Australia Zoo

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One of the best tourist attractions if you are visiting Queensland, Australia is an Australian Zoo visit.

Australia Zoo is probably best known for The Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin who had a passion for all wildlife and his famous saying, “Crikey.” This Zoo of Australia is a legacy of the late Steve Irwin who passed away far too early, and the Zoo is now looked after by his family, wife Terri Irwin and Steve Irwin’s Daughter Bindi Irwin and Son Robert Irwin. 

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As far as Zoos in Australia go, this is one of our favourite family outings. The zoo covers an impressive 1000 acres and his home to over 1000 animals including the endangered animals species, the Tasmanian Devil. The Brisbane to Australia Zoo drive takes approximately 1 hour and is conveniently located near Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast.

The reason that I think that Australia Zoo is as popular as it is, is not only does it have your typical zoo animals, for example – giraffe, rhino, red panda, cheetah, tiger, reptiles like the snake and lizards, it is also home to a vast array of Australian animals.

Inspirove - Australia Zoo, Kangaroo & baby kangaroo The koala and the kangaroo which is what most guests are wanting to see and are able to get cute animal pictures with these iconic Australian animals. I mean, who wouldn’t want to hand feed a kangaroo or cuddle a koala. You are also able to arrange another animal meeting while you are visiting the zoo, be sure to check the website for a list of animals and booking details.

Australia Zoo usually has school holiday activities for children as well, with Zoo games for the kids to stay entertained and receive a prize, if they can figure out all the clues to the zoo games.

A zoo visit for most families travelling with children is a fantastic way to not only have fun, you also learn animal facts and in Australia this is a great way to learn about our dangerous animals. Out of the 25 most deadly snakes in the world, Australia holds the record with around 20 of these. These are definitely some animal facts you would like your family to be aware of whilst visiting or living in Australia.

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The highlight of the Australia Zoo visit would have to be the midday Croc show at the Crocoseum.  The show is lively and entertaining and you get to see the zoo crew give an informative talk and do a feeding with a crocodile. Master G loves this show and we have seen it many times. If you are visiting on school holidays or Australia Day, be sure to check the days that the Irwin Family will be there as they also make an appearance.

If you are looking for other tourist attractions for things to do with your family on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.

Check out our Sea Life Sunshine Coast Aquarium article here.



Sea Life Sunshine Coast Aquarium

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Sea Life Sunshine Coast Aquarium


If you are thinking of visiting one of the Sunshine Coast attractions, Underwater World or as it is known now, Sea Life Mooloolaba, is a fabulous sea life adventure for the entire family. This Sunshine Coast Aquarium is situated in Mooloolaba, approximately 100km or 1 hour 15 minutes drive north of Brisbane.

There are so many sea creatures and aquatic animals to see in this sea life aquarium. Upon getting your sea life tickets you are able to go directly into the touch tank area.

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This is where you get to touch starfish, sea cucumbers and see an array of baby stingrays and learn important facts about these graceful sea animals. Following on from the touch tank is a display of tanks that contain many species of fish, jellyfish, seahorse and different types of coral. If you have ever seen Finding Nemo, this is definitely for you as they have clown fish, angel fish and an octopus that will remind you of Hank. The intelligence of the octopus will surprise you when you see the children’s toys that they play with. 

One of our favourites though is the Seals Show, which is both educational and funny. This is where you get to learn the difference between an Australian Sea Lion and other different species of seals. Make sure you book a seal kiss and photo at the end of the show. This will definitely be one fishy kiss you will never forget.

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The oceanarium or underwater aquarium is the most impressive attraction at Underwater World Mooloolaba. You can choose to walk around or stand on a conveyor belt for your convenience and experience this massive shark tank. Let’s face it, what child doesn’t want to see a shark up close and personal. If this is not enough for your family, you can also book a behind the scenes tour. We did this on our last visit and got to learn about turtles. The Mooloolaba aquarium has a turtle tank and we found out some incredible tips. ‘What do turtles eat and how they rehabilitate the sea turtles when they are injured.’

We think that Sea Life Aquarium is a great family outing as it is interesting and educational at the same time. We hope you enjoy your visit as much as we did.

If you are looking for other tourist attractions for things to do with your family on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.

Check out our article on Australia Zoo here


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10 Reasons Travelling Often is Good for Your Soul

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10 Reasons Travelling Often is Good for Your Soul

Wanderlust can strike at any time, from the moment our last vacation ends to the middle of the workweek if we haven’t travelled in months. Taking time to travel often is essential to maintaining a sense of well-being as well as giving us a chance to get away from the daily grind. But don’t forget the mental and holistic benefits it holds as well! Frequent travel rewards you each day of your journey with new joys and wonders, making each day of your trip a vacation in itself. Check out these ten reasons you should travel more and how it helps.

  1. Gain Better Perspective of Faraway Places- Seeing a place in pictures does not do it the same justice as seeing it live does. Actually travelling to a distant city gives you the chance to see what it’s like in person. A picture can’t show you the city’s personality, how the people interact, how street food smells as you walk through a market or what landmarks look like up close and personal. Get to know a destination intimately by travelling there and spending a few days with it.
  2. Meet New People and Make New Friends- The strongest friendships can be formed through a chance meeting during a vacation. No matter where you go you’ll meet fascinating people who you’ll want to keep in touch with long after your vacation has ended. Not only that you’ll more than likely want to meet again prompting another trip in the future! Travelling often allows you to build a global friendship network with connections wherever you go. No matter where you travel you’ll always have a friend close by.
  3. Open your Mind- When we stay close to home and don’t travel we tend to find ourselves in a bubble where we aren’t aware of the larger world around us. Travel lets us explore worlds other than our own and shows us other goings on than we’re used to. We may be used to modern conveniences such as running water and electricity but have to learn how to live without them when we travel to a region that doesn’t have them. We learn to live a different way and open our minds.
  4. Ditch the Baggage!- First-time travellers tend to over pack while seasoned vacationers have learned that they only need the basics to survive. Travelling often lets you come to terms with why you need so much stuff over time, both physically and mentally. After a while you’ll learn how to travel with a lighter bag and heart, looking forward to the journey ahead and focusing less on what items you absolutely can’t live without. Travelling light lets you see the world as you are.
  5. The Food!- While vising your favourite foreign food place for dinner may be an exotic night out, it is nothing compared to eating a dish prepared in its home country. Tasting authentic food prepared in kitchens where it’s a nightly staple is an experience like no other, and an excuse you will make for future travel plans! Countless television shows are devoted to worldwide cuisines, so be sure you make tasting new food wherever you go a goal for all future travel plans!
  6. Experience Another Culture- While sampling the foods of another culture introduces you to the way they eat, learning about their customs, art and history is a great way to understand a new land as well while broadening your view of the world. Frequent travel allows you to learn about cultures other than your own first-hand. Learning new customs and values as you travel helps you to understand your own, teaching you about who you are as an individual abroad and at home. Travel nourishes the heart and soul.
  7. Learn a Place’s History- No matter where you travel there is sure to be a story that goes along with it. Whether you visit a mountaintop monastery with hundreds of years of history or a monument that has withstood thousands of years of weather, learning the history of a land that makes it unique allows you to understand what makes a place special. Places are connected to their landmarks so understanding why they’re important is key to knowing a place.
  8. Find Yourself on the Journey- Whether you’re travelling alone or with a group, frequent travel allows you to get in touch with the real you that has been hiding behind hard work at home. Through travel you gain a sense of independence and freedom. You begin to learn what drives you, what fascinates you and what motivates you to travel more. It’s a good idea to keep a journal with you while you travel to record your experiences and thoughts. Nothing can hold you back and travelling often lets you embrace that feeling.
  9. Stretch your Comfort Zone- As you travel more, you may begin to pack less, try more adventurous foods, or even try travelling on your own. Frequent travel lets you step out of your comfort zone and embrace a more forward approach towards life. Instead of holding back you may be more likely to dive right into trying new things. Without anything to hold you back or any safety nets you’re perfectly capable of taking on the world by travelling anywhere you wish.
  10. Create Lifelong Memories- One of the most important things you will get out of travel is the creation of memories. While you may be able to bring back souvenirs and trinkets, the memories of how you felt on top of a particular mountain or at a certain monument will stay with you forever. Your travel journal can hold all of these for you to look back on when wanderlust strikes and you begin to plan your next trip. Memories are yours and only yours to keep forever, and are the best reason to travel frequently.

Theme Park Holidays – Gold Coast Australia

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Are you interested in a Theme Park holiday on the Gold Coast Australia?

Below we have listed our go to favourite kids (big and little) theme parks on the Gold Coast. Also be sure to check out our Gold Coast hotel guide coming soon.

 Movie World

MovieWorld is a movie theme park situated approx a short 25 minute drive toward Brisbane from the GoldCoast. Warner Bros Movie World is great for the big kids as well as the little kids with attractions and events to keep the whole family entertained.

What kid big or little doesn’t love Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Batman or any of the other Warner Bros characters. Look out for special theme nights available throughout Halloween and Christmas.





This is by far one of our favourite theme parks for kids. Sea World and SeaWorld Resort are situated approx 15 minutes north of Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. Those who love the sea are always going to find this particular theme park to be the best one. You will get to see a wide range of marine animals that will remind you of the entirely different world that exists underwater. Seaworld on the Gold Coast AUSTRALIA provides some of the most entertaining events that both kids and adults are going to love.

Make sure that you create the ultimate theme park holiday by including Seaworld in your holiday and you will love the moments that you will be able to experience with family and friends in one of the most legendary theme parks in the world.


A short 25 minute drive from the Gold Coast is Dreamworld. With so many attractions at one park you will want to return for more family adventures. Dreamworld is great for the little kids with attractions such as Tiger Island, Wiggles World, Dreamworks and ABC Kids World. The big kids will also be entertained with the thrill rides – The Rollercoaster, Giant Drop, WipeOut, Tail Spin and many more. For the parents, why not hire a cabana and relax at WhiteWater World while the kids cool down. Dreamworld also has its own Lego Store for those extra special gifts.


Wet ‘n’ Wild GoldCoast

There is nothing more important than being able to spend some quality time with your loved ones and friends. The Wet n Wild theme park is the perfect getaway for anyone who is looking to get the most out of their vacation and general leisure time. You are going to love the holiday packages that are available for the whole family and you can find them for a very affordable cost.

There is no other theme park with more water related activities that are both fun and safe for you and tour family.

Remember to bring you sunscreen!!

Paradise Country Aussie Farm Experience

Are you wanting to give your family the authentic Australian theme park experience. At Paradise Country Aussie Farm Experience and now the Farm Stay located behind the Movie World and Wet n Wild theme parks, you can come face to face with all the Australian animals you love. Cuddle a koala. Feed and pat the kangaroos. See dingoes and emus. Check out the baby animal nursery or watch one of the many shows from sheep shearing, watch the stock horses and sheepdogs at work and try some billy tea and damper.



Whichever Gold Coast Theme Park you decide to visit with your family, I am sure you will all be thrilled and create many memories. 

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Virginia, USA Things To Do.

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Virginia, USA – Things To Do.

The Virginia state motto says “Virginia is for lovers.” However, there’s a lot here for families and other adventure seekers as well! From rolling mountain vistas that ripple along the state’s western border to the pristine coastline that welcomes beach-goers to the east, Virginia is packed with a little something for everyone no matter what path you find yourself on. Combine Virginia’s natural beauty with its rich cultural heritage and historic treasures and you’ve got a recipe that’s sure to provide for many trips to this great state in the future. But with so much to do, where do you start?

While many wonderful new discoveries can be made in Virginia just by taking a chance turn and following a sign, it’s best to have a bit of a travel plan in mind before setting off across the state if it’s your first time visiting. Travelling to some of the larger cities first will whet your appetite for what larger populations can offer, while country drives will keep you full on rolling hills, quaint farmsteads and some towns that may take you back in time as well.

The following list highlights some of Virginia’s larger cities and attractions while moving across the state towards the shining Appalachian Mountains that the state is famous for. Some less notable attractions make the list, but that doesn’t mean they are no less awesome. This list will take you from the mountains to the sea, from the depths of the earth to the starry skies, and that’s without having to leave Virginia at all! But don’t take our word for it! Give this beautiful state a visit and see what else it has to offer!

Virginia Beach- Sand and surf await those who come to Virginia Beach, but that’s not all there is to do in this coast resort town. Days can be spent by the Atlantic Ocean while evenings can be spent on the bustling boardwalk. Activities include shopping, restaurants, and for the kids, plenty of amusement rides. The more athletic minded visitors can enjoy sea kayaking and plenty of golf courses, and families looking to escape the sun for the day can explore landmarks such as the Virginia Aquarium, the Military Aviation Museum, or the Cape Henry Lighthouse. Visit Virginia Beach during the off-season, when the weather is cool yet still pleasant but the summer crowds have dispersed.Inspirove


Williamsburg, Va- Just to the northwest of Virginia Beach is the town of Williamsburg, which is home to Colonial Williamsburg, a living-history museum that showcases life in 17th century America, and Busch Gardens, a rip-roaring thrill-park sure to bring out your inner child. Take a day to explore each destination as you’ll want to leave no stone unturned here. Colonial Williamsburg features tours rich in history and glimpses into the life of America’s early settlers along with specialty shops with a wide range of selections beyond your wildest imaginations. Save your adventurous side for the next day at Busch Gardens. Four winding roller coasters await challengers while kids will find fun in water raft rides and tamer rides.Inspirove

Staunton River State Park, Scottsburg, Va- Travelling inland, you’re bound to need a rest from all the excitement. Staunton River State Park offers just that and more. Camping enthusiasts will find a welcoming campground with all necessary amenities, while those who prefer indoor lodgings can make use of the park’s charming cabins. For kids, the parks features three playgrounds and an Olympic-sized swimming pool with slides and wading pools. The surrounding rivers and lake allow for plenty of freshwater enjoyment, yet the park’s real draw kicks in when the lights go out. Staunton River State Park is a registered Dark Sky Park. Wait until late in the night to lay under the stars and see the sky as you’ve never seen it before.

Smith Mountain Lake- Staunton River State Park offers visitors stars and lake views, but Smith Mountain Lake ups the ante by including what Virginia is known best for: mountain views. While the two destinations are quite similar, Smith Mountain Lake does offer a bit more to do. Kids can enjoy an afternoon swimming or hiking, or even exploring the lake’s dam. Adults will enjoy the wide variety of restaurant and boat tours offered along the lake’s shores, and thrill-chasers can take a few lessons in wake boarding, a sport becoming popular on the waters of this mountain gem. Whatever activities you and your family fancy, it can be found at Smith Mountain Lake.

Roanoke, Va Tucked into the Roanoke Valley just north of Smith Mountain Lake is the thriving city of Roanoke. It is also called Star City. While there are many museums visitors can visit in Roanoke, including the Virginia Museum of Transportation, an integral part of Roanoke’s history, its main draw is Mill Mountain, home of an 88 foot star (which can be seen for 60 miles when lit), a zoo and overlook. Taking a detour onto the Blue Ridge Parkway before entering Roanoke will bring you to several overlooks that give you aerial views of the city and valley before bringing you to the base of the star, where you can then enjoy the zoo before taking in the city sights.Inspirove

Natural Bridge- Tucked into Virginia’s valleys and mountains are some real wonders of nature, and Natural Bridge is one that has stood tall for centuries. Natural Bridge is a natural arch carved out of the surrounding limestone by the flowing Cedar Creek. George Washington, the first president of the United States, surveyed the site, while at one point Thomas Jefferson, the second president, owned it. The surrounding forests are named after these founding fathers. Families can continue exploring nature’s wonder with the Natural Bridge Caverns, explore Native American history at the Monacan Indian Living History Village, or follow the formidable Cedar Creek along the Cedar Creek trail.Inspirove

Dixie Caverns, Salem, Va- Travelling south from Natural Bridge you’ll begin to see signs for Dixie Caverns. It’s easy to dismiss this as a small tourist trap at first, but it’s well worth the visit. Rather than a cavern tour that takes you down into the earth, the Dixie Caverns actually takes you up into a mountain! Guided tours will show you such interesting sights underground such as the Wedding Bell and Turkey Wing stalactite formations, natural pools of underground water, and other subterranean wonders. The tour completes with a total blackout, giving you a sense of what cavern life is really like. The gift shop is great to find rare crystals, antiques and gifts to take back home.

Blacksburg, Va- This quaint town in the New River Valley is home to Virginia Tech, but surrounded by plenty of outdoor activities for nature lovers. Be sure to visit during the first weekend in August for the town’s annual Steppin’ Out festival, a three-day event that features vendors, live music and food. Sports fans may like to visit later in the autumn to catch a football game at Virginia Tech, or to enjoy the crisp weather that settles in making Blacksburg the perfect place to enjoy the changing seasons. The Jefferson National Forest is a short drive away, where the season can be enjoyed on hiking trails to scenic overlooks and gentle waterfalls.

Cascade Falls, Pembroke, Va- The Washington and Jefferson National Forest is home to several of Virginia’s most beautiful landmarks, and the Cascade Falls is perhaps one of the most stunning and most visited. Tucked away at the end of a two-mile trail, this 70-ft waterfall tumbles into a natural pool that provides plenty of space for families to enjoy an afternoon wading in cool mountain waters and enjoying the wonder of nature far from the static of city life. If you have tiny travellers or tire easy, consider hiking along the upper trail, which provides a gradual slope without much obstacle. However, the lower trail follows closely with the splashing creek, often climbing over slippery rocks and taking several up and down routes.

The Blue Ridge Parkway- The Blue Ridge Parkway is also known as America’s Favourite Drive, and it’s not hard to see why after spending just a few miles on its meandering route. The road is recognized as a National Park and trails 469 miles, connecting Virginia with its southern neighbour, North Carolina. You don’t have to drive the entire route to experience it’s wonder; no matter what portion you choose to ride you’ll be sure to encounter wildlife, rolling mountain views, historic destinations and hiking trails that will show you Virginia’s hidden beauty. Younger travellers might not be able to handle longer journeys along the Parkway without several stops, but you’ll be sure to return again and again.

Fairystone State Park, Stuart, Va- Fairystone is home to the lucky fairystones, cross-shaped stones that are said to only be found at this location. Unfortunately, hunting for fairystones is not one of the activities that the park offers. Camping, swimming, paddle boats and hiking trails are available for those looking to take a relaxing vacation away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Fairystone Park is also located near the Philpott Reservoir and dam, which offers an overlook of the large lake built by the U.S Army Corp of Engineers, picnic shelters, a playground for young folks, and a museum about the dam. After you see the dam from above, you can see the 200 foot dam and spillway from below.

As you can see, Virginia is definitely worth the trip. What are you waiting for?

Things to do in Bali

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Things to do in Bali

When you travel to Bali you have to ask yourself whether you want one of those relaxing Bali vacations hanging out at one of the amazing Bali Resorts or do you want to discover the Bali points of interest.

We were lucky enough to do both with our Bali travel, all with a bit of careful planning. If you haven’t already arranged your Bali airport transfers you can do that here.

Below are some general ideas of what to do in Bali, these are some that we were able to experience on our Bali vacation.

1. Traditional Dance – Dance Performance


We visited a traditional Balinese Barong & Kris Dance.


The Barong (a mythological creature) battles his enemy Rangda in the Barong dance which represents the battle between good and evil.

2. Rice Terraces at Ubud


A must see on your trip to Bali for the stunning postcard views. If you are interested in visiting the Rice Terraces at Ubud.

3. Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary at Padangtegal Ubud


I must admit I was very apprehensive about visiting the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary (Mandara Suci Wenara Wana)  at Padangtegal, Ubud however our guide assured us that we would be fine. We were able to purchase bananas to feed the monkeys at the front entrance and  were instructed to hide them, our sunglasses and hats in our bag and be wary of the cheeky monkeys stealing our belongings. This is an unforgettable experience and I highly recommend a visit, if not only to see the monkeys the Sanctuary has an Exhibition Hall, Holy Spring Temple, Dragon Stairs and an Open Stage to look through.

4. Tirtha Empul Holy Spring and Markets


This is a Hindu Balinese Water Temple where the Balinese people go for ritual purification and is home to a fresh water spring.


The markets here are extremely cheap and our guide also purchased her items from this local market.

5. Tegenungan Village Waterfall


We got here fairly late and did not go for a swim however we  would go back next time, the waterfall looked amazing.

6. Kintamani Restaurant


We had a buffet lunch here with outside seating overlooking the beautiful Mount Batur and Lake Batur. This was definitely a highlight of our trip.



The buffet lunch at Kitamani Restaurant offered a variety of foods even for our fussy Master G, however this tour was worth it for the view alone. 

For the more adventurous, why not book a sunrise breakfast tour, the 2 hour trek gives you breakfast and stunning views atop of Mount Batur.

7. Hard Rock Hotel Bali – Cabana by the pool


For Master G’s Birthday we hired a cabana by the pool.

 For an additional fee it was decorated, he received a Birthday cake and small gift.

It was a lovely day relaxing by the pool and chilling out in our waterfront bungalow before heading out for his Birthday dinner that night.

We really enjoyed our travel to Bali. The Balinese people were so friendly and welcoming, the food was amazing and Bali weather was warm and balmy. I do recommend taking a Bali tour if you get the chance. There are many things to see and do on your Bali trip, you will definitely want to return.

When travelling to Bali, Indonesia we highly recommend Travel Insurance for you and your family. We were lucky that we had Travel Insurance on this family vacation as we had to use it ourselves. Click here to read about our recommended Travel Insurance provider and get a free quote online.

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A Visit to Fort Lytton National Park Brisbane

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Fort Lytton National Park Brisbane

Inspirove We have driven past the Fort Lytton National Park sign for the last 10 years not paying any attention to it at all until school holidays came around we decided to visit and I am glad we did. Master G loves anything to do with history and military items so this ended up being a fabulous day out for us exploring.Inspirove Fort Lytton National Park is the location for the Fort Lytton Historic Military Precinct situated in Lytton, on the Brisbane River and was Brisbane’s primary defence as a military base from the 1880’s until after World War 2. The Fort is open on Sundays and they offer free guided tours throughout the day by the many dedicated volunteers that keep this historical park up and running.InspiroveThe Sunday that we went was fairly low key and it was nice to only have a small group to be able to have the place to ourselves for a relaxed look around.InspiroveWe also went back the next weekend as they were hosting the Brisbane Open House event and were firing the 16 and 64 pounder cannons. This was a big hit with Master G and the guides were very accommodating answering all his questions and pointing out the attractions that were on display on this day. Inspirove


The ASLAV (The Australian Light Armoured Vehicle) an eight wheeled multiple role vehicle which Master G was able to climb in and pop his head out the top.InspiroveThe Ferret Car (An armoured vehicle built for reconnaissance) and the Light Horse display.InspiroveAt the Park there is also a museum to look through some old archives which was  great for us bigger kids too.

We learnt that Fort Lytton has been the set for Hollywood movies which include RAILWAY MAN and more recently UNBROKEN which starred and was directed by Angelina Jolie. InspiroveFort Lytton National Park is also host to the History Alive event annually which showcase activities throughout history including medieval tournaments, colonial dance, costume displays, battle re-enactments, cooking displays and cannon firings. We have not been to this event yet however will add this to our blog along the way.

All in all, we found Fort Lytton to be a perfect day out and very educational for Master G and us bigger kids. There are restroom facilities and cold drinks available. If you do happen to visit, make sure to take hats and sunscreen as it does getting pretty hot throughout the tour which takes approximately 90 minutes.




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10 Ways You can be a Tourist in your own Hometown

Travelling to far-off destinations may hold wonderful experiences, yet you can find the same kind of excitement without travelling far from your front door! Your home town offers lots of spaces to visit where you’ll be sure to find something you’ve overlooked no matter how many years you’ve called your city home. Playing tourist in your hometown gives you fresh eyes to see your city from a new perspective. You may find a newness in visiting tourist attractions as well as ideas for what to do with out-of-town family and visitors. Here are ten ways you can reacquaint yourself with your city.

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1. Go Downtown- Start your tourist-in-disguise outing with a visit downtown, where all the happenings of your city are sure to be. Here you may find interesting hole-in-the-wall shops that a normal commute through downtown would otherwise cause you to miss. On the weekends you may happen upon a street festival, vendors or any other events that don’t normally take place during the week. Bustling city centres next to appetising restaurants are sure to delight as you explore what your town hides during the work week.

2.Take a Tour- Many cities offer tours for visitors to get a little taste of the city. Whether it be a segway tour or a slower walking tour you still get to see a different side of your town with interesting stops along the way. Tours are a great way to play tourist in your city as you will discover new facts you previously didn’t know. Some tours may even have a theme, such as haunted ghost tours that are popular around Halloween but may be available year round.

3. Go on a Day Trip- Expand your horizons a bit and journey outside of town, were you’re sure to find natural wonders within a short drive away. Hiking trails, parks, wildlife observatories or other outdoor adventures are usually just outside city limits. While avid hikers and outdoors people may be more familiar with such destinations, many people who live within cities often don’t make use of such wonderful resources such a short drive away. You can definitely be a tourist in a whole new environment.

4. Take it to the Roof- When visiting a new destination people like to get a bird’s eye view of the land below. Why not take the chance to do the same for your city? Find out if there are any tall buildings that allow the public to see the city from above, and if they do take them up on the opportunity. If there are any restaurants that feature roof-top dining you can also take them up on the offer while enjoying a wonderful meal.

5. Attend Local Festivals- Every town has their own cultural festivals that go on at various times of the year. Why not check out your city’s biggest one? Some cities are also host of national festivals for a few years at a time, which gives them a chance to show tourists and residents what they have, so what better time to be a tourist than that? While you may run into people you know, you’ll also discover vendors you didn’t know existed, sample new foods and have a great time.

6. Go Back in Time- No matter where you live there is always a bit of history to find. If your city has a history museum give it a visit. Bigger cities may have historical markers or tours set up so you can find out how the city was formed and how key landmarks became the buildings they are today. History tours may also be led by volunteers. Once you know your town’s upbringing you’ll appreciate how it became the town it is today better.

7. Check out Parks and Natural Areas- Many towns and cities feature parks and natural areas in honour of prominent residents or sponsors. Some parks may feature bells and whistles such as a water park while others may be toned down with rock gardens and paved trails. A stroll through either one will give you a better idea of your city’s personality. Parks dedicated to honouring the city’s early builders will give you a better idea of why roads may have certain names while newer parks will show you the directions the city may be moving in.

8. Get Out of the House for a Night- Taking a night away from home is a great way to play tourist and no one needs to know! If your town has a notable hotel or bed and breakfast, taking a night to visit is a wonderful way to see what all the fuss is about. You’ll get to see what it’s like to stay in town as if you were a visitor staying for a night only knowing home is close by.

9. Visit your Town’s Most Famous Landmark- Most towns have a landmark that stands out above all others. If you’ve never visited it before now is the perfect time. No one needs to know you live right around the corner. Once you know why it’s so important to your city you can bring out-of-town visitors here and show them around. You’re sure to find out some interesting information you didn’t know before that will have you thinking about visiting again with a new perspective of this landmark.

10. Why not ask your children, I am sure they will come up with some amazing ideas.