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Summer Vacation Inspiration: The UK’s Best Family Holiday Destinations

Friday, July 29, 2016

If you’re looking for sun, sea, and sand, the UK may not be your first thought. But don’t write it off because of the unpredictable weather. This diverse island has so much to offer for families, and it’s a fantastic place to spend the summer. If you’re thinking of spreading your wings this summer, here are some of the UK’s best family vacation destinations.

City breaks

If you’re looking for a city break, the obvious place to start is London. One of the world’s most iconic cities, London has something for everyone. Take it the skyline views from the London Eye or catch a show in the West End. Watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and pay a visit to the residents of London Zoo. Take a boat down the River Thames or join a hop-on-hop-off bus tour.

If you’re visiting the North, there are some beautiful cities to discover. York and Chester are historic cities, which ooze old-school charm from every orifice. Marvel at the ancient Roman ruins in Chester or enjoy browsing the boutiques in York’s famous Shambles. Manchester, Leeds, and Liverpool are packed with child-friendly museums.

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Seaside living

The UK isn’t renowned for offering wall-to-wall sunshine, but it does have some stunning beaches. Head to the South West for sweeping golden sands and quaint villages. If you’re after a traditional seaside resort, look no further than Bournemouth or Blackpool. Attractions in Blackpool include the Blackpool Tower, the Winter Gardens and the Sandcastle waterpark. Bournemouth offers a more sedate pace, and you’ll find traditional arcades and waterfront cafes. Head to Brighton for a Bohemian vibe, or to the coast of East Yorkshire for the best fish and chips around. Play crazy golf, try and win a cuddly toy, or have a ride on a donkey. In the summer months, you’ll often find piers packed with rides and stalls selling all kinds of sweet treats.

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Lakes and mountains

If you’re looking for a tranquil retreat in the UK, head to the Lake District or the mountains of Snowdonia. The Lakes is a treasured gem where you can unwind, take in the views, and try all kinds of outdoor activities. Relax with a cup of tea and a cream scone after a busy day of hiking or cycling. Snowdonia is one of Wales’ most popular tourist attractions. If you don’t fancy scaling the peaks, there are hundreds of less challenging routes available, which are suitable for kids. This is also a great place to go kayaking or canoeing. If it has been raining, head to a cozy family-friendly pub for a hearty roast dinner.

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You may not automatically think of the UK when weighing up possible summer vacation destinations. However, if you do some research, you’ll find that this small island packs a real punch in the tourism stakes. You can enjoy any kind of holiday here, and there’s something to keep everyone happy. If you have a couple of weeks, drive around and combine city breaks, beach days, and outdoor adventures.

July In Review

July is always super fun around here. The kids had a full month of camp, we went on a trip, and I went on a trip of my own! I am once again linking up with Shoes To Shiraz for her monthly Numbers Link Up!

Holidays Celebrated – 1:
July 4th


Posts About Our GA / SC Trip – 4:
MLK Jr. Historical Site | Georgia Aquarium | Riverbanks Zoo | Rock Hill

States Visited – 2:
Wisconsin | Rhode Island


States Passed Through On The Way To These Destinations – 4:
Iowa | New Jersey | New York | Connecticut

States Left On My Quest To Visit All 50 – 8:
LA | ND | MI | NM | UT | ID | OR | MT

Hotels Stayed In – 6
Flights On Airplanes – 1 Round Trip
Trips On Trains – 1 Round Trip
Ferry Rides – 1 Round Trip


Days The Kids Had Camp – 19
Days The Boys Missed Camp Because We Were Away – 3

Geocaches Found – 4

Items Checked Off Of Our Summer Bucket List - 1

Reviews Posted – 3:
Lightlife Smart Dogs | Sick Just Got Real | Todd English Air Fryer

Books Reviewed – 4

Link Ups / Swaps Joined – 5:
The Kids Behind The Blog | Favorite Things Swap | $10 At Target | xmas in July Swap | This One

Times We Went To The MakerSpace At The Library – 4

Doctor’s Appointments – 1, Well Visit For Simon
Inches Simon Is Tall - 47

Items In My July Picture Folder – 487

Photos Posted On Instagram – 22

Blog Friends Met – 1:


Apps That I Can’t Update On My Phone Because I Don’t Have Enough Space – 21

Total Blog Posts – 21

Happy Almost August!

South Carolina–Rock Hill

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Rock Hill, SC is located outside of Charlotte, NC, and in order to check both states off of my list, it was an excellent location! (I also have a friend who lives there!) While my kids may have enjoyed swimming at the hotel pool all morning and playing with my friend’s dogs all afternoon, I decided we should also check out the attractions in the area.

Catawba Cultural Center

We visited the Cultural Center at the Catawba Indian Nation. The exhibits in the center are free of charge.


We also walked on the Cultural Center Trail which educates hikers while you are walking. We found a geocache on that trail!

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Museum of York County

After we had lunch in Charlotte, we headed to the Museum of York County, a natural history museum.

In the Naturalist Center, you can open drawers and discover more than 2000 specimens! The kids loved it. There are also models of various animals in the room.


The woman working in the room was excellent, and was joking with the kids that this pumice stone was very heavy. They thought it was hilarious!


This is a mural made of bottle caps:


There are various animals with antlers and horns lining the hallway leading to the African Animal exhibit.


There is also an exhibit that teaches about the Carolina Piedmont.


Finally, we watched a planetarium show. All in all, a great museum!

Glencairn Garden

Before we left town, we had to visit this famous park / garden. Glencairn Garden started as a backyard garden and is now 11 acres! The kids enjoyed running all over the trails and swinging on the bench swings, while I enjoyed taking pictures!


After the park, we were off to meet Dave at his work conference – more about that location next week!