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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Ocean City New Jersey Wall Mural by Artist David Gilhooley

Ocean City New Jersey Wall Mural by Artist David Gilhooley
Ocean City in New Jersey is one of the most popular Jersey Shore destinations for travelers who are heading to the beach. Ocean City is a family resort and coastal town. You'll find no bars, pubs, night clubs or liquor stores on the island. It's one of the features that draws millions of families to their beaches every year.

Another great feature to Ocean City is their fun boardwalk! You'll find hundreds of different gift shops, souvenir stores, restaurants, cafes, miniature golf courses, amusement rides and other fun attractions as you stroll up and down the boards. You'll also see the world-famous Ocean City Music Pier that hosts all kinds of different attractions & events throughout the year.
Ocean City New Jersey Wall Mural by Artist David Gilhooley

When we travel we like to search out local street art and wall murals, and we've documented many of them here on the travel blog over the years. We're particularly fond of outdoor wall murals that depict sea life and beach life. You can take a peek at some of the ones that we've found during our travels in our Street Art and Wall Murals section right here on the blog.

On a recent weekend getaway down to Ocean City in New Jersey we spotted this huge hand-painted wall mural on the side of a building up on the boardwalk. The entire scene depicts the boardwalk, music pier, amusement rides, shops, the beach and of course...the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. This long mural is located at 720 Boardwalk Avenue. The mural is paint on concrete and was painted by the talented artist David Gilhooley. This is the first mural of his that we've ever seen and trust me, it's gorgeous!

Note: You can double-click on each image in this travel feature. It will open up the photo in a new browsing window and in an enlarged size. This will allow you to see the image up close and personal.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Brickerville House Specialty Shops and Antiques Market

The Brickerville House Specialty Shops Lititz Pennsylvania
The Brickerville House Specialty Shops and Antiques Market is ideally located between Lititz and Lancaster Pennsylvania and attracts thousands of visitors from all over the area. You'll find at least 13 specialty stores, a restaurant and a 2-story antique co-op market on the property.

Driving Directions: You'll find them located at the intersection of US Route 322 and Route 501. If you need GPS directions, you'll want to use 2 East 28th Division Highway Lititz, Pennsylvania 17543.

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM
Thursday 10 AM to 7 PM and on Sunday - Only select shops are open. The on-site restaurant and ice cream shop have different hours of operation.
The Brickerville House Specialty Shops Lititz Pennsylvania

Some of the specialty shops that you'll find are:

Lancaster's Specialty Market - sells local and imported foods and beverages
The Ball & Skein Shop - sells luxury yarns and fibers
Wertz Candies - fine hand-dipped chocolates and candy confections
Touch of Taste - home decor and accessories
Glass Accents - unique and finely-crafted glass works
+ More!
The Brickerville House Specialty Shops Lititz Pennsylvania

On the day that we visited we enjoyed visiting the majority of the specialty shops that we're open. In the Lancaster's Specialty Market we shopped for some local honey and jam products...along with handmade Whoopie Pies. If you enjoy the food from the local area, this is definitely one place you'll want to visit.

Like most people in the world...we love chocolate, so we had to visit Wertz Candies. Oh my gosh, their peanut butter cup fudge is out-of-this-world delicious! We picked up fudge, licorice and some chocolate coca beans. They have a nice selection of delicious goodies and they're prices were affordable!
The Brickerville House Antiques Shop Lititz Pennsylvania

We spent over an hour exploring all of the antiques at the Antiques Co-Op Market which is housed in a separate building. It consists of two jam-packed floors and you'll find antiques from all over the world and from numerous local vendors. We saw old quilts, home decor, glassware, collectibles, old toys, jewelry and all sorts of other things.
The Brickerville House Specialty Shops Lititz Pennsylvania

Right next door you'll find the big green house/building which is Maison Green who sells various flowers and antiques. On the day that we were there, they were close so we couldn't explore what they had to offer. However, The Brickerville House Ice Cream Shop opened up shortly after we arrived and we stopped in and enjoyed some ice cream after we were done shopping. Delicious!

We spent about two and a half hours exploring and shopping at their on-site stores. After you're done you can pick up a bite to eat at the Brickerville House Restaurant or if you want something lighter, head on over to the ice cream shop. If you would like to learn more about the Brickerville House Specialty Shops, you can visit their website online.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Atlantic City Aquarium at Historic Gardner's Basin

Atlantic City Aquarium in New Jersey
When most people think about traveling to Atlantic City in New Jersey, the first thing that they think of is casinos, gambling and the boardwalk. However, there is a whole lot more to Atlantic City and you'll find a lot of family-friendly activities there too!

The Atlantic City Aquarium at Historic Gardner's Basin is a great educational experience for the entire family. You'll find the aquarium located at 800 North New Hampshire Avenue. Free parking is offered on-site for visitors. They're open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Atlantic City Aquarium in New Jersey

There is a lot to see, do and learn during your visit! You'll find marine life exhibits, must-see shows and a touch tank that allows you to get up close and personal with sharks, stingrays and other marine animals. When planning your visit, I recommend allowing at least 2 hours in your schedule.

You'll find numerous exhibits to visit:

Tropical Rainforest
Stingray Touch Tank
Tropical Shark Touch Tank
Live Coral Tank
Reef Predators
Fish of the Mid-Atlantic Ocean
Ocean Oddities
Moray Eels
Clownfish
Moon Jellies
Mid-Atlantic Coastal Zone
Diamondback Terrapin Turtles
Mullica River
Piranha Tank
Birds, Mammals and More!
Atlantic City Aquarium in New Jersey

During the day they host two fun and educational shows...the Stingray Feeding (12 and 3 p.m.) and the Exotic Animal Show (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.) show times. If you're interested in the Stingray Feeding, you'll have to buy the food at the front desk. They offer a limited supply, so you'll want to inquire about doing that as soon as you arrive.

You can learn more about the Atlantic City Aquarium at Historic Gardner's Basin in New Jersey, by visiting their official website online. It's a great family-friendly activity to do while visiting Atlantic City or any of the surrounding coastal towns at the Jersey Shore.