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30 Things to Do at Mall of America Besides Shop

You’ve heard of the Mall of America. It’s that giant shopping mall in Minnesota. This mall’s 520 retail stores can keep any shopper happy for days. But do you know how much there is to do at Mall of America besides shop? I have spent a ton of time at this mega entertainment complex over […]

15 Sweet Things to Do in Hershey, Pennsylvania with Kids

Want to visit the Sweetest Place on Earth? Thrill rides, fun history lessons, live entertainment and endless chocolate treats await your family in a town that smells like cocoa. Explore these 15 sweet things to do in Hershey, Pennsylvania with kids. 1. Enjoy amusements at Hersheypark. The highlight of any trip to Hershey, Pennsylvania with kids […]

Tips for Visiting Canada’s Wonderland Theme Park

While Canada may not be as well known for its theme parks or roller coasters as its U.S. neighbor, there is one place that certainly satisfies amusement park lovers above the 49th parallel: Canada’s Wonderland. Located north of Toronto, this beloved park has been in operation since 1981. Every year it gets bigger as it adds new rides, […]

Valleyfair ~ Tips for Visiting Minnesota’s Largest Amusement Park

Many travelers come to the Twin Cities to shop at the biggest mall in the U.S., enjoy the state’s plentiful lakes, and soak up the music scene of Prince’s hometown. But did you know that Minnesota is home to one of Cedar Fair’s 13 amusement parks? Famous sister parks include Knott’s Berry Farm near Disneyland […]

Brave the World’s Longest Zipline at Toro Verde Ecological Adventure Park in Puerto Rico

Home of the world’s longest zipline, Toro Verde Ecological Adventure Park is a must-do day trip for thrill-seeking families visiting Puerto Rico. Toro Verde (“green bull”) is an ecological adventure park that offers some of the most breathtaking views of Puerto Rico’s mountainous jungle. Explore via ziplines, American Ninja Warrior-style mazes and suspended bridges that look […]

“The Unofficial Guide to Mall of America” ~ Tips for Visiting the Largest Mall in the USA

If you love to shop and want to visit the largest mall in the USA, or if you’re planning a trip to Minnesota, you need to read The Unofficial Guide to Mall of America. This informative book is filled with handy tips for visitors to this mega entertainment complex of stores, restaurants, aquarium, and indoor amusement park. Once […]

Safari Wilderness Ranch ~ An Unforgettable Animal Safari in Florida

Did you know Florida offers safaris sure to thrill any animal-loving family? Take the kids on safari at the Safari Wilderness Ranch for an adventure they will remember long after the mouse ears have been put away. Here’s what to know before you go. Why Safari Wilderness Ranch Located in the heart of Florida’s Green Swamp Wilderness Area between […]

Tiptoe Through the Tulips at Keukenhof Gardens Near Amsterdam

If you plan to visit Amsterdam during spring, escape the city and retreat to the beautiful Keukenhof Gardens. Here you can tiptoe through those Dutch tulips for which Holland is so very well known. This sprawling botanic garden is filled with every varietal of tulips you could imagine, and so much more. History of Holland Tulips There seems to be confusion […]

Denver with Kids ~ Crazy Fun for Families in the Mile High City

Want to have a crazy good time in Denver with kids? Here’s what to do, where to eat, and where to stay in Colorado’s Mile High City for a vacation your family will always remember. Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park, the only downtown amusement/water park in America, serves up […]

Victoria’s Butchart Gardens and Empress Tea – A Match Made in Girlie Heaven

Call me a girlie girl. I adore wandering through botanical gardens to gaze at nature’s prettiest petaled creations and breathe in the scent of sweet blooms. And I love little more in life than dining on delicate finger sandwiches and petit fours over a cup of hot tea (pinky finger pointed upwards). So when I saw […]

Zip-lining at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

I wanted to surprise my husband with an uplifting and exciting birthday excursion. My plan was to slowly give out clues to him and Travel Mamas fans on Facebook and Twitter before revealing that we were going zip-lining at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. But my husband guessed where we were headed after the […]

San Diego Botanic Garden with Kids – An Enchanting Place for Families

In my family’s hometown, we are members of the San Diego Botanic Garden (formerly named Quail Botanical Gardens). This is one of San Diego’s best hidden gems. It contains not one but TWO children’s gardens full of hands-on activities. Plus there are plenty of walking paths lined with beautiful plants and flowers from around the world.

Roar and Snore at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

I’ll be honest with you. I wanted to attend the Roar & Snore at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park because I was looking for an easy way to go camping with my daughter, not because either of us had a hankering to sleep near lions or attend hands-on encounters with animals.