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JP Saleeby

Pawleys Island, South Carolina

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My wife and I are the consummate Travelers. We love to explore, we Geo-cache which brings us to out-of-the-way spots on many of our sojourns. We travel as a couple but most often with our family (3 children). We are always up for an adventure and nothing scares us away. Domestic travel is about 85% of what we do, however we make it a point to travel abroad once a year. We love History and Architecture and especially NATURE and the outdoors, so the focus of our travel takes us to places that have those things to offer. Sharon and I are big-time foodies, so we cherish the opportunity to taste local gastronomic establishments and then write about them. An avid TripAdvisor contributor I now write reviews regularly on this forum.

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Hl Hunley Exhibition

1250 Supply St, North Charleston, South Carolina

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Visited: 2013-02-01 | Submitted: 2013-03-21 00:14:01.0 | I traveled with tweens (9-12) and teens (13+)

History even a kid would love

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OK, so history can be dry and boring even for the most poindexter of kids... this exhibit has a lot of hands-on stuff and is visually fun for folks of all ages.

Tips for Families

Docent tours are short, so kids will not get too bored or tired of standing in one spot. Get them in one of several life-sized open sub sections and have them hand pump the propeller.

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Brookgreen Gardens

1931 Brookgreen Gardens Dr, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

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Visited: 2013-03-01 | Submitted: 2013-03-21 00:11:05.0 | I traveled with big kids (6-8), tweens (9-12) and teens (13+)

Always Changing, Simply Amazing

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Several activities for kids of varying ages. While adults can marvel at the sculptures and gardens, there is a zoo with rescued animals, activities that include feeding the animals, the LowCountry center has animal awareness activities and a learning room for the kids.

Tips for Families

During mid-Spring to mid-Fall bring insect repelant. Plan on walking a lot so comfortable shoes. Stroller friendly and if you forget on, the park has free children and adult strollers.

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National Mall

Between Independence Ave & Constitution Ave from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, District of Columbia

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Visited: 2010-07-01 | Submitted: 2012-09-25 15:22:21.0 | I traveled with big kids (6-8), tweens (9-12) and teens (13+)

Walk, Walk, Walk

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Little kids get tired for the LONG walk. But you are at the epi center of everything... Wash Monument, Lincoln, museums, FDR memorial, etc. You will walk 10-miles before you know it.

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Strollers, comfortable walking shoes... no time to be vane here.

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Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial, Washington, District of Columbia

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Visited: 2010-07-01 | Submitted: 2012-09-25 15:20:26.0 | I traveled with big kids (6-8), tweens (9-12) and teens (13+)

Awecome

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Tour the museum. Awe inspiring. Look behind Lincolns head... you will see the profile of Gen. Robert E. Lee looking towards his old plantation house.... now Arlington Cemetery.

Tips for Families

Good little hike up the stairs... don't forget to take in the VietNam War and Korean War memorials just around the corners.

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National Air & Space Museum

Independence Ave at 6th St SW, Washington, District of Columbia

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Visited: 2010-07-01 | Submitted: 2012-09-25 15:16:29.0 | I traveled with big kids (6-8) and tweens (9-12)

Plan on spending 1/2 a day here

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Kids though it was cool. Lots of big air and space craft to see (and touch). This marks the 2nd time for the kids to visit this museum. Too much to see if you are rushing through. Plan on taking a 1/2 day to visit this place and absorb all it has to show and tell.

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comfortable shoes

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International Spy Museum

800 F St NW, Washington, District of Columbia

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Visited: 2009-06-01 | Submitted: 2012-09-14 19:47:53.0 | I traveled with big kids (6-8) and tweens (9-12)

OK, so who is the mole?

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While not one of the many interesting and FREE museums that DC has to offer, this one is a bit more commercial than the block of Smithsonian Museums. That being said, it was certainly the one the kids yelled the loudest for. Admission isn't cheap but figure on getting your money's worth. Even for accompanying adults, you can't help but ''get involved'' as a spy and there are some interesting things to see and learn about. Plan to spend an hour or two, depending how thorough your little spies are in their researching and playing the game. It moves along well with good flow control by the staff.

Tips for Families

Make sure you carry enough $$ to get in. Eat and use the ''facilities'' before playing the spy game. Easy to lose sight of the little ones, so keep tabs on them should they run off, it can get pretty dark in there.

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Carnival Cruise Lines Inc.

3655 SW 87th Ave, Miami, Florida

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Visited: 2012-07-01 | Submitted: 2012-09-07 15:55:53.0 | I traveled with tweens (9-12)

Carnival Fantasy Cruise Ship to Bahamas

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Family cruises are cool. Was the wife's first and my 2nd. My son who was 12 at the time, well it was his first and what a thrill. While there was lots of activities for kids (young and older kids) he hung around with us mostly. Shore excursions were on both ends of spectrum. Freetown was the dumbs, Nassau was much better.

Tips for Families

Stay on board the ship in port of Freetown Snorkle on your own. Planned excursions are way too overpriced. Beaches are nice and you can find some that are not overcrowded. Take in the history (forts and parks) Eat on the ship... nothing the ports in the Bahamas have to offer tops what is on the ship (plus the food is covered by your ticket on the ship). Our meals off the boat were not worth what we paid.

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The Olive Restaurant was a hidden gem. The Conch bars... pass.

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"Snorkeling was cool.... I saw a big fish" -Mic (10)

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Queen's Staircase

Elizabeth Ave & Shirley St, Nassau, Bahamas

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Visited: 2012-07-01 | Submitted: 2012-09-07 15:43:10.0 | I traveled with tweens (9-12) and teens (13+)

65 Steps for the Queen

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Being the HISTORY buff I am, this was definitely on the itinerary. Must say that the ''stated history'' of slaves building this staircase for the Queen is a bit misleading if not just bluntly wrong. The stair case was in fact probably build by slaves, hand carved to make the road pass from one point to another, the slabs of rocks quarried out were actually used to construct the fort atop the staircase (Ft. Fincastle). This in fact occurred long before the slaves knew of or would even honor Queen Victoria. This is most likely the story told of folks trying to increase tourism to the region and this area in particular. Just to clarify and make right the history. No telling how many folks lost their lives in the construction of the stair case and road and even the Fort, which never saw battle or siege and was never taken, but was an outpost on the island (one of about a 1/2 dozen fortifications. If you are to climb the stairs (65 in all and commemorating the 65 years of Queen Victoria’s reign) then make it a point to visit and take the $1 tour of Ft. Fincastle, a ship-like shaped small fort with great vistas of the island.

Tips for Families

Bring Cameras Take a tour of the Fort Watch out for pan handlers If you are a Geocacher... well there is a cache located near a Banyan Tree.

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Nantahala Outdoor Center

13077 Highway 19 W, Bryson City, North Carolina

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Visited: 2012-07-01 | Submitted: 2012-09-07 09:16:40.0 | I traveled with tweens (9-12) and teens (13+)

NOC Rocks

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NOC is the place to go for some white-water rafting (Class I and II with a single Class III at the end of the 1.5 hr journey down the Nantahala River. They also have a zip line and rope course. The package deal is the best as it will save money in the long run should you decide to do both the Rope Course/Zip Line and some rafting. It is not cheap, so look for prices online and coupons and specials before you make the trip up there. Be prepared with some basic stuff like water socks/shoes, closed toe sandals (that can get wet), flip-flops are not allowed on line course or for rafting. They provide flotation devices and all you need to do is bring some swimming gear and a change of clothes. Don't worry about car keys... they will collect keys and electronic fobs and secure them for your trip down the river. Guides are good and safety is paramount. Zip line crew check and recheck your harness and make sure all is secure before you head down the 600-foot zipline and enter the rope course's two levels.

Tips for Families

Plan on spending about $50-80/person for Rope and Zipline + white water rafting Open toe shoes and flip-flops NOT a good idea Wear bathing suit under clothes and bring a change of dry clothes as they have shower and dressing room facilities Water Socks/shoes (buy your own and bring for less, they do sell, but not a deal $ wise) Pack a lunch as eating at the local restaurants are OK food, but can be expensive. Avoid the "Burger Basket".... unless you want Hep A.

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Places to say... if you want a cabin I would suggest renting this one early. http://www.stonewoodcabin.com/ StoneWood Cabin... great folks, cool cabin and only a mile from NOC hub.

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NOC has a restaurant (River's End) and a smaller cafe to grab some food. Bryson City and near by Asheville have higher end restaurants.

My Kid's Review

"Zip Line was Cool!" - Mic (12-yo) "I loved getting wet when we went rafting down the river." - Madison (10-yo) At first reluctant, our 14-year old didn't want to do the line course or water adventure, but then once geared up she had a ball.

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Ellington Resort Murrells Inlet

911 Riverwood Road, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

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KID-FRIENDLY AMENITIES

  • Sleeper sofa
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Microwave in room
  • Kitchenette or kitchen in room
  • Cribs (infant beds) available
  • Outdoor pool
  • Kids' pool
  • Playground on site
  • Hiking trails on site


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Visited: 2012-05-01 | Submitted: 2012-09-06 14:30:23.0 | I traveled with tweens (9-12) and teens (13+)

Family Fun in a cool coastal town

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We have stayed an extended weekend. Pool was a hop and skip away. Access to many wonderful restaurants and kid-friendly places. The Beach... Brookgreen sculpture museum and gardens, the beach, The Huntington State Park, Myrtle Beach and all it has to offer is just up the road, Historic Georgetown and the beach (did I mention that already?) Places are very comfortable, accommodate a crew and easy to eat in with a full kitchen at your disposal. Sometimes you can hear others... thru the walls, so hopefully you get a quiet room with quiet neighbors. The staff is helpful and it is centrally located.

Tips for Families

Pack Light Eat in when you can... saves you money as eateries to feed large families can be expensive in the area. Pack for the BEACH! Don't forget to take in ''Brookgreen Gardens"... purchasing a ticket give you several days to explore the grounds and gardens. Dine at the Hanser House (one of Murrell Inslet's famous "sea food restaurants") Quigley's Pint & Plate Restaurant has a local secret: $10 Tuesdays. Don't pass up on an opportunity to feed the herd at an amazing savings. www.pintandplate.com remember to ask for the special Ten-Buck menu.


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BrookGreen Gardens Myrtle Beach Parks and Amusement Parks

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Hanser House Quigleys Hot & Hot Fish Club AppleWood Restaurant (Breakfast/Brunch buffet)

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I liked the indoor-outdoor pool the best. Very neat room, felt like I was a home.

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