Dave Parfitt

Blogger, Adventures by Daddy

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.
Family Travel Ideas for Spring Break
February 10, 2015
By now we know the groundhog saw his shadow, and six more weeks of winter are yet to come. If your family is anything like ours, the kids are getting cabin fever and itching for a change of pace. Below are some of the ways our family has enjoyed the vacation in the past. For even more spring break ideas, check out this detailed list from our friends at Taking The Kids. Don't see your favorite mentioned? Please share your own spring break travel ideas in the comments below.
Hotel Review: Omni La Costa Resort - Golf, Spa, Aaaah in Southern California
January 27, 2015
The development of luxury family resorts is a growing trend in family travel. Just because you're traveling with the kids, doesn't mean parents can't pamper themselves a little too. Take Carlsbad, California's Omni La Costa Resort and Spa as a prime example. With its expansive, manicured grounds, jaw-dropping pool and waterslides, Kidtopia Kids' Club, spacious family suites, and a world class spa, it's no wonder Condè Nast Traveler named the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa as one of the Top 20 resorts in Southern California.
PHOTO TOUR: IlluminOcean at Dana Point Harbor
December 5, 2014
IlluminOcean is a brand new holiday event featuring festive sea-themed light sculptures, dazzling light tunnels, a 50-foot GlowMotion tree, and even more exciting it's FREE! Currently running nightly through January 4th, IlluminOcean is located in Dana Point, California, a small beach town widely known for their whale watching excursions.
In Depth Look at Rescue Efforts During SeaWorld San Diego Behind-the-Scenes Tour
December 3, 2014
Our trip to SeaWorld San Diego this November was unprecedented. SeaWorld employees and tour guides treated us to several behind-the-scenes looks at their facilities, including SeaWorld Rescue and a baby dolphin tank. We even got to feed 75-year-old sea turtles! I had no idea the amount of rescue work SeaWorld is involved in. From sea lions to penguins to being the first on the scene to oil spills, SeaWorld is focused on preserving our oceans.
Disney Cruise Line's Disney Magic ReImagined - for Dad!
October 29, 2013
Let's face it, a Disney Cruise vacation can be a tough sell for Dad. The Disney fleet of dream liners are more known for their pixie dust versus saw dust. However, with the overhaul of its original cruise ship, the Disney Magic, the game for Dads has changed. Yes, Disney has significantly amped up the Dad factor on the Disney Magic with Super Heroes, Pirates, and high speed thrills. If you're looking for a pink and purple princess powered sojourn on the high seas, fuggedaboutit... youse guys need to check out the Disney Magic ReImagined for Dad.
Showering the Love on Niagara Falls USA  Reasons to Stay in New York
October 10, 2013
"Go to the Canadian side, it's better" - a comment received when I posted a photo of Niagara Falls, USA on Facebook. You've probably heard it before, maybe even said it too. Sure, the Canadian side has an incredible panoramic view of the iconic Horseshoe Falls, but Niagara Falls USA also has great views while embracing and preserving the natural wonder of the falls. Our family visited Niagara Falls many times but usually headed for the Canadian side, and more often than not the Falls itself was a sidebar to the trip. Not anymore!
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