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07 Apr
6 Amazing Family Activities at Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina

6 Amazing Family Activities at Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina

Brookgreen Gardens, located in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, is just 30 minutes south of Myrtle Beach. It is a fascinating and unusual combination of a botanical garden, history museum, zoo, and nature center. There are so many different activities to enjoy while visiting, but it would be virtually impossible to see and do it all. Last year we wrote a philosophical post after visiting Brookgreen, focusing on how the garden hits the sweet spot of family travel and pleases both the young and old. This year we are getting a bit more practical.... Read More
05 Apr
Shaking off Winter on Paul’s Cypress Swamp Tour (Myrtle Beach, SC)

Shaking off Winter on Paul’s Cypress Swamp Tour (Myrtle Beach, SC)

It was another brutal winter in New Jersey.  So why not head to Myrtle Beach for another spring break?  Our trip last spring was beyond delicious. We swam in the pool at the Myrtle Beach KOA, we swam in the ocean, we visited gardens, and state parks, and we lapped up the sunshine and warm weather like we were eskimos on our first and last family vacation. Saturday was all about the long drive.  The twins were good.  Wesley was okay.  Lots of crying and too many pit stops.  So today, Easter Sunday, was all about fun. I woke up in the mood for... Read More
01 May
8 Reasons To Pick Myrtle Beach for Your Next Family Vacation!

8 Reasons To Pick Myrtle Beach for Your Next Family Vacation!

1. Touristy boardwalk fun, like the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, that will make you smile from ear to ear. 2. Soulful boardwalk fun, at places like Myrtle Beach State Park, that will fill your lungs with fresh ocean air. 3.  Room to splash and play and greet the waves at places like Huntington Beach State Park. 4.  Quiet places for your kids to build and dream like the Children’s Discovery Room at Brookgreen Gardens.   5. Many great places, like the Myrtle Beach KOA, to pitch a tent, rent a cabin, or park your RV. Skip the hotel room,... Read More
26 Apr
The Fiestas before the Siestas: 3 Great Lunch Joints in Myrtle Beach

The Fiestas before the Siestas: 3 Great Lunch Joints in Myrtle Beach

After a couple of days in Myrtle Beach, we noticed our natural traveling schedule had shifted a bit. This happens every year because, of course, Max and Theo are one year older…and because sometimes we like to throw a new baby into the mix just to keep things interesting. Something that has stayed the same over the last four years is our love of picnic lunches on day trips. Packing a lunch in the morning before we leave the campground means we will be able to enjoy whatever hike, activity, refuge, beach, or lake we are visiting without... Read More
21 Apr
Rainy Day? These Campers Still Play: The SkyWheel, Myrtle Beach

Rainy Day? These Campers Still Play: The SkyWheel, Myrtle Beach

When I was a little kid growing up at the Jersey Shore, I loved rainy days at the beach.  I still do.  The crowds magically disappear, and the ocean and sky look moody, mellow, and dramatic.  So when Myrtle Beach presented us with a rainy day on our RV trip last week Stephanie and I did what we always do.  We packed up our raincoats– and our children– and headed up to the boardwalk for coffee and a stroll.  Lucky for us it only rained intermittently, and the boardwalk was quiet and beautiful. As we walked north, the Myrtle Beach... Read More
20 Apr
Finding the Sweet Spot: Something for Everyone at Brookgreen Gardens

Finding the Sweet Spot: Something for Everyone at Brookgreen Gardens

One of our greatest goals as a traveling family is to find activities that everyone can enjoy. It is so easy for parents to get sucked into the world of the child, where every vacation is filled with arcades and amusement parks and large, furry characters. Then there is the flip side of that coin…the classic stories about children getting dragged from historical battlefields to prissy museums, rolling their eyes and burying themselves in some electronic device. As parents, we believe our preferences and tastes matter. We don’t want to... Read More

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