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Question for all of the Southern Popples...

Does anyone know of any good spots within 8 or so hours from here that would be good for a weekend trip?

That leaves New Orleans (which we've been to half a dozen times in the past few months & his newest game is going to be based out of NO so we'll be making more trips down there soon enough), the Gulf coast region, Atlanta, Chattanooga, Memphis, Gatlinburg, Huntsville (I was thinking the boys might enjoy the space center there), places in Arkansas, and all the areas around there.

Jakob and Brandon are both out for spring break next week. We were supposed to go visit the ILs for half the week, but she had a work trip come up suddenly so we're waiting until Easter break to go visit now. Jason took off Sunday & Monday - so he's off Friday-Monday. We thought we'd take a quick trip this weekend since we haven't had a trip just for us in a while.

The problem is...I don't know if there's stuff the boys will be able to do & have fun doing it in any of these places. I know the incline, alpine slides & aquarium, Rock City/Ruby Falls (they've been to those) in Chattanooga - but that's about it. We took them to the Memphis Zoo last year & we've been to the Birmingham Zoo several times.... I was thinking Atlanta had the new amusement park for kids next to Six Flags and then the Atlanta Zoo - but I don't really know what else is around there to keep them busy.

Anyway...thanks in advance for any help! We always just travel to see the ILs or to go to football games in New Orleans - so planning a trip for family fun is lost on me! lol

Okay, here's a regional map for reference (for Karma! lol). My town is where the red star is.

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la_clique la_clique 9 years
Yay! Wynter is coming to see ME! :rotfl: you will have fun with the kids in Gat, tons of silly touristy things to do and our weather should be super nice!
running-girl running-girl 9 years
sorry, I looked at the map wrong. I actually live in Birmingham. I bet it will be fun up there this time of year. Have a great spring break!
wynter wynter 9 years live around Columbus, running girl? Small world! He booked us a cabin in Gatlinburg. He won't show it to me though. :( lol I don't like surprises like that!
mels mels 9 years
Hey Wynter! ATL and Gatlinburg both sound fun. If you end up going anywhere in Arkansas (even if it's on a later trip), be sure and let me know and I'll find out some local scoop on fun things for kids. Hope your trip turns out great!
running-girl running-girl 9 years
I live in your town too and think Atlanta might be fun. You can also include the new Aquarium there if you need something else to do. I have heard it is great but may be a little crowded with it being spring break.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
I got nothing for ya, but have fun!!!
wynter wynter 9 years
Jason called and he's wanting to go to Gatlinburg. He's looking at cabins available up there right now...
JennaV JennaV 9 years
I love Pensacola....but have no desire to go to any of the other cities on the panhandle.
vrongonzo vrongonzo 9 years
hey its my 1st comment after so long! whatver you do don't go to destin fl. i just moved to pensacola nad my cousin told us to take the girls there but it's awful. we went there for my cousin's wedding and it was horrible and trashy. then again thats' because the wedding sucked so bad but that s' awhole another storey. that aws the worst wedidng ever. but don't go to destin. the entire panhandle sucks. i wish i was back in delaware.
la_clique la_clique 9 years
I LOVED the coke museum, the new aquarium is on my list to visit this summer and there is no end of random stuff you can do in ATL. And it was 69 in Knoxville today,I put the top down, the weather is gorgeous, I hope it stays like this!
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 9 years
I think you should come to the city I live. :) I don't want to mention the name here, since your blog is public, and I live in a small city. I can always pm it to you...if your interested. :) Okay, we have white sugary sand beaches (that have been voted the most beautiful in the world), a pretty big water park, put-put, race-track cars (little cars), tons of restaurants with fresh seafood with plenty of indoor & outdoor seating, gorgeous sunsets and sunrises, and some pretty cool shopping for people who live out-of-town. Oh, we do get some spring break people, but not a TON like other places close by (it's too expensive for teenagers..Thank goodness).
karmasabitch karmasabitch 9 years
Ooooo you are pretty far! Dayum girl :( My knowledge is pretty much East Coast and States that border Canada :ROTFL:
sashak sashak 9 years
all that stuff sounds fun! JennaV- its supposed to 70 in Charleston today!! I knida wish we had winter so I could wear cute sweaters... boo
JennaV JennaV 9 years
It is nice in ATL right's supposed to get to 67 today! Too bad I am enroute to Cincinnasti.
JennaV JennaV 9 years
Girl....if you come to ATL, I can give you all KINDS of ideas!!!!
wynter wynter 9 years
Karma, after it got flagged twice, I just added a map to the post for you! lol
wynter wynter 9 years
Karma, after it got flagged twice, I just added a map to the post for you! lol
wynter wynter 9 years
Here's what she said...but the best part is they'll get to see their uncle (who they love) & their aunt. :) There's the zoo (which is free): There's the art museum (well, kind of kid friendly, but definitely free): There's the Science Center: (I think there is just a parking charge). The MO Botantical Gardens (minimal charge): There's also the city museum which is absolutely amazing for both kids and adult: And, of course, the Arch: There's tons of cool ethnic food places
wynter wynter 9 years
bah - got flagged. Here's a regional map for you, Karma. My town is where the star is. Pretty far from VA.
sashak sashak 9 years
lol!! what in St. Louis? I don't think I know anything about it. it has a giant bridge, right?
wynter wynter 9 years
lol Karma. I'm 3 hours south of Memphis - so pretty far from Virginia. :) Here's a regional map - my town is where the star is.
wynter wynter 9 years
ohh...hyper kids! Fun! That's when we take them to the zoo and wear them out! lol Memphis would be a fun trip if it were just me & hubby, but since we just took them to the zoo last summer (and they remember it well), I'm not sure if the boys would enjoy it too much. Crap - someone on another board just mentioned St. Louis. I forgot about there & there's definitely a lot for the kids to do. It's 7 hours, and BIL/SIL live really close so that's definiely a perk since we haven't seen them in a few months. Now instead of not thinking of anywhere to go, I'm wanting to go to a bunch of
LaylaCams LaylaCams 9 years
I LOVE Savannah, I don't know what all would be there for the boys. But it sounds like ATL is perfect and I like ATL too! :)
karmasabitch karmasabitch 9 years
Oh Lord.. I have nooooooo idea hahahaha.. how far are you from VA???? Maybe that will help me geography wise and I can think of something :ROTFL:
sashak sashak 9 years
Memphis! DUH!! Yeah they still have the duckies in the hotel! My dad went there for work & brought home some pics & duckie stuff for me! ATL is a great idea, imo. Tons of stuff to do & loads of shopping :) I went to the Coke factory when i was in 8th grade & I'll never forget the huge room w/ all the experimental flavors to try. we were all sooo jacked on sugar!
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