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Memphis may not be the first place you think of when you think of “family fun,” but our daughter had a great time. When we visit Walt Disney World in Florida, we often drive from our home in Joplin, Missouri.  We try to find some fun stops along the way, and Memphis has become one of our favorites.  Since we are on a road trip to another destination, we don’t spend more than a night here.  We make the most of the time we do have, and here are some of our favorite activities–perfect if you have a weekend or a couple of days.  Or do it the way we do–a couple of activities here and there. Explore Beale Street This historic street is a must-do in Memphis.  While it may not be as family-friendly later at night, we’ve never had any problems strolling along in the late-afternoon to evening.…

If you’re spending time in Memphis, you simply must try some barbecue while you’re in town, and Central BBQ is a great place to do it.  We love to sample different barbecue on our trips, and several locals mentioned trying Central.  Central BBQ is also across the street from the National Civil Rights Museum, so if you’re planning to visit the museum, Central BBQ is quite convenient! We arrived in Memphis a few minutes before lunchtime.  We decided to head straight there, and then we would check out the museum.  Of course, if you’d read our post about our visit to the museum, you’d know that we planned to visit on a day it wasn’t open.  I am usually more organized, but mistakes happen.  Click here to read more about our experience. Central BBQ: The Restaurant I’m glad we got there when we did.  We were one of the first…

Last summer we had the chance to spend about 24 hours in Memphis while we were on a road trip to Florida. We’d stopped there once before to see Graceland and walk along Beale Street, but we hadn’t really had a chance to explore beyond that, so I was beyond excited. You may be thinking to yourself, “Twenty-four hours really isn’t very long.” Although that may be true, we have become masters at fitting many activities in short periods of time. Our thinking is: What if we never make it back? Will we have regrets? When I started looking into things to do, I knew immediately that I wanted to visit the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel. This is a museum built into the motel where Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968. We reached Memphis just before 11:00 a.m., and our plan was to sample…

When I’m near Kansas City, I try to find a reason to stop at Louisburg Cider Mill.  Those apple cider slushes they serve call to me from miles away.  Throw in an apple cider donut, and I’m in heaven.  Though it’s a great stop any time of year, it’s exceptionally amazing during the fall for Ciderfest.  We’ve managed to make three visits this year during the spring, summer, and fall.  My pictures reflect those differences in the season.  Take my word for it–there simply isn’t a bad time to visit Louisburg Cider Mill. This little cider mill outside of Kansas City on the Kansas side has the mill and a general store full of old-fashioned goodies and baking-related items.  You can enjoy your treats inside or outside.  You could even take them home, but ours seldom last that long.  Too yummy! A Spring Stop at Louisburg Cider Mill The first stop we…

If you are looking for a great way to meet Disney princesses without waiting in long lines or using your FastPasses, then you should consider booking a character meal like the one at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in the Norway Pavillion at Epcot.  This is also a cheaper option if you don’t want to spend the extra money or use two dining credits at Cinderella’s Royal Table in the castle at the Magic Kingdom.  Cinderella’s Royal Table is an amazing experience that I think everyone should try once, though. Click here to read about our experience there.  Anyway, we decided to try Akershus for our daughter’s first princess character meal, and I am so glad we did!  We have some wonderful pictures and memories now. Getting to Akershus Royal Banquet Hall We decided to do breakfast for our meal at Akershus, and we opted to go at opening so that the…

If you’ve ever wondered what life would have been like for the first English colonists who made America their permanent home, then you simply must stop at the Jamestown Settlement in Virginia.  We made the Jamestown Settlement part of our road trip to historic sites in the eastern part of the United States. Jamestown is one-third of what is known as Virginia’s Historic Triangle.  Just to be clear–this is not the actual site of what is now called Historic Jamestowne.  If you want to visit the actual site of the colony and see archeologists in action, then you’ll want to go to the site that is run by the National Park Service.  If we’d had more time, we probably would’ve checked that area out, too. In the end, we decided to visit the reenactment attraction, the Jamestown Settlement, because we thought that Kristin would learn more there. If you are…

Things to Do in Gettysburg Gettysburg is just one of those great historic places that we’ve been wanting to experience for a long time.  We wanted, of course, to learn more about the battle, but we also wanted to make some family memories together.  It’s important for my daughter to learn about the events that shaped our nation, even if she is only seven-years-old.  Though the events in Gettysburg were tragic, I wanted her to have a basic understanding of what happened along with doing some family-friendly activities.  We spent four nights in Gettysburg, but I think you could easily do a shorter trip or spend more time here.  We spent most of our evenings watching the sunset over the battlefield.  Here are our recommendations after experiencing Gettysburg. Take a Tour of the Battlefield We took a tour with the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides, and it was fantastic! This…

This is a report on our second family trip to Walt Disney World. This was before I had a website, but the information may still be helpful, so I keep a record of it here. I originally wrote this trip review on the 1branson.com boards. Disney Trip: Day 1 I hope no one minds, but I thought I would do a trip report of our recent vacation. I could do it on a Disney board, but I like to share here. My travel party included my husband, my six-year-old daughter, and me. We have an 18-year-old, but she has been to Disney twice and doesn’t enjoy traveling as much as we do. In fact, she was quite happy to watch our home this time and have the house to herself. She recently graduated from high school, so she was looking for some time to relax on her own before her…

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