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MaryBeth Lynn

Sayre, Pennsylvania

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I was single for 35 years, so got in a lot of traveling before marriage and parenting changed my entire life. I am delighted for the company and special people with whom I can now share memories and "remember ...?" comments. Now I take pictures and don't have to wonder whatever became of those people. :) Obviously, having family to plan for has increased my responsibilities and concerns- what used to be a more spontaneous approach now requires more planning, or at least a lot of snacks on hand (and water, always have a water for each family member!) I cannot say it is always easy, but I definitely believe it is worth it. Having shared memories, laughs and comparisons enriches my life immensely. Also, my husband can tell me we had lobster in Portland, Maine, and I would never in a million years have remembered that detail. I thoroughly enjoy trying different foods and delight in the fact my husband does, too. Perhaps my children will move beyond peanut butter and chicken nuggets someday.

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Residence Inn SeaWorld Orlando

11000 Westwood Boulevard, Orlando, Florida

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KID-FRIENDLY AMENITIES

  • Connecting rooms
  • Rollaway beds available
  • Sleeper sofa
  • Smoke-free property
  • Pet friendly
  • On-site restaurant(s)
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Microwave in room
  • Kitchenette or kitchen in room
  • Complimentary breakfast


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Visited: 2013-08-01 | Submitted: 2014-03-31 22:49:56.0 | I traveled with big kids (6-8) and tweens (9-12)

In the midst of parks & close to the Convention Center.

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We did not do Disney, our focus was Sea World and its assorted parks, to which this hotel provided easy access. The bus which makes the rounds to and from the parks and hotels was convenient for us, relatively speaking, especially considering the price of parking at each park. Before we ever arrived, we contacted the hotel for information and found the staff helpful. Due to airline expenses, we opted to mail our luggage via UPS and in this area too we found the staff cooperative and the hotel accommodating both receiving and sending the packages back out afterward. (And how lovely to have our luggage delivered to our porch days after arrival so we had plenty of time to recuperate before dirty laundry had to be done!) The hotel put us in a top floor corner room for our two week stay which was marvelous for avoiding much of the sounds one can't often avoid in hotels. We had a kitchenette and shopped locally, and were able to get any of the dishes the hotel had for our use simply by contacting the front desk (sometimes guests or staff may leave the cupboards a bit barer than convenient for the next guests.) There is an outdoor pool which was lovely, and a wonderful breakfast buffet to set up a family for any great adventures they may plan. It is a busy hotel and we found the staff friendly and willing to help as much as possible. We are not pet people but this hotel accepts pets and there is an area for dog duty, etc. (Unfortunately this leaves an aroma by the door.) :( We had no negative pet encounters and are glad for those who can find this service to their convenience. We had read a review that complained the spare bed was not made up ahead of time despite a request, and we found this true for our arrival as well. Perhaps the same reviewer said their spare bed was later stripped but not remade, obviously an inconvenience upon return, especially late at night, so we worked hard to not allow this to happen, even having no one come in to do anything. I tried writing notes but sometimes this was more confusing than nothing, apparently, but we have no complaints of anything being an unfixable problem. Overall our experience was quite pleasant and our price was through some price-saving website that kept things reasonable.

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We were there in August and afternoon thunderstorms were normal, so plan accordingly. There are pool towels, but if going to a park you may want to bring towels from home or rent at the water park. We found carrying our towels around our necks a very handy way to bring ours, as we avoided luggage costs and had a handy foldable pillow or even a blanket in the cool a.c. of the plane.

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Legoland Florida

1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven, Florida

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Visited: 2013-08-01 | Submitted: 2014-03-24 21:06:21.0 | I traveled with big kids (6-8) and tweens (9-12)

Boy Heaven

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Our trip was booked for our 10 year old boy and he thoroughly enjoyed it, as did our 8 year old daughter and my husband and I. The Star Wars themed display went over especially well, and I thought the cities display was quite impressive. We chose to do the water park area and while it was quite crowded we are glad we tried it. In August afternoon thunderstorms were common so the park actually closed right after we got out of the water and the storm hit- we had to wait for it to pass to do any rides but they have a nice computer/video game area we could enjoy. The driving rides were the ones our kids seemed to enjoy most, and they thoroughly embraced the idea they could get their own driver's license! We found ourselves unable to do everything in a day and realized it would easily be possible to spend two days exploring the park. Our real favorite parts were wildlife! The kids got to hold an anole lizard, and we saw more than one osprey as we departed!

Tips for Families

The idea of lockers is helpful, but when you carry your own towels and clothing to the water park area from the front of the park, that's quite a long walk! We also found it difficult to then have to carry our stuff back out after we were done. Those with strollers probably used them for stuff! Perhaps some sort of cart might be useful.

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Discovery Cove

6000 Discovery Cove Way, Orlando, Florida

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Visited: 2013-08-01 | Submitted: 2014-03-24 19:13:28.0 | I traveled with big kids (6-8) and tweens (9-12)

An oasis in the middle of a city!

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First impression: WOW. Looking back: WOW! As you drive in, the foliage transports you to a sense of being in an isolated tropical location, which continues as you enter into the fresh and salt water areas. This is done so effectively that later in the day, I was literally startled by the blaring of emergency sirens and fire truck horns, jarred out of the impression I was many miles away from Orlando. I found myself enchanted by the scenery, wildlife and helpful staff. From the beginning, there is an obvious effort to keep the crowds from building up, as check in begins at 7:30am even though the park opens at 8am. There are only a specific number of people allowed in one day, so one doesn't feel the overwhelming press of people as happens at most theme parks. The cost includes the breakfast and lunch buffets and all day snacks, and I felt truly pampered and indulged with the selections. The way into Discovery Cove is a reservation, for a swim with a dolphin or other select activity of that sort. As Orlando is land-locked this is the closest opportunity to swim with dolphins, and that was our agenda. Not only that, the commitment to Discovery Cove allows fourteen days of entry to both Sea World and Aquatica, the latter being the water park within the Sea World system. The one surprise for us was the extra cost for the SeaVenture which totally made me laugh, as I never expected to have another charge on top of that we'd paid, so we declined. We thoroughly enjoyed our time, but our daughter was freaked out by the (sting-less) rays. She was not the only child I saw and heard expressing fear and distress, so be aware you yourself may feel startled the first time a 3 foot wide sea creature touches your leg with the tip of its wing as it passes by! The dolphin swim aspect is probably the best known part of Discovery Cove, and this was our daughter's choice, and it was interesting that we ended up interacting with multiple dolphins as they have their own personalities and some just wandered away or chose not to participate! The staff seemed very considerate of the dolphins, and did well with the numerous people coming through to have their turn. These dolphins work all day long, so I can imagine they would want to break away now and then! We found the early morning appointment was nice, but chilly, even in August. It was good we could go to the warm fresh water area afterward and check out the marmosets, otters and aviary. The marmosets and otters are separated from public contact but can be observed playing and being fed. The aviary was a highlight for us- the birds can be fed and may even land on you.

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There are two temperatures and types of water- the salt water area is kept cooler, the fresh water is warmer. As I said above, the rays can upset some people, regardless of age! We wanted the video/photo deal with the dolphin swim, so bought the large package, which then gave us the distinct advantage of including all park photos taken while we were there! We got to know a photographer and some special times and location opportunities for photos. Our aviary photos are special treasures, and one certainly doesn't want a normal camera in hand while there, so this really worked for us.

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Farmland Animal Park

Chemung, New York

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Visited: 2013-04-01 | Submitted: 2013-04-09 00:47:38.0 | I traveled with big kids (6-8) and tweens (9-12)

Despite flood damage, all is well & getting better!

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In the interest of giving a more up to date review, we made a trip out this past weekend, and despite protests from the 10 year old, we all had fun. Farmland Animal Park has basic farm animals, and at least one Emu (say Eee-myoo). :) We have been going since before they officially opened 8 years ago, and they keep adding on and improving. We noticed this time (it's been a few years since we went) that there has been a retaining wall added next to the creek/river behind the farm- we were told it not only flooded but took out a good portion. The owners are a generous family - we have seen their children grow along with ours, and we always feel welcome despite them not really knowing us- it just feels like they do. This last weekend they let everyone in for free with the purchase of a $3.00 bag of corn/feed, and our daughter rode the pony for $3.00 also (not sure what the regular price is for pony rides) admission is usually $5.00. They have added a zip line, which is for kids and was free this weekend but my son found it too painful to sit on the wood and my daughter found it too uninviting (she didn't actually say "scary" but I think that was the issue.) We saw other smaller (than my 8 & 10 year old) children enjoying it thoroughly. This is a place to go for sweet encounters between animals and children, for a relaxing walk in the country air, and for great photo opportunities.

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You can bring your own food or buy something, like a hot dog (this part wasn't open yet this season.) There are tables, bathrooms, benches, and a gazebo, as well as a large structure currently being built. There is a playground, and the undeniable scent of farm life! :)

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The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier

Binghamton, New York

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Visited: 2012-08-01 | Submitted: 2013-03-27 16:46:32.0 | I traveled with little kids (3-5), big kids (6-8) and tweens (9-12)

One of the few places I would consider returning to childhood for a while. :)

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Sometimes children want to act like grown-ups, and sometimes grownups want to act like kids. This is the sort of place where the two can meet and play together! From the obvious setups of a kid-sized supermarket or cafe, to the surprise of getting into an actual jet cockpit, ambulance or firetruck; from the wonder of a story garden or pumpkin coach, to the factual information provided in the ever-changing themes, this is a great place to visit, again and again! I will probably include pictures from past visits- there's so much to see and do. :D There are some areas that could use refreshing, such as the music room which used to have instruments one could play but they seem to have disappeared or been broken. I leave room for the possibility that has already happened since we were last there.

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Those in closer proximity can benefit from membership, or even summer camp! The summer is fantastic for the garden option, make sure you leave time to get in a good visit out there and explore the story world. We found the lunch room off limits when the summer camps were using them, so finding out when that will be happening can help in personal planning. There is no restaurant so pack a lunch with a drink for a happy day-long visit.

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This facility is across the parking lot from the Ross Park Zoo, so be sure you include that in your planning if you wanted to go there anyway. :)

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Inevitably the kids will see pictures of our last visit and say, "I want to go there again!"

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Waverly Glen Park

Waverly, New York

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Visited: 2012-05-01 | Submitted: 2013-03-19 23:34:33.0 | I traveled with big kids (6-8) and tweens (9-12)

It feels like a hide away, especially on a hot Sunday afternoon...

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There is nothing fancy about this place, it's a very simple park, but in its simplicity, it is very welcoming. We find ourselves at the bottom of a small waterfall with a shallow pool (called a lynn, we discovered when researching our last name) containing tiny fish, frogs, and even a little snake. We enjoy sharing our lunch (ok, the kids practically feed their entire sandwiches to watch the fish catch the bread) and the coolness beneath the sheltering foliage, and eventually wander around to enjoy the playground offerings and beauty of the lower hiking trails. I have never attempted going higher, it looks more vertically challenging than I deem worthy of injury. After a long, leisurely afternoon, we begin to depart only to discover our good friends playing tennis at the entrance to the park, and they borrow our happy boy to play with their youngest, his best friend. All in all, a good choice for location, relaxing, and enjoying each other and the beauty of God's world.

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Picnics, playgrounds, perhaps a dip in the pond- not to be done without supervision, however, as it is not a particularly safe looking "swimming hole" as things are not necessarily cleared out after falling in from whence they came. A local park, not so much a destination for distant travelers, although they had some sort of mountain biking thing with campers arriving one weekend.

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Mt. Pisgah State Park Nature Center

two miles north of US 6, Troy, Pennsylvania

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Visited: 2012-08-01 | Submitted: 2013-03-18 23:45:24.0 | I traveled with big kids (6-8)

Events for school, county, friends and family, or simply a place to take a hike!

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Mt. Pisgah is about 40 minutes from our home, through lovely farm country in the hills of Pennsylvania. With a lake, hiking trails, a pool, (which is great on the hottest days especially, because the wind through the hills adds to the coolness) a nature center and play areas (including newly added playground structures) there is plenty to enjoy. We have enjoyed school field trips, birthday barbeques, church picnics, Bradford County Youth Field Days, and I am aware there are other special events held annually such as Women in the Wilds, Apple Butter Day and Sugar on Snow. This is one of those tucked away treasures you might miss if you don't take the time to look.

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The pool is surprisingly cool, particularly with the wind, but wonderful on some of our steamier days. There is a snack bar by the pool, but plenty of opportunity available for supplying your own sustenance via BBQ or simple packed lunch. There is a volleyball net with sand beneath so one can engage in a good game of beach ball, minus the beach. There is a butterfly garden on the hill above the pool by the park environmental interpretive center, and hikes and programs are held even at night.

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Hershey'S Great American Chocolate Tour

251 Park Blvd, Hershey, Pennsylvania

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Visited: 2011-12-01 | Submitted: 2013-03-13 21:23:42.0 | I traveled with big kids (6-8)

Probably most fun for the 3 to 8 crowd

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This is free, mildly educational, and hokey but cute. I doubt I'd find it worth standing in long lines to see, but for a quick trip to look it was fun. It was good for an introduction to Hershey, but probably should be avoided at the end of a long, tiring day. It's a nice side attraction but certainly not a main event.

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Our big discovery was that parking is free, and the entrance to Hershey Park is right down the sidewalk from the entrance to this. Hershey Park required a fair amount of money to park...

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Hershey Sweet Lights

Sand Beach Rd, Hershey, Pennsylvania

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Visited: 2011-12-01 | Submitted: 2013-03-13 17:16:37.0 | I traveled with big kids (6-8)

Fans of sparkly lights- go!

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Some things are worth a one time experience, and I'd say this qualifies. We had not been to anything similar, and perhaps other places do this, but for us, it was our first time seeing such a large display of colorful Christmas lights to drive through. It has a touch of innocence about it that links it a bit to the past, as technology charges ahead yet these lights blink on and off and "move" as one set is off in the picture while another set blinks on. There are themes, such as the Twelve Days of Christmas, and of course Hershey's Chocolate (none given out, sorry) and we were given two pairs of glasses as part of the admission price, which made a Santa face appear in the sparkles. We found ourselves at the wrong end when trying to find the place- you can see some from a main road but the entrance is in the middle of nowhere, so try and find out where you're going before stopping in at the donut shop for the girl to give you a blank stare when you ask for directions. The set up is basically a big field with propped up frames decorated with small medium, large, and even extra large designs, and then it winds in a little wooded area with some houses. I can only imagine the cost of running all the lights, let alone the expense of the actual sets of lights themselves, so the price is fairly high; but as I said, we felt it was worth spending for the unique experience.

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No child is going to want to sit in the middle seat! I doubt this would be of much interest to jaded tweens and teens, but those of the younger set would likely enjoy the one-time-a-year feeling of this event/activity.

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Corning Museum of Glass

1 Museum Way, Corning, New York

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Visited: 2012-01-01 | Submitted: 2013-03-13 01:02:03.0 | I traveled with big kids (6-8)

It's amazing how beautiful, interesting and useful glass can be.

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Not just anyone can work with glass, particularly hot glass. The skill of artisans working their magic upon molten glass is wonderful to behold, and at Corning Museum of Glass we're given a front row seat. The finished products are gorgeous, and can be practical, or not. We had been meaning to make it there as a family and finally did, (with a friend joining us, too) and enjoyed the interactive demonstrations, the keep-your-seat demonstrations, the displays of fascinating facts, and the variety of items for sale. I want give a shout out to the woman who helped us, an entire year later, to replace some special items for our daughter, which had been broken by me. She had picked out some roses for her birthday, and last month I accidentally jarred the bureau upon which they were perched, breaking every last one. These roses had been on clearance, and yet Barb in sales managed to find some and send them to us. Thank you again, Barb!!

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I have said it before and it bears repeating. Pictures make far less expensive souvenirs than buying whatever trinket might appeal in the short term. [And they generally acquire less dust, especially in the digital age!]

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