Portland Science Center

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You slowly make your way through the ship, passing the 1st and 3rd class accommodations.  You hear the band sadly playing on the deck and you slide your hand over the large piece of ice as you hear the words that will change your life forever…Titanic is Sinking!

 

My girls could read books and watch movies about Titanic’s maiden journey, but they could never experience it like they did when we visited the Portland Science Center. They have not stopped talking about what it must have been like to be on the Titanic on April 15, 1912.

 

Time to Board

When you enter the exhibit you are given a boarding pass that assigns you the identity of a passenger that was on the ship.  You are told your name, age, where you are from, who you’re accompanied by, where you are traveling, and for what reason.  This immediately allowed my daughters to have a connection to the ship.  Suddenly the people on that ship seemed real. 

 

As you walk through the exhibit you see more than 100 actual items recovered from the ocean floor from the ship that sank 104 years ago. 

 

One significant lesson about the ship was the difference between the different classes aboard.  I was a 1st class passenger but my girls were 3rd class passengers.  At first they didn’t think much about it until they saw the difference in our sleeping cabins. 

 

Or our dinner menus.

 

As you’re walking, make sure you take note of the change in music and lighting as the exhibit progresses.  As the warnings of icebergs begin to appear the tone of the exhibit becomes more serious. 

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My girls were in awe when they were feeling the piece of ice and they realized how cold the water must have been.

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At the end you visit a wall filled with all the names of the passengers and you look on the names of the survivors and those lost.  It is there where you can see the fate of the passenger’s identity you were given. 

 

Nothing teaches better than experience and I know my girls will always remember this.  I would highly recommend seeing this exhibit while you are in Portland, Maine.  

 

ADDRESS:  68 Commercial Street on Maine Wharf.  Portland, Maine

PHONE NUMBER: 207-812-3848

HOURS: Monday-Thursday 10:00-6:00 

Friday & Saturday 10:00-7:00

Sunday 11:00-6:00

ADMISSION: Adults (13+) $19.50 Children (2-12) $17.50

WEBSITE: http://www.portlandsciencecenter.com/

 


Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine

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If you are in Portland, Maine and looking for something aimed especially for your kids…this is the place to go.  The Children’s Museum & Theater of Maine has four levels of fun that the entire family will enjoy.  Their mission statement says it all: “The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine exists to inspire discovery and imagination through exploration and play.”

We spent our morning at the museum and the girls had such a great time using their imagination.  Let me take you on a tour of our day.

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Rhumb Line Resort, Kennebunkport, Maine

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If you are looking for fun, affordable accommodations when visiting Kennebunkport, Maine, The Rhumb Line Resort may be just what you need.  The Rhumb Line Resort is located one mile from downtown Kennebunkport and one mile from Walker’s Point.  It is an easy drive if you are venturing out and it is on the trolley route, which is a fun way to get to town. It is located close to beautiful Maine beaches, shopping areas, and lots of amazing restaurants.   The wooded area around the resort makes for a quiet atmosphere that’s perfect for relaxation.

Click here to read my full review of our stay at Rhumb Line Resort.

 


Nonantum Resort, Kennebunkport, Maine

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The Nonantum Resort is one of the most beautiful resorts in Maine and I can’t say enough about how attentive and kind the staff is.  Whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend, a relaxing getaway, or a fun-filled family adventure, this is the resort to look at.  It is located in the quaint seaside village of Kennebunkport, Maine and it resides on the banks of the Kennebunk River. The location is perfect for exploring the town and there are ample restaurants, shops, and art galleries nearby. (Not to mention some pretty amazing ice cream shops.)

Click here to read about our amazing experience at the Nonantum Resort


Inn by the Sea, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

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New England has many quaint towns and Cape Elizabeth, located on the coast of Maine, has so much charm.  At the Inn by the Sea you will experience elegant surroundings and will be welcomed as a family.  If you are a dog lover, you will appreciate how they go above and beyond to give your furry friend a fun stay.  Make sure you ask to meet the dog they are fostering.

Read here about our fun stay at Inn by the Sea.

 


Heritage Museums and Gardens, Cape Cod

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When I go to Cape Cod, it is all about relaxing and recharging.  I love all the beautiful beaches and taking long walks while shopping in downtown areas.  When I travel I like to take in the culture of my destination and Heritage Museum and Gardens, located in Sandwich, is the perfect place to experience classic Cape Cod.  There is something for everyone here and a lovely way to spend half a day.  Let me tell you about my day at this unique spot.

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Epicurean Hotel- Tampa, Florida

 

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Foodies, take note: your dream destination exists here in Tampa, FL. Epicurean Hotel offers a unique take on the hotel concept. They have strived to create a culinary-focused experience for their guests – one that combines a love of great food and wine with an equally strong desire to create lasting memories for all who pass through their doors. Although my kids and I had an amazing time at this hotel, it is probably a hotel I’d choose for a romantic night away with my husband or a girl’s weekend.  Click below for our experience.

One night at the Epicurean


Hotel Indigo, Sarasota, Florida

 

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Looking for a hip, trendy hotel in Sarasota, Florida?  The Hotel Indigo is the perfect location for a traveling family.  It is located within a few short miles to powder white sand beaches, aquariums, and botanical gardens.  Looking to do some shopping or go to a fantastic restaurant? Simply walk out the door and you’ve arrived.  I can’t say enough about this great hotel.  Read my entire review…

Click here to read about my family’s experience at Hotel Indigo.


Florida Aquarium

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The Florida Aquarium is a fun way to spend a few hours while visiting Tampa, Florida.  There is so much to explore within the aquarium as well as additional tours and experiences.  Let’s take a tour of the aquarium as I tell you about our fun day.  With over 200,000 sea creatures this is only a glimpse.

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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

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As a former teacher, I love to see my girls having fun and learning at the same time.  At the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, in Sarasota, Florida, they strive to educate the public about our role in the protection of our sea.  They are also a working research laboratory that is devoted to the ocean and its future.  Let me introduce you to some of the amazing residents at the Mote Aquarium. I warn you…you may experience cuteness overload!

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