I’m a waterfall chaser and I make it a point to visit a waterfall wherever I travel. I get really excited about waterfalls in places that I don’t expect. So as a Dallas, Texas native, imagine my complete surprise to discover there are waterfalls in Texas! Read More »
Spring is just around the corner so you know what that means! It’s time for the Valspar Championship 2017, part of the PGA Tour known as “Most Colorful PGA TOUR Tournament in the World.” Golf lovers will descend upon Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, Florida decked in the brightest and most eye catching colors they can find.
For the 3rd year in a row I’m pleased to announce that Outdoorsy Diva will be in attendance thanks to Valspar Championship and my readers can win a pair of tickets to attend too!!
Now I’m no golf fan by any stretch, but I have found the Valspar Championship to be a great way to spend time with the family enjoying the outdoors. Check out my post about why you should attend a golf tournament even if you aren’t a golf fan!
Another great draw to make the Valspar Championship such a nice outing for families is the abundance of activities for kids. They dedicate a whole area as a kid zone that your littles will love!
Of course there is world championship golf happening and I have to say that final round can get really exciting!! I ended up just feet from the ball during one of the crucial final rounds last year.
Here is a list of the fun non-golf activities to look forward to at the Valspar Championship:
Mc Donald’s Family Fun Zone
Featuring a 16-foot-tall rock climbing wall, monster putting green, free popsicle, Imagination Playground and plenty of arts and crafts and games.
**This area located by the 8th green
Free concert March 11th by Toby Keith on Saturday after tournament play has ended.
Frenchy’s Pool Party
Relax and enjoy the concessions on the covered pool deck located behind the 18th green. Don’t miss their infamous crab fries!! Trust me!
*NEW* Foodies Activites
- Valspar Food Truck Rally
- Celebrity chef cooking demonstration by Ming Tsai (Friday and Saturday)
- Several new concession areas
The Grape & Grain
An upscale wine, beer and spirits emporium. This new venue is open to all patrons located between the 9th and 10th holes of the Copperhead Course. Featuring both a delightful outdoor deck and air-conditioned interior seating, Grape & Grain features for purchase the offerings of William Hill Wines, Blue Chair Bay Rum, Crown Royal, Johnnie Walker, Bulleit Bourbon, Gordon’s Gin, Pelligroso Tequila and other fine spirits.
Michelob ULTRA 19th Hole
Fan Expo Area (behind 18th green)
Tampa General Hospital Interactive Health Screenings
Pinch A Penny Birdies for the Brave Patriots’ Outpost
Valspar Chameleon Cove(3rd Green) – NEW includes a beach and relaxation zone with a 20-foot colossal chameleon structure made from sand
Make sure you check out the spectators rules on the Valspar website. You can also find information on purchasing tickets and the cost for parking. Kids 15 and under get in FREE!
**Parking passes must be pre-purchased for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday! Patrons may purchase Tuesday & Wednesday parking when arrive on-site.
The giveaway is underway from now through Friday!
The giveway is for tickets only and does not include the cost of parking.
For as long as I’ve lived in Tampa,Florida, the start of February has signaled the arrival of the Florida State Fair. I looked forward to the annual Fair Day out of school to go and ride ridiculously crazy rides until I puked and play the midway games. I also loved stuffing my face with deep fried goodness and other fair food favorites.
And then I got old and my love affair ended. Even as a mom I only recall taking my own son a few times to the fair over the years. He always had a friend he could go with so I was off the hook.
But this year I was hosted by the Florida State Fair and my long lost love affair with the brightly colored midway, meat on a stick, and deep fried everything was rekindled. It was like meeting up with an old long lost friend. Read More »
It’s February so that means we are celebrating Black History Month. In honor of celebrating black history, black excellence, and black achievement here is a list of 10 black history montht travel destinations to celebrate black history year this month and year round.
1. Washington, D.C.
NMAAHC (National Museum of African American History and Culture) – The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members. Though admission is free, you’ll need to plan your visit in advance to get passes for a designated time to visit.
2. Atlanta, GA
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site – There are so many neat things to see at the MLK National Historic Site. My son really enjoyed seeing the relics in the King Center.
- BEHOLD Monument
- “I Have A Dream” World Peace Rose Garden
- Birth Home Block
- Birth Home
- Fire Station No. 6
- Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church
- The King Center, Dr. & Mrs. King’s Tomb, and Freedom Hall
Center for Civil and Human Rights – Educating visitors on the bridge between the American Civil Rights Movement and the contemporary struggle for Human Rights around the world. The museum features the King Jr. Collection and more exhibits on global and American civil rights.
3. Cincinnati, OH
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center – The mission of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is to reveal stories of freedom’s heroes, from the era of the Underground Railroad to contemporary times, challenging and inspiring everyone to take courageous steps of freedom today. It serves to inspire modern abolition through connecting the lessons of the Underground Railroad with today’s freedom fighters.
4. San Diego, CA
African Museum Casa del Ray Moro – This is a very unique museum in the heart of San Diego’s historic old town. They showcase ancient, colonial, and contemporary periods of African History, on the African continent and throughout the African Diaspora. There is also a special focus on African-Spanish, African-Mexican, and African-American heritage.
5. Savannah, GA
Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum– Set in the original site of one of the first black owned banks in Georgia, the museum chronicles the civil rights struggle of Georgia’s oldest African-American community from slavery to the present. Three floors of historic photographic and interactive exhibits provide a glimpse of what life was like during the civil rights struggle in Savannah and in Georgia. My son and I visited on a trip to Savannah/Tybee Island.
Pinpoint Heritage Museum in Savannah,GA – For nearly one hundred years, Pin Point was isolated and self-sustained, a Gullah/Geechee enclave founded by first-generation freedmen where life was deeply connected to the water. Today, the factory has been reopened as Pin Point Heritage Museum, celebrating the life, work and history of this Gullah/Geechee community that calls Pin Point home.
7. Hilton Head Island, SC
Gullah Heritage Trail Tour in Hilton Head Island, SC – Fourth generation Gullah family members bring history to life with this fascinating tour through traditional Gullah neighborhoods and ‘off the beaten path’ historic sites. During the month of February there is also a Gullah Celebration with various events throughout the month.
8. Philadelphia, PA
African American Museum – The African American Museum in Philadelphia is the first institution built by a major United States city to house and interpret the life and work of African Americans. AAMP’s exhibitions promote their mission to interpret art, history and culture. They inspire, educate, promote dialogue, and bring together community.
9. Macon, GA
Tubman Museum – The Tubman Museum is one of the largest museum in the nation dedicated to educating people about the Art, History and Culture of African Americans.
10. St. Augustine, FL
Fort Mose State Park – Interactive museum that tells the complete story of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in what would become the United States. Although there are no remains of the earth and wooden structures, visitors can still view the land where the settlement once stood. In the summer months there is a reenactment of the Battle of Bloody Mose.
While Black History Month is a great time to reflect on the accomplishments from the past and present, it can and should be celebrated year round. I hope you’ll make it a point to learn a little bit more about black achievement and black contributions to the world.
Have you visited any of these? Are any of them on your list? If you have a suggestion of a place to visit please tell us in the comments below!
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Last month I traveled to an underrated paradise in the south with 32 miles of white soft sandy beaches, clear waters, a booming foodie scene, and no shortage of entertainment and fun things to do. Where was this stateside gem? It was the Alabama Gulf Coast. I spent 3 days and 3 nights exploring the Alabama Gulf Coast and I’m so excited to share with you how this region won me over. It has its own personality completely different from the rest of the state. I found the beach towns of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach to be progressive, inclusive, welcoming and just down right charming. Read More »