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Have a #SummerBlast at Hilton Bonnet Creek in Orlando Florida

Last weekend the family and I had the pleasure of spending a weekend at the Hilton Bonnet Creek in Orlando, Florida as part of their SummerBlast! Promotion. To say it was an amazing weekend is an understatement – it was absolutely the perfect way to kick off the Summer.

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IT’S BACK! This summer we’re celebrating 101-days of summer vacation! As part of SummerBlast!, you and your family can enjoy fabulous summer fun at the pool and throughout the resort. Join the SummerBlast! team at our pool, as they provide an afternoon of rockin’ pooltime fun, including music, games and prizes! Also, join us for Ducktona 500 on Saturdays, and you can win a prize if your duck is the first to cross the finish line… in our lazy river pool! You’ve gotta see this to believe it!

From the minute you step out of your car, you will fall in love with the Hilton Bonnet Creek. From the friendly valet service to the check in staff – everyone is so nice and accommodating. You can choose to have your room face the pool and Downtown Disney – which I highly suggest. Besides having a beautiful view every morning - there is another benefit which we would learn later in the weekend. More on that in a minute.

We arrived mid afternoon so we quickly showered and changed and headed off to dine at the Pirates Adventure Dinner Theater. There are several dinner theaters in the area – all of which are fantastic! I’ve been to Medieval Times, Arabian Nights, Sleuth’s Mystery Theater, and now Pirates Adventure.  It was a blast! The Pirates Adventure really gets the audience involved more than any of the others which the girls thought was really cool. I highly recommend the dinner theaters – especially for older kids.  And check out KGSTickets.com for the best ticket prices on everything in the Kissimmee/Orlando area!

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Pirates Adventure Dinner Theater starts nightly at 8:15 – and lasts a full two hours. So needless to say – we were ready for bed by the time it was over.  Thankfully it is just a few miles away from Hilton Bonnet Creek, so we were able to get back and get tucked in before anyone fell asleep. I was so happy for valet parking!

The next day we slept in and decided instead of going to any of the parks, we would spend the day right there at the hotel enjoying all of the SummerBlast festivities.  I think that was my favorite part of the entire weekend – not having to GO anywhere! The Hilton Bonnet Creek has so many things to do – you do not even have to walk off property to have an amazing time. We got up, got our bathing suits on, and headed down to the pool. Named #1 by TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Fantastic Pools – the Hilton Bonnet Creek pool is surrounded by a flowing lazy river that you can absolutely spend all day in… which is exactly what we did. 

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We even had lunch right there on the pool deck thanks to Beech – their poolside grill! I had a cheeseburger that was to die for and the girls had chicken and french fries. Mike and I also had pina coladas… you know… for research purposes and all. It was great to get to eat and not even leave our spot!

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Florida Vacation Spots – Kennedy Space Center #VisitKSC

A few weeks ago Midge and I had the pleasure of joining a handful of other amazing bloggers for a weekend at Kennedy Space Center on Cape Canaveral, Florida. Growing up in Florida I always wanted to be an astronaut… right up until I realized I was deathly afraid of heights… but we watched every shuttle launch like it was a national holiday. I remember being a child on the swingset and pretending to be astronauts being launched in to space as we swung higher and higher. So when I was offered the opportunity to take Midge and go to Kennedy Space Center and actually meet real astronauts, I actually squealed. And cheered. And talked about it for weeks ad nauseum.

The weekend was absolutely everything I thought it would be.

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24th Annual Tupelo Honey Festival This Weekend

tupelo honey festivalThis weekend Midge and I are heading off to Kennedy Space Center for a press trip, but if we weren’t – there is no question we would be heading to the 24th Annual Tupelo Honey Festival happening in Wewahitchka Florida – just north of Port St Joe.

Under the great mossy oaks of Lake Alice, people come from all over the world to Wewahitchka, to taste and take home this local rare delicacy. Home of the country’s finest Tupelo Honey, farmers from the area will have booths of honey in many different sizes and packages, along with food vendors, art & crafts, and live music right on the banks of mossy Lake Alice.

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Filming For Family Travel With Colleen Kelly

A few weeks ago the family and I had the pleasure of meeting up with an amazing crew to film a short spot for an upcoming tv show on PBS all about vacationing in Pensacola Florida. Having both grown up here, Mike and I were more than happy to share some of our favorite tips and places to visit here at home. I was also excited that some other blogger friends of mine are going to be featured on the show too – like Kari from RaisedSouthern and Toni from ADailyDoseOfToni.

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The show is called Family Travel with Colleen Kelly, and each show is focused around one great location to visit with you and your little ones. Past shows have includes places like Chicago, New Orleans, and San Antonio – so I was quite excited to see our little southern beach town make the cut for the show. I have always known Pensacola was one of the greatest places in the world to live and raise a family, but to be acknowledged by a show like Colleen’s makes it just that much more awesome.

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For our spot we got to go to the Portofino Boardwalk – which growing up was always the Quietwater Boardwalk. It was kind of a dreary afternoon when we filmed, but we all still had a great time. The Boardwalk has so many amazing memories for me – and is still somewhere that we go often either to catch some rays and have lunch or to have our infamous Bushwacker and listen to some of the greatest bands around. We got to do some shopping, some sightseeing, and of course Mike’s favorite – have one of the amazing pizzas from Papa’s Pizza – the best pizza on the beach!

The view for lunch last week - Pensacola Beach Boardwalk

The view for lunch last week – Pensacola Beach Boardwalk

There are so many great places to visit in Pensacola  - some of which Colleen got to check out while she was here! I will be sure to let you know when the show will air so you can tune in. Until then you can check out her previous shows – but I warn you  - when I watched them it made me want to vacation to every single one of them…

Where is your favorite family vacation spot?

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#SeasTheDay at XPLOR – Royal Caribbean Cruise Excursion -Cozumel Mexico

Ever since Brandaction: Global Getaway, the “theme” for Brandcation has been ADVENTURE. From ziplining through the Smokey Mountains to parasailing on the Gulf Coast to hanging with alligators in the swamps of Central Florida – we have always done something adventurous. When we booked the sixth Brandcation – SeasTheDay with Royal Caribbean – we immediately set out to find the most adventurous excursion we could find… and boy did we ever.

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Xplor is a natural adventure park located in the Riviera Maya, very close to Cancun. Discover new sensations by flying over treetops with our 14 zip lines, driving an amphibious vehicle on trails that run through the jungle as well as inside caves; swim in the underground river surrounded by stalactites and stalagmites; and take an exciting raft ride paddling with your hands while wondering at the rock formation process created by nature millions of years ago.

Ten of us decided to go to XPLOR – the largest group for any one excursion – and we all had an absolute blast. As soon as we arrived we broke up in to groups – because I have been ziplining so many times before, I wanted to experience everything else first… including the buffet.  Hey, aren’t you supposed to eat everything in sight when you are on a cruise? It’s in the rules somewhere I am sure... The entire day was spent riding ATVs, eating, paddling rafts around stalagmites (or stalactites – whatever) eating, swimming through underground caves, and eating. It was everything an excursion should be!

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The cost of the XPLOR excursion is $185 and includes your transportation to and from the ship as well as all of the attractions at the park and the unlimited buffet. When you get there you are assigned a locker for your belongings and a numbered helmet which you have to wear throughout the whole park.  The helmet has both a number and a GPS chip in it – which is both for safety and for their awesome photo service which takes pictures of you literally all over the park.

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The only downside to XPLOR is the travel time – it took us over an hour and a half to get from the ship to the park. But once we got there, it was worth it. I did purchase the photo package which was another $109 I believe – but again – I totally thought that was worth it as well. Some of the pictures are absolutely hysterical.

If you are looking for an excursion in Cozumel that will be an experience of a lifetime – I highly recommend checking our XPLOR.  You can book the excursion right through your Royal Caribbean Account. The park is beautiful, the food is awesome,  the attractions are super fun – and you will walk so much you will have zero guilt about anything you eat for the rest of your vacation.

Seriously.

lynseysig

Disclosure: I paid full price for this excursion – and it was worth every penny.