Coney Island aka Luna Park (New York City-Brooklyn)

A visit to Brooklyn is not complete without at stop at Coney Island on the shore near Brighton Beach. Walk up to the ticket booth for The Luna Park amusement park amid the brightly colored rides and instantly you are 7 years old pulling on your parent sleeve begging to go explore. Don't expect much in comparison to a new theme park though. It's a place of nostalgia that hearkens back to simpler times. Our main … [Read more...]

The Jersey Shore and Boardwalk (Seaside Heights)

Forget about Jersey Shore the TV show, the kids and I were super excited to check out the beach, rides and restaurants on one of the infamous boardwalks on the Jersey shore.  One of the better known locales is in Seaside Heights.  As we started to make our way down the a huge summer storm unleashed it's fury and didn't let up until late into the evening.  Sadly we had to miss this Jersey hot spot, but if you get … [Read more...]

Cedar Point Park (Sandusky)

Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky

Cedar Point Park This park bills itself as “the best amusement park in the world.” I don’t know if I’d go that far, but it was a lot of  fun and the kids got their ya-ya’s out on the roller coasters and other rides. Cedar Point’s true claim to fame, though, is that it’s home to some of the tallest, fastest, and longest roller coasters in the world. There is an aerial tram that goes from one end of … [Read more...]

Dollywood (Pigeon Forge)

Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina

I’d promised my kids a trip to Dollywood Splash Country after they’d seen some show about it on TV about the top 10 water parks in the country and it's all they could talk about they were so excited. Sadly, it did not live up to everyone’s expectations which is what usually happens with these large over hyped activities.  As we do at every water park, we staked out our chairs and the kids were off and running. … [Read more...]

Sea World (San Antonio)


After shlepping around for a whole week and because my kids had been really well behaved I decided to give them a treat and end our trip with a bang by treating them to a day at Sea World.  I am not usually a fan of these big overpriced theme parks with their gift shops at the exit to every ride beckoning you to empty your wallet and lots of overpriced and over processed food around every corner but I must admit we … [Read more...]