Life in the Fast Lane, Google Fiber in Kansas City
June 23, 2014 – 10:47 am | No Comment

Over one year after Google Fiber came to the Kansas City Startup Village, a grassroots community of startup businesses moved to into the neighborhood. Located in a five-block radius between 43rd and 49th Streets on …

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Amish Country Itinerary in Lancaster, PA
May 3, 2013 – 2:23 pm | 3 Comments
Amish Country Itinerary in Lancaster, PA

If you’re looking for a great weekend road trip in the Northeast this spring, consider Lancaster, PA.  From the Amish country, to the railroads and museums, to the amusement parks, this itinerary is great family …

Winter at the Shore: Unexpected Delights
February 22, 2013 – 9:40 am | One Comment
Winter at the Shore: Unexpected Delights

Most people don’t consider visiting the Jersey shore in the winter. But I’m here to suggest that winter is a fantastic time to hit the beach.
Morning run along the beach.
First of all, I’m a big …

Labyrinths in Madison, Wisconsin
November 10, 2012 – 6:17 pm | No Comment
Labyrinths in Madison, Wisconsin

Constructed around the world in various materials, shapes, and sizes, labyrinths are man-made paths that twist and turn in maze-like ways. Used for contemplation, reflection, and spiritual awareness, we’ve started to notice labyrinths on our …

National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium
September 12, 2012 – 7:04 pm | One Comment
National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium

An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, the Midwest has a hidden gem in the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. Visiting the museum on a family …

Bookworm Gardens in Sheboygan, Wisconsin
September 3, 2012 – 1:14 pm | One Comment
Bookworm Gardens in Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Our curiosities piqued by Barry Adams’ story in the Wisconsin State Journal, On Wisconsin: Bookworm Gardens in Sheboygan Brings Storybooks to Life, we set out from Madison this past weekend to see what the fuss …

Lake Michigan Beaches: Duck Lake State Park
July 24, 2012 – 6:00 am | No Comment
Lake Michigan Beaches: Duck Lake State Park

Located about thirty minutes north of downtown Muskegon, Michigan is Duck Lake State Park. Considered a day use park (as in, hiking, skiing, fishing, picnicking, but no camping), Duck Lake State Park is spread out …

Top 10 Ways to “Picture Yourself in a Park” During National Park Week 2012
April 21, 2012 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

National Park Week 2012  is April 21-29 and courtesy of the National Park Service come these suggestions for enjoying the parks this week. With nearly 400 national parks — and FREE admission all week long, …

Eagle Watching in Decorah, Iowa
April 9, 2012 – 7:56 pm | 3 Comments
Eagle Watching in Decorah, Iowa

Nestled among the coulees and deep river valleys of Northeast Iowa, the sleepy town of Decorah is an idyllic place. Home to Luther College, Decorah is heavy on Norwegians, wooden trolls, and a progressive way …

Biltmore Estate’s Family Playground
April 3, 2012 – 1:33 pm | 4 Comments
Biltmore Estate’s Family Playground

North Carolina is a gorgeous state for road trips. From the ocean, to the Blue Ridge Parkway, to the Smokey Mountains, it’s got it all – even Hunger Games filming locations. And for your road …

5 Things To Do In New Jersey That Aren’t On The Shore
March 30, 2012 – 6:13 pm | No Comment
5 Things To Do In New Jersey That Aren’t On The Shore

Many people think New Jersey is all traffic, suburbs, and “The Shore.” Well, I’m here to tell you about some fantastic activities my family has enjoyed in New Jersey’s “Great Northwest.”
1. Grounds for Sculpture: This amazing …

Herkimer, NY: A Gem in the Adirondack Foothills
March 12, 2012 – 7:00 am | One Comment
Herkimer, NY: A Gem in the Adirondack Foothills

Nestled in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains is the town of Herkimer, N.Y., home to the Herkimer Diamond Mines and award-winning KOA campground, as well as Lock 18 of the Erie Canal. Whether you …

Top 5 Beaches for Skipping Stones in Door County, Wisconsin
June 20, 2011 – 9:30 am | 3 Comments
Top 5 Beaches for Skipping Stones in Door County, Wisconsin

Door County, Wisconsin. A beloved vacation destination for Mid-westerners, this pinkie-shaped peninsula jutting out into the pristine waters or Lake Michigan lives up to the nickname “Cape Cod of the Midwest.” Whether you ride a Harley, sail a yacht, camp, antique, scuba dive, kayak, or simply appreciate award-winning regional food and wine, Door Country truly has something for everyone all year round. On a budget and in the area for a short weekend, our family came to Door County with one main theme on our vacation itinerary—stones. Skipping stones, that is.

Day Tripping at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
April 26, 2011 – 6:03 am | One Comment
Day Tripping at the University of Wisconsin, Madison

In Madison, Wisconsin the University of Wisconsin, Madison is a hub of family-friendly fun. From geology, space, physics, and ice cream, this post will get you planning your next day trip to campus.

Horticulturally Sickening Road Trip
April 7, 2011 – 7:14 am | No Comment
Horticulturally Sickening Road Trip

What kid doesn’t enjoy a dangerous botanical or two? For a wicked garden road trip be sure to check out the display of Wicked Plants: Botanical Rogues and Assassins which opened this month at the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco, California.

Colorado Springs: In Any Weather
March 10, 2011 – 7:00 am | 2 Comments
Colorado Springs: In Any Weather

The Pikes Peak region, which includes Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs, beckons to travelers. For many, Colorado Springs is what they expected to find in Denver—a city tucked into the foothills, right smack up against the mountains. We’ve divvied our itinerary, separating outdoor activities for sunny days from ways to escape nature’s fickle nature.

Guest Post: Michigan’s Little Bavaria
March 1, 2011 – 8:45 am | One Comment
Guest Post: Michigan’s Little Bavaria

The city of Frankenmuth welcomes visitors to Michigan with Bavarian hospitality and an array of options for enjoyable family-friendly activities. Situated on the winding Cass River, this friendly little town boasts German heritage in its culture, cuisine, and architecture. It’s an easy 90 minute drive from Detroit, Lansing, or Port Huron.

Next Stop, Cleveland!
January 17, 2011 – 4:22 pm | 5 Comments
Next Stop, Cleveland!

Back in November, we made a weekend trek to Cleveland, one of the Midwest’s least sung treasures. Located on the mighty Cuyahoga River in northern Ohio, Cleveland is firmly planted in the country’s Rust Belt. But don’t let that stir in your mind images of burned-out warehouses and abandoned factories. Sure, there’s some of that, but the only thing my family had to say after a weekend of great food, music, and museums was “When can we go back?”

Great Lakes Road Trip: Kismet on the Open Road
July 27, 2010 – 5:02 pm | 3 Comments
Great Lakes Road Trip: Kismet on the Open Road

Great Lakes Road Trips: Michigan Kismet Moments. Following the tug of the steering wheel to places we normally wouldn’t have time or patience to go.

Daytona 500 Experience: Guest Post Itinerary by Gerard Walen
July 16, 2010 – 5:35 am | One Comment
Daytona 500 Experience: Guest Post Itinerary by Gerard Walen

I strap myself in, wait for the “Start your engines” announcement. The lights tick down. Green! I hit the accelerator and roar onto the track in my first Daytona 500 race. Zooming around the famed …

Monkey Business in Rockford, Illinois
July 3, 2010 – 7:46 am | One Comment
Monkey Business in Rockford, Illinois

Southern neighbor of Beloit, Wisconsin, Rockford, Illinois is about an hour and a half drive from Chicago, Milwaukee, or Madison. Home of the adorable sock monkey, Road Trips for Families ventured to Illinois for a weekend vacation. In the spirit of monkey business, here are some kid-friendly places to “hang out” the next time you are Rockford with kids.