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San Diego Attractions For Kids

San Diego Attractions For Kids

San Diego Attractions For Kids

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Raising a family can be expensive, and many save up all year for a family vacation. Yet parents often have a difficult time locating destinations that are affordable and thus, often look for locations that have free children’s activities. While many desirable cities have children’s attractions, few have many free activities that children of various ages will find enjoyable. That’s not the case in San Diego. Besides the ideal weather, numerous public beaches, and perfect location which is convenient to other recreational areas, San Diego has a number of free, child focused activities that will delight the whole family. In addition, many San Diego hotels have packages allowing children to stay and eat free and free meals for children can also be found in various venues around the city.

Free Things to Do in San Diego: Children’s Activities

Often it’s hard to keep children entertained when on vacation especially when traveling on a shoe string budget. San Diego is just the place to visit if looking for enough children’s activities and attractions to keep the entire family entertained. Some of the top San Diego Family Attractions are listed below.

New Children’s Museum – Free the second Sunday of every month to all visitors, the museum was designed for children with extended hours and on these days offers special performances and activities in addition to the child friendly exhibits, interactive displays and large play space.

U.S Olympic Training Center – This 150 acre complex is dedicated to training future Olympians and has successfully sent a number of athletes to the Olympics since it was built in 1995. Free tours of the facility which include the opportunity for children (and adults) to talk to some of the trainers/coaches and athletes are offered Tuesday – Saturday (call for times) and self guided tours are allowed 9:00 am – 5:00 pm 7 days a week.

Old Town State Park – Free educational tours are provided of this large park which is the location of the original foundations of the city. Several buildings of interest remain within this area, but by far the favorite of children of all ages is the Whaley House, alleged to be the most haunted house in America.

San Diego Public Libraries – San Diego city and county libraries offer a variety of activities for children and is a perfect option for days when you may feel a bit … Read the rest

Enjoy The Best Cuisine And Torquay Family Attractions

Enjoy The Best Cuisine And Torquay Family Attractions

Enjoy The Best Cuisine And Torquay Family Attractions

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If you are staying at one of the popular holiday cottages, you know you are getting the best accommodations possible when you go to Torquay during your holidays. The holiday cottages are near the best Torquay family attractions which will give you a fun-filled and exciting vacation. You can find a lot of Torquay family attractions that you must go to especially when you are together with your family. After going around the different Torquay family attractions, you must also try the different cuisines that are near the holiday cottages. Here are some of them.

Bianco’s Ristorante Italiano

Bianco’s Ristorante Italiano is a great place to go together with your family as you immediately get that warm welcome from Mauro, the owner as soon as you enter. After a tour of the many Torquay family attractions, make sure that you relax and have a great meal at the comfortable ambiance of the restaurant. This place also makes a great venue for birthdays or other special events. The restaurant’s well-trained chef makes sure that only the finest ingredients are used and that all dishes are cooked to perfection. The popular dishes that patrons of the restaurant recommend include the Crespell Al Forno (Italian pancakes with fresh spinach, nutmeg, ricotta cheese topped with melted cheese and chamel), Lasagne Verdi (green pasta with Bolognese sauce, melted cheese and chamel) and Cappelletti ai Porcini (fresh pasta filled with wild mushroom and served in a cream sauce of porcini mushrooms & truffles). The restaurant is open for dinner every day from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and it is highly recommended that you make reservations.

The Elephant Brasserie

The Elephant Brasserie is one of the restaurants you can try out after you go sightseeing at the Torquay family attractions that you have included in your itinerary. You can have both lunch and dinner here at this restaurant from Tuesday to Saturday. For starters, you can order the deli platter (cured meat and vegetables), warm asparagus salad with crispy fried bacon and chopped eggs and classic moules mariniere. You must also try out the Cornish sea bass with pancetta, potatoes, wild garlic pesto and spinach or else try the fillet steak with summer vegetables and potato gratin. The lunch set menu is something you can try that is filling and delectable at the same time. The restaurant offers special children’s meals too.

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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

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

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