Nine Ways to Explore Dallas, Texas in the Spring

There are SO many places to explore in Dallas- my family could have stayed for a year and still not have seen everything! Unfortunately, we couldn’t stay that long, but we vow to return soon! I did most of my research on, which has great lists and suggestions. Click here to request a print copy of the Visitor’s Guide.  If you’re planning on exploring multiple spots on my list, consider purchasing a CityPass, which will give you discounts and allow you to skip many lines. More info here. While many locations having parking lots and there are several metered options on main roads, consider riding with DART, Dallas’ public transportation system. Learn more about it here. Like I mentioned, there was too much to do while we were in town to cover the entire city, but I wanted to share some spots we enjoyed:

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20 Family Friendly Places to Explore in Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s largest city, is known for many things: being the “City of Brotherly Love”; the home of the cheesesteak, the first bank, and the Liberty Bell; and the place where “eagles fly.” Home to over one million people and less than a two hour drive from both New York City and Baltimore, it’s probably most know for being the first capitol of America and the location of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. There certainly is a lot of history “preserved” in Philadelphia, but there’s also a ton of other ways to explore the city with kids. Before you head to Philadelphia, check out for tons of recommendations, itineraries, and calendars. The website is well organized and has suggestions organized by neighborhood, season, or family friendly activities. If you’re planning on visiting for a few days, consider purchasing a CityPass or Philadelphia Pass, both of which offer substantial savings if you visit multiple locations (most of which are on my top 20 list).

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Six Ways to Explore Providence, Rhode Island in the Winter

Rhode Island make take some heat for being the smallest state in America, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in family-friendly fun. Providence, the state capital, is located one hour south of Boston and three hours north of New York City. My family has driven through the Ocean State several time on the way to visit family (check out my posts on nearby Newport, Bristol, and The Farmer’s Daughter) but we’ve never stayed in town for more than a day.

On our way home from celebrating Christmas in Boston, we decided to spend some time exploring Providence. Even though the weather was chilly (mid 20s-30s), we enjoyed lots of indoor and outdoor fun. Here are some of our favorite activities for family fun in Providence:

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Bringing Kids to an Art Museum: The Guggenheim

It may seem like an unlikely place to visit with children: an art museum. You may be concerned that your child will be bored, cranky, or worse- so hyper that he or she goes sprinting through the exhibit halls touching every priceless masterpiece. For a while, that was my nightmare. For years, we stuck to the children’s museum- aquarium-zoo circuit. However, now that my children are out of the toddler/preschool phase, I’ve been trying new places with them when we travel.

So, when I ordered tickets to Peter and the Wolf at the Guggenheim in New York City (read about the various holiday things we like to do in New York City here), I thought it would also be fun to check out the museum.

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Peabody Essex Museum Salem, Massachusetts

On a recent trip to Salem, Massachusetts (read my full review here) I was given a press pass to check out many of the local sites from Destination Salem. Check out for well researched resources for everything to see, eat, do, and where to stay in Salem. At the very top of my list of places to explore was the Peabody Essex Museum.  My parents, who live in Massachusetts, visit at least once a year and always share how much they enjoy the Peabody. It is bright, airy, and has lots of open spaces.

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