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Tuesday, 19 May 2015 12:39

Bike Month: Cycle Florida

By Lynn O'Rourke Hayes

cycle florida

It's Bike Month. So make plans to cycle with your family in Florida.

Choose your view in the St. Petersburg-Clearwater area of the Sunshine State. Roll past nature preserves, city skylines or endless beaches in Pinellas County. Consider the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail, a 38-mile track built atop an abandoned railroad line. The route extends from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs. Bike rental shops plus water fountains and rest areas along the way make it easy to select one section or take on the entire span.

Contact: visitstpeteclearwater.com.

More family bike ideas here.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 11:56

Beach Time?

By Lynn O'Rourke Hayes

beach vacations

The Ultimate Family Beach Vacation is enhanced by teaching the family the connectedness of everything at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.

The Eco Adventure Center offers fun things to do that inspire the whole family with Southern California’s unique ecosystems. Activities are led by expert naturalists and the Eco-Adventure Center is dedicated to showcasing Dana Point’s natural wonders.

Throughout these unique excursions, the local surroundings become a natural classroom and living laboratory. Adults, families and kids learn through experience, which instills them with deep appreciation and a respect for nature and the environment.

The Eco-Adventure Center was born out of the need to create unifying family activities that teach everyone about the importance of protecting our planet while creating unique memorable vacation experiences and a lot of fun!

Activities this summer include everything from whale watching to youth adventures and beyond. The Biggest Show on Earth will let you embrace your sea legs and see first-hand why Dana Point is the Whale Capital of the West! Take a Sea Hike along Strand beach.

Write, direct and star in your own video while you give the earth a voice. Explore the resort’s organic garden during the day or search the final frontier after the sun goes down searching the night sky filled with stars. The center features different excursions each day and choices in three different age groups.

For more information on the Eco-Adventure center visit www.ritzcarlton.com/LagunaEcoAdventures

Westin Lake Las Vegas Family Travel

Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa, Henderson, Nev.

Have the bright lights and a retreat too when you stay at this sunny resort, just a free shuttle ride away from the glitzy Las Vegas Strip.

Enjoy an affordable family getaway that includes pedal boarding, paddle boarding and kayaking on the 320-acre lake, plus poolside fun with a giant slide, dive-in movies and a Kidcabana. Golfers will want to sample the newly renovated Reflection Bay course, a Jack Nicklaus signature track that offers red rock and lake vistas. Parents: It’s your vacation too, so make time for a couple’s massage at the Spa Moulay.

Find out more: westinlakelasvegas.com

 Ultimate Family Beach Vacation Ritz Carlton

The Ultimate Family Beach Vacation is enhanced by teaching the family the connectedness of everything at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. 

The Eco Adventure Center offers fun things to do that inspire the whole family with Southern California’s unique ecosystems. Activities are led by expert naturalists and the Eco-Adventure Center is dedicated to showcasing Dana Point’s natural wonders.

Throughout these unique excursions, the local surroundings become a natural classroom and living laboratory. Adults, families and kids learn through experience, which instills them with deep appreciation and a respect for nature and the environment. 

The Eco-Adventure Center was born out of the need to create unifying family activities that teach everyone about the importance of protecting our planet while creating unique memorable vacation experiences and a lot of fun!

Activities this summer include everything from whale watching to youth adventures and beyond. The Biggest Show on Earth will let you embrace your sea legs and see first-hand why Dana Point is the Whale Capital of the West! Take a Sea Hike along Strand beach.

Write, direct and star in your own video while you give the earth a voice. Explore the resort’s organic garden during the day or search the final frontier after the sun goes down searching the night sky filled with stars. The center features different excursions each day and choices in three different age groups.

For more information on the Eco-Adventure center visit www.ritzcarlton.com/LagunaEcoAdventures

Monday, 06 April 2015 08:33

Dad and Disney

By Lynn O'Rourke Hayes

It's a day every father dreads.

Because it is inevitable, because there is little we can do about it, it looms like a specter on our already difficult parenting journey. Despite our best efforts, there is no avoiding the cultural influence and messages on the sides of busses, on billboards, in pop songs, in movies…even in schoolyard chatter. And, knowing it's coming, we prepare.

Still.

Still there is no disguising the cringe on that fateful day when she finally asks the question…

"Daddy, can we go to Disneyland?"

And though you've prepared for this moment, you still cringe and quickly wonder how you might avoid the interminable lines, gum on your shoes, and refrains of "It's a Small World" echoing in your head for months after. 

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