European Union Parliament (Brussels)

With all of the Brexit talk in the news lately, it’s a good time to highlight a little known but fascinating place to visit with your family - the European Union (EU) Parliament in Brussels, Belgium.  Even if Parliament is not in session, this is a great place to take your kids to better understand European history.  If you have plans to visit Brussels, your kids will be fascinated with a visit to the capital of the EU. Read my new review today!

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (Washington, DC)

February is Black History Month so it is a perfect time to plan a visit to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC.  This new museum, located on the National Mall, is an important must-see museum on any trip to DC.  While the historical story it tells is one of pain and loss, it is also a hopeful celebration of courage and perseverance.  Every American should plan a visit to see this amazing museum.  Read my new review today to plan your trip!

North Carolina Museum of History (Raleigh)

Winter is the perfect time to visit a state’s history museum for some educational and indoor fun! Most of these museums are located in the state’s capital and are low-cost or even free. In today's review, I encourage you to visit the North Carolina Museum of History, a good addition to any trip to the state capital of Raleigh. Read my new review today!

Lincoln’s Cottage (Washington, DC)

Even though I lived in Washington, DC for years, I was unfamiliar with President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Retirement Home.  Once I heard about this cottage and its importance in history, I knew I had to make a visit!  It makes a great addition to any trip to Washington, DC and is a good place to get away from the crowded museums around the National Mall.  Plus you can check off another Presidential site after visiting! Read my new review today about this hidden historical gem.

Colonial Williamsburg (Virginia)

The Historic Triangle in Virginia is one of the most important places in American history.  I have already reviewed two of the three sites in the Triangle (Yorktown and Jamestown) and today I am reviewing the last site in the triangle, Colonial Williamsburg.  There is enough to see and do in Colonial Williamsburg to justify spending several days there.  It is a great place to bring the whole family to learn about life in America during colonial times.  From seeing a fife and drum marching band to playing colonial games, your kids will have a fun time in the place “where history never gets old!”

Clonmacnoise (Ireland)

At the start of a new year, we often like to read about inspiring places.  One of the most inspirational and peaceful historical sites that I have visited is Clonmacnoise, an early Christian site in Ireland dating back to the 6th century.  I first visited the site as a college student on a study abroad program and I remembered its beautiful crosses and mystical feeling. While planning our family trip to Ireland in 2019, I wanted to revisit Clonmacnoise but wasn’t sure if it would be kid-friendly.  I was happily surprised that my children enjoyed our visit to the site and were fascinated by its storied history. Read my new review today and learn why this site is a must-see during any trip to Ireland.

Jackson Hole (Wyoming)

Many families are planning ski trips for the new year, taking advantage of the winter weather in January and February.  If you are planning a trip like this, I encourage you to look at the museums and historical societies at your ski destination to take in some history on a break from the slopes.  Many destinations have small but educational museums that help your children understand the history of the area, from Native Americans to the pioneers.  This summer, we visited a popular skiing destination, Jackson Hole, WY, and discovered the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum, which is a great place to explore the region’s history.  Read my new review today!