Florence Nature Park in Florence, KY is a small park. It was spring and all the flowers were just beginning to bloom during our visit. The kids had a blast chasing butterflies. We watched squirrels, smelled flowers, and even followed a honey bee from a short distance. Isabella kept asking, “Is he eating, Mommy? Does he eat flowers?” Ivy was taken with the daffodils that were in full bloom.
If you happen to be in Florence, KY during Spring or Summer, I highly suggest this park as a good place to have a picnic, spend a little time with nature, and perhaps play frisbee or ball in the large grassy areas.
Being a traveler is more than traveling. It is a lifestyle. An uncontrollable desire to explore, to leave no stone unturned, and to step outside yourself to see the world in a new way. Experience it completely. Never let fear stop you from doing something you want. Take in whatever you can, Try new things, Connect the dots, and above all else do so with an open mind. Accept that life is a mystery. We only get a peek. Search for the deeper meaning. Try to understand. Children benefit greatly from travel and the cultural diversity that it exposes them to. Your passion can quickly fuel theirs. Their education will benefit greatly from the experiences that family travel can give them.
There is no shame in being a backyard explorer. There are times in life when one simply cannot get too far. No matter where you are there are interesting things to learn and new things to try. Be adventurous in life. Do not accept the typical. Be always moving forward. See the beauty in the everyday. Remember what it was like to make a new discovery as a child. Be always searching for that feeling.
We were trying to find a good place to go kite flying. We came across A.J. Jolly Park in Alexandria, KY while searching online. It’s a beautiful park with large open areas that were perfect for flying kites. There is also a large lake and tons of trails. We had a picnic under a large tree. The kids played on the playground. The park was clean, easy to find, and as you can tell from the photo, not too crowded. Looking for a low-key family outing in Northern Kentucky? Perhaps A.J. Jolly is what you are looking for.
Spring Fest 2015 at Kinman Farms in Burlington, KY continues this coming weekend (5/16/15 & 5/17/15). Spring Fest is being offered free this year. Yes folks, Free! Free petting zoo, Free hayrides, Free pony rides, Free face painting, Free parking. The other activities were very budget friendly. They also sell a ton of plants if you are looking for something for your garden. Our first stop was the photo booth where the kids enjoyed holding bunnies.
There is an area here to paint a flower pot for $2. We skipped this because the line was too long. The petting zoo was a hit. Isabella, 5 years old, loves chickens! She could have stayed there all day. You can buy feed in an ice cream cone for $1. We went through a few of them!
The face painting station is in the petting zoo barn. It was kind-of odd placement. The girls running it were very nice.
We grabbed a quick lunch off the grill and ate at a picnic table looking out over the lake. It was relaxed and very budget friendly. Food options are Pulled Pork $4, Hotdogs $2.50, Funnel cakes $4, Nachos & Cheese $3, and Drinks $1. After lunch we went for a hayride around the farm. This was a lot of fun. A pony ride was Isabella’s favorite part of the whole day. This family farm day was just what we needed!