Sunday, August 18, 2019

Saco River Tubing Fun for the Whole Family!

Every year we go to the White Mountains, New Hampshire but this year we wanted to do something new. We decided to try out tubing on the Saco River through Saco River Tubing Center which is run by Saco River Canoe Rental Company. It was a blast!!! We even took our Shetland Sheepdog Shellie and she gave it two paws up for relaxation!
We rented tubes for all four of us and a cooler tube for our coolers and for Shellie. It was the perfect size.
First you arrive at the building. You should make an advanced reservation on-line as when we arrived on a Friday they were sold out for the day. You check in at the building where they give you a slip you give to the next person for you to board the shuttle to the river. You can also purchase water shoes, water-proof phone pouches and more. We had purchased waterproof bags for our phones on Amazon and water shoes before arriving. You will need to wear shoes on the river.
We then hopped on the shuttle which is only a quick five minute drive to where you enter the Saco River where they give you your tubes and you are on your way. You are required to bring a life jacket on your tube however only children 12 and under are required to wear them.
Here is Shellie ready to go. She has no idea what is going on. We brought lunch and drinks in our cooler for a stop on the river.
We are all ready to go.
We chose the 1 mile tube float. It was the shortest but not really knowing what to expect and how we would like it we went with the shortest that takes 2-3 hours leisurely going down the river. If you want to just go down the river and not stop you could get out and do a second trip after taking the shuttle back to the start again.
There is also a 3 and 5 mile option. You can read more here: https://www.sacorivertubing.com/rates/
We took our time on the river. It was very calm and shallow. In one spot we had to get out to drag our tubes as it was really shallow. Of course river conditions change daily so check the latest on their website.
Everyone was relaxing. So nice having back rests and cup holders.
Shellie was enjoying it!
Soaking up some rays.
So cute!
Shellie went for a little swim.
Then fell asleep in the float, it was too cute.
Here is a little video highlight.
Here you can see the rope swing.
We stopped at some of the beaches along the way.
Another stopping point.
Everyone was having so much fun.
Shellie cuddles.
Love this view with the mountains.
It is clearly marked where you get out of the water.
There is even a platform to go on to get out of the water. I saw some comments online saying it was hard to get out, but I thought it was very easy.
It was such a great time. Next time we will definitely try the 3 mile route.
Check out Saco River Tubing Center here: https://www.sacorivertubing.com/
See you out on the river!

Disclosure: I was provided with tube rentals for our family for promotional purposes. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Red Sox Family Fun

Evan has been playing baseball for years and loves going to Boston Red Sox games at Fenway Park. The great thing is over the years so much has been added to make Fenway family friendly!
Evan brought some of his buddies to the game and they had a great time despite the Red Sox losing the game.
 Did you know all the cool things that Fenway has for family fun? Have you visited the Kids Concourse?
 Sox VR offer a virtual behind-the-scenes experience of Spring Training and World Series parade and celebration.
Plus an interactive home run derby challenge. Evan has done this before and loved it.
Sox AR offers augmented reality visuals at various locations around the stadium through scannable QR codes and the MLB BallPark App.
 I love this cool Wally the Green Monster made of LEGOs.
 Gotta love Big Papi as LEGOs.
 Parents can register their kids for the Red Sox Kid Nation program before the game and score a free ticket for kids 14 and under. The Autograph Alley, inside the Jersey Street Team Store, hosts a former Boston Red Sox player, coach, or personality signing autographs.
Plus Wally’s Clubhouse provides activities between the third to seventh innings including, games, face painting, caricature artist, beanbag toss, appearances from Wally, and more. 
Fans can play Red Sox Bingo through the MLB Ballpark app by filling their Bingo cards based on that game’s statistics to receive a Red Sox prizes. Attend a game that features a Sox Promo giveaway item or a special themed Game-Day event such as Boston Comic Con, WWE Night or PEANUTS Night. First timers at the ballpark and those celebrating birthdays can swing by Fan Services in the Kids Concourse to get a specialized button to commemorate the occasion!
Did you know about the Student 9’s program which offers high school and college undergrad and graduate students the opportunity to purchase $9 game tickets. Students can register at redsox.com/student9s
Take the family out to Fenway!

Disclosure:  As part of the #RedSoxParents program I was provided with tickets to the Red Sox Game for promotional purposes. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Conway Scenic Railroad Take a Ride With Your Furry Best Friend

While visiting the White Mountains New Hampshire we love to take a ride on the Conway Scenic Railroad. It was our dog's 3rd birthday and once I found out the train allows dogs I knew this would be a perfect outing for her to celebrate.

Shellie the Sheltie was ready to ride!
We chose the Bartlett Valley Train which is an hour and forty five minute ride. You can find all schedules on their website and I also have reviews on my blog linked in this post to all of their excursions.
Evan has always loved trains so this has been an annual trip for us.
 It is a relaxing ride as you listen to the narrator tell you more about the area.
 The Valley Train is a great option if you are not sure how long kids or dogs can be entertained on the train. This birthday girl could have rode the train all day.
She took a little snooze on the ride.
There are two Valley excursions, Conway which is 55 minutes and Bartlett which is one hour and 3/4. If you are interested in a longer ride here is my review of the Crawford Notch 5 hour ride which is a lot of fun.  There are also dining options which can be found here. There are lovely views.
 We were in Coach as dogs are only allowed in Coach.
We have traveled in First Class as can be seen here.
 I love the wicker chairs and big windows to look out.  There is also a snack bar in this car and the narrator for your ride is on this train.
The part I enjoy the most is the beautiful views from the train.
 Gorgeous! 
It is so lovely just relaxing and looking at the mountains.
Evan has always loved when they bring the engine from one side of the train to the other for the trip back to the station. 
 I know you will enjoy taking a train ride on the Conway Scenic Railroad.
So will your furry best friend!
Twitter:  @ConwayScenicRR

Disclosure:  I received 4 Train tickets in exchange for this post.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.