Part 3: Where did our Experts go?

In the next few paragraphs we gain an insight into some of their experiences, which can help shape your ideas about where to go next. Naturally this list is not an exhaustive one, but hopefully it lends something of a flavor and can lead to some interesting ideas generation for the reader.

Miami - Fun for Kids

Maria Jeliazkova of Pay Less BG, definitely appears to be a resident expert on Miami for kids.

Another section that is well worth printing out:

"Greater Miami offers plenty of fun for the whole family. Here is a collection of the best places geared toward younger travelers.

The Miami Science Museum makes science fun. In addition to hands -on activities, there are permanent and special interactive exhibits. Kids can explore the Wildlife Center, which houses tortoises, rare eagles, reptiles and insects. Children can learn about the stars in the Planetarium (featuring shows multiple times per day) Address: 3280 South Miami Ave, phone: 305-646-4200

Monkey Jungle: Escape on a jungle safari. Explore the wilds of South America, Asia and Africa. Witness crab-eating monkeys diving for treats. Delve into the lush, tropical Amazonian Rainforest filled with hundreds of exotic monkeys. Enjoy the antics at Ape encounter. Other adventures include Cameroon Forest, Parrots of the World, and Lemurs of Madagascar. Address: 14805 SW 216 Street, Miami FL phone 305-235-1611

Miami Seaqwarium: Kids of all ages can enjoy Miami Seaqwarium, famous for Lolita the Killer Whale and Flipper the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin. There is wet and dry fun to be found at Salty�s Pirate Playground. Plus, learn about the marine animals like the endangered manatee and sea turtles. Dolphin Harbor programs get up-close and personal with the dolphins like never before. Address: 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami phone: 305-361-5705

The award-winning Actors� Playhouse - Musical Theatre for Young Audience brings to life classic stories and new musical works that are fun for the whole family. Most performances are on Saturdays at 2pm and take place in the historical Miracle Theatre. Address: 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables phone: 305-444-9293

Crandon Park: Ride on the restored carousel by the sea at Crandon Park)(weekends and certain holidays). The historic carousel is at the heart of the Family Amusement Center, which includes an old-fashioned outdoor roller rink, sea horse-shaped splash fountain and a host of marine plays sculptures at the beachfront playground. Address: 4000 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne phone: 305-361-5421

For a fun day with the animals visit Zoo Miami, a 250-acre cage less zoo with over 900 animals, playground, tram tours, monorail, gift shops and food. Address: 12400 Southwest 152nd Street, Miami phone: 305-251-0400

A Road trip with the Kids in Canada

Now that�s something different, and that�s what Corbin Fraser, the editor of I Backpack Canada recommends:

"The movies and documentaries love to have you believe that over every horizon is a beautiful vista, a picturesque vision of Canadian outdoors and wildlife. While this is occasionally true, expect to find several hours of brain numbing boredom. Such is life, as a coast to coast, cross Canada road trip will amount to 106 hours of driving. (7444km or 4625 miles)"

"When traveling with children, this boredom is sure to set in a lot quicker for them, than it will for you. There are two pieces of advice you�ll need to make your road trip a pleasant and memorable one."

  • 1. Get off of the Trans-Canada highway as often as possible.
  • 2. Stop often.

"Once you�re off the Trans-Canada highway, you stand a better chance of finding some of the many hidden gems of Canada, such as small restaurants, small towns, national parks, and some activities to let your kids stretch their legs for the day. While both of these tips will surely increase the length of time you�ll be on the road, I assure you it will make the long hours seem worth it."


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