4 great beaches for families near Fort Myers, Florida

These Southwest Florida Beaches Pack a lot of Paradise Fort Myers, Florida was a place I’d never really dreamed of visiting. Now I want to move there (no joke)! After a great deal using points on nonstop flights to Southwest Florida, I found myself researching a place I knew little about.  During my research, I kept finding two themes- great beaches and great sunsets. I made it my goal to experience the best of both! That said, here are 4 …

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Astronomical history and fun in Mercer and Auglaize Counties, Ohio

Things to do in Mercer & Auglaize Counties- Fort Recovery is just one of the many great attractions of Western Ohio. See my guide here.

Things to do in Western Ohio I grew up in NE Ohio and then went to college in Columbus, so my time exploring anything west of I-75 has been basically non-existent. I’m so glad I attended the Midwest Byways Conference and learned more about Mercer and Auglaize Counties in Western Ohio- prompting our trip! Families visiting this area will not be bored! We spent two jam-packed days in the area and could have used another. The Bicycle Museum of America …

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Visiting the Dawes Arboretum- Gem of Central Ohio

Our family loves The Dawes Arboretum. Located just outside of Newark, Ohio, and easily accessible to I-70, it’s an easy drive from Columbus or Zanesville, and a gem of Central Ohio. Our first experience at Dawes Arboretum was as a couple when we went on one of their night hikes. After Jackson was born, I would take him for walks in the stroller and sometimes meet up with a girlfriend for a long chat during our stroll. Once our family …

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Ohio Caverns with kids

Ohio Caverns is the perfect place for the whole family. Located in West Liberty, Ohio; Ohio Caverns is a destination suitable for kids. I’ve always believed that children are meant to be little explorers, so where better to go explore than a cave? What I found out (thanks to our trusty guide) is that a cavern and a cave are not synonymous. #homeschoolmomfail. If you want a long explanation as to why I recommend this link, with the main point …

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What to consider before booking an Airbnb

How families can use Airbnb – plus tips for renters Booking an Airbnb has become our favorite way to travel. We’ve stayed in 10 Airbnbs in the past few years and they can offer so many amenities that hotels can not.  However, there are some things you should know before booking an Airbnb. Searching for your Airbnb rental When searching for the best Airbnb rental for families, I recommend using two filters.  #1 – After entering the number in your …

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3 FREE places to take your family within one hour of Amish Country, Ohio

i.e. What to do when the kids have had enough of crafts, quilts, and Amish When you’re finished petting the farm animals, ridden a wagon past the exotic animals, and tasted enough cheese to make the French jealous, your kids may be sick of Holmes County. ?While Amish Country has gotten more family-friendly in the past 10+?years, ?children may get?anxious for more than primitive decor and baked goods. Never fear! I’ve made a list of 3 FREE places to engage …

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Dennison Railroad Depot Museum with kids

It’s not often that you visit a historical museum that is equal parts fun for the kids AND?interesting for adults. Dennison Railroad Depot Museum fits the description and more. Dennison, Ohio is the epitome of a railroad town. The small village lies halfway between Columbus and Pittsburgh, a perfect 100 miles from each. This distinction made it a place born out of pure need- A steam train could go 100 miles before needing water. One of the perks of the …

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Visiting Knox County, Ohio with or without kids

Knox County, Ohio is often overlooked. From Knox County’s center in Mount Vernon, it is 45 minutes to Columbus and over 90 minutes from Cleveland. Don’t let the drive stop you, because Knox County is home to a glam hotel, a hip liberal arts college, and numerous hiking and biking opportunities. Here are just a few things to check out for yourself: Downtown Mount Vernon, Ohio Centered around a roundabout (or maybe more of a square-about), the Mt Vernon Square …

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