Ireland with kids: Best playgrounds along the tourist trail

Ireland is a kid-friendly country to visit with the family!  From scenic vistas to historic castles, there is something to inspire children of all ages.  However, kids can only handle so much sightseeing and so we filled our trip with plenty of time at playgrounds.  Here are suggestions of which playgrounds of Ireland you’ll won’t want to miss! Playgrounds of Ireland Kilkenny Kilkenny Castle Park is exactly where you would expect- Kilkenny!  Thanks to Jody from Ireland Family Vacations for …

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Our 10-day Ireland road trip budget

I’m finally ready to break down what we spent on our trip to Ireland!  I know that everyone is curious about the cost of traveling in Ireland and especially how they could travel to Ireland on a budget.  I’m here to tell you that it can be done. Here’s how much we spent in each category.  All prices are in US Dollars after conversion. Flights: $0  One of the reasons we were able to take this trip is that we …

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Enchanted by Evansville – Family Travel Guide to Evansville, Indiana

Things to do in Evansville, Indiana The marketing slogan for Evansville, Indiana is “E is for Everyone.” After spending a few days in this Ohio River city, I see why Evansville IS a great destination for all ages, especially those that travel with the family. Here’s my guide of things to do in Evansville, IN; what to see, eat, and where to stay.  You should plan to spend at least 2-3 days in Evansville, any less and you’ll feel very …

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Oh my G-O-S-H: A stay at LEGOLAND Beach Retreat Resort in Florida

Anyone else’s kids know every single line from The LEGO Movie?  Mine do!  Last year while Mr. YT and I were painting rooms and fixing up the new house, the kids watched a LOT of movies!  The LEGO Movie was on repeat, and in the previews, there’s a short commercial for LEGOLAND. This is where my kiddos became obsessed with the idea of visiting!  They begged and pleaded and told us that LEGOLAND was the ONLY place they really, really, …

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Five Reasons You Must Visit Marietta, Ohio

Marietta is a small city that lies right along the Ohio River in southeast Ohio.  While little in size and numbers, it’s bursting with local attractions.  I’ve passed through Marietta many times on I-77, but stopping in the city for 3 days gave me an appreciation for its diverse attractions, gorgeous river views, and historic homes.   I came up with five reasons you must visit Marietta, Ohio, but in reality there are many more. #1  Marietta has enough to keep …

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Planning a family-friendly getaway to Petoskey, Michigan

I’ve been eager to visit Northern Michigan for the past few years and it just hasn’t fit into our schedule.  However, I’ve started planning a getaway to the Petoskey area, in hopes that once I have it all planned out, getting it on the calendar won’t be so difficult.  Here are some of my ideas for a family-friendly weekend getaway to Petoskey, Michigan.  There’s definitely not a lack of things to do in Northern Michigan! Petoskey, Michigan is located 35 miles …

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A visit to Avery Island- the home of Tabasco

What happens when an epic storm system ruins your plans of gallivanting around plantations like a Southern Belle, er, Midwesterner?  And your husband says, “Well, is there anything to the west of us?  Anything we could go see?” And then he hears the two words that men (and women) around the world find as sweet nothings… TABASCO SAUCE? Our morning started with a tornado warning and a panic-stricken wife (ME!),  but Mr. Yoder Toter ended his day in the pure …

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Finding Hemlock Falls – A hidden waterfall of Ohio

My introduction to Northeast Ohio’s Hemlock Falls came from an Instagram post.  Ever since then, I’ve been scheming a time and place to see this hidden waterfall.  I’m so glad we did!  What an Ohio gem! While Hemlock Falls is located NEAR Mohican State Park, it’s actually on private property managed by the Mohican School in the Out-of-doors.  Eventually the Falls will be on the new B & O Trail as the land was recently purchased by the Mohican Watershed Conservancy. …

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A visit to the Newark Earthworks with kids

Some of the best travel happens right outside your door.  We lived nearly on top of the Newark Earthworks for 7 years, yet never really fully explored them.  When some nice November weather hit us, I realized that NOW was the time to visit. The Newark Earthworks are the largest set of geometric earthen enclosures IN THE WORLD.  The earthworks were built by the Hopewell culture between 100 B.C. and 500 A.D.   Over the years, the growth of Newark destroyed many …

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A walking tour of Pittsburgh – with kids

{Bus and Subway is optional} Andrew Carnegie said, “Pittsburgh entered the core of my heart when I was a boy and cannot be torn out.” It only took a foot tour of Pittsburgh with kids in tow to fall in love with the architecture, the cityscape, and the river views.  A city that has survived the rise and fall of steel is one that charmed our young family on our weekend stay. My hope is that I can give you a …

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