Water. Sun. Nature....Peace.
aka...the Upper Keys.
During the busy season of Florida, when everyone, from all across the country, wants to enjoy our weather I have found the perfect spot to get away from the crowds but still soak up the Florida sun and activity!
The Upper Florida Keys (from Key Largo to Matecumbe Key) is the perfect spot to escape for a few days of peace and fun while still getting to enjoy the cool breeze weather before the heat of summer hits us! Key Largo is just 18 miles South of Miami, so an easy drive to make from Southwest Florida! We all know about Key West, but don’t overlook the Upper Keys when trying to plan your next Florida road trip!
here are five things to do on a trip to the upper keys:
Since 1912 each January, over a half million visitors enjoy over two weeks of fun filled days at the South Florida Fair. This is one of Florida’s oldest and largest community events. And if you have not been this is your last weekend to go...otherwise you will have to wait until next year!
In addition to all the great fair food and tons of rides, there are educational and interactive experiences at historic Yesteryear Village.
While the Midway Sky Eye,North America’s largest portable Ferris wheel, catches your eye, the swings are always my favorite! Plus there are five stages of entertainment. This year, I really enjoyed the Extreme Pogo Stunt team!
Heading to Miami with kids-? I suggest you spend a few hours at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Science Museum. It makes for a great family fun day. Frost Science helps connect people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy the unique world of science and technology. Their vision is to create compelling STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and math) that inspires learning and innovation and enables people to explore real, rigorous science. We spent several hours here and could have easily spent more (especially if the kids were a little older). If you are in Miami and looking for something besides the beach and food scene, then museums are the place to go!
Deb sure to get tickets to a show in the Planetarium
If you enjoy planetariums then this one will be one not to miss. The Frost Science Museum Planetarium is an upgrade compared to other planetariums I have enjoyed. It is one of only 13 like it in the world! The shows range from space trips to deep dives and feel so real.
Things to know before you go to the Phillip and Patricia Frost Science Museum:
1. Tickets are $29 adults, $20 kids ages 3-11 and free for kids 2 and under
***Get your tickets online to save money & avoid really long lines
the ticket line was easily an hour wait the day we went
** If you are a Miami-Dade County resident you get a discount
2.Parking is additional & expensive-remember, it’s Miami!
3. Museum hours are 9:30am- 5:30pm every day of the year
Kids Night at The Museum: Feb 2nd!
Enjoy a child-free evening on the town while your child explores the museum after dark!
Everyone needs a break away from the everyday routine, so planning a staycation can provide you with some relaxing time, pampering moments and a vacation feel without traveling hundreds of miles. Luckily we live in a place where having an awesome staycation is super easy. There are so many great beach resorts around, one being the beautiful Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Fl. I was first introduced to this awesome resort when I hosted the August Girl's Night Out event in the lobby. Check out the photocap from that night: Ft Lauderdale Girl's Night Out Aug at The Diplomat
So I decided to go back for a full weekend to see how a couples getaway vacation at The Diplomat would be. I am happy to say that it was a lovely staycation that I highly recommend you all experiencing!
Rooms at The Diplomat Beach Resort
The Diplomat rises 39 floors above the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway. The Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood, A Curio Collection by Hiltonâ¢, has 1,000 rooms and suites. We had a fantastic view from the Corner Suite on 26th floor of The Diplomat. The suite had beautiful and comfortable contemporary furnishings, great amenities and floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning views of the ocean.
Pools and Beach at The Diplomat
You will have panoramic views of the Atlantic ocean from the infinity pool, which features a porthole bottom, and two waterfalls that cascade into the pool below. The lagoon pool is where we spent most of our pool day in a cabana, surrounded by tropical landscaping! You can enjoy food and drinks delivered to your chaise lounge. Pool amenities include complimentary towel service, cabana and casita rentals, full-service poolside lunch and spa services.
The Restaurants at Diplomat Beach Resort
Led by celebrity chefs along with local chefs, the Diplomat offers a wide range of culinary offerings creating not only a perfect well rounded vacation but also a great place just to go dine locally for the night! As quoted from their website: "Choose from The Diplomatâs signature steakhouse Diplomat Prime or enjoy Coastal American cuisine at Point Royal from celebrity chef, restauranteur, and television star Geoffrey Zakarian. The Hotel Bar transports you to famous hotels around the world with its menu inspired by iconic cocktails. Grab-and-go from casual market The Canteen, or head across the way to Diplomat Landing and take in beautiful views of the Intracoastal Waterway at Bristolâs Burgers or Portico Beer & Wine Garden. Exciting new options including modern Japanese izakaya Monkitail from celebrity chef and restaurateur Michael Schulson, the festive Nuevo Latino Playa from chefs Sue Torres and Darren Carbone, and family-friendly sweets shop Candy & Cones. Four-hour complimentary valet or self-park at Point Royal, Diplomat Prime or Monkitail."
On the first night, we dined at Monkitail. This beautiful restaurant located right off the lobby offers sushi and meats in mostly tapas form. We got over stuffed with a specialty menu customized by the chef that gave us an overview of the entire menu: from sushi to duck tacos and steak I cannot wait to dine here again! Everything was delicious and perfectly crafted even my chili-pepper margarita!
Then day two, we grabbed breakfast sandwiches at Counter Point, the quick service spot off the lobby, before heading to our cabana, then we enjoyed lunch with a view at La Playa during our pool day. Guacamole, Tacos, burger & fries with cold beer! And later that night, we had a divine dinner of salads, clam chowder, fish and steak at Point Royal.
The Spa at The Diplomat Beach Resort
I had the pleasure of anjoying a 60 minute full body massage from the Diplomat Spa + Wellness! The spa provides a sanctuary experience to revitalize your mind, body, and soul. Choose from a variety of specialized treatments, fitness classes, and holistic programming.
Spa Services Menu â View Menu Here
The Diplomat is Good For Kids Too
Though I was kid-free on this trip I took the opportunity to go visit the Kids Club to see if my kids would enjoy a future trip here...and the answer is yes they most certainly would! THE NEW DIPLOMAT KIDSâ CLUB for ages 4-12, provides oceanside adventures. There are also outside games to play, a kid area setup on the beach and a splash pad area at the pool - making the hotel very kid friendly. For more information click here
The Perfect South Florida Staycation
Frosty fun in Florida? You bet! Take a road trip to Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park for some cooling off fun. This cute ski resort themed water park has rides for all ages and levels of thrills. You can take a ski lift up the mountain then choose how to zip down it. If floating around a long lazy river or sunbathing with a cocktail in hand then you are in luck too! Children under 48 inches tall can even splash around in their own water area complete with several toddler-sized waterslides.
I took the kids as a last hooray for summer break. Since school was literally starting the next day, I planned to stay only 5 hours but we were having so much fun we shut the park down - that was 10 hours of water park fun!
A few things to know before you go:
Parking is FREE (that never happens)
You can rent lockers for valuables
The food is basic but expensive, however you are allowed to bring in coolers for picnics
Water shoes would be useful because you will walk on hot concrete ALOT
They have child life jackets but you can also bring your own
Disney's Blizzard Beach
1534 Blizzard Beach Drive,
Orlando, FL 32836
Disclosure: I received complimentary admission to Disney's Blizzard Beach for Media Day in exchange for a detailed Family Travel review on my blog at Acupful.com and wanted to also share my day with the readers of HITC!
The Destination Spotlight for the month is Discover Martin County. The quaint shorelines of Martin County Florida are the perfect place to disconnect. It's only about an hour away from Fort Lauderdale, so a great place for a weekend getaway. Follow them on Instagram @DiscoverMartin for vacation inspiration!
Disconnect to reconnect in Martin County Fl
Miles of peaceful beaches, beautiful water, and natural sand dunes are all around in Martin County Florida from Hobe Sound to Jensen Beach with hundreds more in between. From rodeos to high-end shopping, art galleries, 75 plus parks and one-of-a-kind museums to eco-friendly sea turtle adventures - you are sure to find something interesting to do.
Hi, I'm Mandy!
I am obsessed with traveling, could eat tacos everyday, can sip wine or shoot whiskey, trying new restaurants gets me excited and my children fill the days with joy, laughter and challenges!
I share fun things to do in the in and around the Fort Lauderdale area plus host monthly events at local businesses and cannot wait to meet all of you!
Aside from Housewives In The City I am a freelance writer, Family Travel Blogger + Influencer and Publisher for a SWFL Church.