Whittled down the summer vacation wish list to three:
- Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
- A driving trip west through the Badlands, Mt. Rushmore and Yellowstone
- Someplace in Florida
Myrtle Beach was the top pick. I wanted Pigtails to relive my favorite childhood family trip. Some quick Google searches showed flights to SC are close to $600 per butt. Forget that, we'd have to drive it or bust. The idea of burning four days of vacation for travel wasn't appealing, so I looked at Yellowstone.
A Yellowstone road trip would consist of my kid ragging me for 2,500 miles about snacks and pee breaks and 50 are we there yets. Plus driving that far isn't relaxing, so I looked at Florida flights. Curls suggested Allegiant Air. I carefully bit together my teeth in prep' to grind 'em at ungodly prices, when Google came back with $230 a seat round-trip. We have a winner!
You blue hairs that live in Florida and Mickey Mouse SMEs, I'd like your help nailing down the plan.
Which 3 would you pick:
- Magic Kingdom
- Epcot Center (Pigtails will be 10, too young to appreciate the 'cot?)
- Animal Kingdom
- Disney Hollywood Studios
- Sea World
- Universal Studios
Discovery Cove is expensive but looks fun. Who's been there, was it worth the coin and did the dolphins poop on you? My last experience with a "dolphin encounter" in the Bahamas was 500 pounds of gray blubber randomly bumping my junk. Then me handing over a hundred bucks. The end.
We'd like to spend 4 days on the sand, 2 days on 2 different beaches. Should we park it on the Gulf side or the Atlantic? Initial leaning is the Gulf, maybe Fort De Soto or Siesta Key.
We'll build in a free day to relax and shop. Any recommendations for local-owned restaurants and shopping joints in the Orlando, Tampa or Sarasota areas?
What else you got?