Kids FREE November in Jacksonville, Florida

Did you know that Lonely Planet recently name Jacksonville, FL  one of the "World’s Top 10 Best Value Destinations”?  To celebrate, the city is hosting Kids Free November all month long!  Jacksonville kids free November is a special promotion that offers FREE admission, and other discounted activities, for children at local museums and attractions. Jacksonville is an affordable, family friendly getaway year around. A trip to Adventure Landing will have the entire family engaged.  Try your hand at mini-golf, drive go-karts or play in the water at their ShipWreck Island waterpark. The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is one of the most visited attractions in Northeast Florida. It's also one of the top 9 animal attractions in the nation. Kona Skate Park is the oldest operating skate park in the nation.  Lessons are available for all skill levels. Jacksonville’s beaches are also highly family friendly.  They offer dozens of activities for the entire family to do including … [Read more...]

My First Kayak Adventure Ever… in Sagres Portugal!

Death by rollover.  Trapped upside down in my kayak, whoosing past head-smashing rocks, unable to release my lower body from its underwater tomb.  Yep, it’s one of my worst nightmares.  Can you blame me? Hence my hesitancy whenever I’ve had the opportunity to go kayaking. And I almost passed up the opportunity yet again, on a recent media trip to Portugal.  We had a local guide from the fishing village of Sagres Portugal who was planning on taking our small group of three out for a kayak adventure.  Realizing I was there to report in the capacity of “OUTDOORSY” TravelingMom… I figured I better suck it up, Buttercup! And join them. Lesson learned:  Never pass up a chance to kayak with a guide! My First Time Kayaking – Walk in the Park Turns out the only danger that day was if I had actually tipped over, my iPhone would have been trashed.  Other than that, it was so completely safe that they even take out children if the sea is calm. “The Sea.”  That’s what they … [Read more...]