Amazing Experiences You Won’t Want To Miss: Part 2

If you are planning a trip, vacation, weekend getaway or sabbatical and find yourself in any of these areas, we highly recommend participating in these experiences.

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By Adventurtunity Family
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Our adventures traveling across the USA full time as a family have taken us to so many amazing national parks, state parks, small towns and local businesses. While we love to explore Mother Nature, we also enjoy immersing ourselves in small-town cultures and experiencing local gems.

If you are planning a trip, vacation, weekend getaway or sabbatical and find yourself in any of these areas, we highly recommend participating in these experiences. 

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Skydive Moab

 For our nine-year anniversary, we happened to be in Moab, Utah. We knew we wanted to try to find a memorable way to celebrate and happened to drive by a Skydive Moab billboard. We were sold! Skydiving together was something we had talked about doing, and what better place than over Arches and Canyonlands national parks?

 

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The prices were pretty reasonable, and they offered add-ons for photos and videos of your jump. Of course, we had to upgrade our package to include proof that we actually jumped! Everyone at Skydive Moab was fantastic. When you arrive, you fill out a waiver, which was actually the scariest part of the entire day. Once you get past the waiver, it’s easy from there!

 

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We got our gear on, met our tandem instructors and got briefed on how it would all work. Then we boarded the plane, flew over the national parks for about 15 minutes to the jump zone and away we went. Jumping was quick, exhilarating and absolutely beautiful. Our son was bummed he couldn’t jump, too, and decided that is how we will celebrate his 18th birthday!

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Thanksgiving Point

 During our travels, we work from the road and often need to take turns with who is working and who is having a Mommy/Daddy day with our son. On those days, we tend to find a local park, fishing pond, hiking trail or experiential activity. While visiting Park City, Utah, we stumbled upon Thanksgiving Point. It’s about an hour south in Draper, Utah.

Thanksgiving Point is almost a little town in and of itself. It consists of five interactive areas; you can purchase a ticket to experience just one or two areas or get a hopper pass and visit all five. We purchased the hopper pass and spent the entire day going through all five immersive experiences.

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The Butterfly Biosphere was our first stop, where we learned about A LOT of bugs. We walked through the butterfly exhibit, where there were hundreds of butterflies flying around. Some of the butterflies would land on you or your items. If you were lucky enough, a butterfly would walk onto your finger. There were so many different butterflies of all sizes and colors. There are so many butterflies, the conservatory even has a special area to check and make sure there are no stowaway butterflies hiding on you!

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We then headed over to the Museum of Ancient Life, which was packed full of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures. This was Kade’s favorite exhibit, where he got to build his own dinosaur, watch a few short episodes of how the dinosaurs became extinct, dig like a paleontologist and stand next to a T. rex!

The next area we went to visit was the Farm Country section. Out of all the five exhibits, this was the most underwhelming one, but it’s still fun for kids to feed the animals, take a pony ride and milk a cow.

As I mentioned, Thanksgiving Point is like a little town, and the Butterfly Biosphere, Museum of Ancient Life, Farm Country and event gardens were all within walking distance of each other. To visit the Museum of Natural Curiosity and Ashton Gardens, you’ll have to take a short drive down the street.

The Museum of Natural Curiosity is a completely hands-on museum for kids. It is a multistory building with an interactive water room, weather chambers, music station, nets and slides for climbing and so much more! And just down the street in Ashton Gardens is a beautiful oasis for picnics, nature learning and community events. We happened to time it perfectly and were able to see all of the tulips in full bloom.

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It was a long day squeezing in all five areas but absolutely worth it. Thanksgiving Point was an amazing place for all ages; there is a little something for everyone, especially kids.

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Lagoon Park

While staying in Park City, Utah, we were introduced to the GetOutPass. It’s a pass for families to experience family businesses throughout the state for an annual fee. It is currently offered in about 13 states. We decided to get three annual GetOutPasses for Utah. While searching participating Utah businesses, we were introduced to Lagoon Park.

Lagoon Park is a kid and adult amusement park playground that includes rides, games and a water park/beach area. Previously, we have only taken our son to our hometown fair a few times. And now that he is 4 years old, we thought it was time for a true amusement park.

 

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Out of all our Mommy and Me days, our trip to Lagoon Park is in the top five. The day was absolutely amazing! We started with the Tilt-A-Whirl and probably rode it five times before moving on to the Scrambler. Kade’s laugh and excitement were infectious. We were two kids running from ride to ride, having the time of our lives.

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Kade was able to ride two adult coasters, and we rode them over and over and over again! In addition to the coasters, we rode the pirate ship, bumper cars and a ton of other unique rides we hadn’t seen before. Experiencing new rides was one of our favorite parts. We did venture over to the waterpark section, but unfortunately, Kade was too short to ride the water slides and it was pretty crowded. If you visit and want to go to the water park, you might want to visit that area first. And if you make it to the pirate ship, keep going behind the park. We totally missed the log flume and wild rapids rides.

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National Museum of Military Vehicles

When we have long distances between two destinations, we will usually break up the trip with a stopover or two along the way. While headed across Wyoming, we stopped in the town of Dubois for the Fourth of July weekend. What we thought was just a small-town stop ended up being one of our favorite Independence Day celebrations in a long time! The town threw an amazing parade, complete with horses, baton twirlers, fire trucks (dousing nearby onlookers with water, of course!), search and rescue teams and some military vehicles.

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But these weren’t just any military vehicles — there were TANKS! Kade was beside himself with all the cool trucks and tanks rolling by. Wondering where they all came from, we did a little research and found that the National Museum of Military Vehicles was located just a few minutes outside of town. So, as we headed out to our next destination, we stopped in to see what the museum had to offer. As we pulled in, there were several tanks and a large pavilion full of military vehicles of all kinds visible from the parking lot. Kade literally jumped out of the RV as he could barely contain his excitement!

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Even though it’s located in a small town, this is a big-time museum. As it turns out, it’s the largest private collection of military vehicles in the world, and it is a sight to behold, no doubt! They have everything from military bicycles to cargo trucks, to tanks, to amphibious vehicles and everything in between — over 450 vehicles in total! The best part is that they are displayed according to the time periods they were used and the wars they were used in. There is also an incredible amount of information about the vehicles, wars and soldiers to enhance the educational experience even further. Kade loved seeing all the trucks up close and learning how they worked and how the soldiers used them.

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It was an incredibly educational experience for us, and we wish we’d had more time to explore it longer. The National Museum of Military Vehicles is a legacy and a treasure of knowledge displayed in a way that immerses you in the time period. It’s an amazing tribute to the U.S. military, veterans and active-duty soldiers alike. And for us civilians, it was a very humbling experience, as well. It really brought home the sacrifice so many have made and still make to keep us free. We couldn’t think of a better way to cap off our Fourth of July weekend than with a visit to the National Museum of Military Vehicles.

This is Part 2 of “Amazing Experiences You Won’t Want to Miss.” If you haven’t had a chance to check out Part 1, be sure to do so. We share all about Niagara Jet Adventures, Ark Encounter, Out of Africa and Dig This!

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Skydive Moab

 For our nine-year anniversary, we happened to be in Moab, Utah. We knew we wanted to try to find a memorable way to celebrate and happened to drive by a Skydive Moab billboard. We were sold! Skydiving together was something we had talked about doing, and what better place than over Arches and Canyonlands national parks?

 

The prices were pretty reasonable, and they offered add-ons for photos and videos of your jump. Of course, we had to upgrade our package to include proof that we actually jumped! Everyone at Skydive Moab was fantastic. When you arrive, you fill out a waiver, which was actually the scariest part of the entire day. Once you get past the waiver, it’s easy from there!

 

We got our gear on, met our tandem instructors and got briefed on how it would all work. Then we boarded the plane, flew over the national parks for about 15 minutes to the jump zone and away we went. Jumping was quick, exhilarating and absolutely beautiful. Our son was bummed he couldn’t jump, too, and decided that is how we will celebrate his 18th birthday!

Thanksgiving Point

 During our travels, we work from the road and often need to take turns with who is working and who is having a Mommy/Daddy day with our son. On those days, we tend to find a local park, fishing pond, hiking trail or experiential activity. While visiting Park City, Utah, we stumbled upon Thanksgiving Point. It’s about an hour south in Draper, Utah.

Thanksgiving Point is almost a little town in and of itself. It consists of five interactive areas; you can purchase a ticket to experience just one or two areas or get a hopper pass and visit all five. We purchased the hopper pass and spent the entire day going through all five immersive experiences.

The Butterfly Biosphere was our first stop, where we learned about A LOT of bugs. We walked through the butterfly exhibit, where there were hundreds of butterflies flying around. Some of the butterflies would land on you or your items. If you were lucky enough, a butterfly would walk onto your finger. There were so many different butterflies of all sizes and colors. There are so many butterflies, the conservatory even has a special area to check and make sure there are no stowaway butterflies hiding on you!

We then headed over to the Museum of Ancient Life, which was packed full of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures. This was Kade’s favorite exhibit, where he got to build his own dinosaur, watch a few short episodes of how the dinosaurs became extinct, dig like a paleontologist and stand next to a T. rex!

The next area we went to visit was the Farm Country section. Out of all the five exhibits, this was the most underwhelming one, but it’s still fun for kids to feed the animals, take a pony ride and milk a cow.

As I mentioned, Thanksgiving Point is like a little town, and the Butterfly Biosphere, Museum of Ancient Life, Farm Country and event gardens were all within walking distance of each other. To visit the Museum of Natural Curiosity and Ashton Gardens, you’ll have to take a short drive down the street.

The Museum of Natural Curiosity is a completely hands-on museum for kids. It is a multistory building with an interactive water room, weather chambers, music station, nets and slides for climbing and so much more! And just down the street in Ashton Gardens is a beautiful oasis for picnics, nature learning and community events. We happened to time it perfectly and were able to see all of the tulips in full bloom.

It was a long day squeezing in all five areas but absolutely worth it. Thanksgiving Point was an amazing place for all ages; there is a little something for everyone, especially kids.

Lagoon Park

While staying in Park City, Utah, we were introduced to the GetOutPass. It’s a pass for families to experience family businesses throughout the state for an annual fee. It is currently offered in about 13 states. We decided to get three annual GetOutPasses for Utah. While searching participating Utah businesses, we were introduced to Lagoon Park.

Lagoon Park is a kid and adult amusement park playground that includes rides, games and a water park/beach area. Previously, we have only taken our son to our hometown fair a few times. And now that he is 4 years old, we thought it was time for a true amusement park.

 

Out of all our Mommy and Me days, our trip to Lagoon Park is in the top five. The day was absolutely amazing! We started with the Tilt-A-Whirl and probably rode it five times before moving on to the Scrambler. Kade’s laugh and excitement were infectious. We were two kids running from ride to ride, having the time of our lives.

Kade was able to ride two adult coasters, and we rode them over and over and over again! In addition to the coasters, we rode the pirate ship, bumper cars and a ton of other unique rides we hadn’t seen before. Experiencing new rides was one of our favorite parts. We did venture over to the waterpark section, but unfortunately, Kade was too short to ride the water slides and it was pretty crowded. If you visit and want to go to the water park, you might want to visit that area first. And if you make it to the pirate ship, keep going behind the park. We totally missed the log flume and wild rapids rides.

National Museum of Military Vehicles

When we have long distances between two destinations, we will usually break up the trip with a stopover or two along the way. While headed across Wyoming, we stopped in the town of Dubois for the Fourth of July weekend. What we thought was just a small-town stop ended up being one of our favorite Independence Day celebrations in a long time! The town threw an amazing parade, complete with horses, baton twirlers, fire trucks (dousing nearby onlookers with water, of course!), search and rescue teams and some military vehicles.

But these weren’t just any military vehicles — there were TANKS! Kade was beside himself with all the cool trucks and tanks rolling by. Wondering where they all came from, we did a little research and found that the National Museum of Military Vehicles was located just a few minutes outside of town. So, as we headed out to our next destination, we stopped in to see what the museum had to offer. As we pulled in, there were several tanks and a large pavilion full of military vehicles of all kinds visible from the parking lot. Kade literally jumped out of the RV as he could barely contain his excitement!

Even though it’s located in a small town, this is a big-time museum. As it turns out, it’s the largest private collection of military vehicles in the world, and it is a sight to behold, no doubt! They have everything from military bicycles to cargo trucks, to tanks, to amphibious vehicles and everything in between — over 450 vehicles in total! The best part is that they are displayed according to the time periods they were used and the wars they were used in. There is also an incredible amount of information about the vehicles, wars and soldiers to enhance the educational experience even further. Kade loved seeing all the trucks up close and learning how they worked and how the soldiers used them.

It was an incredibly educational experience for us, and we wish we’d had more time to explore it longer. The National Museum of Military Vehicles is a legacy and a treasure of knowledge displayed in a way that immerses you in the time period. It’s an amazing tribute to the U.S. military, veterans and active-duty soldiers alike. And for us civilians, it was a very humbling experience, as well. It really brought home the sacrifice so many have made and still make to keep us free. We couldn’t think of a better way to cap off our Fourth of July weekend than with a visit to the National Museum of Military Vehicles.

This is Part 2 of “Amazing Experiences You Won’t Want to Miss.” If you haven’t had a chance to check out Part 1, be sure to do so. We share all about Niagara Jet Adventures, Ark Encounter, Out of Africa and Dig This!

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