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5 unusual family adventures to try in Florida

Florida is not all theme parks and beaches.

The Sunshine State is full of great family-friendly activities, from alligator hunting to rocket launches. Here are five of the weird and wonderful family adventures that you can try in Florida.

1. Go alligator-spotting in the Everglades

If you visit Florida and don’t get to see an alligator, you’ll feel like you’ve missed out. With a wealth of locations to choose from, we’d recommend the Fort Lauderdale Everglades. From here you can take a guided airboat ride through the mangrove swamps and learn first-hand about the staggering numbers of creatures that make their home here – including manatees, dolphins and ospreys. And if you’re feeling brave enough, you can try a bite of alligator meat before they get a chance to take a bite out of you.

2. Kayaking in the mangroves

Located on an island just off the Gulf of Mexico and the previous winner of ‘The Best Beach in the United States’, Caladesi Island State Park is home to a wealth of leisure activities for all the family. Visitors can take part in snorkeling, kayaking, boating and fishing all in one day.

But the real draw is the three-mile kayak trail that curves through the depths of the nearby mangrove forests. With multiple stop-off points, your family can easily go on land to take photos of the local herons, black skimmers owls and take a guided tour of the local pelican colony.

Just be sure your travel insurance covers your activities before you set off. A week’s stay in a US hospital can cost $140,000, so its importance can’t be underestimated.

3. Watch a rocket launch

Spend a day at the Kennedy Space Center and learn all about the history of the space race – you can even experience a shuttle launch simulation, and meet real-life astronauts! If you’re really lucky, you could even get to witness a rocket launch up close. Just check the launch schedule on the Space Center website and plan your visit accordingly.

4. Swim with dolphins

The warm, calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico are beloved by dolphins, porpoises, sea turtles and manatees all year round. Head to the Florida Keys or Panama City Beach for your best chance of seeing these gorgeous creatures in the wild. Choose a reputable tour company and your whole family can experience the sheer joy of swimming with dolphins in the wild.

5. Ride all the rollercoasters

Let’s face it, most families travel to Florida to visit the world-famous theme parks, and there is no greater adventure that a family can have than a week of wild rollercoaster fun.

Space Mountain in the Magic Kingdom is probably the most famous rollercoaster in the world, and as long as every member of your family is taller than 3’6”, you can all enjoy the ride together.

At Universal Studios, the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit is a high-speed, white knuckle bonanza, while Busch Gardens’ iconic Montu is one of the tallest and longest rollercoasters in the world. Just don’t eat lunch right before you board.

Or if you just want to relax one Florida weekend check out this secluded Florida Beach Resort.

Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center – A must visit Florida attraction with kids

I had a fantastic getaway with my kids to #DiscoverMartin on Hutchinson Island. During our visit we explored the area and my kids really enjoyed the time we spent at Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center, so I wanted to share all the details of this great little Florida attraction hidden in this beautiful beach town.

RELATED: Read all about our Spring Break stay at the new Hutchinson Shores Resort and Spa on Jensen Beach

Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center

 

KIDS CAN FEED STINGRAYS

The stingray tank was my son’s favorite part because he was able to hand feed the stingrays all by himself. Be sure to look at the daily schedule before you go so that you plan to attend this feeding.

HIDDEN TRAILS TO WALK ON HUTCHINSON ISLAND

At the beack of the Coastal Center there are some trails that are fun to walk. On these trails you can get to the Indian River lagoon or take a loop around the mangrove swamp.

HANDS ON OUTDOOR LEARNING

Throughout the facility there are a number of fun hands on activities where kids learn in a play like setting from pretend fishing to stamping animal tracks in the sand.

EDUCATION CENTER

The Florida Oceanographic Coastal Education Center is located on Hutchinson Island between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon. The center educated thousands of kids yearly through the on-site programs. With its coastal hardwood hammocks and mangrove swamp communities, the natural site is perfect for education and research giving visitors’ new knowledge about these unique coastal environments.

Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center
890 NE Ocean Blvd. | Stuart, Fl 34996
772-225-0505

HOURS:
Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

ADMISSION:

Adults $12
Children (3-12) $6
Children under 3 FREE
Members FREE

website: www.floridaocean.org

 

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Prep Tips for a Safe and Fun Summer Road Trip

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As Summer approaches, many families are starting to plan their vacations. I love roadtrips! So, I highly suggest jumping in your car and driving to your destination with your kids, beach toys, bikes, paddleboards, etc…in tow.  If you are thinking about taking a road trip this year for Summer vacation, I say go for it, but I have some key tips for ensuring you have a safe and fun trip.

The number one piece of advice I can give for having a successful road trip it to make sure you preparing your vehicle for the long drive! 

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Look over the tires.

Make sure that your tires have been rotated, are filled with appropriate amount of air and make sure the tread is not too worn or uneven. Low tire pressures waste fuel and, more importantly, cause the tire to run hotter from the extra friction which when combined with speed can cause a blowout.

Change the oil. 

Hopefully you keep track of your oil changes. Before a road trip  you need to make sure that you are no overdue or coming close to your needed change. If so, it is best to take care of it in preparation for your trip. Mobil 1™ synthetic oil protects more than just your engine. 

If you are like me-not a car expert, you will want to use the Oil Selector tool on Walmart’s website to determine what type of oil is best for your vehicle.

If you are like me, you may not want to change the oil yourself, so Walmart’s Auto Care Center is a great place to get your oil changed. It’s easy: Drop off the car, request Mobil 1 and shop around while you wait. 

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To celebrate Earth Day, Mobil 1™ is giving Walmart customers a chance to win a Chevy Equinox until April 30, 2018 plus $10 off their next Mobil 1™ purchase at Walmart. Here are two ways you can enter to win:

1. By purchasing 5 quarts of Mobil 1™ in the store or a Mobil 1™ oil change at the Auto Care Center
2. By recycling any used oil at an Auto Care Center! If you change your oil yourself, remember that it is important it is to recycle oil. Did you know that you can bring it to Walmart for proper recycling?

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As a bonus, shoppers that purchase 5 quarts of Mobil 1™ synthetic oil or a Mobil 1™ synthetic oil change at the Auto Care Center are also eligible to receive a $10 Select Certificate valid on a future Mobil 1™ purchase at Walmart.

Once shoppers have made a qualifying Mobil 1™ purchase or recycled any used oil at Walmart, they can enter to win the Chevy Equinox and/or receive their $10 Walmart Select Certificate at earthdaydriveaway.com. Limit 2 entries in the sweepstakes per customer (1 for purchasing and 1 for recycling). Receipt required to receive $10 Walmart Select Certificate.

Terms and conditions, FAQs, and other information can be found at EarthDayDriveAway.com.

Check the battery.

Depending on the age of your car battery, there are a number of things to check like the terminals to make sure they are corrosion-free and that the positive and negative leads are tight. Pay attention to your starter sound- if it is sluggish, it either has corrosion or is a dying battery. Don’t wait to be stranded with a dead battery. If it’s not a sealed, maintenance-free battery, have a gas station test its electrolytes. If it is a sealed battery, they can check the output voltage. If there is white chalky stuff (corrosion) on the terminals, be sure to clean it off with a wire -brush that you can easily buy at your local parts store or Walmart. 

Checking off car maintenance items before you leave is an important part of preparing for your road trip. Take the time before your trip to ensure you don’t lose time during your trip with car trouble. But most importantly preparing your vehicle for a road trip will help ensure you make it safely back home!

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