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New Orleans Road Trip with Kids

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This post is the first installment of a three-part series Road Trip with Kids, and we’re visiting the deep South.

First stop is New Orleans.

We’ve been to New Orleans twice before. First time we flew in when little man was smaller. This time around we actually drove to Louisiana.  Mom came from Puerto Rico, and we hit the road.

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40 Things to do with Kids in Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico is a beautiful destination to go on vacation or during the holidays. All year-long you will enjoy tropical weather! Even during the “winter” months with it being a little bit cooler (low 70’s in the evenings and high 80’s during the day) it is still the perfect destination to go with kids!

The best part is that you don’t need a passport to visit the beautiful island of Puerto Rico! Here are 40 things you can do with kids:

  1. Go to the beach! (This one is a given!)
  2. Visit El Morro Fort in Old San Juan. It was built in the 16th century to protect the island from seaborne enemies. You can also fly kites in front of  El Morro because it is located at the top part of Old San Juan it is close to the sea, and there’s always a breeze making it ideal to fly kites.
  3. Visit El Yunque Our tropical rainforest is one of a kind!  If you like hiking, and exploring this is the place for you and your family.
  4. Feed the pigeons at the Parque de las Palomas.  It’s located in Old San Juan, and you can’t miss it since you’ll find locals, and tourist feeding the pigeons.
  5. Explore the Camuy Cave
  6. Learn about the largest radio telescope in the world at the Arecibo Observatory
  7. Eat at La Vecindad del Chavo  Restaurant dedicated to the El Chavo.
  8. Walk across the “Hammock Bridge” Puente Hamaca.  It’s a bridge that is located in Adjuntas.
  9. Visit San Juan Cathedral  One of the oldest buildings in San Juan. It’s the 2nd oldest cathedral in the Americas. The cathedral is also the gravesite for the remains of Spain’s explorer Juan Ponce de León.
  10. Visit an old fire station at the Parque de Bombas Ponce.
  11. Ride El Tren Urbano Hop on for a view of Bayamón and Santurce city.
  12. Eat plenty of food, and pork at Ruta del Lechon.
  13. Visit Tibes Indian Ceremonial Center in Ponce – The most important archaeological site in the Caribbean. Igneri, pre-Taíno and Taíno cultures of ancient Puerto Rico. Uncovered in 1975 after the river flooded and washed away some of the top soil. 9 ball fields (bateys), 186 burial sites, and 3 ceremonial plazas.
  14. Swim at the Bahia Mosquito.
  15. Explore and play at the Arecibo Lighthouse
  16. Take a walk through the Parque Tricentenario an urban park in the city of Ponce, Puerto Rico. The park was built to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the founding of the city
  17. Enjoy the view, and perhaps some fish and seagulls flying by a the Paseo Tablado La Guancha.
  18. Take a walk through the historical Tunel de Guajataca, and then take a dive at the beach.
  19. This is a great photo op Cara del Indio/
  20. El Merendero de Guajataca Right off road #2 is a stop where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the sea and take breathtaking pictures.
  21. Learn about the presidents and take pictures by the statues at the Paseo de los Presidentes Walkway of the Presidents. 
  22. El Capitolio de Puerto Rico 
  23. Have fun at El Parque Forestal La Marquesa  located in Guayabo City you will be able to ride on funicular and view the forest and park. They have an aviary, and the dinosaur park is located here as well.
  24. Walk through El Viejo San Juan (Old San Juan).
  25. Book lover?  Then visit Libros Libres (Free Books) Puerto Rico  If you’re in Puerto Rico long enough, pick up a book and/or drop a book for free.
  26. Take a stroll or bathe at the beach at Bahía del Condado.
  27. Take the ferry and visit Culebra.
  28. Water park fun at the Parque Acuático Infantil “Chorritos Piratas” Quebradillas.
  29. Explore el Bosque Seco y Fuerte Caprón, Guánica 
  30. Visit el Faro de Cabo Rojo Cabo Rojo Lighthouse.
  31. Learn about the Three Kings at Casa Museo de los Santos Reyes  Three Kings Day is huge in Puerto Rico, and this small museum in Juana Díaz pays homage to the tradition.
  32. Explore Cueva del Indio.
  33. Explore Cueva Ventana
  34. Get on a ferry, and eat at a restaurant Embalse Dos Bocas
  35. Check the animals out at Zoológico de Puerto Rico.
  36. This museum is a fun place to visit with kids Museo del Niño de Puerto Rico
  37. Learn about  Ponce’s Museo del Castillo Serrallés, Cruceta del Vigía 
  38. Eat a piragua! 
  39. Visit Toro Negro in Ciales
  40. Last but not least…make sure to taste the food! Authentic Puerto Rican food at it’s best!

There are many places to visit, and see.  Hope you enjoy this list!

Old San Juan
Walkway of the Presidents
La Marquesa Park

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Bilingual Road Trip Games and Activities

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Planning a 12+ hour road trip to and another 12+ hour road trip from means you need to keep your kids busy in the car!   With so many hours in the car I wanted to sneak in some Spanish learning, too! Yeah, I know I’m sneaky like that! Ha!  Any who, I didn’t want my child to be fixated on a screen for so many hours.
So I started searching the web for bilingual road trip games and activities. Guess what? My search was unsuccessful! Nada!!! Thankfully I have some really awesome blogging friends that shared with me some cool printables in Español. Some were not “travel” related but could be very well used during a road trip. Below are the links for the Spanish resources. Then I’ll share my top three picks that we used for our road trip.

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Puerto Rico Art Murals

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One of the highlights of our past trip to Puerto Rico was actually taking the time to enjoy our surroundings. Normally, when we are on vacation we’re on such a time constraint, and rushing through everything.
In one of our outings, and while looking for a playground for little one in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico we came across these beautiful murals.
Barceloneta is located in the north region, bordering the Atlantic Ocean, north of Florida, east of Arecibo, and west of Manatí.
The murals are located on Carretera 681 in Barceloneta, right across the Teatro Ernesto Ramos Antonini.

These murals are inspired on the island’s culture, heritage,and the town’s own illustrious and famous figures of Barceloneta, Puerto Rico.
Eduardo “Volanta” Rodriguez, born in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico was a  Major League Baseball pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Blanca Maria Marchand, a native of Barceloneta she was a poet, and was known as “La Novia del Verso.”
Our famous coquí.

 

Mural of an image of Jesus Christ.

 

I see a moon and sun setting on the horizon.

 

Puerto Rican flag and dove.

 

 

Sixto Escobar born in Barceloneta.  Is the First Puerto Rican World Championship Boxer.
Taíno woman with the sun symbol on her arm.

Dock on Isla de Roque in Palmas Altas, Barceloneta.
Little one and I really enjoyed walking through the sidewalk, and observing the beautiful murals. Once we were done, and I was done snapping pictures I took him to the playground to play.
It’s amazing how much you can learn about the culture and heritage of a community through their art.
This was an amazing experience for us.
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Libros Libres (Free Books) Puerto Rico

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I first heard of Libros Libres (Free Books) in Puerto Rico via a friend’s Facebook feed.  The concept is similar to Little Free Library but it wasn’t just a small looking type mail box. It was a wall with milk crates fixated onto them full of books, tons of them!
Libros Libres  started in June of 2015.  Their main goal was to revive communities that were abandoned, so  neighbors can walk freely, trusting the streets that were once abandoned to be able to exchange conversations, and share one thing in common a love for literacy and books.

As I planned our holiday vacation to Puerto Rico,  visiting one of the Libros Libres locations was on my to-do-list. Before our arrival,  I mailed books to my Mom who lives in Puerto Rico, because I too wanted to go with little one to donate books.   I wanted to show my son the power, and will of a community to revive it’s neighborhood through literacy. It was an experience of a lifetime!
With our books in hand we made our way to Santurce’s parada in the Ave. Poncede León #1404 to drop off our books.  We witnessed first hand two elderly men talking about poetry, and exchanging books they’d be interested in reading.  We saw a young mother with her child in stroller happily putting books in a bag.   We even saw a lady who took her time to review each book that she wanted to read.
  
These books are “libres” in this case free to use, and return at any time during the day or night.
My son’s eyes lit up when he saw all of these books, and his first question was, “¿Mami podemos llevarnos algunos libros?” Mommy, can we take some books?   Sadly though visiting Libros Libres was done the day before our departure back home to the U.S.A. so we didn’t take any books. I did tell him that in our next visit, “Vamos a tomar uno y dejar uno.” Take one, leave one.

 

Libros Libres actually has six locations across the island. We came across the Ponce location one but it didn’t have any books. Perhaps, on our next visit it will be full of books!   If you’re visiting Puerto Rico, or live on the island you too can be part of this community initiative. The simple act of donating books that would otherwise make it to the dumpster will positively impact the community, and while you’re at it you take a book and meet some really great people. 

 

 

Can’t wait to return to my beloved Isla del Encanto to see how many more locations are across the island.  Are there any Libros Libres or Free Little Libraries in your community?

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Native American Cherokee Trail River Festival

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The weather was cool, and the sun was shining. A beautiful day indeed to visit our very first Native American Cherokee Trail River Festival. Upon our arrival we can see the tents set-up with Native American crafts, walking sticks, dreamcatchers, and more. An arena was set in a center circle surrounded by hay bales, and we heard a Native American storyteller accompanied by the beautiful music of the flute.
We were excited to have the opportunity to learn about the Native American culture and heritage.
We were marveled by the beautiful regalia that the Native Americans wore with pride as they gathered at the entrance of the arena, and we witnessed for the first time a powwow.
A powwow is a gathering, with dancing, singing, visiting, renewing old friendships, and making new ones. A time to renew Native American culture and preserve the rich heritage of American Indians.
Before the powwow began we were all asked to stand up, and take our hats off as the flags were brought into the arena. Powwow began with a Grand Entry, and a prayer. The flags that were brought in were the U.S. Flag*, Tribal Flags, the POW Flag, and Eagle Staffs of various Native Nations present. These are usually carried by veterans.
*Despite the hurtful meaning that the U.S. flag holds for Native Americans the flag is carried in an honored position. You can read more about it here.  
Photo courtesy of my friend Renee Dempsey
The veterans that are present are followed by other important guests of the powwow including: Tribal Chiefs, Princesses, Elders, Powwow organizers, men dancers, women dancers, children, and teens.

Once everyone is in the arena, the song ends and a song is sung to honor the flags and the veterans. After a prayer, the dancing resumes, usually with a few round dances. After the round dances, intertribal dancing songs are sung and everyone dances to the beat of the drum.
Men’s Fancy Dancer
Children’s Grass Dancers

 

Girl’s Shawl Dancer
Men’s Fancy Dancer
Once the powwow ended the master of ceremony encouraged everyone to visit the vendors, and to join the Native American Cherokee Community in a day of celebration of their heritage, and culture.
Shortly after the powwow, little one played with his friends in a nearby playground area then we left.

I left with a better understanding of the Native Americans in our community (hence the many times I have been confused with one); and my child had the opportunity to be part of this beautiful celebration of the Native American Cherokee Trail River Festival.

We’re looking forward to next year’s festival. A special thank you to my friend Renee who joined us with her kids, and her mother.
This post is part of the Global Learning for Kids Series on Indigenous Peoples of North America and the Native American Heritage Month on Multicultural Kid Blogs.

Road Trippin’ with Kids [Tips from Experienced Mamas]

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Long car rides do not make for happy kids! Trust me, I know because I have a 6 yr. old who does not enjoy road trippin’!  With a few road trips planned through out this summer all the way to the end of the year I set out to ask all my mommy friends, and family for their best tip or advice for road tripping with kids!

Of all of the tips, advice, and words of wisdom these amazing moms shared with me one really struck a chord, and holds much truth to it. Not to say that all of the tips were amazing but her words helps me better understand my child.


Leanna tells me,  “This is probably not what people want to hear, but some kids are just better travelers than others. One of my kids was a fussy traveler from the get go, while the other has always been very easygoing. Know your child, and plan accordingly!” 

I really never thought of my fussy kid as the one that wasn’t a better traveler. Here’s another clear example of the opposite of my fussy traveler from Mom Alleyah, Renee and Kami. Eolia  on the other hand shares the opposite of joyful travelers.  

Alleyah says, “For some reason my little ones love to ride! They just look out the window at all the trees. They will fall asleep for a little while, wake back up and look at the trees again! Lol. When I stop for gas we let them stretch their legs, bathroom, snack and hit the road again. We sing and dance in the car sometimes, too!” 

Renee adds to Alleyah’s comment,  “Toby was like that when he was a small child. Even when Jared was an infant/baby, Toby would ask to go for rides lol, so we’d hop in the car and go, and ride for at least an hour or so.”

Kami’s experience has been similar as well.   “We took a 3 hour car trip last summer and Zahir was knocked out as soon as we hit the highway and Jayvyn loves staying awake looking out the window. When we bused to NY earlier this year, it was pretty much the same thing. Zahir got a bit antsy toward the end, though, and I told him to look out at the sights.”

Eolia’s experience just comes to show us that babies as little as 6 months old can also be a fussy traveler. It’s not just the older kids like mine.  She shares with us,  “When my son was 6 months old, we had to travel from Paris (France) to Bern (Switzerland). Usually, he dropped asleep in the car when we were on the highway and was rather okay with travelling… Well, that time, he did sleep a bit, and after that he cried the whole way to our destination (like for 300km!). We stopped many times, to change him, feed him, play a bit, get out of his car-seat, etc. Nothing worked! As soon as we were back on the road, he was crying again. It was awful but we couldn’t just stop on the side of the road for hours and not arrive at my in-laws’ house! When we did arrive, three hours later than anticipated, he calmed down in his grand-ma’s arms and went to sleep. We prayed the whole week of our holidays that it wouldn’t be the same on the way back. We were lucky, he was more “happy” that time.” 

Any who, here are your best tips for road trippin’ with kids from experienced mamas. These are in no specific order.

#1 Travel at night

Moms Silvia and Elizabeth both seem to agree on this!  Who ever can pull an all-nighter is more than welcome to use this strategy. I for one, can’t drive at night… I’m an early bird, and driving at night is not an option for us.  However, it has worked for these two mamas!

Silvia says, “Leave late in the middle of the nite. While he is sleeping.” While Elizabeth says, “Drive At Night while he sleeps! Works all the time.” 

#2 Electronics

I know we’ve heard tons of times limit “screen time” to include computer, laptops, tablets, TV’s and cell phones; but when you’re traveling this is what these moms had to say: Tasha, Julis, and Graciela share these tips on electronics:

Tasha says, “We have tablets and video’s that they watch and play. Jasper reads books most of the time.” 

Graciela says,  “Snacks, books, a laptop and headset with Y splitter cable to plug in TWO headsets to watch a movie…small pillows and PLAN to stop every 2.5 hours to run, stretch (the entire family!)” 

Julis says,  “Have video player with movies and shows he loves to watch. 

#3 Crafts and activities

Julis also shares, “Bring crafts to do in the car. Active things that include gluing, cutting, coloring. Construction paper so he can draw you landscapes of what he sees while your driving. Keep his creative juices going and he won’t focus on the length of the trip. I love you guys. Have a great trip!”

Renee says,  “I have fidget mats for both boys, a grocery basket full of finger puppets, books, coloring books, crayons, small toys, etc..”
Fidget mats picture courtesy of Renee

Frances M.,  “We packed activities that the boys don’t typically engage in – so as to make it more enticing. Coloring books, sketch pads & colored pencils, mazes, Boys Life Magazine, fun music CD’s such as Mr. “S” on iTunes, and The Beatles-Yellow Submarine Soundtrack, kids’ maps of the states we were driving through with trivia questions about the respective state, children’s audio books, Children’s Encyclopedia of Star Wars and Legos, and 80’s music CD’s that my husband and I liked to listen to and don’t listen to anymore. These were great for telling our kids amusing stories about our teenage years. We had packed some travel games, but never got to them.”

Marianna , “Here is something that has come in super handy on the 12-day road trip we are currently on. It’s just a plastic container with little knick knacks and a whole bunch of colored beads. We give it to my daughter in the back and we play I Spy or we ask her to find certain objects. Great for language development too!”


Photo courtesy of Marianna.

One of the things that I myself enjoy doing for little one for our road trips are the busy boxes! It keeps him busy and entertained from the long hours on the road.  

Olga shares her tips with a toddler. “Stickers, stickers and some more stickers! And snacks, snacks snacks. You could add kid’s magazines bought on each stop, audio books if they’re into listening. New toys (but soft), singing and loads of conversations. When we were going for Christmas (1600km) I made a photo book of all relatives my daughter would meet.

#4 Snacks

Frances M. shares this tip, “They enjoyed some special snacks in the car and we stopped for ice cream to reward them! We also, chose some exciting, local restaurants that they will never forget. One of our favorite was Flo’s Kitchen in Wilson, North Carolina.” 

#5 Frequent stops

Frances M., “I have not posted anything about road trips on my blog, but we took our first road trip from NYC to Orlando, Florida in April with our 6-1/2 and 8-1/2 year old boys. The first day, we were on the road for 12 hours (including lunch and dinner stops). The second day was only 6 hours. I was expecting the worst, but was pleasantly surprised.”

Mandy wrote this wonderful post on five Unconventional Pit Stops  one of them a library!  Who would have thought? This is really  thinking outside the box when making your stops. 

#6 Map your trip

Becky wrote a post on using Google maps to your map your kids trip! This gives the kids a sense of direction on where they’re headed to.  

Annabelle shared a post of her on how to create a travel journal for your children. This is bound to keep them busy, and excited!  

Speaking of maps Carrie shares how she uses Cat in the Hat’s Let’s go on an Adventure; and a map using landmark pictures for her little one. 

#7 Play games

If you’re a multilingual family like Anna‘s  play a game of “I Spy with My Little Russian Eyes.”  A great language learning opportunity for little ones on long road trips. You can also try a variation in another language. 

Renee shares “We will sometimes play an ABC game (find the letters of the alphabet on signs and license plates lol).”  

#8 Comfort

My sister Diana also concurs with all of the above tips to include, “Bring tons of books, activities, snacks, frequent bathroom stops & iPad charger in the car. DVD player too! This for trips we made in less 4 hours. Haven’t done longer! Sing alongs… Censor crazy adult songs lyrics can be crazy coming out of your kids mouths lol Sis, don’t forget blankets pillows and change of clothes. Also paper towels, wipes and grocery bags to put garbage for messy snacks.

Frances M. shares, “They took naps every now and then and they also enjoyed the scenery for a good portion of the trip. I would do it again in a heartbeat!”

Aysh shares a post on how carseats can have an impact on how your car trip goes, and how to end the struggle with a fussy traveler who will not stay in his/her carseat.  

#9 Plan & prepare accordingly

The planner in me is always planning and preparing.  Make sure you have a first-aid kit in your car, plan an itinerary, and a very important keep extra “cash” for unexpected emergencies! Nothing more scary to have a limited budget when traveling, and an emergency comes up. 

We never quite think about accidents but Olga had a very scary experience, and warns us! Olga, “As I am just few weeks after quite scary car accident I have to add a warning: no hard objects inside the car, not worth it!”  

#10 Enjoy yourselves

MaryAnne shares a wonderful post on how to survive and really, really enjoy a road trip with your kids. Meanwhile, Sheila offers a wonderful alternative to road trip activities spreading kindness where ever they go with her Acts of Kindness Road Trip: Kindness Quest

I usually don’t have much time to blog about our road trips because I’m too busy road trippin’ with the family. However, you can check out our road trip to East/Central Florida from last year.

Where ever your family road trip takes you, enjoy it! Kids grow too fast, and these are the memories that you will always cherish!

Thank you to all of the mamas who shared their experiences, tips and suggestions for an awesome road trippin’ experience.

Happy road trippin’ ya’ll.  (Yes, that’s the Southern in me! Ha!)

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Kid-Friendly Vacation in Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico is a small island in the Caribbean rich with history, culture, and tropical weather all-year long.  While vacationing in Puerto Rico there was so much to do, and very little time. So we squeezed as much as we could in a two weeks time frame.

From enjoying the beautiful beach of Flamenco, and learning about the history, and culture of Culebra, to checking out my Mom’s hometown in Florida, and  taking a look at the schools in Puerto Rico.  I was also on a quest to learn more about our Taíno ancestry and we visited the famous Cara del Indio.

Now, please sit back, and enjoy this two  part series of our kid-friendly vacation in Puerto Rico.  With a 5 yr. old in tow, and with a strict budget we focused on kid-friendly, and frugal outings to do with our child.


Beaches! 

This one is an understatement! Of course, beaches! Puerto Rico is surrounded by miles, and miles of sandy white beaches.   During our stay in Culebra, Puerto Rico (small island off the mainland Puerto Rico) we visited Flamenco Beach.  In the words of our son, “This is the most beautiful beach in the world!” I have to agree! Beaches have free-public access so no need to worry about paying to go on the beach.

El Parque Forestal La Marquesa 

Is an arboretum situated in the middle of Guaynabo City, El Parque Forestal La Marquesa. It’s an eco-friendly tourist attraction surrounded by trees, and the forest featuring a butterfly exhibit, an aviary and our favorite of all a dinosaur exhibit.  We rode on the cable car to get to one side of the forest to another. However, to see the dinosaurs we had to hike up a steep and very long, long hill. Both hubby, and my son were real  troopers…. unfortunately, I can’t say that about me. The least fit of all I struggled to hike uphill, but it was worthwhile. You can see by the pictures that we had a ball!

The entrance was very cheap just $6 for adults, and children $3.  We parked in a designated parking area, and a trolley drove us up to the forest. I highly suggest visiting El Parque Forestal La Marquesa but make sure you’re fit to climb up that steep hill! 🙂

 
El Viejo San Juan (Old San Juan) 
El Viejo San Juan is full of history, and breathtaking architectures.  You can visit Castillo San Felipe del Morro for only $5 adult, and children 15 and under are free. We walked through the cobblestone streets, and little one chased the pigeons. There’s also an area in Old San Juan called el Parque de las Palomas (where you can feed the pigeons).  You can also fly kites right in front of El Morro. It’s a popular spot, and children and adults alike fly their kites.  You will see street vendors selling kites close to El Morro.  You can also ride the trolley for free around Old San Juan.

Walkway of the Presidents 

As you head out of Old San Juan you can drive through the port area towards Santurce, and Condado, and it will take you straight to El Capitolio (Capitol building). A marble building with a huge dome majestically overlooking the ocean.  I was pleasantly surprised at the life-like bronze statues that were aligned right across the Capitol building.  The Walkway of the Presidents is a homage to all of the presidents that have ever visited Puerto Rico.  You can also visit the Capitol building, and admission is free.

Hope you enjoyed our kid-friendly outing in Puerto Rico, and see you on our next installment of our Kid-Friendly Vacation in Puerto Rico (Part II).

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Summer Road Trip to East Central Florida (Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach and Cape Canaveral)

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Ever since we returned from our trip last year to Puerto Rico, my son has been begging for us to take him to the beach! Living in an area with no beaches it was hard to comply with his wishes. Nonetheless, summer was here, and thanks to both hubby, and my in-law for winning a free weekend get-away we were able to hit the road and go to Florida!

We planned a weekend get-away to East Central Florida (Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach and Cape Canaveral) driving through Georgia.  It’s a 5 hour drive but between the stops, and grabbing something to eat it will take around 7-8  hours. Therefore, I had plenty of road trip busy boxes, and snacks for little one.

We planned for a long weekend from Thursday through Sunday.  However, due to the short time that we were going to be there I really wanted to make the best of it.  I used an app to map our route, in Georgia we stopped at the rest area, and we found an offbeat attraction in Jacksonville, Florida (Gator Boulevard).  I added a few more places to stop and visit while we were in the East Central Florida area.

Below you’ll see a picture itinerary of our trip:

 

GEORGIA – THURSDAY JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA PONCE INLET, FLORIDA – THURSDAY DAYTONA BEACH/ORMOND BEACH, FLORIDA – FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – SATURDAY A1A SCENIC AND HISTORIC COASTAL BYWAY – SUNDAY

 ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH – SUNDAY

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