Scottsdale. This luxurious, palatial resort hotel is most noted for its scenic golf course, The Phoenician Golf Club. This golf course mixes the lush greenery of the fairways with the breathtaking desert landscape.

The golf course also offers sweeping views of the mountains and the resort hotel’s palatial buildings. Another notable feature of this resort hotel is the luxury spa known as The Phoenician Spa. The Phoenician also offers a beautifully designed series of outdoor swimming pools meant to feel like an oasis. These swimming pools are known as The Phoenician Pools.

This section also allows for breathtaking mountain and building views. An adults-only hot tub, Kid Zone with treehouse, a waterslide, and poolside dining are also available at The Phoenician Pools. This resort hotel also feature a massive, two floors fitness center called The Phoenician Athletic Club. There are over 8 onsite restaurants to choose from, including Mowry & Cotton and Thirsty Camel.

A variety of onsite shops are found at this resort hotel such as Accents Luxury Resort Shop and Accents Gifts and Sundry. The suites at the resort hotel are called The Phoenician Suite. They are custom designed with decor and finishes that reflects the rich tones and warm hues of the surrounding Sonoran Desert.

All of the rooms and suites have beds with Italian linens. They also feature mini refrigerators, coffee makers, and WiFi. The average rate for a standard room here ranges from $388 to $1,150. You can book your stay and/or view some photos by going here.

Santa Monica, California

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This bustling oceanside city west of Los Angeles is armed with world class beaches, a soaring Ferris wheel, and gorgeous mountain and ocean scenery. To take advantage of the beautiful weather this winter, I would suggest you head out to the Santa Monica State Beach. There are a wide variety of beach activities you can do, from cycling to volleyball to walking along the sweeping ocean.

Another place worth going to is the Santa Monica Pier. This is where you can ride the famed Ferris wheel and take in the sweeping views. The pier also features other carnival rides as well as restaurants and shops on it.

If you are looking for an awesome way to ride to Santa Monica, and hopefully avoid all of that traffic, you can buy a pass for the Los Angeles Hop-On, Hop-Off Double Decker Bus Tour for about $49 per person. You can do so by going here.

The average low and high temperatures during the coldest month of January in Santa Monica are 51 F and 64 F respectively.

Hotel Suggestion: Shore Hotel

The Shore Hotel is located on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, overlooking the coast. That will give you easy access by walking to the beach and pier. This hotel is built in the coastal California style. The hotel features an outdoor heated swimming pool and a fitness center.

All of the hotel’s rooms are beautifully designed with beach shades of teak and orange. They are also outfitted with custom-made Teak wood furniture. Each room also comes with a private patio and balcony. All of the hotel rooms includes coffee makers, fully stocked private bars, and WiFi.

The average rate for a standard room ranges from $304 to $537. You can explore your booking options and/or check out some photos by going here.

These are the best places to go during the winter of 2019/2020. These places will allow you to get away from the cold and snowy weather as these places aren’t normally known for this kind of weather during the winter.

What are your thoughts? Has any of these places inspired you to get away from the cold this winter? Or are you all in for a winter wonderland this winter? Feel free to leave a comment below.