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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Spending the Day at Higbee Beach in Cape May

Higbee Beach in Cape May New Jersey
Higbee Beach is one of the most family-friendly beaches in Cape May, New Jersey. Matter of fact, if you want to avoid buying beach tags on the regular Cape May beaches, you'll want to spend the day on Sunset Beach or Higbee Beach, no beach tags required!

Every time we visit Cape May we like to take the grandchildren over to Higbee Beach for the day. If you're unfamiliar with the area...follow all of the signs to Sunset Beach and park in the Sunset Beach parking lot. Sunset Beach is to your left and Higbee Beach is to your right. You'll follow the marked path down to the beach.
Higbee Beach in Cape May New Jersey

Higbee Beach in Cape May New Jersey

You'll want to bring along your own beach chairs, towels and other beach necessities. You can bring along a picnic-style lunch or purchase a hot lunch from the Sunset Grille. We typically buy our food and beverages there...because they're affordable and actually pretty good! Make sure you bring a trash bag and clean-up after your done. 

Things to do while there? Well, there's plenty! You can hang out on the beach all day long to sunbathe and play in the water. You can comb the beach looking for seashells and those famous Cape May Diamonds which are plentiful in this area. You can watch the Cape May and Lewes Ferry cross the bay and watch all of the dolphin & whale watching boats right off the shoreline. 
Cape May Diamonds from Higbee Beach in Cape May New Jersey

Sunset Beach Grill in Cape May New Jersey

You can head on over to Sunset Beach and shop in their 3 on-site gift shops, watch the evening flag ceremony, check out the Atlantus Concrete Sunken Ship (sits right offshore), tour the World War II Lookout Tower and/or take in a game of miniature golf. In our honest opinion, Sunset Beach Mini Golf is the best in the area!!! 

If you're heading down to Stone Harbor, Avalon, Wildwood or Cape May in New Jersey, you'll want to head on over to Higbee Beach and Sunset Beach for some family fun! 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Meadows Original Frozen Custard and Mini Golf in Harrisburg

The Meadows Original Frozen Custard in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
The Meadows Original Frozen Custard and Mini Golf is located on 4636 Jonestown Road in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Their menu of delicious frozen treats includes: frozen custard, sundaes, shakes, arctic swirls, gelati, cones, cups, frosts and Italian ice. Local favorites include: Brownie Blackout (one of my personal favorites), Meadows Freeze and Oreo Custard Crunch Sandwich to name a few. Their custards are made fresh on a daily basis...using superior ingredients. You can place your order and eat-in or go through the drive-thru for takeout.
The Meadows Frozen Custard, Mini Golf & Batting Cages in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

On their property you'll find an 18-hole miniature golf course, batting cages and an indoor arcade. You can enjoy just one activity or purchase combo activity tickets/admission. Hours vary throughout the season and are dependent on outside weather conditions (miniature golf & batting cages).
The Meadows Mini Golf in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

The Meadows Mini Golf in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

When it comes to playing mini golf in the Harrisburg area, The Meadows Mini Golf is our favorite place to play. It's an 18-hole course that is beautifully landscaped and most of the holes are handicap accessible. You'll find free on-site parking right out front. Depending on the time of the day that you arrive, you'll pay your admission fee right at the little club house at the entrance or you may have to walk inside of the frozen custard shop to pay your admission.

The miniature golf course is built on a hillside which is really cool. As you go along you'll see a few pretty water fountains with pond features and a rolling man-made stream. It's laid out really nicely and is an easy walk for just about anyone. All of the holes are clearly marked which was really nice too.
The Meadows Mini Golf in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

The Meadows Mini Golf in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

On the day that we visited we had 3 players in our party and they weren't overly busy. From start to finish...it took us about an hour to play. With that said, we took our leisurely time, so you could get through the course quicker (on a non-busy day) if you wanted to. We have played there before and when they're busy, it can take you 90-minutes to play all 18 holes.
The Meadows Original Frozen Custard in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

After playing mini golf you can head on up into their indoor arcade, use their batting cages or head into the frozen custard shop to enjoy a delicious treat. For a family, you can enjoy several different things all in one location which is really nice...plus we found everything to be affordable. We will definitely be visiting The Meadows Miniature Golf course again!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Visiting the Seaport Aquarium in Wildwood

Seaport Aquarium in Wildwood New Jersey
If you're going to be visiting the Ocean City, Avalon, Stone Harbor, Wildwood and/or Cape May areas in New Jersey, you'll want to stop in and visit the Seaport Aquarium, located on the Wildwood Boardwalk. To enter, you'll have to go up onto the boardwalk in the 3400 block area. You'll find paid-metered parking and paid parking lots nearby.

During the summer season they're open from 10 AM to 10 PM every day. You'll pay your admission and purchase your ticket right before you enter their facility. If you're trying to escape the heat for a few hours, you'll find air conditioning inside.

10 to 12 years ago we visited this aquarium for the first time and weren't really impressed with it. Over the years...we've just avoided it. However, we heard that over the past 3-4 years that they really worked on improvements to their facility and added some new animal species to their collection. That peaked our interest for a return visit.

Admission Rates:

Adults-$8.95
Children(8 and under)- $6.95
Infants 2 and under- FREE
* They offer military discounts
Call (609) 522-0373 for additional information
Seaport Aquarium in Wildwood New Jersey

As we were paying our admission to enter the aquarium they had a real Python outside and were letting visitors pet the snake, while giving them some information about Pythons and their facility. At first...my little granddaughter was afraid of the snake, but the handler (staff) really reassured her that it was perfectly safe to pet it. The staff is really knowledgeable and patient with kids! Thankful for that!

Once inside you'll find a wide variety of animals on display. We saw all kinds of different tropical fish in beautifully set-up aquariums, turtles, sharks and other marine life. There is a "touch tank" where you can stick your hands into the water and touch the fish which was really cool.

There are over 16,000 gallons of fish on display with fresh & saltwater species from around the world. You can visit their 6,000 gallon coral reef exhibit that houses the most beautiful & exotic species in the ocean. There are hundreds of different fish to see including: puffer fish, lion fish, piranhas, clownfish, sharks, koi, triggers, tangs and more! You won't be disappointed with what you see.

My husband is a huge reptile fan and was impressed with their reptile collection. He enjoyed seeing the Leopard Gecko, Black & White Tegu, Blue Tongue Skink, various lizards, snakes, etc. His favorite to see were the two large alligators named Wally and Brutus.
Visiting the Seaport Aquarium in Wildwood

What was my favorite animal to see? Hands down...my favorite was the pair of Coatimundi. I believe they're sisters named Thelma and Louise! They're absolutely adorable! You can tell that these two are playful and enjoy one another's company. I could stand there and watch them for hours!

The next time your down to the Jersey Shore, make sure you stop in and visit. If you haven't visited them in awhile, trust me...they have greatly improved! We will be visiting them every time we're down in the Wildwood area. The Seaport Aquarium is really active on their Facebook page and post updates almost daily. You can connect with them on Facebook for updates, specials, etc.