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9 Tips for Visiting LEGOLAND Orlando

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Tips for Visiting LEGOLAND Orlando

If you or someone you knows is a true LEGO lover, then you might want to plan a trip to LEGOLAND Orlando! The pictures don’t do this park justice, it is a magical place for sure!

If you are thinking of visiting, I will share some tips with you, to make your visit a little bit easier! There is so much to do, you could spend days trying to fit in all the awesome activities and rides!

Make Your Day at LEGOLAND A Success

Consider Staying At Their Hotel: By staying on property,  you can get extended LEGOLAND hours at the theme park, early admission and more. You can find discounted tickets and sales online! It is something to think about for sure.  You can find discounted tickets on their website or at Costco.

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Go Before a Major Holiday: If you go right before a major holiday, it can be less crowded. Try to avoid weekends, that can be the busiest time. 

Hit Popular Rides First: If you arrive really early, get to the rides you want the most. It will save you waiting in line and hopefully mean you get to do the ride! 

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Pack Water and Snacks: Make sure to have a few waters and light snacks handy as you are going throughout the park. It will help save a little money and with the warm sun you want to stay hydrated. 

Bring Stroller: If you have younger kids, consider a stroller with an umbrella. They will get tired of walking and having shade will help with the hot summer sun. 

Parking Tickets Online: If you have a car you are taking to LEGOLAND consider purchasing parking online at the LEGOLAND Florida Site! It can save you some money.

Bring Minifigures To Trade: This is pretty awesome, your kids can bring 3 of their least favorites to trade. Each LEGO employee wears a minifigures on their name tag, and if you ask to trade they will! Some employees “Minifigure Ambassadors” have almost 100 minifigures to choose from, they are a bit harder to find.

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Package Pick Up: If you decide to shop at the gift shop, you can choose the package pick up. They will take your items you purchased, package them and have them at the front of the park and when you leave pick them up on the way out! That way you don’t have to lug all over the park. 

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Top 3 Popular Attractions 

  • The Battle for Brickbeard’s Bounty at the Ski Stadium
  • Coastersaurus roller coaster
  • This is the Mindstorm Robotics Challenge

The Details:
Where:

LegoLand
One LEGOLAND Way
Winter Haven, FL 33884 

Admission:
Adults – $113.00
Children – $106.00
Save with 2 Day Tickets
Adult – $133.00
Children – $126.00

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Disclosure: We received free passes to help facilitate this post.  All opinions are 100% my own.

The Best Exhibits at Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa

Early in our move to Tampa Bay we had heard about the Tampa River Walk, how beautiful it was and the endless events and activities that take place there.  When I decided to check it out, the Glazer Children's Museum stuck out as an interesting place to explore with the kids.  So, I was excited when the museum invited us to visit.  Growing up in Massachusetts, I had visited the Boston Children’s Museum countless times and always made amazing memories, and I was excited to do the same in our new home state.       As you enter the museum, the highlight of the first floor is the large water play area with various weather simulations, boat navigation, and water flow areas.  The entire family had fun in this area, especially with the weather simulator.   Along with the large water's Journey exhibit, the first floor offered a unique sand box area and tug boat play structure.   Like in museums we have visited in the past, Glazer Children's Museum has a large climbing structure for the kids to conquer.  These climbing structures are always one of the kid’s favorite exhibits.  They climbed for up and down several times, laughing along the way, as mommy and daddy got to relax on the benches next the exhibit and look on.   Once the kids were done climbing, we got to explore the second floor which featured a pretend fire house, hospital, pet clinic, Publix, Outback, theater, news station, and more.   I was impressed with how clean and organized the museum was given the fact that they had so many exhibits on one level.  Also, having the majority of the exhibits on the one floor made it easier for parents with multiple kids to watch them all as they played.   Anthony was too old for many of the exhibits, but he did really like the paper airplane section and learning about new broadcasts in the Kids' Network.     Aidan enjoyed every single exhibit and played for hours.  His favorites were the fire house, the restaurant and the construction area.     Lilly spent most her time in the Get Moving area.  Which showcased a rock wall and a racing area.                       After we finally convinced the kids to head outside, we enjoyed a bit of the beautiful River Walk.  The Glazer Museum is located right on River with an interactive fountain, playground, and large field right outside the door.  It was a wonderful day that I can absolutely recommend to mothers of young children in the Tampa area.   After a fun afternoon, I can say with confidence that the Glazer Children's Museum is a perfect place for young families to make memories and learn new things.     The Details: Where: Glazer Children’s Museum    110 W Gasparilla Plaza Tampa FL 33602   Price: Adults – $15 Children - $9.50 Babies under 1 year are Free Family Annual Memberships start at $125   Hours: Monday-Friday 10am - 5pm Saturday 10am - 6pm Sunday 1pm - 6pm   Get Social with the Glazer Children’s Museum: Facebook Twitter Instagram           Disclosure:  I received press passes to the Glazer Children’s Museum for myself and my family to facilitate this post, all opinions are always 100% my own.

Early in our move to Tampa Bay we had heard about the Tampa River Walk, how beautiful it was and the endless events and activities that take place there.  When I decided to check it out, the Glazer Children’s Museum stuck out as an interesting place to explore with the kids.  So, I was excited when the museum invited us to visit.  Growing up in Massachusetts, I had visited the Boston Children’s Museum countless times and always made amazing memories, and I was excited to do the same in our new home state.   (more…)

Top Tips for Visiting Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

While in Tampa one of the best places to take the kids is the Lowry Park Zoo!
  My kids are big animal lovers,  Anthony loves to learn all the facts about each kind of animal while the twins just fall in love with all of them, so this zoo was a great experience for us.
 
This was the first time I had ever visited the Lowry Park Zoo and I was very impressed.  The zoo was very clean, they had a wide variety of animals that were very visible in their habitats and the zoo also offered other activities to keep the kids entertained. 

The summer months can get excruciatingly hot in Florida especially if your not from here, so we arrived at the zoo right when it opened so we could finish most of the walking before the hottest part of the day.
  Once walking through the main entrance we headed to the left and went through each of the 6 animal habitat areas, Asian Gardens, Florida Wildlife Center, Primate World, Safari Africa, Ituri Forest and Wallaroo Station.  This ended up being a perfect plan because when we finally arrived in the Wallaroo Station area we were starting to get very hot and tired.  However this area cooled us off quick with a water spray park and some mechanical rides.

The zoo has a petting area with farm animals, an area to touch sting rays and numerous feeding activities at different habitats.

The kids loved all the animals but each had a favorite.  Aidan Loved the Chimpanzees, Lilly thought the elephants were the cutest, and Anthony was excited to learn about rhino’s.

One of the coolest rides that really sets the Lowry Park Zoo apart from other zoo’s we’ve been to was the Expedition Africa Guided Safari.
The safari is a guided tour aboard a 2 carted jeep, through the back area of the “Safari Africa” section of the zoo.

Ready to Visit?
Admission is currently $32.95 for adults and $24.95 for children.  Which includes Pay For The Day, Come Back The Rest Of The Year
For those local to Tampa, this is an awesome deal because it means you will not only get to enjoy the zoo for the rest of 2017, but you will also get to take advantage of the amazing holiday events that The Lowry Park Zoo offers.  Such as “Creatures of the Night” and “Christmas in the Wild”

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While the Pay for the Day ticket is a great deal, if you have a large family, like we do, I suggest becoming a zoo member.  There are several membership choices to choose from, for us the Family Plus Guest membership was the best.  This meant for $159 my husband, 3 children, myself, and a guest could visit anytime for a full 12 months.  The memberships also include seasonal events.

Getting there:
1101 West Sligh Avenue
Tampa, FL 33604

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is definitely a must see when in the Tampa Bay area!

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The Ultimate Central Florida Bucket List

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The Ultimate Central Florida Bucket List

Gulf Coast
Visit Winter at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Become a Pirate aboard Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise
Run through the sprinkler park at The Florida Aquarium
Feed the animals at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo
Shell on the Islands off the Gulf Coast
See some mermaids at Weeki Wachee State Park
Tour Solomon’s Castle
Check out the art at the Salvador Dali Muesam
Ride the roller coasters at Busch Gardens
Celebrate sunset at Pier 60
Listen to the bells at Bok Tower Gardens
Beat the heat at Adventure Island
Climb the St. Augustine Lighthouse
Tube the Rainbow Springs
Get hands on at MOSI
Kayak out to Caladesi Island
See the birds at Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary
Take a ride on Wild Bill’s Air Boat Tours
Take a spooky ride up Spook Hill
Tour the SS American Victory
Race the kids at Grand Prix Tampa
Take a ride on Tampa’s Streetcar System
Experience the Big Cat Rescue
Check out the art at Dunedin Fine Art Center
Climb up high at Verticle Venture
Hike around Honeymoon Island
Dig for fossils at Dinosaur World
Swim with manatees at Crystal River
Check out the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs
Ride the Sun Coast Trolley
Catch some rays at Indian Rocks Beach
See some majestic animals at Suncoast Primate Sanctuary
Swim with the fish at Rum Fish Grill
Tour the gulf beaches on the Dolphin Racer
Snorkel at Egmont Key
Have an adventure at Empower Adventures
Ride a Fun Coup around the beach
Walk the board walk on Madeira Beach
Take some selfies at the St. Pete Urban Mural Tour
Visit Alligator Attraction on John’s Pass
Pose with the Hulk Hogan statue outside Hogan’s Beach Shop
Visit the flamingos at the Sunken Gardens
Feed Giraffes at the Giraffe Ranch
Relax on Pass-A-Grille Beach
Splash around at Kiwanis Sprayground
Taste the donuts at The Mini Donuts Factory
Horse back ride the Beach
Ice Skating at the Mall in Clearwater
Taste the sugar at Cotton Candy Palace

Orlando Area
Pick out a pair of Havianas at Disney Springs
Become a Prince or Princess at the Bibbidi Boppity Boutique
Visit the mouse at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom
Take a ride aboard Disney’s Monorail
Eat (and Drink) around the world at Disney’s Epcot
Take a Safari at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom
See the amazing views from atop the Eye of Orlando
Get up close to the Alligators at Gator Land
Sip on some Butterbeer at Universal Studios
Kiss a dolphin at Discovery Cove
Eat Dinner with Belle and Beast at Be Our Guest
East everything in The Kitchen Sink at Beaches and Cream
Have a Dole Whip
See the Welcome Show at Magic Kingdom
Explore the Holy Land
Take a Master Builder Class at Lego Land
Get Slimed at Nickelodeon
Experience The Great Escape
Skydive at iFly Indoor Skydiving
Join the Fans at ESPN Wide World of Sports
Watch Cirque De Soliel’s
Blue Man Group
Tour the town of Celebration
Have fun with color at the Crayola Experience
Visit the big M&M at M&M World
Sip some tea at Infusion Tea
Lunch at the American Girl Bistro
Eat at the Krusty Burger in Universal Studios
Get your dolls hair done at the American Girl Salon
Visit the Orlando Science Center
Explore Wonder Works
Get Wild at Wild Florida
Have Fun at Fun Spot America
Play at Disney Quest
Golf at Pirates Cove Adventure Golf
See the unbelievable at Ripley’s Believe it Or Not
Explore International Drive
Snorkel at Devil’s Den Spring
Take a selfie with celebrities at Madam Tussauds
Relax under a tree at Big Tree Park
Satisfy a sweet tooth at World of Chocolate Museum
Take a trapeze class at Orlando Flying Trapeze
Walk Disney’s Boardwalk
Snorkel with sharks at Typhoon Lagoon
Get Chilly at the ICEBAR
Plunge down some water slides at Wet n’ Wild
Race at the Magical Midway
See a dolphin show at Sea World
Get wet at Aquatica
Learn about the Titanic at Titanic the Experience
Visit the Sea Life Aquarium
Eat at the Biggest McDonald’s
Relax in the lazy river at Blizzard Beach
Explore the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Take a Ride on the Mount Washington Cog Railway!

A trip to the White Mountains is not complete with out seeing the views from the highest peek in the north east at the top of Mount Washington.
There are 3 ways to get to the top of Mount Washington, hike it, drive it, or take The Mount Washington Cog Railway.  I can’t hike up a hill never mind a 6,288 foot mountain, plus I have three kids in tow so that option went out the window quickly.
Many people drive up the mountain, however I get an anxiety attack driving in town, so windy roads on the side of a mountain didn’t sound like a peaceful afternoon.  Plus I had nightmares of my brakes failing and my car overheating when I considered it, so driving was a “no-way”.
The Cog Railway was exactly what we needed.  We pulled up, and parked, got our tickets, then sat back and enjoyed the views throughout the 3 hour guided train tour.

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The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum ~ A Must See in Boston!

Living in the Boston area my entire life, I thought I had been through all the best museums the city has to offer.  I was wrong!  I had never been to the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum.  Actually I wasn’t even aware that it existed until our last visit to The Boston Children’s Museum and Anthony pointed out the “awesome” ship across the harbor.
With Anthony being the museum lover he is, I knew we had to explore it on our next trip into the city.  However I had no idea what to expect because and wasn’t sure if it would be something that was interesting enough to hold a 10 year old boys attention.

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