An Afternoon at Sarasota Bayfront Park thanks to #DriveMitsubishi

I recently spent an afternoon at the Sarasota Bayfront Park with great friends thanks to #DriveMitsubishi who loaned me a 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage so I could get there. Sarasota Bayfront Park is a fun afternoon destination with your family, or on your own.

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An Afternoon at Sarasota Bayfront Park

From tiki bars to playgrounds, Sarasota Bayfront Park is a lot of fun to visit. It’s got great views of the city, million dollar yachts to drool over and dream about, and a fun lunch destination. Almost every time we go to Sarasota, we spent an hour or more hanging out at this park.

Sarasota Marina at Bayfront Park

Bayfront Park is a great place to oogle the yachts at the Marina. There are always some for sale and it’s fun to guess how much they might cost and day dream about what we could do if we were rich enough to actually own one.

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It’s also a great place to hunt for sea-life creatures. There’s always something fun to see – a school of fish, fun shells, and birds.

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The kids love to walk on the edge which makes me a little nervous. I walked right off a pier when I was 9 or 10 and plunged into the North Sea between Germany and Denmark because I wanted a better look at the yacht at the end. Luckily, a grown-up friend was nearby and he was able to yank me out after jumping in to save me. I still get a little worked up over that memory.

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The sailboats are beautiful to watch and it’s relaxing to walk around the loop looking at the fountains and sculptures. The bronze “Olympic Wannabees” Sculpture and Dolphin Fountain are so pretty. There’s also a fun park for the kids to play on.

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No kid can stay out of the fun trees. 🙂 They are irresistible.

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And of course, I highly recommend heading to this park when you’re hungry. O’Leary’s Tiki Bar is the perfect spot to grab a drink and a bite to eat. We enjoyed listening to live music and watching the water. Super fun!

Unconditional Surrender Sculpture

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Not directly at Bayfront Park, but nearby, is the “Unconditional Surrender Sculpture – which is definitely something you’ll want to gawk at for a few minutes if you find yourself in Sarasota.  I’m sure you recognize it, right?!

#DriveMitsubishi

One of the really fun things about being a blogger is the neat opportunities I get! To make this trip possible, I was excited to test drive the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage. Since it’s a compact car, it wouldn’t work well for my large 6 person family, but it was a lot of fun to drive from Orlando to Bradenton so I could make this trip. My kids and husband were very jealous that I got to visit with our family friends for a quick visit. It’s not often that entire families like each other as well as we all do, but in this case everyone likes everyone. All eight kids and four adults get along famously. And I’m so thankful that Drive Mitsubishi made our quick visit possible.

The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage

#DriveMitsubishi Sarasota Bayfront

  • Starting at $12,995, the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage is an amazingly affordable new car! An average of 40 mpg on the highway make it very fuel efficient for a non-hybrid vehicle and affordable to drive as well as buy.

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  • The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage has received multiple awards in the mini-compact class: “Best All-Around Performance” and “Best Environmental Performance,” and provides excellent safety features, a great amount space for passengers, and a lot of cargo space in the back. And I can tell you from experience that the cell phone charger is located in the glove box. 🙂

The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage

Many thanks to #DriveMitsubishi and our great friends for a fun day wandering around Sarasota Bayfront Park. It was quite a nice change enjoying the day with someone else’s kids, instead of my own. If you’re heading to Sarasota, make sure to head out to the Bayfront Park for an entertaining afternoon.

Sarasota Bayfront Park & Marina - fun place to spend the afternoon with your family or on your on.

100+ Summer Boredom Buster Ideas for Kids

If you need ideas for keeping the kids busy for the remainder of summer vacation, you’ll want to check out this list of 100+ summer boredom buster ideas for kids!

100 Summer Boredom Busters - Ideas for Kids

100+ Summer Boredom Buster Ideas for Kids

It’s officially the middle of the summer in my neck of the woods, and I’ve heard a lot of parents complaining that their kids need to go back to school. I’m not sure if it’s because the kids are fighting, bored, or just ornery, but my kids are driving me nuts too. That means it’s time to get creative and find fun things for them to do to occupy the last few weeks of summer vacation. That’s why we’ve put this list of fun art projects, outdoor activities, cooking, and other learning endeavors you can do with your kids. Hopefully, this list will help you find fun things to do for the rest of the summer with your kids, no matter their age.

Art Projects

Art projects are a lot of fun when the weather is warm and you can kick the kids outside to get messy and creative. If you’d also like indoor art projects, though, we’ve got you covered there too!

Summer Boredom Buster Ideas for Kids

Squirt Gun Canvas Art – SimplifyLiveLove

Glowing Camping Craft for Kids – Buggy and Buddy

Puffy Paint Ice Cream Cone Craft for Kids – Crafty Morning

Summer Boredom Buster Ideas for Kids

DIY: Sidewalk Chalk “Pops” – Project Nursery

10 Ways to Use Sidewalk Chalk – Castleview Academy

DIY Nature Paint Brushes for Kids – Apple Green Cottage

Add a weekly field trip day!

  • Head to a berry patch and pick your own berries. Find a list of Pick Your Own Farms by state here.
  • Find new museums to visit.
  • Make a goal to hit all of the parks and pools in your local area.
  • Head to a country road and stop and pick flowers.

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Buddy Holly Crash Site in Clear Lake, Iowa

At 22728 Gull Avenue Clear Lake, Iowa, off a gravel road and in the middle of corn fields, you’ll find the Buddy Holly Crash Site, a memorial that marks the spot where Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and JP “The Big Bopper” Richardson died in a plane crash on February 3, 1959.

Buddy Holly Crash Site in Clear Lake, Iowa

Buddy Holly Crash Site in Clear Lake, Iowa

I decided to check out this memorial after a recent trip with the North Iowa Bloggers to Chicago. Once our plane landed safely at the Mason City Airport, the same airport that Ritchie Valens’ plane took off from, I googled up the address and drove the 15 minutes to the shrine.

Buddy Holly Crash Site, Clear Lake Iowa

I knew to look for these glasses – which you’d think would have been pretty obvious, yet I still missed the spot and had to turn around. When I saw the pictures of the glasses on the internet I thought they were much bigger and taller than they actually are.

Side of the road at the Buddy Holly Crash Site
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An Afternoon at Robinson Preserve in Bradenton, Florida

We’ve been road tripping to Florida for Spring Break for a number of years because in addition to loving the area, we have great friends there who welcome all six of us into their home with open arms every time we go. They are really great friends to let 6 crazies into their home and lives for entire weeks! We’re so lucky to have them.

Spring Break Florida 2016

We’ve learned over the years of visiting them that Florida is a lot more than beaches and Disney. While we love the beaches and Disney, we also really enjoy a lot more about Florida. And one of the sites we really liked on this most recent visit was Robinson Preserve outside Bradenton. We had a great time time there. It cost nothing and was very educational too. Check out all the great things Robinson Preserve offers and add it to your next trip to the Bradenton/Sarasota area!

Robinson Preserve, Bradenton Florida

Robinson Preserve in Bradenton, Florida

Robinson Preserve is a 600+ acre coastal preserve located in northwestern Bradenton. It features hiking paths, a 53′ observation tower, mangrove forests, a picnicking area and playground, and canoeing and kayaking waterways too. We spent a really nice afternoon checking out what all the park has to offer.

Observation Tower at Robinson Preserve in Bradention, Florida

Observation Tower 

The first thing we did after arriving at Robinson Preserve {after eating of course, because we can’t get 15 minutes away from home without eating…} was take a short hike to the Observation  Tower. We climbed to the top and oohed and awed over the scenery.
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