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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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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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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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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Brooklyn Bridge

Looking up at the top of the Brooklyn Bridge through the support cables

This iconic bridge is a landmark, a symbol, and a piece of history. This is a bridge that you add “walking across it” to your bucket list. To top it off, the destinations at either end are filled with culture and entertainment. We made a real conscientious effort to fill this bucket list item and […]

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Tallulah Gorge, Georgia

View of suspension bridge with people on it from the trail rim at Tallulah Gorge State Park, Georgia

Connecting with friends and family on a road trip can lead you to amazing destinations. Tallulah Gorge was one such adventure guided by my long lost best friend from elementary school.

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Acadia National Park

Two people top of rocky headland, Acadia National Park, Maine

We made a plan to see the first sunrise in the country at Acadia National Park, the easternmost part of the east coast, on Black Friday. Our family pledged to spend this day outside enjoying nature to its fullest extent instead of engaging in the riotous act of shopping.

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N.Y. Botanical Gardens for the Holidays

The Bronx is a treasure trove of family adventure and the New York Botanical Gardens is one of the biggest gems with its own 250 acres of diverse landscape. (Yes, the Bronx has one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world and now it’s a winter wonderland!)

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