Top 5 Experiences at Elitch Gardens

Top 5 Experiences at Elitch Gardens

America's only downtown amusement park, Elitch Gardens is located in the heart of Denver, Colorado.  For one admission price, you'll gain entrance to both this historical amusement park full of fun rides, and also an entire water park. My family recently enjoyed our very first visit to Elitch Gardens!  We stuck to the rides on the theme park side on this particular day, but would love to go back some time and also check out the water park.  Here were some of our favorite moments! Top 5 Experiences at Elitch Gardens #5 ~ Kids Roller Coaster Blazin' Buckaroo My 4 year old son is by far the wildest rider in our family.  The boy is fearless. Unfortunately for him... he's just not quite tall enough to go on the biggest and most thrilling rides yet.  [Mom sighs in relief.] So the biggest highlight for him at Elitch's was Blazin' Buckaroo, the family roller coaster.   Actually, we all liked it and rode it several times!  Every time we got off, he'd say, "Now I want to go on the … [Read more...]

Colorado Road Trip in the Legacy

Colorado Road Trip in a 2015 Subaru Legacy at Vail Pass

Last weekend my family attended a convention in Denver.  Living on the "Western Slope" (west side of the Rocky Mountains), this meant a scenic road trip across the state of Colorado to reach the "Front Range" (the more populated east side of the Rocky Mountains, where Denver is located).  Plus, we had the exciting opportunity to borrow a 2015 Subaru Legacy for our mini vacation.   Among other things, this meant a sunroof. Sunroof's are always a good time! I love traveling on I-70 for a Colorado road trip, and think it's one of the prettiest and most impressive stretches of  US interstate in the country.  In many places, it hugs the Colorado River. Where the mountain passes were too steep, or geography just didn't lend itself well, they've built a tunnel or two through which you'll traverse.   Terrain through a few stretches (just east of Glenwood Springs is my favorite) will wind you through breathtaking canyons.  This was my first time doing so in a car with a … [Read more...]

Top 5 Experiences at the Denver Zoo

5 Best Experiences at Denver Zoo - Elephant Tossing a Log

Every visit to the zoo is a new and exciting experience.  Unlike other tourist attractions with established rides and consistent entertainment performances... you just never know what antics the zoo animals will be up to when you visit!  That's one of the reasons my family loves visiting the Denver Zoo. Top 5 Experiences at the Denver Zoo Everyone's mileage will vary, and I'm sure your family has their own personal favorites at the zoo that they enjoy taking in.  But here's a quick look at my family's favorite moments on our recent trip to the Denver Zoo... Which of these would *you* most like to see? #5: Exploring the Rain Forest at Bird World I know what you're thinking.  BIRDS are not exactly the most exciting this to see at a zoo.  How wrong you would be...! We absolutely loved Bird World.  Who knows, maybe it's my growing affection for anything with feathers, since we recently became backyard chicken owners.  But I think this exhibit is underrated, and very nicely … [Read more...]

Top 5 Reasons To Visit Malaga, Spain

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Malaga is a beautiful and vibrant city in one of Europe’s hottest vacation destinations; Spain. Famous for its exceptional beaches and year-round hospitality, flights to Malaga are popular with travellers looking to relax, explore and discover Spain every year. But why should you choose Malaga this year? Here are five simple, but brilliant reasons why you can’t afford to miss the delights of this beautiful city. Picasso Museum Malaga, as many people know, is the birthplace of the great artist, Pablo Picasso and the city is also home to the Picasso Museum, which has over 200 pieces of his work, alongside other important documents and literature. La Concepción Botanic Garden Popular with travellers of all ages, La Concepción Botanic Garden is known to be one of the best botanic gardens in the whole of Europe. Containing both formal gardens and a forest, this garden was originally created in the 19th century and are now cared for by Malaga City Council. It takes around an hour … [Read more...]

Colorado Summer Fun 2015 Coupons

Colorado Summer Fun 2015 Coupons

Today I saw a fun mom post on Facebook, a photo of her adorable daughter eating pancakes at IHOP.  It was obviously the little girl's idea of how to kick off their day.  The cool mom (Brandi of Mama Knows It All, my fellow Aventura Ambassador) hashtagged the photo #SummerOfYes. I love it. In that same spirit of living this summer to the full, and going out there to get after some serious fun... how about a few awesome links to Colorado Summer Fun 2015 Coupons, from  There are all kinds of adventures to be had here in Colorado - may as well get them at a discount. Colorado Summer Fun 2015 Coupons Copper Mountain Resort Association Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park Water World Pirates Cove The Splash at Fossil Trace Boondocks Fun Center Dinosaur Resource Center Children's Museum of Denver Butterfly Pavilion Downtown Aquarium Evolve Action Sports Park A+ Athletics Adventure Golf and Raceway Earth … [Read more...]

Elitch Gardens Coupon Code

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Summertime is here, and it's time to visit Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park!  Elitch Gardens is is a 70 acre amusement and water park located in the heart of downtown Denver, Colorado. Celebrating 125 years of fun, Elitch Gardens is America's only Downtown Theme and Water Park.   The park is now open through November 1st with 53 rides and attractions, live entertainment, thrilling roller coasters, and an entire water park. The Water Park will have water slides open to enjoy daily through Labor Day.  Island Kingdom Water Park boasts numerous attractions for the whole family to enjoy. Guests can take a plunge on Splashdown, float down the Castaway Creek Lazy River, or lounge in the full-service cabanas while the kids play in Hook's Lagoon. Plus, coming soon is the monstrous addition SlideZilla, the all-new six-story Hydro-Beast. In addition to Water Park fun, the park features rides for all ages.  Family entertainment includes fun events such as "Dive-In Movies", where … [Read more...]

Family Friendly Activities in Ontario

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Ontario is a huge, vibrant and diverse province that offers countless opportunities for family activities and fun packed days out.  There are plenty of Family friendly activities in Ontario that both grownups and kids will enjoy.  If you’ve traveled with your kids, you’ll know that finding family friendly activities that everyone will enjoy is not always easy. The combination of the rich culture and heritage of Canada (and Ontario in particular) makes for the most entertaining family friendly activities and distractions that will keep both you and your little ones occupied for hours on end. Family friendly activities in Ontario Whether your family enjoys the great outdoors in the winter months for cold weather sports, going on an adventure in the wilderness in summer, or both, Ontario has a wealth of family friendly activities to offer. Some favorites are listed below. Visit Toronto Zoo Toronto zoo is Canada’s largest zoo and features over 400 animals that are conveniently … [Read more...]

6 Things I Loved About New Orleans

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A work conference recently brought me to New Orleans, Louisiana, for the first time in my life.  "It's SO MUCH FUN there!" was the general consensus from any I talked to about this destination, prior to my trip.  Well, thanks for that.  But Voodoo creeps me out, I honestly have no interest in Mardi Gras culture, and I don't drink alcohol... so, how much fun could it be? 6 Things I Loved About New Orleans Imagine my surprise when I immediately took a liking to New Orleans.  Here are some of the highlights. The Palm Trees I arrived with a small amount of daylight left, so was able to see some of my surroundings as the airport shuttle took me to the Downtown / CBD / Riverfront area hotel.  This New Orleans airport shuttle, by the way, is a well established, flexible, and affordable transportation option ($38 round trip) to and from the airport. I was a bit gun shy on the whole "staying downtown for a week" thing, after my last urban work trip to LA *shudders*.  (You can read about … [Read more...]

Family Travel in the Colorado Rockies

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There is nothing quite as charming as a Colorado mountain town.  Here the heritage of the Wild West combines with impressive Rocky Mountain scenery, to engulf you in breathtaking and stimulating surroundings.  And then there's all that outdoor adventure to be had!  You truly can't go wrong with family travel in the Colorado Rockies. Whether your family's preference is a snowy destination, seeking out the world famous Colorado Rockies ski areas during the winter months, or enjoying a warm and sunny alpine hike... this area has so much to offer, year round. Family Travel in the Colorado Rockies Let's start with the legendary skiing and snowboarding opportunities.  There's a reason people travel from all over the globe in order to ski at places such as Vail, Beaver Creek, and Breckenridge in the Colorado Rockies.   These "ski towns" have a culture all their own, offering excellent restaurants and shopping to contribute once you're done for the day on those slopes. Some luxury … [Read more...]

Top 5 Experiences at Kennedy Space Center

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Spurred on by a great blog post I read featuring Kennedy Space Center (KSC) as a destination for families, we recently carved out some time from our Florida vacation for a visit. Not having been there since I was a kid in the 80's, I wasn't quite sure how much activity it still had, or what they showcased there these days?  Turns out it's a robust and thriving visitor complex, with more to see and do than ever before!  It was a pleasant surprise, which offered both learning and fun for my entire family. While we did not get to see everything (there's a LOT to do and see!), or experience every tour, here were our Top 5 Experiences at Kennedy Space Center favorites, along with a couple of tips for your family's visit. Top 5 Experiences at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) When you arrive, the beautiful entrance way greets you in style.  Maps are available, and you'll want to grab one to check out all that's available.  Hours are typically 9am - 6pm, although please reference the … [Read more...]