Wow, what a great resource this site will be! I wish I had found it when we drove cross-country from CA. Oh, well... you live you learn, right?
We are planning 7 days for this trip, and I would LOVE LOVE LOVE input on the attractions that I have listed, as well as amazing things that should really be on the list, and places to eat along the way. Our trip needs to be fairly broken up, as I have some back issues that prevent me from taking long trips without breaks to walk around. I also have young boys who get the runaroundies, and everyone is MUCH happier if they get them out, lol. The teenaged girl is less needy, but we def. need to keep some cool stuff in there to keep her involved and interested. Crabby teens=NO FUN, am, I right? Oh, I should mention that we are on a budget, and that we will be taking advantage of hotel-provided breakfasts on most days. I also selected places which have a refrigerator, microwave, and all but 1 night we will have a stove, as well. Items with *** are free to us with our Nature Center membership, so that allows us to do more than we'd normally be able to. Thanks so much for any help!
Day 1, Monday 11/21:
-Leave Concord, NC, stopping in Columbia, SC for breakfast (need recommendation)
-Arrive in Savannah, GA and visit Fort Pulaski
-Drive to Brunswick, GA, and stay for the night (need dinner recommendation)
Day 2, Tuesday 11/22:
-Leave Brunswick, drive to nearby St. Simons Lighthouse
-Drive to Homosassa Springs, FL to see manatees (lunch could be a picnic-type, or a cheap place along the way)
-Drive to Tampa, FL. Dinner at hotel
Day 3, Wednesday 11/23:
-Drive to Winter Haven, and visit newly opened Legoland (this is our big, expensive activity for the trip)
-Visit "Spook Hill" in nearby Lake Wales (this is one of those places where you park your car and it goes "uphill". DH remembers it from childhood, and wants to show the boys)
Day 4, Thursday 11/24: (this is Thanksgiving)
-Drive to Fort DeSoto, possibly fish, let kids run around (lunch will be a picnic with purchased Cuban sandwiches)
-Drive to hotel, and then to Lithia, FL for family reunion (the stated purpose of the trip)
Day 5, Friday 11/25:
-Empty slot in the schedule. We originally thought we'd go to MOSI (***) in Tampa, but it gets pretty bad reviews these days. Possibilities include the Aquarium in Tampa (***), the Florida Air Museum in Lakeland, or hanging out with dh's family. Other suggestions are welcomed, but they must be pretty inexpensive and not too far away.
-Lunch near the activity chosen
-Dinner at Bern's Steakhouse for our anniversary
Day 6, Saturday 11/26:
-Leave Tampa, drive to Jacksonville, FL
-Visit Jacksonville Zoo (***), and have lunch in the park
-Drive to Hilton Head, SC, and stay overnight (need dinner recommendation, as well as something we could see easily if we get there earlyish)
Day 7, Sunday 11/27:
-Visit something in Hilton Head area for maybe 2 hours (need recommendations)
-Lunch along the way somewhere (need recommendations)
-Drive to Concord, NC and collapse, lol.