LEGOLAND Florida Amusement Park
January 27, 2014 – 11:39 am | No Comment

The mother of three elementary-age kids all who are “into” LEGO and LEGO Friends, we recently visited the LEGOLAND Florida amusement park in Winter Haven, Florida.
LEGOLAND® Florida is a 150-acre interactive theme park dedicated to …

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Making The Most Of Spring Break In Breck
March 20, 2013 – 5:15 am | No Comment
Making The Most Of Spring Break In Breck

If you happen to be heading to Breckenridge, Colo., for spring break in the next couple weeks, color me jealous. While my family spent a fantastic week there in early February, we were a few …

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 …

Road Trip Itinerary: Asheville to Nashville
August 3, 2012 – 4:57 am | No Comment
Road Trip Itinerary: Asheville to Nashville

While you could make it from Asheville, NC to Nashville, TN in four to five hours on the Interstate, taking the scenic route offers opportunities for unique stops that make a memorable family road trip.
When …

Guest Post: Top 5 Ways My Family Benefited from a Summer of Outdoor Play
July 22, 2012 – 9:16 am | No Comment
Guest Post: Top 5 Ways My Family Benefited from a Summer of Outdoor Play

As the national nonprofit KaBOOM! kicks off its 2012 Summer Playground Challenge — which challenges families to explore as many playgrounds as you can this summer and offers prizes for your playground visits — past …

Hand-Picked Favorites For Family Travel
May 16, 2012 – 8:02 am | No Comment
Hand-Picked Favorites For Family Travel

Spending more time on the highway than the average American family, we’d like to think we’ve reached a MacGyver-like state for whatever vacation curve ball inevitably comes our way. Whether we’re making our itineraries, packing …

Great Books for Getting Kids Outside
May 4, 2011 – 5:00 am | No Comment
Great Books for Getting Kids Outside

Road trips are great. As a family, we love loading up the car and hitting the road. But I will be the last to tell you road trips are easy. If they were, there would …

A Family Tour Epiphany
April 14, 2011 – 8:38 am | 2 Comments
A Family Tour Epiphany

In the summer of 2003 my wife and I had an epiphany. Actually on my end it was more of a hissy-fit-melt-down, but she still kindly refers to it as an epiphany. We had just recently sold our Mom-and-Pop business which, after the first of Celeste’s three difficult pregnancies, had quickly become a “Pop” business. I worked 364 days a year, and I saw little of our young children.

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.

Best Ideas for Stuffing that Camper’s Stocking
December 11, 2010 – 9:10 am | 4 Comments
Best Ideas for Stuffing that Camper’s Stocking

Here’s a short list of some great gear for your family camping adventures. Some of it’s for kids; some for adults. Our only guideline was to find great gifts that would fit in a jumbo holiday sock.

Hike! Dog Sledding Family Getaways
January 28, 2010 – 9:20 am | 4 Comments
Hike! Dog Sledding Family Getaways

In the 1930′s dog sledding was a popular family getaway. Today, your kids will be hard pressed to find many classmates who have jumped in the basket and mushed a team of dogs. But there are a handful of vacation destinations that are all about the dogs.

Tips for Winter Hikes
January 14, 2010 – 9:31 am | One Comment
Tips for Winter Hikes

This year’s extra-cold winter weather had us thinking about what road tripping families need to really enjoy some of the scenery that such weather creates. It’s also a lot more enjoyable to burn off some of that energy by hiking, and there are some spectacular winter hikes right now.

Budget Itinerary — THE Beach, Florida
August 18, 2009 – 7:00 am | 2 Comments
Budget Itinerary — THE Beach, Florida

School may be back in session, but the beach is still calling your name. An ideal destination for your family’s beach road trip is Florida’s Northwest Gulf Coast. Known as “THE Beach”, it stretches 227 miles from Pensacola to Apalachicola in the Florida Panhandle and features miles of georgeous white sand beaches and charming seaside villages.

Best Road Trip Cars From Ford
July 15, 2009 – 8:42 am | One Comment
Best Road Trip Cars From Ford

Back in they day, parents just took the car they had. Now, there are lots of options, so I talked to Ford executive and mom, Amy Marentic, about the 2010 line of cars from Ford, and their great features for road trippers.

Pit Stops: Best Ice Cream 2009
July 6, 2009 – 4:34 pm | 2 Comments
Pit Stops: Best Ice Cream 2009

As if you needed an excuse, July is National Ice Cream Month. There’s something beyond sweet about the combination of ice cream, summer and a road trip. Nostalgia. Indulgence. No one crying or whining about sitting in the car. Chocolate. You get the idea.

Great American Backyard Campout
June 20, 2009 – 2:47 pm | No Comment
Great American Backyard Campout

There’s something magical about sleeping under the stars, even if it’s just in your own backyard. On June 27th, get your kids excited about spending time with nature by doing a little camping.

Next Road Trip, Leave the Driving to a Pro
June 15, 2009 – 9:52 am | 2 Comments
Next Road Trip, Leave the Driving to a Pro

When I first heard from the representative at WeDriveU, I scoffed at the idea of hiring a professional to drive the family sedan. But, then, I started to think of a few places I’d rather sip a cool beverage and watch the scenery instead of fight with the GPS (and eventually everyone in the car) trying to find our way.

Nature Rocks — Get outside already!
June 7, 2009 – 7:29 pm | 3 Comments
Nature Rocks — Get outside already!

I was just telling my daughter that mothers used to say, “Get outside and don’t come back until I call you for dinner.” Kids were supposed to entertain themselves (who has heard of this??) and not get in life-threatening danger, all on their own.

Expert Itinerary: Yellowstone
June 6, 2009 – 7:18 pm | One Comment
Expert Itinerary: Yellowstone

For this month’s expert itinerary, I reached out to Janet Chapple, author of the book Yellowstone Treasures: The Traveler’s Companion to the National Park. The updated third edition just came out in April, and our family will be spending a couple of weeks there this summer, so I wanted to get some expert advice on how to tackle the park.

What to do in San Diego this Summer
May 17, 2009 – 4:23 pm | No Comment
What to do in San Diego this Summer

In case you’re having trouble filling that vacation to San Diego, or, if you need a few fun things to do as you drive thru, here’s a calendar of summer events from the good folks at the Convention & Visitors Bureau (www.sandiego.org).

50 Fun and FREE Summer Activities in San Diego
May 17, 2009 – 3:45 pm | No Comment
50 Fun and FREE Summer Activities in San Diego

San Diego consistently wins “Best Family Destination” for a reason. There’s literally something here for everyone, the weather is fabulous, and, look, there’s 50 things to do for FREE. It’s one of our family’s favorite road trip destinations because, let’s face it, it’s hot in Tucson in the summer and San Diego is close and cool. And, they have a beach!