seeing whales during a Seven Seas Whale Watch tour in Gloucester, Massachusetts

Five Whaling Museums in the Northeast Kids Will Love

For our family, there are two necessary ingredients for a perfect adventure: water and history. We love being by, on, and even IN the water (ocean water is our favorite) and we love studying history. Even better, we love when we can combine them and learn a little nautical history. A couple of years ago, we featured this post with over a dozen attractions dedicated to boats and the boating industry and it received a lot of great feedback.  This week, we’re sharing five museums in the Northeast that include the important history of the whaling industry. The northeast has a rich history of whaling, and some ports were once known as the Whaling Capitals of the World. All five spots offer plenty of hands-on ways to engage the entire family.

City Guide: 12 Places Kids Will Love in Palm Beach County, Florida

While most people head to the pristine beaches or pools of Palm Beach County, Florida, there is plenty to do off the sand and surf. We’re lucky to have family who live in Delray Beach and over the years, we have enjoyed exploring a wide variety of family friendly attractions.  Palm Beach County includes 39 cities, towns, and villages from Jupiter (the northern most part) to Boca Raton in the southern part of the region- see the full list here.

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Five Ways to Explore the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum in Jupiter, Florida

We’ve explored Palm Beach County, Florida many times when visiting family in Delray Beach. This past trip, we finally had time to stop at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum that we’ve passed several times and enjoyed exploring the ever expanding complex. Operated by the Loxahatchee River Historical Society, the first lighthouse museum opened in 1973 and now welcomes over 800,000 visitors to the complex each year. The nonprofit manages the 1860 Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Oil House, 1892 George Washington Tindall House, 1929 Lighthouse Keeper’s Workshop, and 1940 Naval Housing Building (currently closed due to nearby bridge construction). The lighthouse and museums are located on a complex, owned by the town of Jupiter, which also include large sports fields, nature trails, and a large playground. 

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10 Reasons to Love Disney’s Polynesian Resort

This past summer, we visited Disney World in Florida for the 4th time (see some of our previous adventures here). This visit, we stayed at the Polynesian Village Resort and it was one of our favorite resorts- EVER! The Polynesian is one of the original Disney resorts, opening in 1971. The 39 acre South Pacific themed resort includes over 800 rooms across several “Longhouse” buildings (named after Polynesian isles), one and two bedrooms suites (including “Club” Level suites), Disney Vacation Club suites that opened in 2015, almost a dozen dining options, two pool complexes, retail shops, and tons of daily activities and programs.  This week, we’re sharing ten reasons why we love the resort and why it’s a great place for everyone!

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Eight Tips for Exploring Storm King Art Center in New York with Kids

Our family enjoys visiting various art museums whenever we’re in a new city (see an index of art museums we’ve explored here and reasons why you should bring kids to art museum here ) but we’re usually accustomed to the traditional, indoor, stand far away and don’t even think of touching ANYTHING type of art museum. And then we heard about Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, New York (60 miles north of Manhattan, 50 miles from the Connecticut border, and in the heart of the Hudson Valley), and we knew we had found a “kid friendly” art center to explore.

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Untermyer Park and Gardens in Yonkers, New York

Most people think of Manhattan, and the greater New York metro, as the home of skyscrapers and “concrete jungles.” But there are plenty of preserved outdoor places to enjoy all year. Last spring, we enjoyed exploring the Met Cloisters and we were members of the New York Botanical Garden for years and went each season to see new exhibits and perennial favorites. This weekend, we had the opportunity to visit the Untermyer Park and Gardens in Yonkers, New York and it won’t be our only visit!