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Vacation Myrtle Beach is Giving Away an Oceanfront Condo, valued at nearly $100,000 (or $50,000 CASH, winner's choice)!!! One lucky winner will own this condo (this is not a timeshare).

Win this beautiful Oceanfront Condo and Change Your Life! Vacation Myrtle Beach, one of the largest providers of family vacation accommodations in Myrtle Beach, SC, is pleased to announce the launch of The Great Myrtle Beach Condo Giveaway contest, which features the grand prize of a furnished oceanfront condo at The Caravelle Resort located in Myrtle Beach, SC, valued at nearly $100,000 (or $50,000 CASH, winner's choice)!!! One lucky winner will own this condo (this is not a timeshare). Other lucky winners will receive a 7-night stay or a 3-night stay at one of Vacation Myrtle Beach's oceanfront properties.

The newly renovated, oceanfront efficiency condo offers room for up to four guests and includes a fully-equipped kitchen. In addition to its prime Myrtle Beach location, the resort provides convenient access to all of the area's major attractions, restaurants, and things to do. Families and couples enjoy a wide variety of on-site amenities including an indoor pool, a block-long poolscape complete with a large pool, whirlpool, lazy river, kiddie lazy river, kids' pool, poolside bar, and plenty of relaxing deck options. In addition to everything you need for fun in the sun, the resort offers an array of dining options as well as an opportunity for rejuvenation and relaxation at its on-site spa.

The Great Myrtle Beach Condo Giveaway sweepstakes is now open for entries.

To enter or for Official Rules and more information about Vacation Myrtle Beach properties and deals, please here: https://woobox.com/hsfeoo?source=usfam

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Best Northern Illinois Road Trips



America is a country partially built on the great tradition of road trips. Before everyone started flying everywhere, the country’s intricate road networks, which still crisscross the nation, were the lifeblood of many a small town and city. For many, they still are. If you’re thinking about your next road trip in northern Illinois, we have some great tips for you on where to go! We’ll look at three routes --- the Great River Road, Historic Route 66, and the Illinois Lincoln Highway.

Great River Road
This 570-mile stretch runs from East Dubuque in the north, down to Cairo in the south, following the Mississippi River all the way, and passing through some 18 different counties. Winter time is especially good if you’re a birdwatcher. The skies will be littered with eagles and other spectacular birds of prey. The northern part of the route is filled with great charming riverside spots and lovely towns full of their own unique character. Stop in Galena to see the characteristic old buildings housing the artisanal shops and small restaurants. You can get more history in Nauvoo too, the town named by Mormon church founder, Joseph Smith. The town is a treasure trove of heritage. Finally, there’s Quincy, whose Washington Park hosts great events like the Dogwood Festival.
 
Historic Route 66
Starting in the incredible city of Chicago, this iconic route heads west, with 300 miles of road in Illinois alone. Over its long history it has become a literary and cultural icon, at first symbolizing escape, especially from events like the Dust Bowl. Nowadays, though, it’s about adventure and renewal. Why not enjoy the Illinois end of the route, enjoying highlights like Lou Mitchell’s Restaurant and Bakery. Located right at the beginning of the route in downtown Chicago, it’ll give you the perfect sendoff with sumptuous breakfast and lunch fare before your journey starts. Automobile enthusiasts also shouldn’t miss the Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum --- a temple to automotive heritage. Route 66 is history in your backyard. Don’t miss out!

Illinois Lincoln Highway
This 179-mile National Scenic Byway is steeped in heritage, and runs across much of the north of the state. It is now mostly paralleled by I-80 and I-88. It is part of a much larger system, of course, running east to west coast to coast. Many sights and towns on the route are well worth a visit, such as Dixon, IL, the childhood home of none other than former President, Ronald Reagan. If that’s not for you, then stop in beautiful Joliet to take in the views of the Des Plaines River and the rugged limestone exteriors that still clad this former steel town. Travel the road and visit the unique communities along the way. There’s all the warmth and hospitality in the world waiting for you.

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How to Save Money on Gas

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Ever since the automobile became a staple of the American household, a burning question has remained in the minds of every family --- how much is a gallon of gas? The volatile energy markets can force gas prices up or down in wild fluctuations, and so we think it’s important that you know how to save on gas usage. However good things look now, price-wise, it’s sure not to stay that way forever.

Tip Number 1 – Drive Less
OK, we admit, this one sounds a bit obvious. If you drive less, you’ll use less gas. Of course! It doesn’t take a genius, but let’s look at this seriously. If you reflect on how much you are using your car, even for journeys under a mile, then you are probably wasting a lot fuel. Consider walking or riding a bike if you can.

Tip Number 2 – Shorten the Warm Up
If you have harsh winters, or are far up north where most mornings are rather chilly, then part of your morning routine is starting the car a couple of minutes early to get her warmed up before the commute or the school run. Try keeping your warm up within 30 seconds. You’ll be amazed how much you can save over time.

Tip Number 3 – Watch Your Speed
Staying well within the speed limits and maintaining steady cruising speeds over distance will help conserve gas. Always slowing down and speeding up is a real gas guzzling tactic, as is driving faster in general. Slow down and go steady.

Tip Number 4 – Stay on Top of Maintenance
Ignoring basic maintenance steps could be adding to your gas costs, did you know that? Some of the top things to check that can save you on gas are the tire pressure, changing out the air filters (especially in dusty areas) and making sure that you’re using the right motor oil for your vehicle (check the manual for that).

Tip Number 5 – Avoid Highway Gas Stations
Here’s something you may never have expected before, but gas from stations that are located right on main highways is usually pricier than that from other stations. Well, when you’re on the highway, where else are you going to go? Are you going to take a big detour to find some smaller station elsewhere? Unlikely. Gas up fully before you head to the highway.

Tip Number 6 – Buy When it’s Cooler
A final tip from us today – buy gas in the early mornings or later in the evenings when the temperature has dropped. Here’s the chemistry part --- when it’s cool out, the gas is denser and you’ll get more bang for your buck when pumping. More gas will come through, but the price won’t change. Avoid pumping in the heat and watch the savings roll in!

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Top Tips: Preparing for a Road Trip


Summer is here and that means the family road trip to “Wherever, USA” is almost upon you, too. We know that packing for a road trip can seem like a real ordeal, especially for a family with young kids. It’s not just the distance or the gas mileage, it’s keeping the kids entertained, being ready for anything, having snacks and so much more. Here’s our handy guide to getting the car properly stocked before the big road trip.

1. Bring all the essential documents – pack your license, registration and a copy of your insurance information somewhere safe but easily accessible (like the glove box) just in case. You should always have them ready in your car, anyway.

2. Think of emergency supplies – a first-aid kit, a roadside emergency kit, blankets and travel pillows for comfortable sleeps along the way. Check the spare tire is in working order, and do some simple maintenance checks; tire pressure, oil, air filters etc. before you go. Finally, don’t forget toilet paper and/or Clorox wipes, because…well…everybody needs them!

3. Entertainment for the kids – if they’re on screen time, then portable DVD players, tablet computers or something that can play movies and TV to keep them amused for a few hours. If your car has them built in then bully for you. If they’re not on screen time, then a fun sing-along playlist for the car is a good idea, as well as a bank of easy-to-play travel games. I Spy, spot the car brand, license plate numbers, visual scavenger hunts…the sky’s the limit.

4. Snacks – audio-visual entertainment is never truly enough. To really keep everyone in the car happy, you need snacks. Don’t just plump straight for the easy chips or other high-salt snacks. If you plan, you can prepare some delicious and healthy treats that give the right amount of fiber and protein to every passenger. Celery sticks with peanut butter, carrot sticks, hummus, apple slices, trail mix, pb&j --- the list goes on.

5. Summer gear – wherever you’re going this summer, there’s a good chance that even on the way you’ll be under the baking sun or outdoors more than usual. Pack sunglasses, hats and sunscreen for you and the whole family. Better to have these things and then not need them than the other way around.

Take our advice and packing for the trip won’t seem like such an ordeal! What’s more, it’ll help facilitate a happier and more fun car journey for all concerned. Happy and safe travels, everyone!

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ENTER TO WIN AN OCEANFRONT CONDO or $50,000 CASH!

ENTER TO WIN AN OCEANFRONT CONDO or $50,000 CASH! 
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Win an Oceanfront Condo and Change Your Life! Vacation Myrtle Beach, one of the largest providers of family vacation accommodations in Myrtle Beach, SC, is pleased to announce the launch of The Great Myrtle Beach Condo Giveaway contest, which features the grand prize of a furnished oceanfront condo at The Caravelle Resort located in Myrtle Beach, SC, valued at nearly $100,000 (or $50,000 CASH, winner's choice)!!! Other lucky winners will receive a 7-night stay or a 3-night stay at one of Vacation Myrtle Beach's oceanfront properties.

The newly renovated, oceanfront efficiency condo offers room for up to four guests and includes a fully-equipped kitchen. In addition to its prime Myrtle Beach location, the resort provides convenient access to all of the area's major attractions, restaurants, and things to do. Families and couples enjoy a wide variety of on-site amenities including an indoor pool, a block-long poolscape complete with a large pool, whirlpool, lazy river, kiddie lazy river, kids' pool, poolside bar, and plenty of relaxing deck options. In addition to everything you need for fun in the sun, the resort offers an array of dining options as well as an opportunity for rejuvenation and relaxation at its on-site spa.

The Great Myrtle Beach Condo Giveaway sweepstakes is now open for entries.

For Official Rules and for more information about Vacation Myrtle Beach properties and deals, please go to https://woobox.com/hsfeoo?source=usfam
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Giveaway!!!! Keep Your Toothbrush Clean and Sanitary with Steripods.

I received these products from Steripod for review. All of the products mentioned below are BPA free and can be purchased directly from their site, from Amazon and at major retailers nationwide, such as Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, Walmart, CVS and Walgreens.  As a special gift for our readers, they have provided us with a discount code that can be used when ordering from their site.  Effective until May 31, 2019 get $5 off of your total when you use the code SAVE5.  One use per customer and you must have a minimum purchase of $19.99.  If you click HERE the code will be automatically applied at checkout.  They have also been kind enough to offer us a package for a giveaway, so please check the end of this review for the entry form and details.





This is the Steripod Toothbrush cover.  Developed by doctors and recommended by dentists, it was designed to keep your toothbrush clean and protected.  Using Thymol, a safe ingredient found in many mouthwash products, one steripod cover will protect your toothbrush for up to 3 months.  It will fit over standard toothbrushes and most electric ones.  It protects against cross contamination from other toothbrushes, which is great, especially during flu season.  They are available in 20 different colors, so it's easy to personalize them according to individual preferences.  They are easy to use, just clip them over your toothbrush.  Perfect for home use, or to protect your toothbrush while traveling.  They are also available in a glitter version for kids!  The suggested retail price is $5.99 for a pack of two.


The zinc powered razor cover helps protect your razor against nicks and rust for up to 3 months.  It easily snaps over most types of disposable and cartridge razors.  Choose your color to match your toothbrush cover for perfect coordination.  Perfect for home or travel use.  The suggested retail price is $3.99.

   
Steripod also offers tongue cleaners.  90% of bad breath is caused by a dirty tongue.  You can use these tongue cleaners to gently scrape away build up from the tongue.  The small head reduces the gag reflex, making it easier to clean  the tongue and help freshen breath.  It has three blades to help catch all of the bad stuff when scraping the tongue.  As with all of the steripod products, they can be used for 3 months before needing to be replaced.  There are four colors to choose from:  blue, pearl, pink or teal.  Perfect for home or travel use.  The suggested retail price is $2.99 for a pack of two.


Now for the giveaway!  One lucky winner will receive a Summer Travel Pod Prize Package ideal for home and especially when traveling no matter where your Memorial Day Weekend of summer vacation takes you. The prize package includes: one Steripod Kit for Women, one Steripod Kit for Men and one of each Steripod Kids Glitter Pod Toothbrush Protector 2-packs in adorable animal packaging your little ones will love. That's 22 pods total! Prize also includes a Steripod Holographic Toiletries Bag for your purse or carry on.

   
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The sponsor, Steripod, is responsible for shipping the prize to the winner.  Must live in the U.S. and be 18 or over to enter.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond to the winning notification email with shipping information.  If we don't receive a response within 48 hours, then you forfeit your prize and an alternate winner will be chosen. Once we have a confirmed winner, their first name and last initial will be announced here.  Facebook and other social media platforms are not associated with this giveaway in any way. 
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Miami Blues: Best Things To Do On The Water

If you’re travelling to Miami and you’re not testing the waters, then what are you really doing? It's the one place in the world where the waters are almost always turquoise blue and calm. Maybe it will always play second fiddle to godlike places such as the Adriatic and Mediterranean Seas but if you’re in America, it simply doesn’t get better. And no, not even Californians can say they have better waters that Florida, Miami. It's the one place to be if you are looking for some watersports. Here you will find just about everything you can think of. From looking at what’s below the surface in a snorkelling lesson, to ripping the water apart in powerful jet ski. You are in fact spoiled for choice here as pretty much every water sport and activity on the planet can be done here. But if you don’t have all week or month, you need to spread your time and efforts out wisely. In order to enjoy what’s on offer you need to give each activity some time so you can understand it and get proficient in it. First time hitting the waves? If you’re new to Miami then don’t fret, there are many things you can do to familizare yourself with the waters. As with any kind of coastal hotspot, there is a set limit to the coast, how far you can go and obviously even speed limits on the waters in crowded areas. So for a first taste of these waters take a ride on the Miami Sea Rocket. It's a long and fast powerboat that can seat a large family or group of friends. It will take you on a 35 minute long tour of the waters, checking out the Miami skyline, the different neighborhoods, the various beaches, and zoom through certain passes and straights at full speed. The tour also includes some interesting facts about Miami which only the locals know about so you could end up hearing something you didn’t expect.
 The classic sailing style Whoever said that power is all you need on the waters? Sometimes when you in the jewel of America’s coastline, you need to take it slow. You should consider yacht rental miami if you would like to take to the waters in a sailboat. There are of course powered yachts if that is what you prefer but if you want to sail in relative smoothness and quiet, then the classic use of the wind is in order. Bear in mind however, some yachts are only open to be rented during certain hours. Some yachts need to be maintained to a higher standard since they offer luxury cruising, therefore the hours are fewer. Some may be designed for dusk sailing and others can be in the morning instead. It depends on what kind of day you’re looking to have and your skill level with the boat itself.

Curious what to wear in Miami?  Check out this article! What to wear in Miami
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The MUST HAVE product when you travel with kids

This post contains affiliate links.

If you travel a lot with your kids, then you must have CozyPhones. Whether you are traveling by car or you have that long flight ahead of you, you and your kids will love CrazyPhones.

CozyPhones are not only super cute, they fold up for easy packing.  These earphones are a great alternative for girls or boys of any age who hate earbuds, struggle with bulky over the ear headphones. lightweight, comfortable, washable headband with adjustable, removable speakers provide the perfect fit and won’t fall off.

I was so excited to receive CozyPhones to try out!  The unicorn is soooo cute!  CozyPhones has so many for choices that will fit your kids likes,  They even have....,PAW PATROL!

Your kids will love travelling with their very own CozyPhones and be able to listen in comfort to their favorite music or movie.  CozyPhones are compatible with most all devices.  CozyPhones are safe for kids because they are volume limited for hearing protection.  The headbands are super soft so your little one can use it as a sleep mask.

CozyPhones are perfect for  kids with sensory issues and special needs.  I have a son with autism and these are PERFECT for him!



Make sure to purchase before your next travel adventure! Click here to see them all! 
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Top Ways To Help Your Travel Anxiety This Summer



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If you are a first time traveller this summer or you have always had issues getting on a plane to go on holiday, you are not alone. For many of us, the idea of being on a plane with lots of people can be scary, and it can indeed make it hard for us to cope with travelling at all. Travel anxiety can be down to a number of different things: it could be that you are scared of flying, scared of leaving home, and scared of not being able to come back. But there are many different things that you can do this summer to make that plane ride much easier and to allow you to stay settled and excited for your trip away.


Fly with a friend

If you struggle with travel and you always seem to feel anxious on the plane, the worst thing you can possibly do for yourself is to travel on your own. Make sure when you plan to go away somewhere that you always have someone that you know and trust sitting next to you. Being on a plane with someone that you know will make things much easier for you to cope with the flight because they will be there to support you and tell you that it’s all ok. Even if you don’t have a panic right away, a friend or partner will be able to distract you from the plane by talking to you and playing a game with you. Never travel alone if possible because it will make you feel overwhelmed.

Relaxation techniques

One of the useful skills you can start to learn as you prepare for a flight is relaxation techniques. There are many great ways to relax your body and your mind and now is the perfect time to use these skills to make sure that you don’t pay attention to the plane leaving the ground. You can close your eyes and focus on your breathing for a while and start to imagine that you are entering a happy place. It could be a meadow, a secret garden or even a beach. Imagine yourself in this place and think about everything you can see, hear and smell. Focusing on this will take you away from the present moment and will allow you to truly relax for a while and calm your anxieties. You will be able to keep your eyes closed and stay in your happy place as long as you feel you need to, and only bring yourself back to the present again when you are completely ready to.

Focus on something calm

Another great thing that you can do for yourself when flying is to focus your attention on something which stays calm and unmoving. It could be a bottle of water on your table, the pattern of cushion in front of you or the luggage in the overhead bay. Think of something which isn’t moving and focus on it for a while. This way, your body will feel calm too because you will no longer feel as if you are moving through the sky. You can also think about putting some calming music on if you can or even playing a meditation tape to help you stay calm.

Use a weighted blanket

One of the things which can really be a godsend for those who suffer from anxiety is a weighted blanket. When we are anxious and worked up we often feel unsettled and exposed to the world. Paranoia can set in easily and we can end up feeling completely out of control with our lives and everything in it. A weighted blanket is the perfect calming tool for anyone with anxiety because it gives you the sensation of being hugged and being covered up. You will feel safe and protected and this can allow you to rest and sleep for the duration of the flight. If you are able to sleep this is the best thing for you to do.

Avoid alcohol

Before a flight, a lot of people will suggest to you that you should have a stiff drink or two as a bit of Dutch courage, however this can actually make you feel more paranoid when you get on the plane and take off. The reason for this is that alcohol is a depressant and it slows our reactions, it makes us feel groggy and we can also feel more emotional as a result. If you are already anxious and worried about a flight, a drink might just amplify these fears and make you feel even worse, to a point where you cannot even get on the flight at all. Drink lots of water and vitamin packed fruit juice before a flight to keep your body happy.


Sit at the front

If you are able to afford first class seats, buy them for a flight. When you are in the regular section of a plane you often end up being crammed in next to people you don’t know and this can make for a very stressful flight. If you have social anxiety as well as travel anxiety this will make you feel twice as bad and you will not be able to settle for the duration of the flight. If you are able to buy a first class seat you will be away from the crowds and you will have a much larger seat to yourself. This will allow you to get comfortable and calm yourself which can make your flight much more enjoyable.

Remember your plans

When you get on a flight you can be so distracted by the experience that you forget about where you are going. When you are suffering from anxiety on a plane make sure that you start to remember the reason you are on the plane  in the first place. Maybe you rented out some apartments for yourself and your friends for a few weeks away, maybe you are going for an all-inclusive hotel retreat… remembering your reason for a flight can make the whole experience much more relaxing and you will be able to look forward to what’s in store when you get off the plane. You’ll no longer feel consumed by anxiety because you will know that in a few hours you’ll be off doing whatever you want.

Bring entertainment

Make sure when you get on a plane that you bring something to do. You can bring your favourite book, a sketchbook to draw in or even a pack of cards to play with your partner. You can also think about watching one of the in-flight movies to keep your mind occupied throughout the flight. If you are able to do something that you enjoy on the plane this is the ideal way to combat those feelings of anxiety and stress.

Talk to someone

If you are trying all of the things above and you still seem to be panicking at the thought of getting onto a flight, it might just be that you need to air your issues to someone else. Go to your local doctors and talk to them about your problems. Let them know what feelings you are having and what you think is causing these feelings. A doctor will always be able to help you along the way with your stress and they might even be able to refer you to a counsellor to get some proper treatment for your anxiety. This way you will be able to truly be happy and finally get on a flight in peace.


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Family Fun at Wilderness at the Smokies

This is a sponsored blog; while the views expressed here were genuinely mine, consideration was paid to me by Wilderness at the Smokies for this review.


I am thrilled to tell you about Wilderness at the Smokies located in Sevierville, Tennessee. This is largest waterpark  resort in Tennessee. Wild WaterDome, Tennessee's largest indoor waterpark is located within the resort, along with two seasonal waterparks, Salamander Springs and Lake Wilderness.  That's a lot of waterparks for one resort!  Your family is sure to have lots of fun while making memories that will last a lifetime!



When you book at Wilderness at the Smokies, access to all three waterparks is included.  There is a wide range of accommodations, from single room to multi-room suites that sleep up to 16 people.  There is also a family entertainment center and multiple food and beverage venues, restaurant and snack shops located within the resort.
 Check out πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰ www.WildernessAtTheSmokies.com/specials when booking your stay! 

Sevierville is home to Dolly Parton and Dollywood is just 10 miles away, in Pigeon Forge. You can also check out Ripley's Aquarium which is in Gatlinburg(15 miles) or Smoky Mountain National Park (18 miles).  I am delighted that these area attractions are so close to the resort.  




This year, Wilderness at the Smokies is celebrating their 10 year anniversary with a fantastic sweepstakes with $10,000 in prizes. 
Enter for a chance to win: πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰ www.WildernessAtTheSmokies.com/win This is a super easy entry, just enter your name and email. You can enter each week. The sweepstakes ends on 9/2/2018
Weekly Prize Winners (14 weeks, 14 of each below)
  • 4-pack of Waterpark Passes
  • $100 Resort Gift Card
  • $50 Resort Gift Card
Grand Prize Winners (1 drawing, 7 winners)

Grand Prize #1 (1 Winner)
  • 4 night stay up to 12 guests in a 2 Bedroom Premier, plus 6 Adventure Forest All Stay Passes & $500 Resort Credit
Grand Prize #2 (2 Winners)
  • 2 night stay up to 6 guests in Double Queen with Sofa, plus 6 Adventure Forest All Stay passes & $250 Resort Credit
Grand Prize #3 (4 Winners)
  • 1 night stay up to 6 guests in Double Queen with Sofa, plus 6 Adventure Forest All Stay passes & $100 Resort Credit
This is family fun at it's finest.  There is fun for all ages and so much to do. Make sure to check out the specials to get a great rate on your stay and enter to win the sweepstakes by clicking on the links above.  

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Top 7 Things to Do in Toronto for Less than $10


Top 7 Things to Do in Toronto for Less than $10

If you’re here vacationing in Toronto, you probably already know that things can get pricey when it comes to visit the popular tourist attractions and enjoying your stay here. And if you’re on a budget, it can be a bit difficult to handle.
That’s exactly why we’ve got you a list of the 7 best things you can do when you’re here for as less as $10. Cool eh? Keep reading to know more!

Catch a Movie
Love going to the movies but hate how expensive it can be to catch the biggest blockbusters on the giant screen? Head over to Carleton Cinema or Humber Cinemas and watch your favorites for just $5- how’s that for an affordable movie experience? 

Explore the Shoe Museum
If you’re in the mood for an intellectual experience here in Toronto, take a tour of the Bata Shoe Museum where you can learn everything about the history of footwear. The admission to this tour is pay what you can- so even a small donation of $5 works just fine.

Enjoy Some Live Music
The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, which has opened its doors since 1947, is another great place to enjoy and spend your time. The shows on Mondays and Tuesdays are usually free or cost a very small amount, and do keep an eye out for any additional shows that cost as less as $10.

Visit Toronto Islands
When you’re here, don’t miss out on the beautiful (and cheap) ferry ride to the Toronto Islands. If you’re here with your family, the Center Island is the perfect place to check out, because there are tons of rides and attractions for kids, some great picnic spots and cafes. There’s also a bike trail and tennis courts, to keep everyone who arrives here a happy person.

Play Board Games
Craving for a low-key afternoon? You’ll be happy to spend your time at Snakes & Lattes, where you can spend the afternoon playing board games for a small fee of $6. They have a huge collection of games for you to choose from, and if you’re hungry, food and drinks are available as well!

Laugh Out Loud
There’s nothing better than watching a live comedy show to beat the stress here in Toronto. Head over to the Comedy Bar which allows you to enter shows for less than $10. Plus, there’s also an affordable snack menu here, so you can gorge on some yummy food when you’re having a good time.

Try Morning Yoga
Every Wednesday, Gladstone Hotel hosts a drop in yoga class from 7.30 to 8.30 am, where you too, can join in and practice some of the best yoga poses and enjoy some peace and quiet in the middle of the week- all for just $5.

What things do you enjoy doing while visiting Toronto?

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The best experiences that vacationing families will love in Charleston SC

When planning your family vacation do not overlook Charleston, South Carolina. Charleston is not only a historically vibrant city, but it is also a very fun family area. Today, we will go over some of the best experiences that vacationing families will love in Charleston. Beaches, museums, aquariums, the list could go on forever, but here are some of the highlights.

The Beaches
Being nestled up against the Atlantic Ocean means beaches. There are quite a few different beaches to explore after a day at the South Carolina Aquarium. Here your kids can take what they have learned and apply it in real life. Folly Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Charleston, while Kiawah Island beach is the least crowded. Families will enjoy hours playing in the sand and the surf. When hungry, beaches like Folly Beach have many little restaurants close by to refuel and re-energize.

Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry
Comprised of nine different areas, kids and families will love the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry. Art, water play (yes, a rubber top is provided), fire truck, kids grocery shopping, a medieval castle, and pirates are just a few of the area's families can explore. They even have space for toddlers to play and have fun. Children ages three to ten, are sure to have hours of fun while learning. If you have a membership admission is free, if not you can expect to spend up to $12 for non-South Carolina visitors.

Fire Truck Museum
Kids naturally love firetrucks, so the Fire Truck Museum is sure to be a hit with your kids. With over 20 different firetrucks on display, kids will spend hours learning, as well as having fun. Something else that is great is all the vehicles can still run and fight fires just like when they were in their prime. With hands-on exhibits, kids will be thrilled to handle fire hoses, and you may even be able to get them to attend the theater too. Make sure that your family takes one of the tours, to learn the most about firefighters through the years.
Frankie’s Fun Park
At Frankie’s Fun Parks kids are sure to have a blast. With indoor and outdoor activities, this place is perfect in case the weather happens to change. Mini-golf, bumper boats, laser tag, and an arcade are just a few ways that families can have fun. Although entering Frankie’s Fun Park is free, each activity does have a separate price. Families love their time here because they can pick and choose their activities, and even grab a quick meal at Frankie’s Grill.

South Carolina Aquarium
The South Carolina Aquarium is sure to be a pleasure for all families. Children will be able to experience touch tanks, stingray feedings and learn about many North American species of wildlife. Crocodiles, alligators, sea turtles, sharks and beautiful fish are just a few of nature’s creations children will learn about. Families will also learn about native South Carolina habitats. When your children start to get antsy, the BricksALIVE section where families can see over twelve different animal statues built with over 250,000 LEGOs.
Fort Sumter National Monument
Older children will love visiting the exact location where the Civil War started. First, families will enjoy the quick boat ride to Fort Sumter. After that, families will enjoy the approximate two hour and fifteen minutes. Families will see cannons, and learn how the soldiers lived their lives back in the 1860’s.
See, Charleston, South Carolina is fun and exciting for families. Children of all ages will love all the activities that they can be included in. Check out Charleston real estate.
Have you been to Charleston? In your opinion, what are other experiences that vacationing families will love in Charleston? 

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