SeaWorld – A Giant WaterShow #Florida #Travel @Seaworld

sea worldEver want to feel like you are part of a giant water show? Then head to SeaWorld in the rain, LOL.

This week has been a rainy one, but we have not let that dampen our fun! Little Man loves animals, so SeaWorld was a must-do for us. Shamu had a wonderful “One World” show that is not to be missed, rain or shine. This was exciting for my son, because he was convinced that the whales were splashing us the entire time (it was a very, very wet day). The music and acrobatics of the animals were amazing, and I guess they didn’t mind the rain, either, LOL.

05 30 12 447Next up was Dolphin Cove- it had stopped raining (we thought), so we headed on over to visit the dolphins while we waited for Shamu’s Happy Harbor to open up. We watched them play for a few minutes- then the sky opened up again and we made a break for it! LOL (You can pay an extra fee to feed the dolphins if you want to at certain times of the day). There is also a Dolphin Nursery, where the babies are kept with their mommies.

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Turning Your Day Upside Down at WonderWorks #Florida #Travel

wonderworksLet your imagination run wild at WonderWorks, where there is something fun to do for any stage and any age. With over 100 hands on exhibits and attractions, you and your family will never be bored. This unique building is built to appear as though it is upside down, which has been an endless topic of conversation for my son. He was really confused, then intrigued by that. Inside, the walls appear to be broken and falling down around you, lighting is odd, and the whole building looks damaged as if by some tornado. Very interesting!

05 30 12 169One of the first things you may do when you get inside is take a spin in the “inversion tunnel” so that, once on the other side, you can spend time playing in this “upside down” building without landing on your head. (Note- while the floor doesn’t really move, it FEELS like it does- and is in fact very dizzying, lol.)

You can feel what a 5.3 earthquake feels like in the disaster zone, or be blown away by 73 MPH winds. Check out how light and sound move, and test your reaction times. Find out how foce and distance will affect pulling your own body weight up while seated. Dance the day away on a giant piano (reminded me of the movie “Big”) and then shake your groove thang and watch your shadow stay behind.
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VISIT FLORIDA!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of VISIT FLORIDA for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Florida is a great place for family travel, even if you dare to (GASP!) venture outside of Disney, LOL. Some ideas for the next time you head down to the Sunshine state-

legoland FLFlorida’s “funnest” theme park, Legoland Florida is less then a year old. At 150 acres, this theme park is located in Winter Garden, Florida- just a short drive from the Disney area. With more then 50 different rides and attractions, not to mention varied eateries, Miniland, and a brand new waterpark- they recommend the park for ages 2 – 12 years old.

Head on over to the panhandle, to beautiful Destin. The Hilton Sandestin provides a resort where there is tons to do for both adults and kids. There are beach activities just for kids, from sandcastle building to Kids Krew to the Sunny the Sea Turtle contest (which is a really cute way for families to get involved together for a chance to win prizes) that will keep them busy and happy. And when you all get hungry? There are tons of dining options to choose from, anything from fine dining to grab-an-go.
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Enjoy a Stay on Florida’s Beautiful Panhandle #HiltonSandestinMoms

Disclosure: My son and I were invited to the to Hilton Sandestin resort and expenses were paid, but as always, all opinions are my own and honest. I was not required nor paid to write this review.

florida hiltonA few weeks ago, my 5 year old and I paid a visit the Hilton Sandestin in Destin, Florida. Located on the Emerald Coast of Florida, on the panhandle, this is a great hotel to check out if you are looking to spend some time with the family. Escaping the cold here in NJ, we were thrilled to reach the beautiful beaches of the Florida coast, where the images we had seen on the website did not do any justice. (There were also sliding glass doors in every room leading to a balcony outside- the views for sunrise and sunset were lovely.)

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5:45 am, sunrise

Upon walking into the room, we were immediately met with something that my son just adores- bunk beds! The top bunk is designed with safety in mind, having a build in safety bar (so there will not be any late-night roll offs onto the floor). Right away, I knew the room and resort would be kid friendly, and my son felt at home and at ease. There is a TV in that area of the room, should you want your children to be able to watch some cartoons at the end of the day while you watch your show in the other area (or unpack, read, check email, send photos, etc). That little bit of separation can be life-saving on family vacations, when at times the family makes you want to tear your hair out. A little space can let everyone breathe and be alone for just a few moments. Also in the room were a small refrigerator and microwave, which again adds convenience for the little things, or if you have a baby on formula or for storing breast milk.

bunk bedsAnother saving idea is the bathroom- which has the full barrage of what you would expect in a bathroom. The tub was also very clean- and most of you know how I feel about hotel tubs 🙂 But outside the bathroom door was a second sink and mirror, which is great for families who are all getting ready at the same time. Several people can get ready at once, brush teeth, do hair, go to the potty, take a shower, blow dry their hair- whatever works for them at that time. This is a real time saver and great idea. There is a blow dryer attached to the wall as well for your convenience.

mom blogger tripThe resort is directly on the beach, which any parent will tell you is a huge plus. No need to lug all your gear and toys all up and down, just a few steps to the sand. If you prefer, you can also rent beach chairs and umbrellas from the resort (which they will set up for you) or you can bring your own. There are also several pools to choose from outside, another inside- as well as a hot tub both outdoor and another indoors. There are outdoor shaded cabanas to rent if you would like to, as well as plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas situated all about the pools. There is also a fire pit near the center of the deck, near the Barefoot Bar and Grill, which was really nice as it cooled down at night.
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Greetings from Sea World! @SeaWorld

Christmas at Sea World

Shamu- Christmas at Sea World

Hello from Little Man and Shamu! Sea World is his favorite theme park in Orlando, and the one he most looks forward to. We were undeterred by the cold, and quite excited that we were able to see the costumed Shamu to pose with for photos. We have never had that opportunity before.

Sea World has so much to see and do- from rides to water park (though not today!) and a wide array of shows, you and your family should not miss this attraction the next time you are in the Orlando area. This time, the weather was not super cooperative, so we didn’t do any water rides (they were off, in fact). I am thinking that it may be me- the last few times we went to FL, there were hurricanes, so perhaps I am a harbinger of “fun weather”, LOL. This time, is was very cold (below 60 each day, and down into the 30’s) for the area, and there were even tornado warnings 🙂 Wahoo!

Sea World ShowThat didn’t stop the day from being a whole lot of fun, however. My son LOVES the shows, all of them. We saw Blue Horizons for the first time, which we all enjoyed. The theme was a little (a lot) out there, but it didn’t really matter. It was full of action, stunts (by people and animals), flying birds of several varieties, and aerial performances. There were colorful costumes, banners, flags, and people dressed as tropical birds as well, all adding to the spectacle.

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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to Open Dec. 25 for the First Time #Florida #Travel #Tourism

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to Open Dec. 25 for the First Time;

Free Child Admission with Paid Adult Dec. 17 – Jan. 7

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (Dec. 17, 2012) – Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is celebrating the holidays by opening to guests on Christmas Day for the first time in 45 years, and offering a holiday gift to visitors: one child age 11 and under free with the purchase of a paid adult admission Dec. 17 through Jan. 7.

Guests can enjoy the holiday sights and sounds of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s second annual “Holidays in Space” now through Jan. 1. The Visitor Complex is adorned with a stunning array of holiday decorations and features daily visits and storytelling with Santa and Mrs. Claus through Dec. 24, as well as heartwarming performances of favorite holiday songs by strolling carolers. As an international ensemble of astronauts celebrate the holidays 225 miles above on the International Space Station (ISS), Visitor Complex guests can learn about the holiday traditions of each of the ISS partner countries: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States.

To take advantage of the free child with paid adult admission special, please mention the offer at the front gate ticket plaza when purchasing tickets. The offer is not available for advance purchase. For more information, visit www.kennedyspacecenter.com/holidays-space.aspx or call 877-313-2610.

In addition, the holidays are the perfect time to share mankind’s greatest achievements and future of the space program with the entire family. Visitors can get rare behind-the-scenes access to areas of Kennedy Space Center that have been off limits to the public for decades. The KSC Up-Close Tour Series includes tours of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), Launch Control Center (LCC), and Launch Pad. The VAB tour has been extended through 2013 and the LCC and Launch Pad tours are confirmed through Mar. 31.
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