6. Huntsville, Alabama
Huntsville, aka the Rocket City, is a place that has grown a lot in the last few years. There is so much to do there. There is the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Bridge Street Town Centre has shops, restaurants, a movie theater, train rides for children (and their parents), and a carousel. The Element by Westin is in this town Centre, making these amenities in walking distance. Visit Big Spring International Park to feed the ducks and see the famous red bridge from Japan. 45 minutes from downtown Huntsville is the Unclaimed Baggage store in Scottsboro, Alabama.
5. Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville, the Music City, is full of fun things to do. The Opry Mills outlets has an aquarium restaurant, the Rainforest Café, Madame Tussaud’s Wax museum, a Build-A-Bear Workshop, Dave & Buster’s, the Disney Store, and many other shops & restaurants. Take a stroll downtown to eat at one of Nashville’s many restaurants or catch a horse & carriage ride. Visit the Nashville Zoo to see a white rhinoceros, spider monkeys, clouded leopards, and more.
4. Washington, D.C.
D.C. has so many museums, restaurants, and tours that it’s hard to become bored in such an eclectic city. See cool art exhibitions at the Hirshhorn Museum. Or visit the Newseum, Museum of the Bible, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and others. Take a Hop-on/Hop-off tour on a trolley or double decker bus. Eat at the Eastern Market. Go 20 minutes to the National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland to ride the Capital Wheel, attempt to hit the jackpot at the casino, shop over 160 stores, rent a kayak or paddleboard, or dine at the Gaylord National Resort. There is so much to do in the D.C. area. Click here for more.
3. Wilmington, North Carolina
So, I may be a little biased because this is my hometown. It’s located near several beaches; Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, etc. Go to Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park; they have arcade games, a kid’s jungle with bouncy houses, go-karts, mini golf, a water park, and laser tag. For $5 per child, under 5-years-old, (parents free) visit the Fit for Fun Center. For $6 per child, under 5-years-old, (parents free) take your kids to Carolina Gymnastics Academy to play on trampolines, foam pits, etc. Visit the Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Need time to yourself? Simply Play is a drop-in daycare where your kids (ages 12 months-12 years) can have lots of fun for just $8 an hour and $3 for pizza. Visit the Fort Fisher Aquarium, the Cape Fear Museum, the Wilmington Railroad Museum, and the Battleship North Carolina. Take the ferry over to Southport. Shop at The Pointe at Barclay, Mayfaire Town Center, or Independence Mall. Or take your children to one of our many parks! Go skating at Scooters or ice-skating at the Wilmington Ice House. Walk the boardwalk downtown or one of the piers at the beach. Dine at restaurants you will only find here: Henry’s, Elizabeth’s Pizza, P.T.’s Olde Fashioned Grille, S&L New York Style Deli, Boca Bay, Boombalatti’s Homemade Ice Cream, Elijah’s, Fat Tony’s Italian Pub, The Foxes Boxes, Kate’s Pancake House, The Pirate’s Table, Jamaica House, etc. You can also have your food delivered to you through Surfside Express or Cape Fear Delivery.
2. Orlando, Florida
Orlando is a child’s paradise. There is Disney World, the Crayola Experience, SeaWorld, Universal Orlando Resort, and Legoland. Shop Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Bvlgari, and Gucci at the Mall at Millenia. Other fun attractions are the Kennedy Space Center, the Holy Land Experience, and the Orlando Science Center. Shop or dine at Disney Springs, just 25 minutes away. Cocoa Beach is about an hour away. About 45 minutes away from the Orlando International Airport is Port Canaveral, a popular cruise port. Get to Orlando a few days before your cruise to explore.
1. Disney Cruise
Hop aboard the Disney Dream cruise from Port Canaveral in Florida. Ride the, part water slide, part lazy river, Aquaduck. Catch theatre performances of the Golden Mickey or Beauty & the Beast. Experience Pirate Night and see fireworks. Take pictures with your favorite characters like Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, and Daisy. Catch a movie in theatre or under the stars by the pool. Get a princess makeover at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Dine at a different restaurant every night or head to the buffet at Cabana’s. Get off at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, in the Bahamas. There you can shop for souvenirs, enjoy the beach, bike ride, rent a kayak, and eat free food. To check out other Disney cruise ships and destinations: Click here
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So, by now you have seen and heard of the devastation in North Carolina due to Hurricane Florence. I was raised and still live in Wilmington, North Carolina. I have survived and been through so many hurricanes. For this one, I decided to evacuate. I went to Greensboro. I thought we’d only be there for a few days. We were there for 8 days. Then we left and went to Warsaw, NC. We were trying to go home, but roads began flooding again and we were stopped by a road that was nearly gone. After a day in Warsaw, we finally made it home to Wilmington. Our electricity was just coming back on and we had a leaky roof. There is now mold in the closet and bathroom. My grandparents’ home, originally owned by my Great Grandparents, had the most damage. The ceiling in the kitchen and dining room had fallen and the roof was leaking. They also had black mold and asbestos. I will include photos of the damage to our home and theirs below. I have been helping my grandparents’ neighbors clean their yards and today I purchased cleaning supplies to give out to the elderly who are still in need. There are so many great organizations that are out here helping the community. Support the Port, ran by someone I know from high school, has been great about giving back to the low-income areas. Today I received two calls from people in a senior apartment place and others in Castle Hayne, NC saying that they felt forgotten. I was able to deliver supplies some in the senior apartments. I am raising money to buy food and supplies to giveaway at St. Joy Holiness Church in Wilmington, NC. The church is located and serves the elderly in low income communities. If you are interested in donating, you can do so via PayPal at TheAnchoredInHopeShop@gmail.com or on GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/xesmbr-hurricane-florence&rcid=r01-153773097279-1a3a63ef46b9461f&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_w or Cash App: $CandaceCandace
I would like to thank everyone who helped my family members and I when we couldn’t get back home. I received help from family, friends, churches, strangers. Etc. Never be afraid to ask for help.
Thank you to:
Life Community Church (Jamestown, NC)
Life on Lexington (High Point, NC)
Novant Health Urgent Care (501 Hickory Branch Dr, Greensboro, NC)
Carolina Coastal Community Hurricane Fund
Family: Mom, Aunt Katie, Tricie (her friends & church members, Aunt Rubie Lee, Rudolph, Tonya, Avant, Ebony Roberts, Curtis, Aunt Andrea, my sister & brother-in-law, and my grandparents.
Friends: Tay & Luis McKelvey
Anyone I forgot, I love and thank you!
God Bless you all!
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With Hurricane Irma getting closer to the Southeastern, United States region; and tropical storm Jose on her trail, I decided to make a post about the items you’ll need to prepare yourself. Where I live in Wilmington, North Carolina; hurricanes are common and rarely faze the locals. Honestly, I’ve driven in past hurricanes, gone to the store, taken trash out, etc. However, it’s better to be prepared than unprepared. These are also items recommended to have in your car anyways, in case of an emergency.
Right now, Hurricane Irma is a category 5 and has been described as a monster. In Miami, stores quickly ran out of hardware supplies and gas stations were lined up with cars. Here in Wilmington, NC; both Sam’s Club and Costco ran out of water bottles and jugs. I just put in an order for pick-up tomorrow to ensure I could get the things that I need. We are planning to leave town for this one and not take any chances. Whether you’re staying, going to a shelter, or leaving town; these items will be good to have.
Extra tip: Make sure to fully charge all cell phones and devices beforehand.
Everyone please be safe and stay tuned to your local weather reports. If there are any other item suggestions, please leave them in the comment section! God Bless!