Some very exciting summer vacation plans for Savvy Sassy Moms…I will be taking a 6 week family road trip this summer and hitting up seven southern cities in the south! I do love those S’s.
Since moving to Costa Rica last summer, my kids have not touched American soil (my husband and I however, have both been back a few times for work) so we have decided to take a little tour of the south this summer. We have traveled a lot, but we have not been to either South Carolina or North Carolina. I’ve been to Atlanta, but only for a short weekend and we have not spent much time in Orlando so we thought why not take this opportunity to see them all and make it a fun family road trip!
Where will the road take us exactly? We will be in Orlando, Savannah, Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Raleigh, Charlotte, and Atlanta. So, this past weekend we started doing some road trip prep and taking a few notes about the places we are going and what we possibly want to do and see, as well as where to shop and eat!
1. Orlando, Florida
We will be hooking up with both the Grandma’s for some summer fun in Orlando. As the #1 family vacation destination in America, we are sure to get our fill of amusement parks, theme parks, water parks, and family-friendly attractions. This city is definitley for the kids, so it will be interesting to see how we handle making all three generations happy, stay tuned!
Possible things to do: Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, Gatorland, Dinner Shows, Airboat Rides, Indy Racing, Helicopter Rides, Warbird Adventures, Epcot, LEGOLAND, and the list goes on…. Helpful Website: Experience Kissimmee Follow them on Twitter @Kissimmee
2. Savannah, GA
There is just something about just saying Savannah Georgia that calms me. This will be a great place to slow it down a bit from the wild time on Orlando and soak up some true southern charm. I do not know a thing about this city, but looking forward to learning more. I have high hopes for Savannah.
3. Charleston, SC
The history of Charleston and its arcitecture appeals to me the most We will be here for the Fourth of July, so I am excited to see the Fireworks in this true all American town!
Possible things to do: Kings Street, Sullivan Island, Folley Beach, Isle of Palm, Rainbow Row, patriots Point Naval Museum, Bone Hall Plantation, Charleston City Market, Children;s Museum of Low Country. Things to Eat: Peanut Butter Burger at Poe’s Tavern, She Crab Soup and a mason jar Margarita at Yo Burrito. Helpful Website: Explore Charleston Follow them on Twitter @ExploreCHS
4. Myrtle Beach, SC
Another destination that looks like fun for the whole family and really caters to the kids. With beaches and boardwalks with games and rides this is sure to be one of the highlights for the kids! The hotels seem to have a lot of amenities for the kids.
Possible Things to Do: Boardwalk, Broad Way, Myrtle Waves Waterpark, Ripley’s Aquarium (Mermaid shows), Wild Water Park. Helpful trip planning website: VisitMyMyrtleBeach follow them on Twitter @MyMyrtleBeach
5. Raleigh, NC
Raleigh & Charlotte might be the cities I am most excited to check out because I have no idea what to expect. I really know nothing about North Carolina, but I have always heard such wonderful things about North Carolina and both cities seem to be uber family friendly.
Possible things to do: Natural History Museum, Pull in Park, Museum of Art, Marble Kids Museum, Franki’s Fun Park, KIng’s Baracade, Poole’s Downtown Diner, Trophy Brewing Company. Helpful website: Visit Raleigh follow them on Twitter @VisitRaleigh
6. Charlotte, NC
Carowinds Amusement Park, Mint Museum, Kids Library, Freedom Park, Discovery place, Lazy 5 Ranch, Biltmore Estate, Carolina Raptor Center, Richard Petty Driving Experience. Where to stay: Great Wolf Lodge. Helpful website Charlottesgotalot.com and follow them on Twitter @CharlottGotAlot
7. Atlanta, GA
I’ve only been to Atlanta once, for a blogger event hosted by Coca Cola, so I really didn’t get to spend time exploring the city at all. I’ve also connected through Atlanta for international flights many times, so I have got to know customs very well, but now it’s time to see what all the buzz in Atlanta is about!
One of my favorite websites is the Thrillist.com that gives you the coolest ideas of what to do in cities all across America, unfortunately they haven’t launched many of the southern cities we are going to, but they do have Atlanta and Atlanta looks like a very exciting city to see! I will no doubt gain 10 lbs just from eating my way through Atlanta.
Possible things to do: Olympic park, World of Coca Cola, Atlanta Zoo, Puppetry Arts, LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Andretti Carting and Games, Medival Times, Chicken and Waffles, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes Festival (July 20th). Helpful Website: Atlanta.net and Atlanta.com Follow them on Twitter @DiscoverAtlanta
Do you live in any of these cities? Have you traveled to these cities, with kids!?
Please leave a comment on the must see and do, favorite eats, what to drink, where to shop and where to take the kiddos. Tweet meet all summer and give me some tips or your favorite city gems!
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