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RV trips are a lot of fun but you need to know how to best spend your time when on such trip. There are a couple of games extremely suitable for RV travels. The following list will give you a few ideas on what you can play and what you will need to play it.
Bio: Amber Collins is a professional content writer, blogger and specializes in everything related to home improvement and management. She has recently moved from Spain and is often undertaking family trips whenever possible. She is constantly searching for new adventures and the perfect vacation for her is jumping in the family RV and driving away. As a dedicated housewife and mother, she is giving some suggestions for funny games that can be played while on the road.
The Tabasco Factory in Louisiana is one of the first tours my family ever went on when full timing. Not so much because we love spicy hot sauce, it just happened to be close by when we started officially traveling full timing. Our first visit here was almost three years ago, but we also were able to visit here again a few months ago. So don’t worry, this review is fairly up to date.
The Tabasco factory is located on Avery Island a few hours away from New Orleans. Avery Island contains not only the fields that grow all the peppers for Tabasco Sauce; it also holds the only factory in the world that makes Tabasco Sauce! Every bottle of the spicy sauce came from Avery Island! The condiment was first made by Edmund Mcllhenny, born in Maryland Edmund moved to Louisiana around the year 1840. He created Tabasco sauce using the same ingredients used today, tabasco peppers, vinegar, and salt. He mixed the ingredients and then aged them for three years in barrels! Edmund gave the sauce to family and friends who urged him to sell it. So in 1868 he began producing it for the public. Though the sauce is now sold world wide, the recipe is still essentially the same.
When you visit the Tabasco Factory you are able to learn more about the history of Edmund and of Tabasco sauce on a fairly short tour. I would not say this is the best tour I have been on, but it is definitely worth a stop if you have never been before. Admission price is one dollar a person, and as soon as you step into the building you are overwhelmed with the rich spicy scent of tabasco peppers. We did not have to wait to long for the tour to begin as it runs every 20 or so minutes, if you arrive early you can just browse the gift shop nearby. When we were done waiting we were led into a viewing room with rows of seats in front of a large screen. An employee talked for a few minutes about the history of Tabasco Sauce, and then a movie began playing on the screen. The film was mainly a commercial for the hot sauce, but it did tell quite a bit about the history of the tabasco pepper, the founder of Tabasco, and the process of the sauce being made. Lasting around 30 minutes I am not sure how well it would hold the attention of young children, but I am sure everyone else will enjoy it. Once the film is finished we walked out the door past a wall with a large glass window. Through the window we were able to see Tabasco bottles being filled and having labels stuck on them. I enjoyed the tour, but I do wish we could have seen more of the actual factory. However, we only had to pay a dollar for admission so I guess I can’t really complain too much. All in all the tour is a good deal.
Even more fun then the tour, is the gift shop and taste bar in a building outside. When we visited Avery Island a few months ago, we opted to skip the tour and go straight to the gift shop. The store is crammed full of fun things, and you can easily spend a good half hour in it. Mainly because in the back store is a whole tasting booth with every flavor of Tabasco Sauce! They also have a variety of pretzels and tortilla chips, because it would be weird if you just wanted to eat straight up hot sauce. If that doesn’t sound fun, wait until you hear what else they offer! Tabasco flavored ice cream AND Tabasco flavored coke! Plus both of these delicious treats are free! Of course the portions of these are not huge, but they are surprisingly well portioned! They were not really my thing, but my spice-aholic brother loved all of the samples both times that we visited here. In addition to free samples this gift store has some pretty fun things for sale! Tabasco themed baseball, huge pepper earrings, tabasco flavored chocolate, pepper pens, little tabasco bottle earrings and wickedly spicy (surprise) tabasco flavored lollipops. No, I am serious. We bought a few of these the first time we visited, and they were so spicy the literally burnt my tongue! Once the burning stopped my tongue was numb for pretty much the rest of the day! The store is small, but is chock full of fun and interesting things.
The Tabasco factory is a very fun tour, I think it is great but I would not recommend coming here more then once. The grounds around the factory are very nice and have a lot of picnic tables so you can bring a lunch here if you want. I think this tour is fun for the whole family. I think that kids will also enjoy this tour, it is fun, not to long, and when it is over they get to eat samples! This place is great for everyone, the price of the tour is inexpensive and overall it is just a very fun place.
Seriously, does anyone NOT love M&Ms? They are tiny, they are colorful, and are disks of chocolate covered in refined sugar. What’s not to love? If you really love these small candies, then one place that you have to visit is the M&M store in Las Vegas Nevada! Centered in the middle of the Las Vegas strip, nestled between other novelty stores and across the street from famous casinos, this four story store is a must see!
The entire building is filled with M&M merchandise, but the first floor of the store features mot of it. If you want something that is M&M themed, I am sure you will find it here! They have T-shirts, coffee mugs, toys, jewelry and dozens of other objects, all of them M&M themed! It is really fun looking through all of the colorful merchandise offered here. I have never bought anything from the store, but from what I can tell the prices of the things they offer are fairly reasonable. Maybe not the best, but not extremely overprices either.
The second floor of the store is dedicated to the actual candy M&M. Not only do they sell normal M&Ms, they also sell M&Ms in many cute, stylish or fun containers. Some of my favorites include a plastic toy slot machine that deposit’s the candy if you win, plastic boxes that have the M&M’s arranged to be in the pattern of various flags around the world, and containers in many shapes such as hearts, flowers, stars and even rainbows filled with the colorful chocolate. These are all very fun to look at, but the crown jewel of the store tops all of these! It is referred to as the wall of color, and really that is one of the best ways to describe this. The wall of color is a wall lined with huge plastic tubes filled with every color of M&Ms imaginable! It really is a beautiful display; the rainbow wall is just begging to be photographed! Many of the tubes are filled with milk chocolate M&Ms in different colors. This is really fun, and makes filling a bag with the chocolate much more interesting. My personal tubes of the candies are the ones with different flavors! The flavors are all mixed colors, but the flavors are so cool that you don’t even care about the colors! Most of these you can buy in bags, but I still think it is great seeing massive tubes of the flavors. Some of my favorite flavors are raspberry, peanut butter, pretzel (mamma yummy) and almond. You can buy these M&M’s by filling bags with them and paying by how much they weight. You are not charged by the flavors that you purchase, but of course almond and pretzel filled M&Ms will weight more then the normal milk chocolate ones. It can be very fun to buy a big bag of candy here, unfortunately it can also be more expensive then it would be if you bought the candy at a grocery store. Maybe if you want to save some money you could buy a few bags of the candies at a grocery or even dollar store. Then if you want to take them out and eat them after visiting the store you will get the same candy for less money!
The third floor of the building has what I consider to be one of the best entertainment values in the city, especially if you have young children. The third floor is taken up by a small movie theater with a free 3D movie staring the red and yellow M&Ms! It is a cute little film called “I lost my M in Vegas.” It is a cute story about the adventure the candies go on after red loses his M when gambling. He and yellow have to get the M back before it is gone forever, and on the adventure they make a couple new friends. The film runs every 15 or so minutes, and is a very good quality 3D film. I find the farther in the front you sit the better quality the 3D elements are, but no matter where you sit, the movie will still be good. The movie could have a couple intense scenes if you are a small child. I have been to viewings of the movie where a few very young children have been scared. But they were really young, maybe three or four? Unless you have a child that scares very easily, I do not think they will be scared of the movie. Mainly what has scared the children I think, is when wind blows through the theater to add to the “3D” element. Still, like I said, I am sure almost all children will enjoy this fun and free film.
The fourth and final floor is not all that interesting. Still, it does have a couple of fun things that can be worth checking out. NASCAR and racing fans will be interested in this floor because of one display that takes up around a quarter of the top floor. A real live M&M themed NASCAR racing car is on display for everyone to see! It is on a raised display, and if you want to you can walk around it and see it from different angles. It is painted the famous M&M brown, and is covered with drawings of the happy candies. This is interesting, but you really want to come up to the top floor to meet a couple people! Or should I say candies! That’s right! Sometimes if you come to the top floor one of the M&M candies will be waiting to pose with you! But I have to tell you something. Last year my family was in Vegas for a couple weeks, and we came to the M&M store a lot when walking the strip. We visited it every day that we walked (not for candy, just for fun) and not once did we see an M&M to snap a photo with. That was May of last year. We are in Vegas again this year, it is August and every time that we have been to the store a colorful candy has been available to pose with. The reason we never saw these characters before could be one of several things. One- we had extremely bad timing and it just so happened that we never came to the top floor at the right time. 2- The characters are only in the store during summer when more kids visit. Or 3- This is a totally new thing that started after out last trip to Vegas. I am telling you this because I really do not know if you will be able to see an M&M character when you visit the store. For your sake I hope you do though! We have posed with several colors, and when one or two have just stood by us when the picture was snapped, others have really gotten into it guaranteeing some really funny photos. Though they take photos that you can buy, employees do not object to photos being taken for free with your own cameras.
Though I am not sure you should even bring small children to the Las Vegas strip, I know that children of all ages will enjoy this store. It has plenty of levels to explore, is air conditioned, has free candy samples, a free movie and it is connected to the Coca Cola store next door. (expect a review on that store soon) Again, I am not sure if you want to bring young children to Las Vegas, but if you choose to I recommend bringing them to this store. It really is fun for the whole family!
A couple of my earliest traveling memories are from when I was 3 and then 4 and my family visited the Mall of America in MN. I was young, but I can remember both of those two trips with surprising clarity.
I can vividly remember riding a mini roller coaster with my mom for the first time (my siblings preferred the bumper cars J) visiting a toy store where Barbies and the color pink where largely prominent, meeting Snoopy, and riding one children’s ride called “Krazy Bus” with my sister. That last one was a lot of fun because the bus was spinning and moving up and down in the air, and we were both sure that we were going to either throw up or die. Ah, fun fun times.
In all seriousness though, I have a ton of awesome memories from the Mall of America! So two years ago when I found out that we were going to the mall again, I was beyond excited! Not only was I going to be able to see all of the kiddie rides I remembered so fondly, but I also now had the added bonus of being a teenager with a love for shopping!
In case you have never heard of Mall of America, or only know of it as “that big mall with the rides” let me tell you a little about it. With 4 levels, 520 stores, 50 restaurants, a 14 screen theater, 7 nightclubs and over 40 million visitors a year, this mall deserves the title of America’s largest mall!! What many people do not know is that the Mall of America contains many unusual stores and unique attractions. Some that I think are the coolest include an ice skating rink, an aquarium, an American Girl store, and my personal favorite, a wedding chapel. Because of course, who wouldn’t want to get married inside of a mall?! Makes sense to me
The restaurants consist of a huge variety, from your classic fast food like McDonalds and Panda Express, to popular chains such as Famous Daves BBQ and a steak house, I am sure that anyone who gets hungry here will surely be able to eat their fill no matter what budget they happen to be on.
When we got to the mall, naturally one of the first places that my siblings and I wanted to check out was the “theme park” area. We were all looking forward to seeing the rides and décor that we remembered to be Snoopy and Woodstock themed from the popular Peanuts cartoon! Unfortunately we were all surprised and not a little disappointed to find that in the years since we had last visited, not only had the theme shifted to Nickelodeon, but most of the old rides had actually been removed!
We had not been planning on riding any rides, but it was still sad to see the old things we remembered, gone. In my opinion, the ride area does not look as fun or nice as it used to, but that may just be because I am now older. Most of the rides were spinning ones, and children rides dominated the majority of the space, this naturally makes sense. A couple of fun looking roller coasters drove around on some tracks, and a tall up and down ride was constantly going.
To top off the picturesque setting of them park fun, a Ferris Wheel spins around, above most of the rides. For an added element of fun, various characters from the nickelodeon shows walk around the theme park area, willing to pose for photos. You have to pay for some of the pictures if you pose with the characters in the designated picture area, but you will probably be able to find a few characters wandering around willing to snap a quick photo with you.
Admission to the park is free because it is in the mall, but you do have to pay to go on the rides. You can buy points on a card to go on the rides, and you have options of buying individual points, a point package, or an all day wristband that gives you access to all of the rides. I must say that I did not ride any of the rides, but I got the overall impression that it may not be worth your money to buy an all day wristband. Though I suppose that if you only wanted to buy wristbands for a few people, it may be worth the money.
Because I did not ride the rides, I am unable to give a fully accurate review of this section of the mall. I can however tell you about everything that I did in the rest of the mall! I was able to enjoy a cheap but delicious meal in the food court, browse the shops, and do my favorite activity- people watching.
The mall has some really great stores, if you want to do some serious shopping I do think that this is a great place to go. But if you are coming to the mall expecting to find crazy unique weird stores that you don’t usually see in a mall, you may be disappointed.
The stores that I visited were really very nice, but I was surprised at how…. average many of the stores were. I was expecting more unique stores, but instead the stores were mainly like those you would find in any other mall. In fact thinking back on the stores that I visited only a handful stand out as being unusual. A dollar store that was very fun to look at because of the vast variety of strange things for sale, a small shop that dealt with things that had been made from llama hair, a store filled with vintage objects, and a few fun toy stores. I am not saying that the other stores were not very cool and very fun, it is just that personally I think that I could have visited most of the stores in any other mall.
I think that the Mall of America is really a very fun place for the whole family. You do not have to pay for parking, and if you need a stroller don’t worry! Literally at every other turn that I made I would see a huge display of strollers for customers to rent! Since we had no need for a stroller, I do not recall the price to rent one, but I am sure it was a reasonable amount.
Everyone will enjoy Mall of America! Children will enjoy going to the ride area and posing with the nickelodeon characters, plus the mall has plenty of fun children friendly shops that they will enjoy. Teenagers will of course enjoy shopping, or possibly paying to ice skate or see a movie. And adults will love the deals the shops offer, the wide selection the food courts and restaurants offer, and best of all they will enjoy having happy kids at the end of the day
If you would like to find out more about the mall, I suggest that you visit the Mall of America website. http://www.mallofamerica.com Also, I know that sometimes the mall will host events such as meet and greets or book signings with authors or celebrities. I am not sure how often these events take place, but I know that if something of this nature is going on, then the mall will be even more crowded than usual. You might want to find an activity calendar for the mall and make sure a large event is not going on on the day that you visit. Unless of course the event is something you would like to attend, in which case ignore the last few sentences of this paragraph.
My family travels full time, and we LOVE doing new things and seeing cool places! Although I really enjoy going to national parks and seeing more…. well normal museums, I really love when we can go to truly unique places. Luckily we really have been able to see and do things that truly are unique and plain weird!
It seems that if you travel and search long enough that you can pretty much find a museum for anything. For example, who would have guessed there was such a thing as a potato museum?! But that is for another review. Today I am telling you about one of the coolest things that you can do in one of my favorite cities, Las Vegas NV!
When we first visited Las Vegas my family was really excited to visit the family friendly tourist attractions. We went to the M & M store, all of the famous hotels, we drove down Freemont St. (very briefly and very quickly) and we were able to visit a place that I truly think is one of the hidden gems of Las Vegas- The Pinball Hall of Fame!
We learned of this place from another traveling family, and as soon as we learned about it, my family knew that we just had to go there. We all love pinball and were planning to spend an afternoon at the hall of fame. I was looking forward to visit “the hall” but to be honest I totally expected to be visiting a kind of museum, with old antique pinball machines that would be neat to look at, and if I was lucky maybe a handful of modern machines that I could actually play.
Well let me say that the second that I walked into the hall of fame, all of my previous notions of what the “hall” would be like were blown away! In the large, dimly lit room before me were, at the very least, ten rows of fully functioning pinball machines! The building was full of them!
Everywhere I looked lights were blinking, machines were buzzing and quarters were being clunked into slots. It was a pinball players paradise! After begging some quarters off of my parents, I hit the machines, and I was instantly amazed by the games that I found!
Many of them actually were antiques, made mainly of wood, with a simple spring and lever for controls. Though these older games were much more simple than some of the newer models, in some ways I actually enjoyed them the most! Many of them just had two paddles, a ball, and little sticks of wood poking up that you had to avoid. It sounds simple but the games like these were addicting!
Some of these older games were dated as far back as the year 1947. The best thing about this was that even though some of these games were over 50 years old, we still got to play them! There were only a handful of games that we could not play, and that was only because they were out of order. Once I had played some of the oldest games I tried out some of the newer models. Although they were newer, they were still old enough to be really very cool.
I was able to play pinball games with themes that I had never even thought of, let alone heard of! It was like every time I turned a corner I found a new theme that I just had to play J. Some of my all time favorite themes were: Twilight Zone, Roller Coaster Tycoon, Mario, Rolling Stones, The Dark Knight, Indiana Jones (complete with a plastic boulder that would chase your pinball) Star Wars, Deer Hunter and my all time favorite, Ripley’s believe it or Not!
The best thing about this place? I did not play one game that cost more than two quarters! As a matter of fact, many of the oldest games only cost one quarter! The Pinball Hall of Fame is a fun place for the whole family, and I would say that even little kids will likely enjoy the games. It is fairly inexpensive, though if you want to keep within a budget or simply avoid arguing with the kids, you might want to set a certain limit on the number of quarters that everyone is getting before you enter the building.
Also, I think that if you are planning to spend a lot of time here, that you should bring a few snacks. The only option of food that they have here is an old popcorn machine, and although the machine is very cool to look at, it is questionable how long the popcorn has been inside of it! I would give this place four and a half stars, and I highly recommend that if you are anywhere near Las Vegas that you visit there!
As you can guess from the name, this place is dedicated to what is one of Americas most loved and enjoyed beverages- coke! Consisting of two levels this store is loads of fun.
The first floor is stuffed with coca-cola souvenirs. Of course like all souvenirs they are slightly overpriced, but as I am sure most full-timers know it is still a lot of fun looking at souvenirs even if you can not buy any.
One of my favorite parts of the store just happens to be downstairs! When you are here you can actually meet the coca-cola bear! Plus you can get a photo with him! The bear is hugely tall, and when we got a photo with him he was very entertaining and interactive with us. He really made sure that we got a good and memorable photo. Though they do take a photo that you can buy on the second level, when we had our photo taken they were very polite and hospitable when we asked to also get a photo taken with our camera.
I think this was very nice of them, on our travels we have come across quite a few photo ops where you must pay for the photo to be taken. This was a very nice change! If you come here make sure to take advantage of this photo op.
Of course it is possible that you might get an employee that will reject the idea of using your camera, but I got the impression that such a thing was a common occurrence and not all that unusual or forbidden.
When you head upstairs you get into what I think is a mix of the higher quality expensive souvenirs, and the things that you will actually want to buy. Mainly cute adorable trinkets and (finally) some coke!
First off, I will tell what is for sale on this upper floor. The more expensive objects really are more expensive, but in this case it makes more sense. This level sells elaborate coca-cola signs, a wide range of vintage, glass and plain old adorable coca cola themed cups, jackets and beach bags with the coca cola bottle on them and large objects such as coca-cola lamps and even outdoor furniture. Seriously, if you want absolutely anything with a coke bottle on it I am sure you will find it here!
Like I said all of these things are expensive, but for the most part I think the price makes sense. They have quite a few much cheaper things for sale by the upstairs cash registers. These things range in price from around 20 dollars to 2. These things are all coke themed, pretty much all of them are quite small but at least they are cheap.
Some of my favorites are coca cola pencils, travel size coke playing cards, adorable coke magnets and key chains, coke wallets and one of my favorites miniature (sealed) glass bottles that have a small amount of real coke in them! All of these things are very cute and great for souvenir shopping.
And now, finally, what everyone really has come here for- coke! The second level of the store has a “coke bar” serving a wide variety of drinks- of course almost every drink is coke, but if you absolutely do not want a coke you can buy a sprite or root beer along with a few other drinks. The coke is sold by the cup or in bottles, but if you buy it in a cup you have the option of flavoring your drink so it can taste like lemon, cherry, vanilla or lime.
You can also buy delicious beverages such as a “coke float”, a coke or cherry iccee, a vintage chilled glass bottle of coke or an option called coke around the world. This is a very fun, very cheap option that gives you around twelve small paper cups of coke from around the world. This is a very fun thing to do with family or friends; it is one of my favorite things that I have done in Vegas!
Being able to taste other countries versions of coke is so fun! They serve you drinks from Italy, Africa, China, and England just to name a few. Interestingly enough most of the drinks are very fruity and have nothing to do with cola! If you choose to buy this option you really should take at least a ship from every cup- just be careful when trying the “coke” from Italy. It is what some would call an acquired taste.
Located next to the M&M store this is definitely a place worth stopping for. If you are driving you could probably run in here very quickly, buy a couple drinks for the road and run back out when whoever is driving the car just drives in the general area of the building until you are ready. However if you are walking the strip and hoping to get here, watch out. This building is really pretty far down the strip, make sure to wear walking shoes and bring some bottled water!
If you are walking down the strip with young children though, I am not sure if you will even make it this far down. However if you do, I am sure that kids will enjoy this store. It is family friendly and totally free. The only downside I can think of about this store is that they do not offer any free samples.
Disclaimer. It has been around two and a half years since I have been to Lego-Land. As far as I know it has changed immensely. New rides have probably opened; old ones could be taken out. Heck for all I know maybe it is a hundred percent different.
A couple of years ago my family was in San Diego around the time of the home school Lego day. We had only recently started full-timing and were going to Lego Day with a couple of traveling families, and we were all excited. At the time my brother LOVED legos. He still really likes them, but then he LOVED them.
We were all looking forward to Lego Land, but I think that he was most of all. We got to the park early, and to my surprise it was not swamped with homeschoolers yet! Of course it was crowded, but nothing compared to previous home school days I had visited at Six Flags. It was just like any normal fairly crowded day at a theme park, so this was great!
The park is filled with a mixture of rides and-yup you guessed. Lego’s. It is like everywhere that you turn you would see something amazing made out of legos! They had amazing figures sculpted out of legos, giant displays made of the blocks, and objects that I would call art. Like the giant Lego sculpture of Albert Einstein’s face poking out of a store. I am not sure why they made it, but I still think it was really cool! They also had things that were made out of more normal objects (metal, wood plastic) that were simply decorated with the small toys. It was so neat to see everything made of legos, but I do have to admit that by the end of the day I had a severe headache. I think that this was mainly due to the heat of the day, but I am sure that staring at so many miniscule objects did not help. Maybe bring some Advil when you come here.
Lego Land has a lot of fun rides, unfortunately it seems that most of them have a height limit, or are made for slightly younger kids. Because my siblings and I are pretty tall, we could not go on a few things. Like the ride where you ride cars around and get a Lego license. Still, we were able to go on many more rides. I am just warning you that if you have older or simply tall kids, they will not be able to go on some rides. We were however able to go on fun rides like the dragon roller coaster, a droid robot themed coaster, one of the classic games where you ride through and use toy guns to shoot bad guys, and another one where you spun around in a small boat and squirted water at other people riding.
We also went on a very fun ride that was also a major workout. You got strapped into a seat with a pulley, and you had to physically use your arms to pull yourself up to the top of a tower. This was really fun! Exhausting, but fun! Once you got
to the top you could see the whole park! It may have been one of my favorite rides.
Although we rode lots of rides, the main thing we did was look at amazing things made out of Legos. My all time FAVORITE thing, probably in the whole park, was an intricate detailed adorable Lego world! I can’t even call it a city that is how large the world they made was! The created buildings that ranged from being maybe half a foot, to knee high. Larger structures were cities like Las Vegas and Paris; smaller scenes were of places like the zoo or someone’s house. I don’t think I can do justice to how cool and intricate these scenes were. They were all collected in the same place so that you could look at all of the scenes around the same time. They were so detailed that I am sure it took at the least a year to build the entire mini Lego World! Even young children will be captivated by this small Lego world.
Of course being a theme park, the food at Lego Land is pretty expensive, and is not spectacularly delicious. It was pretty yummy though, you are not allowed to bring food into the park so you really have no choice. I think that Lego Land has more gift store than other theme parks do, stores selling Lego toys were everywhere that I looked. The only thing more frequents then the Lego stores were the children holding massive bags with the Lego logo on them. Unless you specifically want to buy your children Legos here, maybe do not take your kids into one of these stores. Also if you want to buy Legos here, reconsider it. The same legos can often be found for less money online, or in a store like Wal-Mart or Target.
My final review is this. I am not sure it is worth it to pay full price for a Lego Land ticket. This is my own opinion and I do not want to upset any Lego Land lovers. I had fun at Lego Land, but I am not sure it would be worth it to pay full price for a ticket. Maybe if they had more rides, or maybe expanded the park a little, then I may pay full price. If you have younger kids and it is a homeschoolers day I think will have a lot of fun. If you pay full price you may feel that you were overcharged, and if you only have older kids (maybe 12 and up?) I am not sure you will have as good a time. Honestly I feel bad, but I have to say that in my own opinion Lego land is probably mainly for younger children. Even though I am sure you will still have fun, you will probably not have quite as much fun if you are an adult or teenager.
They represent the fame and tourism of L.A and are two of the most popular tourist attractions in the entire city. It is the place that everyone has at least heard about and that every tourist visits! Even if you have never been here then surely you have seen photos of these places, and I am sure that you have seen at least one of these places on TV or in a movie. And yet these iconic locations are not quite the same as you might imagine them to be.
Walk of Fame….
I am not sure if you know this or not, but the walk of fame goes on for blocks and blocks, covering two sides of the street! Coated with the names of TV personalities, musicians, bands, directors, producers, actors and actresses you can hardly take a step without recognizing an iconic name. Of course you can see modern names such as Tom Cruise, Steven Spielberg and Sandra Bullock, but my personal favorites are the stars of the oldies. Ann Miller, Bill Cosby, Judy Garland, at the walk of fame you can see the stars from the past and the present.
Now, let me guess how you imagine the walk of fame.
You probably think that you will be able to stroll leisurely down the walks, hunting out the names that you love and posing for photos. But let me tell you something that I am not quite sure if everyone knows or not. The walk of fame is actually in front of rows of various tourist attractions, gift stores and restaurants. So on the good side that means that you will be able to walk on quite a few of the stars, go into some fun stores in-between walking and be around people who are also interested in the stars.
On the downside let me say that when you are trying to slow down to see a particular star or pose for a photo you are doing so in the middle of crowd of tourists who don’t want to slow down for anything. Unless of course they are the ones posing for the photo then they are fine with taking up a lot of space and stalling the wave of the crowd. Of course walking the walk of fame is still amazingly fun, I think it is a great experience and that everyone who comes to LA should do it. I just want you to know that you will not be strolling leisurely down the lot, looking for names and snapping photos to your hearts content. The walk of fame is fun for everyone, but keep your children close. At times you might see some questionable people on or by the walk, and you can never be too careful. I am sure that kids will have fun on the walk though! Kids will have fun looking for favorite actors and musicians stars, and if you look closely you will see some stars that will be a favorite with the kids.
Some of my personal favorites are stars for The Muppets, Winnie the Pooh and Tinkerbell. I am not sure how long young children will be happy looking down at stars with the names of famous people on them, but I do know that their attention should be held for at the very least a solid half hour.
If you walk the Walk of Fame then you will get to The Chinese Theatre where you can see the hand and foot prints of dozens of famous stars! Unlike the walk of fame that has a diverse blend of directors, singers, producers ect ect at the Chinese theatre you will only find the foot and hand prints of actors, if you are observant though you might just find a producer or director here and their. Another thing, the prints at the theatre are primarily stars from years gone by, including Dick Van Dyke, Gene Kelley and Judy Garland. Still these people are pretty much permanently famous, I am sure that everyone will know many of the names and handprints, if not all of them.
Of course the Chinese Theatre is very crowded, make sure that when you walk you are not stepping into peoples photos! J If you pay money you can get a tour of the Chinese Theatre itself, but I am unaware of how much this tour costs or if it is even fun. Maybe someday I will go on the tour and tell you about it! I am pretty sure that everyone will enjoy the Chinese Theatre, my parents brought my siblings and I here when we were around seven years old and we enjoyed seeing the handprints very much, it was an awesome memory maker.
After almost 5 years of living in our RV full time the one thing that has become apparent to us is that it is more important to have experiences instead of things. Last year we attended the Krishna Festival “Throwing of the colors”.
It is a festival to celebrate the coming of spring. It was something totally out of our realm of normal, but what we got from the festival isn’t something that we could buy!
We learned about a new culture, new food and a tradition we had never heard of. Most of all we took away memories that will last us a lifetime.
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I’m trying extremely hard not to hyperventilate!
The destination is in sight, in case you are wondering, helicopters are not nearly as big in person as they appear on TV. Receiving instructions, we get buckled in and holding on for dear life, we begin our assent.
I’m not the only one in the family having seems to be having second thoughts on doing this; Chayton appears to be almost as nervous as I am.
I finally get up the nerve to look out the window. WOW! What a view!
This is a magnificent way to see the Badlands National Park! It takes your breath away, but not for the reason I was worried about.
Click goes the brain, what are you frightened of? This is not so bad.
Relaxing, I manage to take numerous photos to remember the moment I did it; I conquered a fear. At least to some degree, I still can’t figure out why all the massive drop-offs are always on my side of the road.
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