All posts tagged: Family Vacation

Flying with Fido or Fluffy

If you’re like us, it’s always a little heart-breaking when you leave your pet behind for vacation. Let’s face it, we all know the big sad eyes and looks of despair that wash over our dog’s face when we start packing the suitcase. Case in point ————————> Taking your dog or cat along on the family road trip is one thing, but flying with your furry family is another. Your decision should not be taken lightly. So considering the following and do lots of research before deciding to put pups on a plane. PAPERWORK You’ll need to get your pet certified. That’s right, you’ll need to obtain a certificate of current health from your veterinarian within 10 days of your trip. It’s required by airlines if you want to travel with a pet. You may even be required to have a passport for your pet – so be sure to check the details, not only with your carrier, but with your destination. SIZE & BREED MATTERS Whether your pet is allowed to travel depends on …

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A NASCAR Race AND A Family Vacation – It Is Possible!

If you’re a NASCAR fan you’ll know all about Homestead Speedway in Florida. Even though the entire family might not enjoy racing, you can always make a great family vacation that just happens to have a NASCAR race included. If you’ve never been to south Florida, you’re really missing all the best parts. Who needs Disney World when you’ve got real live dolphins and alligators, swimming, camping, snorkelling and many, many other tourist attractions to keep you and the family entertained and busy.

Dolphins Plus - Key Largo, Florida, Natural Dolphin Swim, Structured Dolphin Swim

Swimming With The Dolphins In The Florida Keys

Who needs Disney World when you can swim with the dolphins? Deciding we should start our vacation off with a splash, we made reservations to swim with the dolphins in Key Largo (about 40 minutes from Miami Airport). What an amazing experience – completely unforgettable! I promise that your family will love you forever if you take them to this unique encounter at Dolphins Plus – Dolphin and Marine Mammal Education Facility. We chose to partake in the “Structured Dolphin Swim” where we got to interact and play with the dolphins. The morning of our swim we were pleasantly surprised to find that we were the o­nly o­nes registered for the structured swim, which is an extremely rare opportunity. Dolphins Plus is very popular, and reservations are always required if you wish to partake in their swim programs. We gladly embraced this opportunity and were pleased to spend some extra time with the trainers asking questions and learning even more about these amazing mammals. We were told that we wouldn’t be playing with the dolphins that …