Is your family hoping to make some memories along the Florida coast? Have your children been begging you to see all that Orlando has to offer?
Now more than ever the state of Florida has become the vacation hotspot for those looking to enjoy life.
The path to relaxation can be just as fulfilling as the destination! Traveling down I-75, one of the nation’s great highways, the road races under you like a big concrete ribbon, allow yourself the pleasure of seeing the sights along the way.
There are many big cities along this route that offer considerable sights to see such as Toledo and Dayton, Lexington, Knoxville and Chattanooga, Atlanta, Tampa, Ft. Meyers, Ft Lauderdale, Miami and the Florida Keys. Some of the great stops for the weary traveler include the Toledo Zoo. Since 1900 Toledo has offered its patrons the opportunities to see some of the greatest wildlife the world has to offer.
In 2004, the zoo opened its Africa! Exhibit. 12 acres of lush landscape sculpted to resemble the plains of the Serengeti hold plenty of free roaming species to observe, such as Greater Kudu, Grant’s Zebra, Impala, Ostrich, and Wildebeest in their main exhibit.
Also at the zoo allow your imagination to go wild in the newly renovated Aquarium. Toledo’s largest of the tanks holds 90,000 gallons of water and the aquarium in total is home to 3000 species of aquatic life! Don’t let the opportunity to see the world below the waves wash through your fingers!
In Dayton, just off the highway is the city’s art institute;. Artists from around the world display astounding works of art, taking the world as we see it and recreating it in brush-stroke to evoke emotion and insight for those able to witness the wonder the artist brings to Dayton Art Institute. DAI prides itself on the diversity of its permanent works and events with art from Asia, America, some European masters.
There is of course contemporary and even some pre-Columbian to round out the experience. When your family stops here be sure to also check out the interactive Lange Family Experienceter. There is something for the whole family with formal and informal learning activities.
Learn how to appreciate artists’ technique and enhance your family’s experience when seeing the art in this wonderful museum with hands-on activities guided by experienced staff. When passing through Lexington don’t forget to experience the thrill of the equestrian life at the famous Kentucky Horse Park. Lexington prides itself as The home of this amazing park and its size is something to consider.
The Kentucky Horse park offers its visitors the ability to camp as well as ride and just wander amongst the grounds to see the sights. The campground allows the serious camper or the casual tent camper to thoroughly enjoy themselves with full paved lots for a balanced site along with full power hookups as well as rustic spots, campfire ring, showers, a grocery store and even tennis and basketball courts to burn off some energy after being cramped in the car for hours at a time.
Take the night off driving and plan a stay for cheap at this incredible place and get in touch with your equestrian side and see where it takes you! While in Kentucky, however, don’t forget to stop in and dine at the original KFC! The Harland Sanders Café is the dining hot spot to discover the origins of Kentucky Fried Chicken.
It seems the colonel himself invented his secret blend of herbs and spices in this very location to give you the classic fried chicken America has come to know and love. And once here you can say you’ve tread the ground the great Colonel Sanders did years ago while enjoying the southern hospitality and great food that fills the bellies of the hungriest traveler.
And next along your route to Florida is Atlanta! How could you not stop? From casinos to sports, Atlanta has it all. The city hums with culture and there is always something to see right around the corner. Off the highway, of course, are plenty of cool places to see while stretching the legs to include, but not limited to Martin Luther King’s National Historic Site. Ponder the progress America has made through the years thanks to this iconic figure for social reform at his reflecting pool.
Check out the art on the walls and the eternal flame as you wander the grounds, take time to learn, listen and share perspective with your children and grow as a family. Well, depending on your destination hot spot the trip is nearly coming to an end after Atlanta.
The Georgia – Florida state line in your rear view mirror and you can practically feel the stress melt away after your long trip with nothing but palm trees, beaches and amusement parks on your horizon. Enjoy the thrill of crossing the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Tampa Bay and check out the Big Cypress National park while stuck along the Florida’s famous I-75 Alligator Alley.
If there is time take the leap and go for an air boat ride through the Everglades at Billies Swamp Safari or rent your own boat and cast a line in Everglade National Park. But remember, whatever you choose and wherever your vacation takes you.