Monday, May 23, 2011

Five Summer Getaways Every Kid Should Experience

 SocialMoms is at it again!!  This time, they paired with Alamo, in honor of the Alamo Insiders Program, and asked us to post about five summer getaways every kid should experience.  There are so many wonderful places to consider.  I hope you enjoy my post!

The one place that I think every child should be able to experience is Walt Disney World in Florida!!  There is so much to do there for children and adults of all ages!  If your kids are small, they will enjoy breakfast with the Disney characters.  Magic Kingdom is truly magical!  Dinner at Cinderella's castle is something that every little girl will love.(Big girls do too!!)  Over at Epcot, you can enjoy visiting all the different countries, try the different food, and enjoy some rides too!  Visit the WDW Studios and you can experience the Disney back lot and you can check out more rides, and more cool places to eat!  Winnie the Pooh fans have a great opportunity to have a photo taken with him while there.  Along with the three parks, there is so much more.  My favorite place to cool down is Typhoon Lagoon!  This is one awesome water park!  You can also shop til you drop at Downtown Disney.  If you are lucky enough to stay at a Disney Resort, you can enjoy extra park hours, along with the awesome amenities that each resort has to offer!

Each child should experience going to the mountains.  Being from NC, I love going to the Great Smoky Mountains between North Carolina and Tennessee.  Cherokee, NC and the Indian reservation offer so many learning opportunities for children and adults.  You can visit them and learn how they did things many years ago!  While in Cherokee, you can trout fish in the cool mountain waters and visit shops and museums too.  Just over the NC border, you can visit Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  There is so much to do in these two places alone, your week of vacation can fly by in the blink of an eye.  A must see in Pigeon Forge is Dollywood!  Every child will love the rides and the shows will make the parents happy too!

The beach is another MUST for children.  I believe that the NC beaches offer beauty, sight seeing and awesome family experiences.  Our white sandy beaches and miles of pristine shoreline are a true must see.  Enjoy fishing, shell collecting, sandcastle building, and a day in the sun with your family in a safe place.  Growing up, one of the things I loved the most about the NC beaches was the fact that you could walk quite a ways in the ocean without having a drop off.  Safe and fun!  Just add sun screen!

I believe every child should be introduced to history.  Visiting historic places all through out the United States can be a fun and educational thing for everyone.  My daughter, Future FBI, really enjoyed our trip to Appomattox Court House in Virginia.  It is a part of the National Parks Service, and has so much for your children to enjoy.  Each child has the opportunity to discover what life was like back in the 1860's and if they complete certain tasks, they can earn prizes and become a junior ranger!  All these activities are free of charge!!

I also believe that every child should experience Washington, DC.  There is a lot to discover and learn while visiting our nation's capitol!  Visit the many monuments, the White House and make sure to check out the Smithsonian!  The museums are the best in the world, and the experiences will last a lifetime!

What ever you decide to do, relax, take some back roads and enjoy everything our wonderful country has to offer!

I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Alamo blogging program, for a gift card worth $25. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

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