Best Things to Do and See in Reykjavik

Reykjavik is found on Iceland’s West Coast, the capital of Iceland and still its largest city. The city and its environs are exciting and fun for all age groups with its bustling life, culture, and history. Reykjavik and the surrounding area has multiple things to do and a lot to offer, including visiting the world-famous Blue Lagoon spa, just 40 minutes outside of the city.

Here are some of the best things to do and see in Reykjavik:

Reykjavík harbor

A visit along the dockside shows dependence of Iceland on the Atlantic. It has fishing trawlers that are checked and prepared for the battle against the waves. Moreover, by visiting Reykjavik harbour, you will get the chance to enjoy the whale-watching tours, which its departure point is at the harbour.

 

Hallgrimskirkja Lutheran Church

A great way to see Reykjavik city is by climbing Hallgrimskirkja Church’s tower. that offers a spectacular 360-degree view of Iceland’s capital city. Hallgrimskirkja Lutheran Church is dedicated to Hallgrimur Petursson, a nationally renowned poet. This church is famous for its beautiful organs, art exhibitions and its unique exterior design.

Laugavegur Street

This street is lively and cool, with many popular cafes, stores, restaurants, hotels, and bars. Laugavegur Street is one of Reykjavik’s busiest streets; you can enjoy visiting there if you are on a tight budget and cannot spend a lot of money.

 

Go on a Helicopter tour

Helicopter tours are one of the popular excursions in Reykjavik. They may not be cheap, but the dramatic scenery and views are unsurpassed.

 

Hike the Laugavegur Trail

This hiking trail is known to be among the best hiking trails worldwide. Laugavegur trail takes you through hot springs, volcanoes, mountains, and glaciers. On this trek, you will enjoy all the most beautiful landscapes of Iceland. The terrain is challenging, whereby it will push your limits, but at the same time, it is also safe even for solo travellers. The trail is usually open between June and August because of the weather. To hike the trail from the starting point to the end takes anywhere from three to five days.

Perlan Museum

Visiting a museum is a great way to learn about the culture and history of Reykjavik. Iceland is mostly chilly, so museums provide great entertainment that will allow you to enjoy your day indoors and stay warm. Perlan museum is among Iceland’s best museums: it provides an underwater exhibit, a Reykjavik observation deck, interactive exhibits related to Iceland’s geographical components and a Northern Lights planetarium. Enjoy the Perlan museum with the whole family and learn about geothermal energy, earthquakes, tectonic, and volcanoes.

Enjoy the Nightlife

Reykjavik has a unique nightlife experience with venues of a mic of cafes, bars, and dance floors. The venues are a little laid back, but it will be equally fun. People in this city enjoy bar-crawling, moving from venue to venue, which allows you to experience new scenes and meet new people. Whether you go drinking or just club soda, you will have a good time while enjoying the nightlife.

Before you leave Reykjavik, ensure you try out a few cuisines. It is a good way to know a city. Prepare your palate for Icelandic rye bread, horse, lamb, langoustine, and lobster soup. Some of the best restaurants Reykjavik offers are Sjavargrillid, Grillmarkadurinn, Fiskmarkadurinn, Saegreifinn, and Baejarins Beztu Pylsur.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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The Secrets Of Enjoying Miami Like A Local

Heading to Miami with the family is undeniably one of the most exciting trips you can enjoy with the kids, thanks to its range of beaches, theme parks, and other family-friendly attractions. However, Miami is a city rich in local culture and flavor that can really get lost when you’re hitting up all those family-friendly tourist attractions. It can be all too easy to lose sight of the real city in the process. As such, here are a few tips on how to see Miami like a local.

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Hit up the cultural hub of the city

Miami is a city of beach lovers and high-life enjoyers, it’s true. However, it’s also a city of artists, creatives, and sheer inspiration. One of the areas that are most often missed during those first visits is Wynwood. It’s not just the beating cultural heart of the city, it’s one of the most thriving creative hubs in the whole country, and the best way to see it is with one of the local beer and graffiti art tours. There’s always something new going on here so be sure to ask at your hotel about what the latest happening is in Wynwood. Festivals, gallery openings, and new street art exhibitions happen all year long.

Get your boots on

The city of Miami offers plenty of attractions, eateries, and activities to keep you plenty busy for however long you are there. However, the local landscape is just as much a part of the city’s soul, and, for that reason, you should take a look at some of the hiking routes you can enjoy throughout Miami. This can include the famous Everglades trail, but there are also great coastal hiking routes through Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, as well as some unique views like a historic lighthouse standing tall over the city’s coast. A little adventure can help you see that there’s a lot more to Miami than just the city alone, so go looking for it.

Get a real mix of culinary experiences

Miami is a huge blend of different cultures, which, amongst many things, means a huge mixture of cuisines, as well. There are over five thousand restaurants in the city, and some of them can seem particularly expensive, indeed. However, there are budget-friendly meals to be found. Get out of South Beach or the other high-flying touristy areas for some of the more authentic local dining experiences. There’s nothing more authentic to the city than hitting up a food truck or a stall so be sure to check out some of the best street food in Miami, as well. There are a lot of stall vendors in the city, but these recommendations can help you find the best of the best.

Check out some of the other beaches

South Beach is one of the most popular hotspots in Miami by far, and it is a truly gorgeous beach, even if it can get pretty crowded. However, it should never be the only beach you visit, by any stretch of the imagination. Spending the day at North Beach, you can enjoy a much less stressful afternoon at the beach, with soft sands overlooked by nice vintage rows of houses. Although it’s popular with the locals, it’s not as widely visited by tourists, so you can enjoy a more laid-back and authentic experience relaxing on a Miami beach, with plenty of eateries around so you can get a taste of the local flavor, as well.

Get around a little more smartly

Like many of the great cities of the country, trying to get around by car can be a real hassle. That said, Miami is quite a walkable city, especially if you’re near South Beach or Downtown Miami. However, if you’re not too excited at the prospect of walking just about everywhere, you can take advantage of the decent cycling infrastructure throughout the city, as well. Renting a bike to get through the city gives you access to hundreds of stops and biking lanes, and it’s not very expensive to rent a bike for the entire day, either. Definitely a lot less expensive than renting a car, not to mention a lot less likely to come with the hassles of city traffic and parking.

A great trip to Miami should balance the big touristy hotspots with some of the lesser-known delights and experiences that the city has to offer. Hopefully, the tips above help you see one of the greatest cities in the country like a local would.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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The Traveling Bucket List

There are so many things to do when you’re traveling; it can be hard to know where to start. It’s exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time! One way to get started is with a bucket list of places that you want to see or activities that you want to try out. This blog will cover some of the most popular bucket lists for travelers today.

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Safari Trip

There are many reasons why you should go on a safari trip. One of the main reasons is that there are so many beautiful creatures to see all over the world, and it’s important to show your children these animals in person instead of just reading about them. There is so much more information out there than what we read in books or watch on TV shows, which makes going on an African safari one of the most rewarding experiences for everyone involved!

Shark Cage Diving

For one thing, it is thrilling to be near sharks. Sharks are thought of as ferocious animals that want to eat humans for food; however, this is not always true. Many people enjoy watching documentaries about sharks and learning more about them because they are so mysterious. Just like any animal in nature, though, some species of shark will attack if provoked or threatened by a person, while another species may swim away without showing aggression at all! So when on your traveling bucket list, try finding an experience where you can encounter these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat rather than just seeing them through glass windows on land.

Snowboarding

What are the benefits? This is a question that many travelers ask themselves, but it’s an activity everyone should partake in. Snowboarding allows you to connect with nature through exciting activities like sliding down snowy hills at breakneck speeds or pulling off some seriously stylish tricks on your board. It also helps build balance and coordination, both of which can help prevent accidents while traveling. And finally, snowboarding has been shown to boost creativity.

Mountain Climbing

Mountain climbing is a great way to get some exercise. It will make you feel alive! The best part of mountain climbing is it makes for an unforgettable experience, especially when you are with your friends or family members with this blackened grouper filet recipe. You can see the beauty our planet has to offer and appreciate nature more completely because of this view! Not only that, but you also increase self-esteem by conquering something that seems impossible at first glance. That’s why everyone should do it once in their lifetime!

Bungee Jumping

Bungee jumping is a thrilling and heart-pounding activity that you should definitely try at least once in your life. Bungee jumpers plummet towards the ground from great heights, with only an elastic rope preventing them from meeting their demise on impact. This extreme sport will make you feel like you’re flying through the air and give you bragging rights for life! You can choose to go bungee jumping either as a tandem or solo jumper by using harnesses attached to both ankles while wearing helmets, goggles along safety belts.

In conclusion, your traveling bucket list is something that you can look forward to in your lifetime. It will make the memories of seeing different places unforgettable and memorable.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Summer is Coming: Holiday Fun the Whole Family Will Enjoy

Now that May is officially upon us, we can safely start to plan our summer holidays without feeling premature. There are still some great deals out there, after all, and particularly if you plan on vacationing in August rather than the middle of July.

 

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The only problem with these family holidays is, of course, the endless moans about being bored unless you’re constantly keeping your kids entertained.

While it might be tempting to just hand them an iPad each and call it a day, you’d still like them to experience the kind of summer you used to have as a kid; you know, the one where you laid by the river for hours, getting slightly sunburned and eating ice cream all day.

Luckily, there are ways to accomplish this without having to ruin your own hours of relaxation this holiday. Here is a handful of fun family activities that will keep your kids entertained and give you the cookie points you need to enjoy a full afternoon without any nagging.

First: Relaxing the rules a little

A part of leaving work busy work-mind behind means that you should also try to leave your busy parent-mind behind slightly. Of course, you’re still the parent and in charge regardless of any holidays, but it’s good for everyone to feel that the rules are a bit more flexible once in a while.

Allow your children to go to bed a little bit later, for example, let them have that extra ice cream if they want it, and try to wake up in the morning without having an agenda for the day. It gives you that sense of freedom you crave in your everyday-lives and makes the whole holiday-vibe a lot nicer.

Wake up a bit later, spend the entire day by the pool and go to bed a few hours later than usual – it will make it feel a lot more like a holiday.

Next: Spending the afternoon in a boat

It’s summer, after all, and you’re not going to feel like you experienced it fully if you spend every waking hour in the hammock with a book – however tempting it may be. Try to find some family fun that you will enjoy just as much as the kids; being out in the water is definitely one of those and it’s something your kids will remember as they grow up.

You can start by checking out some local boat rentals or even a yacht Miami rental site if you have some extra money to burn. That way, you might be able to make a proper boat trip out of it and the kids will definitely have something to tell their friends about when they’re back home.

Try to think about everything that you enjoy doing that the kids will also enjoy – and that will get them to spend some of that energy they’ve got bundled up. Go on a hike, for example, see the scenery and give them a sense of adventure at the same time.

While watching movies and browsing the web are great activities for when you’d like to unwind, your children will definitely get restless and rowdy with time; get out there, experience the surroundings together, and they’ll be soundly asleep so that you can enjoy the evening a bit.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Family Trip to Vero Beach, Florida @verobeachcvb

 

Spring Break is here or will be here shortly depending on where you live. Florida has some wonderful places to visit and spend time in the sun. I recently was asked to visit Vero Beach with my family.

We were asked to stay at The Disney Vero Beach Resort and had a fantastic itinerary set up for us. We were not able to make it down to Vero Beach until Friday evening. We got to the resort and settled in around 9:30pm. The resort staff was very helpful as Disney employees always are. My partner and I hit the lounge after the girls layed down. It was right across the hall from our room!

 

Disney Vero Beach Resort

Vero Beach Sunrise

We woke up early to see the sun rise. It was so pretty to see right over the beach. Then it was off to Goofy’s Beachside Character Breakfast with Donald and Goofy.

 

We gathered later to head over to the Vero Beach Museum of Art.  The director took us on a tour then took us over to the children’s Art Zone. The Art Zone has many hands-on activities that encourage children to play and explore.  They have a magnetic wall with colorful geometric shapes and a chalkboard wall for the kids to make artistic creations. Another wall is an interactive sketch aquarium, which was my favorite part of this interactive children’s exhibit, lol. The kids were each able to color in a sea creature then it gets scanned into the computer and magically it appeared on the wall!


Every piece of the Art Zone has been designed with kids in mind.  The adults explored the rest of the museum. This was my favorite piece.

 

Learn more at their website at www.VBMuseum.org.

We had lunch at  Mulligan’s Beach House. We sat beachside and enjoyed the beautiful weather, the ocean, music and delicious foods.

We then drove over to the McKee Botanical Garden. The McKee Botanical Garden has 18 acres of tropical terrain bursting with activity. I thoroughly enjoyed the gardens. I miss my South Florida landscape, so this gave me a chance to reminisce. The kids had a blast exploring and checking out all the flowers and plants. McKee’s has a new program called, Garden Discovery Backpacks. Each backpack is filled with exploration tools, guides, journal and an activity guide. There is even a small gift for the children to take home.


I would to have all of this in my backyard.

I am looking forward to coming back to explore more. Learn more at www.mckeegarden.org

 

We hit the pool for a while and relaxed in the sun before dinner.

For dinner we drove over to Waldo’s Restaurant at Driftwood Resort. Oh my the views were amazing! Right on the beach!

After dinner, we headed back to the hotel to relax after a long, fun filled day.

 

Sunday morning we woke up and headed downstairs to the Disney’s Wind and Waves Grill for breakfast. Then we headed to the pool. The pool had a fun waterslide, jacuzzi, mini golf and a play area. W

It was a fun filled weekend in Vero Beach. I am looking forward to going back. Thank you  VisitIndianRiverCounty.com.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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