My sister and nephew came to visit us for the first time since we have been in Florida and we decided that we have to take them to the Everglades. I had never been there either so it was a great experience to share with my sister and the kids. I contemplated leaving Ella at home because I thought at 3 years old she might be too young and the air boat might be too loud for her (she is not a fan of loud noises) but in the end I decided on taking her. It was a great idea, she had a blast and also gave her some bonding time with her big cousin. I left the baby at home with daddy.
We went to Sawgrass Recreation Park in Weston, www.evergladestours.com . It was pretty amazing. The ticket for the air boat includes their animal exhibits which is awesome because we had a little bit of a wait before it was time for the airboat ride and we had a good time checking out the alligators, snakes and iguanas.
The best part is definitely the air boat ride. I LOVED it. Can you beat that view! We saw one alligator and that was enough. The Captain pulled the boat closer so we can get a good look and sat by it for a few minutes while the alligator checked us out.
I love the feeling of the wind in my hair and the openness of the Everglades. It was a gorgeous day to be out there and I can’t wait to return for another ride and I actually don’t even care if I see an alligator or not. Just the ride itself is amazing.
The baby girl had an awesome time and of course my sister and nephew did too. Waiting for the next visitor to come so we can go back there again.
What do you do with two little girls on a rainy Florida day ? We love spending our days at the Young At Art Museum in Davie. You can find us there at least once a week, if not more. The girls love it and ask to go there often. There is just so much to do that they never seem to get bored.
Ella and Scarlett can spend hours playing there. They both love to play with sand and water and the museum has it both covered. I love that the sand box is way in the back of the museum and is almost never too crowded even if the museum is busy.
We will be back this week to attend one of their playdates. Here is the information about that http://www.youngatartmuseum.org/playdates.php
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I have been to Trade Winds Park only once before for their Holiday Light display and it was awesome! We plan to make that an annual tradition. Anyways, we went back there today for the train rides and the pony rides and the kids (and we) had a great time. I must say that it is only my second visit and I am already loving this park. First of all it is humongous and secondly it is super cute with all the little ponds and barns.
K did the pony rides and I actually had to hold the reins of the pony (yikes!) and walk while she rode. It was fine with one exception, the pony deciced to stop and put his face on the fence and check out the horse on the other side but I was told to “don’t be afraid to push him in the direction you want him to go” so that is what I did and it worked (whew, I am not gonna lie I wasn’t sure how he was gonna react to me pushing him).
Baby girl had an awesome time and want to return as soon as possible. Next time we will try and get there earlier as opposed to a half an hour before the last ride. I think the ponies were tired from being rode on and being in the sun all day by the time we got there.
Next, we headed to the train rides. The train is super cute. Both the girls were able to go on it with us and its a decent size ride for a $1.50. Keira also got to honk the horn in the end so that was a winner.
Don’t miss out their miniature train display. We spent a lot of time just watching little trains go by.
We will be back for some more rides in the near future and will be checking out the petting zoo too.