8 Tours You Can Take With Kids

Tours You Can Take With Kids

You know you can tour the Empire State Building, Grand Canyon and even Alcatraz, but we bet you didn’t know you and your family can tour these places — with a twist — from historic tower landmarks to theme parks.

Tours You Can Take With Kids

1. White House Tour

Many people walk by the White House, only stopping for pictures before moving on to tours of the Smithsonian Museums or Capitol Building. They don’t realize they can actually tour the famous residence. It’s as easy as requesting permission a few weeks in advance of your trip. When you visit, you’ll have a chance to see some of the home’s most beautiful rooms, such as the Red Room and State Dining Room. Oh, and did we mention it’s free?

2. Tower Bridge Exhibition

Many people also walk by — or across — Tower Bridge in London, posing for photos without realizing they can tour the enchanting landmark. Go inside the bridge to explore its towers, walkways and a new glass floor; it’s especially fun to watch the bridge go up while standing on the transparent panels! Families can also opt for a private tour of Tower Bridge, in which they’ll also explore the engine rooms and get an in-depth history lesson.When purchased online, tickets are 8 euros for adults, 3.90 euros for children ages 5 to 15 and free for children under 5. Families also have the option to choose packaged rates, with admission for two adults and two kids, one adult and two kids, and more.
3. Seattle Underground Tour
In just about any city, you can take a history tour, a ghost tour or the ever-popular foodie tour. In Seattle, however, you can take an underground tour to explore what was part of the original city. After the Great Seattle Fire in 1889, the city’s streets were raised and what remains can be explored in this not-so-scenic, but very interesting (and funny) tour. It’s the best way to learn about Seattle.Tickets are $19 for adults, $16 for youth ages 13 to 17 and $9 for children ages 7 to 12. The tour isn’t recommended for children under age 6 (though admission is free).
4. Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour
At the “Happiest Place on Earth,” people pack their days with rides and shows, but did you know you can embark on a Keys to the Kingdom Tour? The immersive experience — best for families with teens — lasts five hours and allows guests to tour the park’s underground tunnels (known as “utilidors”), where people and supplies travel unseen on a daily basis. Guests also learn the secrets of several attractions at the Magic Kingdom, as well as other landmarks throughout the parks. The tour, priced at $79 per person, includes lunch and a souvenir.
5. Journey Through Hallowed Ground
There’s a whole lot of history in the Mid-Atlantic, particularly from Gettysburg on down to Virginia (and then into D.C., of course). Explore it all in a short trip, dubbed the Journey Through Hallowed Ground. The 180-mile trek allows families the opportunity to see nine presidential homes, such as Monticello and Montpelier, along with other storied landmarks. Families also have the option to tailor the trip to their preferences, with different routes available. Try the Orchards and Highlands Loop, where you’ll see a stop on the Underground Railroad, or the Catoctin Scenic Loop if you want to take in the views of Frederick County. While admission to attractions varies, it’s free to travel each route
6. Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour
You’ll find very few studio tours in Los Angeles. That’s why the Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour in nearby Burbank is not to be missed. You’ll see the set of a famous television show and a rare collection of costumes and props. You’ll also see the studio’s famed back lot, where you’ll surely recognize some of the sets. Kids will enjoy a chance to stand in front of green screen, too. The best feature is that each tour is different, providing a truly unique experience.Tours are recommended for children ages 8 and up, and admission is $54 per person.
7. Twilight Tours by Team Forks
Muggles can visit Platform 9 3/4 and a real-life version of Hogwarts in England, but Twihards should head to Forks, Washington (yes, it’s a real town). Team Forks provides three themed tours: Forks Twilight Tour, Jacob’s Tour and Bella’s Sunset Tour. All excursions include stops at movie locations, such as the homes of Bella, Edward and Jacob, while specific tours offer additional experiences. Take Jacob’s Tour to see La Push, and Bella’s Sunset Tour to enjoy a barbecue dinner on the beach. Rates vary per tour, but start at $30 per person.
8. Colosseum Underground Tour
Most people opt for traditional visits to Rome’s Colosseum; try something different with an underground tour of the ancient icon. Tours, led by Dark Rome, include the underground portions of the world’s largest amphitheater, where you’ll see rooms and holding pens once occupied by gladiators. Visitors will also see the third tier, and, of course, the main arena. For something even more unique, try a tour at night. Admission is steep, starting around $100 per person, but worth the once-in-a-lifetime experience.

10 Best Amusement Parks for Families

It is that time of year again, vacation time! If you have kids you know that they will be pushing to go to the amusement parks. But which one is right for your family? Which one has age-appropiate rides for the kids, fun shows for you, and the best food? Well, I may have the answer! Below I have list 10 Best Amusement Parks for Families! What are your favorite amusement parks?

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1. Cedar Point

In Sandusky, Ohio, Cedar Point continually reinvents itself — it’s impossible to get bored there. In 2015, changes include the addition of Rougarou, a floorless roller coaster (situated right on Lake Erie), and extensive renovations at Hotel Breakers, an affiliate hotel. Just a few steps from the park’s entrance, the hotel now features indoor and outdoor pools, onsite dining and free Wi-Fi. Bonus: Hotel Breakers and other onsite hotels offer early and discounted admission (up to 37 percent off rates) to the park.

Recommended Hotel: Hotel Breakers

2. Carowinds

In 2015, Carowinds has introduced Fury 325, the world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster, though the park has long attracted families. Located in Charlotte, North Carolina, Carowinds also features Dinosaurs Alive, where animatronic reptiles come to life, along with Boomerang Bay, a traditional water park. Families can find affordable accommodations right onsite, from campsites to a full-service hotel — both of which offer free shuttle service and discounted admission to the park.

Recommended Hotel: Great Wilderness Lodge

3. Knoebels

Located in Elysburg, Pennsylvania, Knoebels is an old-fashioned amusement park in the woods. It’s also budget-friendly, allowing families to pay per ride or game; attractions start as low as 50 cents! In 2015, the little park has big plans to launch Impulse, a steel tower roller coaster. Families (many of whom are repeat visitors) always return to enjoy the Phoenix, a now-legendary wooden coaster, as well as the park’s onsite campsites and cottages.

Recommended Hotel: Knoebels Campground

4. Hersheypark

Just over an hour from Knoebels, Hersheypark offers big-time thrills, with 13 roller coasters on offer. The newest coaster, Laff Trakk, has been advertised as the first indoor, spinning, glow-coaster in the U.S., and rip-roars through funhouse-themed features, such as a wall of mirrors and a rotating tunnel. Families can save with a stay at Hersheypark Camping Resort (where nine deluxe cabins have opened), or at an area hotel; many hotels offer packages with accommodations and tickets.

Recommended Hotel: Homewood Suites by Hilton Harrisburg East-Hershey Area

5. Dollywood

Owned by Dolly Parton, Dollywood is the culmination of a theme park, water park, renowned show (Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede) and, new in 2015, Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort. Opening in July 2015, the onsite hotel features a spa, pools and kids’ club, plus family suites. In 2014, Firechaser Express stormed into the park, adding another reason for teens to visit, though the park’s fun extras — including a chance to see Ms. Parton’s tour bus — have always been fun.

Recommended Hotel: The Inn at Christmas Place

6. Six Flags Great Adventure

Six Flags has 16 locations in the U.S., and Great Adventure is surely one of the best — particularly for thrill-seeking teens. The park, located in Jackson, New Jersey, houses Kingda Ka, the tallest and fastest roller coaster in North America, and Zumanjaro, the tallest drop tower in the world. The adrenaline rush continues with El Diablo, a new, looping roller coaster inspired by the Jersey Devil. Families can save up to $25 when they purchase tickets online, and can also opt to purchase Stay & Play Packages (accommodations and tickets) at affiliate hotels.

Recommended Hotel: Holiday Inn East Windsor

7. Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Attention daredevils: Busch Gardens Williamsburg recently launched — literally — Tempesto; the new coaster hurls riders three times, at speeds of 63 mph. Other elements include a vertical loop (loop-de-loop) — 154 feet in the air. Even if your kids aren’t old enough to ride the coasters, you’ll be able to take advantage of discounted admission for preschoolers. Families also have the option to book meals in advance of their trip for a savings of up to 30 percent.

Recommended Hotel: Kingsmill Resort & Spa

8. Silver Dollar City

We can’t get enough of Silver Dollar City, the most notable attraction in Branson, Missouri. The park specializes in rides for families — so much that it’s launching 10 family-specific attractions at Fireman’s Landing. Attractions include Firefall, an eight-story drop ride, and Firehouse Splash Yard, a water spray area. Guests of The Wilderness Log Cabins, located onsite, enjoy complimentary shuttle service to Silver Dollar City, and all visitors can take advantage of discounts and package deals at the park.

Recommended Hotel: Silver Dollar City’s Wilderness Resort

9. Knott’s Berry Farm

Many families flock to California’s Disneyland, but shouldn’t overlook Knott’s Berry Farm, just 15 minutes away. The park recently opened Voyage to the Iron Reef, an interactive ride in 4D. Knott’s also has an onsite hotel with packages that combine accommodations, breakfast and tickets. Plus, kids eat free. Even if you don’t plan to stay onsite, you can save up to 27 percent on admission when you purchase tickets online.

Recommended Hotel: Knott’s Berry Farm Resort Hotel

10. Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Batman: The Ride is worth a visit to Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, as is the park’s extensive set of thrill rides and family rides (some of which are in the water park). The new roller coaster is getting attention for features in 4D and not one, but two 90-degree drops. The park has also launched season dining passes for regulars. When tickets are purchased online, families can save up to $20 on admission.

Recommended Hotel: Courtyard San Antonio Six Flags at The RIM

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5 Luxury Road Trips

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The weather is getting warmer and you know what that means! More time outdoors, taking road trips, and eating some great food in little out of the way spots that only locals know about.

The best way to break in your new Lexus is by taking a road trip! Of course a car as phenomenal as a Lexus needs an even more luxurious road trip. So where are the best places to take your new ( or new to you) Lexus? Keep reading because I have some amazing road trips for you.

So roll down those windows, pop open that sun roof, and turn up the tunes!

5 Luxury Road Trips

Miami To Key West

The 150-mile drive from Miami to Key West is one of the great American road trips, whisking you off the mainland and through the fabled Florida Keys to an island city that has been a refuge to writers and presidents.

Atlanta to Knoxville through Tail of the Dragon

Hug the curves tight when you travel from Atlanta to Knoxville through the Tail of the Dragon. When you cross over the Tennessee/North Carolina line you will be on the Tail of the Dragon, or also known as a 11 mile winding road along route 129.

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5 Reasons to Buy Luxury

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One day I dream of owning a luxury vehicle. Why? Because luxury is all about quality, comfort, and safety.

Luxury cars are not just slick little two seaters but also family vehicles too. Several luxury car companies, such as Audi, have SUV’s for families. They are jam packed with safety features and you can individualize them to your family.

5 Reasons to Buy Luxury

Quality

Ever hear of the saying “You get what you pay for?” It is definitely true when buying luxury. All of those state of the art features are made from the best quality items.

Safety

Luxury cars standard features that are normally considered upgrades in their counterparts. Some examples include, standard stability control, traction control, antilock braking systems, and side front airbags.

Timeless Beauty and Comfort

Luxury cars have a timeless beauty that rarely changes. Most luxury cars will still look great 10 years from now. Comfort is a necessity and most luxury cars are built for comfort with features like remote start and heated/cooled seats.

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5 Toyota Safety Features That Are A Must Have

 

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When you think about luxury Toyota may not be the first name you think of, but it should be. Toyota has some of the most luxurious cars on the market. I actually own a Toyota Venza and it is an amazing car that has lots of room and upgraded features that make it an amazing car.

 

What I really love about Toyota is their enhanced safety features. Safety is important to me because I drive some very precious cargo around, my kids. I need a vehicle that keeps me and them safe. Below I have listed what I feel is the must have safety features on your new Toyota.

 

5 Safety Features That Are A Must Have

 

Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control– VSC is a system that helps prevent side skids and help stabilize the vehicle while turning on a curve. When the vehicle senses a loss of traction or a slip, braking is automatically applied to all 4 individual wheels and engine power is reduced to help secure the safety of the vehicle.

 

Crumple Zones– Front and rear energy-absorbing crumple zone and a collapsible steering column are designed to help dissipate impact forces in a collision, and help protect occupants.

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