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Fun Family Attractions In The Twin Cities

Fun Family Attractions In The Twin Cities

Minneapolis is often ranked near the top for best cities to live, work or learn. As a result there are over 2 million family households in the Minneapolis area, according to the 2010 census. Providing fun for these families is big business in the Twin Cities and there are a wide variety of attractions, events and festivals available. Some attractions, such as Valley Fair Amusement Park, are seasonal. Others, like the Minnesota Children’s Museum, are open all year long. Parents who are looking for something fun to do with their family don’t have to look far, no matter what time of year. There are so many museums, festivals, major attractions, parks and smaller attractions available that a family can attend something different every weekend for an entire year.

Fun Family Attractions In The Twin Cities

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Museums

The Twin Cities is home to many museums, some of which are designed specifically with families in mind. Nationally known examples include the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Minnesota Children’s Museum. These two museums are filled with hands on, interactive exhibits for kids of all ages. The Children’s Museum also offers free entrance on the third Sunday of each month. Memberships to each of these museums is another way to reduce the overall cost. Children will often ask to go to one or both repeatedly as each has travelling exhibits that stay for several months at a time.

The Twin Cities is home to many museums, some of which are designed specifically with families in mind. Nationally known examples include the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Minnesota Children’s Museum. These two museums are filled with hands on, interactive exhibits for kids of all ages. The Children’s Museum also offers free entrance on the third Sunday of each month. Memberships to each of these museums is another way to reduce the overall cost. Children will often ask to go to one or both repeatedly as each has travelling exhibits that stay for several months at a time.

Other museums that are family friendly include The Works and the Baaken Museum of Electricity and Magnetism. The Works is a science and technology museum with hands on experiments designed to help kids explore the science of engineering. This museum has grown so much in popularity that they are moving to new, larger location in the fall of 2011. An opening date has not yet been set, but it will be … Read the rest

Booking your USA Tour? Here's a List of Things You Must Carry!

Booking your USA Tour? Here’s a List of Things You Must Carry!

Booking your USA Tour? Here's a List of Things You Must Carry!

America is a diverse country and home to people with multiple ethnicities, political beliefs, cuisine, and cultures. It has big cities, more than 35000 museums, wild landscapes, pristine beaches, rigid terrains, and some of the remarkable monuments in the world. If you are planning to indulge in the great American experience, we are sure that the wait in itself would be overwhelming after buying your holiday package. To help you prepare for your vacation, here’s a list of things that you must carry. We are sure it will take some amount of stress out of your mind. Read on.

Travel documents organizer

Organize all your important travel documents in a travel document organizer or travel docket. The documents you can carry in this organizer include the passport and VISA, travel tickets, health insurance documents, travel insurance documents, travelers’ cheque, Hotel and plane ticket, emergency contact list. Also, do consider emailing yourself a copy of all these documents so that have a digital copy handy in case you lose the originals.

Snacks

You can get almost everything in the US, but at a higher price. So whether you are traveling alone or with family, it is always recommended to carry some snacks with you. For example, carrying something to munch is a good idea to satiate your hunger pangs.

Shavers, Trimmers, and Dryers

Carrying shavers and trimmers will save you from any inconveniences in the mornings. Though you will find better quality electrical appliances in the USA, there’s no point in buying if you already have them at home. If you are staying in a luxury hotel, you will most probably have a dryer in the room. Just in case you have booked a B&B, you might need to carry your hair dryer.

Toiletry Bag

Make sure you carry a toiletry bag that has all the essential toiletries such as toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, floss, hair brush, deodorants, shampoo, conditioner and sunscreen. Some other toiletries you can pack in your toiletry bag include face wash, lip balms, extra contacts, solution, personal hygiene items.

Sewing Items

Wardrobe malfunctions can happen anytime and anywhere. To save yourself from the inconvenience or embarrassment, it is always better to carry thread rolls, shirt buttons, safety pins, and sewing needles in a kit.

Over-the-counter Medicines

When it comes to over-the-counter medicines, USA has its own rules. Some of the medications that are readily available in … Read the rest

Reasons to Try Whitewater Rafting

Reasons to Try Whitewater Rafting

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast like me or just an average thrill seeker looking for a new experience, you should try whitewater rafting, it’s perfect for a company outing or can be a great way to bond with your family. Whitewater rafting is a one of a kind experience that ranges from beginner to expert, it not only allows you to learn a new set of skills, but also gives you a chance to experience and appreciate the beauty of mother nature. Companies like http://www.americanwhitewater.com/california/nor-cal have over 40 years’ experience, and provide professionally trained river guides, who know the river inside and out, and are able to provide you valuable insight to ensure you’re the trip is not only fun, but safe.

Nature

Beautiful trees, gentle river winds, the smell of pine, and being able to sit under the cool warmth of the sun, mother nature is truly a beautiful thing, whitewater rafting gives you a chance to experience these elements first hand. There is nothing more relaxing than being able to step away from your cell phone, laptop, and fax machine, completely isolating yourself from technology gives you a chance to appreciate what really matters in life. You will also get to see plenty of wildlife that you typically wouldn’t encounter outside your office window, birds, chipmunks, wild deer, and maybe even a Bald Eagle. If you’re a botany lover, there is plenty of diverse yet beautiful vegetation to experience; endless rows of trees as you navigate, your way down a breathtaking river.

Exercise

There is no other workout quite like whitewater rafting; testing your strength and helping build your endurance as you’re consistently paddling. Rowing will not only build your upper body strength, but it’s also a great cardio workout; you’ll burn plenty of calories, and not even notice. Studies have shown that rowing drastically improves balance and coordination; it’s also great for strengthening your core and leg muscles.

Learning

In life knowledge is everything; it never hurts to learn a new set of skills. Rafting is a unique experience that forces you to work as a team and learn new skills. As you learn how to master the rivers current, you’ll also encounter plenty of animals and plant life, which will be entirely new to you. The great thing about having a river guide is they’re literally trained to know everything about the river, making your … Read the rest

How to reach Ooty from Delhi by train

How to reach Ooty from Delhi by train

Ooty is a town in Tamil Nadu, and a popular hill station located in Nilgiri Hills. It is a beautiful place covered in greenery, including pine trees and tea plantations. If you are planning a family trip but you cannot decide a place, I have made your job easier. You can visit the Upper Bhavani Lake, Pykara lake, Emerald lake, Second World War Memorial Pillar, Venkateshwara  Perumal Temple, to name a few places in Ooty. If you want to get a souvenir from Ooty to remind you of the good times and you don’t know what to get, one of the things I’ll suggest is the local hill honey. It is naturally crystallized and is creamy and smooth. You can also get the famous Nilgiri Eucalyptus oil produced there due to the availability of eucalyptus in the region, and also get homemade chocolates.

If you want to travel from Delhi to Ooty, you should know that there are no direct flights or trains or buses between New Delhi to Ooty. If you are looking to travel cheap, I would recommend you to take the train. You can take a train from New Delhi to Bangalore, to begin with. From Bangalore, take the Shatabdi Express to Mysore and then from Mysore, take State Transport Bus to reach Ooty.

The distance between New Delhi and Bangalore is 2365 kms. The rail connectivity is very efficient between them. On a weekly basis, 9 trains run between the source and the destination stations. The 12650 Ktk Sampark K Express is the first train to leave from New Delhi station to Bangalore station. It departs at 6.45 AM and reaches Bangalore in about 19.10 PM. The last train to leave from Delhi to Bangalore is the Yesvantpur Junction Duronto Express. It leaves from the source station at 23.00 PM and reaches destination station at 7.30 AM.

If you want to take a train that reaches Bangalore faster than all the other trains to reach Bangalore from Delhi to sort out the time taken to reach Ooty since it involves further travelling from Bangalore, you should take the Yesvantpur Junction Duronto Express. It is the fastest train. It will get you to your destination station in approximately 8-9 hours. The slowest train that runs between New Delhi and Bangalore is the Chandigarh Yesvantpur Junction S F Special 02686. It takes about 45 hours to reach … Read the rest

Planning a family vacation to Ireland

Planning a family vacation to Ireland

During our busy schedules and while working round the clock, we tend to forget to spend some quality time with our near and dear ones. With the best breweries in the world and some of the most scenic views one might find, Ireland proves to be a very peaceful yet chic place to visit with your family to bond and rebuild these relationships.

  1. Plan in advance- Ireland is a wonderland with tourists flooding in all year round, booking in advance really comes in handy. With a distance of 4,979 km, it takes an entire day to travel from India to Ireland. Not only for the air tickets, which means cheaper air fares, but also minor bookings like ferry rides and hotels are also important. Make sure you carefully read all the details given about the hotel as you might not get what you booked.
  2. Make a List- Ireland is on everybody’s bucket list. With so many places to visit, it is impossible to cover all of them in one trip hence you must prioritize. A difficult but very essential word, only if you prioritize will you truly be able to enjoy and soak in the beauty of every monument. Places like titanic Belfast, Croke park, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, The burren, Trinity college, Guinness Storehouse etc. are top essential picks. Visit each place with a peaceful mind and body with no rush.
  3. Essentials for the stay- Do not forget your passport and visa. Due to the erratic weather conditions it pours a lot. Hence always carry rain jackets, waterproof phone covers, travel umbrellas, moisture wicking scarves and waterproof camera. Be aware of pickpockets. Always carry some digestive enzymes as it is common to suffer from upset stomach while visiting Ireland. Carry built in filter bottles for optimum safety.
  4. Back to home- Make sure you book your return tickets on time as well and not leave them till the last minute. As you are not carrying much luggage that’s why it won’t be difficult to pack up. Make sure you keep your jewelry, camera and cards safely.

Come as may, your motive for the trip should be to leave your worries behind, explore a new surrounding and inculcate as much as you can for a better self.

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