Vacation Exploration

Had a wonderful week off last week – hubby and I took the little princess to the Jersey Shore for a few days of camping fun. We fit in one very long but terrific day in NYC – Becca’s first trip to the big apple! She fell in love hard with the city, and cried on the ferry ride back to Staten Island to the car. We hit many highlights – ground zero and the 9/11 museum (where I cried seeing letters from kids to fallen firefighters – that hits home for a paramedic/fireman’s daughter), then took the subway uptown to Times Square for lunch at the Hard Rock, some window shopping at American Girl and Tiffany, “real” shopping at FAO Schwartz and the huge Lego superstore, then a trip thru part of Central Park and a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge! We saw Lady Liberty from the ferry ride – next trip, we plan to climb her.
Day two was our beach bum day spent on the lovely Long Beach Island – a place I hugely recommend for East Coast vacationers. Charming small towns, touristy but quaint – not commercial and not busy at all. Had a great time in a huge arcade/playland, as well as on the beach.
Then it was on to the 2nd highlight of the trip – Storybookland, a 55 year old amusement park outside Atlantic City. It is without a doubt the cleanest, nicest, friendliest park I have ever been to. Small in size, it is not overwhelming for small kids, and that also allowed us to ride many things multiple times. they have lots of interactive animated displays telling classic fairytales such as the Three Bears, plus you can go thru the Old Woman’s Shoe, check out the Easter Bunny’s House, and lots more. The ride operators were awesome – even if Becca was the only child in line, they ran the ride. This place is a hidden gem of NJ, let me tell ya!
Matt spent a few days with his grandparents while we were away, so he’s been able to enjoy a nice visit with Great Gran from Scotland, who is here for the summer. Becca had a few days there by herself earlier in the summer, and we hope to be able to spend more time with her before summer’s end – but as always, work schedules, esp. Rob’s – make that challenging.

About braultfam

I'm a married, often-harried mom of a busy darling dancing diva in her early teen years. I wrangle a houseful of furry children while homeschooling the kid, reading (mainly digital books these days), and writing. And let's not forget, taking time to travel when possible, because we are definitely a family who loves making memories together from PA to FL...I other words, I'm just your average superwoman!
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2 Responses to Vacation Exploration

  1. Next trip head north on Long Beach Island to Barnegat Light for some fun experiences beyond the Barnegat Lighthouse (where you don’t have climb it to see the view from the top at the bottom in the interpretative center). Learn about Sinbad, who was a world famous WWII mascot of the US Coast Guard -featured in LIFE magazine, had a book written about it; see the 1,000 plate Fresnel Lens in the little one-room school house museum, visit the commercial fishing fleet at Viking Village (free Friday morning tours in the summer) and stop for ice cream and lunch at Off the Hook Restaurant (take out – and eat at benches at the foot of the lighthouse), take a stroll in the maritime forest at the lighthouse or the nature trail along the beach. Visit the Sea King, a wreck buried in the sand (you’ll be standing on it when you view the 20′-foot mast that is still sticking up, take a sunset cruise aboard the Miss Barnegat Light ($10, cheap) or if you are feeling adventurous go parasailing by the inlet, stop in at the US Coast Station to learn about NJ’s only Surfmen unit, eat breakfast at Mustache Bill’s where you can order pancakes in most any shape from mermaids to lighthouse to pirate ships. It’s a great little town to explore

  2. braultfam says:

    just caught your comment – thanks for the advice. We definitely plan to make a return trip there, so I’ll check out Barnegat light when we do.

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