This weekend I finally made it to the ice castles in New Hampshire and was blown away by the various ice structures. It was as if I visited Arendelle and Elsa decided to throw a party! There were numerous castles, passage ways, tunnels and slides – all adorned with beautiful icicles. The whole outdoor facility was about the size of half of a football field. Although it doesn’t take long to walk through the park, you will likely wonder around some more and enjoy the enchanting structures.
There are ice castles in Midway, UT; Lincoln, NH; Stillman, MN; Wisconsin Dells, WI; and Edmonton, AB. Weekend tickets are $15.95 for adults and $12.95 for children. If you live around any of these five facilities, I would highly highly recommend you go check it out! Also dress warmly, especially warm boots so you can line up for the big slide – it looks so much fun but my toes were practically frozen so I didn’t wait in the long line.
When you purchase the tickets, you have to select a 30 minute window to enter the park, then you can stay in there for an unlimited amount of time. I would recommend picking 30 minutes before sunset so you get to see the park when it is still daylight and you can catch it when they turn on the light show!
The sub-zero weather in Boston made me daydream about a warm sun beaming down on my skin and a soft breeze playfully tossing my hair. The cold definitely kept me indoors this weekend so instead of shivering outside and taking pictures for an outfit post, I looked through my Puerto Vallarta pictures and would like to share my favorites.
The main reason I wanted to visit Cabo / Puerto Vallarta last summer was to see the hidden beach in PV. However, the hidden beach was shut down for a few months to restore the site and limit tourist / human impact. Although I was extremely disappointed, I understood and respected the local government’s desire to protect the environment. So instead of visiting the hidden beach, we walked around the beautiful malecon (boardwalk). The boardwalk is filled with various statues to take pics, gift shops, snack vendors, and fresh juice stands.
Another Caribbean stop during our family cruise was St. Maarten or Saint Martin. St. Maarten is a Caribbean island that is divided into two parts; southern part ruled by the Netherlands and northern part ruled by France. Regardless of its political divide, it is one beautiful island with stunning waters!
Look at these shades of blue!
For the day, we booked an excursion to Dolphin Discovery which is located on the island of Anguilla, north of St. Maarten. More specifically, we booked the Dolphin Swim excursion included transportation to and from the port, lunch, beach access and of course 30 minutes with the Dolphins!
I love the underway on the beach with colorful chairs!
I love to travel. However, due to work, I usually can only take one trip in the summer with my family. Before my adventure next summer, I would like to share a few places I’ve been!
The Caribbean is one of the more affordable vacation destinations especially if you live along the east coast! In the summer of 2014, my family and I took a cruise to the Caribbean and our first stop was St. Thomas.
Cruises usually dock at a port early in the morning so passengers can go and explore the island or town. Then you are required to return to the cruise in the evening to sail away to your next destination. For our day in St. Thomas, we decided to go underwater Sea Trek at the Coral World Ocean Park!
The ride from the port to the park was around 30 minutes in an old style bus.
This is my favorite candid picture during this whole trip, featuring my beautiful mom!
Beautiful scenery along the drive! The picture was taken while I was inside the bus!
The first thing you will notice at Coral World Ocean Park is the white dome structure connected by a boardwalk. This is where the underwater Sea Trek takes place!
In the picture below, you will see a side staircase leading you down on the left, this is where the crew members prep you to go underwater with the helmets!