Rapid City – Ready for Review

Mt Rushmore Rapid CityRapid City is one of the best locations to visit, especially during the summer. We are going to be reviewing Rapid City and the surrounding area over the next few weeks. Check back for exciting information about Mt. Rushmore, the Badlands, Crazy Horse, and other great sites and attractions!

We may also may have some hotels to review for you! Check back in a few days for more on Rapid City!

National WWII Museum welcomes 4 millionth visitor – Destinations – Boston.com

When you think about New Orleans, it is doubtful that World War II comes to mind. But for our 4,000,000 people, New Orleans is exactly the place to learn more about the global conflict.

Founded in the year 2000, the WW II Museum give a historical account of the war. Divided into two sections (Pacific and European theaters) the historical site welcomes about 400,000 visitors annually. During 2014, almost 500,000 people have visited already.

You can find out more about the 4,000,000th visitor by following the link below:

National WWII Museum welcomes 4 millionth visitor 

 

To Find out more about the WW II Museum and how to visit, follow this link: WW II Museum

Mel Fisher Museum

Treasure at the Mel Fisher Museum in Key West Florida

Treasure at the Mel Fisher Museum in Key West Florida

If you are one who loves stories about old naval ships and lost treasures rediscovered, then the Mel Fisher Museum in Key West Florida is the perfect place for you.

Every day Mel was heard saying “Today is the Day”. Finally, 30 years ago his day finally came when he and his team discovered a Spanish ship which had sunk laden with tons of gold and silver.

After many fruitless days, Mel and his group found what they were looking for. You can see many of his discovered treasures at the Mel Fisher Museum.

MEL FISHER MARITIME HERITAGE SOCIETY and MUSEUM
200 Greene Street
Key West, Florida 33040
305.294.2633
office@melfisher.org

This is one place you will want to visit. Gold, silver, emeralds, old coins, and many other artifacts are on display at the museum. In addition to these things, there are other exhibits on display. These do rotate from time to time, so call ahead to find out more.

Chicago-Best in the Midwest!

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When people think about vacationing in the Mid-West, Chicago is certainly one of the most popular destinations that comes to mind…and with good reason. Chicago, or the “Windy City” has more to offer than almost any other family vacation destination.

It all starts with the world-class attractions. Places like the Museum of Science & Industry, the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum and others. Also, attractions like the Sear’s Tower (ok, its really called Willis Tower, but we are old school), the Hancock Observatory, Navy Pier and more all bring millions of visitors to Chicago every year. Plus, you can see amazing entertainment like “The Blue Man Group” as well as see great sports teams like the Chicago Bulls, the Blackhawks, and the Cubs (they may not win much, but people love them). Of course there are White Sox fans out there too.

There is so much to see and do in Chicago that you need to learn more before planning any vacation. So, we have dedicated an entire website to Chicago alone. Here you will find the best places to visit, hotel prices, discount tours, and discount multi-attraction passes. Its all on our Chicago Family Vacations site, so be sure to visit!

Winter Park Colorado

When most people think of the mountains, skiing immediately comes to mind. Though that is true, Winter Park (Colorado) is far more than a great place to ski. Located to the west of Denver, this great ski location has much more to offer than skiing.

Situated in a beautiful valley, Winter Park has some great trails for hiking and biking. If you don’t have the equipment, no worries. There are plenty of businesses in the area who can outfit you with mountain bikes (and for the kids, too) or hiking equipment. The trails are generally well-marked, but you will want to take a map and compass just in case. Plus, be sure to take plenty of water and a flashlight as nighttime comes rapidly in the mountains.

One of the best vacation spots in the area is actually Winter Park resort. This popular ski resort has plenty to offer summer time vacationers. One of the favorites is the Alpine Slide. Complete with over 20 turns, this dual track offers tons of fun for children and adults alike. Even seniors have been known to race their way to the bottom of the course.

Once at the bottom, there are many other activities you can enjoy. Rock climbing, and indoor zip line, shopping, or just plain relaxing. Regardless of the activity you choose, Winter Park is a wonderful spot to unwind during the summer.

One of the best things about Winter Park is its location. A short drive to the north will take you to Rocky Mountain National Park. One of the highest National Parks in the World, Rocky Mountain has plenty of wildlife, hiking and photography opportunities. You are almost guaranteed to see snow (and play in it if you want) regardless of what time of the year you visit. The Park’s Visitor Center is located near the highest point of the park highway, so you are sure to see a beautiful panoramic view.

If thrills are more your family’s style, then you are going to want to take a white water rafting trip! The area normally has two major rafting areas-the Colorado River and Clear Creek. The later is very subject to late summer water levels, but is very exciting when levels are high. Be sure you book the trip that is right for your family.

The YMCA of the Rockies is a family-oriented camp located just north of Winter Park. There are many great activities including many mentioned above at the camp, in addition to fishing and more. Plus, the camp offers a variety of lodging options that are very affordable for most family budgets.


If you are searching for comfort and plenty of space, winter park has many great condominiums/ski lodges for rent. Normally there is a 3-night minimum for these, but they are worth the money when you just want to enjoy the comforts of home. Most resorts (lodging) offer pools, hot tubs or other amenities for the family.

Overall, Winter Park is a great place to vacation in the Summer. There is plenty to see and do and it is a great place to simply relax. You can play gold, go fishing, camping, biking, hiking, take great photos, go white water rafting, enjoy the alpine slide and more. Winter Park has so much and don’t forget that Rocky Mountain National Park is just a short drive away!

Here are some useful links:

Winter Park Tourism

 

Winter Park Visitors’ Center

 

Rocky Mountain National Park

 

 

 

 

 

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Indianapolis

 

If your family is looking to take a vacation in the Midwest, you should consider one of the best-kept secrets in the region. Indianapolis is famous for its annual 500 mile race held every May (during Labor Day weekend) and for the Brickyard 400 (NASCAR race held every summer). This wonderful city also has some neat vacationing attractions to consider as well.

Indianapolis is the only state capital city located in the geographic center of the state. It also has several major freeways running through it from all directions, giving significance to the nickname “Crossroads of America.” You can reach Indy from many major cities within a few hours (Chicago 2.5 hours, St. Louis 4 hours, Cincinnati 2 hours) and Indianapolis has an international airport.

If History is your thing, you have plenty to see and do. As mentioned before, Indianapolis is home to the most-famous race in the world, the Indianapolis 500. Located in Speedway on the west side of the city, you can visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum. Here you can see the Borg-Warner Trophy, presented to the winner each year. You will also see many of the winning race cars from years gone by plus you can watch a history of the museum.

Indianapolis is home to the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, the James Whitcomb Riley Museum, and Conner Prairie (an 1800’s historic homestead). You can also explore the Indiana War Memorial as well as the Soldiers and Sailors Monumentlocated in the Indianapolis Circle.

If you are looking for a few neat experiences for the entire family, check out the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. This interactive museum is the largest children’s museum in the world and is filled with many amazing exhibits that are hands-ON. The Carter Toy Museumis an interesting look into the past with many antique toys from yesteryear and an ice cream parlor.


Who goes on vacation without shopping? Exactly. So, if shopping is your thing, there is one place you may want to check out. The Circle Centre Mall is located just a few blocks from the Circle and has plenty of shops to explore. This mall is fairly new and has been successful in bringing more business to downtown than ever before.

If you like sports, then Indianapolis is definitely where you want to go. Home of the Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments, the Indiana Pacers, and much more the Conseco Fieldhouse is a must see attraction. Called the “Amateur Sports Capital of America” Indy is also home to the NCAA Hall of Champions. This interactive museum is filled with the fantastic history of the NCAA and highlights the games we love most.

Indianapolis has so much to see and do. There is no shortage of things to keep you busy. Though not normally on anyone’s top 10 places to vacation, Indy has plenty to experience and explore!

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