Grandfather Mountain, NC

View Grandfather Mountain from Mile High Swinging Bridge, North Carolina

Family adventures always include at least one special thing that we want to experience or enjoy, but Grandfather Mountain surprised us with four—otters, bears, a skybridge, and the highest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Needless to say, everyone in the family was satisfied.

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Axe Throwing! in Brooklyn, NY

Two Viking costumed at Kick Axe Throwing

Our family loves to find new and exciting things to do and axe throwing really caught our attention. When we heard there was a place in New York City that would allow us to throw axes, we could not resist! We booked a session at Kick Axe Throwing right away.

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Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Hiker standing on edge Gertrude’s Nose, Minnewaska Preserve, New York

New York State Parks keep amazing us with their abundant waterfalls, mountains, hiking, and gorgeous scenic views! On our quest to explore more of the state’s natural wonders, we planned a visit to Minnewaska State Park Preserve in the Hudson Valley– New York’s largest state preserve at 22,000 acres! Our spring visit was full of rushing waters, icy rocks, snowy foot paths, and a frozen lake. Our summer visit was a motivating exploration of the trails that led us to the highest scenic overlooks.

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Marineland, FL

boy and bottlenose dolphin doing flipper handshake, Marineland, Florida

This oceanfront playground promotes the preservation and protection of marine life through programs in their oceanarium with bottlenose dolphins. Our family had the privilege of spending an afternoon here and we made an “ocean of memories.”

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Hickory Run State Park, PA

Boy on a climbed tree in the boulder field at Hickory Run State Park, Pennsylvania

Hickory Run State Park hosts a variety of outdoor activities, but when we heard “Boulder Field,” we could not resist a trip. This 15,990 acre park, located in the western foothills of the Pocono Mountains, boasts a National Natural Landmark unlike any we had seen before.

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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Guard at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a bucket-list worthy adventure that fosters a deep connection to the formality and honor of a soldier’s life. I hope it has made an impression on my children to appreciate and respect the cost of war and service.

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Peacock Island-Pfaueninsel, Germany

Peacock running in the garden labyrinth at Pfaueninsel, Peacock Island, Germany

Germany is an incredible destination with so many wondrous things to experience like Pfaueninsel, aka Peacock Island. It’s full of romance, beauty, and history. If you’re planning a trip to the area, this is a terrific way to spend at least half a day.

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Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve, Georgia

Large vernal pool on top Arabia Mountain, Georgia

Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve is an ecological bucket list item. You can visit any time of year and find new and interesting plants taking their turn on the granite. Our family really enjoyed visiting and exploring the preserve with its refreshingly different ambience.

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Cradle of Aviation Museum

Did you know that Long Island played a huge part in aviation history? So big in fact that, it is known as “The Cradle of Aviation.” Our family had a terrific visit to the museum—something for every age group.

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Anastasia State Park, Florida

Great White Egret bird in the tall grass in the Salt Run at Anastasia State Park, Florida

Anastasia State Park is one of our favorite things to do in Florida. We’ve visited three times at different times of the year and found amazing natural beauty in each season.

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