National Museum of American History in Washington DC

Part of the Smithsonian Institute, the National Museum of American History originally opened in 1964 as the National Museum of History and Technology and was renamed in 1980. The museum, located on Washington DC’s National Mall, has almost 2 million objects in its collection and several galleries to explore. The museum has over a dozen engaging exhibits to explore and it will take the better part of a full day to see them all!

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10 Family Friendly Spots in Gloucester, Massachusetts

Known as “America’s oldest seaport”, Gloucester was the largest fishing port in America in the second half of the 19th century, and one of the top five ports in the world at that time. In addition to its contributions to the fishing industry, Gloucester also produced granite in nearby quarries as well as a thriving art community. Founded in 1623, the city is less than one hour north of Boston, directly on the Atlantic Ocean. Gloucester is one of four communities (Essex, Rockport, and Manchester-by-the-Sea are the other three communities) that make up the Cape Ann district.

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5 reasons to visit LegoLand Discovery Center this fall:

Legos continue to be one of my children’s favorite toys and one of their favorite ways to play. Even though he’s almost 10 years old, our son will pour over his collection and come out of his room after an hour (sometimes more!) of building to present us with a “masterpiece” of his imagination. Last year, we visited LegoLand Discovery Center in Boston, Massachusetts (technically, it’s in the city of Somerville, but it’s literally a five minute drive from downtown Boston) and had a blast! You can read about our adventures- and 12 things everyone should do when they visit- here.

When LegoLand invited us back to celebrate the Halloween season this week, we jumped at the chance to visit! They even let us bring our friends (who are even BIGGER Lego fans, if that’s possible!), so you’ll see some new faces on the blog.

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National Museum of the American Indian in New York City

The Smithsonian Institute encompassed 17 museums (and a zoo!) located in Washington DC- check out the list here- and two locations in New York City: Cooper Hewitt, a design museum, and the National Museum of the Native American. Located in the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, the National Museum of the American Indian chronicles the history of indigenous peoples throughout the Western Hemisphere. 

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10 Places to Explore at Historic Jamestowne in Virginia

Part of the Colonial National Historic Park (one of the first parks, created in 1930) Historic Jamestowne honors the British Colonist experience in North America. The park includes a 23 mile scenic parkway that connects Yorktown Battlefield and Historic Jamestown. Both Yorktown and Jamestown have Visitor Centers with museums, outdoor activities, and many ranger led programs. Historic Jamestowne also includes archaeological sites, churches, and monuments honoring important historical figures.

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