Fernbank Museum of Natural History: Atlanta’s Dinosaur Museum – 2TravelDads

Author: , January 28th, 2019

Fernbank Museum of Natural History - 2TravelDads

We visit Atlanta quite a bit since we have family in Georgia, and we’re always looking for new things to do with the kids. On this last trip, we finally got to visit a dinosaur museum: Atlanta’s Fernbank Museum of Natural History. It was the perfect addition to a family trip to Atlanta.

After six or seven trips we’re always looking for something new, so it’s refreshing to find dinosaurs in Atlanta. The Fernbank Museum is more than dinosaurs though, and we loved it all!

Locale of the Fernbank Museum

There are actually a few really cool sites in the proximity of the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Between downtown Atlanta and the Fernbank there is the MLK National Historic Site and Sweet Auburn neighborhood, Piedmont Park, and the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. There is also the Path, a long interurban trail for biking, running and walking, connecting the Druid Hills area to downtown.

By Rob Taylor – Full Story at 2TravelDads

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Cabo With Kids – 2TravelDads

Author: , January 16th, 2019

Cabo With Kids - 2TravelDads

We’ve been to Cabo with kids load of times, like, we’ve spent the equivalent of three months in Cabo as a family. You could say it’s our favorite family destination in Mexico. Since we’ve done it so much, we’ve decided it’s time we share our best tips for visiting Cabo with kids.

I’ll say this right away, Cabo with kids is mostly about relaxation and swimming vs digging into Mexican culture and nature. There are lots of opportunities for that, but Cabo San Lucas really has built itself into a luxury destination more than adventure. If you’re looking for adventure, check out our articles about Quintana Roo and touring the Yucatan Peninsula.

Locale and getting to Cabo San Lucas

For those traveling from the west coast, getting to Cabo San Lucas is pretty easy. There are direct flights from Seattle, San Francisco, Sacramento, Phoenix, Los Angeles and San Diego. Denver and Dallas also offer direct flights, so know that even east coasters should be able to find a good flight. When flying into Cabo, the airport is SJD (San Jose del Cabo), Los Cabos International Airport. The airport is actually quite nice now (thanks Hurricane O’dele) and as long as you arrive early in the day or in the early evening, customs is pretty fast and smooth.

By Rob Taylor – Full Story at 2TravelDads

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Gay Sailing in Croatia – 2TravelDads

Author: , December 20th, 2018

Gay Sailing in Croatia

It’s been a few months since we returned from our gay sailing trip through Croatia, but we still are finding photos and videos and we have to keep sharing. The trip was amazing. We actually have made a video of sailing Croatia, a vlog, that highlights ALL of our ports of call. I know, a sailing trip through the Dalmatian Isles could mean stopping over a hundred times, but we kept it to the most interesting islands with the best experiences.

Quite simply, we know that people would often rather watch a video than read all the details. Still photos are wonderful for telling a story, but actually seeing the moving life of a place captures it much better. Please take a few minutes to watch our first ever vlog and get inspired to take a trip to Croatia!

You’ll see lots of familiar places if you tracked along with either our journal of sailing Croatia or any of our travel guide posts for the different Dalmatian Isles and Croatian towns. Here’s the timeline for our video of sailing Croatia if you want to skip through to anything specific…

By Rob Taylor – Full Story at 2TravelDads

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New Mexico Hot Air Ballooning – 2TravelDads

Author: , December 14th, 2018

New Mexico Hot Air Ballooning

I’m pretty adventurous when it comes to travel. I’ll rock climb with the kids, go hiking with bears and moose, I’ll free dive with sea lions and sharks, I’ll even paddleboard with alligators… but I never thought I would go hot air ballooning in New Mexico. I did it. I actually bit the bullet, climbed into a wicker basket and lifted off into the great blue beyond. And you can too!

New Mexico is known for many things, from the Navajo and Hopi pueblos and culture, to the incredible nature and epic landscape unlike anywhere else. And hot air ballooning. Since we’re all about sharing unique experiences and encouraging everyone to be a little more brave with each adventure, here’s how you can do a hot air balloon in New Mexico.

Places for New Mexico hot air ballooning

New Mexico is one of the most unique and gorgeous places I’ve ever been in the United States. It’s that combination of mountains, desert, high prairie, and vibrant geology that makes the Land of Enchantment totally enchanting. How better to experience and take in the wonder of New Mexico than from a hot air balloon? There are three primary destination in New Mexico for hot air ballooning: Gallup, Albuquerque, and Alamogordo. (see map below)

I went up out of Gallup, New Mexico and wow, the landscape made it not just beautiful, but thrilling. With Alamogordo, you’ve got the plains leading to White Sands National Monument. With Albuquerque you’ve got view of the mountains and metropolitan city. Hot air ballooning in Gallup provides you with an up-close encounter with nature… the way eagles see it.

By Rob Taylor – Full Story at 2TravelDads

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Northern Florida’s Unique Finds – 2TravelDads

Author: , October 5th, 2018

Northern Florida - 2TravelDads

Our latest piece for the Alamo Rent a Car Scenic Route hub is live and it’s all about our favorite family destination: the North Florida coast and inland! We love to visit and explore Florida, not just because of its sunshine, but because of its beautiful nature, fascinating history, and cool cultural finds.

From tip to tip, Florida has some of our top picks for family travel just perfect for exploring the Scenic Route, but the North Florida coast is really a gem. Check out our full piece on Alamo’s site, but here’s a little preview of what you’ll find. And each picture is just a hint… cuz who doesn’t love a good suspense post, right?

Fun fact: did you know that the oldest city in the USA is in Florida? It’s true, and we love visiting St. Augustine for a flashback in time and cool activities with kids. There’s more to it though…

By Rob Taylor – Full Story at 2TravelDads

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Mexico’s Best Yucatan Mayan Ruins – 2TravelDads

Author: , June 15th, 2018

Yucatan Mayan Ruins - 2TravelDads

One of the most cool and unique aspects of touring the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico is the abundance of Mayan ruins. The Mayans were spread all across the Yucatan and down into Belize, Guatemala and beyond. They left behind thousands of small and large structures on the beaches and in the jungles. I spent several days exploring the Yucatan Peninsula and can recommend, what I’m confident are, the four best Mayan ruins sites on the Yucatan and each is completely worth the visit.

Planning your visit to the Yucatan Mayan Ruins

Most people visiting the Yucatan will be staying in one of the larger tourist areas, such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen or Tulum. As you make your decision about where to stay, consider the following activities that you’ll want to be close to: the Yucatan Mayan ruins, beaches, and cenotes.

You’ll find beaches all along the Caribbean side of the Yucatan and most are picture perfect, but to find the perfect spot that puts you close to endless opportunities for exploring ruins and more is tricky. Playa del Carmen is the most centrally located place to stay and there is plenty of fun and wonderful food to be had there, so that’s my top pick for a home base when you’re touring the Peninsula, particularly if you’re planning to visit the best Yucatan ruins.

Tip: I stayed at the Club Yebo Hotel in downtown Playa del Carmen and really enjoyed both the accommodations and the location of the hotel. With kitchenettes and plenty of quiet relaxation space, it’s a great find.

I recommend planning an itinerary that allows you to have ample beach time, including at Akumal where you’re nearly guaranteed to see sea turtles, as well as where you can easily do a day trip to the Mayan ruins of your choice. You’ll find cenotes everywhere, so research which ones you want to visit to be sure you’re not wasting your time at a lame one when you can swim at an awesome cenote.

By Rob Taylor – Full Story at 2TravelDads

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Playground for LGBTI Families to Open in Florida

Author: , September 21st, 2015

Pride Playground

Families of all shapes and sizes are to benefit from a new interactive playground in Florida, USA, specifically designed to create a safe space for LGBTI parents, children, and straight allies to network.

The playground will be built at the Fort Lauderdale’s Pride Center – a community center which provides social services including counselling, mentoring, exercise classes and HIV testing – in order to support the growing number of LGBTI families in the South Florida area.

Surveys of local LGBTI parents have indicated there are insufficient resources and services locally, and that same-sex couples parenting children have their own set of unique challenges. ‘With the national legislation of gay marriages and state adoptions by gay couples, we are evolving to fulfill our mission,’ said Robert Boo, CEO of The Pride Center. ‘As our stakeholders expand their families, we must be prepared to respond to this changing environment and the playground build is an ideal start.’

By Mel Spencer – Full Story at Gay Star News | Fort Lauderdale Gay Travel Resources

Eight Travel Tips for Gay-Family Getaways

Author: , August 5th, 2015

father and daughter

Traveling with my little family has always been a pleasurable experience. I believe it’s because of the research and preparation we’ve done prior to booking any trip. I’ve compiled a checklist of sorts that will help you when planning for your vacation. The last thing you want to do is have your family feel uncomfortable or have a holiday ruined because you did not take the time to prepare. Being welcome as an LBGT family makes for a vacation that you will cherish forever.

1. Go Beyond Gay Family Friendly Logos

When searching for amazing gay family getaways, it is important to understand that “gay friendly” may differ from gay “family” friendly. Some people may be okay with same-gender couples, but may be intolerant of same-gender couples with children. Call hotels and resorts and explain that you are a LGBT Family and would like to know how you may be received. You’d be surprised how honest (positively or negatively) they may respond.

I learned that national and international registries boasting “gay family friendly” travel destinations may not be entirely accurate. I’ve also learned that resorts and/or hotels can pay to be on some of these registries, no matter if they have had “sensitivity training” (as they call it in the service industry) towards LGBT Families. You should also know that any travel website can put up a “gay family friendly” logo just to attract travelers. Ask friends, check forums, and review sites to see what others have experienced when staying at these hotels/resorts.

By H. Luiz Martinez – Full Story at Passport Magazine

Focus on LGBT Family Travel

Author: , July 8th, 2015

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Paul J. Heney

Jackie Cooper, a curator at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, grew excited when she located the clownfish — made famous as the central character in the animated film “Finding Nemo” — swimming in the facility’s enormous blacktip reef tank.

“With clownfish, they’re all born gender-neutral,” she told the assembled parents and children. “When a spot opens up, one turns female … that’s the dominant one. If a female’s lost, one of the males will turn into a female to take its place. Wrasses do the same thing, but the male gender is dominant to female in that family.”

To fish, flexibility regarding gender and related identity might be somewhat old hat, but we humans are coming a bit late to the party. Only in the past decade have lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people gained wide societal acceptance in the U.S., highlighted by the right to marry in (currently) 37 out of 50 states [Note: The day after the print version of this report went to press, a U.S. Surpreme Court ruling that gay marriage is a constitutional right made gay marriage legal in all 50 states]. Gay and lesbian families, while not a new phenomenon, could arguably see an upswing in numbers in the coming years, as more and more LGBT individuals exchange wedding vows and then ponder whether children should be the next step in their relationships.

By Paul J. Henry – Full Story at Travel Weekly

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Paul J. Heney

Ogunquit, Maine – A Gay Family Friendly Getaway

Author: , September 26th, 2013

Ogunquit, Maine - Apple Maps

from Apple Maps

For those still nursing memories of summer camp, Maine—touted on signage as “Vacationland”—conjures images of sleeping bags and tents, mosquitoes and frigid lakes. But if camping’s not your idea of a vacation, Maine has a lot more to offer gay families, especially when your destination is Ogunquit.

Situated on the Atlantic coast and a mere hour-and-change from Boston by car, Ogunquit is a small and queer-friendly town, rich in rewards both rustic and sophisticated, traditional and modern.

From the ubiquitous presence of the maritime industry to the gentility of its classic New England architecture, this lovely gay getaway really earns its Native American name, “beautiful place by the sea.”

Authored By Robert Levy – See the Full Story at New Now Next

Click here for gay travel resources on Maine’s Southern Coast.