One of my favorite things to do in the Summertime is go to a good water park and enjoy the rides, slides, and the rush of the cool water with my family. There are hundreds upon hundreds of amazing water parks across the U.S. but today I am going to be talking about just five of my personal favorites. If you’re looking for a great family trip this Summer be sure to check out some of these awesome parks.
If you’re a foodie & libations lover like I am and live in (or close to) New York City, then you’re going to love all of these amazing Food & Drink events that happening this Fall! Fall is the best time of the year to really get out and walk around the NYC to enjoy the sites, the sounds, the food, and the cocktails. With Summer over and done with, you don’t have to worry about sweating through your clothes to get from one place to the next. Here are 20 places you have to visit this Fall for must go to food & drink events in New York City!
21+ over only (seriously, no babies, no dogs). Come in costume! Saturday, October 1st from 12pm–5pm. Tickets include: 2 stages of entertainment featuring 4 bands and 100+ freaktacular performers, your first pint, some souvenir schwag and other things you can’t un-see… A benefit for The Alliance of Coney Island. www.LAGUNITAS.com/beercircus or http://www.allianceforconeyisland.org/
Ticket price: $40
Get ready for an immersive coffee experience when the second annual NYC Craft Coffee Festival kicks off Saturday, October 1, 2016. Twenty specially curated roasters and coffee shops share with you unique beans and flavor profiles with a soundtrack provided by live entertainment at Villain in Williamsburg.
You’ll sample 20 roasters and coffee shops to your heart’s content while live entertainment keeps the party spirited during this one of a kind experience.
For more info check out www.nyccraftcoffeefest.com
Ticket Price: $45
Saturday, October 1, 2016 | 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Brooklyn’s sizzling showcase of volcanic victuals, featuring tantalizing tastings from 62 artisanal food vendors with 7 amazing bands playing throughout the whole day! If you love a little spice with great libations, then this is the festival for you!
Ticket Price: $15 – $20
— If unlimited oysters and booze sounds like your idea of a perfect day, know that you’re not alone. You’re gonna want to grab tickets to this New York Oyster Week event… and soon.
Ticket Price: $85
— If you can’t make it to Germany for Oktoberfest this year, it’s all good—Germany is coming to you… and staying for 12 full hours at this waterfront bar.
Ticket Price: FREE! To participate in 2 Hour Beer Tasting: $60
Taste your way around the world and only travel a few blocks! On this tour, you’ll try Chinese liangpi noodles, Middle Eastern falafel, Italian cannolis, and more. Food coma: commence.
Ticket Price: $52
Chocolate lovers, get drunk on all things sweet at the very first event of its kind. Meet chocolatiers from around the world and take part in tastings, classes, and workshops.
Ticket Price: $45
Make and taste all sorts of pickled treats at North Brooklyn Farms’ first ever celebration of the art of pickling. It’s time to get your Pickle Loving vibe on!
Ticket Price: $50-$100
A must for cheese and wine lovers! Reserve your spot at Murray’s Cheese Shop’s latest, greatest wine and cheese sampling night. You’ll get to try red, white, and dessert wines… all paired with their perfect cheesy counterparts.
Ticket Price: $85
If endless amounts of chocolate is your dream come true, mark your calendar for this sweet tour, where samples include only the best chocolate eclairs, donuts, bonbons—and then some. I’m dying and going to heaven y’all!
Ticket Price: $59.99
— This booze-tastic event is back, with 75 breweries pouring out unlimited 2oz tastings. Challenge accepted!
Ticket Price: $45 – $85
Travel around the world without ever leaving NYC! This tasting event features globally-inspired bites prepared locally, and curated by the experts at Edible Manhattan.
Ticket Price: $45 – $75
More than 350 whiskies will be on hand at this awesome fest. Yes, 350. Your ticket gives you access to the grand tasting room, seminars, and your very own commemorative glass.
Ticket Price: $275
When I reflect on our trip to New York City, and our stay at the Embassy Suites, this is one thing that jumps to my mind. This picture pretty much says it all: it is a screenshot of a conversation I had with somebody on the staff of the hotel we were staying yet.
After a long day of travel, we overslept that morning. They checked in to see how we were doing and I told them. Matt turned around and brought us a tray of juice, milk, fruit, and donuts.
Yes, we were “rewards members” but in all my years of traveling, I have never had a hotel staff member go out of the way to make sure that we were taken care of like this.
This isn’t it for the amazing things that the Secaucus New Jersey Hotel of Embassy Suites has to offer! When you check in you get tickets for their breakfast. Besides the standard buffet that you see at other places, as there is a person who is ready to cook to order. Do you want an omelet? Pancakes? She has you covered.
What about in the afternoon? They have coupons for free drinks will they put out a light snack buffet.
Let’s talk about the pool? After a day in the city it was nice to just relax or unwind in a nice pool. Miss Sarah counted it as a daily tradition while I was a little sad that the hot tub was out of order. (sniff).
Security? You needed your key card to activate the elevators. I loved that fact!
This hotel within walking distance from a movie theater to a several dozen restaurants. Everything from Red Lobster to a fun burger joint is there to tempt your taste buds.
While the Embassy Suites Secaucus New Jersey hotel is a tad off the beaten path for a trip to New York City, we enjoyed removing ourselves from the fast and loud pace of life in the the city that never sleeps. It became our haven from heavy traffic, loud noise and the sea of neon lights. Don’t get us wrong, we enjoyed everything we did in the big city, but it was also nice to step away from it and relax.
Next time you are in the neighborhood, seriously, check it out for yourself.
Most amusement parks these days offer a fast pass option where you are able to jump the line on most rides throughout the park and it will save you a good amount of time so you don’t need to wait as long in lines. Pricing and stipulations of the Fast Passes vary so much between different types of parks. At a place like Disney Parks fast passes are free but they are first come first serve so if you don’t sign up in time, then you miss out and you have to wait in the longer lines. However at an amusement park like Cedar Fair parks, you can pay something like $30-$40 and you get a fast pass for all day long. However, at Universal Studios it is an additional fee starting at $85 for both sides of the park. Today I am going to be talking about a few reasons of why I think that you do not need to fork out the extra $85 for the Express Pass at Universal Studios.
These frugal things to do near Disneyland will help keep your family occupied when you aren’t in the park. Sometimes a great trip to Disneyland includes spending only a few days in the park while exploring the area around the park at your leisure. This area of California is full of amazing culture and opportunities to simply relax and enjoy fun things with your family. Many are even free!
7 Frugal Things To Do Near Disneyland
Fullerton Arboretum: Just a few minutes away from Anaheim is the city of Fullerton. Right next to the University of California in Fullerton is the beautiful Fullerton Arboretum. This is a gorgeous location for photos, a nice leisurely stroll and to show your kids some local foliage.
Angel Stadium In Anaheim: Check out the stadium, or take in a game with the family. The giant A on the stadium is iconic in the area, and the games are tons of fun to attend!
Downtown Disney: Just outside the entrance to Disneyland itself is a great shopping mall with stores, restaurants, park benches and even a movie theater. Window shopping here is tons of fun, and of course the Disneyland themed stores offer a great selection of souvenirs if your budget allow. This area has also been known to be a great spot to propose marriage.
Improv Brea: If you enjoy a little comedy, this is a great place to stop in. Adults only for this, but worth the time spent to see some great local talent. Since it is within an hour of Los Angeles, it is also a good chance you’ll be seeing someone who could be an up and coming Hollywood comedian.
Yorba Regional Park: This is a beautiful setting for a romantic picnic, great family photos or a simple stroll with your family. Always a great place to bring a picnic, some games to play and relax with the kids for a few hours.
Downtown Fullerton: The lovely area of downtown Fullerton is a short drive from Anaheim and Disneyland. Coffee shops, a great burger joint and a local dive named Max Bloom’s that often has live poetry readings from local talent. A great choice for finding awesome vintage items in the thrift shops, and enjoying a romantic stroll.
Seal Beach: Located on the coast of Orange County, it is a 30-45 minute drive from Disneyland area depending on traffic. This small beach is a great destination for family fun in the sun. With gorgeous sand, beach and a quiet peaceful area your family will enjoy spending an afternoon in the water.
These frugal things to do near Disneyland are just a handful of ways to spend some time outside the theme parks. Whether you want to take a break from the hustle and bustle inside the park, or simply spend a few more days in the area relaxing these are excellent choices.
Have you ever gone to your favorite theme park destination with the kids, but wondered How To Save Money On Snacks In Amusement Parks? We have all been there and wondered how to find the extra money to give everyone what they want and need to eat without breaking the bank. With so many theme parks asking you to not bring food inside, it can be a real struggle to keep your expenses down. Here are some tips we have gathered through the years that really help to keep costs down while giving us the food we need while in the park.
How To Save Money On Snacks In Amusement Parks
Pack your own snacks when allowable. Some places actually allow you to bring in a cooler and snacks. Check the attraction website in advance to see if there are days they allow this and plan to visit on those days. This is usually a special weekend each month.
Pack a cooler and leave in your car. Even if they don’t allow coolers in the park, you can easily pack and leave in your car. Almost every amusement park will allow you to leave and enter again on the same day with a hand stamp. Plan to go out to your car a few times during the day for a snack or meal break. While you may not be able to eat in the park easily, you can still save money by bringing you favorite items with you.
Buy a meal and split up for snacks. This is one of our favorite ways to save money on snacks in amusement parks. Many options for meals in the concessions stands are only marginally more than the snacks themselves. Buying a sandwich, wrap and chips may cost around $10, but you can easily cut that sandwich into 4-5 portions to serve as a snack for each family member to have. Instead of spending $5 each on popcorn, nachos, funnel cakes or ice cream – you can spend a fraction of the price by truly making snacks a small amount of food in between meals that is satisfying and tasty.
Buy the dining plan offered by the park. Many parks offer a discounted dining plan. Depending on your needs and how long you will be in the park, this can be a great choice. If you are planning to stay all day long, a discounted menu plan can provide you and your family with full meals for up to 50% off regular prices. Before you buy ala carte, ask the guest relations person if there is a discounted dining plan to save you money.
These ways to save money on snacks in amusement parks will help you be able to give your kids more fun times together riding rides. It is easy for a family of four to spend up to $200 just on food in one day in a thee park. These tips can stretch that budget farther, and help you to afford an extra day or two in the park instead.
DisneyLand Food Bucket List
Are you a first timer or a returning visitor to Disneyland and hoping to do all the things you want like a bucket list? There are so many things to do at Disneyland it’s no wonder people come back more than once or get passes for several days in a row! If you are planning a trip to Disneyland and you are wanting to know what foods at the park are must-tries, here is a Disneyland food bucket list to make sure you get all the best treats in while you are there.
Disneyland Food Bucket List
Dole Whip– This one is one of the most famous treats on Pinterest from Disneyland. It is soft-serve ice cream with tartness and is sold at The Enchanted Tiki Room in Adventureland.
Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Sandwich– This is a cookie topped with peanut butter and covered in chocolate. Think of it as a better than Reese’s peanut butter cup. It is sold at Pooh’s Corner at Critter Land.
Mint Julep– This is a classic drink that is also available as a free sample! It is lemony-lime with a hint of mint. So refreshing! It can be found at the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square.
Mickey Beignets– These are a crispy donuts shaped like Mickey (ears and all!) and covered in powdered sugar. These are also sold at The Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square.
Barbecue Chicken Stuffed Baked Potato– This is a potato with a meal stuffed in it that you won’t want to miss. It is a sweet BBQ sauce, chicken, coleslaw and sour cream. It is served at Harbour Galley in Critter Country.
Elote– This is chili lime corn on the cob that is a must try! It is sold at The Boardwalk and is a perfect food for on the go.
Lobster Nachos– This may sound very strange, but it is actually incredible. It is lobster, black beans, pico de gallo, and cheeses on top of tortilla chips. Lobster Nachos are served at The Cove in Paradise Pier.
Fried Biscuits– These are a cheese lover’s dream. They are filled with cheese and a kick of jalapeno and are served at the Carthay Circle Restaurant.
Turkey Legs– These are huge and the perfect thing to get if you are feeding small children as they are definitely big enough to share. You can find them at a cart that tends to move around, but is often located near The Golden Horseshoe Saloon.
Fire Cracker Duck Wings– If you like sriracha, you are in for a treat with these. They have The famous sauce as well as a slight sweetness from lime. These can be found at The Carthay Circle Restaurant as well.