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Clearwater Beach Florida with Kids

The main stop on our recent road trip was Clearwater, Florida.  My parents recently got a vacation place down there and we were excited to visit.
We ended up being on the road during the twin’s 5th birthday so we had fun celebrating it in Clearwater.
We also spent some time in Tampa visiting the Lowry Park Zoo and The Florida Aquarium.  We also went to visit Winter at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and had a beach day on Honeymoon Island.
However, the best memories were made on Clearwater Beach.  I was shocked at how beautiful the beach was!  The water was crystal clear and as warm as bathwater.  The white sand was soft and resembled moon sand.  Plus everyone was incredibly nice.
Beyond the sand, we spent an afternoon aboard Captain Memo’s Pirate Ship.  We also ate at Crabby Bill’s twice and had the best king crab legs anywhere, and the kids had 2 crabby patty’s each because they were so good!
We fell in love with Clearwater and can’t wait until
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our next trip down!

Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise ~ Clearwater Florida

While in Clearwater, Florida last month we took a ride on Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise.  This was the best boat ride I have ever been on!
At first, I was put off a bit by the price, at $39 for adults and $27 for children, this seemed to be the most expensive cruise experience along the Marina line up.  Yet I figured we were on vacation and how often do you get to go out at sea on a pirate ship?  We got our tickets and began to board the ship.
As we boarded we were given pirate hats and the kids got water guns to use later on in the cruise. We also took a family photo with the Pirate and then headed aboard to set sail.
The Pirate Ship has 3 levels, the bottom main deck has a bar and bathrooms in the inner bow, the middle deck also offers an interior section with windows, and the top deck is for adults only and is the only area where smoking is permitted.  The top deck is also where the Pirate Ship’s Captains station is.
Once we were onboard the pirate crew came around handing out Water, Soda, Beer, and Wine.  This continued throughout the entire cruise and was all you can drink!  With the music playing and the cold drinks flowing it was easy to relax, sit back, and enjoy the boat from the moment we came aboard.
Once at sea, the crew brought all the kids down to the main deck where they had a squirt gun right, face painting, pirate stories, a treasure hunt, and a dance party.  The boys loved the water gun fight but Lilly’s favorite part was doing the Limbo and conga line!
The crew was very friendly and great with all the kids.  Once the dance party was over they handed out Pirate Certificates to the kids.  While parents got the last chance to order a beverage. 
From the top deck, the views of Clearwater Harbor are beautiful and if you keep your eyes peeled you may see some dolphins on the horizon!  The cruise lasted approximately 2 hours and every moment was upbeat and festive.
I was very impressed with this attraction, it was a fabulous day for the kids, parents, and grandparents!

Marriott Grande Vista Resort , Orlando Florida ~ Our Disney Vacation

We returned home from a last minute Disney trip this week.  My parents had an extra week available to exchange on their timeshare so I was able to convince the Hubby to take the trip down to Orlando.  This was the second time we stayed at the Marriott Grande Vista Resort in Orlando.  It’s across the street from Sea World, a 15 minute drive to all the Disney attractions and Universal, and less than 5 minutes away from restaurants and shopping.

We first stayed at the Marriott Grande Vista Resort back in August of 2012 when we did our first big Disney trip along with my parents, brother, and sister in-law.  Back then we stayed in a 3 bedroom lock-off villa, this time in 2014 we got the 2 bedroom lock-off villa because my father wasn’t able to come down and the rest of the family only stayed with us a few nights. 
I am a huge fan of this resort!  They offer so much, on the days we wanted to just relax and recover from all our Disney fun, this resort is perfect.  The kids can never get bored, they offer daily activities for them.  Such as arts and crafts, games, and different events like having Gatorland visit the resort.  They also have fun kid friendly pools, a rec room, boat rentals, a candy/ice cream shop and fishing rod rentals.  If its raining there’s a game room and the maze room which is a tube area for the kids to run off some energy.  They also offer kids drop-off nights and a kids field trip day to Gatorland for a fee, so parents have a chance to sit back and relax.
The Marriott Grande Vista also has a store and several restaurants on site.  Weather you want a sit down meal, a quick bite to eat by the pool, or pizza back in your room, this resorts got you covered! 
The store sells prepackaged S’more kits for the fire pits that are set on a beach area by the pond
 We didn’t make it to a fire night yet, because there is so much to do in Orlando.  However the kids loved building sandcastles on the beach!
If your looking for an adult friendly night, that’s also covered.  With poolside bars, relaxing hot tubs, and an onsite spa and fitness center!

The landscaping is beautiful and the resort is set on a golf course.  The kids woke up every morning and watched the golfers from the back patios. 
The staff was also excellent, my mother kept shutting the lock off suite door by accident along with her room key and security always came fast with a smile on there face to unlock the door. 
I also love having a full kitchen in our villa, we saved a lot of money being able to make breakfast most mornings, and barbequing a couple nights.  Our villa also had a washer/dryer and Jacuzzi tub.
I understand why many people choose to stay in a Disney resort, however if you are looking to experience all the other attractions Orlando has to offer, or you want to spend days away from all the coming a going of the theme parks then this resort is an awesome alternative. 
*this is not a sponsored post*

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