Monday, 23 March 2015

Our Holiday to Florida

After what seemed like the longest winter ever we decided to book a holiday to Florida to get a bit of sunshine. This post will just be a run down of our trip and then I'll go into more details on another post!

We took the same drive as last time on the way down, stopping for one night in Atlanta to break up a long car journey. 
The trip down to Atlanta was the hardest, we got stuck in a lot of traffic and it ended up taking a lot longer than we thought. It was over 11 hours and we didn't arrive at the hotel until after 9pm (because we headed east we lost an hour crossing through a time zone). We promptly went to bed so we could get an early start on our drive to Florida. That was a much better run thankfully and we arrived in our hotel in good time. 
We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn at Seaworld as part of a Seaworld Vacation package so our tickets were included. Calleigh had been beyond excited to Shamu for weeks so we were really looking forward to that! 
We didn't do much the first night, just unpacked and chilled in the hotel.

The next day we got up early, had breakfast in the hotel and then walked to Seaworld (it was a 5 minute walk from the hotel!)We were there for the whole day and had a great time.
I will write about our time at Seaworld in another post!

The next day we didn't do much, just took a drive around and hung out in the pool. Calleigh loved playing by the pool, she is still a little bit afraid of water but it didn't stop her playing in the shallow end, even though the water was freezing!
That night we took Calleigh to Downtown Disney and she got to play in the fountains again and we also took her in the T.Rex centre and she dug for some dinosaur bones, or more precisely, buried my foot in the sand.

We really wanted to take Calleigh to either Disney or Universal Studios but we just couldn't justify spending the money when we realised that Calleigh was still a bit too short for most rides, so instead we planned on going to Aquatica and booked ourselves a Cabana for the day!
It was the best plan ever as Calleigh absolutely loved it there! Her favourite was the wave pool and playing on the sandy beach. She didn't go on any slides with me but she did have a float around the lazy river. I think she enjoyed it, even though she gripped onto me the whole time with her death grip haha!

That night we also took Calleigh to play Mini Golf, it was fun although she just cheated the whole way round by picking up her ball and putting it inches away from the hole.

On our last day we took Calleigh to Seaworld again to see Shamu one last time. We didn't stay as long this time as she happened to find the water fountains and played in them until she was soaked through!

This time Calleigh also went on her first roller coaster- The Shamu Express. It was hilarious, she got off and said to me "Phew! That was so fast!".

The next morning we got up early to get a good start towards our next stop. Even though it was our last day in Florida we still had some holiday left. The road we took home was a long route through Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma. Look out for another post with more about our journey back!

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