The beauty of this casino resort is truly amazing. As you're driving in, it rises out of the woods as if by magic. Comparisons to Foxwoods resort are inevitable, being the only two casinos in Connecticut. I found that Mohegan Sun had much prettier public and gaming areas. It's only fault was that it didn't seem very crowded when we went and the table game minimums were higher than you can find at Foxwoods (hence maybe why there weren't many people playing). However, if you're just out to explore and visit some shops and restaurants, or stay in luxury for the weekend--this is a great place to do it. Tip: Hit Krispy Kreme in the morning for fresh donuts (they'll even give you a free paper hat!).
We visited St. Patrick's Cathedral last month and were completely in awe of how majestic it is. There was a wedding taking place, but they still allow visitors in and it was absolutely beautiful. The stained glass windows and mile high ceilings will take your breath away. It was pretty crowded when we went on a Saturday, however there are plenty of pews to sit in and reflect, and for a suggested $2 donation, you can light a candle. They do search your bags when you go in, so be prepared to wait a little bit to get inside. It is right around the corner from Rockefeller Center and the American Girl Store, so the whole area is very busy with tourists.
This museum dedicated for kids is the most amazing place you'll take your children on a trip to Boston. I honestly believe no other Children's Museum can compare. We recently spent almost a full day there, and still did not see everything. Three floors are filled with things your little ones will get so excited about. We loved the temporary Clifford play area, and the permanent child-sized supermarket. There is a McDonalds on site, which is very convenient even if somewhat crowded. The views from the windows all along the side of the building out onto the harbor/river are breathtaking. The museum also partially validates for parking in certain garages as well. A definite must to see if you're ever in Boston.
I have been going to this museum for at least twenty years and have never been disappointed. They have three packed floors of displays and exhibitions of natural history artifacts. My children love the bird and wildlife displays and life size "dioramas." They also have a very good gift shop for souvenirs. Beward though, if you're going during the week, there will be a ton of kids there--many schools do field trips there and it can get extremely crowded. Definitely worth the trip to New Haven!
The first thing you notice when entering the aquarium is that it is a place where they really take care of their animals. This is an aquarium that does not just display sea creatures, but also works to educate the community, rescues and rehabilitates injured mammals, and takes great pride in their facility. It is spread out over a few buildings, our favorite being the area where they rehabilitate the dolphins, manatee and sea turtles. It is truly amazing to see these animals playing and getting better after hearing the stories of how sick or injured they once were. They also have a great interactive movie/game about sharks in their theater. The fish displays are extremely engaging and you can even get a peek inside their labs. Great place to take the whole family.
This is a great park to escape the Florida heat. The shady trees provide a great respite from the hot sun and there are a ton of activities to keep you busy on a trip here. The river itself is beautiful to look at, especially in the areas where there are rocks and it is moving rapidly (it kind of reminds you of parks you would find in other parts of the U.S.). The hiking trails are well marked and great for the whole family. There is a great bridge to cross on one of the trails. There are picnic areas, a swimming pool, camping facilities and biking trails.
If you live in or are visiting the Tampa Bay Area, a visit to Tampa Theatre is in order. This historic theatre is absolutely breathtaking in it's architecture and attention to detail. It transports you back to another day with it's voluminous ceilings and fanciful carvings. The theatre itself shows great independent/art house type movies, as well as features great classics. Their is an organist that plays on the stage before the movie showings. A great place to see a movie and spend a few hours.
This nightime attraction located in the Downtown Disney area is great fun for the adult crowd. They now allow everyone to walks through their freely without having to pay admission (you pay admission to actually enter the clubs). As another reviewer stated, the drink prices are high, but this is Disney! The comedy show and adventure club are my favorites. If you're looking for dancing, I'd highly recommend the 70's club or Manequinn's for more high enery current tunes. You can play pool at the beach club for a fee and enjoy live music. For a nice escape, you can sneak around to the back of the building and gaze out at the water and hotels across the pond.
Here is a park where the whole family can have fun and learn something too. We have annual passes and enjoy ourselves immensely each and every time we go. Our favorite is the Shamu show, feeding the dolphins and visiting the penguins and polar bears. The grounds are amazing and landscaping is very attractive throughout the entire park. Their new Waterfront area offers a nice array of shops and restaurants. The kids play area (Shamu's Happy Harbor) is a wonderful area for them to let out some energy and cool off in the sprinklers and water attractions. Adults will love the free beer tastings at the Hospitality House. There is something for everyone at this park, highly recommended.
When were looking to purchase a gun, this was our first and last stop. The staff their is incredibely knowledgeable and helpful. They steered us in the right direction and helped us through the process of registration/teaching to clean, etc. Their shooting range is a wonderful place to get practice in as well.