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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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Jensen Beach Family Vacation: Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa

For Spring Break this year, I had the opportunity to take the kids to the newest hotel on Hutchinson Island, located in the part of Florida known as the Treasure Coast.

Family Friendly Spa Hotel on Jensen Beach with five-star service and luxurious amenities

Wondering where to stay on Jensen Beach with the family? The Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa is part of the Opal Collection, one of my favorite hotel chains in Florida. The first new beach resort to be built on Hutchinson Island in 20 years, Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa opened in 2017. This beautiful hotel features two oceanfront restaurants, two swimming pools, and a signature spa. I was surprised at how family friendly this luxurious beachfront hotel is. From the kid menu they color in the restaurant to the free cookies each night and lots of beach toys available to play with, no kid will feel un-welcomed.

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Pool and Beach at Hutchinson Shores Resort

Hutchinson Shores Resort and Spa has two pools on property. One is small with a handful of lounge chairs, a cozy poolside bar, and a beachfront view. The other pool is much larger, with tons of lounge seating, a hot tub, towel service and full service bar with poolside dining. My kids loved spending time at the big pool, especially the frozen kid daiquiri’s.’

The beach at the resort is lovely and well taken care of. Plenty of lounge chairs available, umbrellas and shells to have full shade if wanted. I appreciated the complimentary use of sand toys available for the kids. It also created a great way for kids to meet and play together.

Dining at Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa

The dining options at Hutchinson Shores Resort, are all serviced from one main restaurant, Drift, but available through room service, poolside at the outdoor patio or in the dining room.

Drift offers a breakfast buffet that is stocked with just about everything your morning cravings could wish for. Since my kiddos are so young, I ordered from the children’s menu instead because I knew that they wouldn’t eat enough to justify the cost of a large, endulgent buffet. I recently became obsessed with breakfast sandwiches so I could not pass this one up, and as you can see from the photo below, it was a good choice!

We enjoyed lunch by the main pool. I ordered freshly muddled cocktails while the kids quickly sipped down their kid-friendly raspberry daiquiris. The pool menu offers a variety of items from burgers to tacos to unique pizzas. I tried the shrimp tacos while the kids scarfed up the pepperoni pizza – which was big enough to save leftovers for a late night snack.

Dinner was fancy yet also casual. Drift serves a delicious menu featuring pasta, seafood, a massive wine and cocktail list. Kids can choose from all their favorites like nuggets, pizza and mac & cheese from a menu they can color. My wine, hummus app and salmon dish were all superb.

 

Kids playing in the pool with new friends, an ocean breeze, the warm sun and a yummy beverage in my hand…Not a bad way to spend the afternoon. Thanks @hutchinsonshoresresort for making it easy to relax and have fun with kids at the same time! 🍹. FYI- The pool bar makes some refreshing cocktails that are perfectly muddled with fresh fruit and mint! . . .. … #SpringBreak2018 #FamilyTravel #LoveFl #HutchinsonShoresResort #cheers #joy #momlife #enjoyinglife #travelwithkids #hutchinsonisland #hutchinsonshores #floridavacation #visitflorida #iamtb #floridablogger #floridatravelblogger #prfriendly #travelwriterslife #poolside #drinksbythepool #poolday #sunnyday #hotelpool #hostedby @themayfieldgroup

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What to do with kids when vacationing on Hutchinson Shores

Though a small, quiet town I was surprised to uncover some really cool things to do with the kids. The Florida Oceanographic Society Center is a beautiful and educational way to spend a day. From hand feeding stingrays to meeting the sea turtles and walking the trails, your entire family will love this wildlife center located just a few minutes drive from the Hutchinson Shores Resort and Spa. 

See more photos and get all the details from our visit to Florida Oceanographic Center

If you need a rainy day activity or just a way to engage the kids indoors then you will want to take the short drive to the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast. Here they can spend hours using their imagination aboard the large pirate ship, shooting cannons and cooking soup for the crew or take on the roles of many community jobs by ringing up groceries, working on the car in the shop, delivering mail and so on.

 

Hutchinson Shores Resort and Spa
3793 NE Ocean Boulevard, Jensen Beach, FL 34957
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What’s your favorite amenity for hotels to offer when you are traveling with kids?

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