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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Sea Shell Ice Cream Parlor in Wildwood

Sea Shell Ice Cream Parlor in Wildwood New Jersey
If you're visiting the south Jersey Shore (Stone Harbor, North Wildwood, Wildwood, Wildwoodcrest, Diamond Beach or Cape May), you'll want to pay a visit to Sea Shell Ice Cream Parlor in Wildwood. This ice cream parlor doesn't sit on the boardwalk and is located on 250 E. Rio Grande Avenue in Wildwood. Need additional driving directions: (609) 522-2326.

The Sea Shell Ice Cream Parlor offers a ton of different ice cream flavors. You can go for the classics like chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, chocolate chip, mint chocolate chip, chocolate marshmallow, rocky road, butter pecan and many more! Plus, if you like toppings, you can add those on too!
Sea Shell Ice Cream Parlor in Wildwood New Jersey

You can decide if you want to eat your ice cream there or take it with you. When they're not crowded we eat there and if they're crowded, we get our order and take it with us. The helpings you get are really huge and the ice cream always tastes fresh! Regarding price, they are cheaper than some of the other places we've visited for ice cream and just as good!

When visiting the Wildwoods, this is one of our favorite ice cream parlors to visit. Personally, I think their ice cream is a whole lot better than 90% of the ice cream you find up on the boardwalk and the price is very affordable. Their staff is super-friendly and patient with you when you're placing your orders. They are very clean too!

I couldn't find an official website for Sea Shell Ice Cream Parlor online, sorry! However, if you click on each image in this post, it will open up in a new window and in an enlarged size, so that you can view all of the little details. A definite must-try when visiting the south Jersey Shore!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

The Sights You'll See While Driving from Buffalo to Niagara Falls New York

Buffalo City Skyline in New York
A couple of months ago we took a road trip through western New York starting in Salamanca and ending up in Niagara Falls. Over the past few months we've written several different travel features and you can find all of them in our New York section right here on the blog.

While cleaning out some of our photographs from our road trip, we came across several of them that we had taken while driving from Buffalo up to Niagara Falls. These photo's feature some of the sights you'll see while on the drive up. Instead of just deleting them, we thought we would share them with all of you in this fun and informal post!
Grand Island New York - Toll Bridge

The first photograph in this post features the pretty skyline of the city of Buffalo. We took this one while city in a traffic jam on the interstate that runs through the downtown area of the city. It was stop & go and stop & go traffic for about two hours! What normally would take 10-15 minutes, took 2 hours to complete! Sigh.

We were driving on Interstate 190 and came across a toll bridge to get on Grand Island New York. If my memory serves me correctly, the toll fee was $1.00 and was the ONLY toll road that we encountered on this section of our road trip. I'm not a HUGE fan of big bridges, but this one wasn't bad at all.
Martin's Fantasy Island Amusement Park - Grand Island in New York

The third photograph features Martin's Fantasy Island Amusement Park that is located on Grand Island in New York. It sits right beside the main highway that runs across Grand Island. We passed by it and could see it from the highway, but sadly it looked closed on that particular day. The park has over 35 amusement rides and slides, along with carnival style games for the entire family to enjoy.
Bridge Art - Niagara Falls Expressway in New York

Once you get onto the Niagara Expressway you'll pass underneath a bridge that was beautifully decorated with a sailboat, water skiing and other designs that are popular in this particular area. You'll see that in the photograph above. The water that you see on the left in the photograph is the mighty Niagara River! It's a beautiful drive down the Niagara Expressway with plenty of scenic views!
Welcome to the City of Niagara Falls New York - sign

Within minutes, we saw the Welcome to the city of Niagara Falls sign! We knew that once we saw the welcome sign that we were almost to our final destination. Every time we travel, I always try to get a photo of the "welcome to state" and/or "welcome to city" signs that we see.
City of Niagara Falls New York

Once we arrived at our destination...we were standing on the 20th floor in our hotel and shot this picture out of our room window. It shows you some of the buildings in the downtown area...looking from the American side, over to the the Canadian side. The bridge that you see is called Rainbow Bridge and it will take you back and forth between both cities...Niagara Falls New York and Niagara Falls Canada. The tall buildings in the background are the hotels, motels and casino's on the Canadian side.
Niagara Falls State Park - Waterfalls

To finish up with this fun travel post, we thought we would include one photograph of Niagara Falls. We took this photo while visiting Niagara Falls State park. It was shot while standing on the United States side, looking over to the Canadian side. It shows all three of the waterfalls: American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls.

If you're interested in learning more about Niagara Falls State Park, places to stay, things to do and great places to eat, you can find all of those recommendations right here on our travel blog.

Friday, December 14, 2018

City of North Wildwood Veterans Park and Memorial

City of North Wildwood Veterans Park and Memorial in New Jersey
When people head down to Wildwood they often head straight to the beach and don't explore the rest of the island. Don't get me wrong, when people go to the Jersey Shore, they go to play in the sand, surf and sea. However, there is beauty all over the Wildwood island if you take the time to look for it.

For example, when you drive across the bridge and enter the north end of the island you'll enter North Wildwood and the Village of Anglesea. As soon as you're on the island you'll see the City of North Wildwood Veterans Park sitting on the left side of the road.
City of North Wildwood Veterans Park and Memorial in New Jersey

The park is small, but very pretty. It's sponsored by the local VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) and is beautifully landscaped with seasonal flowers. Please walk on the paved paths and not across the grass, to help keep the park looking pretty. Furthermore, if you're walking your dog, it's your responsibility to clean up after them.
City of North Wildwood Veterans Park and Memorial in New Jersey

City of North Wildwood Veterans Park and Memorial in New Jersey

In the middle of this small park you'll find the V.F.W. Post #5941 Memorial which is dedicated to all veterans, past and present who have courageously served the United State of America. We all honor and appreciate our country's heroes and their families for keeping us safe and for our freedom.
City of North Wildwood Veterans Park and Memorial in New Jersey

City of North Wildwood Veterans Park and Memorial in New Jersey

Today we wanted to encourage you to take a few minutes to check out some of the off-the-beaten-path areas at your tourist destination for little parks and veteran memorials like this one. I really enjoy checking them out and I appreciate it when small towns across America celebrate and honor our veterans. Thank you V.F.W. in North Wildwood for this beautiful park!