We took a Carnival cruise and journeyed to Nassau Island in the Bahamas, there we visited the world famous Atlantis Resort and Waterpark. Among the most popular and scariest waterslides is the Leap of Faith, which is a 6 story drop that ends in a tube through a shark lagoon. My 2 kids age 12 and 13 took the leap and had a blast!
For those who are looking for a less extreme version, you can go on the Serpent Slide which requires 1 or 2 passengers to sit on an inflatable tube and go through a dark windy slide that ends with floating through the shark lagoon where you can take time to enjoy the sharks swimming all around your view.
Atlantis is filled with many other pools and slides of various shapes and sizes and includes a younger kid waterpark. Another hidden gem is the adjacent beach which features white sands and clear aqua blue waters. Life vest are provided here and if you have snorkeling masks you will be able to spot tropical fish in the waters too.
Tip: the admission price is expensive if you are not staying at the hotel, but you can look for some 3rd party vendors who sell the tickets online for a discounted price.
World famous chef, Gordon Ramsay, has just opened up a Hell’s Kitchen themed restaurant modeled after his reality TV show. This is a restaurant that plays upon the success of his hit show and designed with Red vs Blue kitchen and decor inspired by the studio set. As a family, we have been long time fans and was surprised to see it open just outside Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. We were able to just walk in and dine as it was a week before the official Grand opening.
Recommend making reservations as we heard that they already had over 12,000 reservations made in advance. The food itself was amazing as I got the chef meal for $60 which included the Pumpkin Soup, Ramsay’s signature Beef Wellington, and Sticky Toffee Pudding for dessert. FYI, they don’t actually film the show here so you can expect professional chefs and service. Overall, a fun and entertaining meal for the whole family located right in the middle of the Las Vegas strip.
Seems everyone loves Mermaids. While in Las Vegas you can swing by the Silverton Casino where there aquarium features a free live mermaid showing at specified times throughout the day. While swimming they interact with the children and audience making heart bubbles and other fun tricks. Also they have the Bass Pro Shop adjacent to the aquarium so it is a great way to keep the kids busy in Vegas on a budget.
Over the summer took my kids to SeaWorld in San Diego and it was a blast. So many interactive shows and exhibits, my kids really enjoyed feeding the batrays, seals, and flamingos. There is an additional cost to purchase the food. The shows were great as well including the Orca Encounters show and Dolphin Days show that will get you soaked if you are sitting in the soak zone.
Other shows include the Sealion and Otter comedy show which was funny and entertaining, but this past summer they had the Cirque Electrique show that was amazing. Only showing at night, these acts performed in the amphitheater that faced the bay and the performers had incredible circus stunts over the water.
Tips: We purchased the weekday ticket to save money and avoid the crowds. We also got the All You Can Eat dining pass, which allows you to get an entree, dessert, and drink once every hour.
My experience at the Great Wolf Lodge started when my parents said that we had to go to Costco, as my brother and me are regular kids we just started to complain. We started to moan and ask why we had to go. It was the start of summer so it was super hot.Then my mom and dad said,”Hey what’s that building?” There was a big building with a picture of a wolf’s paw. “We should check it out.” my dad said. We both moaned, ”Uh, do really do we have to…”
When we entered the place it was a indoor water park! There was pools, slides, and water playgrounds. Then the surprise came, my Mom got us tickets to the waterpark and to stay overnight in the hotel! Mom fooled us for a big surprise!
There was a couple of of small slides, first there was a water racing one, where four people will race going down on a pad going down a long slide. Second there was one where the will lock you in a pod and send you down!
There was a big pool which produces artificial waves! Second was a big water playground which had 3 small slides. Third was a small playground for small kids and babies. The Big slides could makes you go in a raft. The Yellow one make you go in a sideways whirlpool. The Blue one makes you go in a regular whirlpool. The Red one makes you go in circles outside.
That’s my Experience at the Great Wolf Lodge. I had a super fun time. I want to go there again!
At our port stop on the Carnival Cruise in Ensenada, Mexico, we went to the Las Canadas Canopy Tour that included ziplines and hanging bridges. There are 5 ziplines and 5 hanging bridges and take about a little over an hour depending on your pace. Some of the bridges are surprisingly difficult, especially the single boards which require quite a bit of balance. Also, what they may not tell you is that it requires a manual switch of your carabiners in the middle of the bridge, if done incorrectly you put yourself at a very high risk.
Overall, this was definitely one of the highlights of our visit to Mexico. Fun and challenging experience with an affordable price. We ended up paying $55/person which included the tour of La Bufadora, the zipline/hanging bridges at Las Canadas Campgrounds, and transportation to and from downtown Ensenada. Definitely worth the price and highly recommended.
Orange County has it’s very own Porto’s now in the city of Buena Park located on Beach Blvd next door to Medieval Times attraction. This Southern California bakery has drawn crowds and fans flocking from all over for their Cuban food and bakery. Time after time they delivery with food quality but depending on the time of day, lines can get very long so plan accordingly.
Some of our favorite recommendations are the Fruit Tart cake, Seafood Potato Balls, and Guava Cheese Strudels. If you are looking for more of a meal, try their Grilled steak plate with rice and beans.
If you live in Southern California, the Aquarium of the Pacific inn Long Beach has to be one of the best deals for your family. The annual membership pass gives you plenty of time to enjoy all that the Aquarium offers throughout the year. Their exhibits ranges from Sharks, Sealions, Otters, Penguins, Rays, and so much more. We have been members for numerous years and they often offer exclusive member events like Adult Prom which is a dress up evening event for Adults only.
Tip: Lorikeet birds cost an additional fee, but if you go at 10am when that part of the exhibit opens, you will be swarmed by flocks of hungry Lorikeet parakeets. Fun and a little bit scary…enjoy!
- Open daily from 11AM to 11PM
- The Rio’s zipline is about 500 feet high and travels
- You have to be an adult to ride in the evenings
- Tickets are currently selling for $27.49
We had a great offer, 1 extra ride for the each of us riding, from an official stand in the casino selling the Voodoo Zipline tickets and with no line. Once we got our tickets, my dad and I, went up the elevator, I was very surprised how high the elevator actually went. We then had to wait for the hotel to text us when it was our turn, during that time we enjoyed the view.
The zipline was very high and I also noticed that the zipline goes over the hotel’s pool. So in my opinion, the best time to go on the zipline is during Summer, when there is a lot of people below you. When it was our turn to go on the zipline, strapped in, and started to begin, we just went vamoosh.
I was scared in the beginning, during the middle not so much, but in the end I was scared the most. The zipline travels about 35 mile per hour and is long, but to me during the travel to the other side it speeds up which made me screamed. What worried me the most was that there was no one on the other side, just on the beginning side, so if we get stuck there we die. The zip line actually goes back backward, fast, so that worried me a little.
The truly scary part is that we used our extra ride pass on the same turn, so when we got back to the start of the zipline it blasted us down again. I did not know what was more scary, the first or second time. Even though it was the second ride, I was still terrified of the boost in the ending. This ride, however, is still worth it’s money and I recommend going here next time you go to Vegas.
Rating of ride on a scale of 1-10:
I would give it a 9 star!
We went to the La Jolla Cave beach and was surprised by sea lions so nearby on the beach. They swim just off the shore and relax on nearby rocks. Be careful as the waves and rocks can be dangerous for swimming so if you want to go snorkeling you will need to move just a little bit off to the side where the rocks are less of a concern. Sea lions appear playful and cute but keep your distance as they are wild animals and are not meant to be touched or petted.