Family Adventures In The South

I love finding new places to visit that are near by. Whenever we take family adventures we tend to stay in the south. Although we have dreams of traveling all over the world. Since Haley came into this world, we’ve taken quite a few family vacations. We have yet to take Dray on one. But, this upcoming year that will be a possibility. We can’t wait to experience family adventures with Dray and Haley!¬†

We love taking family vacations. There are so many gems out there. I love finding amazing things in small towns. I’m kind of “antique.” I enjoy small towns, Victorian houses, and small hidden attractions. So, before we ever take a vacation, I am always on Google. I want to know what’s on the way there. I want to discover places we can stop and discover.

Small towns and hidden family adventure gems are my thing!

Sadly, we’ve never traveled outside of the south. But, I know it’s coming. We have the dream of visiting other countries. Experiencing different cultures. I can not WAIT for those opportunities to arise. As for now, we’ll continue to discover hidden gems around the south. Nothing beats experiencing places you never knew existed in your own backyard.

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This is a picture of one of our family adventures. This was taken in Gatlinburg, TN at the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Aquarium. We had a great time there!

We try our best to make a trip to Gatlinburg and Cherokee, North Carolina at least once a year. We missed this year due to financial reasons. But, we can’t wait to plan a trip for next year! We have quite a few attractions that our family loves.

Family Adventures In Gatlinburg, TN & Cherokee, NC

Attractions

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Dining

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As you can tell, breakfast is all the rage in Gatlinburg & Cherokee!

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I’ve visited the Gatlinburg & Cherokee area even since I was a wee one! ūüėČ

Family Adventures in Tybee Island, GA & Savannah, GA

Two other places our family loves to visit are Tybee Island and Savannah. Both in Georgia. Both about an hour away from each other. Tybee is filled with the beach life. Lined with souvenir shops. Savannah is a charming (and historic) city. Savannah also claims to be the #1 most HAUNTED city in the country. Perfect for Halloween coming up, right?!

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Attractions

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Beach babe on Tybee since before ’96! LOL ūüėČ

Dining

These are just a few of our favorite places to visit in the South.¬†Where do your favorite family adventures take place? Let me know! Especially if they’re in the south. I’d love to discover new places to take my family.

Perfect Fall Travel Destinations In The South!

It’s officially Fall here in Georgia! Well, the season began on September 22. So, unfortunately, we aren’t cool enough yet to enjoy fall activities. But, that’s okay. Because football is already on TV. Pumpkin spice everything is already on the shelves. We’ll get our cooler weather, eventually. Then we can enjoy our boots, scarves, bonfires, and¬†marshmallow¬†roasting nights. But, if you are in a cooler area, you may want to escape to somewhere a little bit warmer. Maybe even come see us down here in Georgia?! If so, you have to check out some of the top fall travel destinations in the South!

I love the Fall. Some may shun me for this, but I’m not a¬†huge pumpkin spice fan. I mean, I like it. But, I can live without it. That doesn’t mean I’m not in love with Fall. Because, I absolutely am. In fact, my whole family loves everything about fall. You can even check out our “Fall Bucket List” here. It includes fun things like bonfires and building a scarecrow! Plus, of course, we can’t forget jumping into a HUGE pile of leaves!

During the Fall, there’s so much to experience in the South. There are carnivals and hayrides. Plus, there are quite a few locations that have beautiful scenery. My family has visited many of these locations. Some of them several times. Then there are the locations you see and hear about. Of course, those are part of our Family Fall Bucket List.

Beautiful fall scenery is available worldwide. I can’t wait for the day where I become a world traveler. I’d love for my whole family to be world travelers. But, until that day. I’d love for ya’ll to fill me in on some of the best fall travel destinations. Because, until I’m worldwide, I’ll have to rely on pictures.¬†

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Southern Fall Travel Destinations My Family Has Visited

Gatlinburg, Tennessee 

My family loves Gatlinburg! It’s not too far of a drive from our Georgia home. It takes us about 5 hours to get there. Give or take. Plus, the scenery is beautiful on the way, too. It’s situation in the Great Smoky Mountains. So, you’ll get to enjoy the fall foliage of the mountains.

Scenery isn’t the only thing that makes Gatlinburg great. The area is also family friendly. With plenty of things to do and see. With so many dining options, too.

We enjoyed all of the Ripley’s attractions, too. We’re not sure if we will be able to go this year. But, it’s a fall trip we try to plan every year.

Cherokee, North Carolina

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Cherokee is another great option for a fall travel destination in the South. Plus, it’s a short drive from Gatlinburg, too. It’s the reservation home for the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation. The reservation seems to be quite active in the Fall. It’s probably because of the scenery and great choices of entertainment.

There are great local restaurants. We especially like the Pancake House across from the Harrah’s Casino. Plus, you can’t forget about Big Boy’s Restaurant. Which is situated in the heart of downtown Cherokee. The hotel accommodations are nice, too. There’s plenty to do, too. We love the museum.

Savannah, Georgia

Savannah may lack in the fall foliage department. That’s if you’re comparing the city to Gatlinburg or Cherokee. But, that doesn’t make the city anymore beautiful. Plus, in the Fall, the weather seems much more tolerable. But, since Tybee Island is so close, you can enjoy the beach, too.

Savannah is a historic city. The hotels are swanky and nice. They have nightly tours. Plus, a lively downtown area. You will have many dining choices, too.

When we visit Savannah we always make sure to eat at a new place downtown. We still haven’t tried them all! The options are endless. We love the candy shop. Plus, the ghost tours are cool. Savannah is supposedly the most haunted city in the country!

The Central Savannah River Area

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I have to include my own city. That’s because there is so much to do here. I mean, if you’ve lived here a while, you may beg to differ. But, I’d like to think that happens everywhere. But, if you¬†must do a staycation, there¬†are things you can enjoy here! We have great fall foliage, too. Not to mention, we’re fairly central to all the other Southern fall travel destinations. The CSRA is about 2 hours from Savannah. Then about 5 hours from Gatlinburg and Cherokee.

The Augusta Canal is beautiful year round. But, especially nice during the Fall season. If you visit, a Riverboat tour is a must. That’s where you’ll see some great sights. You can even kayak. It’s a great place to work on your photography skills, too.

There are a lot of dining options, too. With a variety of small local businesses downtown. It seems as if the CSRA is big on supporting small businesses. Which is important. Downtown is currently in the process of being built up. Which I’m so excited for. There’s a civic center downtown, too. A lot of popular artists have visit the center. As well as popular traveling shows, too.

Phinizy Swamp is another breath taking scene, too. There’s ponds, wildlife, and so much more. The walking trails are beautiful. This is another great option for putting your photography skills to the test.

Greeneway Park in North Augusta, South Carolina, which is part of the CSRA, is also beautiful. It has a great walking trail, too.

Toccoa, Georgia

My family has never stayed in Toccoa. But, we have passed through on many occasions. Including during our Fall family trips. I must say, it’s a beautiful place! Especially in the Fall. The colors are vibrant. The city is just beautiful. Plus, it lays close to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Which is a place that is on my Fall Travel Bucket List.

We always visit Toccoa Falls when passing through, too. Toccoa Falls is a huge, beautiful waterfall. Definitely worth the visit.

I told ya’ll! I am far from a worldwide traveler. I need more experience. Traveling is something I¬†definitely¬†want to do. Bucket list goals, ya’ll. So, I use the internet to travel often. So, I have to tell¬†ya’ll about these other Southern Fall Travel Destinations. They are bucket list worthy. They are on mine. I can’t wait to post about each trip as my family experiences it.¬†

Great Family Southern Fall Travel Destinations

Blue Ridge Railway

I love the concept of the Blue Ridge Railway. That’s why I think it’d be a great fall travel destination. A train takes you on a ride through the Chattahoochee National Forest. The trip is about 26 miles. It takes about 4 hours. But, has two stops.

Cheaha State Park – Delta, Alabama

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I have heard that the view at Cheaha State Park is stunning in the Fall. We hope to visit next year!

I have to add to my Fall Travel Destination list, too. So, if you know of anywhere – please let me know!

 

 

Fall Activities: My Families Fall Bucket List

We’re just a few days away from the first day of Fall. Do you and your family enjoy fun fall activities? We live in Georgia. So, we beg for fall to come every year. Because, while we love summer, it gets humid here. Humidity is far from comfortable. I think Fall temperatures are right on point. So, during the season my family¬†loves doing fun activities together.¬†

The season Fall is right around the corner. I can’t tell you how excited I am. I’m ready to bust out the boots, hoodies, leggings, and scarves all in one day. Plus, Fall means were right around the corner from exciting holidays, too! My family can now officially say Fall means “Back To School,” too. Because, my oldest started Kindergarten this year! What an exciting time, that’s for sure.

Fall Activities: Your Family Fall Bucket List!

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Are there any fall activities you family just has to do in the Fall? Let me know! I love finding new ways to get my family out and about. Especially during the Fall. We love watching the leaves changes, too!

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Disney World Guides – Zoe Has Them!

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking to a smart young woman. Her name is Zoe London. She’s a 17 year old student from Ontario. She’s hoping to make some money to further her education. So, she’s created Guides by Zoe. These aren’t your regular, run of the mill guides. These are amazing guides that give you a look into Disney World. Yep, Disney World Guides!

Zoe’s Disney World Guides are informative. They are well written. Plus, the pictures are amazing. She also has them reasonably priced. Her website is easy to navigate. Plus, it isn’t cluttered. This young lady has a good head on her shoulders. Plus, I don’t think you can find this much information about Disney World on the web anywhere. I’d be surprised if you found Disney World guides that are more informative.

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Zoe’s Disney World Guides

In the short interaction I’ve had with Zoe, I’d say she’s an original. She seems kind. You won’t find many 17 year old’s with a head on their shoulders like her. She was even kind enough to send me a free copy of her “Magic Kingdom for Toddlers.” We are waiting until Dray is a little older to take the family to Disney World. But, when I do I will bring along her guide. That’s a for sure thing.

Little Passports Review!

** Disclosure: Little Passports sent me the book “Max, Mia, and Toby’s Adventure Around the World” in exchange for my review. They also sent me the awesome stuffed Toby dog as well. As always, all opinions expressed are 100% my own.¬†

I have always wanted to travel outside of my “safe zone.” I consider my safe zone to be the only place I’m familiar with. That’s the South. We have vacationed in North Carolina, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. My whole life Georgia has been home. So much home, in fact, I have lived in the same neighborhood my whole life. In the future, I want to visit other countries. Explore different cultures.

My family was in fact a military family. My granddaddy served in the United States Army for most of his life. My mom was born in Munich, Germany. They adopted my aunt from Japan. They lived in many places. Much of my family is now stationary in the South. But, I have family throughout the United States. Including places like Alaska and California.

Once I was born, my granddaddy had retired from the Army. They decided to lay roots down in Georgia. They settled in Georgia years before I was born. So, I wasn’t fortunate enough to enjoy the traveling life. Although I’ve heard different stories about living all over the world.

My dream of traveling the world is still very much alive. I believe it will happen one day. The opportunity to travel is something I want my kids to have. Right now they’re too young to think about world travel. But, I’m sure Haley has dreamed about swimming across the ocean. That’s why I was stoked when I found out about¬†Little Passports! Now they can experience different cultures from home. Plus, Little Passports is fun, too!

Discover Little Passports

Little Passports¬†was launched by two moms in 2009. It offers a subscription service to help expose children to different cultures around the world. Aimed at ages 3 – 12, Little Passports offers a little something for everyone. To be honest, it’s fun for adventure seeking parents, too!

Little Passports Timeline

April 2009: Little Passports launches their first edition! The World Edition.

May 2010: Little Passports comes to Canada.

September 2012: Little Passports is introduced to the United States of America.

September 2014: Australia and the United Kingdom say hello to Little Passports.

December 2014: Our featured guest, Max, Mia, and Toby are introduced.

February 2015: Little Passports opens headquarters in San Francisco.

April 2015: Little Passports has shipped 1 Million packages!

 

Little Passports Features and Awards

November 2009: Awarded the Parents’ Choice Award.

January 2014: Featured in the New York Times.

August 2014: Little Passports is the 46th fastest growing company in the United States.

 

Little Passports Early Explorers Subscription Package

Early Explorers: For ages 3-5. This plan is aimed at preschoolers. Your preschooler will receive a new theme every month. The first month you will receive everything you need to get started.

First Month: Travelers Kit Content

  • Orange suitcase
  • Wall World Map
  • Activity Booklet
  • Luggage Tag
  • Stickers
  • Photo

The first month of your Early Explorers Edition Little Passports subscription is predictable. But, the other months are always filled with surprises. Each month your preschooler gets to experience another part of the world. Each month they will also get cool gear to go with their adventures.

Monthly Subscription Kits Include:

  • Activity Booklet
  • Souvenirs
  • Flashlight Adventures
  • Trading Cards
  • Luggage Tags
  • Stickers
  • Letters
  • Photos

 

The plans that¬†Little Passports offers with their Early Explorers Edition are not just affordable. They’re priceless. You’re allowing your child to explore the world from home. They are opening up to new cultures. Little Passports offers a magical experience for your little one. Every single month!

Early Explorers Little Passports Subscription Prices

Monthly: $17.95/month ( $3 shipping in the USA)

6 Months: $16.95/month (Payment of $101.70 $18 shipping in the USA)

12 Months: $14.95/month (Payment of $179.40 $36 shipping in the USA)

 

Little Passports World Edition Subscription

World Edition: For ages 6 Р10. School aged children love the Little Passports World Edition. Your kid will get to explore the world with Sofia and Sam. Each month, the World Edition sends your kid information on a different country.

First Month: Travelers Kit

  • Blue Suitcase
  • Kid Friendly Passport
  • Wall World Map
  • A welcome letter from Sam and Sofia
  • Activity Sheet
  • Photos
  • Stickers
  • Access to online games

After your first month, you’ll travel to a different country with Sam and Sofia. Each month is different and unpredictable. But, your kid will get cool information every month.

Monthly Subscription Kits Include

  • Letters from Sofia & Sam
  • Souvenirs
  • Activity Sheets
  • Stickers
  • Photos
  • More Online Games

World Edition Monthly Subscription Prices

Monthly: $13.95/month ( $3 shipping in the USA)

6 Months: $13.95/month (Payment of $83.70 $18 shipping in the USA)

12 Months: $11.95/month (Payment of $143.40 $30 shipping in the USA)

 

Little Passports USA Edition Subscription Package

USA Edition: For ages 7 Р12. The Little Passports USA Edition is perfect for your older child or children. Sam and Sofia also accompany older children in the Little Passports USA Edition.

First Monthly Kit: The Discovery Kit

    • Field Guide for the USA
    • USA Scratch Book
    • Wall USA Map
    • Letter from Sam & Sofia
    • Disposable Camera
    • Project for a photo scavenger hunt

USA Edition Monthly Subscription Kits

  • State Journal Activity Book
  • Stickers
  • Postcards
  • Models that pop-out
  • Access to an online portal

USA Edition Monthly Subscription Prices

Monthly: $13.95/month ( $3 shipping in the USA)

6 Months: $13.95/month (Payment of $83.70 $18 shipping in the USA)

12 Months: $11.95/month (Payment of $143.40 $30 shipping in the USA)

 Little Passports Shop

The Little Passports Shop offers more than just subscription boxes. In the Little Passports Shop you can also find gift ideas.

Little Passports Gift Ideas for Ages 3 – 5

Toby Plush

Souvenir Picture Book

Dinopals Backpack

Rainbow Spinning Bells

My Craft Animal Mask Kit

Build Your Own Tug Boat

Art Creativity Can

Little Passports Gift Ideas for Ages 6

World Coin Collection

Weather Lab Science Kit

Coral Reef Kit

Souvenir Picture Book

Toby Plush

Earth Science Kit

Sushi Eraser Set

Water Lilies Master Kitz

Little Passports Review

Haley was excited to see the Little Passports Souvenir Book come in the mail. Her excitement grew when she saw the Toby Plush! She loves vacation. Whenever we go on a car ride, she is amazed. She spends most of her time looking out the window. Taking the scenery in. She’s a lot like me when it comes to traveling.

We never get to travel far. But, every vacation is an adventure to us. Even if we have visited the same destination a million times. Traveling is a passion for us. Some nights we talk about the places we would like to visit. She talks about visiting Australia. She wants to jump with the kangaroos. Haley is a total beach babe, too. The ocean is her place, ya’ll!

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The Little Passports Souvenir Book was put to use right away. Haley began thumbing through it. She can’t read yet. But, I know we’ll accomplish that this year in Kindergarten. She let her little brother, Dray, spend time with the Toby Plush. He mostly gnawed on Toby’s head. Poor Toby. But, excited Dray! He loves anything new.

Little Passports Souvenir Book has a neat feature. There are envelopes throughout the book. In each envelope is a postcard related to where Max, Mia, and Toby are visiting. The envelope may include a picture. It may include neat facts. The envelops were the first thing to catch Haley’s attention. She asked about them right away.

The words are in large print. Making the souvenir book easy for even the smallest explorer to read. The illustrations in the Little Passports Souvenir Book are amazing. Haley has a hard time staying still for long. So, it is rare we read a whole book together. I think the illustrations in this book reeled her in. Of course, the book was interrupted many times in typical 4 year old fashion. But, we managed to read the whole book!

With the Little Passports Souvenir book your little one will be able to explore the world. All from the comfort of their own home. Parents will love the book, too. There are great facts in this souvenir book. The pictures are also cool, too. Adding the Toby Plush was icing on the cake. Haley pretended like the Toby Plus was on an adventure, too. Going right along with the story.

Little Passports is something I think every parent should check into. Especially if your family is a travel loving family. You and your children will be able to enjoy different cultures. All thanks to Little Passports.