Spending a Day in Madison, Indiana

The girls and I spent yesterday in Madison, Indiana. It is a beautiful small town on the banks of the Ohio river. We were able to find parking near this gorgeous fountain. We took some time to make a wish before strolling around town. We browsed a few shops including one that sells natural soaps called All Good Things Soaps & Such. That place smelled amazing!

We were getting hungry and were lucky enough to stop for lunch at the Historic Broadway Hotel & Tavern. It’s a small place and had an old time atmosphere. We started off with beer battered fried mushrooms. They were amazing! We all had burgers and chips. I had a mushroom Swiss burger. It was a decent burger. I would eat here again just for those fried mushrooms.

We walked down Main Street and browsed shops after lunch. This is a cute little town. It is clean and the people were friendly. We never know what we may find while on the road and small towns are no different. Many small towns have quirky things that you will not see elsewhere. We visited a shop called The Birdhouse Wild Bird and Nature Shop (Update: named changed to Cultivate). This was an odd shop. It is an all natural gift shop. The girls enjoyed looking at all the odds and ends this place had to offer. The basement of this place is where things got a little weird. They set up a fake forest in the basement with ribbons with wishes written on them hanging in the trees. It was very dark and a little creepy down there. The kids were not sure what to think. It is one of those places that you are going to bring up on the list of odd things you have found on the road. It’s worth stopping by if only for the oddity factor. Somebody put a ton of work into this! I have to respect their dedication.

 

 

Village Lights Bookstore was one of our favorite stops. It is hard not to be impressed by the shelves of books covering this place. The girls loved that there was a cat to pet. It was so nice to be back in a small town bookstore. There are little nooks everywhere and it feels amazing.

We browsed through many shops. We looked at funky vintage clothing, antiques, furniture, and loads of pretties. This town is pretty cool. It’s a great place to spend a day with kids. I bet it would be a fun place to do some holiday shopping. Maybe we will venture back sometime to see how it looks around Christmas. We finished our day with a trip to a candy shop on the walk back to our car. We stopped at Cocoa Safari Chocolates. We each picked out a small treat. This place is amazing! I love the pig statue out front! I had a dark chocolate covered caramel with sea salt. Yum! Ivy got the same thing and Isabella got a chocolate with an M&M on top.

I really enjoyed our Girl’s day in Madison, Indiana! I would come back here again.

Happy Travels!

World’s Largest McDonald’s

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This place is Huge!

When we were looking for a place for dinner we did not expect to end up at McDonald’s but I’m so glad we did. The World’s Largest McDonald’s is located in sunny Orlando, Florida. This place is massive and as family friendly as a restaurant can be. The menu is large and varied. Our food was really good. This is obviously an inexpensive meal for this area but you could spend a fortune in the arcade upstairs.

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There is extra parking in a lot next door.
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So Happy!

This was our first day in Orlando. We had spent the majority of the day in the car. The kids could not wait to run off some energy. But first we had to handle the fact that we were starving. I do not understand why but sitting in a car all day leaves me stiff, starving, and exhausted. Well, the stiff part I understand because I’m not exactly 20 any more.

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Seriously! Check this out!

Ordering is a little confusing because there are so many sections and the menu is huge. There are the typical burgers, fries, chicken nuggets, and happy meals but there are also salads, pizza, ice cream, and more. We loved the fact that the kids could indulge in fast food burgers while my husband and I got to enjoy more adult options. My husband went with the salad pictured above and I got a more modest grilled chicken salad without the fried tortilla bowl. They were both surprisingly fresh. We sat at a bar that was placed against a fish tank. My husband and our children adore fish so this was great dinner entertainment.

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Play Area

The play area is quite impressive. The photo above was taken from the parent area. There are a few chairs there. The lighting is a little weird because of the neon signs outside. This area is great for the kids to get rid of some energy. This was perfect for Isabella who was practically bouncing up and down after being stuck in the car all day. Right next to this is an arcade. We only played a couple of games before heading back to our hotel. This stop was a lot of fun and perfect for a family looking for a budget friendly meal.