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If you’re spending time in St. Augustine, consider taking a tour of Flagler College, a liberal arts college originally known as the Ponce de Leon Hotel. This beautiful historic hotel sits in downtown St. Augustine, Florida, just a few blocks from the Atlantic Ocean. The history and architecture are worth a visit, and I’m so glad a spent a couple of hours here. When we drive to Walt Disney World in Orlando from Joplin, Missouri, we often take a few side trips on the way home. We often go to St. Augustine after a couple of weeks in Disney to relax and get some beach time in. We love the area, and there is so much to do. On one trip, I decided to take a Flagler College tour on my own. Family trips are wonderful, but every once in awhile, it’s okay to do something on your own. Jeff…

A couple of years ago, my family visited Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, South Carolina, on our drive home from Disney in Florida. Since we make the drive from Missouri, I like to find some places on the way and on the way home to explore. On this trip, we spent one night in Charleston. Since I’ve been reading more, I’m finding that I’m making more connections in my life. I recently started reading The Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson Whitehead. I haven’t finished it yet, but so far, I am liking it. If you’re wondering which book I’m referring to, here is an affiliate link. As I read, the book made reference to Sullivan’s Island near Charleston. While we were there, we ate at Poe’s Tavern at Sullivan’s Island, before taking a walk on the beach. I could completely visualize the area. Click here to read more…

One day in August, right before school started up again, we took a little day trip to Bentonville, Arkansas, to visit Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, a free art museum sponsored by Walmart. Founded by Alice Walton and designed by Moshe Safdie, this museum is a great way to introduce kids to art and artists from the United States and beyond. We loved our visit. Along with the museum, you can also do some nature hiking or see Bachman-Wilson House, one of Frank Loyd Wright’s designs. The regular collections are free to the public, but there may be some traveling exhibits available, and those may have a fee. Check the website to see what is available and what the costs may be. The Collections at Crystal Bridges We started with the Drawings and Watercolors of the 18th and 19th Century. I loved that they even had an interactive area…

Lately, I’ve had some time for extra reading, so I decided to read a couple of books related to Laura Ingalls Wilder. I’ve been a Laura fan since I was a girl, so I like to throw in some reading about her life every now and again. As I read, I was reminded of a little day trip we took one summer day to visit the Little House on the Prairie Museum near Independence, Kansas. A Couple of Books About Laura Ingalls Wilder The first was Caroline: Little House Revisited by Sarah Miller. This is a retelling of Little House on the Prairie from Ma’s point of view. Miller also used some facts that differ slightly from Wilder’s fictionalized version. It was an interesting take, but if you’ve read Little House on the Prairie as I had, you already know what main events will happen. I think that makes it…

If you’re looking for a great place to make memories with your family, look no further than Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Surrounded by the Ozark Mountains, Eureka Springs is the perfect place to spend a few days. It could be its own destination, or add it on to a trip to Branson, Missouri. My family spent time there one summer, and Jeff and I have been there on numerous occasions as well, so now we feel like we can share the ultimate guide to Eureka Springs for families! We’d like to thank the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center for sponsoring our family trip. As always, all opinions are honest and our own. What is there to do in Eureka Springs? 1. Visit Historic Downtown There is so much to do downtown, including shopping and dining. We had fun checking out the specialty shops and trying treats like homemade…

When you visit Springfield, Illinois, no trip is complete without a visit to the Lincoln Home. This residence, the only home the Lincolns owned and the place where they spent the majority of their marriage, is a great place to bring the family as you explore the Lincoln attractions in Springfield. Lincoln’s neighborhood is now a historic site and part of the National Park Service. Plan for a couple of hours here; you won’t be sorry! Lincoln Home Visitor Center We arrived in the morning on our last day in Springfield. I highly recommend doing this attraction earlier in the trip, if possible, but our timing turned out to be a little off. No worries, though. We’d already been to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library, and we’d done Lincoln’s Ghost Walk: Legends and Lore. In fact, we started our Lincoln adventure with a stop at his tomb. We’d…

On our way home from a trip to Williamsburg, we decided to make an unplanned stop at Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello, near Charlottesville, Virginia. We only had a few hours, but we wanted to see what we could see. We hoped to get to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, that evening. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a must-do if you’re in the area. In 1768, Thomas Jefferson took the first steps in creating the home on top of the mountain near his father’s plantation that he would name Monticello. His home is now a glimpse into the man himself. My number one tip for a visit to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in the summer–get online as soon as you know you’re going and get tickets for the time you want! The first tour of the following day was sold out on the evening before. We almost didn’t get a time that would…

If you’re exploring the Lincoln attractions in Springfield, Illinois, with your family, you may want to build in some experiences for the little ones where they can explore and burn off some energy. Kidzeum of Health and Science, the children’s museum in Springfield, is the perfect place for just that. We’d like to thank Visit Springfield for sponsoring our visit! Arriving at Kidzeum 412 Adams Street Since Kidzeum is located downtown and we were planning to visit several locations there from morning until at least early afternoon, we picked a place that was centrally located for our plans of the day. It was a warm morning in July. We decided to make Kidzeum our first visit of the day, so we arrived at opening, hoping to avoid any crowds. As we walked to the children’s museum, we noticed that a famers’ market was in full swing. Keep that in mind…

When traveling to the Ozarks, be sure that Eureka Spring, Arkansas, is on your must-see list.  The hills are a gorgeous backdrop for having some fun downtown with your family.  Since the city is designated as a historical site, it feels like you’ve stepped back in time as you explore the shops and restaurants in downtown Eureka Springs. Here is a list of things so you can have a great time checking out what this little city in Arkansas has to offer. Explore the Historic Beauty of Downtown Eureka Springs Right in the middle of town, you’ll find Basin Spring Park.  This park is a hub for entertainment and art, especially on the weekends. It’s hard to resist the trail that leads you to the Basin Spring; this is the spring that launches the narrative of the origin of the city. It’s fun to feel the coolness coming off the…

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