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Things to do around Atlanta: Mountain fu

Things to do around Atlanta: Mountain fun in the fall – Looking for things to do around Atlanta this fall? Why not head to the mountains?!! Here are six reasons to make the trek into the forest right now! The post Things to do around Atlanta: Mountain fun in the fall appeared first on 365 Atlanta Family. http://ow.ly/34M8C7

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Charleston Aquarium

Visiting the Charleston aquarium was a great experience. Our family love to visit aquariums whenever we have the opportunity.
We didn’t really know anything about this aquarium except that it was in Charleston and it gave us a good excuse to drive up. But like much smaller aquariums the people there were incredibly talkative and proud of the place. They provided a lot of information to our girls and gave us tips about other things to do and see. The girls were able to visit the touch tank and try to touch the bonnet head sharks and the stingrays. They got to see the albino alligator and actually see it swim a little which apparently is not common. Several people asked if we saw the alligator move because people often think its fake.
When we went to the crab touch tank the woman there with filled with information that the girls just soaked up. They had hermit crabs and starfish and  several variety of crab for the girls to be able to touch or look at  and they had some  shells of horseshoe crab  plus a couple of very small ones.
The outdoor exhibit of South Carolina coastal wildlife is just fabulous. There was a section with blue crabs, a section of turtles, and of course loads of sections of fish. This area also had a wide variety of seabirds there was a blue heron, some seagulls, an Ibis, pelicans and much more.

They have a lemur exhibit that is incredible: the children can crawl under the floor of the exhibit thru a little tunnel and pop their heads up into a plexiglass enclosed space and the curators or dosent have put lettuce on top of that space so the lemurs run around and climb up on top of the children via plexiglass and eat their food.

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It was hard to get a good picture because you avoid the glare of the outer plexiglass and you still have the glare on the inside piece. But you definitely get a good idea of how up close and personal the girls got to be to these lemurs.
The girls wanted to know why there weren’t dolphins at this aquarium and it turns out that South Carolina has a law against dolphins in captivity. Even rescue dolphins must be transported elsewhere. Everywhere I looked along the rivers and coastline we saw many dolphin and part of me wonders if they play so much because they know there’s no chance they’re going to be captured.

There was much more to see and do at the Charleston aquarium and we will definitely keep that on our list as a place to make a return visit. You should put it on your list too.

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Family vacations

When I lived in DC my roommate told me I grow up on vacation, she had visited Clearwater Florida and said it was a vacation paradise. I agreed then and now after many years of not living there …that I did grow up on vacation.

That said, it was very common to vacation from Clearwater on the beaches of Clearwater, Indian Rocks and the general area. I remember we used to pack up, load up and head down to the beach for a week in the summer (it was about 20 minutes away. )

There were times that I thought as an adult how odd it was to go on vacation so close to home. But now I understand that it’s more about the getting away and unplugging from your day to day life. If your day to day life is in a bit of the Paradise world it doesn’t mean that you have to leave that world in order to vacation.  It might  mean that you’re better off getting away from your day to day routines even if it’s only packing up and going 20 minutes away. Particularly if you have 5 young girls about two years between each.
I have learned that vacations with the least amount of external activities are sometimes the very best. This past week we went to Edisto Island which describes itself as a Lowcountry getaway. We went to the beach, we body surfed, we collected shells, we spent time the four of us every day relaxing and talking and playing together. It was wonderful.

Don’t get me wrong I love the Disney vacations and other destination vacations. But  I also greatly appreciate the getaways that are just about the getting away and not about the destination. Especially now that both of my children are old enough to wander freely to collect shells and enjoy the waves.

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Best restaurants in Buckhead Atlanta – L

Best restaurants in Buckhead Atlanta – Looking for the best restaurants in Buckhead Atlanta? We’ve taken on the challenge of eating at almost 100 of them, and here are our favorites for b’fast, lunch & dinner. The post Best restaurants in Buckhead Atlanta appeared first on 365 Atlanta Family. http://ow.ly/34Fd2T

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4 North Georgia Campgrounds You Need to

4 North Georgia Campgrounds You Need to Visit this Fall – Looking for camping near Atlanta? Try Blue Ridge or Helen. North Georgia Campgrounds are the perfect “home base” for enjoying fall color in the mountains. The post 4 North Georgia Campgrounds You Need to Visit this Fall appeared first on 365 Atlanta Family. http://ow.ly/34tgXP

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Fall Vacation Ideas in Bryson City, NC –

Fall Vacation Ideas in Bryson City, NC – Bryson City, NC is top on my list for fall vacation ideas this year. I was in awe of the lake, the rivers, the trees & more. It’s perfect for outdoor lovers! The post Fall Vacation Ideas in Bryson City, NC appeared first on 365 Atlanta Family. http://ow.ly/34iKLd